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Friday, September 30, 2022

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2023


Deadline: November 1, 2022

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

2. Entry must include:

a) Script with lyrics, in PDF format.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Philly Cycle Commissions


Deadline: November 11, 2022


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deadline: December 31, 2022
Coldwater, Michigan

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

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

Selection Process:

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


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

Production House:

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

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Weekly Workshop - every Thursday since 2007

The Weekly Workshop 

has been meeting every Thursday 

since 2007 and now we’re adding a 

Tuesday Night Group


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


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



Tuesday or Thursday, 7 - 9:30pm EST


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


Check out our website for details and rates.







Deadline: October 31, 2022

The Parish Players Thetford, Vermont

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

Producer: Allison Fay Brown

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

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

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

Flint Repertory Theatre 2023 New Works Festival


Deadline: October 15, 2022
Flint Michigan

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

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

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

Please submit HERE.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

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


Deadline: September 30, 2022

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

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

The Phoenix Theatre Company is accepting submissions for the following:

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

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

To be eligible to submit, playwrights must have:

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

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

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

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

No screenplays please.

No Theatre for Young Audience pieces please.

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

Submission fee: $10.00*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Musicals should be original and un-produced.

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

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

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

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

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

No Musical Revues please.

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

No Theatre for Young Audience musicals please.

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

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

Submission fee: $10.00*

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Playwrights Realm Script Share


Deadline: October 10, 2022 at 11:59 EDT

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

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


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

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

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

The Process

Script Share participants are selected via lottery.

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

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

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

The Bunbury Players Evening of One-Acts


Deadline: October 31, 2022 11:59 PM

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Call for Experimental Theatre Playwrights: CUT / EDGE

NYC, 2023

Playwrights, Application Deadline December 1, 2022

Final decisions by December 15

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

Join us in 2023 in NYC for our fourth season.

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

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

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


The Dirt

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

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

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

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Kumu Kahua’s September prompt


Deadline: September 30, 2022


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

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

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

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

Best of luck!

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival 2023


Deadline: October 1, 2022

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


The submission form will request:

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

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

Friday, September 23, 2022



Deadline: September 30, 2022 at 5PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Performance dates are March 23-26, 2023.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Shakespeare on the Sound's 3rd Annual Short New Play Festival!


Deadline: October 7, 2022 11:00 PM

This year we are asking playwrights to submit a new 10-minute play inspired by the characters in Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It (click on title to read play).

PROMPT: After the Curtain: Where are they now?

At the end of As You Like It four couples marry (Rosiland & Orlando, Celia & Oliver, Phoebe & Silvius, Audrey & Touchstone), Jacques is off to pursue a religious life of contemplation, and Duke Senior, his crown newly restored to him, plans to return from exile and create a new court.

Looking 5, 10, 20 years into the future your play should explore the lives of one or more of these characters.

Please keep your cast size to 4 actors. You can have more than 4 characters but the roles will need to be doubled.

PERFORMANCE DATE: Saturday, November 12th

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Please send an email containing 2 PDF copies of your play to contactus@shakespeareonthesound.org.

This is a blind submission process. Only one PDF of your play should contain your name and contact information.

The other PDF should not contain your name or contact information .


Does my play need to be in verse? No, your play does not need to be in verse, in fact we prefer that your play is in prose.

Do all the characters in my play need to be from As You Like It? No, only one character in your play needs to be from As You Like It.

Does my play need to be written in the style of Shakespeare and/or set in the time period in which Shakespeare wrote? No! We are excited by plays that reflect the many different genres of theater. Let your imagination soar and choose a style of playwriting that excites you be it experimental, revenge drama, musical, farce, absurdist, etc.

Is this a blind submission process? Yes! See submission process for details on how to submit your play.

When will I be notified if my play has been selected? Playwrights will be notified either way by Friday, October 21, 2022.

The 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2023)


Deadline: September 30, 2022

Each season, The Festival receives approximately 350 submissions. Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world and produced 126 world premieres by 99 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and seven plays each season.

  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children's plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 40 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions.
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • All submissions should be emailed in PDF format to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 30, 2022.
Cover sheet of the play should include title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's e-mail; a short synopsis is encouraged but not required. Any stage play format is acceptable. Multiple submissions should be made in the same email. In addition, a resume may be included as a separate attachment in the same email. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2023), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three's Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 stipend.

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

Final selection of plays will be in late 2022.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

New Voices Showcase seeks one-act plays

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Deadline: September 23, 2022 midnight EST

Open call for submissions of short plays / one-acts for full production in a New Voices Showcase, opening late January 2023.

Murmuration Theatre Company is looking for shows that have a cast size between 2-11 (no solo shows), and a maximum runtime of 45m. 

Open to submissions from any playwright whose work has not yet been produced on Broadway. 

Please send at least 5 sample pages (PDF or Google Doc) of each submission and a short writer's bio by email to Emma at emma.mcglashen@gmail.com to be considered. 

Feel free to submit more than one play; please attach all sample pages to the same email. 

Selected playwrights will receive a $30 fee per performance. 

We will be accepting submissions until midnight EST on Friday, September 23rd, and we will notify selected playwrights that they have been chosen for inclusion in the showcase by Sunday, October 2nd. 

Please feel free to reach out by email if you have any questions.

Stonecoast Review seeks work for issue #18


Deadline: October 1, 2022


Stonecoast Review will be open for submissions from July 20, 2022 to October 1, 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 (genre) 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 (50 words maximum). Submissions are only accepted through Submittable.
  • 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, unless you are a Stonecoast MFA alum. We will reprint works by Stonecoast alumni.
  • To more fully commit to our value of elevating socially marginalized voices and emerging writers, the Stonecoast Review will no longer implement the policy of “blind submissions.” The practice was once believed to support the unbiased judgment of submissions by withholding the author’s identity from the reviewer. Beginning with Issue 18, all first readers will have access to the cover letters and names of submitting authors. The Stonecoast Review gives privileged attention to the works of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+ and Disabled authors and emerging writers. We invite more established writers to submit and join our efforts in elevating needed voices.
  • 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 and Pop (Genre) 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: Limit to five images. We seek visual images for the Issue #18 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 #18, all accepted visual art will be printed in black and white.) 

Monday, September 19, 2022

The Moxie Incubator


Deadline: October 7, 2022

What is it? The Moxie Incubator is a season-long accelerated development program for new, unproduced plays*

Who is it for? The Incubator Cohort will be made up of 3 playwrights, 3 directors, and 3 line producers - in alignment with Moxie's mission, we will select work by artists of historically-excluded genders for this program. ​

Is this paid? Yes - All participating artists are paid a stipend for every round of the Incubator process. 

Does it cost to submit? No - Moxie is passionate about keeping opportunities accessible for all artists. We do not charge a submission fee for any artist. 

If you are interested in submitting to be a part of the Moxie Incubator Program, you can submit via the link below. Artists can submit to the Incubator as:
  • A Playwright
  • A Director
  • A Line Producer

The Incubator Cohort offers will be extended no later than November 14, 2022, to be announced for the season on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. 

Read More About the Selection Process >


Table Readings

In February 2023, each new play will have the chance to be read aloud with actors, a dedicated director, and a line producer in a virtual table read as the first step of development. 

The virtual table read is designed to open the piece for the first time to an audience reaction, begin to till the proverbial soil of the play, and create space for growth and exploration as the playwright is able to hear the pages aloud for the first time and benefit from the structured feedback.


29 Hour Reading

​Using the AEA 29-Hour Reading model, each new play will be read in front of an invited audience as the second step of the development process in spring 2023. 

​The readings will receive production casting assistance, dedicated rehearsal space, a director, stage manager, and line producer to help shape this part of the Incubator process. Round 2 is an important step in the development process, as it allows for the playwright to see and hear their material in front of a curated audience, providing further opportunity for feedback and potential industry partnerships for production development in the future. 


Fully Staged Workshop

​Under AEA Showcase Code*, each new play will receive a dedicated weekend of workshop performances in July 2023 in New York City. 

​These workshops will be as fully staged and produced as possible - lights, set, costumes, design teams, etc. 

We want our Incubator artists to see their work fully staged and ready for audience engagement. 

These will be ticketed performances running Thursday night through Sunday matinee, a total of 5 performances per show. Industry invitations are curated by our Executive Producers and line producers, and professional production photos are provided. 

*if there are no union members in the cast, this will not be under a showcase code; however, production will still follow showcase rules. 

Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes Play Festival 2022


Deadline: September 25, 2022

Pan Theater presents Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes, a collection of short plays by some of the nation’s top emerging playwrights.

Play Festival Fees:

(There is a fee if you submit more than one play)

Pan Theater, where neurons fire faster, has been bringing comedic and dramatic improv to the San Francisco Bay Area and Oakland since 2002.

The theme of the festival is Anything Can Happen in Ten Minutes.

Play Festival Winners:
All writers with plays accepted for production will paid at the rate of $100 per winning play. There will be 10 plays produced.

We are seeking a range of plays from serious/dramatic to absurd/comedic.

Suggestions for submissions:

-Have the play read by actors before submitting
-Provide some idea of preferred types for the characters
-Provide some background detail for the actors
-All submissions should include a synopsis and character outlines
-We will be limiting winning plays to those that can be performed within 10 minutes at most.
-Limit the number of actors to five at most
-The play should be appropriate to a minimalist production style
-Plays that can be easily played by different perspectives

Notes from the winning prior submissions:
  • Only one winning play was over ten pages in length
  • No play with more than five characters was chosen as a festival winner
  • Plays requiring extensive props and scenery were not chosen
  • Each play could be easily summarized in one sentence
  • Authors followed submission guidelines
  • Winning plays had strong central relationships
  • Winning plays had a strong main action/event
  • Characters were transformed during the play
  • Plays chosen were easy to produce with minimal scenery/props
  • Plays were easy to cast from our performing troupes

Plays will be judged by a panel of local performers, directors, actors, and writers.
Each piece will be rated separately on the following metrics:

-Meets performance requirements suggested
-Provides strong sense of character, location, and action
-Casting description/suggestions is flexible
-Story holds interest with discernible and actable objectives
-Play is either a complete story/scene
-Writing is entertaining and provides a scene that will hold audience interest

Submission Details: Format

For each play submitted, the number of copies sent should be equal to the number of characters in your play. Two characters plays would require two copies of the play. Three character plays would require three copies of the play. Include SASE if you wish the originals returned.

We will not accept copies sent as part of the body of an email or as attachments. Only hardcopies of plays accepted.

What to include:
  • Writer's info
  • Production/Reading History
  • Synopsis/Character Info
  • Production suggestions
  • Fees:
  • 1 play - NO FEE
Chosen authors/playwrights will be notified the week of October 15th. Winning authors/playwrights will receive $100 festival award per winning play.

Send Play and Submission Fees to:
Pan Theater
3871 Piedmont Avenue, #323
Oakland, CA 94611

Winning playwrights grant Pan Theater the right to stage a winning play up to 4 times. Plays already produced/performed are acceptable.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Athena Project’s Read & Rant: A Plays In Progress Series



Submissions Accepted: September 15-30 for November Read & Rant

Athena Project’s new Read & Rant program seeks to combine the original form’s sharing of theatrical work with the wider public with the new play development aspects of Plays In Progress while also fostering collaboration between playwrights and dramaturgs. We are initiating these changes to Read & Rant with the goal to create digital opportunities for early and mid-career playwrights, uplift women* writers and dramaturgs overall, and highlight underrepresentation for women* in these positions.

A total of five plays will be selected via lottery. Two of these plays will be featured in our next Read & Rant and will receive a moderated Zoom discussion led by a dramaturg as well as initial feedback from the public. The remaining three will still have an opportunity to receive short feedback from a dramaturg via a medium of their preference (written, audio recording, short video, or live phone call).

Submission Guidelines:Playwright must be a woman* and may submit only one full-length script each month. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

Only previously unproduced plays are eligible. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised prior to submission to Read & Rant so the playwright receives the most benefit from this opportunity. (Presently, we cannot accept musicals.)

Submission must include:

The submission deadline is September 30, 2022, 11:59 pm MDT for November Read & Rant participation.

TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays


Deadline: September 30, 2022


TEDxAsburyPark ’s 1act.1idea is accepting submissions of short plays (8- 18 minutes run time) with a big idea worth sharing. 

We seek original work that focuses our hearts and minds on any of these themes: Collaboration, Determination, Democracy, Diversity, and/or "All Together Now". 

We seek well-developed characters that entertain and enlighten us. Our preferences are for small casts and minimal sets.

We encourage playwrights to participate with us as we together explore these themes.

About 40 accepted plays will be produced in a Zoom reading with professional actors, with discussion.
About 6 plays will be produced live on stage in the spring of 2023, and may be recorded and edited as either a TED talk or as a 1act.1idea production.

Within 45 days of submission, we strive to get back to you. Be patient with us as we expect over 1000 submissions. We appreciate your creativity, imagination, and original ideas and characters.

Submit to play project https://tedxasburypark.submittable.com/submit

Website is 1act1idea,com and tedxasbury.com

One play per writer please- any questions

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Fall Writing Classes Online at Primary Stages ESPA!

Fall 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

Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby, Open, Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Walkup (Artistic Director, Page 73)

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.

Rewriting Your Draft

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

Writing “Hot” Plays

Instructor: Adam Kraar (Writer, Alternating Currents at The Working Theatre, Dancing On The Edge at Theatre Novi Most)

"Hot scenes" are the building blocks of good plays: scenes where characters are pushed beyond their comfort zones and compelled to make revealing choices. This class will focus on dreaming up, drafting, and developing these exciting scenes.

TV Writing

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners" and "The Mist"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Learn the structure and language of television writing to develop a first draft of your pilot.

Short Form Screenwriting

Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners" and "The Mist"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)
Apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original short film script.

Workshop: Kinetic Energy

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
This workshop will toss you headlong into your play, set into motion by Winter.

Workshop: Eclipse Yourself!

Instructor: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater, No One Is Forgotten at Rattlestick)
Let's find out what's obscuring your play from you by asking your characters to tell you their stories. In this writing intensive workshop, you'll write monologues and scenes to reveal what's been hidden.

Classes begin in October. 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.






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


to submit, go to:

Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan.
We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.
Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience.  Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent.  We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing. 

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTOR $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESS $500 each 





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

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length.  The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 20 seasons - 11 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

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


We offer:

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



§  Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we also offer free storage for all your hand props for the duration of your run.  It’s no fun double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run.  Don’t sweat it.  We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props:
§  Easy to use technology.
Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for your scenes.  You are also free to use our projector that projects a back stage image of 21×12′.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that had no previous experience. You do not need to be a tech person to use them.



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

§   We offer long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?  
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute) we give 4  hours for your tech. 
For a One-Act (30-45 minute) we give you 2 hours, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes. 
What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all offered somewhere else ? Absolutely nothing (say it again!)  We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare.  We want you to feel confident with how it will look.  That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time.  (After all, time is money!)
§  What’s more important than advertising your show?
Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do, will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our pages with previous productions and you will see immediately the difference. Large posters and detailed information. 
You can share the link of the post that we create for you without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community.  All cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!
Check out our posts:

§  Prime performance hours
 We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 3 months, each production has time to breathe.


§  No seasonal volunteers
One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances.  You will always see a familiar face!  Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success.  Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team.  You will never have to wait days for a response.  Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.
§  Award ceremony
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

Bite Sized Spectacular seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: September 30, 2022


We are looking for original short plays (or other theatrical pieces) that are 10 minutes or less.

This evening is being produced on Halloween, and we encourage any submissions that may resonate thematically, whether they directly relate to Halloween or not.

While we will consider anything and everything, we especially want to see submissions that are either comedic or spooky, as this fits best with the tone of the evening!

Have something that isn’t quite a play, but you think fits? Send us a video link!

Because we are small and have limited tech, easy-to-produce pieces are more likely to be selected. We also recommend submitting plays with a smaller cast size.

You may submit as many plays as you'd like, but please note we will only accept one play from each playwright for the event, and we may only be able read two scripts.

About the event:
  • The event will take place the afternoon of Monday October 31st, in New York City. Exact time and location TBA.
  • Playwrights are encouraged to submit from anywhere, and local playwrights may be as involved in the process as they would like!
  • We work to match plays that need them with directors and actors, and help to coordinate rehearsal space.
  • This is an unpaid event, as we are not profiting from it. 
To submit, please send your script and/or any supporting materials by September 30th via the form on the submission page.

New Perspectives Theatre Company Women's Work Project ~ Short Play Lab


Deadline: September 30, 2022


The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights while maintaining a rigorous feedback process that leads to production within six months.  

Six playwright members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to specific feedback from the dramaturgical team. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play BASED UPON AN ASSIGNED THEME. 

Monthly feedback from the dramaturgs focuses on the nuts and bolts of creating a 15-30 minute script ready for production. In a process unique to NPTC, feedback is given in a unified manner so playwrights do not have conflicting advice about what to work on, and so that the script moves forward according to NPTC's instructions as the producing entity. This approach creates a collaborative group from which members can draw inspiration and energy while modeling professional standards. Scripts are then produced in our ANNUAL WOMEN'S WORK SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL.

Playwrights should apply by MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022 by sending the following as email attachments, with the email Subject Line “Women’s Work Application” to contact@nptnyc.org:

  1. a full resume, including specific information on your training as a writer (i.e. degree program, workshops, etc.) and website URL if applicable
  2. a 10-15 page writing sample from a playscript
  3. a personal statement explaining your understanding of the purpose of the LAB and why you wish to be a member, including goals for your own growth and development if selected. Please include in this statement how you choose to be identified re: ethnicity and gender (she/they).
(Please note that ALL 3 items are required to be considered.)

WOMEN'S WORK is an award-winning program comprised of two separate, dramaturgically-driven Labs: 1) The Short Play LAB (SPL) selects 4-6 emerging women playwrights each year and leads them through a rigorous, step-by-step process to create original 15-30 minute scripts in six-months, written to an assigned theme. The plays are then produced in an annual festival; 2) the Full-Length LAB is for selected alumnae of the SPL to develop longer works over an extended period, with the same guidance and production goals.

Both LABS meet monthly, have submission deadlines, and provide comprehensive and rigorous feedback to the writers. 6-8 directors commit to the full year of the two LABs, both permanent resident directors and guest artists. 


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