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Saturday, July 20, 2024

Kinsman Quarterly Holiday Playwright Contest


Deadline: November 15,  2024 at 11:59 EST


We are looking for holiday scripts for our upcoming collection Holiday Plays for Cultures Worldwide. Submissions should include one-act shorts with themes of holidays, especially from BIPOC and underrepresented cultures. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Easter. Scripts must be original, unpublished works in English, ideal for families and low-budget organizations. Shorts should be between 10 and 20 pages with less than 6 main characters. Winning scripts receive up to $500 USD and publication. 

No fees required. Submissions open until November 15, 2024.

Selected submissions will be published on the Kinsman Quarterly website and promoted on its social media sites and printed advertisements. Copyrights of the individual submissions remain with the authors. Kinsman Avenue Publishing, Inc owns the copyrights to the collection as a unit.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, however submissions should be withdrawn if accepted elsewhere. To ensure that we are able to publish the unpublished work, winning contestants and finalists are asked to wait a full year after publication before they republish the work themselves or with another organization.

Those Eligible
  • individuals 18 years or older
  • authors of BIPOC and underrepresented communities preferred, but not restrictive
  • must be able to receive award payment through Paypal 
Contest Guidelines
  • Each entry should be an original, unpublished work by the submitting author, which does not infringe upon the copyrights of another individual or entity. 
  • Scripts should be between 10 and 20 pages with less than 6 main characters.
  • Submissions must be received by November 15, 2024 at 11:59pm EST.
  • Submissions should feature holiday themes with rich cultural content
  • Participants may enter more than one submission.
  • Changes to the competition entry cannot be made once a work is submitted. However, a revised version may be resubmitted. In such cases, include the word "revision" in the file name. 
Formatting Guidelines (MUST READ) 
  • Submission files must be named by Title_AuthorName. Example: "Missing Diamonds_DoeJohn".
  • All entries must be submitted as an MS Word doc/docx or .pdf file. 
  • All entries must be in 12-point courier font for in a standard play format. 
  • Be sure to remove all track changes from edited text. 
  • Entries that do not adhere to guidelines will not be considered. 


Grand Prize = $500 cash prize and publication in the collection "Holiday Plays for Cultures Worldwide" and as individual scripts on the Kinsman Quarterly website.

1st Runner Up = $250 cash prize and publication in the collection "Holiday Plays for Cultures Worldwide" and as individual scripts on the Kinsman Quarterly website.

2nd Runner Up = $150 cash prize and publication in the collection "Holiday Plays for Cultures Worldwide" and as individual scripts on the Kinsman Quarterly website.

Top 6 Finalists receive a $50 Amazon gift card and publication in the collection "Holiday Plays for Cultures Worldwide" and as individual scripts on the Kinsman Quarterly website.

Announcements are scheduled for October 15, 2024. Kinsman Quarterly reserves the right to extend this deadline and announcements for up to 30 days.

Blackboard Plays' - Reading Series Submission


Deadline: none listed


Founded in 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora. 

 Black Playwrights Submit up to 10 pages in consideration for a Feature reading.

A Feature and a Community Night are the two main ways to have your work supported by Blackboard.

Those not selected for a feature, are encouraged to attend a community night, which is structured like an Open Mic Night for Playwrights, where up to 10 pages is cold-read by Actors in person or on Zoom (During COVID-19 Social Distancing Practices).

Friday, July 19, 2024



Deadline: August 19, 2024


On November 23rd 2024, we will host the 6th Annual Faces of America Monologue Festival at The Marjorie S. Deane Theater in NYC.

To submit your monologue for consideration there are just a few simple rules:

Your monologue must be less than two minutes in length.
We can't stress this enough. If we think your monologue is longer it will not be considered.

Your monologue should represent America's incredible diversity. (BIPOC, AAPI, Latine, and LGBTQIA+ artists are all strongly encouraged to apply).

Monologues can be historical or futuristic, cultural or political, comedic or tragic, spoken or signed!

Include the word "GRACE" somewhere in your monologue.
If this word does not appear in the monologue it will not be considered.

Send your submission to us by the deadline of August 19th using the online form.

Submissions are limited to two per writer. Late entries will not be considered, no matter how much you beg.

We are incredibly excited to read your submissions!

A selection committee will read all submitted monologues that meet the above requirements and pick those that best reflect the many voices that make up America. Submitted monologues remain anonymous to our readers throughout the selection process.

If your monologue is selected for inclusion in the festival, you will be contacted by early October. We will then work with you to cast your monologue from The PGE casting pool and your monologue will be performed at the sixth festival in November 2024 as well as published into an anthology.

Anthologies of the monologues from the first five festivals are available for purchase on Amazon.

Black Sun Lit submission guidelines


Deadline: none listed


Black Sun (generally) reads submissions for digital vestiges year-round, accepts only previously unpublished work, and allows simultaneous submissions in the good faith that the writer promptly notifies us if their work has been accepted elsewhere. 

For consideration, please submit—in one file—either 1–5 works of prose (no more than 5,000 words), up to 5 poems (no more than ten pages), or 1 essay (3,500–5,000 words). 

We are also open to hybrid works, translations, interviews, and/or works of drama, and enjoy debate on any artistic endeavor as it relates to our mission statement.

Thursday, July 18, 2024


Please join us for the powerful, heartfelt, and intimate staged reading (with blocking) at Studios 353! 

Set in the small Upstate New York town of What Cheer, the play examines how dark life can get in the aftermath of a mass shooting. Four moms struggle to function in an unlivable world of grief while the town supports even their most self-destructive coping mechanisms in an effort to just help the women navigate an incomprehensible and senseless tragedy. A young woman moves to What Cheer in search of belonging and connection, unaware she will be the one who shines light on a community stuck in a self-destroying cycle... for the last three years.

Performances: July 19, 20, 21 & 26, 27, 28

Details on the flyer above. 

The 4th Annual Patchwork Play Festival


Deadline: November 30, 2024

Eclectic Full Contact Theater Company announces the opening of submissions for the 4th annual Patchwork Play festival.

To be presented at The Edge Theater, 5451 N Broadway, Chicago, IL.
Feb. 21, 2025 - March 2, 2025

We are currently accepting submissions of New One-Act Plays that embody this years theme of: Redemption

Nine finalists will have their play produced in our festival. 

A $250 Award will be presented for best production as adjudicated by a panel of Chicago Theater professionals. 

​A $250 Audience Award will also be presented to the festival favorite as determined by our audiences.

Submission Requirements:​
  • Play must be previously unproduced. (Staged Reading are fine)
  • Play length not to exceed 30 minutes.
  • Play must reflect the yearly theme. This years theme is: Redemption
  • Play must be received by November 30, 2024
  • Playwrights cannot submit more than 2 scripts per year for Crashbox! If more than 2 scripts are submitted by the same playwright, we’ll pick 2 at random. Only one play per playwright may be featured per Crashbox! Festival per season.
Scripts cannot contain copyrighted music unless the playwright owns the music’s copyright, or has written permission from the music’s copyright owner.
Email submissions to: Patchworkplayfest@gmail.com

Good River Review publishes 10-minute plays


Deadline: none listed


Good River Review is the literary journal of the Sena Jeter Naslund-Karen Mann Graduate School of Writing at Spalding University. We publish two issues a year. Between issues, we regularly feature book reviews, interviews, essays on the practice of writing, and other important literary news.

Dramatic writers may submit scripts for 10-minute stage plays or short films, including TV. We will also consider publishing video of produced scripts.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Go Try Play Write July 2024


Deadline: July 31, 2024


We're proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press. Every month, Kumu Kahua's artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on the first day of that month. We're looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions are always the last day of the month. 

All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

There will be one winner each month. Scripts will be submitted to the judges anonymously. Winners will receive $100 and a subscription to Bamboo Ridge Press. Woo!

The prompt for July 2024 is:

A road rage prompt. Write a 10-page maximum scene or an 8-page maximum monologue of someone having road rage. It could be two or more people going at it, or someone raging in their car. Definitely think about a conclusion to the episode.

Best of luck!

Ridgefield Theater Barn Evening of One-Acts 2025


Deadline: August 15, 2024
Or when they receive 250 submissions

We are now accepting submissions for our Evening of One Acts 2025.

Plays should be unpublished and roughly 10 minutes in length. 

Longer plays (no more than 15 minutes) will be considered, and micro-plays (1-2 minutes) are also welcome.

Plays selected are usually comedic in tone, light, and quirky, but plays with deeper themes are also welcome, provided they are not too serious. Each playwright may submit no more than 2 plays. The submission window will close on August 15th or once we have reached our cap of 250 submissions, whichever comes first.

Playwrights of all backgrounds and gender identities are encouraged to submit. 

Please email your original, unpublished one-act play(s), or any questions, to oneacts@ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org with the subject line “OA 2025 Submission.” 

Playwrights will receive a $50 honorarium if their play is selected for our production.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024








Producing your play or musical is the best way to review and develop your work.
















When you stage your work, you discover ways to enhance and improve your presentation and story.

This is a unique opportunity to invite people from the industry to see your production! People are more likely to go see a show than to read an unsolicited script - some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month. They understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions and this is your chance to show that you can start that process! 

Our dedicated team is here to help you get your work out. We are with you from the moment you begin tech rehearsals, all the way through to your closing performance.

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you choose from the 85 set/furniture pieces we offer to dress your stage for your run, and we will give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system in just 3 minutes, which are intentionally designed to be very user friendly. 


After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to best utilize the space, The Festival’s team will provide prime responses to every inquiry, as well as a telephone # you can call anytime during relevant hours throughout the run of your show


In 12 years and 22 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,400 plays and 300 musicals, as well as rewarding over 300 participating artists cash prizes.


Yours could be the next production onstage!




To submit to the Festival, go to:


Send your submissions now – we only accept submissions from playwrights who lives within 30 miles of Manhattan.


Lucky Lighting 15 Minute Play Festival Looking For Playwrights, Directors, and Actors.


Deadline: none listed

Send to lucky@luckyslightinginc.com

Rehearsals will be Week of August 19th
Tech will be Week of August 26th
Show August 29th-31st

8 plays will be picked to perform and compete in the Festival.

Winner of Festival will earn a Week of Performances of a Developed full length version of the winning piece at later time of their choosing.

To apply, please email us the following:

-Your Name
-Choose (Playwrights, Director, Actor)
-15-20 minutes Script (For Playwrights [pdf. or wrd.] )
-Your Resume/Reel (For Directors and Actor's [pdf. or link] )
-Synopsis of Script (For Playwrights)
-Instragram, YouTube, and/or Facebook handles
-Do you need a Director and/or Actors (For Playwrights)

Chosen Plays will receive an Email the Last Week of July, Early August if you are to be picked to have your play sponsored for the festival.

Directors and Actors will be Contacted the beginning or August.

Before you apply please confirm you are available for the dates of the festival above.

Looking forward in working with you all, see you out in the field.

Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry II Autumn 2024”


Deadline: September 6, 2024

This is Sundog Theatre’s 23nd presentation of new and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats.

This year’s theme: SECRETS EXPOSED.

Plays can be comedies or dramas. However, humor is always appreciated.

Writing Guidelines:

-Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

-10-25 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry.

-Set in a contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, as well as limited and easily accessible props/costumes, and no unusual sound or lighting effects.

-Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.

-No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants or verse

Submission Guidelines:

Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and all contact information) with page numbers and the name of the play on each page to:

Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2024”, PO Box 10183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

-Submissions should include a brief play synopsis (2-3 sentences at most), a 70-word bio, and a full resume of the writer.

-We are not accepting plays electronically. Reasons: hard copies are easier to pass around/make notes on; protects your work; can’t get lost in email chains; and…easier on reading eyes. We will let you know by email that we have received it.


-Questions: info@sundogtheatre.org/Susan Fenley, Producer.

6 plays are chosen by a reading team; writers each receive $200 and plays are produced in five October/November 2024 performances in Staten Island, NY. Plays are cast in NYC, rehearsed, and performed on stage.

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted in September and their names/play titles listed on Sundog’s website in Autumn 2024.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Nomad Theatre seeks 'By the Fireside' Submissions


Deadline: September 15, 2024


Nomad Theatre seeks 2-4 new, unproduced one-acts to be a part of our upcoming show, By the Fireside in February 2025 in Normal, IL.

Nomad's mission is to provide an immersive theatre experience by exposing audience members to eclectic and moving stories, taking theatre outside of a traditional theatre space and into site-specific locations.

What happens inside a cozy cabin by the fire in February? Step inside the Davis Lodge on the shores of Lake Bloomington for one-act plays that take place in this warm and inviting cabin. Within the rustic walls of a secluded retreat, characters grapple with their pasts, secrets and unexpected encounters. The cabin transforms into a character itself, whispering stories of love, loss and redemption.

Selected plays must take place at in a cabin with a fireplace. We encourage you to use the space creatively. They must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission.

A picture of the space has been included for your reference.

This call is open to all playwrights in the United States. Selected playwrights receive a $40 honorarium, full production of their show and a ticket to attend. We encourage anyone to submit, even if you’ve never written a play. We want to support underrepresented playwrights, including women, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, disabled, neurodiverse, etc, and encourage you to submit.

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

How well it meets the theme of 'By the Fireside'

Overall writing quality (Plot - we like different or quirky, weird, out-of-the-box theatre; Character Development; Dialogue)

Suitability for our actors and space - low tech, 1-4 characters, flexible casting

Submissions will open on May 5th and close on September 15th, 2024. Selected playwrights will receive notification by January 8, 2025. If you have not received notification from us by that date, we did not choose you for the production.

Submission Guidelines:

1 submission per playwright.

a running time of 30-45 minutes long

A cover page should include the title, the playwright’s name, contact information, a brief synopsis, and character descriptions.

Pages should be numbered.

Minimum of 1, maximum of 4 characters

Label your document as TitleOfPlay_LastName

Must take place in a cabin around a fireplace.

No musicals.

We suggest formatting similar to the Dramatist Guild Guidelines: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/sites/default/files/2020-01/General-SFI-Formatting-Guidelines-Complete.pdf

If you have questions or need any accommodations for submission, please email nomadtheatresubmissions@gmail.com

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Science Playwriting Competition 2024 ~ 10-minute plays


Deadline: September 15, 2024

The Science Playwriting Competition brings science and theatre together for the dissemination of scientific knowledge through an intriguing lens — providing inspiration for plays that lead to exciting ways of learning about science. Rooted in artistic expression, the best science plays can be exceptional works of art that aesthetically convey scientific concepts, potentially resulting in further explorations in both disciplines. In this way, science and theatre may learn from each other, through their common goals of investigating and gaining an understanding of the significance of science and how the world works.

The competition commenced in 2012 with the assistance of an NSF grant awarded for scientific outreach projects initiated by Professor of Physics Christopher Herzog with additional support from the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. The competition draws playwrights from all over the world who submit 10-minute plays with compelling stories and innovative expression of science and theatricality.

The preferred topics in hard sciences and technology include, but are not limited to: Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Space Exploration, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Anthropology and Archaeology.

-A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Spring 2025 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.


– Plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, live-staged reading of their work in the spring 2025 semester.
– Plays must include a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be original unpublished work and must not be created with the assistance of any form of AI.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center of Geometry and Physics and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Echoes Writers Group at Primary Stages 2024


Deadline: July 22, 2024


The Echoes Writers Group at Primary Stages is a year-long, educational program focused on finding, nurturing, and amplifying the voices of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists. Echoes will be a place for writers to find and develop their voices in a supportive and creative community that grows together. The group is composed of 8 writers who are just starting to discover their voice and are ready to commit to the craft of playwriting.

The Group participates in playwriting classes with guest mentors as a cohort in the Fall In the Spring, the Group will continue as a cohort with weekly sharing sessions, and also enroll in a class of their choice at the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), selecting a class in conjunction with the Primary Stages team that will best move their writing forward. In both semesters, writers will have the chance to create and develop their own work with professionals who represent a vast array of fields and writing styles. Past Mentors include Cusi Cram, Brittany K. Allen, Tina Satter, Chisa Hutchinson, Madhuri Shekar, Migdalia Cruz, and Mfoniso Udofia. ESPA classes include such offerings as The First Draft, Rewriting Your Draft, Comedy Writing, 10-Minute Plays and One Acts, The Dramaturgy of Playwriting, and more.

Program meetings will happen via Zoom, with the option of taking ESPA classes either on Zoom or in-person at ART/NY at 520 8th Avenue in NYC. Each Group member will receive a $500 honorarium.

We are looking for people who love to write but have not had the chance to fully explore their passion in a professional or academic setting. Women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming writers have faced many barriers to pursuing and developing their writing, and this is meant to be a supportive and creative space that will offer mentorship, support, and community to those who are seeking to develop their voice. Whether you’ve stepped away from your writing and wish to reinvest in your passion, want to expand the scope of your writing, are discovering a new creative interest, or anything in between, we’re looking for undeveloped and undiscovered voices who need room to grow.

Primary Stages strives to reflect the story of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, classes, ages, and abilities, and hopes for this group to reflect the America around us as opposed to what has historically been taught and represented.

All applications are due Monday, July 22. All applicants will be contacted by the end of August regarding their selection status, and finalists will be asked for a virtual interview.

If you have any issues uploading your application materials, please reach out to echoes@primarystages.org.



Deadline: July 15, 2024

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS seeks plays up to 25 pages (no musicals) to be performed in our annual One Act Slam on September 28th at 2:00 pm at the Unity Center (213 West 58th Street.)

The Slam is a one act play competition. The audience votes for their favorite play, and the winning playwright receives a $100 cash prize

Please email plays in PDF form to plays.balproductions@gmail.com with the title of the play and author in the subject line.

Limit one play submission per playwright.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Call for Submissions - People’s Theatre Project Playwright Unit 2024


Submission Deadline: July 15, 2024



For any questions regarding People’s Theatre Project Playwright Unit 2024, please email sinny@peoplestheatreproject.org.

A brief artist statement (250 words max): Tell us who you are as a writer.
A 10-page excerpt of an in-progress play The excerpt can be any part of the play but be sure context is clear. Make sure it shows off who you are as a playwright.
The play is unpublished and unproduced but still in progress.
Cast Size: Maximum 6 actors.
The play is written primarily in English.
We are not accepting musicals or adaptations at this time. 
You will develop this play into a one act (65-80 pages) for PTP’s One Act Reading Festival.

Calling all vibrant voices from the Latiné, Black, Queer, and/or immigrant playwrights to share your powerful narratives!

People’s Theatre Project (PTP) Playwright Unit 2024 invites established playwrights to submit a work-in-progress. Three playwrights will be chosen to develop One Act plays each under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez. The culminating plays will be showcased at PTP’s One Act Reading Festival in December 2024.

About PTP

Over the last 15 years, People’s Theatre Project has been creating theatre with and for the immigrant community to create a more just and equitable world and doing this through Productions, Education, and Advocacy. Over the last 5 years, we have specifically been producing plays created by and about the immigrant experience in NYC. The Playwright Unit is an integral part of PTP’s mission to support Latiné, Black, Queer, and immigrant playwrights in promoting innovative theatrical works. During the next artistic season, PTP will present a Staged Reading Festival featuring three original one act plays in December 2024.


Ongoing Support to Develop Your Play: Develop your work-in-progress into a one act in bi-weekly workshops led by award-winning playwright Marco Antonio Rodriguez.

Actor Readings and Feedback: Have actors read your latest writing during workshops and receive supportive feedback.

Insight on the business of show business and resources to access: Gain show business insights and resources from well-recognized industry members to advance your career.
Director and Actors for Staging: Have your one act play directed and staged by professionals.
Showcase your work: Present your play at People’s Theatre Project One Act Reading Festival.
Shared Dinner: Enjoy meals provided during each in-person workshop.

$1,000 Stipend for your participation.

PTP will receive

The right of first refusal to produce the selected plays within a specific time period.

ELIGIBILITY:Latiné, Black, Queer, and/or immigrant playwrights.
Established playwrights who have had at least one professional production.
Local NYC and its surrounding areas. If not living in the NYC metropolitan area, you must be willing to travel to NYC for bi-weekly in-person sessions.
Must be available to attend in-person workshops and Reading Festival.

SCHEDULE: Developmental WorkshopsWed, Aug 28, 6-8pm
Wed, Sep 4, 6-8pm
Wed, Sep 18, 6-8pm
Wed, Oct 2, 6-8pm
Wed, Oct 16, 6-8pm
Wed, Oct 30, 6-8pm
Wed, Nov 13, 6-8pm
Wed, Nov 20, 6-8pm

Location: PTP Office, 700 W 192nd St Suite 2, New York, NY 10040

One Act Reading Festival Dec 2- Dec 8

Each play will have a one day rehearsal that culminates in a public staged reading.

Venue: TBA

Reflection meeting Wed, Dec 11, 6-8pm. Online

SUBMISSION SCHEDULE July 15, 2024: Submissions Close, or when 100 submissions are received
Aug 5, 2024: Finalists invited to online interviews
Aug 16, 2024: Participants Selected

Red Umbrella Theatre Company offers workshops for new and undiscovered or beginning playwrights


Deadline: none listed


Red Umbrella Theatre Company's (RUTC) goal is create a space of cultivation for new and undiscovered or beginning playwrights. Through this program, participants agree to meet (whether in person or Zoom, depending on the group) to share new pages, give feedback, and help each other to create new work over the course of a few months. These will be rolling groups that can continue throughout the year, in segments of 3-6 months, depending on the goal length of the play or musical.

If each group is filled out, we hope to create a cultivating groups for musicals, full length plays, and short plays.

Connor Kopko, RUTC's Artistic director, has a passion for developing new work, and is committed to producing 2 new plays each year. He also hopes to help push multiple short plays into the festival circuit. The ultimate goal is for you to see your work come to life on stage. While joining this group is not a guarantee of that, you will be given the opportunity to submit your work for consideration for production in a black box theatre in New York City.

We can't wait to see what you write!



Deadline: July 31, 2024

GATHER BY THE GHOST LIGHT will be doing a live recording of horror audio plays in October at Le Chat Noir Theatre in Augusta, GA! And we want you to submit your scripts!

GUIDELINES: (please read carefully)

- Open to audio play submissions worldwide from playwrights ages 18 and older

- Multiple submissions are okay

- 20 pages or less

- No monologues or one-person plays

- No musicals

- ONLY Horror genre scripts, adult language and situations are allowed.

- Produced scripts are okay but no published scripts

- Playwrights of selected scripts will be notified in early September.


- MOST IMPORTANT GUIDELINE! - We want scripts that allow for immersive sound fx - chainsaws, monsters snarling, jump scares, gore, haunting ghosts, etc. Creepy dialogue is fun and all but we have a foley guy. Make us use him.



- Selected plays will be performed on October 12 at Le Chat Noir Theatre in front of a live audience and later released on the Gather by the Ghost Light podcast.

- Selected playwrights will each receive $50

- Publication in the Year Five Gather by the Ghost Light companion book

Send scripts to submissions@gatherbytheghostlight.com

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by July 31, 2024.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Can Elaine face her Demons?

Can Elaine face her Demons?
Coming in August... The play, "Elaine' by Julia Genoveva will be performed at The Producers from August 8/22-8/24



Fate puts Elaine and her daughter Vivian back together. Elaine, is a drifter moving around from place to place—in Florida, and then ends up in New York City. She has struggled with substance abuse for most of her adult life. Her childhood friend Ricardo, gives her a place to crash. But to no surprise to him, Elaine doesn’t have two pennies to rub together, and can’t even hold down a job-As bad days and bad nights keep piling up on Elaine, she ends up in the rehab clinic of Vivian’s husband, Charles—so their unexpected reunion becomes inevitable. 
Charles, with a heart of gold wants the best for everyone, and for everyone to settle their differences, so they can all be a big happy family. But things take a turn for the worse. Sometimes Fate only gives you one opportunity to make things right. And when it slips through your fingers, everything gets out of whack…until years later, perhaps things fall into place..

358 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036


New Eyes Festival 2024 - Call for Submissions


Deadline: July 21, 2024

OR when they receive 75 submissions


This series of staged readings of new works from Asian American playwrights is an artistic incubator for thoughts and ideas looking to be born onto the stage. For the 2024 festival, Theater Mu invites playwrights to submit their work for consideration.

Submission Guidelines

Playwrights must be 18+ to submit.

Limit one submission per playwright. Writers may submit as co-writers, but a co-writer may not submit an additional script as a solo playwright or as part of another team.

Scripts need not be in their final form, but they should be complete enough to share with an audience. Please do not submit a script with missing scenes or pages.

While we prefer scripts that require fewer actors, we are accepting scripts that have any number of actors. It would be helpful to include in your submission any information about doubling, if possible. Please include a stage direction reader in your numbering.

New Eyes Festival features work from both Minnesota and out-of-state playwrights. We encourage playwrights from Minnesota, and/or the Midwest to apply. Writers from all geographic regions are considered, including international writers.

Theater Mu cannot pay for travel at this time. If your script is selected and you would like to travel to the Twin Cities yourself, you would be more than welcome! Mu staff would be happy to assist you by making recommendations for local accommodations. We would also be happy to set up a Zoom for a playwright to attend rehearsal and performance remotely, if desired.

Scripts for New Eyes Festival should follow the following criteria:

New scripts - Priority is given to scripts that have not been widely professionally produced, and/or are early in their life cycle. Maybe the script has never been read out loud; maybe the script has had one or two non-professional productions; maybe there has been a production but not in the Midwest. The script also need not be recently written– perhaps you wrote the script a long time ago but never shared it and are curious about giving it a new life. If you are unsure whether your script follows these guidelines, feel free to reach out.

Visionary, mission-focused scripts - Theater Mu's was founded on three core tenets: 
1) Asian American stories, 
2) exemplary theater, and 
3) social justice. 

If you have a point of view that intersects with this mission, we want to hear from you.
Questions? Review our FAQ. 

Further questions can be directed to Literary Manager Jane Peña at jane@theatermu.org.

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship 2024


Deadline: September 12, 2024 (11:59 PM Eastern Time)

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

The applications office staff will be available to answer your emails and phone calls until 5:00 PM Eastern Time on those days. We can be reached at HarvardRadcliffeFellowship@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.

Thursday, July 11, 2024



Deadline: July 18, 2024
Or when 300 scripts are received


Back for the fifth year and taking place at Urbanite Theatre, The 2024 Modern Works Festival is a five-day playwriting contest, reading festival, and celebration of women in theatre.

Three finalists will be selected by a panel of play readers to present their work as a staged reading during the Festival. The Festival will culminate in an audience roundtable discussion, and Festival Passholders will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite of the three works, awarding the winner a prize of $3,200!

Seeking new work from emerging and established female playwrights. Playwrights must be available to attend all festival rehearsals and talkbacks, in Sarasota, FL. Rehearsals will take place September 2 - 4, 2024. Staged Reading performances will take place Sept 5 -8.

Interested playwrights are encouraged to read Urbanite’s mission statement and production history to get an idea of the type of work we produce.

No Entry Fee
Festival Awards:
Winner: $3,200 (1)
Finalists: $650 (2)

Submission Rules & Requirements

Submissions must be from female playwrights
Playwrights must reside in the United States
Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development
Plays that have been previously submitted to Urbanite Theatre or the Modern Works Festival are not eligible to be submitted again
No musicals or translations
Full length plays only (defined as 60 minutes or more)
Must require three performers or fewer
Must include quality, female roles that are well-represented
Must include a contact page and character breakdown
One submission per playwright

Playwright must be available to attend the festival in person (September 4-8, 2024), including rehearsals (Rehearsals: September 2-4, 2024)

Festival Rules & Requirements

Festival Rules and Guidelines:-Three finalists will be chosen to participate in the Modern Works Festival

Each finalist will receive the following: a female professional director and stage manager, stage directions reader, professional actors, a table read, 15 rehearsal hours, a staged reading with a total of three staged reading performances and facilitated post-show talkbacks

Staged readings will have some lighting support, an intro and outro song if wished, music stands, chairs provided, costumes or additional internal music is not allowed as the readings are text focused

Actors, stage managers, directors will be comprised of local and non-local artists, AEA and non AEA

Winner of festival will receive a $3200 prize

The two remaining finalists will each receive an award of $650

All Finalists will receive an additional stipend of $250 to assist with daily food expenses

Housing, Travel to/from Sarasota will be provided

Finalists will be selected by panel of readers and notified by Urbanite Theatre on July 29, 2024

Submissions will be capped after the first 300 scripts are received

The volume of submissions will prevent us from providing individual feedback

Sixth Annual International Human Rights Art Festival


Deadline: August 15, 2024

December 9th - 15th, 2024
The Tank
312 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Results announced by September 8, 2024

The submission window is now open for performance work in any form - every discipline!
Work may not have been produced within the last year in NYC, or be scheduled in the next six months of December 15th, 2024.

Please note:

the performances must be fully produced by you; IHRAF is a presenting platform.
Considering performances 10-20 minutes long!
We accept just one proposal for each application.

Submit all work to costanza@humanrightsartmovement.org

We are jurying work with the following interests, for performance blocks:
  • Climate Change Action
  • Immigration
  • Celebration of Women/Women in Power
  • Celebration of Black Men/Undiscovered Women
  • Shalom/Salaam
  • With Love from Africa

Any other social justice concerns you might have!

Plus: Two Ten Minute Play Festivals

All accepted performers will receive:
  • Performance stipends
  • PR and marketing support
  • 30-minute tech rehearsal
  • Festival TD and SM
  • Free photographic documentation of their performance
  • Free video documentation of their performance

…and bragging rights as participants in this vital and growing NYC creative-activist institution!

Please email our Festival Assistant Producer Costanza Bugiani at costanza@humanrightsartmovement.org with the following:

A brief description of your piece, including approximate running time - we’re accepting 10-20 mins works.

A cover letter, including details regarding the piece’s discipline, issue of concern treated and a brief summary of your artistic goals

Your bios or resumes and the names of any collaborators already on board

A sample of work (scripts, pics, videos, songs, any other links or file that could help us to know more about your project)

As email subject, please type IHRAFestival 2024, then add Association-Company-your name (i.e. IHRAFestival 2024, Joan Doe)

Please note:

Work may not have been produced within the last year in NYC, or be scheduled in the next six months of December 15, 2024.

The performances must be fully produced by you; IHRAF is a presenting platform.

We accept one proposal for each application.

Also, let us know if you already had part of our previous festivals as a performer or in the audience!

We are encouraging New York and Tri-state area based artists. Unfortunately we cannot cover any travel/lodging expenses.

And, remember, there are NO fees for submission!

We are seeking artists who use their creativity as their weapon of justice, and operate under our signature values of
  • Beauty as a fundamental artistic principle; 
  • Sincerity and Vulnerability of presentation; 
  • Celebration of Diversity, and opening doorways of engagement with all members of society.

We believe that creative engagement with all members of the society is the surest path toward social justice and positive change.

The International Human Rights Art Festival, New York City’s pre-eminent arts and human rights performance event, is looking for performers in all media to present work during the week of events and workshops in one of the most welcoming venues for emerging artists in New York City: The Tank!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Agbowó seeks one-act plays for the December 2024 issue

Deadline: August 30, 2024

We will consider one-act plays for publication with running times between 10 and 30 minutes.
Submissions can explore any theme and can be genre-bending as well.

We are open to new ideas so the plays can be experimental. 

The submission should have a maximum cast of 7 characters. There can be room for three minor characters with limited dialogues.

Submissions should include a cover letter with a summary of the play, the name and location of the playwright, the running time, performance history (if it has been performed before), and awards (if it has won any awards).

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word documents.

Only finished scripts of one-act plays are acceptable. Do not submit drafts of works in process. 

Previously produced plays are welcomed.

The play must be a complete one-act play, not a part of a larger work. 

Please remember to indicate in your subject the issue to which you are submitting.

Although we can only accept about 1% of the works submitted to Agbowo, we are always looking to spotlight the best of Africa’s new writing. Our contributors have been shortlisted or have won the Brunel Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, the Caine Prize, and more.

To submit your work, please visit agbowo.org/submissions to read the submission guidelines and compensation. Submissions are now received via the submission form for each genre. Please remember to provide all the details requested. This call is open to all Africans wherever they may live.

Decisions: October 15th

Publication: December 1, 2024

Woodward/Newman Award 2025


Deadline: September 1, 2024


The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen. It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of Constellation’s Mainstage season.

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2025-26 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2026-27 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

If you have questions regarding submissions to the Constellation Stage & Screen, please contact the Literary Manager at literary@seeconstellation.org.


We are currently accepting submissions for the 2025-26 Woodward/Newman Award. 

The award recipient will be announced by May 15, 2025. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).
Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.

You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

Limit of 2 play submissions per year.
$3,000 cash prize is in lieu of royalties for the full production. Housing & transportation will also be provided.

Any unpublished play submitted to Constellation regardless of method (e.g. online form, agent submission, direct contact) may be considered for the Woodward/Newman Award.
Please note that we are moving away from a “finalists” model in lieu of keeping all plays under consideration for extended periods (2yrs). In 2025-26 we will no longer announce finalists and only announce a winner.

If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Submissions are now open for SPF Boo


Deadline: July 25, 2024


Plays run one weekend out of three, Thurs – Sat 7pm, Sunday 3pm.
Oct 3 – 23, 2024

Plays must have a running time of 15 minutes or less (which roughly translates to 15 pages) to qualify for the weekly contest. Each week a winner – selected by audience vote – receives the honor of “Best of the Week” and $100 prize.

The shows are produced entirely by the playwright and their team, are non union, and are presented at the Steve & Marie Sgouros Black Box Theatre – located on the 3rd floor of the historic Players Theatre in the heart of Greenwich Village – NYC. There is one-time $50 tech fee for any play that is chosen and decides to participate. There is NO submission fee.

We are looking for spooky, spoofy, creepy, macabre, or thrilling!

Please also check out this page for details that will improve your play’s chance on getting selected. You can also find our handbook Click here: SPF TIPS

The Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2024


Deadline: August 31, 2024

Annual Competition Guidelines

Since the inception of The Ten-Minute Musicals Project, over sixteen hundred submissions have been received, from librettists, lyricists and composers in seventeen nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Uruguay, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Ukraine.

Stories 1.0 is the full-length musical comprised of works selected in the first several rounds. Several works in Stories 1.0 were workshopped in San Francisco, New York City, Miami, and Nashville over the years. Individual segments have been independently workshopped in Dallas, Chicago, London, and Boston.

SEEKING: Complete original stage musicals which play between seven and twenty minutes. Works which have been previously produced are acceptable, as are excerpts from full-length shows, if they can stand up on their own.

MUSICAL STYLE AND THEATRICAL FORMAT: Any musical style: pop, rock, C&W, show, opera, etc; or theatrical format: comedy, mystery, drama, etc.

CAST SIZE: Maximum of ten performers—five women and five men.


1. A printed script. (Note: printed on paper; not sent as a computer file on disk.) And please make sure your POSTAL ADDRESS appears on it.

2. A CD or DVD of either the entire piece or just the musical material. (Please don’t send a USB flash drive.)

3. A stamped self-addressed large envelope if you want the work returned.


DEADLINE: Simply postmarked by August 31st. (Do not waste money on overnight express, registered, or certified mail. All that's requested is that the package be postmarked by August 31.) Response will be by November 30th.

FINANCIAL REMUNERATION: $250/US royalty advance for each piece selected, with an equal share of licensing royalties when produced.


The Ten-Minute Musicals Project
Michael Koppy, Producer
P.O. Box 461194
West Hollywood, CA 90046 USA

Monday, July 8, 2024

The 2nd Annual Crashbox! Festival An International Festival for Short Live Radio Plays


Deadline: August 31, 2024

A festival of short plays presented in the style of Old Time Radio. We are opening submissions for short genre scripts written to be heard but not seen, which our creative teams will then turn into a night of reader’s theatre, augmented with spectacular live sound effects and music, guaranteed to thrill your ears and ignite your imagination. This annual festival will spotlight a different genre of radio play every year.

This Years Crashbox!'s genre is Fantasy.​

Six finalists will have their play produced in our festival to be presented at The Edge Off Broadway, 1133 W Catalpa Ave, Chicago, IL 60640 December 6th through December 15th. 

All featured plays will receive at minimum a $50 Award. 

A $250 Award will be presented for best production as adjudicated by a panel of Chicago Theater professionals and genre experts. 

A $250 Audience Award will also be presented to the festival favorite as determined by our audiences.

Submission Requirements:

Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2024.

Scripts should be written for radio theatre, meaning only character dialogue, music, and sound effects should be scripted. No stage directions! All elements will be performed live. 

For proper radio play formatting, please follow the link: https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radious.pdf

Crashbox! reads all submissions anonymously. Please provide playwright name and contact information on only the cover page of your submitted script.

Scripts cannot contain copyrighted music unless the playwright owns the music’s copyright, or has written permission from the music’s copyright owner.

Script length not to exceed 20 minutes.

Scripts should be written for a maximum of 5 actors, but infinite characters. Please list all double/triple casting in your play’s character descriptions.

Playwrights cannot submit more than 2 scripts per year for Crashbox! If more than 2 scripts are submitted by the same playwright, we’ll pick 2 at random. Only one play per playwright may be featured per Crashbox! Festival per season.

Scripts must be previously unproduced, BUT may include pre-existing characters created by playwright for previously produced pieces.

Submit scripts as pdfs to crashboxefct@gmail.com 

Important note: We at Crashbox! wish to impress upon our playwrights that this year's festival is intended to celebrate the aesthetic of Fantasy without being beholden to the era or outdated attitudes associated with the genre. 

Plays with plot or character elements that perpetuate racism, sexism, xenophobia or anti-LGBTQ sentiments will not be considered. ​​

Yale Drama Series 2025


Deadline: September 8, 2024

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2025 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:
  • This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered.
  • Translations, adaptations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.
  • The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  • Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page numbered. Plays with images are not accepted.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.

Electronic Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2025 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 15, 2024, and no later than September 8, 2024. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript and submission file name. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

Hardcopy Submissions

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2025 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 15, 2024, and no later than September 8, 2024.

If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, email address (if you have one), and page count; and, a second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.

Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
Contact Us

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT

Or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu

Sunday, July 7, 2024

5th Annual SOOP to NUTS Short Play Festival


Deadline: September 13, 2024

Welcome to the 5th Annual SOOP to NUTS Short Play Festival original short-play competition at our 530 Studios in Pelham, NY (28 minutes from Grand Central Station!)

FESTIVAL DATES: November 8th – 23rd, 2024 at The 530 Studios, 530 Fifth Ave, Pelham, NY.

PRIZES: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place $100.

NUMBER OF PLAYS: There will be 24 plays chosen as semi-finalists each receiving two performances (one evening / one matinee); 6 plays will be chosen for the final evening of competition.

LENGTH: one-act plays between ten and thirty minutes (no more or less!).

PARTICIPANTS: submissions may be made by any *playwright, age 18 or older. (*SOOP does not discriminate based on gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation)

FEES: there is no fee to submit, but if chosen, there is a $85 registration fee to participate.

FORMAT: plays should be submitted in English, in standard stage-play script format, saved as PDF file and submitted through our STN submission form at the bottom of this page.

SUBMISSION LIMITS: Playwrights may submit only ONE play (please send us your best work!)
Original works ONLY! Plays may have maximum of 4 cast members, with minimal sets, costumes and props. No children’s/young adult plays. No musicals.

CASTING / REHEARSAL PROCESS: If chosen, you will be responsible for all staffing (casting, director, etc) and rehearsing of your piece. SOOP can recommend actors/directors, if need be, but we make no guarantees that we can staff your piece! You are responsible for all rehearsals – SOOP will provide each play selected one free rehearsal slot in our studio space (schedule TBD), in addition to the required tech in the final week.

SOOP can provide small set pieces (chairs, tables, small loveseat, etc) as well as some more detailed props. A list will be made available to all participants. That said, we do ask that you keep ALL these requirements to a MINIMUM. Lighting will be a simple wash (lights up-lights down), sound cues can be used if provided – once again, MINIMAL and SIMPLE!

REVIEW / JUDGING PROCESS:All plays will be reviewed by SOOP administrative staff and the 24 semi-finalists will be chosen. These will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis between July 15th and September 13th, with registration due once accepted! Once all spots are filled and confirmed, we will no longer accept new submissions. DEADLINE (space permitting) is 9/13/24.
Each of those selections will receive two performances during the first weekend (Nov 8 – 10) OR the second weekend (Nov 15 – 17).

Each evening’s audience will vote anonymously and the cumulative vote from both performances of each piece will determine our *6 finalists. (*Highest amount of votes from each set of six will determine the first four finalists, then one each from the next highest vote from each weekend will determine the fifth and sixth finalist).

The six finalists will perform on the final night of the festival (Nov 23rd) and will be judged by a panel of theatre professionals comprised of playwrights, actors, directors (TBA). Past Judges have included TONY winner Cady Huffman, Sirius Broadway Radio personality Christine Pedi, Broadway actors John Treacy Egan and Kate Shindle, Broadway Producer Tracey McFarland

PlayZoomers Seeks Short, Online, Holiday Scripts


Deadline: July 31, 2024

PlayZoomers, a live, online theater company, seeks short (10-15 min.) holiday scripts for our December 2024 production. We seek light, humorous, clever plays with themes related to Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, or other December holidays. Scripts should be suitable for online production. There will be no script submission fees required. If we produce your play, you will receive a small stipend.

Please email scripts to playzoomers@gmail.com 

In the email’s subject line, put “Holiday script submission: [title ofplay] by [playwright]”. If you are submitting multiple scripts, send each one in a separate email. Please do not re-submit scripts you have previously sent us.

On the first page of your script include the title, playwright name, estimated run time, and contact information. On the next page, include a logline/brief plot summary, a detailed character breakdown, any production history, and ashort playwright bio. At the end of the script, describe production details, such as backgrounds, costumes, props, music, and sound effects. 

For additional script formatting guidance, go to https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats

The deadline for this round of submissions is July 31, 2024. As we read through scripts, we will acknowledge your submission and reach out to you only if your script is selected for production.

With 110+ professionally produced plays since 2020 - involving more than 285 playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and scores of audience members from 35 states and countries around the world - PlayZoomers has become a national online theatre company and an international theatre community. We feature plays of different genres and lengths, with cast sizes typically ranging from 2 - 6. We work closely with playwrights toadapt their work to a digital platform. We welcome theatre artists and audience members of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Learn more about our nonprofit company at https://www.playzoomers.org

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Apricity Magazine seeks submissions


Deadline: January 6, 2025 at 1:00 AM


Apricity Magazine sprouted from an idea: we want to encompass all art in our fold. Founded in 2016 by Margaret Siu, we are the official literary and arts magazine of the University of Texas at Austin. We are an award winning publication that accepts literary, visual, and performing works from across the world: from Austin to Taipei to Islamabad to Dublin. 

Poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction are welcome. There is no word limit for online submissions, 

HOWEVER if you would like to be considered for print publication, the word limit is 7500 words for prose and 3000 words for poetry. As a champion for expression and voice, we are willing to take almost all subject matters. However, erotica will not be considered. Please do not submit research papers. Editorials are permissible! Note that any works created using AI should not be submitted, nor will it be considered.

Before you submit, please note the following:

NOTIFICATION: You may expect notification of your acceptance or rejection within three months of submitting your piece. As our staff is composed entirely of university students, however, we do not operate from the end of May through the end of August. Any pieces submitted in April and May may not receive a response until August. 

LIMIT: To ensure our reviews are conducted efficiently, we take a maximum of five poetry submissions at a time. Please only submit one short story, nonfiction piece, drama, or other at a time.

NON-PROFIT: We are a non-profit student organization. We intend to direct all net proceeds towards publication improvement and charitable donations focused on education.

FEES: There is no submissions fee, nor is there any payment for publishing your work (currently). However, should you be published in the print publication, you will receive a free contributor’s copy. If you are published online and would like to receive a print edition, you will receive a 60% discount.

Hepburn Hooks - Brown Skinned Girls, An evening of shorts


Deadline: September 25, 2024
Or when they reach 250 submissions

Submit here via Google docs form

For our very first evening of shorts, we are seeking out four female, BlPOC playwrights whose works we will fully produce and present at a London venue to be determined.

HHTC is looking to hear stories from Black and Brown women (in the broad sense of the term). The plays may be set in any era, they may tackle whatever subject you desire, the stories may even not centre Black/Brown women at all!

We are quite simply looking to pick the brains of young, BIPOC female playwrights from all over the world and get a sense of how they feel about the world at large, or about very specific things in it. Let your imagination run wild, do not be afraid to be goofy, cringey, subversive and unapologetically militant, we want to see and hear it all!

The Merriam-Webster defines BIPOC as ‘Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Colour’. This must be understood as a term that includes people of the following descent : Black, Native American, Aboriginal Australians, Asian, Latinx, Middle Eastern, South-Asian, Pacific Islander, and many more…

There is no entry fee for this opportunity. One play, picked by the audience over the two evenings will be presented with the Public's Award and receive a modest stipend. The remaining three playwrights will be offered a free year-long subscription to www.playsubmissionshelper.com, the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of play submission opportunities available anywhere.
  • Playwrights must be aged (at least) 18 at the time of submission.
  • Your play should have a running time of 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Your play should require no more than 4 actors and minimal props.
  • Your play should be in English (mainly).
  • The play should be original, unpublished and it should not have been performed in the UK as of the day of submission.
Submissions containing copyrighted material that does not belong to you cannot be accepted.
Unfortunately, we cannot yet accept musicals.
Your play should NOT BE BLIND.
The document you submit should be a PDF.
Unfortunately, written feedback will only be provided to short-listed writers.
All submissions are final. No revisions to the text of a play will be accepted after it is submitted.

You can submit here : https://forms.gle/j7cZ2JmAcA6s8Lwp9

For updates about the competition and our current projects, follow us on Facebook : Hepburn Hooks Theatre Co., Twitter : @hepburnhooksco and Instagram : @hepburnhookstheatreco."

Friday, July 5, 2024



Deadline: August 12, 2024

FRESH WORDS-AN INTERNATIONAL LITERARY MAGAZINE is open for submissions for its Special One Minute Plays/Monologues Anthology titled'Rewriting Shakespeare' (Volume 1) . Please send all submissions to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The work should be a 1 minute play/monologue that rewrites a scene or incident or monologue or soliloquy from Shakespeare's play.

2. We shall not accept works promoting or glorifying- violence, sexual abuse, racism , hatred or any political ideology.

3. Maximum 5 submissions per playwright.

4. The length of the plays/monologue/soliloquy should be decided by the playwright, keeping in mind that the performance time should not exceed 1 minute. (NOTE: if selected the performance rights and intellectual property rights of work will exclusively remain with the playwright, we shall request for one time publication rights in the anthology. The copyright of the work will revert back to the playwright immediately after publication of the anthology.)

5. Also please send details of Shakespeare's play which inspired your work (Title of the play, Act, scene etc.).

6. All submissions to be sent to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com

7. Submission deadline: August 12th, 2024. (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before August 28th, 2024 through email.).

8. Mention YOUR NAME followed by 'SUBMISSION FOR Rewriting Shakespeare ANTHOLOGY (Volume 1)' in the subject line of your email.

General Guidelines:

1. All submissions must contain a cover letter and a short literary profile (about 70 words) of the playwright in third person narrative.

2. All submissions must be sent typed in MS Word or PDF doc as attachment with the email.

3. The author should mention:

Legal Name:

Pen name (if any):

Snail mail address:

4. Playwright must send a high resolution photo (JPEG format) of self as a separate attachment with the submission.

5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please immediately inform us in case they are accepted elsewhere.

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Masque & Spectacle open for submissions


Deadline: July 31, 2024

Masque & Spectacle reads submissions for its bi-annual issues November 1 – January 31 and May 1 – July 31. Submissions received outside of this time period will be automatically deleted. Responses can be expected within a month. Acceptance rate is around 10%. Submissions not titled/tagged or formatted or properly under the Submissions Guidelines will not be considered for publication.

We do not accept previously published work, and we ask for First Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

For any queries, please contact us at masqueandspectacle@gmail.com.

We welcome 10-minute plays (up to approximately 10 pages in length). No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used.  If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

PLAGUE OF FILTH : A Call for Ten-Minute Plays and Performances

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Deadline: August 1, 2024

The Meat Machine is seeking submissions for our upcoming festival of ten-minute performances that transgress, disrupt, and subvert. We're looking for works that challenge societal norms, question authority, and blur the lines between reality and fiction. Selected works will be directed and performed by the Meat Machine ensemble (with some of our fabulous friends) and published in a zine created especially for the occasion.

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions must be ten-minutes or less. Scripts or Performance Scores are acceptable.

Scripts should be no longer than 10 pages, including stage directions

Performance Scores can provide estimated performance length

What We're Looking For:

Unconventional storytelling methods and narrative structures
Challenging or provocative themes.
Experimentation with form and genre


Open to writers, performers, and artists of all backgrounds and experience levels
Submissions can be from individuals or groups (please include all collaborators in the submission)

There are no location restrictions, writers can be located anywhere

Selection Process:
  • The Meat Machine ensemble will review and select the pieces to be performed
  • Selected plays and performances will be notified by September 1st
  • A public festival featuring selected works will take place October 17th-20th
  • The selected artists will recieve complimentary tickets to the festival (if local) and a copy of the zine (for everyone)

How to Submit:

Please submit your work via email to feedthemeatmachine@gmail.com with the following:

A script or performance score

A brief bio and contact information

Don't be afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of what's acceptable. We want to see your most transgressive work!

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

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