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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Philadelphia Women’s Theatre 10th Annual Festival


Deadline: March 11, 2024


The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival is now seeking playwright submissions for our 10th Annual Festival! This milestone year is a celebration of where we’ve been, where we are going, and the multiplicity of stories, voices, and experiences that make up womanhood.

PWTF fosters and encourages women in the performing arts by offering unique opportunities for exposure, professional, artistic and personal development and a platform for performance. ​PWTF is a women's theatre festival committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. We embrace intersectionality and serve people of all colors and backgrounds, inclusive of our BIPOC, non-binary, and trans community members.

In years past, we’ve focused on specific themes, from motherhood to hometown heroes and- mental health. This year, as we enter our second decade of existence, we aim to simply CELEBRATE.

This year we are seeking submissions in two categories:

1) Full length plays

2) Monologues or shorter one person shows

These will be presented as staged readings during our August 2024 Festival. “Staged reading” means minimal (if any) blocking and no tech. While finished pieces are preferred, we will accept a sample of a work in progress.

If you are submitting a monologue or one person show, please be sure to indicate in the application if you will be performing the work yourself, or if actors and a director are needed.

Submissions are due March 11th, 2024.

All selected playwrights receive a stipend.

The festival will take place August 7th-18th, 2024.

​PWTF is a women's theatre festival committed to diversity, equity and inclusion by embracing all people and viewpoints. We embrace intersectionality and serve people of all colors and backgrounds, inclusive of our BIPOC, non-binary, and trans community members. PWTF does not discriminate based on age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, or ability. Through staffing, casting, and programming that reflects the diverse makeup of our community and our world, we are dedicated to creating accessible theatre for the Greater Philadelphia Region and its theatre artists. Our story is to #ChangeTheStory.

Significant preference will be given to playwrights located within 60 miles of Center City Philadelphia.

If you have any questions about the play submission process or our season, please reach out to Glynnis at glynnis@phillywomenstheatrefest.org.

YouthPlays accepting new work


Deadline: May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

Submission form on the webpage

Welcome! We seek challenging, entertaining plays and musicals that are appropriate for teen and younger actors and/or audiences, as well as shows that have the potential to cross over to universities or community theatres. Please read all guidelines on this page carefully and browse our website to learn more about us before submitting.

Prospective Authors (19 and Under): You may submit one play only through our New Voices One-Act Competition. Submissions run from January 1, 2024 through May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

Prospective Authors: US-based BIPOC playwrights only may submit full scripts. Other authors may email a query (instructions below) about a single play. You may query again when you've heard back from us on your current query or submission.

Current YouthPLAYS Authors: Log in first and then submit as many scripts as you like.

We accept unsolicited submissions of full scripts only from current YouthPLAYS authors, US-based BIPOC authors age 20 or older (please identify yourself as BIPOC in the Note the Publisher) and for the New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights.

All other authors may email a query (no scripts, please) about a single play to submissions@youthplays.com

Please make sure the query includes all of the following in the body of the email (no attachments): The play's title.

A brief synopsis.

The approximate running time.

A cast breakdown (e.g. 2 males, 4 females, 8+ any gender). Please address specifically whether the play contains any significant young (teen or younger) characters.

The producing groups for which you think the play is most appropriate (e.g. high schools, middle schools, TYA theatres, etc.).

Production/development history.

Any encumbrances (e.g. some part of it is published in a non-exclusive anthology). Also, please disclose any agency representation at this time.

Why you believe this play is a fit for our mission.

Again, do NOT include the script, in whole or in part, with your query.

Other Important Submission Notes

If invited/eligible to submit a full script, please make sure it has complete contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, email address) on the title page, as well as a Cast of Characters page with a full cast breakdown. Please make sure the body of your script contains page numbers.
We only consider previously produced musicals, and they must have a completed, digitized (i.e., PDF) score (with orchestrations, if applicable). Musicals for which musical tracks (both for performance and with vocals for rehearsal) are available are strongly preferred.
While we will accept unproduced non-musical plays, we recommend that all works be produced prior to publication so that they can be road tested. At minimum, the play must have had a developmental reading or workshop.

Should your play have any encumbrances (e.g., some part of it is published in an non-exclusive anthology), or if it being simultaneously submitted to other publishers, please note that in the "Author's Note to the Publisher" section. Be advised that we only represent material for which we can be the exclusive licensing agent.

Script submissions through this page only. No emailed scripts (and, of course, no snail mailed scripts.)
Please, no phone calls.

We do not publish screenplays, short stories, novels or poetry.

Response time is typically 6-9 months on scripts (less on queries), but may take up to 9-12 months or longer (and sometimes it's much quicker!). We ask that you only follow up if you have another publication offer to report. In that case, we are happy to expedite consideration of your play so that you may potentially consider both offers.

If at any point your material becomes unavailable (e.g. because you accept another publication offer), please email us immediately so that we can devote our resources to material that is still available to us.
We do not accept submissions of previously submitted plays (either in whole or in part) unless we have specifically requested the resubmission.

Types of MaterialScripts with at least some age-appropriate roles for young actors, even if those roles are likely to be played by adults. We also consider scripts with strongly youth-friendly content and that have a youthful spirit (e.g., Melodramatics, which is an educationally valuable example of melodrama), even if there are no discernibly young characters.

One-act or full-length plays and musicals for schools and youth theatres. We particularly need one-act (and full-length) comedies for high school and middle school performers with large or flexible casts and lots of female roles, as well as mysteries and/or murder mysteries for that age group. One-acts that run 30-35 minutes and are suitable for competition are highly encouraged. We are not particularly looking for more fractured fairy tales unless they offer a very different spin from what we already represent.
BIPOC plays and playwrights. We particularly seek plays that speak to BIPOC teens and youth, plays that deal with the concerns and interests of the Latinx, Black and Indigenous communities, and bilingual plays (particularly English/Spanish) written by BIPOC playwrights. But we are interested in diversity of all kinds!

One-act or full-length plays and musicals in which adult actors or mixed-age casts perform for young audiences (TYA). It is important that the protagonist and preferably other important roles be young characters, even if they are played by older actors.

Short monologues (6-8 minutes) and plays for 2 or more actors (8-10 minutes) with teen/youth characters, particularly comedies.

Adaptations and parodies of well-known titles (please check our site to make sure we don't already have your chosen title). In the case of adaptations, please be sure you have all appropriate permissions (i.e., a written agreement with the underlying rights holder, if the material is not in the public domain) before submitting.

We typically do not accept collections of unrelated stand-alone monologues, as we believe monologues should exist within the larger context of a play.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Live Storytelling Show LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NYC


Deadline: March 2, 2024

Live Storytelling Show LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER NYC will be held 
Saturday, May 11, 2024, 7:30 PM in New York City @The Center At West Park, 165 W 86th St.

Listen To Your Mother NYC is a well-crafted 90-minute journey of true stories about motherhood—being a mom, having a mom, losing a mom, finding a mom—as many interpretations on the theme of mothering as you can imagine. From hilarious and heartwarming, to emotionally intense and profound, 

LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER entertains, energizes, brings community together and leaves everyone feeling a little less alone and a little more understood. That’s the goal.

Listen To Your Mother NYC is looking for TRUE stories about motherhood--the good, the bad, the happy, the sad. Both men and women are encouraged to submit. 

Submission guidelines: 

Your story must be 800 words or fewer.

Auditions are live, in-person at Ripley-Grier Studios (131 W. 72nd St, studio 3F, New York, NY 10023) March 2,12-3 PM (sign up HERE or by SELF-TAPE (submit by We-Transfer) before March 1, 2024, at 8pm to heather@heatherchristiebooks.com with LYTM NYC in the subject line. 

You must be available:
  • Sunday, April 6, 1-4 PM – Full Cast Zoom Rehearsal
  • Monday, May 6, 8-10 PM – Full Cast Zoom Read-through
  • Friday, May 10, 6-10 PM – Live, in-person NYC dress rehearsal (Center at West Park)
  • Saturday, May 11, 1-9 PM – NYC Show Day – Center at West Park
Each storyteller receives a $100 stipend

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program 2024


Deadline: February 29, 2024

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Performing Artist in Residence program allows artists and visitors to experience the Garden through a different lens.

The theme for the 2024 residency is Natural Attraction, celebrating the plant-pollinator relationship through the lens of BBG’s vast and varied collections and the native insects to which they are inextricably linked.

One artist will be selected for a residency in 2024. During the residency, the artist will spend time creating work in and inspired by the Garden. They will host one or two public classes, seminars, or activities, then showcase their final work in September 2024.
Residency Support
  • Access to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden library and archives and a curated package of research material on the Natural Attraction theme
  • Research meetings with gardeners and staff
  • Access to the Garden, including outside of public hours by arrangement
  • Access to BBG’s events and programs
  • A shared desk area and wifi
  • Artist stipend of $7,000, plus opportunity to request production and additional performer support
  • 2024 TimelineApplication accepted: January 15 to February 29
  • Selection: May 1
  • Residency: June 1 to September 30
  • Final Presentation: September 21 & 22

2023 Artist in Residence: Kamala Sankaram

From June through September 2023, Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosted Kamala Sankaram as artist in residence. Drawing inspiration from trees in our collection, tree care and caretakers, and the symbolism of trees as places of gathering, shelter, and culture, Sankaram created two new pieces inspired by the Garden’s 2023 theme, Power of Trees.

2022 Artist in Residence: Jean-René Delsoin

During his summer 2022 residency, Delsoin’s study of BBG’s gardens, plants, trees, and wildlife along with Haitian culture, traditions, and heritage informed a work created and presented in collaboration with NYC-based dance and drum practitioners.


EligibilityDiscipline: Artists interested in the live performance world including (but not limited to) choreographers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, and theater makers.

Artist must be a resident of New York City. This residency does not provide housing or transportation.
Artist must respect the plant life and abide by Garden rules. A residency contract will be executed.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an equal opportunity organization and encourages all eligible applicants to apply.

Application Components

Portfolio of 3–5 pieces of work
Written proposal including:Performance ideas integrating the 2024 theme
Public engagement ideas
Artist’s relation to or interest in botanic subject matter
Anticipated needs for residency supplies, equipment, and space
SelectionApplications will be reviewed by a committee composed of Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff, previous artists in residence, and Brooklyn Committee.
Selection is based on the applicant’s proposal of performance relating to the Natural Attraction theme and relation to or interest in botanic subject matter.

Applications are due by February 29, 2024. Resident will be announced May 1, 2024.

Puppet Theater opportunities from the International Association of Theatre and Performing Arts for Children and Young People


Deadline: February 29, 2024

1. Open Call for Script Ideas

Are you a professional playwright drowning in a sea of creative ideas, with your computer’s memory as the only witness? Channel that overflows into the competition of scripts and stands a chance to see your masterpiece grace our stage in the upcoming theatre seasons. We are on the lookout for innovative ideas that captivate puppet theatre audiences across generations.
✏Your application should enclose: A brief idea of play, i.e.:

A brief outline of the plot and the main message,

The relevance of the play and the need to produce it in the puppet theater genre, Description and justification of the selected target audience.

The initial five pages of the play’s script.

A motivational letter (maximum 500 words) from the author of the idea, including: A brief overview of their creative background,

A rationale for the emphasis on the puppet theatre genre,

An overview of creative aspirations and challenges encountered while developing the play.

A concise CV (1 page).

Please note that submitted plays must be original works that have not been previously staged. Adaptations of existing dramatic or literary pieces will not be considered.
Selected scripts will be developed and presented during upcoming seasons at Liepāja Puppet Theater.

Submit your application in PDF format to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv by 29 February 2024. Themost promising plays will be shortlisted by 7 March 2024, and successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. For any inquiries, please reach out to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv .

2. Open Call for Performance Ideas

The Liepāja Puppet Theater extends an invitation to theatre makers to submit their performance concepts through the Open Call for Performance Ideas. We seek engaging ideas that resonate with audiences of all ages.
✏Submissions should encompass:

A detailed description of the proposed show (totalling no more than 500 words), including.:

A concise plot summary,

A vision for the form and visual concept and

An explanation of its relevance to the chosen target audience,

Details on the type of puppets and their visual representation, accompanied by a justification for why the narrative is best suited for the puppet theatre genre.
A mood board illustrating the style and visual identity of the performance.

A motivational letter (maximum 500 words) from the author elucidating their creative pursuits and reasoning behind a focus on the puppet theatre genre,

Author’s CV (1 page).

Performance ideas may be based on original drama or existing dramatic or literary works. Selected performance ideas will be developed and presented during upcoming seasons at Liepāja Puppet Theater.

Please send your applications in PDF format to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv by 29 February 2024. Shortlisted concepts will be announced by 7 March 2024, and successful applicants will be contacted for interviews. For any inquiries, please reach out to edgars.niklasons@liepajaslelles.lv.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Theatre Three's 26th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2025)


Deadline: September 1, 2024

Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 12,000 submissions from across the world and produced over 140 world premieres by more than 100 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and eight plays each season.

  • Playwrights may only submit one play per Festival.
  • Only unproduced works will be accepted. Please do not submit works that have been submitted for previous Festivals.
  • Plays that have had staged readings or on-line productions are eligible.
  • No adaptations, children’s plays, or musicals.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 30 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • All submissions should be emailed as PDFs with the title in caps followed by the playwright’s name. Example: THE BASKET WEAVERS Jamie Martin
  • Play’s cover sheet must include the author’s information (name, address, telephone, email). A short synopsis is encouraged
  • Any stage play format is acceptable.
  • Submissions should be sent to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 1, 2024.
Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2025), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on THEATRE THREE’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $150 stipend.

Playwrights will receive a standard Dramatists Guild-approved contract and will receive four complimentary tickets to be used at any performances. Playwrights are welcome to attend any rehearsals or performances. Playwrights will receive copies of playbills, postcards, articles, and reviews, as well as a link to all publicity and production photos. THEATRE THREE is responsible for all elements of production; playwrights incur no expenses. THEATRE THREE retains no future production rights.

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted by early December 2024.

Final selection of plays will be announced on THEATRE THREE’s website and Facebook page by December 15, 2024.

Love Letters to the Black Man Series (Remix) v3


Deadline: March 1, 2024

Black Girlz Productions is currently accepting submissions for our Love Letters to the Black Man Series (Remix) v3.

Writers will receive an honorarium and credit for their work.

We are seeking monologues or open letters around the theme of APOLOGY (to the black man). The word count max is 350 words. Writers can submit up to three monologues. PDF or Microsoft Word is acceptable.

Writers can submit monologues that have been previously produced.

The selected work will be presented at our Love Letters to the Black Man event in Southern California. We are currently accepting global submissions. There are no restrictions on eligibility. There are no fees to submit. There are no participation fees. www.blackgirlzproductions.com.

Selected writers will be notified by April 01, 2024. Email monologues to blackgirlzproductions@gmail.com

Monday, February 19, 2024

27th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals


Deadline: April 20, 2024

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 20, 2024 for the 27th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter with the Production to be mounted July 26th thru August 10th, 2024. Once again we are calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. 

Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.
  • All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.
  • All Genres are accepted.
  • Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.
Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages. 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman)

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts MUST be securely bound with brads or three hole punch folder. Preferably no staples.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. We apologize for the inconvenience of mailed in hard copies for all domestic entities, but the fest does make exceptions for overseas entries. If you are entering from another country you may email a PDF to: mimiholloway@gmail.com This is also the email to address any questions.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of each script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 20, 2024. Or for overseas entries emailed before 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2024.

Scripts (hard copies) cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:

Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language for 2023-2024.


Deadline: April 30, 2024

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for works with a running time of at least 40 minutes.

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in a Zoom reading of their submitted work.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submission deadline: April 30, 2024

Submission portfolio must include:

Our Google form found at https://www.synecdocheworks.org/announcing-fellowship/

The play in standard script format, uploaded via the Google form or emailed as an attachment to submissions@synecdocheworks.org

Optional: CV or resume

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Please visit https://www.synecdocheworks.org/announcing-fellowship/ for more information.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Tales from the Brookside ~ TheatreWorks 10-Minute Play Festival


Deadline: March 30, 2024


2024 “Tales from the Brookside” TheatreWorks 10-Minute Play Festival August 20 – August 24, 2024
TheatreWorks in New Milford, CT is accepting submissions for our 2024 10-Minute Play Festival, “Tales from the Brookside.”

A total of twenty 10-minute plays will be accepted by our panel of judges from among those submitted.

TW Playwrights Workshop, held two Wednesday evenings each month, is available to help further development of your play. Please join our Facebook group, TW Playwrights Workshop Group | Facebook for meeting notifications. Our doors are open to everyone.

The twenty selected plays will be presented once on one of the first three performance dates (Tues. August 20, Wed. August 21, or Thur. August 22 at 8:00 PM.)

Two plays from each night will move into the semi-finals on Friday, August 23 at 8:00 PM. Four plays will be chosen from the semi-final performances for the finals on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 PM.

CASH PRIZES will be awarded to the winners in each category (more to follow as we approach the event.)

Playwrights (or their representatives) are responsible for the production of their plays including DIRECTING, casting, rehearsals, props, etc. TheatreWorks New Milford will provide limited set pieces, lighting/sound, equipment, and the production staff.

Submissions MUST be received NO LATER THAN MARCH 30th, 2024 and typed in standard play- script format, and be no more than ten (10) pages in a font size no smaller than 12-point. Only plays with running times of ten (10) minutes or less will be eligible for prizes. Plays that run beyond 10 minutes may be subject to disqualification.

Submissions MUST include playwright contact info on the title page. Judging is based on a combination of the audience and a panel of judges.

Selectees will be notified BY June 30, 2024. Early submissions may receive early notification.

A maximum of two submissions per playwright will be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be a mandatory pre-production meeting for ALL playwrights and/or their representatives in mid-July 2024. An exact date will be announced when selections are final, and playwrights have been notified.

Additional questions can be sent to info@theatreworks.us or 860-350-6863.

PAC NYC ~ The Democracy Cycle


Deadline: April 1, 2024, 5:00 PM EST

Over a 5-year period, The Democracy Cycle – a collaboration between the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) and Galvan Initiatives – will commission and develop 25 new performing arts works across the fields of theater, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance that express themes related to the nature and practice of democracy, particularly as it is practiced in the United States.

Our hope is that the commissioned projects will enrich and expand discussion of and participation in democracy – be it in the national, state, regional, or hyperlocal community realm – as it is practiced within the United States and worldwide. The Democracy Cycle project is inspired by the following beliefs:Democratic values are a global expression of humanity’s striving to live with one another with respect and in peace.

Democracy, as practiced in the United States, includes a history of founding exclusions. It has been, and must continue to be, the ongoing work of our society to expand upon the ideals of inclusivity embedded in our founding documents.

Democracy faces significant perceived and actual threats in the current moment, both domestically and internationally.

The Intersection of capitalism and democracy creates both opportunities and tensions.
Artists are the beating heart of democratic values because of their ability to imagine new worlds, envision new possibilities, and provoke meaningful discourse across divides.

The primary focus of The Democracy Cycle will be on democracy as it is currently being practiced in the United States. However, commissioned projects may include references to democracies worldwide provided they have potential for informing and deepening our understanding of American democracy.

The Commission

Artists will receive a commission of $30,000 to create the new work and an additional $30,000 in support of the work’s development (research, readings, workshops etc.).

The Timeline
  • January 16, 2024: Application portal opens for Round One Open Call
  • February 15, 1:00pm EST: Live webinar where the Democracy Cycle staff will give an overview of the steps to apply and the application elements, with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end.
  • April 1, 2024, 5:00 PM EST: Application deadline date for Round One Open Call
  • May-June 2024: Applications are screened for eligibility by TDC staff. Eligible proposals are reviewed by a minimum of two Readers. Using Reader’s evaluative scores, a list of finalists is developed.
  • Spring/summer 2024: A peer panel drawn from the fields of performing arts and the study and practice of democracy reviews finalists’ proposals and selects 8 projects to receive the 2024 commissions.
  • September 2024: All Round One Open Call applicants notified of their project’s status.
  • Early 2025: Round Two Open Call timeline and guidelines announced
  • Early 2026: Round Three Open Call timeline and guidelines announced

Eligible applicants must:
  • Be generative artists working in the field of theater, dance, music, opera, or multi-disciplinary performance
  • Have completed and presented at least 2 full-length prior works of performance publicly, as evidenced by their bio, CV and/or work samples.
  • Propose a new live performance work which may be at any stage of development, but may not be planned to premiere before November 1, 2024. (Remounts of previously completed/premiered works are ineligible.)
  • Propose a new live performance work which is planned to be completed in 2025, 2026, or 2027.
  • Be prepared to manage the income-tax implications of accepting a commission from a U.S.-based arts organization. (U.S. citizenship is not a requirement.)
Proposals are not eligible if
  • The lead artist is enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting program
  • The lead artist is under the age of eighteen
  • The main purpose of the project is the curation or documentation of existing work(s)
  • The proposed work advocates by name for the success or failure of a current partisan candidate for office or a political party
  • The lead artist or any of the main collaborators are employees or immediate family of employees of PAC NYC or Galvan Initiatives

Selection Criteria

Readers and panelists will consider the following in selecting the commissioned projects:How does the proposed work model, hold accountable, expand, critique, or celebrate democracy, the practice of democracy, and democratic ideals? How has the artist or artists identified and responded to ideas or themes related to democracy, including core democratic principles and values (ex. political equality, majority rule, minority rights, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, among others.)

Does the work demonstrate clear potential for generating meaningful reflection and discourse on democracy as demonstrated by project narrative, samples of prior work, and artistic history of its collaborators.

Application Requirements

You will submit your application through Submittable. To do so, you will need to have or create a free Submittable account.

Arakana Magazine seeks submissions


Deadline: ongoing


Arkana is looking for polished scripts that illuminate truths and push boundaries. We accept ten-minute plays and scripts that are 20-pages or under.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Onstage/Offstage is looking for 10-minute plays to produce and air on its podcast.


Deadline: February 20, 2024

2024 theme: “Missing Home.” This could be any situation in which someone is away from where they are meant to be: a family, a town, a country, a person. Or something else. Is your protagonist trying to return? Are they trying to move farther away? Is home safe or antagonistic? What is your protagonist's goal? What are their obstacles?

A scary play that includes a stock monster such as vampire, werewolf, mummy, ghoul, etc. This character must have lines and be a significant element of the play. It will be aired in October.

Please read all requirements below, especially noting the dates and times during which submissions will be accepted. If you send a submission outside this timeframe, it will not be read!

By submitting, you agree to all the following:

1. Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded by Onstage/Offstage artists. If selected, you agree that performances of your play will be broadcast on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca Community Radio, podcasted at www.onstageoffstage.org and Podbean (and others) on a date of our choosing, and permanently archived with OSOS. Your name as playwright will be prominently displayed. We will also share a link to your website, if you like.

2. **Playwrights will do a short interview to accompany the episode airing their play.**


4. Remember this is audio! Don't submit plays that require extensive reading of stage directions. The work should be overwhelmingly dialogue.

5. Comedies and dramas between 8 and 10 minutes welcome. **THREE (3) characters maximum.** **No monologues.**

6. No excessively offensive language. Not that we are against strong language in a work, but we have to bleep it for broadcast and that's more work for us. The recording remains au naturel for the podcast.

7. Format: Submit your play IN PDF format with playwright contact info, synopsis/teaser, cast/tech/set 
info on cover page, and pages numbered. (You'd be surprised. No, really, you would.)

8. ONE PLAY PER PLAYWRIGHT. Submit either for “Missing Home” or “Scary,” not both.

9. Follow this format for file names: OSOS 2024 Theme Yourlastname Play title
  • OSOS 2024 Missing Home Shakespeare Iago in Sensitivity Therapy. . . or
  • OSOS 2024 Scary Shakespeare Hamlet Wants His Mummy
Has your play been produced before? WE DON'T HOLD THAT AGAINST YOU. Send it.

We'd love to be able to remunerate you for your creativity, talent, and efforts in writing and submitting your work, but we are a very small operation and our funding is nil. What we can offer are a chance to talk about yourself as an artist and a sound recording of your play produced on air.

**We exuberantly encourage playwrights from historically marginalized communities to submit!**

Submit here

Coachella Review open for submissions


Deadline: March 9, 2024 3AM

We welcome dramatic writing for both stage and screen. We’re interested in scripts 10 to 12 pages in length but welcome and encourage shorter pieces, such as monologues of up to 1,500 words. Screenplays should follow American Standard format. Stage plays may be in American Standard or any other format that serves the story.

We will also consider scripts (including excerpts) for produced short films not yet widely available (showings at festivals are fine, but the film should not be made publicly available on the internet until the week of the journal issue’s publication).

For editorial purposes, we prefer work submitted as Word or Final Draft documents. We do not accept PDF files.

Please do not include any photography, illustrations, or other attachments that will not be included in the final published work. If your work does include such additions, you must provide copyright information and permissions in your cover letter.

In addition to your submission, please include the following information in your cover letter: the title of your entry, its genre and word count, and your email address (we will use it if we don't hear from you through Submittable).

Multiple submissions for the same genre in the same reading period are not accepted, but simultaneous submissions to other journals are accepted. If you would like to submit to multiple genres (e.g. a piece of fiction and three poems), please contact us directly to alert us of such a submission. We will only publish one submission per author per issue.

We do not accept work currently published on the internet, including on social media and in podcasts.

Village Playwrights' Annual Pride Festival 2024


Deadline: February 28, 2024


Thank you for submitting to Village Playwrights' Annual Pride Festival! This year, we are thrilled to announce that due to the support of the A.R.T. NY/NYSCA Creative Opportunity Fund, Village Playwrights has advanced the festival's format from a 10-minute play festival to a festival of one-acts. We will be selecting 4 plays for the two-night festival, with each play receiving two produced performances with an audience. Each artist involved will receive a modest honorarium for their contribution to the festival, in addition to rehearsal space and limited administrative support from the Village Playwrights team.

The festival will be held in early June, in honor of Pride month. Plays are encouraged to speak to the Pride theme in whatever way the playwright feels appropriate. Adherence to theme will have bearing in the selection of the plays, but we are open to your wildest interpretations!

Thank you again for submitting your work to Village Playwrights. We look forward to reading it– and best of luck.


Village Playwrights

Friday, February 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.


The Festival offers up to $8,000 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.

Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience. Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing.

Prize categories include:

2 BEST ACTORS $500 each
2 BEST ACTRESSES $500 each




Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical live on a New York City stage in Manhattan!

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. 

Why is the New York Theater Festival a mecca for new Productions?



We offer:

A quality venue... 
75 seats. A stage the size of your average 2-bedroom apartment in Manhattan (30’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors, and plenty of storage.

Need set pieces? No problem. 
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set pieces in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our set pieces but we also offer free storage for all the props you will need for your production for the duration of your run. Double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket is an enormous hassle. It’s also annoying to lug all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run. Don’t sweat it. We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our set pieces at:

Easy to use technology

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for a variety of scenes? You are also free to use our projector that projects a backstage image of 16×12′. Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that have had no previous experience. You do not need to be a tech expert to use them.

If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music? We also have a good upright piano you can for your use

·We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (60-90 minutes) we give 4 hours for your tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minutes) we give you 2 hours, and for a Short (5-20 minutes), we give you 60 minutes. 
What can you accomplish with the short tech rehearsals (or none at all) offered by other theater festivals? Absolutely nothing (say it again)! We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident in how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time - (after all, time is money)!

What’s more important than advertising your show?

Many festival websites do not display your show properly. Many that do will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail for a poster. Check out our posts with previous productions and you will immediately see the difference – we advertise with large posters and detailed information.

You can share the link of the post that we create for you without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community. Furthermore, all cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all the other shows in the festival! 
Check out our posts: https://NewYorkTheaterFestival.com/

Prime performance hours 
We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 2 months, each production has time to breathe. 
No seasonal volunteers 
One of our principal team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances. You will always see a familiar face! Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours by the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Our team members are knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch. 
Award ceremony 
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

What Co One-Act Play Festival 2024


Deadline: March 1, 2024

Selected plays will be presented this Spring to the public at The Theater at WHATCO

Harrison, NJ

  • All plays must be completed one-acts running 5-30 minutes in length
  • Limit of 3 submissions per playwright
  • Plays in English, Spanish or Portuguese are welcome
  • Content should be appropriately PG-13
  • Info: oneacts@whatconj.org

Torch Literary Arts publishes original creative work by Black women writers


Deadline: rolling basis


Torch Literary Arts welcomes submissions of original creative work by Black women writers. We are interested in work that challenges and disrupts preconceived notions of what contemporary writing by Black women should be. Your stories and poems are valuable and necessary. Write freely and submit what you are excited to share with the world.

Submissions are accepted for Friday Features only. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.

Simultaneous submissions to other journals are welcome as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Include a one (1) page cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted.

Upload your text submission as a Word (DOC, DOCX) or portable document format/PDF (PDF).

Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.

Numbered pages.

Margins should be set at no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”.

Poetry: submit up to five (5) poems totaling no more than eight (8) pages.

Fiction, Hybrid genre: 12-point font. No more than ten (10) pages or 2500 words (whichever is achieved first). Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

Drama/Screenwriting: submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than ten (10) pages. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Indicate if a performance video or dramatic audio reading will be available with the text submission if selected.

We do not reprint previously published work for TORCH Friday Features.

Submitting Online
We accept submissions via our online submission management system only. Submissions via postal mail or email will be discarded without response.

Notifications and Queries

Please allow up to three months for a decision. Using our online submissions system, you will be able to track the status of your submission.

Publication & Compensation
Publication is online at TorchLiteraryArts.org, unless expressly stated for special publications.

Authors whose work is selected for a Friday Feature will receive a $100 (US) payment for publication.

All rights revert back to the author after publication.


All work accepted for publication will be considered for nomination for internal and external awards such as The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, etc.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration 2024


Deadline: April 15, 2024

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration is a workshop and showcase featuring the work of student and professional Black and Latino playwrights.

April 15, 2024 deadline will be considered. Notification of selected writers by June 30, 2024.

Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person or using the submission form. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. 

Send manuscripts to:
Department of Theatre & Dance | Texas State University
601 University Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666
ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks full-length plays from veterans


Deadline: July 3, 2024 

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a full-length play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria: 
  • current or former US military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service, or intelligence service veteran OR 
  • immediate family member of a current or former military, law enforcement, fire, EMS, foreign service or intelligence service veteran (“immediate family member” means: parents, siblings, children and spouse.) 
Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to info@vetrep.org OR via the submission portal on the VetRep website at: https://vetrep.org/submissions/. If emailing, submission must include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email. 

  •  Must be a full-length, completed play; 
  • Any genre/any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service 
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, one-act, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language 
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. 
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party 
Playwrights may submit more than one play.

Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2024. (Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline). There is no participation or submission fee. There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Elmwood Playhouse Inaugural One-Act Weekend Showcasing Local Theatrical Talent


Deadline: February 29, 2024

Elmwood Playhouse will be hosting a One Act Weekend on July 26th, 27th, and 28th 2024! The goal is to showcase the amazing talent of local playwrights.

Local means within 50 miles of Nyack New York. This includes New York City.

If you are one of these people, we invite you to submit your show for consideration! Please note, this is not a competition.

Here are the guidelines for submission:

Time Frame – Submissions will be accepted from February 1st through February 29th 2024. Selections will be chosen no later than April 30th. If your show is selected, you will be notified by this date.

Number of allowed submissions – A playwright may not submit more than (3) three plays for consideration

Topic – Any topic you choose! We are looking for a mix of genres. Nothing is off the table.

Length – Up to 45 minutes in length.

Production – If your submission is chosen to be presented, you must provide the actors, director, props, and costumes. We will provide the stage manager, and some furniture (couch, chairs).

Rehearsal – Most of the rehearsals will be on your own. We will provide one to two rehearsals in our studios and one rehearsal on our stage.

Presentation – All shows selected will be presented on all three dates (July 26th, 27th, and 28th 2024). The Friday and Saturday night shows will begin at 8pm. The Sunday show will begin at 2pm. The number of shows selected for the weekend and the order in which they are presented will be determined by Elmwood. If your cast cannot be present at all three shows we will not be able to select your submission

To submit your show, please go here.

4th Annual TYA Play Fest


Deadline: March 15, 2024

In this fourth season of our 2024 TYA Playwrights Festival, ThinkTank Theatre seeks to provide a platform for forward-thinking, diverse voices for Young Adult and Family Audiences.

Submission Guidelines:

- Deadline for submissions: Friday, March 15, 2024.
- Deadline for New Dramatists, Agent and PW Center Submissions: April 15th (If submitting past March 15, 2023, please email tyaplayfest@thinktanktya.org to submit).
- Please submit your play via this Google form to be considered for our 2024 Play Festival by March 15, 2024. 

- We will not be using the tagging on NPX as in the past, it has recommended TYA works that haven't aligned with the needs of our festival. We recognize the additional step required here to submit and appreciated you taking the time to share your work with us as a potential component of our TYA PlayFest.

- For Round One, please select a scene or up to 20 pages from the play that you feel best showcases your piece. If you submit your full play, we will only read the first 20-pages. 
- Please also submit a description of the full-length play.
- Plays should have had no prior Florida Professional Productions.
(If the play has had a workshop production, please include this information on your form, as well as information about the company, # of performances, and contact information, if applicable.)
- Playwrights moved into Round Two for TYA Festival Showcase will be contacted around April 5th to submit the full-length draft of their play. All Playwrights will be contacted by July 15th, regarding their submission

Genres: adaptationadventurebiographycomedydocudrama/historicdramafable/folktalefantasymystery/thrillerparody/spoofperiodscience fictiontragedyyoung audiences

Length: 60-90 minutes90 minutes to two hours

Cast Size: 1–8, if your cast has more than 8 characters, please include a doubling list

Age Appropriateness: ages 14-17, ages 18 and up

Unproduced Work Only?: Can not have been produced in Florida

Playwright Location: United States and Canada

Plays selected for our TYA Festival Showcase receive rehearsal with a professional cast and director, providing an opportunity for the playwright to collaborate with other professionals during the development process. The plays are presented semi-staged, script-in-hand for audiences, providing the playwright further opportunity to develop the work, in the presence of our Tampa Bay community. The date for the TYA Festival Showcase is currently set for August 22-26, 2024. Plays selected for the TYA Festival Showcase are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season with ThinkTank Theatre.

Our Play Festival Audience: At ThinkTank, we make it our mission to produce inspirational, captivating, and forward-thinking professional theater for Young Adults and Family Audiences. ThinkTank believes young people and family audience material should reflect the world our young people currently experience and, as such, we do not shy away from mature topics, subject matter, and language. Please feel free to submit plays that might fit this genre.

Play Content: Plays with diverse casting, special-needs individuals, and characters of a younger experience (to be played by actors aged 14-18) will be given special consideration. We are not currently accepting submissions of musicals at the festival this year.

Jewish Playwrights Lab: Sponsored by our generous host, the Jewish Community Center on the Cohn Campus, there is also a Jewish Playwright Lab category this year for a play that focuses on a clear Jewish theme, content, characters, and/or is focused on current events in the lives of the Jewish community, its people and society.

Selected Playwrights: Playwrights selected for the workshop process will also receive a $500 honorarium for their play submission, generously gifted to the 2024 ThinkTank TYA Playwrights Festival by the Gobioff Foundation, the Florida Division of Arts and Culture, and The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. Our hosts, the Tampa JCCs & Federation, are sponsoring Jewish Playwright Lab Category for our 2024 TYA PlayFest.

This festival is made possible in part by the generous support from the Gobioff Foundation, Florida Division of Arts and Culture, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and our host at the JCC Cohn Campus. Our TYA Playwrights Festival is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for progressive and forward-thinking TYA productions for today’s theaters. Our goal with this program is to select two to four new plays for a collaborative workshop process, with local Tampa Bay Theatre professionals – directors, stage managers, actors and designers, in addition to members of our Young Artists’ Ensemble (YAE) - the Young Artists’ Ensemble Apprentice Company (an auditioned group of high school students from around the Tampa Bay area, who work alongside our professional in an educational apprenticeship program). We are planning for a brief rehearsal period of 3 or 4 rehearsals, allowing time for playwrights to hear and adapt their work within the rehearsal process. The festival will culminate in a presentation of these works for the general public as part of the TYA Festival Showcase, giving ThinkTank and Tampa Bay audiences larger exposure to new works, as well as offering the playwrights an opportunity to get feedback from the audience during the development process.

Questions? Email our Festival Director Sadie Lockhart at TYAPlayFest@ThinkTankTYA.org

RADIOPLAYS - Festival 2023-24


Deadline: April 30, 2024


July 23 through May 2024
(Productions will air continuously)

Works must feature some aspect of LGBT life.

If you skipped our webpage, please see: https://freshfruitfestival.com/radioplays-2023/for details.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please complete all fields on the following pages, attaching requested information or providing the appropriate links. Note this application should be finished in one sitting. Once completed in its entirety, please click "Submit" at the end, to officially submit to this Festival program.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please complete the application fully. Incomplete applications can not be considered. (Script revisions are expected, but staying within length limits).
Submit any required work samples for your work: Text attachments must be in .RTF, .PDF, or .DOC file formats. Supporting files: Do not upload video or audio files; give Links to them only. Video/Audio links may be on Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, or other services. Please make sure you give us a full link and any password required to audit them.

Submissions: Please attach a complete, current or draft version of the text. SHORTS (of 10-30 min. long) and SHOTS! (4 to 12 min) will both be considered for this season's program. Complete rules on the website.

If this work is NOT yet a radio-script: you will be asked to also submit a 2-page excerpt in Radio-Script format, with detailed ambient, blocking, and sound design notes.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival


Deadline: March 15, 2024 11:59 PM CT

DLaniger Productions presents this new 10-minute play festival: a celebration of the voices, stories, and perspectives of Black male playwrights. The goal is to select plays telling authentic stories of the Black experience

The 2024 Black Men Talk Play Festival is aimed at recognizing the voices and stories of Black male playwrights. The project is created by a playwright from Chicago where the festival will be held and selected plays will be produced in August 2024.

Playwrights are invited to submit their scripts from until March 15th. A panel of readers will carefully select the plays to be part of the festival. All submissions will receive a confirmation email. Notifications will be made on or before April 15th. The official list of selected plays and playwrights will be posted on: https://blackmentalkplayfestival.com in late April 2024. Selected playwrights will receive $100.

  • Submissions are due by March 15th at 11:59 pm CT.
  • Script submitted must be the final version in proper play format.
  • Playwrights must submit plays that run from 8-10 minutes or 8-10 pages. Your cover page should have: title of play, your name, email address, and phone number.
  • Plays should feature from two to four characters.
  • Scripts should be written with minimal set and costume requirements.
  • One entry per person.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a professional production.
  • Plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format.
No musicals, screenplays, or monologues will be selected for this festival.
All submissions must be submitted online here: https://forms.gle/fT31Mjzsn3nF8mGn6

StageWorks One Act Jamboree 2024


Deadline: March 8, 2024

Fee waived for members of Dramatist Guild. As Dramatists no longer sends out membership cards, please include letter from the guild certifying active membership when submitting your play.

Submit Your Play

Show Dates: July 26th, 27th, 28th 2024

Writers must submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less)

Alternatively, you may submit your play via our website here. Click "Submit Your Play" (above) to send your manuscript via Google Form. Then, click "Pay Reading Fee" button above to pay your reading fee (online payment convenience fees apply). Manuscripts will NOT be considered until the reading fee has been submitted.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the Summer of 2024 at StageWorks Studio 237.

The production will have auditioned actors, directors chosen by committee, producers, stage managers, ushers, ticket takers, and tech crew.

Writers are encouraged to submit their one-act plays (with a running time of 20 minutes or less) by Friday, March 8, 2024. Entries will be judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality by a committee of three to five. Directors will be chosen by the committee.

Between 6 and 10 winners will receive the prize of a staged production of his or her play at the StageWorks One Act Jamboree, which will be held during the summer of 2024 at StageWorks Studio 237.

Plays will be judged on the following criteria:

Character Development
Overall writing quality

Playwrights are limited to three (3) submissions.

How to Submit:

Please read and follow our submission guidelines. Submissions that are incomplete or do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified. To enter your play, you must submit the following:

(1) Three (3) hard copies of your play (or Google Form submission in advance for electronic submissions/Paypal payment).

Plays should run 20 minutes or less and be written in the proper playwriting format (when in the proper format, running time is approximately one minute per page):

A list of characters with a brief physical description of each should also be included.
Plays should contain 12 or fewer actors.
One person plays are accepted.
No musicals, unless you are providing accompaniment.
Plays should have simple staging and technical needs.

(2) A cover letter with the following information:

The name of your play
Your name full address, full contact information (including your e-mail and phone number)
A brief synopsis of your play (for publicity purposes if your play is selected)
A brief biography

(3) A check in the amount of $20 (US dollars) for each play submitted, made payable to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC. *Fee waived for members of Dramatist Guild (must include copy of front and back of current card with submission)

Please write "One-Act Jamboree" in the check's memo line.

The submission package must be sent to:

StageWorks Theatre Group, INC
237 Hamburg Turnpike
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Attn: One-Act Jamboree


At the conclusion of the jamboree, one winner will receive a $250 cash prize based on audience vote.

Carlo Annoni 2024 International Playwriting Prize


Deadline: April 30, 2024

The Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize is now open for submissions with topics concerning the LGBTQ+ community, including love, diversity, and identity in a time of gender fluidity.

We accept full-length or short plays, even if already represented.

€1000 (euros) awarded to two best plays (one in English and one in Italian) and special jury mentions on multiple categories.

Award ceremony in Milan, September 2024

Send your submission to info@premiocarloannoni.eu 

Monday, February 12, 2024

Barr Hill Players staged reading


Deadline: March 1, 2024

As a part of our 10th annual season, the Barr Hill Players (BHP) will present a staged reading of new works by emerging playwrights. Selected scripts will be workshopped by our ensemble of acting fellows during the BHP summer intensive in Greensboro, VT, then presented for a developmental staged reading at La MaMa Galleria in New York City on July 17, 2024.

At BHP, we believe actors can serve as generative collaborators in the development of new plays. This reading creates an opportunity for playwrights to gain an outside-in, actor-led perspective to inform further development of their dialogue-driven work.

Deadline: March 1, 2024 (Regular Deadline) / April 1, 2024 (Late Deadline)

Where to submit: https://www.barrhillplayers.org/staged-reading-play-submissions

*Priority may be given to earlier submissions

Length: Full-length or one-act

Cast size: 4-12

*Scripts that can be cast with exactly 12 actors are particularly desirable

Submission types accepted:

Completed draft scripts

Scripts in development (incl. summary, pages-in-progress, and past work sample)

The scripts we’re looking for are:

Written for “balanced” ensembles (actors have roughly equal stage time)

Grounded in spoken dialogue (not primarily movement-based)

Somewhat flexible in ensemble composition (gender, ethnicity, age, etc.)

Eligible under the Actors’ Equity Staged Reading Guidelines (have not been/will not be registered with Actors’ Equity for a Reading Jan-June 2024)

You may submit up to 3 plays (drafts or proposals) for consideration. If you submit the form more than 3 times, only the first 3 submissions will be considered. Please review the FAQs below before submitting.


Q: Do you charge playwrights fees?

No, there are no submission or production fees associated with this opportunity.

Q: Will selected playwrights receive money from ticket sales?

No – the reading will follow Equity protocols for a staged reading, so tickets will not be sold, and the reading will be by invitation only. (The playwright will have the opportunity to invite guests.)

Q: If selected, what will I have to do?

Nothing! If selected, you will not be responsible for finding a cast, director, venue, date, or even attending the reading, though we encourage you to do so. (Caveat: if you are selected with a pitch for an unfinished script, we will work with you to create a schedule to share scenes-in-progress and a “reading ready” draft, and you will be offered 1:1 development support by our Managing Director and Head of Literary.)

Q: Will playwrights attend the Barr Hill Players core intensive in Greensboro, VT?

No, selected playwrights will not attend our 2024 intensive. However, we hope to build lasting relationships with playwrights that may translate into residency and full production opportunities with the future – so if these opportunities excite you, please apply!

Edmonds Driftwood Players 13th Annual Festival of Shorts


Deadline: March 17, 2024 11:59 PM PST

Edmonds Driftwood Players is a volunteer-based nonprofit community theatre based in Edmonds, WA that has been entertaining and educating the community since 1958, making EDP one of the oldest continually operating community theaters in Washington State.

We are pleased to announce our theme and call for submissions for our 13th Annual Festival of Shorts. Our annual playwriting festival provides an opportunity for playwrights to have their works brought to life on stage, as well as gain recognition and potential awards. Some past winners have later been developed into full-length award-winning plays!

The Festival this year will be presented in five performances June 27-30, 2024, featuring eight shorts finalists. The theme for 2024 is “Silver Linings: A consoling or hopeful prospect.” We would love to see both comedic and dramatic stories with uplifting endings.

The finalists are selected from submissions from around the globe. Our volunteer readers and judges are local Seattle-area theatre lovers and playwrights. To keep the process as fair as possible, our readers are given blind copies of script submissions for judging.

After the closing performance, we will announce the winners for:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Judges’ Awards
Overall Audience Favorite

How to Submit Your Short
  • To enter your short play in the festival, please follow the instructions below.Submit an original script for a short play based on the following guidelines:Run time between 10 and 12 minutes
  • Minimum 2 characters – maximum 5 characters
  • Can be staged with minimal sets, props, and costumes.
  • Limited foul language
  • Be sure to incorporate the theme of “Silver Linings” into your story
  • To be eligible for consideration, the play cannot have been previously produced beyond a staged or feedback reading
  • Submit your play by 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, March 17, 2024 to Shorts@EdmondsDriftwoodPlayers.org. Submit two separate documents:A single cover page with the title of your play and your full name, address, email address and phone number.
  • The original short submission (Standard Stage Play Format. For an example, please click HERE) with the script and title of the play ONLY. No identifying information about the playwright is to appear in this “blind” copy. All plays which fail to submit a blind copy of their play will be disqualified. The blind copy of the script preserves anonymity in our reader selections to keep the process as fair for playwrights as possible.

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