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Saturday, April 30, 2022

WHAT THEY SAY first annual theater festival highlighting trans and gender non-conforming stories and voices


Deadline: June 1, 2022
Or when they hit their submission cap

This year will mark WHAT THEY SAY's first annual theater festival highlighting trans and gender non-conforming stories and voices! Hooray!


  • We are looking for very short (under 10 mins), ten minute, and one-act plays
  • Plays should be by a GNC/non-binary/Trans* writer; by an LGBT+ writer about the LGBT+ experience; or from any writer about gendered experience/identity specifically (see below for more on content**)
  • If your play is over 20 pages, please identify a 10 page selection for us to read
  • Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout (unless that is part of the play)
  • Be sure to number your pages

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE: https://forms.gle/Eo4i13cttHWWYjrc7

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to whattheysaytheater@gmail.com

Our inaugural festival will most likely be in a hybrid format, with a live performance that our playwrights will be more than welcome to join as well as a YouTube stream—more information to come! Should your play be selected, with your permission, we will also be editing together an anthology of the selected plays and shopping it around this upcoming year. We cannot guarantee payment, but we do hope to provide a small stipend if the books sells.

We look forward to reading your submissions!


We encourage stories about trans & GNC experience, as they align most closely with our mission! However, this is not necessarily required: if you identify as trans, nonbinary, GNC, or questioning, please submit whatever play you would most like to share with our audience. We will also be accepting work about gender-based and/or queer identity/experience from members outside of those identities. (A play about Black femininity, a play about toxic masculinity, a play about women in the workplace, etc.)

We will most likely not accept more than one play that specifically deals with the rhetoric surrounding current sports & bathroom bills. If you have written this play, that is awesome! Keep writing them! But we as an organization would prefer not to participate in these debates, as they are often based in fear tactics and debates about trans existence, which is not the conversation we would like to have this year. We hope to use our festival to discuss various gendered experiences; highlight trans, nonbinary, & GNC joy; and discuss the most common human rights issues trans people face (healthcare discrimination, housing discrimination, homelessness, transmisogyny, imprisonment, etc.) All of that said, if you have a beautiful play that you think will change our minds, by all means please send it in!

Finally: we have a small team, and our organization is focused on trans & gender-based stories and rights than education or debate about trans existence, so we will not be able to field questions about trans people/history/etc. or any calls to debate. As much as we appreciate curiosity and enthusiasm about trans topics, we don't have the staff or time —or expertise, for certain questions!— to do so offstage at this time. We hope you understand! That said, if you are interested in learning more about trans & nonbinary people and how to respect them, here are a few places you could start:


Friday, April 29, 2022

The Ripped Festival seeks short plays


Deadline: May 2, 2022 10 AM Central Time

We’re now accepting short play submissions for the 2022 Ripped Festival online library! 

Send your script to Ripped@AmericanBluesTheater.com

The Living Newspaper Project began in 2009 with a series of staged readings of short plays based on the 1930s WPA era program “The Living Newspaper” and Federal Writers’ Project, enabling artists such as Ralph Ellison, Susan Glaspell, Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene O’Neill, Studs Terkel, and Richard Wright. Since our inaugural 2009 launch, we’ve presented 21 events and utilized 610+ artists that feature short plays ripped from today’s headlines.

In 2013, we expanded our staged readings into the sold-out, one-night-only, annual event – The Ripped Festival. All proceeds of these annual events benefit our free arts education program, including “The Lincoln Project” in Chicago Public Schools. In addition, we showcase short plays from CPS students who’ve completed our course.

Due to the 2020-2021 pandemic and industry shutdown of live events, we presented The Ripped Festival as an online library, featuring 30 short plays throughout the month of June. Selected scripts were used during a theater course at the University of California – Berkeley.

Our annual festival cultivates new material and allows audiences to discuss topical issues together. American Blues Theater provides community service and raises awareness through creative collaborations. The following organizations have been supported by Ripped events since its inception in 2009: AgrAbility, American Indian Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Illinois Farm Bureau, Lincoln Park Community Shelter, NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund, No Kid Hungry, University of Chicago’s Urban Education Teachers Program, and more.

Call for Submissions: Seeing Ourselves on Stage: Amplifying Global Majority Voices in Theater for Young Audiences


Deadline: April 30, 2022

"Seeing Ourselves on Stage: Amplifying Global Majority Voices in TYA", part of NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences (NPYA) series, seeks new and unpublished/unproduced global majority TYA scripts to showcase in a series of short unstaged/unrehearsed readings held this June on Zoom. These are designed to amplify and support global majority TYA plays and playwrights (see our mission statement here). 

These could be nearly completed scripts or works still very much in progress. Six scripts will be selected for the 2022 program. One of the selected scripts will later be selected for one of the 3 slots in the full 2023 NPYA series held in June 2023. The other scripts can also submit for consideration for the other two available slots under the regular submission guidelines.

Please note that we define TYA as plays for audiences aged 5-18 where the intended audience could be, for example, 5-7, 10-14, or 15-18 as well as for families with youth in that 5-18 age range. 

We define global majority TYA plays as ones that not only include global majority youth characters in the primary roles, but also speak to and reflect global majority communities and experiences in the story. As our goal is to amplify not only global majority stories, but global majority artists, we are only accepting submissions from global majority artists for this program. 

By "global majority", we utilize Rosemary Campbell-Stephens's definition, "Global Majority...refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities'."

After the submission deadline closes on 4/30, a selected team of readers will choose the scripts to be showcased. Playwrights will be contacted by 5/30. The program will occur simultaneously with the regular NPYA series. Playwrights will work directly with the program’s coordinator (Tammie Swopes) to craft their participation in the program, including participation in a showcase of unstaged/unrehearsed selections from each chosen script to be presented on Zoom at a date/time TBD during the June series (between June 5-26).

NPYA will assist playwrights in securing actors for the unstaged/unrehearsed showcase but will be unable to pay them for their time (which will be approximately one hour).

Send us your submission here by April 30, 2022. If you’re uncertain if your script meets our guidelines or you have other questions, please contact NPYA’s producer, Teresa Fisher (taf263@nyu.edu).

Tammie Swopes, Program Coordinator (tls289@nyu.edu) David Montgomery, Artistic Director (dm635@nyu.edu) Teresa Fisher, Producer (taf263@nyu.edu)

Thursday, April 28, 2022

American Bard Theater Company’s first Playwright Invitational 2022 Corner Stone Reading Series


Deadline: June 5, 2022 

OR the first 120 plays submitted

They have reached the maximum submissions

Your play could by our next fully-staged production!

Announcing American Bard Theater Company’s first Playwright Invitational.

We are seeking full length plays for consideration for our fall 2022 Corner Stone Reading Series

Our Corner Stone Reading Series was started in 2015 as an opportunity to work with our network of artists and invite our audience into the incubation process of a potential fully-staged production for American Bard. These readings are offered as free programming and are open to the public.​

ABTC will stop accepting submissions on June 5, 2022 OR once the quota has been reached.

The top three plays selected by our panel of readers will receive a staged reading produced by American Bard Theater Company for our Corner Stone Reading Series in the fall of 2022.

These plays will be considered for American Bard Theater Company’s the next fully-staged production.

Any submission that does NOT follow the "submission rules" and the "how to submit" structure will not be accepted!

  • One PDF electronic submission of a single full-length play per playwright, written in English.
  • 75 -90 minutes running time with NO intermission. (Approximately 75 - 90 pages)
  • Play must not have been previously produced as a fully-staged production.
  • No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, children’s plays or musicals.
  • Maximum of 8 actors, regardless of number of characters in the play.
  • All characters must be performed by adult actors (18 years or older).
  • No nudity, extreme profanity, glitter/confetti, or prolific use of liquids.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted, but please withdraw if accepted elsewhere.

In one email, please provide:
  • Subject Line to read: Submission - Your Last Name TITLE OF PLAY
  • (Example: Submission – Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT)
  • Attach your play script in PDF format.
  • Please name your play file like this: Your Last name TITLE OF PLAY.pdf 
  • (Example: Shakespeare TWELFTH NIGHT.pdf)
  • Note: The TITLE of the play is in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS 
  • Font - Courier 12 point.
  • The play should follow standard playwrighting convention/format and include:
  • a title page – Plays title in ALL CAPS, playwrights name, contact information in lower right-hand corner (email, phone number and mailing address)
  • a dramatis persona page which includes: character list/breakdown, time, setting
  • main text with pages numbered on the upper right-hand corner

Please send to: americanbardco@gmail.com

Top plays will be announced by August 22, 2022

Thank you - we look forward to getting to know you and your work!

Jakespeare Virtual Theatre Company seeks radio-friendly plays for Season 2


Deadline: April 30, 2022 11:59 PM EDT

Must be radio-friendly (told through the medium of sound and not rely on visuals)

Must be ten minutes or less (approx. 8-10 pages at size 12 font)

A small cast is preferred

Any content matter will be considered

Cannot have been performed as a radio/audio performance before

Only one submission per playwright will be read

Must be submitted by 11:59PM EDT on April 30.

Please note:

There is no financial compensation if your play is selected.

Playwrights will be asked to schedule an interview as part of the podcast.

Jakespeare VTC is under no obligation to produce work submitted.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Sixth Festival


Deadline: May 1, 2022

"The Sixth Festival is calling for play submissions for Off-Broadway readings happening June 2 - 12. One night will be short plays (10-30 minutes) and one night will go to a single full length.
Deadline to submit: May 1

About the Festival:

The Sixth Fest is a fringe festival in its second year inviting events of all types to draw attention and inspire action to stop the end of the fucking world.

In our first year we had 25 events from over 80 presenters in Chicago and online, from urban gardening in underserved communities to poetry to panels to yoga to a pageant for kids, with the knowledge that everyone of every walk will be needed to avert the climate crisis.

Website | Facebook | Instagram

The venue:

Theatre 80 is an Off-Broadway theater located at 80 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood. It will be underwater after we reach 4 degrees of warming which we are on course for by 2100. Due to the pandemic, this historic location is in a fight to keep from shuttering. Find out more and donate here:


Submission details:
  • Plays, like all our events, do not have to be about climate change, at least in what immediately comes to mind with that. Ice caps and disappearing forests and weather are the symptoms. Humans are the cause. Some things stories could be about: children being nice to each other; farming; migrants; butterflies; the fact that our government is controlled by private interests or runs on tribalism; globally or locally racist, exploitative systems that pretend human beings and the planet are dispensable--just to name a few. An aim of the festival is to show climate change is much different than the boxes we have it in, and affects and is affected by everything. Plus, if Rihanna can play her regular playlist for climate, we can all do the same.
  • Send a PDF of the whole play to submissions@thesixthfest.org with either "Short 80 Submission" or "Full Length 80 Submission" in the subject line, depending on play's length.
  • One play only. Plays that have been produced before accepted.
  • No fee. Produced by the festival.
  • Plays must include at least one occurrence of the words "climate change" or "climate crisis."
  • Notified about decision by email by May 10.
  • $200 for full-length winner. $50 for shorts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

ENCORE Theatre Playwriting Competition 2022


Deadline: April 30, 2022

Submit your play to arinvanjari@yahoo.com

ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music is happy to announce their second ENCORE Theatre playwriting competition. 

We could not hold this competition last year due to pandemic and sad demise of our creative director Ashok.

However, to encourage creativity and to continue the activity started by Ashok, we are inviting talented playwriters to submit their work. We will be accepting applications in three categories:
• Ten-minute plays
• Thirty minute plays
• Full-length plays.
Plays may be written on any subject in English, Hindi or Marathi. 

• Winning Ten-minute plays will be staged during an evening of Encore Theater.
Please Note - Last years winners plays will be staged on May 28, 2022

• Winning Thirty minute and Full-length plays will be produced by ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music or by invited Theater Institutes, to be staged during an Encore Theater Festival.
Prizes will be made possible through the generosity of ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music
If any individual or Institute wants to be a part of this project please contact: Dolly Vanjari at arinvanjari@yahoo.com 

**All three categories will be awarded cash prizes! ** 

Submission details:
  1. Entries containing all content are welcome, but please note that preference will be given to those that would be appropriate for most audiences and can be staged. 
  2. Entries must be received by the deadline to be considered. 
  3. All entries are final, but playwrights will have the opportunity for feedback and revision if selected as winners. 
  4. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. 
  5. The winners will be notified by email and announced publicly. 
  6. Please be sure to submit 
• Your Name
• Your Email
• The title of your work
• Duration of your play
• Only original work that has not been previously staged will be permitted to participate
Please submit your entry by mail directly to arinvanjari@yahoo.com


Monday, April 25, 2022

Write Act Repertory Play Festival


Deadline: April 30, 2022

Fees: No fee for current confirmed Dramatist Guild / ALAP / TRU Members 2021-22

Write Act Repertory is accepting submissions for our ongoing Play Festival based on the works and/or life of Edgar Allen Poe. Established in 1998, Write Act Rep has been presenting opportunities for innovative playwright. The Rep’s on-going mission is to produce and create original scripts developed exclusively for the resident professional artists in the membership. We are seeking these plays to fulfill our need for one of our varied festivals of plays that will be produced during our upcoming 2022-23 Season.

The Rep’s on-going mission is dedicated to development and production of original plays written exclusively for the resident professional artists in the membership. We encourage all our artists through the continued engagement and immersion in an environment of artistic safety, to forward the company’s mission as well as their own personal goals in the entertainment field. By providing an atmosphere of mutual respect for every discipline of the theatre, we expect the Guest Writers to be a very vital part of this process from casting/rehearsals to the performance aspects of the production. This will be further discussed with the Producing Artistic Director when an official offer is being negotiated.

Submissions: International. We are seeking submission from members and non-members. All scripts will go to our reading committee, with the final approval determined by a member of the Artistic Team and the Producing Artistic Director. All selected playwrights will have their plays produced in reading form, live or electronically, first at a selection festival. In the session the most highly rated plays will be mounted professionally at Write Act Repertory under the 50-seat Waiver Agreement in a full-fledged play festival called Friend or Poe.

  • Friend or Poe – Short Play Festival Currently Accepting Submissions
Edgar Allan Poe, an American writer, poet, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of romanticism in the United States and of American literature, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. He is also generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. Poe was the first well-known American writer to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career. Also explore the “Japanese Poe,” also acceptable - Edogawa Ranpo.
Genre: We are open to both dramas, comedies, and to all themes. Mini musicals may be submitted.
Timeline for Deadline: This is an open submission with a deadline of postmarked material being submitted by April 30th, 2022. Please no more than 4 plays at any given time during your consideration. We will contact you if we want further submissions for this festival.

  • World of Lovecraft – Short Play Festival - Currently Accepting Submissions
No tale of posthumous success is quite as spectacular as that of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, the “cosmic horror” writer who died in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1937 at the age of 46. The circumstances of Lovecraft’s final years were as bleak as anyone’s. Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine Lovecraft faced such poverty and obscurity. The author has not just escaped anonymity; he’s reached the highest levels of critical and cultural success. His is perhaps the craziest literary afterlife this country has ever seen. But it’s Lovecraft’s fictions, 70 stories, plus a number co-written with other authors—that provide the basis for his reputation. The spirit of these tales is perhaps most aptly conveyed by the meme with his face and the caption, “AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFT… JUST KIDDING, THEY’RE ALL DEAD OR INSANE.
Genre: We are open to both dramas, comedies, and to all themes. Mini musicals may be submitted.
Timeline for Deadline: This is an open submission with a deadline of postmarked material being submitted by April 30th, 2022. Please no more than 4 plays at any given time during your consideration. We will contact you if we want further submissions for this festival.

  • Villainous Vixens – Short Play Festival - Currently Accepting Submissions
Female pirates? Murderers? Gangsters? Conspirators? Serial Killer? Yes. Throughout history women have had their share in all of it. Here is a list of notorious female criminals of the 17th through early 20th century who wreaked havoc on land and sea.
Belle Starr, Moll Cutpurse, Anne Bonny, Charlotte Corday, Mary Surratt, Ma Barker, and Bonnie Parker to name a few.
Do you have a favorite? If so, we are looking for your most intriguing infamous female character to be crowned the most notorious Villainous Vixen.
Genre: We are open to both dramas, comedies, and to all themes. Mini musicals may be submitted.
Timeline for Deadline: This is an open submission with a deadline of postmarked material being submitted by April 30th, 2022. Please no more than 4 plays at any given time during your consideration. We will contact you if we want further submissions for this festival.

Guidelines for Play Submissions

*TO BE INCLUDED WITH EVERY SUBMISSION: The Submission Form, cover letter, synopsis of the play, a full character breakdown, full scene list, author's history, genesis of the play and a maximum 200-word biography of the playwright. Please make sure that your phone and e-mail contact information is on the cover letter, too.

* Adaptations of existing novels/literary works, author must have production rights or material must be in public domain.
* Plays may have been “developed” and “workshopped” productions elsewhere.
* Scripts must be unproduced on the West Coast.
* Unpublished, World Premieres preferred, but will consider published international plays.
* Scripts based on original ideas are highly encouraged.
* Run time must be between 3-20 minutes.
* Should be 1-8 characters.
* Will be produced in a small theatre setting.
* Furniture and props that can be set up and struck within 5 minutes.
* Should not be light and sound cue heavy.
* General lighting washes with limited specials only.
* Approximately 15’ x 15’ playing area per location or set.
* If you would like mailed confirmation of receipt, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with current postage.
* If you would like to receive your script back, please provide SASE with proper postage envelopes and correct postage.
* We will send electronic confirmation of your received script.
* Please see Some Playwright Housekeeping Notes above for other considerations.

Guidelines for Musical Submissions: Please read - as these are different than the straight play guidelines

* Adaptations of existing novels/literary works, author must have production rights or material must be in public domain.
* Plays may have been “developed” and “workshopped” productions elsewhere.
* Scripts must be unproduced on the West Coast.
* Unpublished, World Premieres preferred, but will consider published international plays.
* Scripts based on original ideas are highly encouraged.
* Script must have full Libretto with Lyrics in BOLD CAPS in their proper place in the script.
* Book must have 2 CD’s or a dropbox link of music with submission.
* All music for numbers must have the ability to be run on Cd or CD/MP3 playback format.
* CD should have songs sung, even though this might not be final product.
* Piano/Vocal Score Lead sheets may accompany Libretto and CD.
* Run time must be between 5-20 minutes.
* Should be 1-8 characters with double/triple casting if necessary.
* Will be produced in a small theatre setting.
* Furniture and props that can be set up and struck within 5 minutes.
* Should not be light and sound cue heavy.
* General lighting washes with limited specials only.
* Approximately 15’ x 15’ playing area per location or set.
* If you would like mailed confirmation of receipt, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope with current postage.
* If you would like to receive your script back, please provide SASE with proper postage envelopes and correct postage.
* We will send electronic confirmation of your received script.
* Please see Some Playwright Housekeeping Notes above for other considerations.

Casting: Will be within the Write Act Rep membership and outside the company if needed or necessary.
Playwrights Compensation: Small Royalty Stipend for chosen plays, with agreements signed for each script.
Other Notes: All scripts are placed in a special secured archive area in our members-only section for our Readers Committee, where it will remain unless indicated otherwise during the adjudication period.

Fees: No fee for current confirmed Dramatist Guild / ALAP / TRU Members 2021-22 – All other straight plays; Tax deductible contribution of $15.00 per submission form or $45.00 for 4 plays for straight play. If Playwright submits more than 8 one act straight plays during a January – December calendar year, their $90 tax deductible contribution will be the maximum cost per year.

Musicals; Tax deductible contribution of $20 per submission form. If Playwright submits more than 3 musicals plays during a January – December calendar year, their $50 tax deductible contribution will be the maximum cost per year. A tax donation link will be sent prior to reading application process begins.

If your script is chosen, the Producing Artistic Director will contact you directly to go over the details of mutual expectations and to sign an agreement for your play. Each agreement will be negotiated on a play-by-play basis.

Submissions Forms, Scripts and Fees made out to:
Write Act Repertory
Example Memo: Literary Committee
(Show Title)

Electronic Address:
Write Act Repertory
Subject: Literary Committee – (NAME OF PLAY)
EXAMPLE: Villainous Vixens

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Fulton Festival of New Works STORIES OF DIVERSITY


Deadline: April 30, 2022


Open to playwrights throughout Lancaster County (PA) and beyond, Stories of Diversity invites writers to submit new plays or musicals celebrating perspectives from the spectrum of diversity, including voices from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, and religious and economic diversity.

The Festival will be accepting submissions through April 30th, finalists will be announced June 3rd and presented August 19th & 20th.

A Play or Musical

Must involve no more than 6 actors (can play multiple characters).

Must be original.

Must deal with the subject of inclusion, equity, diversity, or accessibility.

The play or musical is a living, breathing piece of art, and this is a first step in development.

We encourage creators to embrace feedback and suggested changes.

Play or Musical must be 60 minutes or longer.

2 Members of each of the four selected creative teams will be invited to attend the festival, which will include travel and accommodations. Other members of the team are invited at their own expense.

The winning play or musical of the festival, will receive a $500 cash prize.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Salem State Veterans' 10 Minute Playwriting Contest


Deadline: April 30, 2022


Designated a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs, a Top College and University by Military Advanced Education, and a Best for Vets College by Military Times, Salem State values our military connected students and their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country. Salem State is committed to supporting Veterans’ voices on and off campus. The arts create unique and powerful opportunities for individuals and groups to share experiences and constructive dialogue. As such, Salem State is proud to announce its third annual Veterans Playwriting contest which will culminate in staged readings of selected plays in November 2022.

All playwrights, regardless of military affiliation, are invited to enter Salem State University’s 10-Minute Playwriting Contest. However, preference will be given to those with a direct military connection. This includes active-duty military, reservists, National Guard, Veterans, and direct family of any of these.

The theme of the play should directly touch on military service and/or how military service affects a community. The contest and festival look to recognize and celebrate those that have served and currently serve. We are looking to bring together a variety of voices exploring both the challenges and the victories and positive influences that Veterans have on our community.

Judges will select finalists, whose plays will be part of a series of staged readings in November 2022. Our first annual festival was held in the Callan Studio Theatre at SSU in September 2019. This three-night festival was a huge success with eight staged plays, 4 professional directors, 20 professional and student actors, packed audiences, and vibrant community conversations. Our second annual festival was held virtually during the 10 days leading up to Veterans day 2020 with one play released each day culminating in a community zoom conversation with the playwrights, actors, and directors. Our third annual festival presented the work of six playwrights with a live audience over three nights and the work was shared virtually for one month after the live performances.

Important Dates

April 30, 2022 - Entry deadline

July 15, 2022 - Notification of finalists

November 2022 – Staged readings with post-performance discussions. Additional details forthcoming.

Contest Rules
  • Only submissions through Submittable will be considered.
  • One submission per playwright.
  • Only original plays, not-yet produced or published, are eligible.
  • All plays are judged blind. Do not include any personal, identifying information anywhere on your submission.
  • Musicals and adaptations are not eligible.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed. If your play is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately. If your play is chosen to be performed, you agree to withdraw your play from all other places where it is under consideration.
  • By submitting, you agree to allow Salem State University to produce the first staged reading of your play.
  • Scripts meeting the rules and submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by judges.
  • Judging will be done by SSU faculty and members of the SSU Veterans’ community.

Judging Criteria

  • Plot seems fresh, intriguing and original
  • Something happens; sufficient conflict and tension throughout the play
  • Plot is active, vital and dramatic on stage
  • Story moves along; pace is engaging

  • Strong, interesting writing style
  • Clear viewpoint that’s well integrated into the play

  • Interesting and compelling characters
  • Characters seem credible and real
  • Main character evolves or develops through the course of the play

  • Dialogue suits the characters
  • Dialogue sounds natural and credible for the plot and location
  • Each character has own unique voice
  • Dialogue seems fresh and compelling (not dull, boring, or generic)

  • The play can be staged in the 10-minute time allotment in a black box theatre with limited set, sound, and design.

Overall effect
  • Play is transformative and memorable

Submitting Your Work

The script must be in standard playwriting format with 12-point Courier font. Use double spacing when changing from one character to another. Use single spacing everywhere else. If you are unfamiliar with standard playwriting format, please check out this example.


Questions: email arts@salemstate.edu

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

All Out Arts Development Play Reading Series


Deadline: April 24, 2023


The 2022 Developmental Readings

ALL OUT ARTS is now accepting submissions for the curated DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY READINGS Series, a part of the 2022 Fresh Fruit Festival season. Application deadline is Sunday, April 24, 2023. 3 To 4 plays will be selected for presentation in late May through Early June 2022. Authors are encouraged to submit early; we understand these are drafts, and expect revisions.

Readings will be widely advertised, and hosted on a wide-band virtual Webinar with an audience Q&A following. Authors will receive $100 stipends toward their prep work upon reading presentation.

*New York City regional artists who have been temporarily relocated by the Coronavirus epidemic, please submit a note of explanation with your submission.


Stipends to accepted authors, as noted.

Limited virtual rehearsal space if you do not have a paid account.

Dramaturgical advice upon request by authors for specific problems.

Technical advice on the Webinar format, including free Sound & Video consults based on your early virtual rehearsal. We expect technical rules to be followed to provide a consistent quality for viewers.

A full-color program in a free PDF-file format made available online.

Area-wide advertising.


A fully-cast, fully rehearsed, “virtual” book-reading of a NEW work in development, dealing with some aspects of LGBTQ life.

A Director AND Stage Manager (important for the high degree of technical attention required).

All Out Arts is a non-discriminatory, equal opportunity presenter. For 20 years we have presented works by artists from all the performing and visual arts from every known (and a few unknown) corners of the LGBT & Q world, regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith. We urge diverse and inclusive casting, and sensitivity to BIPOC origins and culture.

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights 2022


Deadline: May 1, 2022

Six plays are chosen from the submissions to be given public readings by Barter’s company.
The playwrights are given travel, housing, and a stipend for the week.

Each play will be given 6-8 hours of rehearsal time.  The directors are instructed to direct for clarity not effect.  Our goal for the reading is that script/story/relationships are illuminated.  These readings are about getting your story out there. 

After each reading, a panel made up of three regional theatre professionals will give a few thoughts on the piece with the AFPP director moderating the discussion.  After that, we engage with the audience for their comments so that playwrights can get feedback from three separate groups: artists, panelists, and audience. 

Playwrights have found this to be a very useful step in developing their plays, as well as a nice little vacation/writer’s retreat with a chance to meet other playwrights, make new friends, and enjoy the beauty of Southwest Virginia! 

Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in a state that contains the Appalachian Mountain Range— which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama.)


The plays must be set in the Appalachian region.

Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
Plays must be full length.
Plays must be submitted electronically.
Submission deadline: May 1, 2022

Please send play and a brief synopsis to: apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund - COMMISSION


Deadline: none - rolling basis

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners.

The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit.

Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.

Submission GuidelinesTo be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:

1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;
2. A short biography; and
3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.

If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required).


Any applicant over the age of 18 may submit a Script. Employees or independent contractors, or immediate family members (spouses, domestic partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren) or those living in the same household of employees or independent contractors of Audible Inc., Amazon or any entity involved in any aspect of the Theater Fund may not submit a Script for consideration, unless it is determined by Audible in its sole discretion in accordance with Audible’s then current policies and procedures that no conflict of interest exists in connection with accepting the relevant submission for consideration.


Submissions are accepted year-round. Due to the number of Scripts that Audible receives, Audible will only consider one Script at a time from each applicant and will not consider resubmissions, including those that have been significantly revised. The Audible team evaluates submissions on a rolling basis, and applicants will be notified regarding the status of their submissions via email. Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your Script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.


All submissions must be the original creations of the applicants. By submitting a Script, each applicant represents and warrants that: (a) the submitted work is his/her 100% original creation, (b) the submitted work will not violate or infringe the rights (including copyrights and rights of privacy and publicity) of any other person or party, and (c) all materials and elements comprising the submitted work are exclusively owned or controlled by the applicant. Audible may determine, in its sole discretion, that an applicant is ineligible to submit a work for consideration if these requirements, and others described in these Guidelines, are not satisfied to Audible’s satisfaction.

Applicants understand and acknowledge that (i) Audible is in the business of developing and distributing content, (ii) Audible receives numerous submissions (both from outside and from within Audible) of content ideas and creative materials, (iii) Audible is continually developing ideas, formats, shows, stories, concepts, artwork, music, and the like, and (iv) content developed or distributed by Audible may resemble, be similar to, or contain identical material or elements found in works submitted to Audible for consideration. By submitting a project via this program, each applicant understands and agrees that Audible is not prohibited or restricted from developing or distributing content that may contain elements similar or identical to an applicant’s submission, and Audible will not be obligated to any applicant in any manner if such similar or identical elements were developed or obtained by Audible either independently or from sources other than the applicant’s submitted work.

Saturday, April 16, 2022



Deadline: May 17, 2022 11:59 EDT

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to improving access to electricity, food, healthcare, and economic opportunity for all. Through the Gender Equality Residency, we are seeking to encourage participation from women leaders, and, support a wide range of projects aiming to realize gender equality, building a world where all people can access the resources they need to thrive and exercise the freedom necessary to pursue their dreams.

Gender Equality Residency
  • This Residency track is targeted towards applicants who are dedicated to advancing gender equality through initiatives, policymaking, and public advocacy. This residency is available to a wide range of diverse actors such as:
  • Academics advancing research and scholarship on women’s economic justice and rights, gender studies, women’s leadership, etc.
  • Artists and writers disseminating messages about the impact and urgency of gender equality through the medium of their work
  • Policymakers who aim to build governance frameworks, coalitions and more, which will enable action addressing this pressing issue
  • Practitioners, who are working ‘on the ground’ and on the frontlines of this issue in communities globally, and whose work necessitates an environment for deep thinking on approaches and avenues to impact
We welcome a diverse range of profiles for applicants in this theme. However, all Gender Equality Residents will be required to describe a project which is clearly aligned towards addressing the theme in a direct and deliberate way.

The Rockefeller Foundation will accept applications for its residency program starting on March 1, 2022 with a final deadline of May 17, 2022. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before the final deadline. To access the application, go to: https://bellagiocenter.smapply.org/. Select “Gender Equality” as the residency type within the project proposal question section of the application form.

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Young Actor's Studio New Play Festival


Deadline: August 1, 2022

The Young Actor’s Studio is currently accepting submissions for our New Play Festival. We are looking for plays that prominently feature roles for younger people (between the ages of 12-18).

We are committed to developing, supporting, and spotlighting new work that offers heartfelt, realistic, relevant, challenging material for young artists. We believe that young people are capable of doing great work, and are always looking for material that shares this belief.
Some great points of reference in television/film/ theater that inspire us: Freaks and Geeks, My So Called Life, Pen15, The Wolves, DryLand.

Selected plays will be given a virtual public reading in the middle of December, and playwrights will receive a $500 honorarium.

Submission Guidelines:

The deadline for submissions is August 1st.

-Please email all submissions to literary@youngactorsstudio.com with the subject line New Play Festival.

– In the body of the email please include name, and contact information.

– Writers may submit up to three plays. They must be in pdf format. No name, or any other writer contact information on the plays themselves.

– We are not accepting work intended for television or film.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS New TYA Musical Commission


Deadline: April 30, 2022
(Will be reviewed on a rolling basis)

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y (92Y.org/MusicalTheater) is seeking to commission musical theater writing teams for their 2021-2022 season.

Theater for Young Audiences at 92nd Street Y is a series of performances and discussions centering children as theaudience. Our shows are stimulating and compelling, using storytelling as a vehicle for building empathy, and learning essential life lessons. Our shows gather around movement as a shared language, a way to meet each other through the most universally shared experience: moving.

The commission requires writing a 40-60 minute performance piece for children and their families, envisioning choreography as an essential storytelling component in the play. Pieces should contain music as a theatrical element- both Musicals and Plays with Music are eligible.

● Piece should be unwritten original TYA musicals

● Piece should be age-appropriate, for ages 4+

● Piece will be performed in our 2022-2023 season by professional performers (over 18+), Cast/Director/Choreographer/Production provided by 92Y.

● Must be ready for pre-production in July 2022

● Creators retain all rights to their material, but allow 92Y a three-year exclusive option to produce the show with royalty payments.


The creative team will receive a minimum stipend of $2000 with increases based on experience and participation in community engagement programs.

To apply, please send:

● A proposal for your musical of no more than 1000 words, including your basic premise as well as how it will incorporate the required elements of movement, where movement is the vital element, and the story is told primarily through movement (as directed by the script).

● A ten-page sample of your writing, preferably something that has been intended for a youth/family market.

● A demo recording of a previous TYA collaboration

● Bio or resume of each member of the creative team

● A statement as to why you think you are a good fit for this project

● A description of your proposed timeline.

Send materials to Attn: Megan Doyle, Artistic Director, Mdoyle@92y.org (PDF and links preferred- please do notattach large files) or 92Y Musical Theater Attn: Megan Doyle, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Stonecoast Review Summer Issue seeks dramatic works


Deadline: April 30, 2022


Stonecoast Review will be open for submissions from February 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022.
We support the Stonecoast community's goal to promote inclusivity, equity, and social justice through writing.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE SUBMITTING: We accept fiction, pop fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic works, experimental, and visual art. We can’t wait to see your best pieces! Stonecoast Review offers feedback on 10% of declined submissions. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their work appears. Stonecoast Review acquires First Serial Rights and First Electronic Rights for all work published in the journal. Rights revert to the author upon publication.

Our staff is a group of volunteers, all either current Stonecoast MFA Program students or alumni of the program. We rely upon donations to cover advertising, website, and printing costs. To support the Stonecoast Review, please consider donating or purchasing a copy from stonecoastreview.org!

  • When submitting your work, include a short cover letter and bio (100 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.
  • Stonecoast Review accepts only blind submissions. Your name, email address, or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere in the document or submission title.
  • We accept only one prose submission, one poetry submission (of up to three poems), or ten pieces of visual art per author, per submission cycle.
  • Submitted work must be previously unpublished.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions, but please withdraw your submission immediately if accepted elsewhere. If you submit multiple poems and one is accepted elsewhere, please attach a note on Submittable identifying the poem that is no longer available.
  • Your work must use standard manuscript format: double spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman font. Poetry may be single spaced. However, if a divergence from these rules is integral to your piece, we will still consider it.
  • Fiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
  • Creative Nonfiction: Limit submissions to 5,000 words or fewer.
  • Poetry: Limit submissions to 3 poems, with no more than 50 lines each.
  • Dramatic Works: Limit submissions to 12 or fewer pages.
Visual Art: We seek visual images for the Issue #17 cover and interior. We welcome experimental and unusual art forms. We accept 2D digital images of all forms of fine art—photography, sculpture, painting, and mixed media. Please send high-res digital images (no lower than 300 dpi) in JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, or RAW file format. (NOTE: Except for the front and back cover of Issue #17, all accepted visual art will be printed in black and white.)

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC 2022


Deadline: April 15, 2022


Short Play & Musical Festival - NYC 2022!
Ends on April 16, 2022 (in 5 days)

June 9-26, 2022

The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre at The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012
3 weeks, 4 performances weekly (Thursday through Sunday),
5 plays featured each week.

Short Plays and Musicals with a performance time of 15 minutes or less, no more than 15 pages in length.

Writers are eligible to submit up to 2 plays.

THEME: “NYC - Only in New York”

New York City is like no other place in the world! We are seeking plays that get to the heart of the Big Apple and explore what makes this town tick. Unique New York - it's more than a tongue twister - it is a way of life!

All plays submitted must be centered on, or revolve around this theme.

** Note **

1) Playwrights are responsible for producing their own play - Host provides Theatre, technicians and box office

2) If selected, there is a $50 NON-refundable tech fee required

Plays MUST be NO MORE 15 minutes in length and no more than 15 pages

Submissions open: February 20, 2022

Submissions close: April 15, 2022

Play selection announced soon thereafter.

For more festival information visit: www.shortplaynyc.com

Click Here to download a sample contract for the festival - this is a sample do not fill out and send.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

2022 National Latine Playwrights Award


Deadline: April 15, 2022

Submissions for the 2022 National Latine Playwrights Award (NLPA) are open now through April 15.

Early submissions are highly encouraged. Latine playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

  • The award is open to all Latine playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.
  • Scripts may be in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two (Spanish scripts must be accompanied by an English translation).
  • Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.
  • Full-length and one-act plays, with a minimum length of 50 pages, on any subject will be accepted.

  • The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.
  • The winner will be notified by August 1, 2022. Application requirements include:
  • Submissions of a single script can be sent via email to NLPA@arizonatheatre.org.
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page describing the play’s developmental history and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Dramatists Guild: Copyright Registration Demonstration

To kick off Copyright Awareness Week, and our first ever DG Copyright Registration Drive, the Business Affairs team will be hosting a special event, Copyright Registration 101.

Our very own Dave H. Faux, Esq. will be leading us through a copyright registration application, step by step, for the play Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers by William S. Yellow Robe, Jr., which is currently under the purview of DG’s sister organization, DG Copyright Management.

During the event, Dave will also answer DG member questions about the ins and outs of the registration process, and explain the differences between registering a play and registering a musical.

After this event, you should feel empowered to file applications for any of your unregistered works, so that you can not only participate in the DG Copyright Registration Drive but continue to successfully register your work throughout your writing career.

Monday, April 25, 2022 3pm Multiple Times Zones

25th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals


Deadline: April 10, 2022

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 10, 2022 for the 25th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages. 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman)

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

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts MUST be securely bound by three hole punch with brads or three hole punch folder. NO STAPLES!

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

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

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 10, 2022.

Scripts cannot be returned.

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

Scripts should be mailed to:

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

For more information or background on past productions, go to:


Birmingham Children's Theatre New Voices Project


Deadline: none given

BCT's ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth. 

Generally, Wee Folks productions (ages 4 to 8) are limited to no more than 4 actors (doubling possible), Mainstage Touring productions (ages 6 and up) are limited to no more than 8 actors (doubling possible), and Mainstage In-house Only productions vary depending on budget and artistic requirements. 

Unsolicited scripts may be submitted for consideration of upcoming seasons (please note BCT schedules 1 ½ year in advance). In order for your script to be considered, submit each of the following:

a copy of the entire script;

a synopsis of no more than one page;

a character breakdown;

music tracks and lead sheets (if a musical);

playwright’s resume and references.

Submissions with missing components will not be considered. All materials may be sent in electronic format or through the U.S. Mail to:

Birmingham Children’s Theatre
Attn: Rebecca Yeager
P.O.Box 1362
Birmingham, AL 35201

or via email to becca@bct123.org. No phone calls, please. Submissions will not be returned.

The Department of Theatre and Music Studies at State University of New York Brockport 13th Biennial Festival of Ten-Minute Plays


Deadline: May 1, 2022 EDT
Only the first 500 scripts received will be considered.

All plays will be submitted online.  Submitted plays should have the name of the playwright removed.

  • Each script must have a running time of seven to fourteen minutes.
  • Only original scripts allowed.
  • Maximum of two scripts per playwright.
  • Scripts that have been read or performed in any manner for a paying audience are not accepted.
  • Plays written by SUNY Brockport Department of Theatre and Music Studies faculty and staff (full and part-time) are not accepted 
  • Entries will be acknowledged via email.
  • Only the first 500 scripts received will be considered.
  • Submission period is from March 15, 2022 through midnight, May 1st, 2022 EDT.
  • The top ten scripts will be produced in fully realized productions as part of the College at Brockport Festival of Ten XIII (February – March 2023)
  • Finalists will be notified by November 30, 2022.

·       For more information please visit our website: www.brockport.edu/theatre

However, the Festival of Ten information may not be available on our website until the submission period begins – March 15th, 2022

If you are not sure how to format your play, a sample can be found at http://broadwayeducators.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Sample_Format_Page.pdf

For more information contact:   Festivalof10@brockport.edu

Friday, April 8, 2022

Ragdale Residency Fellowship 2022


Deadline:  May 15, 2022, 11:50 pm CT


Up to 250 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields.Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Fellowships: 25-30 fellowships are offered each year. Fellows do not pay a residency fee. Fellows receive a stipend of $500 or more, see fellowships page for more details about the awards. Fellowship awards are disclosed upon acceptance. We do not limit fellowships to the listed categories, and as we seek diverse voices and representations to enrich our artists' experiences, we encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. In the application, you may be asked to describe how you meet the eligibility requirements of this fellowship (500 word maximum per fellowship category).

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Exquisite Corpse Company Writer's Lab Spring 2022


Deadline: April 20, 2022 11:59 PM

All previous ECC playwrights-in-residence got their start with us by applying to our Writer’s Lab. There is no better way to get involved with ECC if you are a playwright!

The ECC Writer’s Lab will meet every Wednesday from May 4th – June 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at the Culture Lab LIC gallery. The goal of the Lab is for each participant to generate a new one act play using ECC's unique literary devising process.

This process is led by Literary Directors Phillip Christian Smith and Blake Bishton and incorporates Culture Lab LIC’s current fine arts exhibitions. This process guides the writing and encourages participants to create work in ways they may not have on their own.

These plays, upon completion, will be presented as a part of ECC's Drinks & Drama reading series in July.

Participation is open to six writers who each receive a travel stipend of $150. ECC encourages all to apply and will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, color, citizenship status, sex, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.

Culture Lab LIC is handicap accessible. All are welcome to apply regardless of previous writing experience.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Via Brooklyn Iron Anthology


Deadline: April 20, 2022 5PM EDT

Deadline has been moved up to April 13, 2022 5PM EDT

Via Brooklyn is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company that develops theatrical productions, coupled with interactive programming, to engage audiences around the world. Our mission is to foster enthusiasm, contemplation, and community by blurring the traditional lines between stage, canvas, camera, music, page, and everything in between. We believe the synergy of artistic media can create visionary live theatre experiences.

Via Brooklyn has produced shows at venues such as 59E59, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival, The Wallace Collection in London, and the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, NY. Our most recent production, “Testament”, won 5 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards. For more information on our company please visit: www.viabrooklyn.org.


“Iron Anthology” will be a series of three, 30-60 minute audio plays (one of which has already been commissioned) that will each be split into three parts for release on all major podcast platforms this Halloween 2022. The first audio play already created for the series looks at three strangers’ search for iron ore in 1820s New Jersey, but when a malevolent presence begins to sabotage their efforts, their quest for riches becomes a struggle for survival. We are seeking two additional playwrights each to write another work for the series.


-Write an original 30-60 minute audio horror drama

-Incorporate editing notes from the production team as necessary

-Deliver drafts in a timely manner by deadlines agreed upon in advance


-Experience writing for the horror genre

-Experience with writing for audio drama productions

-Excellent communication skills

-A true team player and ensemble member


-$1,300 flat fee for buy out of a 30-60 minute commissioned audio drama

-Candidate will be hired under a 1099.


Pre-production is already underway, with recording set for July or August 2022. “Iron Anthology” will be released around Halloween 2022.


If interested, please submit your CV, a sample of previous work, and a link to your website to info@viabrooklyn.org with “Iron Anthology Playwright Commission Application” in the subject by April 20th, 2022 at 5pm EDT.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sunday, April 3, 2022



Deadline: April 15, 2022

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL AURAND HARRIS PLAYWRITING AWARD WILL BE ACCEPTED MARCH 1, 2022- APRIL 15, 2022. Submissions will ONLY be accepted through the website.

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.

  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • All plays will be submitted online to harris-award@netconline.org
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been previously published
  • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
  • previously produced by a professional or Equity company.
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

The play must be submitted, along with:
  • a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of May 1, 2022, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of May 1, 2022.
  • a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • ALL manuscripts and enclosures must be emailed to: harris-award@netconline.org
  • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.
  • Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Strides Collective Emerging Playwrights Program 2022 Cohort


Deadline: April 8, 2022 11:59 PM

The Strides Collective, a Philadelphia-area queer theatre company, is seeking emerging playwrights to participate in a long-term collaborative cohort: The Emerging Playwrights Program 2022 Cohort. This is a remote play development opportunity that will culminate in a live, in-person reading of your work’s progress, as part of our ongoing commitment to serving and providing a safe and productive environment emerging queer playwrights. 

The EPP 2022 Cohort will be a five-month-long writers' room from May to October 2022, focused on the growth and future of one work by each Cohort Member, culminating in an in-person presentation celebrating each member’s progress. It is a highly collaborative development process, meant to facilitate the growth of a play that is still a new idea, or one that has been sitting on the back burner.

Submissions are open NOW and will be accepted until 11:59pm on April 8th!

Click on each of the questions below to learn a little bit more about what it means to be emerging and what we’re looking for in our selection process!

The states highlighted in red and marked with triangles are states from which qualifying playwrights may submit (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and the Metro D.C. Area)


To us, Emerging Playwrights are those who have not had their work fully produced before, or who may not have the resources or means to have their work developed otherwise. Whether you’re young in your playwrighting career or seeking a change of direction in your career path, we’d be happy to consider your work!


We highly encourage unfinished works - not just a concept, but does not need to be a finished draft.

We are seeking submissions that:

Have not had a full production (workshops and other readings are okay.)

Call for no more than 5 actors (doubling of parts is fine.)

Are a modern play and original in content - not a period piece, adaptation, or musical.

Align with The Strides Collective mission ("...theatrical work by Emerging Playwrights that embraces the queer experience through authentic, modern, and innovative storytelling."

Playwrights must be 18+, queer-identifying folx who are residing in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Maryland / the Metro D.C. Area). Priority will be given to those in closer proximity to Philadelphia in hopes of having writers present for the culminating reading.


Throughout a member's time in the Cohort, The Strides Collective will devote time and resources towards the artistic development of a full-length play of their choosing, alongside meet-ups with fellow EPP 2022 Cohort members. Some of these offerings include:

A dedicated dramaturg working to facilitate the play's growth;

A selected cast for the culminating reading;

A "graduation gift" of curated resources to offer future support for each playwright and their work.


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Friday, April 8th. Interviews for applicants in consideration will occur on a rolling basis, with final selections made before April 22nd. Cohort meetings will begin remotely May 1st, with the culminating presentation in October in Philadelphia.

Friday, April 1, 2022

2022 Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin Rolling World Premiere Award


Deadline: April 15, 2022 11:59 PM EDT


The 2022 Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin Rolling World Premiere Award will facilitate five rolling world premieres for the winning play at the following theatres: Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, NC Black Rep, The Ensemble Theatre in Houston, St. Louis Black Rep, and Westcoast Theatre Troupe in Sarasota. The award was created to assist in Black Theatres working together to discover and nurture the next generation of great African-American playwrights. The award is named in honor of NBTF Executive Producer Emeritus, Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, former Board President of NC Black Rep.


*Submissions are open from March 1-April 15, 2022 at 11:59pm EST
*Plays that have had prior productions are not eligible.
*All samples must be submitted as a .PDF.

Questions about the competition should be directed to info@ncblackrep.org with the subject line: SSH Rolling World Premiere Inquiry-“YOUR NAME." 

Submissions that are not submitted in their entirety per these instructions will not be reviewed.

Play Title
Playwright Name
Playwright Bio
Contact Number and Email
Character Breakdown
Set Description
Short Synopsis
First 10 pages of the script

March 1-Submissions Open
April 15-Submissions Close
July 1-Winning Playwright Notified
August 1-Award presented to winning playwright at NBTF Opening Night Gala

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