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Saturday, December 31, 2022

RADIOPLAYS - Festival 2023


Deadline: January 15, 2023


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 year's program. Complete rules on the website.

Thursday, December 29, 2022

3rd Annual Arts Incubator Short Play Fest


Deadline: January 8, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

For the 3rd consecutive year, we are thrilled to accept script submissions for the Arts Incubator Short Play Fest, which will exist (for the first time ever!) in a hybrid format of online events and in-person readings in and around Irvington, NY, all taking place in March 2023.

Celebrating short, new, and in-development works of theater, the festival was launched by Irvington Theater in 2021. (Explore 2021 and 2022 festivals here.) It is an opportunity for playwrights to share their work with a wider audience and engage with that audience directly — and depending on the medium of their piece, an opportunity to experiment with the virtual format or the chance to experience the latest draft of their play out loud with a small, live audience. 

Submission Guidelines:

Plays should be unpublished, unproduced, and no more than 20 pages in length. Playwrights should only submit one script.

All playwrights are responsible for assembling their casts and creative teams; this is an unpaid, non-union opportunity.

Playwrights should articulate whether they want to be considered for the virtual portion of the festival, the in-person readings in Irvington, New York, or both. (To be considered for the in-person readings, you and your cast/team must be local, or able to travel, to Dobbs Ferry, NY for a to-be-scheduled reading in March 2023.)

Festival participants will be notified by February 2, 2023. If selected for the virtual portion of the festival, playwrights (and their teams) will be asked to deliver a recorded video of their play by February 28, 2022; your video will stream for free on YouTube with other festival selections for a one-week, limited release from March 18-26, 2023. If selected for the in-person portion of the festival, you and your cast will be scheduled for a one-night-only reading of your play on March 25, 2023, alongside other festival selections, at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY (a 45-minute commute from NYC via Metro-North Railroad); you and your team are responsible for any preparation and rehearsals you deem necessary ahead of the in-person reading. All festival selections will be promoted across Irvington Theater social media and widely circulated emails, our website, and in-person signage throughout the Rivertowns, NY.
Submission Materials:

Briefly tell us a bit about who you are as an artist. (150 words or less)

Briefly describe the play you are submitting. (150 words or less)

Tell us if you want to be considered for the virtual portion of the festival, the in-person readings in Dobbs Ferry, NY (see submission guidelines), or both. Please also tell us how you see this festival benefiting your play in its current phase. (250 words or less).

If submitting for the virtual portion of the festival, tell us your vision for deliberately embracing the video format. We encourage you to be as creative as possible!

Please tell us the names of your cast and creative team, or a clear plan of intent to secure them. (We’ll collect headshots and bios from them later!)

Do you have a connection to Irvington Theater or the Rivertowns? If not, please tell us where you are from/based and how you heard about our festival!

Please include a headshot and bio (150 words or less), and if you have a website, share that link as well!
How to Submit:

To submit, email a PDF of your play and all submission materials to ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com with the subject “Short Play Fest Submission: [Name of Play] by [Name of Playwright]” by January 8, 2023 at 11:59pm EST.

Questions? Email us at ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com.

Utah Shakespeare Festival: Words Cubed


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Thank you for your interest in submitting plays to Words Cubed. Our submission process for 2023 begins September 30, 2022 and continues until December 31, 2022. Please note this deadline is a month earlier than previous years.

To have your script considered for Words Cubed, please submit an email to words3@bard.org with the following as attachments:

The whole play, but designate 15-20 contiguous pages to be read as an excerpt. You can designate these pages in the email with your submission.

A one page synopsis of your play, that is, a short description of what happens in your play (not background information on the play, what its theme is, or a “teaser”).

A one page character description (include any suggested doubling).

Please put your last name and name of your play in the subject line (for example “Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus”).

Please do not submit adaptations of works for which you have not already secured the rights.

For Words Cubed, we are not looking for the ‘best’ play submitted, rather a good one that will benefit from, and fit into, our process. Also, how the plays complement one another – we select two for Words Cubed – and complement the season in which they are workshopped is part of our selection process. Additionally, a play that is very similar in theme or plot to recent Words Cubed selections are less likely to be chosen.

Please, only one submission per playwright.

We love musicals; however, our Words Cubed program is not designed to support a sufficient development process for musicals.

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

28 Plays Later 2023


Deadline: January 28, 2023


February, 2023

Now in its ninth year!

Whether you are into Pinter or Panto, Chekov or Chicago, we are looking to inspire you to achieve theatrical greatness and create new work for the stage.

You know nothing about plays? Fantastic! Everyone starts somewhere, right? Jump right in! You’re an old hand at writing for the stage? Awesome! Each playwriting challenge will take your skills into new, fun and fascinating territory.

Every day, you’ll receive a writing brief, then you’ll have 36 hours to write a play in response. Plays can be of any length, genre and language.


Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Conch Shell Productions collective seeks members


Deadline: January 15, 2023



Upcoming membership period: March 2023-Feb 2024

1) As per our mission, members are either of Caribbean ancestry or nationality.

2) Members agree to attend one monthly Writer's Room (online gatherings). Duration: 3 hours per session.

3) Members have the option of sharing up to 10 pages of current work (film, tv or theatre) and get feedback (members will cold read the pages for each other.)

4) Members will sign up to share pages (preferably a month ahead of time)

5) Fellow members, CSP’s dramaturg and AD will provide feedback on works

6) If time allows, meetings will close with a 30 minute silent writing session.

7) Members agree to be Conch Shell Productions ambassadors

Sharing CSP weekly posts via social media
Getting the word out about all online and in person CSP events.
Introduce CSP to possible supporters, sponsors, new audiences, and donors.

8) Members must attend a minimum of 80% monthly meetings and online events.

In-Person events - when possible.

9) Membership in the collective is a yearly membership at no cost to members.

10) Members are welcome to extend their membership into the following year

11) Annual CS New Works Reading Series - November 2023 (dates tbd)

Artistic Director and Dramaturg will greenlight works to be included in the reading series
Playwrights will self-produce their plays for this event
Members have the option to produce a private or public reading of new works - Max cast size: 5.
CSP will finance part or the whole cost of the reading

a) Private readings will be hosted online via Zoom; only invited guests.

b) Public readings will take place online or in-person - depending on the location of the writer (only NYC-based writers are eligible for in-person readings) and COVID restrictions

c) CSP budget for readings - tbd.

d) Reading date(s) in November 2023

Call for Pirandellian Dramaturgies, 2nd edition – Short Stories to Drama


Deadline: December 31, 2022

PSA, the Journal of the Pirandello Society of America (https://www.pirandellosociety.org/psa-journal), seeks submissions of short dramatic pieces (5 to 30 minutes of expected performance time) inspired by Luigi Pirandello’s short stories, for publication in the next or future issues. Scripts should be previously unpublished and unproduced for the stage except for staged readings.

An essential requirement is that proposed dramaturgies draw inspiration from Pirandello’s short stories, for example those recently translated and available at https://www.pirandellointranslation.org/, a project led by Pirandello scholars Lisa Sarti and Michael Subialka that aims at the translation of all of Pirandello’s short stories into contemporary English.

Dramaturgies could take several shapes such as:

1. adaptations for the stage of a single short story
2. adaptations that combine two or three stories
3. dramatic development of a section of a short story
4. monologues/dialogues of characters who appear in the short stories
5. dramatic situations that entail the reading/recitation of passages from the stories

Dramaturgies should avoid adapting the following stories, already utilized for theatre in some form by Pirandellohimself, specifically “The Doctor’s Duty,” “The License,” “The Jar,” “The Imbecile,” “Sicilian Limes,” “Think It Over, Giacomino!,” “A Character’s Tragedy,” “Death Is Upon Him,” “The Changeling,” “It’s Nothing Serious,” “Farewell, Leonora!,” “The Lord of the Ship,” “Mrs. Frola and Mr. Ponza, her Son-in law,” “The Friend to the Wives,” “Interviews with Characters,” and “Characters.”

Instead, inspiration should derive from any of the several other stories – already translated on the websitehttps://www.pirandellointranslation.org or read in a different translation – that did not find a dramatic form yet.

Please e-mail submissions by December 31, 2022 in Word or PDF format to Stefano Boselli, PSA Theatre and Performance Editor, e-mail Stefano.Boselli@unlv.edu. If accepted, playwrights will be notified by March 31, 2023 and scripts will be published on the next issue (XXXV, 2022) or scheduled for publication in subsequent issues.

Monday, December 26, 2022

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗖-𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗲𝗲𝗸𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯

Do you live in or hail from Orange County, CA? If so, please submit a play to OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival! Our twelfth festival happens in August 2023 at Chapman University in Orange.

𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯, 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴𝘀, 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝘂𝗯𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲. Of course, we also welcome non-musical works. As was the case in 2022, we are looking for longer one-act plays (30-60 minutes long) and full-length plays that are roughly 90 minutes long. Each play we produce will receive several performances during the festival.

𝘚𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘱𝘵 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘋𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘴
* Submit scripts to occentric@gmail.com in PDF or MS Word format.
* Submissions accepted through Monday, January 9. Submissions after January 9 will not be considered.
* No submission fee.
* Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty ($100-150).
* No restrictions on language or subject matter, but no nudity.
* Plays should have casts of 12 or less and be producible in a black box theatre space with playing area of approximately 20' x 25'.
* Playwrights may submit a maximum of two plays. If you are resubmitting a script that you have submitted to us within the past three years, let us know if (and how) it differs from the earlier version.
* The playwright’s name and contact information must appear on the title page of the script(s).
* 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝘄𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝘀 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗼𝗿 𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗢𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆, 𝗖𝗔. (For scripts that are collaborations, at least one collaborator must live in or hail from Orange County.)

Since 2011, we have produced scripts from Diana Burbano, Lojo Simon, Megan Breen, Erica Bennett, Karen Fix Curry, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, Joni Ravenna, Robert Riemer, Baylee Shlichtman, Jordan R. Young and many other OC-linked playwrights. Our festival regularly features actors from the OC storefront theater scene, the greater Los Angeles area, and Chapman University students.

Questions? Email us at: occentric@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your work!

Sincerely,Tamiko Washington, Producing Artistic Director
Eric Eberwein, Associate Artistic Director

Grosse Point Theatre seeks 10 minute plays


Deadline: December 31, 2022

According to creator and Michigan playwright Mary Lou Britton, you don’t have to be an accomplished playwright to enter, you just need a desire to tell the story in play form, developing a plot, characters and setting that can engage the audience. 

 SEVEN. FIVE. is the theme for our 2023 Ten-Minute Play Festival in our 75th Anniversary year. 

Writers need to fit the theme into their play, but it does not necessarily need to relate to our anniversary this year. Somehow, the numbers seven (7) and five (5) must be an integral part of the play, not just a random fact in the background.

The deadline for submission of plays for the 2023 Festival is midnight, December 31, 2022. Plays in proper format and length can be submitted electronically to playfestival@gpt.org. There is no charge to enter. Anyone over 18 years of age can enter, GPT member or not, from anywhere in Michigan or across the country. All plays will be evaluated anonymously by out-state judges, with plays to be included in the 2023 Festival announced around March 20, 2023.

The Festival will be held the weekend of June 9 and 10 with exact dates and times to be announced soon. It will be at Christ Church Grosse Pointe in the Undercroft.
Questions and more information can be addressed to Executive Producer Mary Lou Britton at 586/779-8974 or by email to playfestival@gpt.org.

Sunday, December 25, 2022



Deadline: January 3, 2023


Kumu Kahua Theatre is a non-profit theatre company that has presented original productions of special relevance to the people of Hawai‘i since 1971.

Each year Kumu Kahua Theatre co-sponsors a playwriting contest with the UHM Theatre Department in its effort to bring new and exciting drama to the stage. Although Kumu Kahua Theatre has a strong commitment to producing the works of local playwrights in recent years they have produced several plays pertaining to Hawai‘i that have been written by non-Hawai‘i residents. Kumu Kahua Theatre recognizes that many playwrights who have moved to the mainland, for example, may have valuable insights to offer about their local experiences.

The playwriting contest is offered in three separate categories. One prize will be offered in each category. All plays must be original and not involve adaptation form any copyrighted source. They should not have received previous production in their current form. Any number of scripts may be submitted by an individual, but a different pen name must accompany each play. Plays previously submitted to the contest are not eligible. Members of the board of Kumu Kahua Theatre will read all entries in the competition and consider each for workshops, which may lead to a production. Kumu Kahua Theatre is especially interested in plays pertinent to Hawai‘i.

For the Hawai‘i Prize ($600), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience. Some examples of appropriate topics might be: pre-colonial life in the islands; relation between indigenous and colonizer; the coming of whalers; missionaries and merchants; the history of ethnic immigration and adaptation to Hawai‘i; the development of enter-ethnic relationships; labor history; the territorial era; militarization; the move toward statehood; tourism and development; contemporary immigration and diaspora; women’s rights; the experiences of Hawai‘i’s people outside of Hawai‘i. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Pacific/Rim Prize ($450), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Resident Prize ($250), which is open to the residents of Hawai‘i at the time of submission, the plays may be on any topic, and of any length.

To submit a play:

1) You may email your script to kumukahuatheatre@gmail.com or mail three copies. Plays should be formatted/typed on ordinary bond paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.

2) Prepare a front page for the manuscript which bears the play title, pen name, and the division in which the play is being entered. Do not place your name anywhere on the script.

3) In an ordinary envelope place a piece of paper with the following information clearly printed or typed (if you are emailing your script, this should be in the body of your email):

a) play title and pen name

b) playwright's real name

c) social security number

d) address and phone number

e) competition division

4) If you are sending via US Mail, seal the envelope and print or type the play title on the outside.

5) Place the playscript and the sealed envelope in a large envelope (or otherwise wrap them together) and mail to:

Kumu Kahua Playwriting Contest
Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street
Honolulu HI 96813

6) If you are emailing your script, put "2022 Playwriting Contest" in the subject line.

Submitted playscripts become part of Kumu Kahua Theatre/UHM Theatre Department Competition Plays, a collection of manuscripts housed and bound in the Hawaiian and Pacific collection of Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai‘i. Kumu Kahua Theatre reserves first production rights for two years to all contest winners. All other rights are retained by the playwright. Three judges, whose decisions will be final, will be selected by Kumu Kahua Theatre to evaluate the plays. If, in the opinion of the judges, the plays submitted do not show sufficient merit, one or more prizes may be withheld. Results of the contest will be announced to the press.

All contestants will be notified. Stay tuned for recent contest winners!

Any more questions? Contact us.

Jellybucket seeks 10-minute plays from Non-Binary/Transgender Writers


Deadline: December 31, 2022


Issue #13 (summer 2023) will contain a special section dedicated to non-binary/trans writers. Jelly Bucket is looking for 10-minute plays excluding musicals or plays for children. Please send your document using the standard dramatists’ guild format, 10 pages maximum. The first page must contain the name of the play and the name of the playwright. The second page should contain a list of characters and descriptions (gender/s and characteristics), time, and setting. Please use Courier New or Times New Roman 12pt. font with 1" margins all the way around.

Plays that have been produced are eligible for publication so long as they have not appeared previously in print anywhere. 

We accept .doc, .docx, and .rtf files.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Lucille Lortel Theatre's NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship 2023


Deadline: January 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM (EST)


The Lucille Lortel Theatre's NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship will support diverse young writers and create an awareness of playwriting as a career. The opportunities provided by this program will encourage NYC public high school students to become the next generation of playwrights.

Students will submit a play that is:An original one-act play.
Approximately 10 minutes in length.
No more than ten pages of dialogue, two scenes, two locations, and four characters.

See terms and conditions for official rules


The Fellowship is open to any high school student who is currently enrolled in and attending public high school in one of the five boroughs of New York City at the time of entry.

See terms and conditions for official rules.

Seven Fellows will be selected: one from each of the five New York City boroughs plus two additional Fellows, one from District 75 and one from District 79 schools.

Each Fellow will receive: 
  • A professional staged reading of the Fellow’s play.
  • Mentoring from theatre professionals.
  • Publication of the Fellow’s play.
  • A certificate of recognition.
  • Dinner and tickets to a Broadway show.
  • Complimentary theatre tickets to productions at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for one season (subject to availability).

The Braid seeks stories for the stage


Deadline: December 31, 2022


Professional and Non-professional writers welcome! Send us your first-person narratives, poems, songs or essays!

On Stage — Our Salon Theatre Shows

Stories are no longer than 1500 words
Appear on stage in front of a live audience, Live on Zoom or Livestreamed
Performed by Professional Actor(s)
Selected stories receive payment and royalties
See an example here.
View Salon Theatre themes here.
More guidelines and FAQ’s here.


The LGBTQI+ community is filled with Jewish people and their unique experiences. Are you a member or an ally with a story to tell? Share an important moment that explores the beauty of the queer community through the power of love, the heartache of loss and the journey of finding one’s place in the world.

Los Angeles, Bay Area, NY (Specific Dates TBD)

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Third Stone Theatre Company (NYC) is seeking new plays for the 2023-24 Season


Deadline: December 29, 2022 Midnight EST


The Third Stone Theatre Company (NYC) is seeking new play submissions for productions to be staged as a part of our 2023-24 Season. Thank you for sharing your work and art with us!

Play submissions should meet the following guidelines:

-We consider new plays with a cast of at least three characters (at least two actors)

-We cannot consider plays with more than ten characters.

-We cannot consider autobiographical solo shows or straightforward adaptions of previous work.

The deadline to submit your work is December 29th, 2022 at midnight. Chosen plays and playwrights will be notified by January 18th.

Chaotic Merge accepts short plays


Deadline: January 6, 2023


*Note: We don’t have themes for Issues. We believe all art forms and genres can beautifully collide into a Chaotic Merge.

Chaotic Merge is looking for submissions from all different forms of artists. We seek work that is adventurous and test the border of art and structure. Don’t be afraid to mess with everything you have ever learned. We encourage the voices of people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to submit their work.

General Submission Guidelines

All work(s) should be submitted through Submittable with either Garamond or Times New Roman 12pt. Font. Please look below to see if the section(s) you are submitting to have specific guidelines. We have the right to refuse the right to read your work if submitted otherwise.


As a Magazine, we do not tolerate and reserve the right to reject or not to respond to work that contains racism, homophobia, violent themes, etc. content.

Content Warnings:

Please include content warnings for any sensitive material after the title of your piece or by messaging us directly. If you do not know if it should have a trigger warning or not, put it in there anyway. It can only help.


All our zine are all online only. Our regular Winter and Summer issues are print & online.



We accept up to 2 unpublished Screenplay or Play (up to 10 pages)


We accept up to 3 unpublished poems ( a non-English work & its English translation count as one poem submission)


We accept up to 2 unpublished short fiction piece (up to 5,000 words or 10-15 pgs)

Note: Fiction pieces longer than 15 pages or 3,750 words will only be reviewed until December 11th.

All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond, and must not exceed 5,000 words.


We accept up to 2 unpublished short Nonfiction pieces (up to 5,000 words or 10-15 pgs)

All submissions must be double spaced, 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond, and must not exceed 15 pages.


We accept up to 3 unpublished flash fiction.

All submissions must be double spaced with 12pt Times New Roman or Garamond font.


We accept up to 5 unpublished art/photographs/ illustrations.

Please submit all work in 300 dpi and in pdf, png, and jpeg files. All submissions will be considered for cover art and issue.


We accept up to 2 short films (no more than 20 min in length)


Our response time is from 2 weeks to 1 months for zines and 1 month – 3 months for Print Issues. If you haven’t received word back from us by then, you may send us a query to our email chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com or through submittable. Please remember we are doing the best we can to get back to you as quickly as possible.


Chaotic Merge Magazine publishes only unpublished work, unless we ourselves request for them. By submitting your work, you affirm that you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work. By submitting your work, you authorize Chaotic Merge Magazine to publish your work in both its e-journal, online platforms, and print.


While we accept simultaneous submissions, please notify us on our email (chaoticmergemagazine@gmail.com) or through submittable immediately to withdraw your work once it has been accepted elsewhere.


We will now be offering a small $3-$5 payment for each work(s) accepted. Currently, that is the best we can do for our writers, and we are working on improving this amount in the future. Also, all works will be considered and nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Lifeline Theatre 2nd annual developmental workshop


Deadline: January 1, 2023

Lifeline Theatre announces our 2nd annual developmental workshop! We continue to be invested in bringing new and diverse voices to our stage. As a new works company specializing in literary adaptation, we believe writers who adapt literature to the stage need dramatists to bounce ideas off of, actors to read it out loud, and experienced theatre makers to engage in discussion with the work. Also, writers need TIME to digest and incorporate the results of those experiences into their play. Lifeline Theatre has been developing new adaptations through an ensemble feedback process for decades. Therefore, we are excited to use our organizational knowledge about new adaptation development once again to support writers of color who are adapting literary works for the stage which may have the potential to be considered for production by Lifeline in the future.


This development process will be in service of the playwright and the play. Writers will choose the frequency, level, and style of feedback they want and the facilitator will coach, guide, and facilitate it in action. Support will ideally include a development team consisting of: a director, a dramaturg, Lifeline ensemble members, playwright-invited artists, a workshop coordinator, and Lifeline’s Artistic Director as facilitator. The process will culminate in a final reading for an invited audience that will be scheduled for July 2023, exact dates subject to artists’ schedules.


Lifeline seeks submissions from writers of color outlining their intent to develop a stage adaptation of a book or other literary work (e.g., short story, article, memoir, tale, poem, etc.). Proposals can be for traditional adaptations or “inspired by” approaches where the literature serves as a jumping off point, but the source material should be in the public domain. Only one proposal per writer will be accepted.

If chosen, writers will be expected to:
  • Either reside in the Chicago area, or be willing to cover their own expenses to travel to Chicago for the final reading;
  • Be available for up to six feedback sessions between February and July, 2023;
  • Devote time to write between sessions;
  • Invite like-minded artist friends/colleagues to feedback sessions to provide additional points of view;
  • Be available to attend the final reading, and its rehearsals to provide rewrites.
If chosen, writers will receive:
  • A $500 stipend;
  • A process-oriented, writer-focused, developmental experience;
  • A director and a dramaturg;
  • Regular readings of new or rewritten material with feedback from experienced Lifeline ensemble members and playwright-invited artists;
  • Administrative and casting support;
  • A final reading for an invited audience.
To Submit:

Submit by completing this application form by January 1, 2023.
Selection Timeline: January 1st: Application form closes
Mid-January: Finalists informed
Late-January: Finalist interviews
Early-February: Workshop playwright(s) announced

Please submit all questions to info@lifelinetheatre.com.

Monday, December 19, 2022

New Voices Theatre Festival seeks full-length plays


Deadline: January 1, 2023


The New Voices Theatre Festival of The University of Alabama Theatre and Dance department is seeking stories from diverse and underrepresented communities.

The New Voices Theatre Festival is accepting submissions of unpublished and unproduced full-length plays to develop during a summer residency that will culminate in a staged reading. One new work from the festival will be chosen to be mounted as a fully-produced production during the upcoming show season at The University of Alabama.

During the summer residency, plays may be collaboratively developed in the rehearsal space.

*The playwright must own all rights to their script.

How to Submit a Script

Scripts must be submitted as a PDF on the Submissions form by January 1st, 2023.

All scripts must be received by the submission deadline. Submissions entered after the deadline will not be considered. Please submit scripts as PDF documents only. 

Please submit scripts with no identifying information about the playwright. With the script, include a brief plot synopsis, cast size, and character list with description.

At this time, all play submissions must be for full-length plays. Submissions may not exceed 90 minutes. Cast size is preferred to be between six to twelve characters.

Musical submissions are allowed. Please submit digital version of score.

**** Musical submissions are allowed but must also include a digital version of the completed score for the entire piece. ***

Who is Eligible to Submit

Any individual who has a unique and/or diverse story to share/tell that meets the submission requirements. Only one submission per individual.

How Are Submissions Selected

All submissions will be reviewed blindly and chosen by a script selection committee.

Your selection status will be revealed no later than February 15th.

The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program 2023

 The Hunter College MFA Playwriting Program is accepting applications through January 15th! 

Please visit https://www.huntertheatre.net/mfa for more information.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

What She Said Festival Call for Submissions


Deadline: December 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM

What She Said Festival is a celebration of new, short plays by woman-identifying playwrights. The Underground in Duluth, MN created the festival as an opportunity for women playwrights, directors and actors to have a focused space to express themselves and feature their stories through theater.

SEEKING: Submissions for the 2023 What She Said Festival.

This will be an evening of 5-8 short plays and monologues written by women playwrights celebrating women and what they have to say.

Submit your work(s) any time between now and December 31, 2022.

Though there are no conditions set on structure, content, or genre, we’re seeking works as part of a celebration of women and their voices. Additionally, as this is a festival with multiple plays, the technical elements will be kept simple and will be a consideration as we are selecting plays.

Plays will be selected based on:

Relevance to the spirit of the festival – Celebrating women and what they have to say

Adherence to ‘The Details’ (see below)

Excellence of work

The Details

There is no fee to submit.
  • The playwright must be woman-identifying.
  • A playwright can submit multiple plays, but they must be submitted separately.
  • Each submission must be no more than 20 pages (excluding title page) at a font no smaller than 12pt.
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished.
  • We will only accept non-musical scripts.
  • Scripts can only be submitted electronically – whatshesaidfest@gmail.com
  • Submissions must be in PDF format
  • Title page must contain playwright contact information
  • You will receive confirmation that submissions have been received – no other contact will be made unless the script is selected for production.
  • Submission Deadline: December 31st at 11:59pm.
Selected Plays:Will receive 3 staged performances May 11-13th, 2023.
Will be awarded a $100 prize.
Will be allotted 2 tickets to any performance.

Submissions and Correspondence:All submissions and correspondence should be by email: whatshesaidfest@gmail.com

Please allow for up to two weeks for follow up to any questions.
When submitting, make sure you’ve attached your play.
If you do not receive an automatically generated response from our email, please double check the details of the email and send it again.



Deadline: December 18, 2022

If you’ve checked out the guidelines and think you have a script that would be a good fit for us, we would love to read it!

Please email a PDF of your script to Scripts@StridesCollective.com .

We will be accepting submissions through Sunday, December 18th!



THE PLAYWRIGHT IS...A self-identified member of the LGBTQIA+ community.
18 years or older at the time of submission.
An emerging artist.* The Strides Collective considers a playwright to be emerging if they have never had any script published or professionally produced (i.e. an AEA production).


Has NOT been published and/or produced previously (prior workshops and readings are okay).
Requires no more than 5 actors.
Is at least 60 minutes in length.
Is based in realism and/or magical realism.
Takes place in a modern setting (i.e. Present day, or within the last few years or near future).
Is original in content. 


Strong queer characters that push past stereotypes.
A presentation of queer joy.
A strong point of view.
Queer love being celebrated.
Diverse queer representation.

Plays about the here and now.

Plays that speak to the current social/political climate.


Plays that have already received a production.
Period pieces or works of historical fiction.
Biographies of real people.
Adaptations of any kind (I.e. myths, Shakespeare, etc.)
Plays for Young Audiences.

The Artistic Home Call for Submissions - Cut to the Chase play festival


Deadline: November 30, 2022

Submissions are now open for the 20th Cut to the Chase one-act play festival, presented by The Artistic Home Studio. A staple of Chicago’s theater community for 20 years, Cut to the Chase presents six new plays, showcasing moment-to-moment acting in an intimate theater space.

This year’s Cut to the Chase will celebrate the theme: the importance of connection. Performances will take place Jan. 26 – Jan. 29, 2023 at The Den Theatre in Chicago.

Play submission should meet the following requirements:

– One-act plays of no more than 12 minutes

– Previously unproduced in Chicago

– Writers are encouraged to submit plays that generally fit this year’s theme: the importance of connection

– Plays will be chosen in part on their ability to provide a range of voices and an opportunity for showcasing a diverse cast.

Submission Deadline: November 30, 2022

Send PDF submissions or questions to: CTTCplays@gmail.com

Ghostlight Ensemble seeks scripts for young audiences


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Ghostlight Ensemble is seeking short scripts (a maximum of 15 minutes) that are geared toward young audiences. 

Priority will be placed on scripts that are ethnically and culturally diverse, and written by writers of color and/or LGBTQ writers. 

This is open to playwrights in any geographic area, though writers in the greater Chicago area will receive priority. NO FEE.

Playwrights will receive $25 per selected script.

Selected plays will be produced in the late spring of 2022 as part of the fourth annual Make/Believe festival of theatre for children under our Nightlight banner. (Learn more about the 2020 festival, the 2021 festival and the 2022 festival with these links.) 

The performances will be held live, with a location or locations TBD.

Please pay close attention to the script requirements. Scripts that do not meet the following criteria will not be considered.


A maximum of 3 actors per script. There are no restrictions, however, on the number of characters. Please note, that while some directors have chosen to use child actors in past pieces, the intent of this festival is to perform for children, not with children.

Plays must have minimal to no technical demands, as there is a possibility these plays will be performed outside and/or in multiple locations. There may be no lighting or backstage area, although minimal sound cues will be available.

Must fit our mission.

Geared toward children 11 and under. Please, NO scripts about high school students.

All props, set pieces and costumes must be easily made at home by actors (and children watching who want to stage their own productions at home).

Pieces can be previously produced, but cannot have a production running concurrently with Make/Believe.

Electronic submissions only, please. Submit cover letter with full contact information, a short author bio, brief synopsis of script — including development and production history (if applicable) — and the full script to Maria Burnham at scripts@ghostlightensemble.com

Please use the following format in the email’s subject line: Nightlight Script Submission: [play name] - [playwright name]. To clarify, the information in brackets should be replaced by the name of your play and your name.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2022.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

National Alliance for Musical Theater 2023 34th Annual Festival


Deadline: December 20, 2022


All writers are eligible to submit an application free of charge, and we no longer require an endorsement by an industry professional to submit. Please review below for full details on the application process.

Please note: NAMT does not accept submissions outside of this process. Please follow the instructions below to submit a musical for the Festival. Materials received outside of the Festival submission process will not be reviewed.

STEP 1: Is Your Show Eligible?
STEP 6: If You're Selected

Now in its 35th year, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to be a catalyst for nurturing musical theatre development and production. Every year, we feature eight musicals in short presentations for an audience of over 700 industry professionals. We look for new musicals at all stages of development from the broadest possible range of voices.

In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writers, so that our shows can extend their development trajectory. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theatre repertoire and advance the musical theatre art form.

Our 35th Annual Festival of New Musicals will take place on October 26 and 27, 2023.

The objectives of the Festival are to:
Showcase quality new musicals with a wide range of subject matter, style and concept
Nurture composers, lyricists and book writers of all identities and backgrounds
Stimulate networking opportunities for NAMT Members and theatre professionals
Provide a forum to spark new collaborations and ventures
Encourage future productions of new musicals

We never take any royalties from our writers or ask them to pay for their participation in the Festival. The Festival is funded solely through sponsorships, grants and donations contributed by government agencies, foundations, organizations and individuals.
Step 1: Is Your Show Eligible?

Any new musical can be submitted for consideration as long as it meets the criteria below.

The musical must…
  • Be complete and ready for readings, workshops and/or productions.
  • Have a demo that is an accurate representation of the music and style of the show.
  • Have full underlying rights clearances for any pre-existing material used (music, source material, etc.) in the script.
  • Be ready for readings, workshops and/or productions at the time of submission and available for performance in October 2022 at the Festival.
  • The musical cannot…Already be licensed through a professional licensing house.
  • Have been produced on Broadway. [Shows that have had readings, workshops and/or productions (including regional or Off-Broadway) are still eligible.]
  • Have already been submitted to the Festival three times. Each show can only be submitted three times for review by the committee.
  • Have been presented as one of our main presentations at a Festival (excludes shows presented as part of our complementary programming including concerts and showcases).
In addition, the writers must be available for the Festival and all rehearsals.

Still have questions? Check out the Eligibility FAQ.
Step 2: Compile Your Information

Please note the following deadlines for the 34th Annual Festival of New Musicals:December 20, 2022.

Lee Review submission guidelines


No deadline given

We believe as humans, we are inherently creative. Lee Review strives to discover, foster, and highlight that natural creativity.

Lee Review accepts submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, translations, essays, art, and photography.

Lee Review includes writing and art from students of all majors, professors, and writers from around the world.

While we strive to be inclusive, please understand our standards and requirements. We will not accept anything with graphic violence or gore, overly sexual content, slurs or hate speech (including but not limited to sexism, racism, and homophobia), blatant emphasis of drugs and/or alcohol, or heavy swearing.

Send submissions to leereview@gmail.com with a clear and obvious subject line. Submissions are always open and always free. We accept simultaneous submissions and previously published works. Include your name, title and genre of work, and anything else you think is important to know about the work.

To ensure the integrity of all formatting, unless absolutely necessary, please refrain from sending PDFs or documents from Notes or Pages.

Because we are a team of students with classes, jobs, clubs, and other commitments, immediate responses to submissions cannot be expected. We will do our best to get back to you ASAP, but please allow three months for a response before sending another inquiry.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Burlington County Footlighters Curtain Rising: Staged Readings of New Works


Deadline: January 13, 2023


The 2nd Stage at Burlington County Footlighters Theatre in Cinnaminson NJ is producing Curtain Rising: Staged Readings of New Works as part of our 2023 season. This thought-provoking event will showcase one-act plays which explore the framework of Self-Identity vs. Conformity.

Thank you for your interest in this work! Here's a reminder of the basics. We are currently accepting script submissions and will select a small number of one-act plays for directed, script-in-hand staged readings to be performed on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the 2nd Stage in Burlington County Footlighters Theatre.

We seek plays which: Fit within the over-arching theme of Self-Identity vs. Conformity, have no more than five characters, can be read in 15-30 minutes, and have minimal staging requirements

Direction – We ask that Playwrights to either direct the plays or to find Directors. 2nd Stage may want to provide a Director, and will reach out to the Playwright in that case.

Casting – Is the responsibility of the Playwright/Director. 2nd Stage is happy to provide recommendations of and connection with known actors if requested.

Rehearsals - Each play will have a blocking/tech rehearsal in the 2nd Stage space, on either March 6 or 9, 2023. The Director and full cast are required to participate. We encourage Directors to have at least one [virtual] rehearsal in advance of the onsite rehearsal.

The playwright must be in attendance on March 11, 2023 at the staged reading to hear his/her/their work and be present for audience feedback

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission is January 13, 2023

Plays will be announced by February 3, 2023

Plays will have one rehearsal in the performance space on either March 9 or March 10, 2023

The playwright must be in attendance on March 11, 2023 at the staged reading to hear his/her/their work and be present for audience feedback

SOUNDBITES 2023 seeks 10-minute musicals


Deadline: January 1, 2023

Click here for submission guidelines.

Who chooses the musicals?

A group of diverse industry 12 professional adjudicators that includes producers, literary managers, directors, professional performers, and writers from previous SOUND BITES guided by our Theatre Now staff members. We guide the committee to consider artistic quality, uniqueness and diversity of the pieces so the evening represents a wide range of styles and types of musicals. BIPOC writers, LGBTQ+ writers, and writers with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Do I need to live in the NYC area to participate?

No, however if chosen, as writer, you would need someone to represent you and attend all required meetings if you do not live in the area.

How much does it cost?

As Theatre Now is an artist service organization, and as the Producer of SOUND BITES, we cover the majority of your expenses and costs. We're the only short musical theatre festival that offer artists honorariums and rehearsal reimbursements for each piece. That said, there are some out-of-pocket costs depending on your show's requirements (cast & creative team size, number of rehearsals, size of rehearsal space, etc.) and personal choice. Most of these costs relate to specific set-dressing, props and costumes for your show and additional personnel such as musicians.

Submissions require a letter of recommendation. What should that include?

Your letter should be written by a theatre professional who can talk about the piece itself or you as a theatre artist.

Theatre Now defines a 10-minute musical as any piece that can be performed in max. 10min, has a beginning, middle, end story arch, and includes music. Having produced over 70 pieces, we want musicals that are diverse, current, test the musical form and communicate a well-crafted story. We accept musicals across all styles and genres, as well as consider foreign language and/or bilingual scripts. We strongly encourage submissions from female writers, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ writers.​​

Please review the following criteria thoroughly before sending your submission:

Musical theatre writers can only submit up to two scripts.

The story must have a beginning, middle, and end.

We also accept submissions in foreign languages or that are bilingual. Although the application process is still in English, the work itself may be submitted and performed in any other language if selected.

Each piece must include music.
  • All submission must be submitted via this website. No physical copies.
  • Each musical must be ten minutes long maximum. Cuts will be made if accepted. 
  • Longer one-acts or full-length musicals will not be considered.
  • A musical may be a previously produced work with a production history.
  • Though we have no formal script formatting guidelines, all scripts must be easy to read.
  • The volume of submissions prevents us from providing feedback on all submissions.
  • If your piece is visual (ie. Choreography heavy), please include video footage or detailed descriptions. 
We expect to contact all writers by the end of January, 2023 on the status of their submission with one of the following emails:

An acceptance email into the festival that will include additional information to confirm their involvement.

A waitlist email. In the event an accepted musical declines their participation, a selected wait listed musical will be notified to serve as a replacement.

The remaining musicals will receive a "not selected" email and are encouraged to submit again next year.

*All criteria is subject to change and without notice.*

Thursday, December 15, 2022


  NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition - Plays/Musicals - Total Prizes $7,500 - First Prize $3,500 - Full Lengths - One Acts - Shorts – Solos

NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition




Submit now so your production can come to life in the heart of New York - our plays and musicals have been WOWING New Yorkers for over a decade!  

to submit, go to:



Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition - Now accepting submissions only from writers and producers  who live within a 30 mile radius from Manhattan.



We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the season’s best production (either a play or a musical) 

There is no other festival that gives away this much money in prizes. Our winners are selected by the festival’s team of judges, unlike many festivals that are nothing but popularity contests where winners are determined by who brings in the largest audience. We believe that sometimes the simple productions with smaller budgets and smaller audiences turn out to be the best shows, and therefore go on to win 1st Place Prize.  At this festival, we love honest writing and sincere, heart-felt performances.

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTORS: $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESSES: $500 each 






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

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres and all lengths (between 5-90 minutes long). The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 11 consecutive years of theater. Read below to find out why!


Why is the New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and

 original plays?  


We offer:

§  A quality venue.

75  seats . A stage with plenty of room for large scenes with many actors (30’x22’). Plenty of space backstage, lots of room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors and lights, and plenty of storage space for your props/costumes.


§  Need furniture/set pieces? No problem.

There is no other festival that offers you 85 set pieces/furniture for free! Our set pieces are stored backstage for easy accessibility for any performance. Not only do we invite you to use our set pieces, we also offer free storage for all of your hand props and/or costume pieces for the duration of your run.  Transporting set pieces in Manhattan is a nightmare - you’d have to double park your truck outside of the theater for every performance, only to return to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s equally a hassle to lug all of your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway during your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space - and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props:


§  Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights? Our lights can create a flush in a full range of deep colors, allowing you many different creative options to light your show.  You are also free to use our projector that projects 21×12′ on our backdrop.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use, even for those with little to no previous experience. You do not need to have training in tech to use them.


§  If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music?  We have a solid upright piano you can use


§   We offer long techs.

We all know it’s very important to have ample rehearsal time for your tech.

For a Full-Length (60-90 minutes) we provide 4 hours for your tech. 

For a One-Act (30-45 minutes) we provide 2 hours, and for a Short (5-20 minutes) we provide you 1 hour.

Other places might offer little to no time for tech rehearsals, but we understand that you can’t get anything done in that time. We don’t want to risk your show looking worse than it could be just because you never got to run the show with lights. Our goal is to make sure you feel confident with your show before you open. 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 theater festival’s websites do not advertise your show. Those that do only do so with vague descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our web pages where we list previous productions and you will immediately see the difference - Large posters and detailed information!

We create a page for your show, with a link that you can share with confidence to family, friends, colleagues, and community. 

Furthermore, cast and crew from all other productions in a season are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!

Check out our posts: 


§  Prime performance hours

We give you ideal prime time slots with a variety of times, allowing all audience members to find a performance they can attend; we also include 30 minutes of time to set up before each show.

§  No seasonal volunteers

One of our principle 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 from the festival’s team.  You will never have to wait days for a response.  Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.

§  Award ceremony

At the end of the festival, we host an unforgettable awards ceremony to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues - similar to the Oscars!

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Sundog Theatre seeks plays set on the Staten Island Ferry 2023


Deadline: December 16, 2022

Deadline: December 31, 2022 (deadline extended)

New and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats, the Staten Island Ferries.

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 (Note: not performed on the 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, limited and easily accessible props/costumes, and no special sound or lighting.

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

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


We have weathered a lot the last few years, so this year's theme is Comedy. There can be serious moments peppered throughout, but we want to laugh. It can be dry, dark, or light comedy, satire -- whatever works in your play.

5 – 6 plays will be chosen by a reading team. Each writer will receive $200 and be produced in five March 2023 performances in Staten Island, NYC.

Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and all contact information) and the name of the play on each page to Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2023”, PO Box 183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

Submissions should include brief synopsis, play history, a 70-word bio and also full resume of the writer.

Should be postmarked from now until December 16, 2022.

Do not submit 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.

Questions: info@sundogtheatre.org / Susan Fenley, Producer; Directors TBA. Actor auditions in February.

Neurodivergent New Play Series 2023 seeks full-length plays


Deadline: submissions will close after 100 submissions per month 


We are now accepting recurring submissions for the Neurodivergent New Play Series - a new play reading series produced by Piccione Arts opening in Brooklyn, NY in September 2023.

Submission slots are now open for Fall 2023, Spring 2024 & Fall 2024 for playwrights who identify as being neurodivergent. (i.e. autism, ADHD, OCD, Tourette's, etc.)

All submissions should be for full-length plays between 45 to 180 minutes long and may have received a previous reading or production outside of NYC, as long as they are unpublished. 

All neurodivergent writers at all stages of their careers are encouraged to play - especially BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and female-identifying writers. There is no submission fee or any other fee for being involved in this process.

Plays can be of any genre, although we are especially seeking works that challenge traditional methods of storytelling & have something important to say about the world that isn't being heard enough. We ask that you submit only one play every 30 days during our recurring submissions process.

Learn more and submit your work at our official play submissions URL: https://form.jotform.com/223378604825057

Follow @neurodivergentplays on Instagram and Facebook to be among the first to hear our formal opening announcement this coming April.

The Caribbean Writer seeks work for its 2022 theme: Carrying: Reflection, Recognition and Repair


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submit Word files at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission/

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) has issued a call for submissions for Volume 37 under the 2022 theme: Carrying: Reflection, Recognition and Repair. Through the lens of life defining experiences we gain critical insights. We are their agents, so we dutifully, gratefully or unwillingly carry them. 

Submissions exploring this theme in its widest permutations are invited.

Contributors may submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one act plays which explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora. 

The Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. 

Prospective authors should submit all creative works: drama, fiction and poetry manuscripts, through the online portal ONLY at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/online-submission. Submit Word files only (no PDFs) . Note that TCW no longer accepts hardcopy submissions.


Individuals may submit poems (3 maximum), short stories (2 maximum) and personal essays (2 maximum) on general topics as well as on the theme. 

The maximum length (for short stories and personal essays) is 3500 words. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. The term “previously published” covers print and electronic publication —including on social media platforms, and self-published items. 

The Caribbean Writer does not accept simultaneous submissions (items being considered for publication elsewhere). The prospective author should provide contact information including mailing address, phone number, any professional affiliations, brief biographical information (no more than 100 words and such as appears under the “Contributors” section of the journal). In the event that the author’s contact information changes, all updates should be made by the author by logging into the online account.

Before submitting, submitter should carefully edit and proofread the manuscript, adhering to publication-ready details, as well as standards of proofreading such as spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and consistent language, along with the elimination of typographical errors, and with focus on the overall quality of the work.

The Caribbean Writer is a refereed journal. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. All submissions undergo an initial blind review by the editor. Creative works, such as fiction, poetry and drama, after editorial review, are advanced by the editor to the double-blind peer review process. In this process, both the reviewers’ and authors’ identities are concealed from the reviewers and vice versa throughout the review process.

Artists interested in having their artwork considered for use by TCW should submit electronic files in vertical format as PNG or JPEG files with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. The journal also accepts black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.). The journal does not accept graphic poetry or narratives.


Submissions are accepted from January 10 to December 31 each year and are considered for the journal that will be published the following year. (In other words, volume 37 will be published in 2023 and entries submitted between January 10 and December 31 of 2022 will be considered for volume 37. The deadline for submissions each year is December 31. 

Literary Prizes

All submissions are eligible for the following prizes:
  • The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize of $400 awarded to a writer for best short fiction. Donated by the St. Croix Avis Newspaper
  • The Daily News Prize of $500 awarded to a resident of the US Virgin Islands or the British Virgin Islands.
  • The Marvin E. Williams Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a new or emerging writer. Donated by Marvin’s widow, Dasil Williams, in honor of her late husband who served as the editor of The Caribbean Writer from 2003 – 2008.
  • The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize of $500 awarded to a Caribbean author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean. Donated by former Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. in honor of Cecile de Jongh’s abiding commitment to literacy in the territory, especially among the young people of the Virgin Islands..
  • The Vincent Cooper Literary Prize of $300 awarded to a Caribbean author for exemplary writing in Caribbean Nation Language (Kamau Brathwaite). Donated by Professor Vincent Cooper, PhD.
For more information, contact The Caribbean Writer at thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu

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