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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

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 


Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award


Deadline: February 1, 2023

The Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre. This year’s winner will be invited to the annual meeting of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Austin, Texas, August 3-6, 2023 for a reading and/or showcase of the award-winning play. Plays must be entered by February 1, 2023.

In 2017, the playwriting award was newly named the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, in honor of the many years of service she has given to ATHE, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and especially to the development of new plays throughout the nation. Plays must have been written by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (be it student, faculty, artist in residence, guest artist, etc.).

This award is co-sponsored by KCACTF. Only full-length plays will be considered. A playwright may only enter one play in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished.

The Royer sets no restrictions on subject matter, style, or intended audience. Past winning plays have spanned a diversity of topics and represented varied perspectives on race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. We aim to continue to expand our understanding of what this can look like, and hope playwrights will consider their submission to the Royer with this in mind, particularly in a year when ATHE has issued a Call to Action

The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and to participate in the preparation of a concert reading of the play

We strongly encourage playwrights to read this Call to Action before submitting, and to consider how their work addresses the questions raised: "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"

Authors and nominators need not be ATHE members. Self-nominations are welcome. The winning playwright is expected to attend the ATHE Conference and to participate in the preparation of a concert reading of the play.

The winner will receive up to $500 in travel reimbursement for attending the awards ceremony and conference play reading, complimentary conference registration, and two complimentary nights in the conference hotel. The playwright will also be recognized at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, for which they will receive membership in the Dramatists Guild, a cash award of $500, travel, hotel and a meal allowance.

View a list of past awardees here

Opportunity Guidelines
  • Please read the submission policy below carefully. Incorrect or incomplete submissions cannot be considered.A blind copy of your script, submitted as a PDF. To ensure the blind reading process, your name must not appear anywhere in the script document—not on the cover page, not in the headers or footers. The script document should also contain a brief synopsis of the play, a rough casting breakdown [Example 3M, 4W], and a brief description of the characters.
  • Pertinent production notes (optional).
  • Musicals will not be considered (due to the difficulty of the reading).
  • Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.
  • Your play must not be previously published.
  • Previous production of your script is allowed.
  • Do not submit a play that is incomplete or a rough draft.
  • Plays may be submitted to other award programs simultaneously. 
  • Deadline: February 1, 2023


For questions, contact subcommittee chair Hank Willenbrink.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

SALTLAND Theatre Festival seeks productions


Deadline: February 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET


We are pleased to announce the SALTLAND Theatre Festival, Central New York's newest theatre festival, will take place from April 25-May 7, 2023 in Syracuse, NY.

For its inaugural presentation the SALTLAND Theatre Festival seeks to showcase theatrical productions that create new experiences for audiences of all ages. Festival productions will be a mix of brand new works and innovative re-tellings of previously produced work.

In addition to announcing the Festival, we would also like to invite members of your performing arts community to submit proposal(s) for work to be performed during the 2023 Festival. We are especially excited to receive production submissions that embody narratives written, directed, performed by, and about, historically underrepresented individuals, as well as work that speaks to theatre for young audiences and community engaged works. The submission form is currently open and we will be accepting electronic submissions until 11:59pm ET on February 1, 2023.

  • Fully produced shows of any size that would suit a black-box style, intimate, or non-traditional performance space venue.
  • Productions that are at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours in length. 
  • Productions that can conform to 30-minute load-in/load-out timeframes.
  • Each production will be asked to complete a minimum of three performances throughout the duration of the Festival.
  • Production teams will advertise their performances and the larger festival to their communities of fans.
Submissions will be reviewed by committee and selected productions will be notified no later than February 28, 2023.
We understand that your production may still be in development, so please do your best to accurately answer the submission questions, but know that we understand that performances may be “untitled” for now or that the script may change.  Know that the more detail you are able to provide in your application, the clearer picture we will have about what you are producing, better enabling us to determine if your production is a good fit for the Festival.  Shows that are selected to be included in the festival will need to provide a final script to the festival team no later than April 1, 2023.
As with all productions, teams will need to demonstrate that they have usage rights to produce a show before being accepted into the SALTLAND Theatre Festival.
General Submission Requirements
  • Contact Information
  • Individual or company name and contact information
  • Production Description
  • This includes a title, a one-sentence description of the show, a 500-word description of the show, and a character breakdown.  We will also accept up to 10 pages of a script, if one is available, for review.
Please see this document for all of the submission requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: SALTLANDTheatreFestival@gmail.com

Highlights of the submission process include:

No submission fees

Calling for black-box style, intimate, or non-traditional performances

Split ticket sales with 80% of earnings going to your production team and 20% of earnings being retained by the festival to cover expenses.

Box office services

Area-wide festival promotion

For detailed information about the Festival and submission process, please visit: https://www.breadcrumbsproductions.com/saltlandtheatrefestival

*The SALTLAND Theatre Festival is funded in part due to a generous grant from the City of Syracuse Arts & Culture Recovery Fund.*

Jane Chambers Award 2023


Deadline: February 1, 2023

Start Your Entry

The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award recognizes new feminist plays and performance texts created by women and genderqueer writers for the stage that present a feminist perspective and contain significant opportunities for female performers. 

We welcome plays that experiment with form and/or that feature non-binary characters. 

This annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, and The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.

This award is administered by the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) in partnership with The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

Authors and nominators need not be ATHE members. Self-nominations are welcome. 

In order to be considered plays should have been written recently but do not need to have premiered. However, to qualify as “new” for this contest, any premiere or publication needs to have occurred no more than 18 months prior to the submission deadline. Playwrights may submit only one play per year.

A shortlist of finalists will be publicized on the ATHE website by the third week in June, followed by the announcement of the Winner by July 20, annually. The winner will receive an award of $1K from the WTP Program, up to $500 towards travel expenses (reimbursement), conference registration and two nights in the conference hotel from ATHE.

Student Submissions should be sent separately and directly to the Student Coordinator per the WTP website and student guidelines. All guidelines must be followed–including sending the play to the current coordinator’s address–to be considered.

For questions about the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, contact Subcommittee Chairs Jennifer-Scott Mobley and Maya Roth, or, if you are signed in, via the 'contact' link on this page.

For Information about the Student Jane Chambers Award, please contact the student coordinator.



Deadline: January 31, 2023

Each entry must contain only one play.
The play must be written in a document of text without images.
The script must contain a front page stating:
2) The contest category (A / B / C)
3) Contact e-mail.
The author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging

The file of the document may have the following formats: DOC, DOCX, ODT, PDF, RTF, TXT.

You may use this procedure to re-submit (for some reason) the file.

Your play will be added to the list of Contest entries. Check it using Info→Contest entries menu.

The contest aims to encourage writers in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people.

The competition is open to all writers worldwide
there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants

The heart of this competition is the participation of playwrights worldwide, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language.

€12.800 in prizes to be won

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.

a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Hereafter, ‘writer’ or ‘playwright’ means either a single writer or a group of writers in a collective work.

b) The participation of an underage writer must be authorised by the legal guardian.

2. The competition is restricted to plays for young audiences.

a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences.

b) We do not accept musicals.

3. Writers are asked to submit a play for either:

a) Category A (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min. and no more than two hours).

b) Category B (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour).

b) Category C (the play must cater for a performance time of no less than 10 min and no more than 30 min).

4. The play can be written in any official language of the world.

5. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been published in any form or awarded previously.

a) The copyright of the play must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

b) Performed plays can be submitted.

6. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

7. €12800 in prizes to be won:

a) Category A (4800€)

A cash prize of 2400€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

b) Category B (3200€)

A cash prize of 1000€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

c) Category C (2000€)

A cash prize of 400€ for the writer, translation to another European language, publication and public reading, plus economic aid for the performances and public readings of the play within two years after its publication.

d) Shortlist (2800€)

The shortlisted plays will automatically be considered for publication in Editorial DALYA.

e) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the prize must be granted at least in one category.

f) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play of the contest.

8. The competition opens on Saturday, 1 October 2021, with the deadline for entry being on Tuesday, 31 January 2023.

a) We do accept up to three plays per writers.

b) Each entry must contain just one play.

9. The play may be submitted via links provided at edalya.com/index.php/youngtheater or on Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→Premios →Premio Teatro Joven).

a) The document must contain a front page stating:

1) The title of the play

2) The contest category (A or B or C)

3) Contact e-mail.

c) The writer's name must be deleted from the entry and document to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

10. An updated list of the plays submitted to the competition will be published on the web of the competition.

a) The Jury can change the category at his sole discretion.

b) The organization will send a notification to the writer to confirm that the entry has been accepted.

c) Writers whose plays are not listed or have not received the acceptance of the entry should notify the organization this by email.

d) The entries with no contact email or this is incorrect will be discarded in the finalists selection.

Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Competition 2023


Deadline: February 1, 2023

All entrants must complete and submit the

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

2023 Austin Latinx New Play Festival


Deadline: February 5, 2023, 11:59 PM CST

Submissions can be submitted HERE

Teatro Vivo is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2023 Austin Latinx New Play Festival (2022 ALNPF), presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, to be read live at the Dougherty Arts Center in Austin, TX April 27th – 29th 2022. 

All playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. Teatro Vivo is eager to include AfroLatinx or Indigenous characters and/or stories, Theatre for Young Audiences stories, LGBTQ+ characters and/or stories, and Austin voices that would resonate with our Teatro Vivo and Austin, TX audience. Plays can be monolingual, (English or Spanish), bilingual, or multilingual.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 5th, 2023 by 11:59 PM CST.

Plays will then be blind read and scored by a diverse panel of readers and supported by our Board of Directors. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival. Selected plays will be announced by mid-February.

Eligible plays must be original, full-length works with a minimum 50-minute run time and a max of 10 roles, or include a breakdown of doubling. Additionally, plays must align with the Teatro Vivo mission statement, be focused on Latinx lives in any iteration, and must not have been professionally produced before the 2022 ALNPF or already scheduled for production in 2022.

Though we love musical theatre, at this moment Teatro Vivo can not support musical theatre submissions.

The ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original work. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. Additionally, the selected playwrights will work with dramaturgs provided by the festival to develop their play before the festival readings.

Playwrights of the selected pieces will collaborate with a dramaturg and directors hired by Teatro Vivo and ScriptWorks. Playwrights must be available to attend the preliminary reading of their play on March 7th, 2022, and the Festival dates of April 7th-9th. Playwrights are expected to participate in a facilitated talk back with an audience immediately following the public reading.

Our expectation at this point is to have the festival at the MACC in Austin, should COVID make a live festival impossible, Teatro Vivo will let you know by March 1st that we are pivoting to an online festival.

Teatro Vivo will cover costs of travel expenses (flights) for selected playwrights based outside of the greater Austin area. Playwrights will be housed at a community member’s home or in a private room in an Airbnb in Austin. Playwrights will not receive additional compensation (stipend, royalties) for this workshop.

For any other questions, please email us at teatrovivoaustin@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

O'Neill Young Playwrights Festival 2023


Deadline: February 8, 2023

Each year, a cohort of young playwrights is invited to spend a weekend at the O'Neill with a dedicated creative team—director, dramaturg, and actors—to help them develop their short plays based on the principles and techniques of the O'Neill's renowned National Playwrights Conference. Students receive a rigorous exploration of their work guided by professional artists as well as a script-in-hand public reading of their new play.

In addition to the five Featured Playwrights whose work is selected for a weekend of development, the O'Neill welcomes a number of students to attend as Guest Playwrights. Guest Playwrights will observe the development processes, attend playwriting workshops and rehearsals, and hear their scripts read aloud.

YPF welcomes young playwrights to apply to spend a weekend at the O'Neill with a dedicated creative team—director, dramaturg, and actors—to help them develop their short plays using the principles and techniques of the O'Neill's renowned National Playwrights Conference. In addition to the five Featured Playwrights whose work is selected for development, a number of students are invited to attend as Guest Playwrights who will observe rehearsals, attend writing workshops, and hear their scripts read aloud.

Applications for the 2023 Festival will open in early 2023! In the meantime, please review our application and eligibility information below.

  • Are between the ages of 12-18 and currently enrolled in middle or high school
  • Reside in the United States
  • Have permission from your parent or guardian to submit
  • Have written an original 10-15 page play
  • Are the only writer of the play
  • Are interested in seeing a play of yours workshopped at the world-renowned Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
  • Include your name and the title of your play on the front page of the script.
  • Include a listing of character names and descriptions.
  • Number every page of your script.
  • Submit only one play for consideration.
  • Submit play as PDFs or Word documents. We do not accept Google Docs.


Application materials will not be returned or archived.
Plays will be selected on a competitive basis.
The O'Neill only accepts digital submissions.
Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
The O'Neill does not provide housing or travel for festival attendees.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Attleboro Community Theatre open for submissions


Deadline: January 31, 2023


When submitting a proposal please include the following information:

Type of show (i.e., comedy, drama, murder mystery, etc.).

Brief synopsis, number of acts, and running time of the show.

Number of men, women, children, etc. Any special casting requirements.

Number of locations along with a brief description of each.

Publishing/Performance Rights holder along with costs for rotalties/scripts.

Budget requirements including special costumes, props, effects, etc.

Capital Repertory Theatre’s Twelfth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT


Deadline: January 31, 2023

The submission process for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Twelfth Annual NEXT ACT! NEW PLAY SUMMIT is now open!

NEXT ACT!, now in its twelfth year, is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s (theREP) commitment to the development of new work. At the same time, the four-day long summit is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s rich diverse populations. NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 12 will take place in June of 2023 (exact dates coming soon) and will feature both in-person and virtual readings of several never-before produced plays, with additional events throughout the summit.

theREP is looking for scripts that use theatre to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region and beyond. Specifically seeking scripts with racial, ethnic, generational, religious and gender diversity. Scripts that engage art and social justice.

Accepting full length plays only. (No Musicals.)

Pieces written by and featuring POC stories and characters are encouraged.

Maximum of 5 actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Comedy and Drama welcome!


Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. Plays can have no more than five (5) actors (doubling is allowed if it works to illuminate the story).

Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered!

Agent and non-agent submissions accepted – both must adhere to the guidelines.

For full submission guidelines and how to submit, please click here: https://capitalrep.org/next-act-submissions/

Submission Deadline: END OF DAY – Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Sunday, January 22, 2023

The Athena Project seeks plays by women for Read and Rant


Deadline: January 31, 2023

Submissions here

The Athena Project currently accepting submissions for our Read & Rant program for the month of April.

Each month, we host a conversation via Zoom that is attended by theater-lovers from all over the country to discuss scripts we have read ahead of time. Think "book club" for plays! We will feature one to two scripts that have not yet been produced each session and invite the playwright to join our conversation. Guided by a professional dramaturg, we invite attendees to share constructive comments, thoughts, and affirmations in order to aid in the development process of the piece. 

You can find out more about our past sessions here.

We are looking for plays primarily written by women. We believe that “women” means many things and can be a complicated term. We recognize that the term “women” does not automatically include all aspects of the gender spectrum. We want to create a safer space for the expression and growth for all women, non-binary, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Submissions will be accepted from now through January 31st. The link for playwrights to submit their work is here: https://athenaprojectarts.org/submit-2/

A is For Playwriting Contest 2022-2023


Deadline: January 31, 2023 11:59PM EST

At this moment, A is For Action.

Since our founding, A is For has built a beautiful and powerful community of artists and supporters. We create and amplify stigma-busting art and raise money for abortion access. In defiance and with newfound clarity of purpose, we will continue that work.

To that end, we are now accepting submissions for our 2022-23 play contest.

Why a playwriting contest?

It’s not just abortion that is stigmatized in our culture, but the entire lived experiences of people who seek to fulfill their promise as autonomous human beings, realize their own dreams, raise their families in safety and peace, pursue their ambitions, and maintain control over their physical and reproductive lives.

The subject of reproductive justice is one too often simplified by our current dialogues. And too often the voices and perspectives of the people most affected by restrictions, legislative prohibitions, and cultural prejudices are excluded from our artistic institutions.

A is For seeks to change that. We believe that theatre is a powerful platform through which to share stories, debunk myths, and create lasting change. We believe that theatre can transform. We want to challenge the abstract, politicized, and stigmatized ways people think about abortion and reproductive justice. We want to amplify voices which can reframe the conversation. We want to support and promote artists who can dispel myths and misconceptions. We want to hear the stories you want to tell. 

[Check out last year’s festival here]

In that spirit, the stories we hope to bring to the fore will be diverse in perspective as well as imagination. These plays may be personal and realistic, or they may be allegorical. They may be fantastic, sprung from dreams, or they may be grounded in naturalism. From the surrealist, to the literal. From magical realism, to documentarian. Whatever form or shape they may take, we hope to receive a wide range of works from all over the country, reflecting the great variety of experiences that reproductive justice demands we all recognize.

In highlighting these stories, we’re broadening the emotional vocabulary of the American audience, and opening up our theaters to a fuller and more honest exploration of the human experience.

Submissions will be accepted through January 31, 2023 11:59PM EST.

Winners will be announced May 2023.

All three plays will be presented as staged readings at our 2023 play festival, exact dates and location tbd.

Submit one-act plays about reproductive justice, including (but not limited to) the topic of abortion.

You may not edit your entry after submitting.

You may submit as many plays as you wish.

Plays must be no longer than 60 minutes (typically about 60 pages, double-spaced.) Plays longer than 60 minutes will automatically be disqualified.

Plays do not have to be as long as 60 minutes. They can be shorter. They can be as short as a single page if you feel that’s sufficient to tell your story.

Please submit your plays (PDF only) on Award Force. Please do NOT email copies of your play directly to A is For.

Plays in languages other than English will be accepted as long as an accompanying English translation is also provided.

Plays should include a cover page that includes the name of the playwright, and all relevant contact information, including representation, if applicable.

A qualified Jury of accomplished theatre professionals and experts in reproductive justice will read and assess all entries.

Only the winner and runners up will be contacted directly by A is For once the jury has made its decisions.

Grand Prize will be awarded to one play which will receive $5,000.

The Second Place winner will be awarded $3,000, and the Third Place winner will be awarded $1,500.

All three plays will be presented as rehearsed readings during our festival.

If you have any questions about the contest or the entry process, please email: contest@aisfor.org

Saturday, January 21, 2023



Deadline: January 30, 2023


Plays and screenplays, all styles up to five acts. Include current bio/cv when submitting. Previously published plays acceptable if rights have reverted back to playwright. No fees. Runs Jan 2 to Jan 30.

Submissions are now open for Issue 13 to be published February 2023. There is no submission fee. There is no remuneration for work we publish, either, but what the heck, you're going to be famous! We'll get back to you in about 30 days, hopefully sooner. (Why should it take months?)

Fiction: Up to 5000 words. Length is less important than quality. For works longer than 5000 words query the editors about possible serialization.

Submissions should be on a Microsoft Word doc or docx file. Use a sensible font. Double space format. Stuff like grammar and sentence structure  is important unless your work deliberately exploits bad grammar and lack of structure. (We can tell the difference.) Include a brief bio with your submission and publishing credits, if any. Send your submission as an e-mail attachment to editors@fleasonthedog.com (or type in the link in the email address).

Include the genre (fiction, poetry, or play) and title of your work in the subject bar.  Simultaneous submissions are okay, just let us know when your work is accepted elsewhere. Multiple submissions are not okay unless solicited. Submit to only one category per issue. We retain the first rights of your work for a period of three months. After this time rights revert back to the author. If you should republish the story/article please acknowledge that it was first published by www.fleasonthedog.com

Friday, January 20, 2023

Crowname submissions for the 5th issue


Deadline: January 31, 2023

Or send via snail mail at crownamestudios@gmail.com

Summer Theme (May 20th to August 20th)

Green, Blue

Introducing our Rainbow Color series (but backwards)! 5th issue edition!

As an optical phenomenon, the circumzenithal arc looks similar to our regular rainbow, but a better description of it would be a type of halo. Often, it is referred to as “a smile in the sky,” and is typically refracted sunlight through ice crystals.

“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another. Nature and letters seem to have a natural antipathy; bring them together and they tear each other to pieces.”

–Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Guidelines (Please Read)

Please note that at this time we cannot offer payment for publication. We hope this changes in the future, but until then, publication in Crow Name is unpaid.

We are committed to a safe and positive environment for our community. This means that we do not tolerate racist, sexist, bigoted, antisemitic, homo/trans/bi/queer/acephobic, Hinduphobic, Islamaphobic, ableist, violent, or otherwise hateful or discriminatory pieces and practices. Please note that we will not tolerate anyone who submits anything of this nature, and our no-tolerance policy extends to any hateful and/or unsafe practices not listed.

We are also committed to making sure people of all different backgrounds and abilities are able to enjoy our site. We encourage people from all different backgrounds to submit.

We accept submissions from May 20th to August 20th and November 1st to January 31st.

We also accept previously published pieces so long that you, the writer/artist/maker, have full legal rights to the piece. 

  • Submit via Microsoft Word or PDF. 
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  • Submit 1-5 pieces at a time, up to 20 pages total. 
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  • We retain the right to remove any work from our site at any time with or without notification. Otherwise, your work will remain on the website and in our archives for the lifespan of this site.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival seeks one-act plays


Deadline: February 10, 2023 at 11:59pm EST

Blackboard Plays and Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) partner to uplift the experiences of Black Parenthood. The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival was established to tell stories from and about Black artists with families.


Since 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora. Blackboard Reading Series was incubated at Nancy Manocherian's the cell in Chelsea's Manhattan as a resident series for 10 years before Blackboard made its home in The Mary Rodgers Room at The Dramatists Guild in 2018. Feature Readings and Community Nights are two ways that Blackboard supports the development of new work by Black Playwrights. Blackboard was founded by Garlia Cornelia Jones.

Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) is a national advocacy organization serving as a resource hub, community, and solutions generator for caregivers in the performing arts and media and the institutions who support them. PAAL created the first all-gender, all-discipline national PAAL Childcare Grants for individuals and institutions. PAAL has participated internationally in think tanks, on panels, and facilitated workshops on parenting in the arts at multiple gatherings, including the national TCG conferences, BroadwayCon, Actors Equity Association, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and the first national conversation on caregiving in the Latinx community at the Latinx Theatre Commons Annual Convening, Miami in Motion, in 2019. PAAL commits to anti-racist roots in structure, practice, policy, principle, and production, through Vertical 50/50, centering support on BIPOC artists, and gathering resources for active anti-racism in caregiver support.


PAAL and Blackboard established #BMPFest to showcase the creative output of Black parent playwrights. They issued an open call in October 2020 for writers who identify as Black parents or caregivers to submit up to 10 pages of work that they would develop into a one-act.


The Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival (#BMPFest) is seeking new plays by Black Parent and caregiver playwrights for its upcoming theatre festival in the Fall of 2023.

#BMPFest is open to those that identify as Black parents and caregivers.

#BMPFest is seeking stories centering the Black parenting and caregiving experience.

This includes, but is not limited to stories from artists with family responsibilities.

PAAL and Blackboard are transgender and non-binary affirming spaces. All language referencing "mother," "parent," "dad," "caregiver," and their derivatives include and refer to any individual who identifies with them.


February 10, 2023 at 11:59pm EST


Please submit up to 10 pages MAX of a play that you would develop into a One-Act (30 - 45 minutes.)

Six (6) Semi-Finalists will have a feature digital (zoom) reading as part of Blackboard Plays’ 2023 Season.
  • Four (4) Finalists will develop their One-Act centering on the Black parenting and caregiving experience to premiere digitally during the Fall of 2023.Once selected, we will ask our 10-semifinalists to submit a full script for review.
  • We will then select our 4 finalists.
  • Between the start of rehearsal and your selection as a finalist, you will have the opportunity to expand upon your work.
  • Diverse Gender representation will be prioritized in the review and selection process.
  • Each produced play will have digital production elements and an assigned director.
  • Although we ask for a sample of 10-pages, this is not a 10-minute play festival. Video Submissions will not be accepted.

The Final four (4) plays will be produced virtually.

Pending partner theatre preferences, we will consider a hybrid presentation.

Vaccination will be required for all participants of in-person productions

Each of the four (4) Finalists will be paid a stipend of $1,000. USD, as well as a $500. USD Caregiver Reimbursement Stipend per artist.


Question: What if my play has already had a reading or what if it has been produced somewhere else. Can I still submit it?

While we encourage new work we also support the developmental process. If your piece is in development, has had a reading, or been produced at smaller theatres then send it along.

Question: I was one of the top four finalists for the 2022 season, can I submit for the 2023 season?

We ask that you wait a year before re-submitting if you were one of our finalists.

Vivid Stage is accepting plays


Deadline: March 31, 2023

Are you a playwright with an original new play? We’d love to read it! Your play could be selected for a reading in our “Meet the Artist” series in May. Or it might even end up on our mainstage!

SUBMISSIONS: We accept scripts from January 1 through March 31. Please DO NOT SUBMIT plays from April through December. Submissions will be capped at 300 per year. Responses are made annually in late spring.

Also, please DO NOT SUBMIT BLIND COPIES of your script. Make sure your name and email address are on the script itself. We use your contact info in the script to reply to your submission. If you submit a blind copy, your script will not be considered.

Many thanks for sharing your time and talents.

Script Parameters
  • Full-length comedies or dramas (no musicals)
  • One script per writer
  • Cast size of no more than 9
  • Roles for women (if any) are realistic and substantial
  • Contemporary topics
  • Focus on “the human story”
  • Warmth and optimism
  • Please check spelling, punctuation and format
Review our mission for further information on what we’re seeking

Please note:
  • No teen or child casts
  • No historical or period pieces
  • No short plays (less than 60 minutes)
  • No musicals
Submission Guidelines

Submit by e-mail: info@vividstage.org


Mail printed script to:

Laura Ekstrand, Artistic Director
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your script mailed back to you.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship & Scratchpad Series 2023


Deadline: February 13, 2023 12PM EST



The Writing Fellowship is at the heart of what we do: helping writers write. Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features public readings of each Fellows’ play. 

To be eligible you must:
  1.  Live within commuting distance to Midtown Manhattan, and be able to make it to regular evening writers meetings, rehearsals, and events.
  2. Have a script that would benefit from a nine-month, intensive development  process.

$4,000 Award

Fellows develop a single, new play.
  • Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative space for writers to share and refine their work.
  • One-on-one meetings with Realm artistic staff support each writer's process.
  • Fellows collaborate with a director, design consultants, and actors for two readings.
  • Personalized professional development resources are tailored to the group - mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers.
  • The culminating event of the program is the INK'D Festival, featuring a public (either in person or virtual) presentation for each Fellow.

Scratchpad Series jumpstarts The Realm’s relationship with early-career playwrights from around the country. Participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will provide travel and housing or per diem

To be eligible you must:
  1. Have a script that would benefit from dramaturgical conversation with The Realm and 15-hour developmental reading process reading. (Plays can be anything from a rough first draft to a play that is close to production-ready.)
  2. Be able to be present in New York City for a process of between 3-6 days, at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm.
Playwrights may submit to both opportunities.

June Bingham New Playwright Commission


Deadline: January 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST

This commission opportunity provides resources and support toward the creation and development of a new play by early-career women/femme and/or non-binary storytellers

The opportunity will culminate in a 60-minute 2-person play that will be workshopped and presented as a reading for an audience at L&IC’s Fall Retreat in September of 2023. 

Applications are now open and will close at 11:59 pm EST on 1/31/2023. Due to the volume of submissions, no deadline extensions or late applications will be accepted. You will be notified by 2/20/2023 if you are selected as a Semi-Finalist.

The total remuneration for this Commission will be $3,000; housing, meals, and travel for the retreat are also provided. Schedule and deadlines will be at the discretion of the commission recipient and the program director.

We define “early-career” as artists who have written pieces previously, or have engaged in writing via books, film, TV, etc. but have not had theatrical work that has been extensively professionally produced by commercial or non-profit organizations and have less than two full-length pieces that have been published in print. If you have questions about your eligibility or any portion of the application, please email Junebinghamcommission@liveandincolor.org.

The full application is available at liveandincolor.org or HERE

The play must be able to be performed with 2 actors. All submissions should include: a short (5-page max) writing sample/excerpt in PDF format. No submission fee/participation fee/self-producing. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Onstage/Offstage is looking for several 10-12 minute plays to produce and air on its podcast.


Deadline: January 20, 2023 at 11:59 PM

This year there are TWO OPPORTUNITIES:

1 - Our annual themed opportunity (see below); and,

2 - Inspired by Halloween, an opportunity for A SCARY PLAY THAT INCLUDES A GHOST.

The 2023 opportunity theme is “EXPLORATION.” Three characters maximum. Plays must include a journey, and the protagonist must end up somewhere different than where they started and changed irrevocably. Spiritual/emotional growth could very well be a factor. Comedies and dramas welcome. **No monologues.**

The Halloween play must include a ghost who has dialogue. Could be funny. Could be terrifying.

Selected plays will be broadcast on WRFI 88.1 Ithaca Community Radio and podcasted at www.onstageoffstage.org and iTunes on a date TBD of Onstage/Offstage's choosing. Alas, we are a small operation and have no means to provide royalty or compensation other than the interview and the play production.

Send submissions to sapiogeorge@gmail.com. Email header must read as:
OSOS 2023 (EXPLORATION or HALLOWEEN) SUBMISSION / Playwright Name / Play Name, e.g.:
OSOS 2023 EXPLORATION SUBMISSION / Shakespeare / Hamlet Goes to New Jersey . . . or
OSOS 2023 HALLOWEEN SUBMISSION / Shakespeare / Hamlet's Dad Has an Ear Infection

Selected plays will be cast, rehearsed, and recorded by Onstage/Offstage artists.

**Playwrights will be required to do a short interview to accompany their play.**

Please make sure your play is suitable for a reading, and remember that this will be aired on public radio!

Do not submit plays that require extensive reading of stage directions. The work should be overwhelmingly dialogue;

-Has your play been produced before? WE DON'T CARE. Send it.

-THREE (3) characters maximum;

-No excessive language. Not that we are against strong language in a work, but we have to bleep it for broadcast. It remains au naturelfor the podcast;

-Plays must be 10-12 minutes in length;

-Plays MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT with playwright contact and cast/tech/set info on cover page, and pages numbered. (You'd be surprised. No, really, you would.)

-ONE play per playwright;

-By submitting your work, you agree that Onstage/Offstage may produce, air, and host your work on its website (onstageoffstage.org). You will have prominent credit.

We exuberantly encourage the voices of people of color and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to submit their work.

Address submissions and inquiries to: sapiogeorge@gmail.com

Monday, January 16, 2023

The Leah Ryan Fund: The Leah


Deadline: January 17, 2023 11:59 PM


All women, trans and non-binary playwrights who consider themselves emerging (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for The Leah.

Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure - the only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater. (We cannot accept musical submissions at this time)

The winner will be chosen by readers selected by the board members of the Leah Ryan Fund and will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a public reading / summer workshop as part of the Powerhouse Theater Program at Vassar College in 2023.

Finalists will be contacted in mid-March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

If you have any questions please contact Dev Bondarin at dev@leahryanfund.org

The Playwrights Group Weekly Workshop

 The Weekly Workshop

Start the New Year off right! 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: 



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