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Monday, January 31, 2022

O'Neill Young Playwrights Festival


Deadline: February 1, 2022

Application Form

Young Playwrights Festival (YPF) will take place May 13 - May 15, 2022. 

Employing the signature “O’Neill process,” the festival provides professional-level support to develop original one-act plays written by middle and high school students. With these methods, the young playwrights hone their work, furthering it from the initial isolation of writing to the collaborative process involved in making their script into a living, breathing play. Students receive a rigorous exploration of their work guided by professional artists as well as a script-in-hand public reading of their new play.

1. You are between the ages of 12-18 and currently enrolled in middle or high school.

2. Your parent or guardian has given you permission to submit your play.

3. The play you are submitting is between 10 and 15 pages
(This page limit does not include your title and character description page).

4. You are the only writer of this play (joint submissions will not be considered).

5. You have included your name and the title of your play on the front page of the script.

6. You have provided a listing of character names and descriptions.

7. Each page of your script has been numbered.

8. You are only submitting one play for consideration.

New Victory LabWorks 2022-23 Residency


Deadline: February 7, 2022

Google forms application

New Victory® LabWorks is a residency for artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creating original work for kids and families. We welcome and uplift all BIPOC artists, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and who identify as disabled. As an artistic home for artists of all disciplines, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be.

New Victory LabWorks artists each receive $15,000 as well as professional development, networking and community building. Artists also have the opportunity to hold invited rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and kid and family audiences with facilitated feedback sessions.

By connecting artists with New Victory families and education partners to garner invaluable responses and feedback from kids, New Victory LabWorks invites artists to hone their craft, expand their skills, make contacts in the field, take artistic risks and make bold choices with their work.

Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. From there, final applicants will be notified of their acceptance. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. No phone calls, please.

Program Requirements:
  • Artist(s) must have a primary residence in NYC and be available to participate between August 2022 and July 2023.
  • Artist(s) must identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color.
  • Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Artist’s work must be intended for family audiences (Artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
  • Artist’s project(s) must be in development, but may be at any point during development, including initial concept.
  • Pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Artist(s) must be able to attend monthly meetings in Manhattan.
  • Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the 2022-23 LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.

If you are interested, you can review the application questions and required materials before applying.

Please complete the application and include support materials via a Dropbox link.

 If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@New42.org.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Stethoscope State seeks 10-minute plays and monologues


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Ten-minute plays and monologues (personal narratives) addressing the following prompt are being accepted:

If you have been vaccinated, what is your personal vaccination story? What has vaccination meant for you? If you are someone who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, what is your experience like? If you are choosing not to get the COVID vaccine, you are encouraged to share your story, as well. Your story is important to this national conversation, too.

Medical professionals and members of the general population are encouraged to submit. You do not have to be a professional playwright to share your story. We want the raw, true, authentic you. That said, there are a few requirements to keep in mind:

Ten-Minute Plays
  • Page Length: 8 – 10
    • Tip: This is based on standard stage play format. Not familiar with stage play format? No worries! Simply time yourself reading your work in a natural cadence to make sure it does not exceed 10 minutes.
  • File Format: Word Doc or PDF. Other file formats will not be accepted.
  • Font: 12pt. Times New Roman in black ink
  • Text Spacing: Single
  • Characters: Two minimum, five max
  • Your play submission should include:
  • Title Page: Include play title, author full name, and author primary phone number and email address. Also, include a 150 word bio. Please list your medical title and place of employment if applicable.
  • Character Description Page: List the name of each character along with a brief character description. Be sure to include specifics such as age, gender, and race if pertinent to your story. With the exception of identifying yourself in your own monologue or play (if you choose to do so), use of actual names of real-life individuals is strictly prohibited. 
  • Examples:
STEVEN: Doctor. Easygoing and kindhearted. Always takes copious notes in a small notepad. Extremely tall. Biracial. Male. 35.
STANLEY: Patient. Nervous. Stutters. Frail small frame. Caucasian. Male. 70.
  • Full Text of Play
  • Page Length: 2 -3
    • Tip: This is based on standard stage play format. Not familiar with stage play format? No worries! Simply time yourself reading your work in a natural cadence to make sure it is at least three minutes but not exceeding five minutes.
  • File Format: Word Doc or PDF. Other file formats will not be accepted.
  • Font: 12pt. Times New Roman in black ink
  • Text Spacing: Single
  • Characters: One
  • Your monologue submission should include:
  • Title Page: Include play title, author full name, and author primary phone number and email address. Also, include a 150 word bio. Please list your medical title and place of employment if applicable.
  • Character Description Page: List the name of your character along with a brief character description. Be sure to include specifics such as age, gender, and race if pertinent to your story. With the exception of identifying yourself in your own monologue or play (if you choose to do so), use of actual names of real-life individuals is strictly prohibited. 
  • Example:
STEVEN: Doctor. Easygoing and kindhearted. Always takes copious notes in a small notepad. Extremely tall. Biracial. Male. 35.
  • Full Text of Monologue

The announcement of monologues and ten-minute plays selected for the 2022 festival will be announced in March 2022. One piece will have the chance to be published in the TCU School of Medicine HuMed Journal.

Click here to complete the submission form and upload your work.

Note: You must be logged into a Google account to complete the form. If you do not already have a Google account, creating one is free and simple. Be sure to read the festival website prior to proceeding with submission.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

Have Scripts Blue Moon Plays 2022


Deadline: January 31, 2022

We Are Particularly Seeking Plays With Casts That Reflect The Growing And Varied American Landscape, As Well As Characters With Different Skin Colors, Gender Identifications, And Mental And Physical Abilities.


Play Submission Windows – November To January

To Submit A Play To Be Considered For Publication, Please Follow The Instructions Below.

Please do not submit complete manuscripts. Use the submission form supplied below, during the submission period.

Submit only one play at a time.

We suggest you prepare all the elements in advance so that you can copy and paste them into the form. There is a risk that the form will “time out” if you take too long to complete it, by typing manually.

The form may take 10-20 minutes to complete.

So that we can determine if your play is a good fit for our inventory, please provide the following information on the form below:
  • Submit only plays that have had at least one production.
  • A 300 – 500-word synopsis (NOTE: a synopsis is not a plot summary. It should tell us the premise of your play, what it is about, and how it tries to achieve that.)
  • A 300-word plot summary
  • Cast/character count, M/F, Maximum and Minimum cast required.
  • A sample of dialogue (Doc or PDF, about 10 pages)
  • Author Biography
  • List of any productions and/or staged readings by theaters
  • Include production dates, venue name and address, acting company
  • List of awards, commendations, reviews, feedback or comments on the script.
We will respond to queries within 8 weeks. If you are submitting to other publishers, please let us know if the rights to your play become unavailable.

Play Submission Query Form

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2022 seeks one-act plays


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects and a maximum of five performers. We do not insist on premieres.

All entries should be submitted to:

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2022
The Arundel Festival
c/o The Town Hall
Maltravers Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AP

Entries must be received by 31st January 2022. There is no reading fee.

To encourage more writers from overseas we are allowing plays from outside the UK to be submitted by email - info@dripaction.co.uk

One play only per entrant, in hard copy if sent from within the UK

Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020.

Each successful playwright will receive a £200 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email info@dripaction.co.uk

Friday, January 28, 2022



Deadline: February 5, 2022

Submit a script via email, as a PDF or Word document, with the play’s title in the subject line, to ELTChicago@gmail.com 

All Access is an ongoing reading series that began in 2015 with a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Its purpose is to promote new plays that bring to prominence narratives that are underrepresented in our culture's storytelling: to wit, plays that feature characters who are femme, BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and/or PWD. The readings are rehearsed with an experienced director and performed by an all-Equity cast.

Equity Library Theatre-Chicago holds annual, open submissions; to date, we have read hundreds of scripts from across the country as well as England, Ireland, and Canada. To ensure that we have a continual rotation of viewpoints, each year at least half of our readers are new to the series, and our finalist readers select the winner through a blind read. Every playwright who submits receives our greatest admiration; the winning playwright also receives a $300 prize.

2022 Submission Guidelines

Equity Library Theatre Chicago is seeking submissions of new, full-length plays. One script will be selected and produced as a staged reading with an experienced director and an all-Equity cast; the playwright will also be awarded $300.*

Because this reading will be part of our ongoing All Access Series, in addition to overall excellence, we will give preference to plays with protagonists who are femme, BIPOC, people with disabilities, and/or LGBTQIA+.

You may submit a script via email, as a PDF or Word document, with the play’s title in the subject line, to ELTChicago@gmail.com January 5th - February 5th, 2022.

Please include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, development history, and contact information. We will accept scripts that have been submitted in past years. No submission fee.

*ELTC aims to produce the winning play's staged reading in 2022, but Covid precautions must be taken into consideration. The staged reading may occur in a variety of different ways - an outdoor venue in the summer of 2022, an indoor venue in the fall of 2022 if the state of affairs allows, or as part of a festival to be paired with the 2023 winner and performed in the summer or fall of that year. As it stands now, we are committed to the winning play receiving a live, in-person performance, and not a digital presentation, so we hope to be able to present it as soon as it is safe to do so. 

PLEASE NOTE: The $300 is attached to the selection of the play and not the performance.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts Artsapalooza playwright commission

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Springville Center for the Arts (SpringvilleArts.org) is seeking to commission a playwright to create a script for a program touring the summer of 2022. Artsapalooza is a free, outdoor, multi-arts program for families with younger children. The two-hour program brings interactive art-making stations, a chance to explore drums and ukulele, theater games and more to rural audiences, culminating in a performance that incorporates giant puppets and live music.

Springville Center for the Arts is a multi-arts center located in Western New York State. Typical programming includes theater, gallery exhibits, concerts and workshops. Our main facility is an 1869 former church. Art’s Cafe is a secondary performance space, workshop, artist residency and public green roof centered around a bakery-cafe environment. 

The commission requires writing a 40-minute performance piece for children and their families that includes audience interaction, use of live music and song, and the incorporation of large scale, multi-operator puppets. 

The piece should lead to highly engaging visuals and the playwright need not avoid pathos, horror, or challenging subject matter as long as it engages young audiences. We are not interested in saccharine retellings of cute fairy tales.

  • Assume a performing troupe size of eight or less plus musicians
  • Piece may be original or an adaptation of a public domain work
  • Piece will be performed outdoors in a mini-arts-carnival atmosphere 
  • Must be ready for pre-production in May 
  • Playwright retains all rights to the material, but allows SCA an nonexclusive option to tour the show for one season (10–15 shows) 
  • Should the play be published, credit for the development and commission must be given to SCA 

SCA believes in the power of artistic residencies for both the creation of new work and to foster community appreciation for the arts. An ideal scenario places a playwright within the community for a period of time dedicated to creating work. The community is engaged with writing workshops or during initial rehearsals while refining the work. Housing is provided in our AIA award-winning space at Art’s Cafe. Additional funding is available for artists who engage in this residency program. Local artists may commute.

The playwright will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience, attendance of rehearsals or performances, participation in community engagement programs, and full residency participation.

To apply, please send SCA:
  • A proposal for your play of no more than 1000 words, but includes your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements
  • A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market 
  • Your bio or resume 
  • A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project
  • A description of your proposed timeline, participation and fees 
  • If you have interest in the residency program, outline your ideal duration and possible community activities 
Send materials to Attn: Seth Wochensky, Executive Director, scaseth@gmail.com or Springville Center for the Arts, PO Box 62, Springville, NY 14141

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Onstage/Offstage seeks 10-minute plays for its podcast


Deadline: February 13, 2022

Onstage/Offstage (www.onstageoffstage.org) is looking for (4) 10-12 minute plays to produce and air on its podcast. The theme for 2022 is "Pets." The play must stand on its own as a fully dramatic issue between its characters and feature PETS as a critical plot element and/or character.

We will consider all plays equally based on their merit, but we especially encourage writers who identify as female or BIPOC to submit.

Comedies as well as dramas welcome!

Selected plays will be broadcast on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca Community Radio and podcasted on our web site (www.onstageoffstage.org), iTunes and Spotify.

- Submissions will air/be available as podcast on a date TBD in 2022.

- Submissions are welcome by email ONLY from 12:01AM MONDAY, JANUARY 24 to 11:59 pm SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13. Send submissions to sapiogeorge@gmail.com.

The message header must read as follows: OSOS PETS / YOURLASTNAME / PLAY TITLE.

Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded solely by Onstage/Offstage personnel.
Playwrights will be required to do a short interview to accompany their play.

Please make sure your play is suitable for a reading:

- Do not submit plays that require extensive reading of stage directions; if the play is not nearly all dialogue, do not submit;


- Minimal language inappropriate for radio. Not that we are against strong language in a work, but I have to bleep it for broadcast. I leave it au naturel for the podcast;

- Plays MUST BE IN PDF FORM with casting info, pertinent notes, and playwright contact on cover page, and pages numbered. (You'd be surprised. No, really, you would.)

- Please title your PDF documents in the following form: OSOS PETS YOURLASTNAME PLAY TITLE.PDF

- ONE submission per author.

-By submitting, you agree to let Onstage/Offstage produce, air, and podcast your work. You retain all rights to your work.

- We cannot afford to pay you. We do regret this, as artists should be reimbursed for their craft. But we are a shoestring operation without any funding whatsoever. We hope that the podcast with your interview and produced work will suffice.

Address submissions and inquiries to: sapiogeorge@gmail.com

Monday, January 24, 2022

The Lucille Lortel Theatre’s NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship


Deadline: February 7, 2022

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.


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.

Seven Fellows will be selected: one from each of the five New York City boroughs, one from a District 75 school and one from a District 79 school.


The seven Fellows will each receive
  • A professional staged reading or an online presentation of the Fellow’s play.
  • Individual mentoring from theatre professionals.
  • Publication of the Fellow’s play.
  • A certificate of recognition.

  • An original one-act play.
  • Approximately 10 minutes in length.
  • No more than:
    • Ten total pages of dialogue (Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced)
    • Two scenes
    • Two locations
    • Four characters
Submissions accepted via website here. Applicants must register an account to submit. No submission fee required.




Deadline: February 1, 2022 


Plays that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.
  • Subject matter and characters must resonate with Latinx audiences and accurately depict the Latinx/Hispanic experience.
  • Original and un-produced.
  • Full length plays. (At least- 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Written in either Spanish or English.
  • Plays that have had readings or a workshop production are acceptable.
  • No screenplays, one-act plays, adaptations or translations will be accepted.
  • Absolutely no changes or resubmissions can be made once a script has been submitted.
  • Playwrights must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the United States or Puerto Rico.

  • Winners will be announced 7- 8 months after the deadline.
  • Each participant will be notified of the results by e-mail.
  • We request that participants do not contact the office to inquire about the competition’s results.


Finalists will receive a staged reading at Repertorio to further develop the script.
  • Grand Prize Winner: $3,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000
  • (2) Runners up at $500 each.


Must follow instructions and fully fill out the form to participate. Unfortunately, we cannot accept any changes or re-submissions once the script has been submitted. Do not send any other biographical information or reviews.

Send all of this information and the requested materials via e-mail to aav@repertorio.org using the subject line “Voces Latinx: Title of –Your- Play”.

Send the following information within the body of the e-mail:
  • Your full name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your cell phone number
  • Your mailing address (street address, city, state, zip code)
  • How did you hear about the competition?
  • 4-6 line synopsis
  • 4 -6 line description of how your play relates to the Latinx / Hispanic American community

Send the following as an attachment:
  • One ELECTRONIC COPY of your script – WITHOUT your name on it. (PDF ONLY)
  • Please OMIT your name from the script
  • Do NOT send other biographical information or reviews

Sunday, January 23, 2022

28 Plays Later 2022


Deadline:  Registration for 28 Plays Later closes on 28 January


February, 2022

Now in its eighth 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. We continue to offer our challenges on a commit-what-you-can basis, so everybody is welcome, and no financial obligation is required. 

For more information on how the money is split, check out our FAQs

Molecule – A Tiny Lit Mag Accepting Submissions


Deadline: January 25, 2022

Molecule accepts submissions of poetry, prose (fiction & non-fiction) plays, reviews and interviews in 50 words or less (including titles and interview questions). Visual artwork of tiny things like tea bags and toothpicks, or tiny paintings, also wanted: no skyscrapers please!

We have a strict word count. Don’t try and trick us we have tiny minds. All submissions should be previously unpublished work.

How should I send my work?

Send submissions in the body of the email or as an attachment to moleculetinylitmag@gmail.com along with a 3rd person bio of no more than 24 words (including name). Please send no more than 5 pieces.

24 words or less for a whole bio, seems random, where did you come up with that?

There are 24 atoms in a molecule of caffeine. What more do you want from us?

When are you open for submissions and when will I hear back?

We are open for submissions for our Spring 2022 Issue from December 1st to January 15th. Replies will be sent by February 15th.

If your work is accepted we ask for first rights (to publish in our [forthcoming] print and online issue) and non-exclusive electronic and archival rights (so we can keep using it). All rights revert to the author upon publication.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

R5 Playhouse Series seeks radio plays


Deadline: January 31, 2022 at 11:59pm EST


The theme for the inaugural festival is "consequences."

Playwrights are encouraged to interpret this theme however they please but should submit an original one act radio play that engages with that theme in some way.

Plays should be approximately 30 minutes long (20-30 pages) and feature a cast of 6 actors or less; we are not accepting musical submissions at this time.

Playwrights may submit with a director and cast in mind, but R5 will help you assemble your team.

R5 will collaborate with each selected playwright to produce the one act as a live radio play that will stream for free on YouTube alongside other festival selections.

The R5 Playhouse Series is a wonderful opportunity for playwrights to connect with an audience that loves new work and for us at R5 to welcome new artists into our community!

R5 Productions is a a collective of theatre artists dedicated to telling stories both old and new through performance and design. Check out our catalog of past shows to get a sense of who we are and what we do.

Playwrights are invited to email a brief introduction about you and your play, a PDF of your 20-30 page script, and the names of your desired actors and director (if you have a team in mind) to rproductions2020@gmail.com no later than Monday, January 31 at 11:59pm ET.

Please be sure to include "R5 Playhouse Series" in the subject line. We will cap submissions at 50, so submit early!.Selected plays, playwrights, and teams will be announced by the end of February. We welcome and encourage submissions from artists of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as artists with disabilities. Email us with any questions you have.

The Script Room March 2022 Showcase


Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Script Room is looking for original and unperformed scripts.

  • Final date for sending scripts to this round: Monday January 31 2022
  • Only one script per writer please!
  • We consider shorter plays and full length theatre scripts (we will perform an extract)
  • There are no specific guidelines regarding style or theme.
  • Scripts should aspire to full live production, with achievable cast and technical requirements.
Please send your script in PDF or Word format to mail@barryedwards.net

Looking forward to reading your work!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Spring Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2022 online classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment to get your ideas on the page.


Brittany K. Allen (Writer and Actor; Redwood at Portland Center Stage, Kilroy's List)

Rogelio Martinez (Writer, Ping Pong at the Public)

Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby, Rain and Zoe Save the World)

Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, Page 73) 

Fast First Draft

Instructor: Lia Romeo (4-time Kilroy's List Writer)

Work on generative writing exercises designed to kickstart your creativity to swiftly and decisively embark on a first draft of a new play.

Fundamentals of Playwriting 

Instructor: MĂȘlisa Annis (Faculty, NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program)

Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play can be built on a strong foundation.

Rewriting Your Draft

As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.


Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director; Faculty, NYU Graduate Playwriting Program)

Matthew Paul Olmos (Writer, so go the ghost of mexico, part one at La Mama)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River) 

Write Your Own Cherry Orchard

Instructor: Kate Moira Ryan (Writer (with Judy Gold), 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother)

Write a full-length play using Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard as a blueprint in this fun and interactive class.

Big D Energy: The Dramaturgy of Playwriting

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at the Public)

Through play analyses and writing exercises, look at great works from the outside in to strengthen your own writing.

TV Writing: A Pilot Party

Instructor: C. Quintana (Writer, Azul, ABC’s “The Beauty”)

Workshop your half hour or hour-long pilot script in an intimate and supportive setting.

Workshop: Libretto Writing

Instructor: AriDy Nox (Writer, Black Girl in Paris, Metropolis)

Focus on this structural backbone of musical theater storytelling, developing the tools and framework of a musical theater piece.

Workshop: The Storytelling of Marginalized People

Instructor: Chesney Snow (Actor, Broadway’s In Transit, Soil Beneath at Primary Stages)

Learn the history of global majority theatrical forms—such as hip-hop theater, spoken word, theater of the oppressed, and choreopoem—and begin generating your own piece, pushing the boundaries of traditional theater and reimagining what the future can be.

Classes begin in February. Start and end dates vary. Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Open-Door Playhouse podcast submission guidelines

Podcast page

Open-Door Playhouse is a monthly podcast harking back to live radio theater broadcasts. Created to introduce New Plays, New Writers, and… a wealth of unknown talent. Giving them the opportunity to have their works created in sound studios as opposed to live stage productions and presented on the Podcast as “Radio Productions.” 

Play submissions will be solicited online, outreach centers and word of mouth. Broadcasts will be once a month (to start) and grow as demand requires. 

Long term goal is to reach out to undeserved writing communities: prisons, school and community groups to provide an avenue to have their voices heard, via plays, short stories or poetry, and to establish Podcast as its own 501c3 organization.

To submit your play contact:open-doorplayhouse@gmail.com

Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College


Deadline: February 1, 2022

The arts have always had strong creative connections to the sciences, including computational science. Acting as gadfly for the good, provocateur and satirist when the sciences overreach, but also far-seeing prophets of scientific potential. The arts are among the areas that computational sciences has transformed, not only through its impact on modes of production of artwork, but also as a formative influence on its themes and motivations, notably in the fields of speculative fiction as well as the dramatic arts. To that end, the Neukom Institute is proud to announce this prize for creative work in the arts.

Full-length plays and other full length works for theater addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?”

Submissions must include
  • An anonymized (blinded) copy of the piece
  • Playwright resume/bio
  • Production history of the piece
  • 1 page statement of purpose that answers the following questions:
  • A. How does your piece address the theme of exploring humanity in our computerized, digital world?
  • B. What are your goals for this piece in its current form?
  • C. The winning piece will receive two readings: one at VoxFest at Dartmouth College in July 2022, and the second at Northern Stage in White River Junction, VT, during the 2022/2023 season. How would you use this two-part development process to achieve these goals?

Questions? Email Emma Orme at vox@voxtheater.org

Playwrights can submit using this form.
Deadline for play or piece submission, February 1, 2022.

Information: Daniel.N.Rockmore@Dartmouth.edu

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Irvington Theater Arts Incubator Short Playfest


Deadline: January 31, 2022 11:59 PM EST

After a tremendous inaugural festival in 2021, we are thrilled to once again accept script submissions for the Arts Incubator Short Play Fest, which will debut and stream for free on YouTube from February 25 - March 5, 2022.

Celebrating short, new, and in-development works of theater, the virtual festival is an opportunity for playwrights to experiment with the medium — and a platform to share their work with a wider audience.

Plays should be unpublished and no more than 15 pages in length. 

Playwrights should only submit one script. 

Playwrights are responsible for assembling the cast and creative team as needed; this is an unpaid, non-union opportunity.

Festival participants will be announced by February 7, 2022. If selected, playwrights (and their teams) will be asked to deliver a recorded video of their play by February 20, 2022. This could be as simple as a screen recording of a Zoom call, but we encourage you to embrace the video format in an interesting and deliberate way. This video file must be in the MP4 format, with an HD resolution:1280x720 (720p, 16:9 aspect ratio) or 1920x1080 (1080p, 16x9 aspect ratio).

Your video will stream for free on YouTube with other festival selections from February 25 through March 5, 2022 — or for as long as you’d like! Festival selections will be promoted across Irvington Theater social media and widely circulated emails, our website, and in-person signage throughout the village of Irvington, NY. 

To submit, email a PDF of your play to ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com with the subject “Short Play Fest Submission: [Name of Play] by [Name of Playwright].” Please tell us about yourself and the vision for your virtual production, including the names of your cast and creative team (or a plan of intent to secure them). If you have a headshot, resume, bio, and/or website link to include, please do.

Questions? Email us at ITArtsIncubator@yahoo.com.

New Circle Theatre Company’s second annual L.B. Williams BIPOC writers new ten-minute play contest


Deadline: February 1, 2022

New Circle Theatre Company’s Second Annual L.B. Williams BIPOC writers new ten-minute play contest for NYC- area playwrights

New Circle Theatre Company (www.newcircletheatrecompany.org) is a NYC company devoted to the development of new plays. In furthering the company’s commitment to foster diversity, we announce our second annual playwriting contest for new, ten minute plays by playwrights of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, etc. This contest is different from many out there, in that we are seeking, not so much new plays, but potential new members of our company, who wish to work with us continuously in the future to develop their new plays.

Our development process includes a reading of new plays at company meetings on Monday nights, followed by a 10-hour developmental workshop with a director and cast, and finally, an Equity Showcase production of the play in our intimate theatre space on West 44th St in New York City, upon approval of the Artistic Leadership team. The goal and focus is to allow the playwright to achieve the best possible version of their script.

DEADLINE: February 1st, 2022. Plays should be sent via email as a PDF only to nctcsubmissions@gmail.com, with the writer’s last name and BIPOC Contest in the subject line. (Ex: “Smith BIPOC Contest”)

Winners will be announced in the spring of 2022. Workshops and productions will take place in the fall of 2022.

For this particular contest, the following rules apply:

1. Plays should run no longer than 10-minutes when read aloud.

2. Writers must be available to physically participate in person in the developmental workshop and rehearsal process.

3. Plays may be on any theme and in any style, but should not rely on complicated production values to make them work.

4. No musicals, children’s shows, or adaptations accepted.

5. New work only that has not been produced (staged-readings okay).

6. Winning plays selected for production will result in a royalty payment to the writer of $100. Writers maintain full copyright of their work.

7. Winning plays will follow our development process: a Monday night reading, followed by a 10 hour development workshop with a director and cast, followed by a production. By submitting your play, you agree to participate in this process.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Overtime Theater New Play Development Series


Deadline: January 29, 2022

Are you a Black playwright who has written a play or musical that is ready to be developed or possibly produced? The Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas might be able to make that happen. 

This month, the Overtime is seeking previously unproduced, original work for its New Play Development Series, which will begin during Black History Month. Though full-length plays are welcome, the Overtime especially seeks one-act plays that require one to three actors. The chosen play (or plays) will be given two rehearsals and an in-person staged reading on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 at the Overtime Theater.

Devoted to producing new and original work, the Overtime is particularly interested in bold, innovative plays that are both challenging and entertaining. 

Only submissions in a Word document or PDF will be considered. The Overtime Theater, an all-volunteer organization, compensates playwrights with one equal share of donations to our love bucket at the end of the show’s presentation. 

Submissions should be sent to submissions@theovertimetheater.org. Attn: Jade Esteban Estrada, artistic director. 

Monday, January 17, 2022

June Bingham New Playwright Commission


Deadline: February 5, 2022 5PM EST


June Bingham New Playwright Commission: This commission opportunity provides resources and support toward the creation and development of a new play by early-career women/femme and/or non-binary storytellers.

This opportunity will culminate in a 30-60 min 2 person play that will be workshopped and presented for an audience. Pending the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this is anticipated for 2 weeks at the beginning of September 2022. 

2021's Commission resulted in the new play "La Egoista" by Erlina Ortiz.

Please note that this opportunity is open to all early-career writers who identify as cis-femme, trans-femme and/or non-binary. This application is designed as the first of a three-round selection process that will be conducted virtually. 

The total fee for this commission will be $3,000; housing, meals, and travel for the retreat are also provided. 

The Play must be able to be performed with 2 actors. 

All submissions should include short (5-page max) writing sample/excerpt in PDF format

Playwrights Center Core Writer Program 2022 - 25


Deadline: January 20, 2022

The Core Writer Program is a three-year appointment designed to support a diverse group of playwrights who demonstrate a sustained body of work, commitment, and attributes of artistic merit. 

The program is available to committed professional playwrights nationally and offers significant resources intended to further a playwright's career. Playwrights who have benefited from the Core Writer Program include: Christina Anderson, Trista Baldwin, Lee Blessing, George Brant, Carlyle Brown, Kristoffer Diaz, Larissa FastHorse, Marcus Gardley, Marvin Gonzalez deLeon, Idris Goodwin, Jeffrey Hatcher, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Martyna Majok, Melanie Marnich, Qui Nguyen, Kira Obolensky, Jen Silverman, Susan Soon He Stanton, Alice Tuan, and Rhiana Yazzie. 

The Core Writer program annually gives 25-35 of the most exciting playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work for the stage. All Core Writers receive play development workshops with the Center, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. All writers are paid for their workshop time, and Core 

Writers who are not local are provided travel and housing to Playwrights’ Center for their workshops. Core Writers are eligible to be included in our formal season of public readings: the PlayLabs festival and the Ruth Easton New Play Series. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters. 

Each term is three years; Core Writers may reapply for additional terms. Applicants must reside in and have the legal right to work in the U.S. It is not required for an applicant to have had professional productions in order to apply. 

However, please note that this program is highly competitive and is designed for committed professional playwrights who are pursuing playwriting as their primary career. Students enrolled in a full-time educational program are not eligible. The Core Writer term will be July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

TEDxAsburyPark seeking short original plays


Deadline: January 20, 2022

In its 10th season, TEDxAsburyPark is broadening its commitment to ideas by seeking short original plays to be produced and directed at the Two River Theater Red Bank NJ as part of the April 30, 2022 TEDxAsburyPark all-day production of Joy.

JOY is the theme. Any aspect of Joy is fair game. Bliss, ecstasy, happiness, contentment, sensuality, altered awareness, consciousness, mindfulness, loss of joy, anti-joy. Plays must have a running time of less than 15 minutes, involve a small cast and be suitable for a simple stage production. As a lab, our directed and rehearsed productions will involve the playwright, and all sessions, including the final production, will be recorded.

Submissions link is here:

The final production will be offered to a live online audience where we typically host 200-800 attendees, to be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright, director and cast. 

The final production will be hosted on our YouTube channel, which has had over 6 million views. If selected, the playwright will grant a limited use license of the recorded work to be hosted on YouTube, with links to our social media, and at our option, to be produced for a live audience by TEDxAsburyPark and its affiliates. Casting will be an open call with director, and the playwright is free to invite actors as part of the process.

 Important: We can only review small cast plays between 10 and 20 minutes in length. 

Submissions will be evaluated on originality, an idea worth spreading, language, and suitability for virtual production

With appreciation of your work, Brian Smiga, John Orefice, and the TEDxAsburyPark team more info:

10TH COLUMBUS BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL seeks one-act plays and monologues


Deadline: January 21, 2022


Mine 4 God Productions (M4GP) is now accepting creative works that say something in words that speak truth and heals souls when spoken out loud.

The 2022 theme for our 10thAnnual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) is “Speaking Truth That Heals.”

We are accepting monologues and one-act plays that have diversity, inclusion, and equity of Black and Brown characters for our 10th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) that will be held July 8th-10th2022, at The Columbus Performing Arts Center and July 16th-17th 2022, at The Abbey Theatre of Dublin, Ohio. Submission dates are December 1, 2021, to January 31, 2022.

The entries need to meet the following criteria:


1) No more than 4 characters (6 characters can play double-role.)

2) No derogatory, hate based, sexually explicit work will be reviewed or accepted.

3) Have minimal set/light requirements.

4) If required, play can be rehearsed/performed effectively by virtual means.

5) 15 to 30 minutes long.

6) Blocking of the play can be rearranged by the Director to meet social distance guidelines of State and theatre venue.


1) 5 to 10 minutes long.

2) No derogatory, hate based, sexually explicit work will be reviewed or accepted.

Go to our www.mine4godproductions.com web site to complete the 2022 CBTF Entry Form and information on how to submit your original creative works before the deadline of January 31, 2022.

The OC-centric New Play Festival Seeks New Play Submissions for 2022


Deadline: January 24, 2022

Do you live in or hail from Orange County, CA? If so, you are eligible to submit your play to OC-centric: Orange County’s New Play Festival, slated for August 2022 at Chapman University in Orange.

Now in its eleventh year, OC-centric presents fully staged productions of new plays, featuring actors from the OC storefront theater scene, the greater Los Angeles area, and Chapman University students.

Since 2011, we have produced new works from Diana Burbano, Lojo Simon, Megan Breen, Erica Bennett, Karen Fix Curry, Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm, Joni Ravenna, Jordan R. Young, Robert Riemer and many other OC-linked playwrights.

For 2022, we are seeking one-act plays that are between 30 and 60 minutes long and full-length plays that are a maximum of 90 minutes long. We are especially interested in plays with music or songs (rather than plays distinctly written as musicals with choreography and scores).

Each play we produce will receive ten performances during the festival.

Script Submission Details
  • Submit scripts via email to occentric@gmail.com in PDF or MS Word format.
  • Submissions accepted through Monday, January 24. Submissions after January 24 will not be considered.
  • No submission fee.
  • Playwrights will receive a small honorarium/royalty.
  • 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.
  • Produced and unproduced plays may be submitted.
  • 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.
Questions? Email us at: occentric@gmail.com

We look forward to reading your work!

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

Optik Theatre’s professional showcase for new and original theatre scripts and writers


Deadline: January 31, 2022


Call out open for the March 2022 show at The Annexe Richmond upon Thames

General guidelines for submissions:
  • We are looking for original and unperformed scripts.
  • Final date for sending scripts to this round: Monday January 31 2022
  • Only one script per writer please!
  • We consider shorter plays and full length theatre scripts (we will perform an extract)
  • There are no specific guidelines regarding style or theme.
  • Scripts should aspire to full live production, with achievable cast and technical requirements.
Please send your script in PDF or Word format to mail@barryedwards.net

Looking forward to reading your work!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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NYCPlaywrights Blog readers can test drive any online creative writing workshop or module until the end of January 2022 at MKCW
  • Unlimited modules & creative workshops to choose from
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  • Complimentary test-drive until February 1st.
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Kervigi Ensemble Theater Submission Guidelines


Thank you for your interest in submitting your play to us at Kervigo! We have received an overwhelming amount of submissions and are therefore temporarily closing our open submissions.

However, in alignment with our constant evaluation we have found that Global Majority Writers (Writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) are still vastly underrepresented in our database of writers. Therefore, we are leaving this submission process open for writers who identify as such until we have a majority of Global Majority Writers represented in our submissions.

If you do not identify as a Global Majority Writer, please do not submit your written work with us at this time and continue to check this page for updates on when we will be opening up submissions again.

What are we looking for?

-New or reimagined work (play or musical)

-Hasn’t had a full production in New York

-Would benefit from development (whether it’s a reading, workshop, production, or anywhere in between)

-Written by a person of the Global Majority

-Centers at least one of the following:

Women, Non-Binary, and/or Gender Nonconforming Characters

LGBTQIA+ Characters

Characters With Varying Access Needs

Global Majority Characters

To submit, please fill out this Google form. In it you will be asked for:

-One PDF packet that includes, in this order: 1) brief synopsis with the piece’s development and/or production history, if any, 2) character breakdown, 3) brief statement answering the question, “Why Now?” and 4) current draft of the script. For musical submissions, please include the libretto with lyrics, and at least two song demos. Please remove any identifiers such as your names, pronouns, location, etc. in all parts of your packet, and name your packet after the title of your piece (ex. if your play is called 1234, name your packet 1234).



Deadline: January 21, 2022

Now in our 30th season, Obie Award-winning Metropolitan Playhouse is accepting submissions for its 17th presentation of East Village Chronicles, a festival of new one-act plays inspired by the diverse population, culture, and history of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. There is an honorarium of $100 for each script accepted for production.

Plays must pertain specifically, even if not exclusively, to the character, reputation, and/or history of the East Village and/or Lower East Side neighborhoods of Manhattan. Creative responses to this broad theme are encouraged, but plays that do not address the neighborhood’s history and/or character will not be considered.

Scripts must be received by January 21, 2022.
Chosen scripts will be announced by March 15, 2022.

Emailed submissions are highly preferred, and should be sent to Amanda Vincenti at EVC17@metropolitanplayhouse.org.
Emailed scripts must be in PDF format.

Alternatively, printed scripts may be mailed to:
Metropolitan Playhouse
East Village Chronicles
220 East Fourth Street
New York, NY 10009

Please ensure pages are numbered, and please include the following:
A cover sheet, with playwright’s name and contact information.
A production history, if any.

Running time should be from 10 to 30 minutes.

Artistic Staff
Plays will be directed by directors engaged by Metropolitan Playhouse.
Directors will have final say in casting of each play; however, playwrights’ suggestions and input are greatly appreciated.

Performances will be rehearsed and performed live for six performances in the theater’s home: a ¾-thrust, 51 seat theater on East Fourth Street.

In the event that pandemic restrictions do not allow for live performances at that time, rehearsals and performances will take place virtually, in consideration of COVID-19 safety measures. Actors perform in remote locations, brought together via conferencing software (such as Zoom), and the performance is streamed one time, live, to the theater’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. A recording of the live performance remains available for four days on these two platforms.

Performance dates (subject to change):
Plays will be presented over the weekends of June 16 - 26, 2022

Any questions may be directed to Amanda Vincenti by email at: EVC17@metropolitanplayhouse.org or the theatre’s main phone: 212-995-8410.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022



Deadline: January 21, 2022 at 12 midnight

Troy Foundry Theatre (Troy, NY) is currently accepting submissions of new plays for the 2022 February sessions of the DARK DAY MONDAYS FREE READING SERIES, which is dedicated to the support and development of new playwrights and new work. The selected plays will be presented in staged reading format with the possibility of consideration for a full production. Please see below for details and submission directions.


We’re calling for submissions of new plays or devised pieces of work in which visual art is a central theme; this includes works having to do with the process of creating visual art, the world of visual art or having to do with the life and/or process of visual artists. We are only accepting submissions for works that have never been produced. 

Seeking scripts of any length.

Submissions for the FEBRUARY session will be accepted until 12am midnight on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022. 

 The selected readings will take place in two sessions on Monday February 21 and Monday February 28, 2022 at Collar Works Gallery in Troy, NY with a full cast and director.

To submit your work email to tftsubmissions@gmail.com with the subject line: 2022_FEBDDM _FIRST NAME LAST NAME_ TITLE OF PLAY. 

Please include a short playwright’s bio, a production history of the piece, and a copy of the play in PDF or WORD doc format. 

Due to the large volume of plays we receive, you may only hear back from us if your play is selected for reading. To learn more about Troy Foundry Theatre visit www.troyfoundrytheatre.com.



Sunday, January 9, 2022

Round the Bend Theatre (RTB) is accepting full-length scripts


Deadline:  January 15th, 2022

RTB is currently accepting new full-length scripts from emerging and established Hudson Valley Playwrights (NYC to Albany) for developmental work spring, summer and fall of 2022.

We are open to plays of all genres. Selected plays will receive readings in various locations in the Hudson Valley beginning March 2022.

All submissions due by January 15th, 2022

– Paragraph synopsis of play
– Character breakdown
– Ten pages of script
– What you want from a developmental reading (two sentences)

If the play is of interest and we feel RTB can give it a solid hearing, a full script will be requested by January 17th, No fee.

Submit by email to scripts@roundthebendtheatre.org

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Flint Repertory Theatre 2022 New Works Festival


Deadline: January 10, 2022

Flint Repertory Theatre is seeking new plays and musicals for the 2022 New Works Festival April 29 – May 1, 2022.

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 attached as a PDF or Word document. Please include contact information, a short bio, play synopsis and development history. Submissions will be accepted until January 10th, 2022. Please email submissions to literary@flintrep.org.

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

Previous New Works Festival playwrights include Mando Alvarado, Gregory Bonsignore, Greg Kotis, Jenni Lamb, Gordon Leary & Julia Meinwald, Douglas Lyons & Creighton Irons, Daniel MacGregor, Alex Moggridge, Amber Palmer, Charlie Sohne & Tim Rosser, Abbie Spallen, Caridad Svich and Josh Wilder. For more information: https://flintrep.org/new-works-festival/

Flint Repertory Theatre accepts script submissions from agents and playwrights.

If you are interested in submitting your play or musical to be considered for future seasons or for the annual New Works Festival, please email the following to: Literary@FlintRep.org

Or mail to:
Attn: Literary Dept.
Flint Repertory Theatre
1220 E. Kearsley St.
Flint, MI 48503

- Full PDF version of the script (Word also accepted)
- Brief synopsis of the play
- Full Demo if a musical
- Production history (including any readings, workshops or full productions the play has received)
- Professional playwright resume or bio

Due to the high volume of inquiries, please allow a few weeks for a response acknowledging receipt of your script. Flint Rep does not provide dramaturgical feedback.

Premiere the Play – the Podcast – submissions now open for 2023 season


Deadline: January 17, 2022

“Premiere the Play” is a podcast featuring audio performances of new stage plays. The podcast can be found on all major podcast platforms. 


· Our goal is to fill our season with diversity, so all topics, time periods, cultures, etc. are welcome.

· English, however, must be the main language.

· The play must be an unproduced STAGE play (not radio play, screen play, or zoom play).

· The play should run no less than 30 mins and no more than 2 hours.

· Maximum cast size of 6.

· No musicals... yet...

· All elements of the play must be in the public domain and not under copyright.

· Stage directions that provide essential information will be included in the final episode so they must be clean and clear.

· Only one play may be submitted per playwright for each submission call period.

The plays will be chosen on a BLIND BASIS: All identifying information about the playwright will be removed before the play is distributed to our Play Selection Committee, thus ensuring that the plays are chosen based on the work itself and not the gender, race, age, etc. of the playwright.

Once chosen, each play will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded. The recordings will only be used on the podcast and for promotional purposes. Playwrights will be compensated 4% of net profits from the episode of their play.

As a theatre company with youth programs, our goal is for at least 50% of the season to not include explicit language.

Submission Instructions:

To submit, email the following to submissions@deanproductionstheatre.com:

· The complete script (.pdf or .doc only, please) with the playwright’s identifying information only on the title page

· A full Character Breakdown

· A synopsis

· The playwright’s name, address, email address, and phone number (won’t be seen by the Selection Committee)

For more information, visit www.DeanProductionsTheatre.com and find the audio-only podcast, Premiere the Play, on your favorite podcast platform.

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