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

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NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdditional Info
Attic Theatre Company15-20 minsPlays not previously been performed or read in public. Int’l submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only.8/28/15London, UK.Prize: í‚£100
Acme Theater10 minsAny subject matter. Comedy or drama. Previously produced plays ok.8/30/15Maynard, MAn/a
Boston Children’s Theatre45-90 minsPlays or musicals for children.8/30/15Boston, MAn/a
Casa De Beverley20-45 minsPrefers unproduced or unperformed plays.8/30/15NYCn/a
Cone Man Running Productions5 minsUS residents only. Monologues ok. Previous productions ok if not staged within Texas.8/30/15Houston, TexasNo Fee
Playhouse Players Inc.Full LengthDrama or comedy. Open to any playwrights.8/30/15Richmond, Australian/a
American Blues TheaterFull LengthInt’l submissions ok.8/31/15Chicago, IllinoisFee: $5
Prize: $1,000



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Bench Theatre15-45 minsOriginal, unpublished & previously unperformed one-act plays. Open to anyone.8/31/15Hampshire, UKNo Fee
CastleKeep Productions10 minsOpen to anyone aged 18+. The play should be written in English or Irish.8/31/15Waterford, IrelandFee: í¢”š¬5
International Theatre Institute30-45 minsPlays written in English or French only. Int’l submissions ok. Theme: Confronting Climate Change & Defying Disasters8/31/15PhilippinesPrize: $5,000 (USD)
KNOW Theatre15-20 minsThe play must be inspired by one of the artworks posted on the website.8/31/15Binghamton, New Yorkn/a
Marin Theatre CompanyFull LengthAny genre. US playwrights only.8/31/15Mill Valley, CaliforniaNo Fee
Playwrights’ Round Table90 mins – 2 hrsFull-length comedies & dramas. No restrictions on content.8/31/15Orlando, Florida$30 fee, only if selected
Public TheaterFull LengthPlaywrights must live within 90 mins to The Public Theater via car or rail.8/31/15NYCn/a
Queens University of Charlottemax 8000 wordsFor literary magazine. Excerpts or full pieces written for stage. Unpublished works only.8/31/15Charlotte, North CarolinaPrize: $100
The Blank TheatreFull LengthUnproduced plays only. Staged readings & academic productions ok.8/31/15Los Angeles, Californian/a
Boulder Ensemble Theatre CompanyFull Length1-week residency for parent playwrights. Intí¢â‚¬â„¢l submissions ok. Scripts must be in English.9/1/15Boulder, ColoradoPrize: $250 + $250 childcare stipend
Darkhorse DramatistsOne Act
(10-25 pgs)
Theme: Halloween. Any genre except musicals & murder mysteries. Monologues ok. Previously produced plays ok.9/1/15Binghamton, New Yorkn/a
Nelson Center for the Artsmax 30 pgs2-8 week residency. One-act plays or excerpts from a longer work.9/1/15Nebraska City, NebraskaFee: $35. $100/wk stipend + lodging.
Northern Michigan UniversityFull LengthComedy that features college-age characters as the majority of the cast.9/1/15Marquette, MichiganPrize: $2,000
Open Theatre Project20-60 minsPlays must feature 1 performer. Int’l submissions ok.9/1/15Boston, MANo Fee
PLAYAFull Length2 to 8-week residency. $100 deposit if accepted; refundable after the completion of a residency.9/1/15Lake County, OregonFee: $35
Santa Fe Performing ArtsFull LengthUnproduced new American plays.9/1/15Santa Fe, New Mexicon/a
Theatre Now New Yorkmax 10 minsMusicals only. Professional recommendation required. Playwright must produce. Regular fee $10. PSH subscribers can use code PSH50 for 50% off.9/1/15NYCSee left
Willits Community Theatre10 minsOriginal & unproduced one-act plays. Theme: Holiday/Winter season9/1/15Willits, Californian/a
Midtown International Theatre Festival1-10 pgsPlaywright must produce.9/4/15NYCPrize: $75
TheatreFest 15One ActInt’l submissions ok. Theme: Slavery
Note: Deadline is subject to an extension no later than Dec. 31, 2015.
9/4/15P’borough, UKFee: í‚£10
For Love & Duty PlayersFull LengthAll kinds of plays, except childrení¢â‚¬â„¢s plays or musicals.9/5/15NYCFee: $5
All Hallows Eve5-7 pagesHorror radio plays9/11/15n/aFee: $15.í‚  Prize: $500.
Exit 7 Players Theatermax 15 pgsUnproduced plays, or recently produced plays only. Comedy or drama.9/12/15Ludlow, MAPrize: $150
Manhattan Repertory Theatre21-45 minsNew, never produced before one-act play productions (fully cast, directed & ready to be performed.)9/12/15NYC$25 fee, only if accepted
Boomerang Theatre CompanyFull LengthNew, original plays. Any style & genre.9/15/15NYCn/a
MacDowell FellowshipFull Length1-8 week residency.9/15/15P’borough, New HampshireFee: $30
Small Fish Radio Theatremax 10 minsHorror radio plays.9/15/15USAn/a
Virginia Center for the Creative Artsn/sResidency of up to 2 months. Int’l submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only.9/15/15Amherst, VirginiaFee: $40
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundationn/aFellowship intended for “midcareer” artists, including playwrights.9/18/15NYCn/a
Helen Jean Play Contestmax 60 pgsCash prize only. Previously produced or entered in other contests ok. $5 if script evaluation desired.9/20/15NYCPrize: $50
Manhattan Repertory Theatre7-20 minsNever produced before original plays (cast, directed & ready to perform).9/20/15NYCNo Fee
Playwrights FirstFull LengthOriginal plays only. Requires BOTH paper & electronic copies of the play.9/20/15NYC$1,000 grant
360 Xochi Quetzal5 pgs (sample)Free 1-month residency, December to January. Apps from playwrights accepted. Int’l submissions ok.9/27/15Chapala, MexicoFee: $39
Riverside TheatreLess than 10 minsOriginal solo works, preferably funny pieces.9/28/15Iowa City, Iowan/a
City Theatre10 minsScript that is lively & timely, hilarious & provocative, poignant & surprising.9/30/15Miami, FloridaPrize: $1,000 + royalties
Landing Theatre CompanyFull LengthOriginal scripts only, unproduced & must not have had a public reading in the Houston area.9/30/15Houston, TexasNo Fee,
$100 stipend
Metropolitan PlayhouseOne Act or Full Length (max 1hr 45 mins)No restrictions on style. Adaptations ok. Note: Seeking submissions of performances. No scripts alone!9/30/15NYCn/a
Theatre Southwestmax 10 minsPreviously unpublished plays. Monologues ok. Hard copy submissions only.9/30/15Houston, TexasPrize: $100
Theatre Threemax 40 minsUnproduced one-act plays only. Multiple submissions ok. Hard copy submissions only.9/30/15Port Jefferson, New York“small stipend”
First Stagemax 30 minsUS writers only. Any genre. Fee is $10 if received on or before Sept 15, 2015. Hard copy submissions only.10/1/15Los Angeles, CaliforniaSee left.
MadLab5-30 minsInt’l submissions ok.10/1/15Columbus, Ohion/a
Manhattan Repertory Theatre40-120 minsNew, unproduced plays. Playwright must produce.10/1/15NYC$300 fee, if accepted
Noosa Arts Theatre30-45 minsAustralia, New Zealand, UK and US playwrights. No restrictions on subject matter, theme or style.10/1/15Noosa Heads, AustraliaFee: $A40
Prize: $5,000
PlayFest Santa BarbaraFull LengthPlays, musicals, translations, adaptations and works for young audiences. Hard copy submissions only.10/1/15Santa Barbara, CaliforniaFee: $25
Ucross Foundation Residency ProgramFull LengthResidency open to writers including playwrights. Both mature and emerging artists of promise are welcome to apply.10/1/15Ucross, WyomingFee: $40
Village Playwrights Productionsmax 10 minsMetro NYC playwrights only. Scripts should have a Halloween theme from an LGBTQ perspective. Playwrights must self-produce.10/1/15NYCPrize: $100
The Fine Arts Association10 minsOriginal, unpublished & unproduced. Staged readings ok. Scripts may be comedy & drama. Int’l submissions ok………………………….10/1/15Willoughby, OhioN/a
The New Harmony ProjectFull LengthUnproduced plays and musicals. Note: Look at their online mission statement.10/1/15New Harmony, Indianan/a

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