If there’s one piece of advice I could give to every playwright in the world, it would be this: Never stop writing, and never stop submitting your plays.

The only way you’re going to make it, and to be successful, is if you keep doing those 2 things.

Now, it may come as no surprise that most playwrights are better at task #1 (writing) than they are at task #2 (submitting). Playwrights write– that’s that they do.í‚ 

But make sure not to neglect submitting!í‚  You can start now by submitting to some of these 61 Play Submissions w/ March+ 2016 deadlines…


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NameLengthNature of OpportunityDateLocationOther Info
Midtown Int’l Festmax 10 minsPlaywrights must produce.2/27/16NYCPrize: $75
Can Serrat3 pgs (sample)2-month residency. Int’l submissions ok. Apps from playwrights accepted.2/28/16Barcelona, SpainNo Fee
Creede Rep TheatreFull LengthNew plays of the West. Female playwrights encouraged to submit.2/28/16Creede, Coloradon/a
New American TheatreOne Act
(max 25 mins)
Plays not yet produced in Los Angeles. No subject restrictions.2/28/16Culver City, CaliforniaNo Fee
Atlanta Fringe Fest15-45 minsAudio plays only. There will be a “cash prize.” Automatic acceptance.2/29/16Atlanta, GeorgiaFee: $20
Carroll wood Playersmax 15 minsScripts must be original, unpublished & unproduced.2/29/16Tampa, FloridaFee: $5
Scrap Mettle Arts45+ pgsWorks in development. Musicals ok.2/29/16Brooklyn, New YorkNo Fee

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Anderson Centern/s2-4 weeks residency, August 2016. Emerging artists from NYC & Minnesota.3/1/16Red Wing, Minnesotan/a
Assoc for Theatre in Higher EdFull LengthWomen playwrights only.3/1/16Wash., D.C.No Fee
Prize: $1000
Bloom’ton Playwright ProjectFull Length
(75-135 mins)
Musicals ok. Hard copy submissions only. Fee waived for Dramatist Guild members. 3/1/16Bí¢â‚¬â„¢ton, IndianaFee: $10
East Valley Children’s Theatre1hr -1.5hrPlays must be suitable for children to perform for children. Musicals ok.3/1/16Mesa, ArizonaNo Fee
Prize: $500 + Travel
Gulfport Players5-15 minsNew & never produced in the Tampa Bay Area.3/1/16Gulfport, FloridaNo Fee
Indie Boots Theatre Festmax 15 minsAll plays must use the word “Ava” in the title. All genres ok.3/1/16Chicago, IllinoisNo Fee
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the ArtsSee right.2-8 weeks residency. Submit up to 2 one-act plays, or 2 excerpts from a longer work.3/1/16Nebraska City, NebraskaFee: $35
Lee Street Theatre10 minsComedy only. Theme: “Diversified.” Residents of NC, SC, GA, TN, VA, WV, MD only.3/1/16Salisbury, North Carolinan/a
Neil Simon FestFull Length
(80-120 mins)
Character-driven American comedy. Musicals ok.3/1/16Cedar City, UtahFee: $25 or
$55 (with critique)
Orlando Sh’speare TheaterFull LengthTheme: “Social issues that affect our lives today.” Comedies & dramas ok.3/1/16Orlando, Floridastipend, travel, & housing
Pangloss Prodsmax 10 pgsTheme: Family Reunion3/1/16Wí¢â‚¬â„¢burg, Virginian/a
PLAYAFull Length2-8 weeks residency. Apps from playwrights accepted.3/1/16Summer Lake, OregonFee: $35
Princeton Theatre GroupOne Act,
10 mins
Int’l submissions ok. Comedy, drama, tragedy, farce, hybrid, etc.3/1/16Princeton, IllinoisN/a
Theatre HarrisburgFull LengthOriginal works with no previous commercial production. Musicals ok.3/1/16H’burg, PAFee: $15
Prize: $500
Theatre Oxfordmax 10 pgsOriginal plays, never before produced. Hard copy submissions only.3/1/16Oxford, MIFee: $10
Prize: $1,000
Theatre Suburbia90-120 minsFamily-friendly meller-drammer.3/1/16Houston, Texasn/a
The Road Theatre Company10 mins, One Act, or Full LengthNew & established playwrights are encouraged to submit. Solo pieces & musicals ok.3/1/16Los Angeles, Californian/a
Trustus TheatreFull LengthComedies & dramas on any topic, with no previous professional productions.3/1/16Columbia, South CarolinaPrize: $250, $500
Ucross FoundFull Length2-6 weeks residency. Both mature & emerging artists are welcome to apply. Apps from playwrights accepted.3/1/16Ucross, WyomingFee: $40
MCL ChicagoFull LengthNew, original musical comedies.3/8/16Chicago, Illinoisn/a
Sedosmax 10 minsTheme: Frenemies. Any genre. Pref with solid female roles. Int’l submissions ok.3/11/16LondonFee: í‚£5 (NOTE: í‚£30 feeí‚  if selected)
Studio C ArtistsOne Act
(max 12 mins)
Theme: í¢â‚¬Å“In The Garage.í¢â‚¬ Comedies or dramas.3/11/16Los Angeles, Californian/a
Fresh Fruit FestAny lengthTheme: “LGBTQ experience.” Playwrights must produce.3/13/16NYCFee: $15
The Kerouac Project10 pgs (sample)3-month residency. Int’l submissions ok.3/13/16Orlando, FloridaFee: $30
Moonlit Wings Prods20-40 minsPlays or musicals. Female driven or gender neutral casts encouraged; suitable to be performed by ages 7-16.3/14/16DC & NYCn/a
Birdhouse Theatre10 minsUnproduced works preferred.3/15/16Mí¢â‚¬â„¢ville, GeorgiaFee: $5
Prize: $100
Brush Creek Found for the Artsmax 20 pgs (sample)2-6 weeks residency, June-November. Apps from playwrights accepted.3/15/16Saratoga, WyomingFee: $35
Djerassi Resident Artists Programmax 30 pgs29-day residency. Apps from playwrights accepted.3/15/16Woodside, CaliforniaFee: $45
Tennessee Womení¢â‚¬â„¢s Theater ProjectFull LengthWomen playwrights only. Playwrights are responsible for securing a director & cast for readings.3/15/16Nashville, TennesseeFee: $25
The Riant TheatreOne Act
(15-30 mins)
Also accepts full-length plays (55-90 mins), musicals (max 120 mins) & short plays (40-50 mins).3/15/16NYCPrize: $1,500
Navigator TheaterFull Length, One Act, 10-minsAll plays must have Sci-Fi elements as a major part of the story. Fee waived for Dramatist Guild members.3/16/16n/aFees: $5-10
Sí¢â‚¬â„¢eastern Louisiana UnivFull LengthPlays geared for a university cast & audience. Open to all playwrights.3/18/16Hammond, LouisianaFee: $10
Manhattan Rep Theatre40-100 minsNew, never produced before plays. Playwright must produce.3/20/16NYCFee: $325 once accepted
Tomo Suru Players8-12 minsAny genre & style. Theme: Love – romantic, familial, friendly. Int’l submissions ok.3/20/16Vancouver, CanadaFee: $10
Prize: $150
Helen Jean Play ContestAny lengthPrevious prods ok. Any subject. First 75 submissions only!3/21/16NYCNo Fee
Prize: $35
Edmonds Driftwood Playersmax 15 minsUnproduced plays only. Theme: Paradox3/30/16Edmonds, WAn/a
Sky Blue Theatre10-30 minsUnpublished plays only. Int’l submissions ok.3/30/16LondonFee: í‚£16
Theatre ConspiracyFull LengthPlays having up to three previous productions are welcome.3/30/16Fort Myers, FloridaPrize: $700
Arts & Letters Drama Prizemax 25 pgsOne-act plays only.3/31/16Mí¢â‚¬â„¢ville, GeorgiaFee: $20
Prize: $1,000
Capital StageFull LengthAny genre.3/31/16Sí¢â‚¬â„¢mento, Californian/a
Festival5130-90 minsScripts must be by female authors.3/31/16N. Kingstown, RIn/a
Geva Theatre CenterFull LengthFull-length plays, translations & adaptations.3/31/16Rochester, New Yorkn/a
Pegasus Theater Companymax 10 minsUnpublished plays by Greater Bay Area playwrights.3/31/16Gí¢â‚¬â„¢ville, Californian/a
Shaw Society2,500-4,000 wordsLooking for an additional scene to a play by Bernard Shaw. Open to all.3/31/16UKFee: í‚£8
Prize: í‚£500
Theatre Southwest20 minsAny subject, theme or genre. Must be previously unproduced in the Houston area.3/31/16Houston, Texasn/a
Door is a Jar Magazinemax 2 pgsNew, unpublished works only.4/1/16n/an/a
Fade to Black Play Festmax 10 minsAny theme & subject. Must be written by an African American playwright.4/1/16Houston, TexasN/a
Grace InFused Theatre FestAny lengthPlays focusing on the Gospel message. Travel assistance available to out-of-state applicants.4/1/16Columbus, OhioFee: $20. Cash prize
Historic Elitch TheatreFull LengthMusicals & non-musicals ok. Women playwrights encouraged.4/1/16Denver, ColoradoFee: $35
Page 73 Develop Programs10 pgs (sample)Early-career playwrights who have completed at least 2-3 plays.4/1/16Brooklyn, New YorkAward: $10,000
South Baldwin Comm Theatremax 10 minsPlays should be appropriate for a family-friendly theatre.4/1/16Gulf Shores, AlabamaPrize: $100
Univ of NH60+ minsPlays that focus on a culture other than the US. Any style, including musical.4/1/16Durham, New HampshirePrize: $5,000
Pittsburgh New Works FestOne Act
(max 40 mins)
Unproduced plays only. Submission fee is $10 if submitted before March 1, 2016; $15 after.4/3/16Pittsburgh, PAFee: See left
Prize: $500


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