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Sunday, October 2, 2022

International Human Rights Art Festival Short Play Festival 2023


Deadline: December 1, 2022

New York City's International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF.ORG) and The Tank Theater issue a call for proposals for a ten-minute play festival on Wednesday evening, January 11, 2023 as part of the International Human Rights Art Festival’s Winterfest, January 11-13 at the Tank, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC.

The Festival will take place in the 98-seat main stage.

We are looking for self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern. We are especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability, engagement and celebrating diversity; work inspired by the open-heart of the artist, and not their anger, disgust or disapproval.

Selected plays will receive a tech rehearsal during the day on January 11, full tech support, PR and marketing as part of the festival and a prime spot in this year's event There is no fee to apply, and a production stipend of $50 per selected play will be paid.

Please send a description of the work, links, resume and any other information which might be of help in our decision to hello@ihraf.org. Deadline is December 1, 2022. Final decisions will be made by December 15, 2022.

The International Human Rights Art Festival has produced more than 100 events featuring more than 750 artists since its inception in March 2017, at Dixon Place (NY). It has been covered in more than 30 media outlets (including the New York Times, NBC, Fox5, AM-NY, Metro-NY, Huffington Post and many others); has worked with politicians and performers such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman John Lewis (deceased), Kathleen Turner, Barbra Streisand and many more. Founded in 2003, The Tank champions emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression working across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling.

Pegasus PlayLab 2023


Deadine: October 11, 2022 11:59PM

Submission Form

Pegasus PlayLab is a new play festival at the University of Central Florida dedicated to developing new works by MFA Playwriting candidates or emerging playwrights. We are seeking four full-length plays, including devised works and Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) pieces, which we will rehearse for two weeks in collaboration with the playwright and subsequently present as workshop productions. There is a possibility that one play will be fully mounted into a production.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

To be considered, please complete this form by 11:59pm on October 11, 2022. No late submissions will be accepted. Please limit submissions to ONE play per person. If more than one play is submitted, we will only accept the first submission.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2023


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submissions Open September 1st for Our 2nd Biennial Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers!
Send Your Submission by Dec. 31, 2022

Beginning in 2011, the New Play-Reading Festival is an integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Because of this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists experience the collaborative, educational process of bringing a new theatrical work from page to stage. 

While we received a total of only 6 submissions in its first year, the Growing Stage now receives over 150 new works annually from playwrights throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Subsequently, an ongoing effort for our company is to provide young people the platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voices. Therefore, we’re excited to present our 2nd Biennial Playwriting Festival for Young Writers.

Open to grades 4th Open to grades 4th through high school, we’ve structured the festival to provide a unique opportunity for the emerging artist in a meaningful and respectful manner. Additionally, a member of our professional artistic team will review each submission and will provide constructive critique.


Submit a synopsis and scene from an original piece you have written or are currently developing.

We encourage new works and a fresh perspective for any adaptations. Please note that if it is an adaptation the piece must be in public domain.

From our initial submissions, we will choose a select number to move forward for Phase 2. Each playwright will be notified.

PHASE 2: Full Play Submission

If your piece is selected for PHASE 2, we will ask that you submit your full piece. We accept submissions either through the mail or email.

A designated panel of TGS artists will review each submission and select a total of four finalists for the final stage of development.

We will announce our finalists. (Date TBA)

PHASE 3: Mentorship & Festival

A professional playwright/mentor is assigned to each of the four finalists will be assigned to a  to assist and help you continue to develop your play leading up to the festival.

A director and actors are assigned to each piece for our Young Writers Showcase presenting our 4 finalists in Spring 2023.






Submit to be among the plays and musicals in a Festival/Competition that is WOWING New Yorkers. 


to submit, go to:

Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan.
We offer up to $7,500 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 ACTOR $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESS $500 each 





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

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length.  The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 20 seasons - 11 continuous years of activity. 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 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/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we also offer free storage for all your hand props for the duration of your run.  It’s no fun double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging 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 props:
§  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 your scenes.  You are also free to use our projector that projects a back stage image of 21×12′.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that had no previous experience. You do not need to be a tech person to use them.



§  If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!
Need music?  We also have a good upright piano you can use

§   We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?  
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute) we give 4  hours for your tech. 
For a One-Act (30-45 minute) we give you 2 hours, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes. 
What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all offered somewhere else ? 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 with 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 advertise your show. Many that do, will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our pages with previous productions and you will see immediately the difference. 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.  All cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!
Check out our posts:

§  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 3 months, each production has time to breathe.


§  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
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!



Deadline: December 1, 2022 at 6PM EST

CLICK HERE to submit

The Evolution of Human Rights

October 1 - December 1, 2022. All submissions must be received by 6pm on December 1, 2022. No exceptions.

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted.

One submission per writer, please

Winners will be announced April 1, 2023


To celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our third annual New Ventures Play Festival.

The theme for the plays is The Evolution of Human Rights

5 plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place in June at the Proscenium Theatre at the Drake.


For inspiration, take a stroll through our website. Read through our mission, look at our past production and reading history, and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years.

Past PAC productions: https://www.philartistscollective.org/past-productions.html
PAC adaptations/script library: https://www.philartistscollective.org/script-library.html

Or gain inspiration from revisiting some of your own favorite classics! Whether you experienced Antigone for the first time in your High School English class, had a passion for Jane Austen’s literature growing up, or recently discovered an obsession with the ancient Mahābhārata, there are a wide variety of classical works to choose from – so don’t feel limited!

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates, or retorts the themes, characters, and/or essence of the work you discover. Use The Evolution of Human Rights as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether, or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

The classical canon has expanded and continues to grow to include playwrights not previously recognized for their creativity and artistic endeavors. As a theatre company that specializes in rare classics, we leave it to you to decide what you consider a classic to be and what those classical themes are, as long as you are able to back up that reasoning and establish those connections in your play submission.

  • Based on the theme of The Evolution of Human Rights, please submit a play that:Is in response to, in conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into “The Illusion of Time”
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work - this includes virtual productions. By submitting your play to this year’s festival, you affirm that your play is a world premiere that has never been produced virtually or in person and has never been previously submitted in prior years of PAC’s NVPF.

  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:Clearly demonstrated excellence
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC
  • Incorporation of theme
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the TO GET STARTED section above.
  • As a new/never before produced play or world premiere

Submissions will be accepted until 6pm EST on Thursday, December 1, 2022.
No exceptions or phone calls, please.

  • Selected playwrights will receive the following:Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on two dates in June 2023 by a core group of professional Philadelphia-based actors;
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director;
  • A commission fee of $100
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences

Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list)
Font no smaller than 11 point please
When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes
Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
Please do not ask for comments on your submission
Please submit only through the submission Google form

Black Swamp Players: Telling Stories Playwriting Contest


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Deadline: December 31, 2022 5PM

Bowling Green Ohio

This year’s Telling Stories Playwriting Contest deadline is December 31 at 5 PM. The winning play will receive a full-scale production during our 2023-2024 season.

The competition is open to any one-act or full length play that has not received a full-scale production (staged readings don’t count). The play must have a run time of 30 minutes to two hours. Plays in any genre will be considered.

The winning script will receive a full-scale production during the Players’ 2023-2024  season.

PDF of the script along with a cover letter should be sent to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Friday, September 30, 2022



Deadline: December 1, 2022

It is our hope that by connecting Black playwrights (wherever they are located) with stories from Black Appalachian communities, we can:Create monologues that can be developed into full-length plays
Create work that explores the Black Appalachian experience, both past and present
Establish and cultivate relationships with Black playwrights and other Black theatre artists
Give audiences accessibility to new perspectives on life in Appalachia

Monologue Submission Guidelines
  • Playwright must be Black.
  • Monologues must be set in Appalachia. (See link below for list of qualifying states/counties as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission)
  • https://www.arc.gov/appalachian_region/CountiesinAppalachia.asp
  • Monologues must be 5-7 minutes in length (190 words = 1 minute).
  • Monologues must be unpublished and not have had a professional production.
  • Monologues must be written using prompts below.
  • Monologues must be submitted electronically.
Please submit monologues to: tjackson@bartertheatre.com
2023 Monologue Submission Deadline: December 1, 2022

5-7 monologues will be selected to be performed during Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (Jan./Feb. 2023 – date TBD)

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2023


Deadline: November 1, 2022

The Richard Rodgers Awards were created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater. These awards subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Richard Rodgers Awards are the only awards for which the Academy accepts applications.

All applications for the Richard Rodgers Awards are to be submitted online by November 1, 2022. Application requirements and procedures are explained in the form below. Please download, read, and sign the form before beginning the online application.

These awards, created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater, subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.

2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.

3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted per year. 4. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the full production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.

6. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.


1. The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on any of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.

2. Entry must include:

a) Script with lyrics, in PDF format.

b) Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.

c) A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.

d) At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song’s lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.

e) Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.

f) If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner. If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declared here.

3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.

4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2023. 


1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.

2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Philly Cycle Commissions


Deadline: November 11, 2022


Over the next two years InterAct will commission three plays to be written about and with Philadelphia communities that are under-represented on local (and national) stages. 

The first of the three Philly Cycle commissions will focus on the city’s community of African American Muslims, which numbers around 200,000. We are seeking U.S.-based playwrights who would be interested in spending time in conversation with this community and telling a singular story that centers this community. 

We recommend that applicants familiarize themselves with InterAct's mission as they consider applying for the Philly Cycle project. Selected playwrights will receive a $15,000 commission, support for extensive play development both in and apart from the relevant community (including travel & local housing), and a guaranteed production (ideally in InterAct's 2024-25 season). 

InterAct will support the development of each Philly Cycle play in four distinct ways: 

• Facilitating partnerships with community leaders and community organizations as resources for playwrights to fully mine the worlds of their plays. For the first play, we are partnering with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-PA). 

• Identifying and engaging fully professional artistic teams, including directors, dramaturgs, actors and others, as desired. 

• Coordinating private workshops and public readings of each play, including in-progress readings on-site in relevant communities. 

• Providing ongoing dramaturgical consultation with InterAct’s artistic staff throughout the process.

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2022
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.


Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Weekly Workshop - every Thursday since 2007

The Weekly Workshop 

has been meeting every Thursday 

since 2007 and now we’re adding a 

Tuesday Night Group


Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated. 


We read everything from a one page scene to a full length script. We also present public readings of completed scripts with actors and audience talkbacks. 



Tuesday or Thursday, 7 - 9:30pm EST


Ask to sit in on a session and see for yourself!


Check out our website for details and rates.







Deadline: October 31, 2022

The Parish Players Thetford, Vermont

Types of Plays: Comedies or Dramas must be no more than 10 minutes in length.
Setting: Simple; the festival will offer 6 to 8 plays, and minimal set changes are required.
Deadline for Submission: Midnight Eastern time October 31, 2022
Notification of Selection: November 30, 2022
Performance Dates: February 9,10,11,12 and 16,17,18,19, 2023

Producer: Allison Fay Brown

How to submit your script:
File format: PDF ONLY!
File name: Name your PDF file with the title of the play, a hyphen, and your own last
name, e.g. Hamlet-Shakespeare.
Email Scripts to: Pancho@ParishPlayers.org no later than midnight Eastern time on October 31, 2022.
Email Subject Line: Use the title of the play as the subject line of your email.

Please Note: No more than one script per playwright. We prefer new, unproduced plays; however previously produced and already published original plays will be considered. We will also give preference to "local" (New England) playwrights.

Questions? Email Pancho@ParishPlayers.org using the subject line: TENS QUESTION.

Flint Repertory Theatre 2023 New Works Festival


Deadline: October 15, 2022
Flint Michigan

Flint Repertory Theatre is seeking new plays and musicals for the 2023 New Works Festival April 28-30, 2023.

The New Works Festival is an annual weeklong event featuring staged readings and workshops of new plays and musicals. Playwrights and composers from around the country are in residence in Flint during the process, which includes post-show audience discussions.

Playwrights should submit an original, unproduced, full-length script. Please include contact information, a short bio, play synopsis and development history. Submissions will be accepted until October 15th, 2022. 

Please submit HERE.

Contact Sasha Dudock (Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director) at sdudock@flintrep.org with any literary questions.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Currently Seeking 10-Minute Plays & Monologues for Smith & Kraus Publications

Smith & Kraus website

Deadline: November 30, 2022

To submit click here

For The Best Men’s & Women’s Monologues 2023, and Best 10-Minute Plays 2023
Edited by Debbie Lamedman



For The Best Men's & Women's Monologues 2023

• Monologues must be from plays. They cannot be stand-alone pieces.
• They must be from plays produced between April 2022 and July 2023.
• Staged Readings performed live or virtually will be accepted only if the readings occurred in the above-mentioned window will be accepted.
• Monologues should be from 1-3 minutes long.
• Monologues should be active pieces that work well for auditions.
• Please include a descriptive blurb containing a brief summary of the play; the name/age of the character; to whom the character is speaking, and the dramatic context of the scene.




For The Best 10-Minute Plays 2023

Plays must be produced between April 2022 and July 2023.
• Any Staged Readings performed live or virtually will be accepted. If the play was performed as a reading, it must have been done through a theatre company or organization, not just a bunch of your friends reading your play on Zoom.
• Please include a cover page with a brief synopsis.
• No Radio Plays. No Musicals. No Children's Plays.
• Make sure your play runs approximately 10 minutes.
• Only one submission permitted per playwright. If you submit more than one play, it will not be read.

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 25th Annual Festival of New American Theatre


Deadline: September 30, 2022

Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 25th Annual Festival of New American Theatre will run April 7, 2023 – April 23, 2023. The 2023 Festival will feature both curated and submitted works including: one play reading, two musical readings, one musical workshop, the Composer Lyricist Cabaret featuring two artists, and the Choreography Lab which will set movement to musical material featured in the festival selections. All eligible submissions are welcome and we are actively seeking submissions from artists with an Arizona connection. The submission window is August 19, 2022 – September 30, 2022. Please see below for instructions and additional details.

The Phoenix Theatre Company is accepting submissions for the following:

1. Full Length Plays: Both dramatic and comedic. Selecting one for the Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.

To be eligible to submit, playwrights must have:

i. At least one previous work that has been performed (fully or as a reading) in another festival or at a professional theatre*
*Must provide documentation proof (playbill, press release, etc.)

To champion local artists, special consideration will also be given to works where at least one member of the creative team has a connection to Arizona (current resident, studied in Arizona, etc.).

A blind copy of your script should be submitted (no names).

Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.

No screenplays please.

No Theatre for Young Audience pieces please.

Cast size must be limited to 6 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).

Submission fee: $10.00*

* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

PDF attachments ONLY. Must be submitted via the Typeform submission link.

A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance of the play. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or assistant festival director.

If selected, you must be available to be in residence for the duration of your rehearsal process during the festival. Exact timing will be determined after selections are made. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

• Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

2. Full Length Musicals: Both dramatic and comedic. Selecting two for reading and one for a workshop for the Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

Musicals should be original and un-produced.

To be eligible to submit, composers/book writers must have:

i. At least one previous work that has been performed (fully or as a reading) in another festival or at a professional theatre*
*Must provide documentation proof (playbill, press release, etc.)

To champion local artists, special consideration will also be given to works where at least one member of the creative team has a connection to Arizona (current resident, studied in AZ, etc.)

A blind copy of your script and score should be submitted (no names).

Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced). Sheet music/score will be asked for after the first round of readings.

No Musical Revues please.

Jukebox Musicals are accepted but proof of rights to the songs must be provided.

No Theatre for Young Audience musicals please.

No more than 3 collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work.

Cast size must be limited to 10 actors (actors may play multiple roles).

Submission fee: $10.00*

* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

PDF attachments ONLY or provide link to Dropbox, Google Drive or other sharable platforms. Must be submitted via the Typeform submission link.

A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and

actors. This includes rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or assistant festival director.

If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for the duration of the rehearsal period during the festival. Exact timing will be determined after selection. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

3. Original Songs for our Composer Lyricist Cabaret. Selecting two composers/lyricists for our Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

• Please submit piano sheet music and demos of 5 complete, original songs. • Songs can be from an existing musical (of your own in development) or be standalone pieces. We are looking for a sampling of your work.

If selected, the composer and lyricist must be available to be in residence for the week the cabaret is scheduled. Exact timing is determined after selection. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

Composers/Lyricists will receive airfare, housing, and a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

No more than 2 artists can be eligible for free housing/airfare.

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Playwrights Realm Script Share


Deadline: October 10, 2022 at 11:59 EDT

Script Share is an opportunity for aspiring writers to engage in a one hour discussion with a theatre professional about a particular script. These conversations are driven by what the writer is hoping to explore, and aim to provide an initial response, perspective, guidance around the craft of playwriting, and further questions, rather than critical feedback.

Script Share is a free opportunity for playwrights, who will be selected via lottery. The lottery is now OPEN through October 10th, to enter please see the information below


This program is intended to serve aspiring playwrights who do not have access to script conversations via other networks; for example, those who are new to playwriting and/or who may not have received opportunities through school or within the industry to develop their writing skills.

If you are selected for Script Share, you will need to have a script ready to share and discuss with a theater professional. Your script can be in any stage of drafting/development for these conversations, but it must be a full draft (a rough first draft is fine, but it cannot be only scenes or pages)!

Please Note: Script Share is not part of our Open Submissions programs. To have your full length play considered for our Fellowship or Scratchpad opportunities, please see our open submissions page.

The Process

Script Share participants are selected via lottery.

Selected playwrights are paired with a theater professional based on availability.

The assigned theater professional reads a script draft provided by the playwright and engages in a one-hour discussion with the playwright.

Script Share sessions will be held from November - December 2022. To enter the lottery, please fill out the Script Share application form.

The Bunbury Players Evening of One-Acts


Deadline: October 31, 2022 11:59 PM

The Bunbury Players are now accepting original short plays for An Evening of One-Acts, which will be presented next January 2023.

Plays must be 20-25 pages long and must be submitted in Standard Play Format. Works must be solely original and not based on or contain any previously copyrighted material.

Submissions will be due by Monday, October 31st at 11:59pm at this link.

For any questions, email the production managers at either andersonme1388@gmail.com or juliannaekopa@gmail.com.

Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Competition 2023


Deadline: February 1, 2023

All entrants must complete and submit the

Heartland Theatre Company is seeking eight 10-minute original plays to be considered for production in June of 2023 as part of our 20th annual 10-minute play festival. This year, the theme is THE WAITING ROOM.

1. Your play must fit the theme – THE WAITING ROOM – or it will not be considered.
2. Your play must fit our theater and its performance space.
3. We require internet submissions in MS Word or PDF.
4. When formatting your play, we ask that you follow our style sheet.
5. We are looking for NEW plays. Please do not send us anything that has previously been produced.
6. Your play must contain at least two (2) characters, but no more than four (4).
7. Heartland Theatre Company has a pool of actors ranging in age from 18 to 80. Make sure that your characters can be played by actors within that range.
8. Your play should consist mainly of dialogue, not monologues.
9. No children’s plays, musicals, or plays which were previously chosen as winners in any Heartland Theatre playwriting competition will be considered.
10. Do not put your name on the play itself, as submissions are judged blind. Make sure your title and page numbers appear on every page of the play, however.
11. Please read and consider the Judging Criteria.
12. Those plays which win and are staged will be videotaped for archival purposes.
13. No contracts beyond the guidelines mentioned here will be offered.
14. Only one entry will be accepted from each playwright.
15. Your play must be written in English.
16. Keep your play under ten minutes in length.
17. Remember that something has to happen in those ten minutes.

You must attach your script in MS Word format (preferred) or PDF when you send the entry form.

If you have any questions, please email playfest@heartlandtheatre.org

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Call for Experimental Theatre Playwrights: CUT / EDGE

NYC, 2023

Playwrights, Application Deadline December 1, 2022

Final decisions by December 15

Please send a writing sample (10 pages), artist statement and resume to 
Cut Edge Collective <cutedgecollective@gmail.com>

Join us in 2023 in NYC for our fourth season.

We meet twice monthly, on the second and third Tuesdays of each month (except July and August). 

On the second Tuesday of each month, we will hear the work of a single writer out loud (read by professional actors) and discuss this writer’s work. 

On the third Tuesday of each month, we will engage in a moderated philosophical discussion about where we’re at in terms of style, form, the direction of theatre/art today etc. Each accepted writer will have the chance to suggest a topic for the monthly salon, and lead the discussion.  (Past discussions have included what makes a theatrical production experimental; from what/where do we draw our inspiration; censorship in theater; mysticism in theater; differences in ideas of catharsis between East and West; gender issues in written theatre roles; when is spectacle essential to theatre; repetition and play in storytelling, etc.)


The Dirt

Upon invitation, the rate is $125 for the year. This covers space to meet for an entire year and a modest stipend for the actors who’ll read our words during the workshop meetings.  Additionally, it will help defer costs for our annual 10-minute play Festival, available to  all accepted writers (Cut Edge provides TD, SM, free rehearsal space options and all marketing).  Lastly, the fee helps underwrite our 5 day, western Maine writers retreat, taking place in September -- exact dates TBD in conjunction with the 2023 writers. 

(Our 2022 cohort will be presenting their 10-minute plays this February 2023 at the Tank, 312 W. 36th Street, on Feb 9 & 10 at 7pm and Feb 11th, at 3pm).

The Breakdown
  • To participate, you must be an experimental theatre writer. What do we mean by this? You must write for live performance and you must be in the process of creating something that isn’t “conventional.” This departure from normative theatre can include dialogue, structure, staging, character and/or character development, format, passage of time or any other manner of pushing at theatrical boundaries. Teach us something.
  • The Cut Edge Collective currently has only a few available slots.  Playwrights will be selected based upon the quality of the work submitted and experimental nature of the work.
  • If you’re in New York City and able to commit to two events monthly in Midtown, and write experimental work for theatre, please send a sample, segment or example and tell us why you want to be a part of the collective.
And So Who Is This For
  • Experimental Theatre Writers
  • Able to Commit to Twice Monthly Meetings in Midtown Manhattan, through 2023 
  • With Compelling Samples
  • $125 for Space, Actors and Ten Minute Play Festival (early 2023).  The writers workshop will occasion another $20/day fee ($100 total), which will include transportation, room and board (but not alcohol, coffee and meals out, local t-shirts and other swag, etc.)
Please reach out if you have any questions to: Cut Edge Collective: cutedgecollective@gmail.com

Fifh Annual Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists


Deadline: December 2, 2022

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theatre librettist. It commemorates the life and work of playwright/librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was a Drama Desk Award nominee for Best Book of a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the playwright/librettist of Class Mothers ’68, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theatre professionals. Amas, which is administering the award, was the development home for several of Mr. Weinberger’s musicals, and which produced the World Premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York Premiere of Tea for Three.

With the many setbacks in the theatre industry over the past three years, we are grateful to be afforded this opportunity to continue making theatre and creating an impact in our community. Both our 2020 and 2021 winners, Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels, and Gabe Caruso and Sangwoo Lee received development workshops of their musicals Māyā and Settle Down this year. We are excited to begin work with our 2022 winners Charlie Roman and Will Wegner on their piece Onward & Upward, and welcome a new wave of inspiring voices to our musical theatre family.
Submissions open Monday September 19, 2022 and will close on Friday, December 2, 2022. All submissions must be sent through an online application that can be found HERE.

Only one submission per playwright/librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced spring 2023.

Amas Musical Theatre will not ask for any fees for entry or for any fiduciary involvement from the playwright/librettists at any point of the process.


Submission Requirements:

The musical must:
  • Be a full-length show (at least 80 minutes)
  • Have no more than seven actors (actors may play multiple roles, if so please include a suggested breakdown of role distribution)
  • 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 (at least five songs)
  • Have full underlying rights clearance of any pre-existing material used in the script (music, source material, etc.)
  • Not have had a full production or be published in any way, even if with a different name.
What to submit
  • All documents must be submitted as PDF files and they should be named with the part of the submission it refers to and the title of the show in the format of PART_TITLE, i.e.: for Tea for Three; BIO_TEA-FOR-THREE, SYNOPSIS_TEA-FOR-THREE, etc.
  • Biography and resumes of all contractually attached people such as composer, director, producer to the project
  • History of the submission’s development, and any previous titles it has gone through (if applicable, maximum one page)
  • Brief synopsis (maximum 150 words)
  • Brief artistic statement on the piece itself, including all source material, inspiration, goal, message, etc. (maximum one page)
  • Proof of rights (if applicable)
  • Demo and track listings (Demo selections to be posted as a Dropbox or Google Drive link)
  • PDF document of the full-script and sheet music, if available (no writers named)

Guidelines for Materials

All submissions must adhere to the following or your application will be disqualified before reaching our selection committee.


If the musical contains any copyrighted material, please submit a signed letter from the authors and/or underlying rights representative stating that underlying rights have been secured.


The full script must include:

Title page (which should only have the title on it and absolutely no other information)

Character breakdown (maximum one page)
The complete script with page numbers

For the anonymity of your submission, the full script and sheet music cannot include any information on playwright/ librettist or contractually attached people, previous casts, or any agents. All submissions will go through a blind evaluation process, any personal information you provide will only be available to Amas Musical Theatre staff.

Demo Tracks

The recording should be a significant representation of the songs in the show that accurately highlights the style and character of the score and lyrics.

Demo tracks should:
  • Include at least one song from the first 25 pages
  • Have at least five recordings available – they do not need to be professional or studio quality but they must be clear enough to hear lyrics, melody, and accompaniment
  • Have singers of appropriate vocal types for their respective roles
  • Be full songs only, no medleys of spliced songs
  • For the anonymity of your submission, tracks cannot include any personal identifiers for playwright/librettist(s), the performers recorded, or contractually attached people.
The Selection Process

Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by Amas Musical Theatre’s literary team. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by a selection committee, comprised of distinguished artists and playwrights, using a blind evaluation process. Committee members will not be given any additional information beyond the title of the show, the script and the demo tracks.

Any personal information you provide in the application is seen by the Amas Musical Theatre staff only, not the selection committee. Our process is based on the quality of the work submitted.

Round 1 (September-December)

Our literary team reads the first 25 pages of the book and listens to the demo for any track related to these pages.

The team fills out evaluations for each show, which determine the submissions that continue to Round 2.

If selected as a finalist, the show’s application primary contact is notified via email.​​

Round 2 (January-March)

The selection committee reads the scripts in full and listens to all demo tracks submitted.

Committee members discuss the finalists to determine which one is best suited for the award.

The winner will be announced in the spring of 2021

The application’s primary contact is notified and a development schedule is created with the winner.

We will not be able to provide feedback regarding why a particular piece was or was not selected.

The Winner

Will receive $2,000 to help pay for cost-of-living expenses.

Will receive development assistance in the 2023 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre.

Will have the selected show rehearsed and performed by New York theatre professionals in an Amas Lab production.

Must be present in New York City for the development process.

Must give the right of first refusal for a world premiere of the selected show that will expire 90 days after

Amas Musical Theatre presents the Lab production.

2023 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival


Deadline: November 1, 2022

Over Our Head Players is accepting submissions for the "2023 Snowdance® 10 Minute Comedy Festival," now through November 1, 2022. "Snowdance®" entry is open to original 10 minute or shorter comedies for the stage. 

Winning entries will be performed together by the OOHP Snowdance ensemble in the winter of 2023. Concluding each performance, audience members can vote for their favorite individual comedy; the audience favorites will earn cash prizes for the playwright. Entries may be sent to SNOWDANCE, c/o Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin, 53403. Alternatively, entries may be sent by email to snowdance318@gmail.com. Once again, we request that scripts have a maximum of three characters, and entries less than 10 minutes are actively encouraged.

Rules for the Snowdance Comedy Competition, which is open to everyone without age or geographic restriction, are relatively simple. In summary, competition is open to unpublished, 10 minute or shorter comedies. Musicals, adaptations, and translations will not be considered. Entries must be postmarked by November 1, 2022. The writer’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address should be included on the title page and only the title page. The title page should also include a cast list and a one-to-three sentence synopsis of the play. Plays can have a cast of one to four characters; plays should be easily staged, avoiding elaborate set requirements. Submit one typed manuscript in standard format, securely bound. Complete rules are posted on the Rules page. Any questions can be directed to Rich Smith via the box office, at 262-632-6802, or by e-mail at snowdance318@gmail.com. Scripts will not be returned.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kumu Kahua’s September prompt


Deadline: September 30, 2022


We’re proud to announce a new monthly playwriting contest in collaboration with Bamboo Ridge Press!

Every month, Kumu Kahua’s artistic director Harry Wong III will select a writing prompt on or by the first day of that month. We’re looking for 5-page monologues or 10-page scenes based on that prompt; the due date for submissions will always be the last day of the month. All entries must be written in traditional play format; instructions on this format can be found here (https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats), courtesy of the Dramatists Guild.

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

The prompt for the month of September 2022 is: In honor of Halloween, one child in a group of kids receives a magic piece of candy that, once eaten, grants her or him three wishes.

Best of luck!

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023


Deadline: October 1, 2022

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors.

The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions. The festival features both a full-length and short play division.


Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of primarily (or exclusively) characters in their teens and early twenties (15-25 years old).
  • A mid- to large-sized cast (i.e., at least five actors, preferably at least ten).
  • A running time of at least 80 minutes.
  • Significant representation (in both number and quality) of roles for female-identifying actors.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.

The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to actors from under-represented groups.

Please note: The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival is specifically seeking plays in which the characters are in their teens and early twenties, not simply characters that could be played by actors in their teens and early twenties. The festival is not seeking plays with characters that are “ageless” or “any age.” Plays should be about characters experiencing late adolescence and early adulthood.

Full-length plays should not have had a previous full production. Workshops and readings are fine.

Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in May of 2023. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event.

The winning full-length play will receive:
  • A world premiere production in the 2023-2024 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre & Dance theatre season.
  • Consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals, the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection.
  • A meeting for the playwright with new play acquisition staff at Concord Theatricals.


Seeking plays that have:
  • A cast of exclusively characters in their teens and twenties.
  • Dynamic, fully-drawn roles to challenge student actors.
  • A running time of 10-25 minutes.
  • Thematic values that will speak to college-aged artists and audience members.

The festival also places a value on plays that have the potential to provide performance opportunities to female-identifying actors and actors from under-represented groups.

Plays should not have had a previous production under an Actors Equity agreement. Non-union productions, workshops, and readings are fine.

The five finalist short plays will receive:
  • A staged reading at the 2023 Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival.
  • Publication in the anthology Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023: The Short Plays, published by Southeast Missouri University Press and made distributed nationwide through online and retail outlets.


Submissions for the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival should be submitted by October 1, 2022 at:


The submission form will request:

  • Complete script
  • Brief synopsis of the play (100-250 words)
  • Character breakdown, including ages
  • Author(s) bio (100-250 words)
  • Development history (if applicable)

If you have any questions, please email the festival’s Artistic Director, Kitt Lavoie (klavoie@semo.edu).

Friday, September 23, 2022



Deadline: September 30, 2022 at 5PM

The Sauk, located in Jonesville, Michigan, is seeking scripts to consider for production as part of SAUK SHORTS 2023.

Scripts may be original works or published works that you would like us to consider. Scripts should have a performance time no longer than 15 minutes.

We will begin accepting scripts on Friday, September 16 and will continue to accept scripts until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, September 30.

Scripts should be e-mailed to saukshorts@gmail.com.

We are looking for comedies and dramas. Plays with roles for teens and young people are encouraged.

SAUK SHORTS is an annual collection of 10-minute plays. Each year, we produce a combination of popular published works and original un-produced pieces. We try to balance a combination of local and national playwrights. There is no fee for submitting scripts. Please limit your submissions to five scripts.

Selected scripts will be announced in early November. If you do not receive an e-mail by November 1 at 5 p.m., your play has not been selected. A royalty is paid to all selected scripts. Scripts that are not selected for production in 2023 may be kept on file for consideration in future years.

Performance dates are March 23-26, 2023.

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2022. Turquoise edition»


Deadline: December 1, 2022

The «Neem» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

Organizers: Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

Nominations: Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 20£.

The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching, performance or something else by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body» in ia random place on our planet.

Requirements for the submitted works:
  • Formal requirements are absent.
  • There are no linguistic and geographical limits.
Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com

Terms for the reception of plays: July 13, 2022 – December 1, 2022
Summing up: December 2022 – January 2023.

All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdofree.com/projects/neem-2022-turquoise-edition-1/

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

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