Howdy, Playwrights! Here’s a list of 37 play submission opportunities with December 2021 deadlines. This is just a small sample of what is in our mega-list available to paid members. Join now to get access, and use our Black Friday/Cyber Monday coupon code CM21E to get your first month for only 2 cents!
|Name||Length||Nature of Opportunity||Deadline||Location||Add’l Info|
|Ashland New Plays Festival||Full Length||Drama or comedy. Must be previously unproduced.||12/1/21||Ashland, Oregon||Fee: $20
|Bloomington Playwrights Project||Full Length||Plays must be unpublished. Independently published is ok. Agent submitted scripts require no fee.||12/1/21||Bloomington, Indiana||Fee: $10
|Feels Blind Literary||One Act
(max 15 pages)
|Publication opp. New and emerging writers who are nonbinary or identify as women. Plays ok. Must pass the Bechdel Test.||12/1/21||Richmond, Virginia||Fee: $3|
|Mesa Refuge||Full Length||14-day residency. Apps from playwrights accepted.||12/1/21||Point Reyes Station, California||Fee: $50|
|Middlebury Acting Company||Full Length||Plays that address the question: “What does the American Dream mean today?” Any genres & style. US playwrights only.||12/1/21||Middlebury, Vermont||$150 travel stipend|
|Obsidian||max 20 pages||Publication opp. Gender Queer/ Genre Queer Playground Special Issue. One act or a collection of short scenes no longer than 20 pages.||12/1/21||Normal, Illinois||n/a|
|Philadelphia Artists’ Collective||max 10 mins||Play that is in response to, in conversation with, or inspired by classical work. Theme: The Illusion of Time||12/1/21||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||n/a|
|West Side Show Room||10 mins||Theme: Words On Woman||12/1/21||Rockford, Illinois||Prize: $200|
|Femuscripts||10 mins||Theme: Love – all kinds: friendship, pets, family, planet, romantic partners, kids, requited, unrequited, etc. Female-identifying or non-binary playwrights only.||12/5/21||n/s||n/a|
|Village Arts of Colorado Springs||15-20 mins||Playwrights must tell a TRUE STORY with a REDEMPTIVE component and USE A FEATHER as a prop somewhere in the show. Open to playwrights ages 16 and up.||12/10/21||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Fee: $25
|Daisy Pettles’ Women’s Writing Contest||max 20 pages (sample)||Women writers who are age 40 or older. Note: Applicants with FINANCIAL HARDSHIP may apply for a full or partial fee waiver.||12/12/21||Bedford, Indiana||Fee: $0 – $45
|B3 Theater||5-15 pages||The subject matter is open, although preference will be given to experimental and progressive works. All genres welcome, including monologues, with the exception of musicals. Int’l submissions ok.||12/15/21||Phoenix, Arizona||Fee: $5
|Centenary Stage Company||Full Length||Developmental program for women playwrights.||12/15/21||Hackettstown, New Jersey||$200 honorarium Prize: $1,500|
|Clockhouse||max 15 pages||Short dramatic works in traditional and experimental styles, either a standalone piece or an excerpt from a one-act or full-length play.||12/15/21||n/a||n/a|
|Concord Theatricals||max 15 mins||Short plays and musicals.||12/15/21||NYC||n/a|
|Powerstories Theatre||20-90 mins||Submissions must be congruent with the mission of Powerstories Theatre – staging true stories to open minds and hearts. The playwright must be willing to have their play live-streamed and be available for a playwright talkback either in-person (if produced in theatre) or on Zoom (if prerecorded).||12/15/21||Tampa, Florida||No Fee|
|SheATL Arts Summer Theater Festival||Full Length||Plays, musicals, comedies, dramas, experimental works, etc. Open to any writer of a marginalized gender or writing team that is at least 50% marginalized genders.||12/15/21||Atlanta, Georgia||n/a|
|Short Play & Musical Festival||max 15 mins||Short Plays and musicals. Theme: “LUV” Make it sweet or sexy – Luv is Luv! Playwrights must produce.||12/15/21||NYC||n/a|
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|Plays at all levels of development from playwrights of all levels of experience. Open to local and national playwrights. Looking for stories surrounding the queer experience.||12/15/21||Madison, Wisconsin||n/a|
|Strange Prescription Productions||max 10 mins||Plays should center around nightmarish situations. All genres are encouraged including comedies, musicals, and dramas, except children’s scripts.||12/15/21||San Francisco, California||Fee: $10
|Editorial DALYA||60+ mins, 30-60 mins, less than 30 mins||Plays for teenagers and young adult audiences. Open to playwrights worldwide. The play can be written in any official language of the world.||12/20/21||San Fernando, Cádiz||No Fee
Prize: €2,000 to €4,800
|National Alliance for Musical Theatre||Full Length||New musicals. Any subject matter, style and concept. Must be complete & ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.||12/20/21||NYC||n/a|
|Ucross + The Blank Theatre||See right.||Early-career playwrights, 21-30 yrs of age, from all backgrounds and genders residing in the US. Includes two-week residency AND a professionally produced staged reading. Writers must submit one short play and one full-length play.||12/20/21||Wyoming and Hollywood||No Fee
|Branch County Community Theatre||Full Length||Plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted.||12/31/21||Coldwater, Michigan||Prize: $200|
|Exposition Review||max 15 pages||One-act plays and scenes. Theme: Flux||12/31/21||California||Fee: $3.50|
|Las Vegas Little Theatre||Full Length||Ideally looking for subject matter that will appeal to an age range of 18-30.||12/31/21||Las Vegas, Nevada||Prize: $150|
|Pulitzer Prize in Drama||Full Length||Awarded for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life. Eligible works include full-length dramas that opened in the US between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.||12/31/21||NYC||Fee: $75
|Sundog Theatre||One Act
|New and original plays about the Staten Island Ferries. Theme: “Celebration” or “Anniversary.” Must be set on the Staten Island Ferry and set in contemporary time period.||12/31/21||Staten Island, New York||Prize: $100|
|Taco Bell Quarterly||500-1,500 words||Publication opp. Any theme. [Ed note: OMG, who knew Taco Bell quartlery was a thing that exists??]||12/31/21||Literary Magazine||pays $50 per acceptance|
|The Caribbean Writer||One Act||Theme: Disruption, Disguise and Illuminations||12/31/21||US Virgin Islands||No Fee|
|The Del Shores Foundation||Full Length||Playwrights must identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Must be a current resident of one of 15 Southern States.||12/31/21||Los Angeles, California||Fee: $10-$25
|Theatre In The Raw||One Act
(max 30 mins)
|Comedy, tragedy, drama or radio play. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: cultural/social diversity||12/31/21||Vancouver, British Columbia|| Fee: $25
|Fresh Fruit Radio||One or Two Act (25-55 mins)||Radio plays – can be original drafts for radio, or adapted from existing works.||Year Round||NYC||$250 stipend|
|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|
|StageQ||Full Length||Plays written by and about LGBTQ+ peoples.||Year Round||Madison, Wisconsin||n/a|
|The Petaluma Radio Players||30 mins /
|Radio Plays and Radio Plays in series, or stage plays that can easily be adapted to radio. Any genre including comedies, dramas, thrillers, historical fiction, adventure, noir and more.||Year Round||Petaluma, California||$100 payment if accepted|
|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|
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