Select Page

Check out the post below for 54 playwriting contests with September+ deadlines.

But thereí¢â‚¬â„¢s a catch: Every one of these opportunities has a deadline coming up this sooní¢â‚¬¦

So doní¢â‚¬â„¢t wait! If you close this webpage without checking these playwriting contests out, odds are you will forget about it until ití¢â‚¬â„¢s too late.

But doní¢â‚¬â„¢t put this off…. Happy Submitting!

Name Length Nature of Opportunity Deadline Location Additional Info
Attic Theatre Company 15-20 mins Plays not previously been performed or read in public. Int’l submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only. 8/28/15 London, UK. Prize: í‚£100
Acme Theater 10 mins Any subject matter. Comedy or drama. Previously produced plays ok. 8/30/15 Maynard, MA n/a
Boston Children’s Theatre 45-90 mins Plays or musicals for children. 8/30/15 Boston, MA n/a
Casa De Beverley 20-45 mins Prefers unproduced or unperformed plays. 8/30/15 NYC n/a
Cone Man Running Productions 5 mins US residents only. Monologues ok. Previous productions ok if not staged within Texas. 8/30/15 Houston, Texas No Fee
Playhouse Players Inc. Full Length Drama or comedy. Open to any playwrights. 8/30/15 Richmond, Australia n/a
American Blues Theater Full Length Int’l submissions ok. 8/31/15 Chicago, Illinois Fee: $5
Prize: $1,000



Do You Want to Quickly & Easily Submit Your Play to Over 400 Contests & Theaters?

What you see on this free blog just a small sample of what’s available in the member’s area.

You will save hours of research time and dramatically increase your odds of getting a production.

I personally update these opportunities every month, so you don’t waste time sending your play to an uninterested theater.

Plus, youí¢â‚¬â„¢ll get regular emails with brand-new opportunities!

Click here to sign up & see the master list of 400+ theaters!



Bench Theatre 15-45 mins Original, unpublished & previously unperformed one-act plays. Open to anyone. 8/31/15 Hampshire, UK No Fee
CastleKeep Productions 10 mins Open to anyone aged 18+. The play should be written in English or Irish. 8/31/15 Waterford, Ireland Fee: í¢”š¬5
International Theatre Institute 30-45 mins Plays written in English or French only. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: Confronting Climate Change & Defying Disasters 8/31/15 Philippines Prize: $5,000 (USD)
KNOW Theatre 15-20 mins The play must be inspired by one of the artworks posted on the website. 8/31/15 Binghamton, New York n/a
Marin Theatre Company Full Length Any genre. US playwrights only. 8/31/15 Mill Valley, California No Fee
Playwrights’ Round Table 90 mins – 2 hrs Full-length comedies & dramas. No restrictions on content. 8/31/15 Orlando, Florida $30 fee, only if selected
Public Theater Full Length Playwrights must live within 90 mins to The Public Theater via car or rail. 8/31/15 NYC n/a
Queens University of Charlotte max 8000 words For literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only. 8/31/15 Charlotte, North Carolina Prize: $100
The Blank Theatre Full Length Unproduced plays only. Staged readings & academic productions ok. 8/31/15 Los Angeles, California n/a
Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company Full Length 1-week residency for parent playwrights. Intí¢â‚¬â„¢l submissions ok. Scripts must be in English. 9/1/15 Boulder, Colorado Prize: $250 + $250 childcare stipend
Darkhorse Dramatists One Act
(10-25 pgs)
Theme: Halloween. Any genre except musicals & murder mysteries. Monologues ok. Previously produced plays ok. 9/1/15 Binghamton, New York n/a
Nelson Center for the Arts max 30 pgs 2-8 week residency. One-act plays or excerpts from a longer work. 9/1/15 Nebraska City, Nebraska Fee: $35. $100/wk stipend + lodging.
Northern Michigan University Full Length Comedy that features college-age characters as the majority of the cast. 9/1/15 Marquette, Michigan Prize: $2,000
Open Theatre Project 20-60 mins Plays must feature 1 performer. Int’l submissions ok. 9/1/15 Boston, MA No Fee
PLAYA Full Length 2 to 8-week residency. $100 deposit if accepted; refundable after the completion of a residency. 9/1/15 Lake County, Oregon Fee: $35
Santa Fe Performing Arts Full Length Unproduced new American plays. 9/1/15 Santa Fe, New Mexico n/a
Theatre Now New York max 10 mins Musicals only. Professional recommendation required. Playwright must produce. Regular fee $10. PSH subscribers can use code PSH50 for 50% off. 9/1/15 NYC See left
Willits Community Theatre 10 mins Original & unproduced one-act plays. Theme: Holiday/Winter season 9/1/15 Willits, California n/a
Midtown International Theatre Festival 1-10 pgs Playwright must produce. 9/4/15 NYC Prize: $75
TheatreFest 15 One Act Int’l submissions ok. Theme: Slavery
Note: Deadline is subject to an extension no later than Dec. 31, 2015.
9/4/15 P’borough, UK Fee: í‚£10
For Love & Duty Players Full Length All kinds of plays, except childrení¢â‚¬â„¢s plays or musicals. 9/5/15 NYC Fee: $5
All Hallows Eve 5-7 pages Horror radio plays 9/11/15 n/a Fee: $15.í‚  Prize: $500.
Exit 7 Players Theater max 15 pgs Unproduced plays, or recently produced plays only. Comedy or drama. 9/12/15 Ludlow, MA Prize: $150
Manhattan Repertory Theatre 21-45 mins New, never produced before one-act play productions (fully cast, directed & ready to be performed.) 9/12/15 NYC $25 fee, only if accepted
Boomerang Theatre Company Full Length New, original plays. Any style & genre. 9/15/15 NYC n/a
MacDowell Fellowship Full Length 1-8 week residency. 9/15/15 P’borough, New Hampshire Fee: $30
Small Fish Radio Theatre max 10 mins Horror radio plays. 9/15/15 USA n/a
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts n/s Residency of up to 2 months. Int’l submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only. 9/15/15 Amherst, Virginia Fee: $40
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation n/a Fellowship intended for “midcareer” artists, including playwrights. 9/18/15 NYC n/a
Helen Jean Play Contest max 60 pgs Cash prize only. Previously produced or entered in other contests ok. $5 if script evaluation desired. 9/20/15 NYC Prize: $50
Manhattan Repertory Theatre 7-20 mins Never produced before original plays (cast, directed & ready to perform). 9/20/15 NYC No Fee
Playwrights First Full Length Original plays only. Requires BOTH paper & electronic copies of the play. 9/20/15 NYC $1,000 grant
360 Xochi Quetzal 5 pgs (sample) Free 1-month residency, December to January. Apps from playwrights accepted. Int’l submissions ok. 9/27/15 Chapala, Mexico Fee: $39
Riverside Theatre Less than 10 mins Original solo works, preferably funny pieces. 9/28/15 Iowa City, Iowa n/a
City Theatre 10 mins Script that is lively & timely, hilarious & provocative, poignant & surprising. 9/30/15 Miami, Florida Prize: $1,000 + royalties
Landing Theatre Company Full Length Original scripts only, unproduced & must not have had a public reading in the Houston area. 9/30/15 Houston, Texas No Fee,
$100 stipend
Metropolitan Playhouse One Act or Full Length (max 1hr 45 mins) No restrictions on style. Adaptations ok. Note: Seeking submissions of performances. No scripts alone! 9/30/15 NYC n/a
Theatre Southwest max 10 mins Previously unpublished plays. Monologues ok. Hard copy submissions only. 9/30/15 Houston, Texas Prize: $100
Theatre Three max 40 mins Unproduced one-act plays only. Multiple submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only. 9/30/15 Port Jefferson, New York “small stipend”
First Stage max 30 mins US writers only. Any genre. Fee is $10 if received on or before Sept 15, 2015. Hard copy submissions only. 10/1/15 Los Angeles, California See left.
MadLab 5-30 mins Int’l submissions ok. 10/1/15 Columbus, Ohio n/a
Manhattan Repertory Theatre 40-120 mins New, unproduced plays. Playwright must produce. 10/1/15 NYC $300 fee, if accepted
Noosa Arts Theatre 30-45 mins Australia, New Zealand, UK and US playwrights. No restrictions on subject matter, theme or style. 10/1/15 Noosa Heads, Australia Fee: $A40
Prize: $5,000
PlayFest Santa Barbara Full Length Plays, musicals, translations, adaptations and works for young audiences. Hard copy submissions only. 10/1/15 Santa Barbara, California Fee: $25
Ucross Foundation Residency Program Full Length Residency open to writers including playwrights. Both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply. 10/1/15 Ucross, Wyoming Fee: $40
Village Playwrights Productions max 10 mins Metro NYC playwrights only. Scripts should have a Halloween theme from an LGBTQ perspective. Playwrights must self-produce. 10/1/15 NYC Prize: $100
The Fine Arts Association 10 mins Original, unpublished & unproduced. Staged readings ok. Scripts may be comedy & drama. Int’l submissions ok…………………………. 10/1/15 Willoughby, Ohio N/a
The New Harmony Project Full Length Unproduced plays and musicals. Note: Look at their online mission statement. 10/1/15 New Harmony, Indiana n/a

Please Note: Your 50% Discount on Full Membership Is Expiring


So click here toí‚ secure your membership now!

Remember, as a member you’ll get all sorts of extra benefits, including:

  • The full, up-to-date listing of 400+ theaters that are looking for new plays
  • Regular emails of new play submission opportunities with year-round and hard deadlines
  • Access to over $56,000 in prize & content money
  • A significant discount on professional play critiques
  • Access to a bonus list of theatrical literary agents accepting new clients

Hereí¢â‚¬â„¢s what your fellow playwrights have to say about their membership:

í¢â‚¬Å“Play Submissions Helper is THE go-to resource tool for playwrights everywhereí¢â‚¬¦and has been for years.í¢â‚¬
-Robin MacDuffie, Playwright

í¢â‚¬Å“Many playwriting groups recommended youí¢â‚¬¦ Thanks for the good work.í¢â‚¬
-Jack Peterson, Playwright

í¢â‚¬Å“The best source Ií¢â‚¬â„¢ve found for playwriting contests & information about new play opportunities.í¢â‚¬
-Leroy Clark, Author of Practical Playwriting and Writing for the Stage

í¢â‚¬Å“I will have had 4 of my short plays included in various festivals.í¢â‚¬
-Donna Noval, Playwright & Actor

í¢â‚¬Å“My membership has been a tremendous help.í¢â‚¬
-Tom Parks, Playwright