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Howdy, Playwrights!   Here’s a list of 36 play submission opps with January 2022 deadlines. 

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Add’l Info
South Street Players max 15 pages Comedic and dramatic plays from playwrights in the Tri-State area. Must be suitable for a family theatre. 1/2/22 Spring Lake, New Jersey n/a
Creative Circuit Studios One Act
(max 30 mins)
Open to playwrights from all walks of life. 1/3/22 San Antonio, Texas n/a
Kumu Kahua Theatre Full Length Open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience. 1/3/22 Honolulu, Hawaii Prize: $600
Kumu Kahua Theatre Full Length Open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i. The play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience. 1/3/22 Honolulu, Hawaii Prize: $450
Theatre Southwest 5-10 mins Original work, unpublished or unproduced. All genres accepted with no regard to language or subject matter. 1/5/22 Houston, Texas No Fee
Prize: $100
RipRap Literary Journal 10 mins Accepts plays. Must be unpublished. 1/7/22 Long Beach, California n/a
Fresh Fruit Festival Any length Submissions in all artistic disciplines & lengths are considered for presentation as long as they highlight or showcase a spectrum of the LGBTQ experience, and are finished, self-produced shows. 1/8/21 NYC n/a
James Merrill House max 10 pages (sample) 4 and 6-week residencies. Includes a stipend of $1,100/month. 1/9/22 Stonington, Connecticut App Fee: $30
National Alliance for Musical Theatre Full Length New musicals. Any subject matter, style and concept. Must be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions. 1/10/22 NYC n/a
The ONE Festival See right. Full-length plays (45 mins to 1 hr) and short plays (max 30 mins). 1/14/22 Brooklyn, New York No Fee
Anderson Center 20-page excerpt Residency. Open to emerging, mid-career, and established writers from across the globe. 1/15/22 Red Wing, Minnesota Fee: $20
Anderson Center 20-page excerpt Residency. Deaf artists including playwrights. 1/15/22 Red Wing, Minnesota No Fee,
$1,100/month artist stipend
Ensemble Studio Theatre Full Length, One Act Plays and musicals. Open to a broad range of topics related to the issues, people, ideas, processes, leading-edge discoveries, inventions, and/or history of the “hard” sciences and technology. 1/15/22 NYC Commissions: $1,000-10,000
Hambidge Full Length 2 to 8 weeks residency. Offers several merit-based Distinguished Fellowships which remove the fees for a two-week residency and provide a $700 stipend. 1/15/22 Rabun Gap, Georgia App Fee: $30
Res. Fee: $250/week
Molecule max 50 words Publication opp. Accepts play submissions. Must be previously unpublished. 1/15/22 n/a n/a
Qu Literary Magazine max 4,000 words For literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only. 1/15/22 Charlotte, North Carolina Fee: $2.50
Payment Upon Publication: $100
The Road Theatre Company 25 pages (sample) Playwrights group. Open to playwrights on a national level. 1/15/22 North Hollywood, California n/a
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts n/s Residency. Apps from playwrights accepted. 1/15/22 Amherst, Virginia App Fee: $50
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Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Full Length 10 to 12 weeks residency. $300 deposit if selected. 1/18/22 Taos, New Mexico App Fee: $25
Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs 10 mins Comedy or drama plays of all types accepted. Int’l submissions ok. 1/19/22 Bonita Springs, Florida Fee: $15
Prize: $100
Playwrights’ Center Full Length Play development workshop. Available to professional playwrights in the US. 1/20/22 Minneapolis, Minnesota n/a
Metropolitan Playhouse One Act
(10-30 mins)
Plays inspired by the life and history of New York’s Lower East Side. 1/21/22 NYC $100 honorarium
Vassar Review 30 pages Publication opp. Excerpts from longer dramatic works ok. Must be previously unpublished. Theme: Sense & Splendor 1/21/22 Poughkeepsie, New York n/a
ATHE’s Playwrights and Creative Teams Program 10 mins New, previously unproduced plays. No restriction on subject matter, style, or intended audience. Submit script as a PDF in standard Samuel French playwriting format. 1/23/22 Detroit, Michigan n/a
The Literal Challenge Any length Complete a playwriting challenge every day in February. Int’l submissions ok. Submissions can be written in any language. Note: Check the website for more info. 1/28/22 n/s n/a
Blue Moon Plays / HaveScripts 10 pages (sample) Publication opp. Plays with casts that reflect the growing and varied American landscape, as well as characters with different skin colors, gender identifications, and mental and physical abilities. 1/31/22 Virginia Beach, Virginia n/a
Drip Action Theatre Company 30-40 mins Int’l submissions ok. 1/31/22 Arundel No Fee
Prize: £250
Dubuque Fine Arts Players One Act
(max 40 mins)
Original, unproduced plays. 1/31/22 Dubuque, Iowa Fee: $20/$15
Prize: $600
Fort Worth Community Arts Center Full Length Original play, unpublished. 1/31/22 Fort Worth, Texas Fee: $15
Mine 4 God Productions One Act
(15-30 mins)
Plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity of Black and Brown characters. Theme: Speaking Truth That Heals 1/31/22 Dublin, Ohio n/a
Mine 4 God Productions 5-10 mins Monologues. Plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity of Black and Brown characters. Theme: Speaking Truth That Heals 1/31/22 Dublin, Ohio n/a
New Works Of Merit Playwriting Contest max 2 hrs or 90 pages Full-lengths, one-acts, short plays, etc. 1/31/22 NYC Fee: $25
Prize: $300
Springhouse Journal max 30 pages Publication opp. Accept unsolicited submissions of plays. 1/31/22 n/a n/a
Playwrights Offering Free Feedback Full Length Full-length trade program. You must read a play and give feedback, and in return will have an opp to send a play and get feedback from other playwright. Year Round n/a n/a
Trade A Play Tuesday 10 mins Send in 10-min play and get same-day feedback. You must also read 10 pages of another playwright’s work, and give thoughtful feedback. Runs every Tuesday. Year Round n/a n/a
Wayward Sisters Theatre Ensemble Full Length Stories of female-identifying people: women in poverty, women of color, immigrant women, survivors of abuse, and every identifying woman in between. Year Round Chicago n/a


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