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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Amphibian Stage SparkFest 2023 Call for Submissions


Deadline: February 15, 2023
Only 75 submissions will be accepted


Amphibian Stage (Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director; Jay Duffer, co-Artistic Director) is pleased to accept script submissions from playwrights who are current members of the Dramatists Guild

Selected scripts will receive a 20-hour developmental workshop and staged reading at Amphibian Stage in June 2023 (exact schedule TBD). 

Playwrights will receive $500 plus airfare and housing during the development time in Fort Worth, TX.

In order for a script to be eligible:

1. The author must still be developing and working on the script.

2. The author must be available to join us for SparkFest 2023 during the development week (exact dates TBD).

3. The play may not have had more than one fully-staged production.

4. Only full-length plays accepted. No musicals will be considered.

5. Only one script per playwright.

6. Only 75 submissions will be accepted.

7. Preference will be given to MENASA (Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian) playwrights.

Kingdom Theatre Annual Artists Conference


Deadline: February 15, 2023

Submit at: actressclassy@gmail.com 
Please include contact number 

Featuring 1 Acts and Play shorts All Works are welcomed to submit for consideration
Seeking 1 Act Dramas, Comedies Musicals and 10 minute shorts to be featured in full performances in our upcoming Artists Conference
Conference held September 15th-17th, 2023.

We provide the following to the selected writers,

1.Professional Staff, Cast
2.Venue for rehearsals, performances
3.Each Writer gets 2 mainstage performances
5.A chance to Win best play, musical or play short at our All Purple honors of the Conference. WINNERS get cash prize $300! and our All Purple honors award! 4 Winners (Writers only) will be selected 1.Best Drama 2.Best Musical 3.Best Comedy 4.Best Play short

Deadline to Submit Samples,
February 15th, 2023
No Fee to Submit. If you are selected must pay $90 Conference fee only.

The Conference will be held @
American Musical and Dramatic Academy NYC

Van Lier New Voices Fellowship 2023


Deadline: February 6, 2023

Rattlestick Theater is accepting applications for its Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund with support from the Jerome Foundation.

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color age 30 and under. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Rattlestick play development opportunities, and form relationships with other theater makers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $35,000, plus access to a $5,000 Opportunity Fund and to a wide range of Rattlestick resources, including artistic program participation, mentorship, office and rehearsal space, and staff support.

In the 2023-2024 cycle, Rattlestick Theater will award two Fellowships. Applications will be accepted through February 6, 2023. Finalists will be notified in spring 2023. The 2023-2024 Fellowship period begins June 1, 2023 and ends May 30, 2024.

  • The playwright will be 30 and under from June 2023-May 2024. 
  • The playwright must be BIPOC-identified. 
  • The playwright is expected to prioritize the Fellowship, and use it as an opportunity not only to share existing work, but also create new work. 
  • The playwright must reside in, or within 30 mile radius of, New York City. 
  • The playwright is expected to commit a minimum of 15-20 hours per week to research, writing, readings and meetings related to the Fellowship. 
  • The playwright cannot be a student during the duration of the Fellowship. 
  • Priority will be given to applicants who do not have other time-intensive writing commitments during the duration of the Fellowship.

Campbell Opera Librettist Prize 2023


Deadline: March 3, 2023

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is awarded annually to an American librettist who demonstrates exceptional talent and experience for writing opera librettos, with the potential for making a substantial contribution to the American opera literature; and who is committed to making opera a central part of their artistic work and career.

Conceived and funded by acclaimed librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, the Prize is the first award in the history of American opera that specifically recognizes the opera librettist.

It is designed to highlight the crucial role librettists play in the creation and success of new operatic works, and inspire a new generation of writers to dedicate their pens to opera and music theater

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is supported by Mark Campbell.
Prize Details

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize bestows a $7,000 award each year to a librettist chosen from applicants by a panel of independent experts.

Eligibility: Librettists who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States may apply.

Application Cycle
Application available online: January 2023
Intent to apply deadline: February 8, 2023
Full application deadline: March 3, 2023
Adjudication: March 2023
Applicant notification: April 2023

How to Apply

Review the prize guidelines and application worksheets to apply. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s grants dashboard.

Guidelines & Worksheets
Below you will find the guidelines, intent to apply questions, and application questions from the previous cycle of this program. They are for reference purposes only, and are intended to provide an understanding of the program in advance of the release of this year's guidelines and questions. 2022 Guidelines (PDF)
Intent to Apply Questions (PDF)
Full Application Questions (PDF)

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at Grants@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236.

Saturday, February 4, 2023

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023


Deadline: February 12, 2023

Writers from around the world are invited to submit their scripts for the 28th International Radio Playwriting Competition, which is now open for entries.

The global competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, offers the unique opportunity for writers from outside the UK to use the medium of audio drama to tell stories for an international audience.

We are looking for entries in two categories: English as a First Language and English as a Second Language. The two first prizes can come from either category.

Both winners will attend an award ceremony in London and see their plays being recorded for broadcast and streaming on BBC World Service. A Special Commendation will be made for the runner-up in honour of the BBC World Service journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929-1978).

Please read the competition rules and our privacy notice before entering.

Submit your entry online - or download an entry form to enter via post or email.

Entries close at midnight GMT on 12 February 2023.

To enter, you’ll need to complete the form below, and supply us with:

· The script for your 53-minute radio play with up to six central characters.

· A written synopsis outlining the complete story of your play. This should be no more than 400 words.

· A completed entry form (see below).

Please note:

· The competition closes for entries at midnight GMT on 12 February 2023 and is only open to writers outside of the UK. Entrants must also be over the age of 18 as of 12 February 2023.

· We will be unable to enter into any correspondence, except with shortlisted entries, and we are also unable to acknowledge receipt of scripts.

· Please do not send us amendments or further drafts once your play has been submitted.

· Please do not send cassettes, CDs, DVDs, mp3s, videos or sheet music with your play – it is not necessary at the entry level and they cannot be returned to you.

· Please read the Terms and Conditions and abide by them. If a play is either too short or excessively long it may be disqualified.

Complete the entry form and send it along with your play and synopsis either:


International Playwriting Competition 2023
BBC Audio Drama London
Room 6015
Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London W1A 1AA
United Kingdom


Gingold Theatrical Group Speakers’ Corner 2023


Deadline: February 7, 2023 11:59 PM EST

Gingold Theatrical Group, now in its 18th year, creates theatre and theatre-related programs that promote the humanitarian ideals central to the work of activist playwright George Bernard Shaw. 

Speakers’ Corner, Gingold’s primary new-play development program, affords playwrights the opportunity to build on Shaw’s legacy by supporting them as they write new plays that engage with today’s most pressing social/political/economic issues. Scripts written in Speakers’ Corner have gone on to further development with Gingold, as well as at other institutions.

In this cycle of Speakers’ Corner, we will explore Shaw’s use of comedy to engage with the relevant social issues of his time. Over the course of the year, playwrights will generate the first draft of a new socially-engaged comedy inspired by Shaw’s approach. In twice-monthly meetings held from March to November, Speakers’ Corner writers will take turns sharing pages from their new plays and giving/receiving feedback, as well as responding to plays by Shaw and other playwrights whose work could be described as Shavian. In addition to cohort meetings, writers will have one-on-one notes sessions on an as-desired basis as they work to complete and then revise their drafts. The program will culminate in the late fall with readings of the new plays, cast with professional actors, and open to small audiences of invited industry professionals. Speakers’ Corner writers will receive a $500 stipend for their participation in the group.

Applications for Speakers’ Corner are due by 11:59 PM EST on February 7, 2023.

All applicants must submit the following:
  • A brief description of why you want to join the Speakers’ Corner cohort, and why you want to do so now in particular.
  • Pitch – a one-page description of the play you intend to write in Speakers’ Corner
  • Sample – a full-length script that you feel is representative of your voice
  • A resume or bio


I have never written a play before? Am I a good candidate for the group?

Writers in Speakers’ Corner should have experience writing full-length plays.

What are you looking for in the pitch and writing sample? Do I need to write like Shaw to be selected?

The purpose of Speakers’ Corner is not to write like Shaw, but to continue his legacy of using the theatre to promote humanitarian ideals. We are looking for writers who have developed their own theatrical voice, and your sample is your opportunity to demonstrate your unique style and sensibility. Your pitch should articulate how your new play will build on Shaw’s legacy.

Can I submit a play I co-wrote for my sample?

No. We are interested in getting to know your individual voice, and so we request that you only submit plays for which you served as the sole writer.

Can I submit a short play for my sample?

No. We want to see how you develop your ideas over the course of a full-length play.

Can I apply with a pitch for a play that’s already received development opportunities?

No. The purpose of Speakers’ Corner is to complete a first draft of a new play. Please only submit pitches for new plays.

Will Speakers’ Corner meet remotely or in person?

We plan to hold the majority of meetings in person in midtown Manhattan, but will meet remotely if schedules and/or rising COVID cases demand that we do so.

If I know I will have to miss a few meetings, can I still apply?

We understand that members of Speakers’ Corner may need to miss the occasional meeting due to their other obligations. If you anticipate needing to miss more than four meetings over the course of the cycle, please wait and apply in the future so that we can assemble a cohort of writers who will be present and engaged with each other’s work.

Is there anyone who shouldn’t apply?

If you cannot commit to completing a first draft of a new play by November 2023, please wait to apply in a future cycle.

Other questions?

Email lriopelle@gingoldgroup.org with the subject line “SC23 Application Question” with any other questions.

Parity Productions: Applications Now Open for The Annual Parity Development Award


Deadline: March 1, 2023
Or when the first 150 scripts are received

Go to paritydatabase.org and create a free profile. Once your profile is created, go to the left-hand menu bar and click "The Parity Development Award" and then click "apply now".

Full-length plays for consideration must be new and may not have had a previous professional production (either Equity or non-Equity). Plays that have been previously produced will not be read. However, we will consider works that have had prior readings or workshops.

Full-length plays for consideration may not be musicals or solo shows. All scripts must be neat and in an easily readable format. Some suggested formats are Sam French, Dramatists Guild, or Final Draft format.

About the Award:
Each year, Parity presents two awards to early-to-mid career playwrights who have demonstrated a dedication to the craft of playwriting, a singular talent for storytelling, and whose work is in harmony with Parity’s artistic mission. The selected playwrights receive $2,500 each, and extensive developmental support for their play, including one “closed door” reading with the Parity team and at least one public reading, with an option for Parity to produce the awarded work. 

This development award is for female identifying or gender expansive playwrights.

Playwrights may only send one play for the initial application.
There is no application fee.




26th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals


Deadline: April 10, 2023

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is accepting entries from now until April 10, 2023 for the 26th 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, 2023.
  • 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

Friday, February 3, 2023

Spring 2023 Online and In-Person Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Spring 2023 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! We’re excited to announce online writing and directing classes, and in-person acting classes. Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

The First Draft

Tasha Gordon-Solmon (Writer and Director, Faculty, NYU)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby)
Caridad Svich (Writer, OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)

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)

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.

Fundamentals of Playwriting with Melisa Annis and Crystal Skillman

MĂȘlisa Annis (Writer, Director, Dramaturg; Faculty, NYU)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, King Kirby)
Build a toolbox of the fundamentals, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Tools of Dialogue

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

Dialogue is a key way to fully express character, relationships, and the world of the play. In this class, you'll hone your skills of dialogue writing in order to engage your audiences in a more meaningful way.

GET OUT (of your own way)

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

An advanced class for writers who need to get out of their own head, releasing the idea of “should” and instead surrendering to the work.

TV Writing
Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)

Learn the structure and language of television writing to develop a first draft of your pilot.


Instructor: Daniel Talbott (Writer, "The Conners"; Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Rep)

Apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original film script.

Lyric Writing

Instructor: Adam Gwon (Writer, Scotland, PA and Ordinary Days at Roundabout)

Delve into the world of musicals and apply your existing storytelling impulses into a lyric format.

The Business of Theater

Instructor: John Gould Rubin (Artistic Director of The Private Theatre, Creator and Director of Turn Me Loose)

For theater artists of any discipline, learn about theater as a business in order to produce and better understand the priorities for your work no matter your role within a production.

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

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

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

ThinkingFunny23 is seeking playscripts for broadcast


Deadline: March 17, 2023

The script may be in any genre, mystery, horror, adventure, western, etc., but the overall tone must be humorous/comedic and it must be in English.

Script entries must run, reading time, between 10 to 25 minutes. Please include word count. The script should have between two to eight characters, including any narrator. Sound effects should be denoted as a part of the script. 

Material must be suitable for public broadcast, and entries will be considered for performance and broadcast on KKRN’s “Scratched Up Radio Theater.”

There is NO entry fee for this contest. Entrants can submit more than one script and scripts may have multiple playwrights. In the case of multiple authorship, the entry must have permission of ALL playwrights to be entered and, possibly, be used as described herein.

Cash prize of $100 will be awarded to the winning entry and may, at the station’s discretion and availability of air-time, include on-air broadcast and post-broadcast internet streaming. Honorable mentions of $25 may also be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Submission of your script(s) indicate permission, on behalf of all playwrights that created the work, for KKRN to cast, produce, and reserves the non-exclusive right to broadcast the entry and leave a copy available of this broadcast (not the script itself) available for future download. If selected for performance and broadcast, KKRN will include full recognition of the creators and feature brief bio(s) of all playwrights. This is a non-exclusive grant and does not bar the playwrights from later use of their work.

Entries must be submitted in the following formats: .doc, .docx, or (preferred) .pdf.

Entries must be submitted as attachments to scripts@thinkingfunny.com

All entries must be received no later than March 17th, 2023 at midnight Pacific Time.

An excerpt of the winning entry will be shared at the ThinkingFunny23 after-party on April 1, 2023. Free admission to this after-party will be provided to all playwrights who won.Submit your play to: robb@thinkingfunny.com

Website: https://thinkingfunny.com/thinkingfunny23-radio-scripts-free-contest/

Enough - plays to end gun violence seeks 10 minute plays


Deadline: April 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST


Only plays written by writers age 13-19 at the time of submissions will be accepted.

Submissions must be previously unpublished. Past winners of ENOUGH! are not eligible.

Deadline & Submission Details

All scripts must be submitted via the website portal: www.enoughplays.com/submit

Writers may submit work for consideration until 11:59 PM PST on April 20, 2023.

Submissions will receive acknowledgment via email when received and be updated with the status of their submissions.

Writers may submit only one play for consideration.

Scripts must be in either PDF or Word format. Please name the file using the title of your play (i.e. YOUR_PLAY.pdf)

If a writer is in need of any alternate means of submitting their plays, please contact us: enoughplays@gmail.com.

Rewards for six (6) Playwrights

  • $500 stipend.
  • Plays published in an #ENOUGH anthology.
  • Plays produced as part of the Nationwide Reading on November 6, 2023.
  • Memberships to The Dramatists Guild.
  • Copy of the script writing software Final Draft, courtesy of The Dramatists Guild.
  • Written feedback by the Selection Committee.
  • An opportunity to have their play workshopped in collaboration with professional theatre artists, courtesy of The Dramatists Guild.


Plays must address the issue of gun violence.

Completed scripts must be no longer than 10 minutes when read aloud. [A good rule of thumb: 1 page of dialogue between 2+ characters = 1 minute of stage time]

Scripts may have a cast size up to, but no more than, six (6) actors.

Plays must be the original work of a single writer. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writer.


12-point type is preferred. Times New Roman is suggested.

Number all your pages.

Submissions to ENOUGH! are blind. The cover page of each submission should include the title of the play and NO OTHER INFORMATION.

Follow the cover page with a character / setting page which should include:
  • the title of the play, 
  • all the characters in the play and any description you have for them,
  • the location (s) in which the play takes place. 
  • And then follow the character / setting page with the rest of your script.

For more helpful formatting guidance: AATE - Young Playwrights for Change - Style Guide.

Selection of Plays

A team of theatre professionals will read all the submissions in the first round and determine twenty (20) Finalists.

The Selection Committee will read the 20 Finalists and select six (6) plays as our Final Selected Plays. These Playwrights will be announced and notified May/June 2023.

Feedback Due to the volume of submissions we expect to receive, only the Finalists and Selected Playwrights are guaranteed to receive feedback on their work.

Rights All work is protected by copyright the moment it’s created. All Writers own their plays and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt them. By submitting work to ENOUGH!, the playwright is giving ENOUGH! permission to produce or excerpt the student’s play now or in the future. ENOUGH! and its partners may also (at its discretion) publish your script (or portions of it) in print or online and submit it to a publisher for their publication consideration. All other rights remain the exclusive property of the writer.

Note ENOUGH! reserves the right to change any contest rules, the right to accept and reject any play submitted to the contest for any reason, the right to request changes and revisions from submitted scripts, and may post the names of the chosen playwrights on marketing and press materials. Writers agree to allow ENOUGH! to document, through all methods of media, all stages of the process (photos and recording) for education, publicity, or other uses.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Gulfport Community Players 2023 Summer One Acts Competition


Deadline: March 15, 2023

The Gulfport Community Players is accepting submissions for the Summer 2023 One-Acts. Established in July 2000, the Summer One-Acts is the longest-running one-act competition in the Tampa Bay Area. We accept submissions from authors who reside in the United States of America. We read all plays that are correctly submitted. Entries are judged anonymously on their literary content.
  • Running time 5 to 15 minutes maximum
  • New and never produced in the Tampa Bay Florida area
  • No adaptations, children's plays, or monologues
  • Family-friendly, no nudity or foul language
  • Cast size 8 maximum
  • Simple staging and set pieces
  • You can submit up to three plays
  • No entry fees
MAILING GUIDELINES: include a cover letter with author's contact information, telephone, mailing address and email. Refrain from including a resume. 

Entries are judged anonymously. 

You should include 2 copies of the play and eliminate any author information from all script pages. 

Include the number of characters, character breakdown, and synopsis of the play on the first page. 

Please use ONLY paper clips. Don't use staples, binders, or folders.

MAIL TO: Gulfport Community Players, 1619 49th St S, Gulfport FL 33707.

lease use regular US Mail. Don't send certified mail or signature required.

Stipend of $50 will be paid for any one act that we produce

All applicants will be notified of decisions by April 15, 2023

Plays will be presented July 13-23 at the Hickman Theater of Gulfport

Audiencemembers vote for their favorites

Awards are presented in August 2023

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS “Words on Water” 5th Anniversary


Deadline: February 14, 2023

In honor of World Ocean’s Day 2023, the Blue Institute is proud to announce its 5th call out for Submissions to “Words on Water” a Poetry, Prose, and Playwriting Competition with an “open-ended theme of water.” 

Both electronic and snail mail submissions will be accepted. A panel of jurors from the local, regional, and international writing-arts community will anonymously review and select the Finalists in each category.

* Submission due by Tuesday February 14, 2023
· Winners will be announced on World Water Day, Wednesday March 22, 2023 

1) Writers may submit only one work in each category – use size 12 Times New Roman font, with one- inch margins.
2) All work must be original, unpublished, and not previously produced.
3) All work must be appropriate for an audience of all ages.
4) Each submission must have a cover page with:
• Category
• Title of Work
• Author’s Full Name, mailing address, telephone or WhatsApp number and email (if they have one).
• K-12 Students must also identify their school
5) Author’s name, contact information and writing Title appears only on the Cover Page. 6) Each submission may be a maximum of 9 pages plus a Cover Page.
7) Poetry can be written in any poetic style.
8) Prose can be fiction or non-fiction.
9) Plays are limited to four characters or less – set is Black Box Theater Style only.

The Finalists & Winners will be read/performed as detailed above and their works may also be published on the Blue Institute’s Website, may be published/recorded in a Blue Institute World Oceans Day Anthology, and may be read/performed at a Climate Week Blue event, and in the Blue Institute’s 2023 World Oceans Day Festival. Authors retain all rights other than specified here.

PRIZES: First prize in each category and grouping is a $100 bookstore gift card, Second Prize in each category and grouping is a $50 bookstore gift card.

DUE DATE: Both electronic and snail mail are due by Valentine's Day, February 14th 2023. 

Submission Fee: Each Adult submission is a $10 suggested donation
(Students in K-12 no donation suggested – please identify your school)

SUBMISSION METHOD: via email or postal mail.

Email Submissions: wordsonwater@blueinstitute.org

Postal Mail to: 
Blue Institute, P.O. Box 333, 
Harwich Port, MA, 02646 
USA Office: +1 508.939.3435 

"Words on Water" showcases our relationships with water and water's cultural relevance in our lives. Sometimes the observations and experiences are straightforward, other times they are subtle and opaque highlighting the depth and breath therein. This Valentine's share your love of water by wading into "Words on Water."

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Playwrights on Park Reading Series seeks full-length plays


Deadline: February 14, 2023

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2023 season of the Playwrights on Park Reading Series at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT.

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org

No late submissions will be accepted.


Playwrights MUST be able to come to West Hartford to attend the staged reading and the audience discussion that follows. There will be a rehearsal the day of the reading in which attendance by the playwright is optional, but strongly encouraged. Transportation may be provided from NYC or New England locations by the Playhouse. Readings will be on select Sunday nights throughout the season at 7:00pm.
  • Playreading dates TBD
  • We will choose FIVE plays for readings for the 2023/24 season. Final selections will be made by May 1st, 2022.
  • Submission GuidelinesBIPOC, LGBTQIA+, womxn, Latinx, and differently abled artists are strongly encouraged to submit 
  • We are seeking FULL LENGTH plays. No musicals or One-Acts at this time
  • We are only seeking plays with small casts (4 or less actors), particularly 2 or 3 character casts
  • Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format). Plays must be submitted electronically 
  • Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators 
  • Playwrights may self-submit or go through a literary agent.
  • Connecticut-based and NYC playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit 
  • Please no submissions that have already been submitted to Playwrights on Park in the past

Submit plays to newworks@playhousetheatregroup.org with the subject line SUBMISSION.



NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition - Plays/Musicals - Total Prizes $8,000 - First Prize $3,500 - Full Lengths - One Acts - Shorts – Solos

We strongly believe that self producing a play or a musical can offer a very important tool for the growth of every playwright’s work.

Once a playwright sees their work onstage, it provides an opportunity for the playwright to improve or modify their story. 

It’s also a great opportunity to invite people from the industry to see your production. People are more likely to go see a show than to read an unsolicited script, as some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month, and they understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions.

Our team is completely dedicated to help get your work seen. 

We are always with you to help, from the first moment of your tech rehearsal to the closing of your last show. 

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you to choose some of the 85 set/furniture props we offer to dress your stage for your run, and give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system, which are intentionally very user friendly. 

After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to utilize the space, you will be able to rehearse your tech rehearsal with whatever plan works best for you and your production. 

A team member will be present to provide prime responses to every inquiry, as well as a telephone # you can call anytime during relevant hours throughout the run of your show. In 11 years and 19 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,200 plays and 300 musicals and rewarded with cash prizes over 300 artists who participated in our Festival. 

Yours could be the next production onstage! 




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

to submit, go to:


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


We offer up to $8,000 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the season’s best production (either a play or a musical) 

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

Prize categories include: 
2 BEST ACTORS: $500 each 
2 BEST ACTRESSES: $500 each 


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

Normal Ave NAPSeries festival


Deadline: March 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

Festival Dates: September 5-17, 2023

Normal Ave is proud to announce the NAPSeries, a festival of new plays featuring 29-hour workshops of four new plays, networking events, and more.
The festival will feature three parties, four shows, tons of artists, and, most importantly, you, the playwright.

This week is all about letting you be just the playwright. We'll take care of the rest. Participating playwrights will be provided with rehearsal and reading space, a creative team and cast for their show, and help to develop their show, as well as access to the entire festival.

Submission Requirements:
-Currently only accepting full-length plays & musicals
-Must be 18 years or older to participate
-Must be available to be in NYC during the festival dates

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) seeks 10-minute plays from veterans


Deadline: July 3, 2023

Veterans Repertory Theater (VetRep) is launching a 10-minute play competition for playwrights who meet one of the following criteria: 
  • Current or former: US military, law enforcement, fire service, EMS, foreign service, intelligence service, DoD employee, DoD Contractor; 
  • Immediate family of the service member listed above (“immediate family member” means: parents, siblings, children, and spouse.) 
Submissions should be emailed in PDF format to info@vetrep.org 
OR via the submission portal on the VetRep website at: https://vetrep.org/submissions/

If emailing, submission must include the veteran/immediate family member status of the playwright in the body of the email. 

  • Must be a completed play, ten (10) minutes or less in length; Any genre/any subject matter; does not have to be related to veteran's service 
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play 
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language 
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission
  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party 

Playwrights may submit more than one play Winners and finalists will be notified via email no later than December 31, 2023.

 (Note: We will make every effort to have results back to submitters ASAP, however, in order to ensure fair treatment of each submission and to plan for any contingencies which may arise, we are providing a worst-case scenario for our timeline).

There is no participation or submission fee. There is no guarantee that winners’ or finalists’ work will be produced by VetRep.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

The 8th Annual North Jersey LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER Show


Deadline: February 12, 2023, 3:30 PM


Listen to Your Mother is a national series of original live readings about motherhood, presented across the United States with the mission of taking the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates motherhood (in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor) in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.

This is a spoken word event; so come prepared to read aloud your own original 3 - 5 minute piece about motherhood. ALL STORIES are welcome to celebrate motherhood in all its complexities.

Comes to THE WOODLAND on Saturday, May 13th at 3:00 & 7:00 PM

Share your story if you have something to say about motherhood!


· Saturday, February 11th, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
· Sunday, February 12th, 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Hilarious, Heartfelt, ridiculous, challenging … we love them all!

Commitment includes two rehearsals on Saturday, March 4th and Saturday, April 29th, from 10 am-1 pm, plus a run-through on the morning of Saturday, May 13th.

NO professional writing or stage experience required.

To get a great sense of the show visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/LTYMShow

Live & In Color: Musical Theater


Deadline: February 15 2023 at 11:59 EST

Musical Theatre: Live & In Color is looking for playwrights, composers, and lyricists of color and/or other underrepresented communities interested in developing their new musical. 

The selected musical submission will have a two-week workshop in the fall at The Bingham Camp in Salem, Connecticut culminating in a staged presentation to an invited audience.

Submissions will close at 11:59pm EST on 2/15/2023. For any questions email Dennis Corsi at dennis@liveandincolor.org.

The full application is available at liveandincolor.org or HERE

All lengths of musicals are accepted. The musical must be able to be performed with 4 actors or less. All submissions should include: Single page synopsis, Single page character breakdown, Demo of score (2-3 songs), Sample of dialogue (~10 pages), and Brief production/development history (properties with prior full productions not accepted.)

We will start the selection process once the submission deadlines are closed. You will be notified of your status after the selection process. No submission fee/participation fee/self-producing.

Monday, January 30, 2023

GreenMan Theatre Troupe - 8 to the Bar/ista


Deadline: March 1, 2023

Playwrights must be currently residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri or Michigan

GreenMan Theatre Troupe will be presenting Eight to the Bar/ista, an evening of eight 10 minute plays. The prompt is “Happy Anniversary!” The show will be performed in July, 2023 in Elmhurst, Illinois. 

Eight plays will be selected. Cash prizes for the selected plays will be determined by the audience voting on their favorites during the run of the show.

There is NO submission fee. Submissions accepted February 1 - March 1.

For complete submission information, go here:


The Playwrights Group ~ the Weekly Workshop

The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. 

It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.


Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  And when your play is ready — we’ll present it in a reading open to the public. 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EST


Check out our website for more details and rates. 


Script Consultations


If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique via email and/or video conference. See website for rates.


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are with instructor Richard Caliban, and since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 



Contact us at 


The Emerging Playwrights Program (EPP) seeks LGBTQ playwrights from the Mid-Atlantic Region


Deadline: February 26, 2023 at 11:59 PM

The Strides Collective, a nonprofit queer theatre company in Philadelphia, is seeking emerging playwrights to participate in the 2023 Cohort of our Emerging Playwrights Program.

Applications will be accepted until February 26 through our online application portal at https://www.stridescollective.com/epp-2023.

The Emerging Playwrights Program (EPP) is a 10-month virtual playwriting cohort. During this time, participants will read and give feedback on fellow cohort members’ work, have access to professional development resources provided by the Collective, and work one-on-one with Strides's Resident Dramaturg Chaz T. Martin. The program culminates in a live, in-person reading of selections from the cohort’s work in Philadelphia, where the Collective and other industry leaders will be present. It is a highly collaborative development process, meant to facilitate the growth of a finished draft of a play that could benefit from the resources provided. Please note that this program is an unpaid opportunity.

Submissions are open NOW and will be accepted until 11:59pm on February 26th!


The Strides Collective defines "emerging" as those playwrights whose work has not been produced professionally and is unpublished. The opportunity is open to queer-identifying playwrights who may be new to the play development process, and/or queer playwrights who have not yet developed their work with a specifically queer creative team.

Playwrights must be 18+ and reside in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Maryland / the Metro D.C. Area), as a goal of the program is to foster the growth of a robust network of queer artists local to or near Philadelphia.


Playwrights must submit a full draft of the play they would like to work on as part of the cohort. Though it does not need to be a final, polished draft, we are unable to consider applications that are still in the “concept” stage.

Plays must align with the mission of The Strides Collective (“...embrace the queer experience through authentic, modern, and innovative storytelling.”)

We are seeking plays that require no more than five actors (doubling of parts may be considered) and are:

-Based in realism and/or magical realism
-Modern (Set in present day, or within the last few years/near future)
-Original in content
-Full length

We are not seeking plays that are:

-Period pieces or works of historical fiction
-Biographies of real people
-Plays for Young Audiences


Throughout the program, cohort members will meet at least once a month in a collaborative writers’ room to discuss their work and engage in one-on-one feedback sessions with Resident Dramaturg Chaz T. Martin. Cohort members will also have the opportunity to meet with Artistic Director Jonathan Edmondson and to engage in larger Strides Collective programming.

In the last months of the program, members will begin to polish their plays and select a cut of their scripts to present at a live reading in Philadelphia. Readings will be recorded for playwrights’ future use.

The Strides Collective considers this program an investment in both the playwright and the play. Graduates of the Program will walk away with experience giving/receiving dramaturgical feedback, workshopping their script with actors, and a multitude of professional development and networking opportunities to jumpstart their careers as playwrights.


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 26th, 2023. Interviews for applicants in consideration will occur on a rolling basis, with final selections made before April 5th, 2023. Cohort meetings will begin remotely on or around April 10th, 2023 with a culminating presentation in December 2023 in Philadelphia.

Any questions/concerns? Reach out to Associate Artistic Director Gauri Mangala: gmangala@stridescollective.com

Due to the high volume of plays we anticipate receiving, we will not be able to reach out to everyone who submits, but we thank you deeply for your submission and for sharing your heart and work for us.  

Submissions will only be accepted through our application portal at https://www.stridescollective.com/epp-2023. Scripts that are emailed will not be considered.

Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival seeks one-act plays


Deadline: June 1, 2023

The Ivoryton Playhouse have announced its Sixth Annual Ivoryton Women Playwrights Festival. They are seeking submissions of one-act plays by women playwrights.

The IWPF provides the 4 writers whose work is chosen, paid travel to Ivoryton and housing while here, 3 days of intensive workshops with a director and actors for play development and participation in a staged reading festival that will take place October 25-28, 2023. Writers will also receive a $500 stipend.

Ten minute plays are acceptable, and all plays must run no more than one hour.

The theatre will be accepting completed manuscripts by email only until June 1st, 2023.

Interested playwrights should email a completed manuscript, (for musicals include a script and links to music), with name and contact info.

The Ivoryton Women Playwrights' Festival is also seeking resumes from directors (CT residents only), and those interested in being readers, both men and women.

Play submissions, and resumes from directors and readers should be emailed to Jacqui Hubbard, Artistic Director jhubbard@ivorytonplayhouse.org.

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