The fall-out of the Coronavirus has shaken the globe. We need the insight of artists now more than ever before. Your stories can help us heal. That’s why we are sharing our entire current masterlist of all playwriting opportunities with deadlines. The information is being included for free — no strings attached.

We hope you’ll consider joining as a paid subscriber down the road, where you’ll get a spreadsheet like this updated monthly (along with other members-only content, including an additional list of 250+ opportunities accepting year-round submissions). But for now, we just hope you’ll find a much-needed creative outlet to explore our quickly changing world. Thank you for sharing your craft. PSH remains committed to the health, well-being, and livelihood of playwrights everywhere.

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NameLengthNature of OpportunityDeadlineLocationAdd’l Info
COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resourcesn/aAn aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.n/an/an/a
Acadiana Repertory TheatreFull LengthSubmissions should be actor/story forward, have limited to no production history, and not published.4/1/20Lafayette, Louisianan/a
Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize10+ pages (sample)Theme: “Forgiveness and Retribution.” The final piece must be no more than 45 mins in length and require no more than four actors.4/1/20LondonPrize: £3000
Centre Stage South Carolinamax 120 pagesSouth Carolina playwright. One act, full-length, 10-min plays and musicals ok.4/1/20Greenville, South CarolinaFee: $15
Prize: $500
Fade to Black Play Festival8-10 minsAny theme or genre. Playwright must publicly and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.4/1/20Houston, TexasNo Fee
Prize: $100
Florida Theatrical AssociationFull LengthNew musicals.4/1/20Orlando, Floridan/a
Liberation Theatre CompanyFull Length10-month dramaturgical & prof. support for early-career Black playwrights. Must be residents of NYC.4/1/20NYC$500 honorarium
Pegasus Theater Companymax 10 minsNorthern California playwrights. The play must be unpublished and unproduced in Sonoma County.4/1/20Guerneville, Californian/a
PlaymarketAny lengthWriters under 25. New Zealand citizens or permanent residents only. No restrictions on style or content.4/1/20New Zealandn/a
Ritz Theatremax 10 minsAny subject or theme. Must be comedic.4/1/20Oaklyn, New JerseyFee: $10
Prize: $100
Salem State University10 minsOpen to all playwrights. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. The theme should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community.4/1/20Salem, Massachusettsn/a
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityFull LengthOpen to all playwrights. Plays intended for a college-aged cast and audience.4/1/20Hammond, LouisianaFee: $10
T. Schreiber Studio & Theatremax 10 minsInt’l submissions ok. THEME: NOTHING IS WHAT IT SEEMS4/1/20NYCFee: $5
“cash prize”
The Theatre School at DePaul Universitymax 20 pages (sample)Playwrights from the Chicagoland area and alumni of The Theatre School are eligible to apply. Dramatic works for young audiences. The writing sample may be from a play of any genre for any audience.4/1/20ChicagoFee for the commission: $6000
Live Theatremax 10 minsThe play must be original in content.
Theme: 10 Minutes To…Call Home
4/3/20Newcastle, UKn/a
Pittsburgh New Works FestivalOne Act
(15-45 mins)
Plays may have been read, but never produced. Workshops and readings are acceptable.  4/4/20Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaFee: $15
Prize: $500
Page 73 Development Programs10-page sample + full scriptPlaywriting fellowship and writers group. Must be a US resident, and must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays.4/5/20Brooklyn, New YorkAward: $10,000
Artists’ ExchangeOne Act
(10-20 mins)
Plays should be original. Previously produced plays acceptable.4/10/20Cranston, Rhode Islandn/a
Open Space Arts15-20 minsTheme: “Wꜵnderlust.” Must be family friendly – no overt swearing, violence, or sexual themes. Keep it PG. Must be suitable to be performed outdoors.4/12/20Reisterstown, Marylandn/a
Wayward Sisters Theatre CompanyFull LengthFemale identifying playwright in the Chicago area.4/12/20Chicagon/a
Panglossian ProductionsFull Length / 10 minsFull-length and 10-minute plays. Theme: Area 514/13/20Williamsburg, Virginian/a
PlayGroundmax 10 pagesBay Area high school students, grades 9-12. Topic: BORDERS, ISLANDS & WALLS4/13/20San Francisco, Californian/a
Athena ProjectFull LengthWomen playwrights.4/15/20Denver, Coloradon/a
Daisy Pettles Writing Contestmax 20 pages (sample)Women writers, age 40+. All forms of writing except poetry. Applicants must be able to submit up to 20 pages of a work in progress for judging.4/15/20Bedford, IndianaApp Fee: $45-$0
Prize: $2,500 + $1,000 stipend
Equity Library Theatermax 10 pages / minsPlaywrights from across the globe. Also seeking monologues (max 4 pages/mins). Musicals ok. No unpleasant profanity. Must be family-friendly. Playwrights must produce.4/15/20NYCNo Fee
Garry Marshall TheatreFull LengthNew works that are uniquely theatrical, authentically voiced, and have a strong point of view.4/15/20Burbank, CaliforniaFee: $20, $100 honorarium
Gi601 minOne-minute plays. Int’l submissions ok.4/15/20Brooklyn, New YorkNo Fee
HambidgeFull Length2-8 weeks residency. Residency fee is $250 per week.4/15/20Rabun Gap, GeorgiaApp Fee: $30
John Gassner Memorial Playwriting AwardFull LengthOpen to all playwrights.4/15/20Hamden, Connecticutn/a
Repertorio EspañolFull LengthSubject matter and characters must resonate with Latinx audiences and accurately depict the Latinx/Hispanic experience. May be written in either Spanish or English. Playwrights must be residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.4/15/20NYCPrize: $3,000
Stonecoast Reviewmax 12 pagesPublication opp. Accepts dramatic works. Must be previously unpublished. Theme: Superstition4/15/20Portland, Mainen/a
The College at Brockport7-14 minsOriginal scripts. Plays that have been read or performed in any manner for a paying audience prior to submission are not accepted.4/15/20Brockport, New Yorkn/a
The Lark Playwrights’ WeekFull LengthDevelopment opp. Int’l submissions ok. Housing and travel will be provided for all out of town writers.4/15/20NYCn/a
Austin Film FestivalFull LengthFull-length plays, original or adapted.4/17/20Austin, TexasFee: $20
Prize: $1,000
St. Louis Actors’ StudioOne Act
(max 15 mins)
High school submissions. Non-professional, new and previously unproduced plays.4/19/20St. Louis, Missourin/a
BBC Writersroom30+ pagesComedy scripts.4/20/20Londonn/a
Essential Theatreat least 1 hr (preferably)Playwrights must be current Georgia residents. No restrictions as to style, length or subject matter.4/23/20Atlanta, GeorgiaPrize: $750
The Players CentreFull Length, One ActResidents of the Gulf Coast area. Full-length plays are preferred but one-acts will be considered.4/24/20Sarasota, FloridaNo fee for 1 script, $10 for each add’l
Weathervane Playhousemax 10 minsThe play must include a take out container — a prop that must be incorporated into the play. It must be seen on stage. No characters under the age of 16.4/24/20Akron, OhioFee: $10
Prize: $350
AboutFACE Ireland30-120 minsPlaywrights based in Ireland, and Irish playwrights around the world.4/26/20Dublin, IrelandNo Fee
Barter TheatreFull LengthPlays must be written by an Appalachian playwright OR set in the Appalachian region.4/26/20Abingdon, Virginian/a
Playing on Air10-25 pagesComedic play. Special consideration will be given to the script’s suitability for audio recording and public radio broadcast.4/26/20NYCNo Fee
Prize: $6,000
RaumArsn/s2-5 months residency. Reg. fee of 100€ /person.4/26/20Rauma, FinlandSee left.
3Girls TheatreFull LengthEmerging Bay Area women playwrights in their prime (40+). Must have had less than 3 professional productions of their work.4/30/20San Francisco, Californian/a
Barrington Stage CompanyFull LengthThe playwright must be a U.S. resident. *A letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script.4/30/20Pittsfield, MassachusettsNo Fee
Prize: $25,000
Break a Leg ProductionsFull LengthDramas or comedies focused on real life historical figures and/or events. May include fictional characters.4/30/20NYCn/a
Carlo Annoni International Playwriting PrizeAny lengthPlays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.4/30/20Milan, ItalyNo Fee
Prize: € 1000
City Theatren/sWestern PA or Northern WV residents in 7th-12th grade.4/30/20Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanian/a
First Company TheaterOne Act
(10-20 mins)
Themes, storylines, and dialogue must be “family friendly” and adhere to First Company guidelines. (Follow the guidelines link.)4/30/20Colorado Springs, ColoradoFee: $25
Prize: $250
Hand to Mouth PlayersOne Act
(max 25 mins)
Play must be previously unpublished.4/30/20New YorkFee: $20
$25 honorarium
JETFestFull LengthComedies, dramas, and plays that often reflect issues of family, community, and humanity. Original work or adaptation.4/30/20Walled Lake, MichiganFee: $15
Prize: $250
Los Angeles Collegiate Playwrights FestivalOne Act
(max 25 pages)
Candidates must currently be enrolled in an accredited college and university.4/30/20Los Angeles, CaliforniaFee: $20
PlayMakers Repertory CompanyFull LengthInvites blind submissions during the months of March and April.4/30/20Chapel Hill, North Carolinan/a
FORGE Fuel“sample”Writers retreat. Open to writers of all kinds, including playwrights.Year RoundDanbury, ConnecticutFee: $80
Playwrights Offering Free FeedbackFull LengthFull-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 Roundn/an/a
Trade A Play Tuesday10 minsSend 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 Roundn/an/a
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