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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sapphest NYC Summer 2024 seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: June 25, 2024 at 5PM

Submit via Google Forms

If you are a queer woman/sapphic playwright and would like to submit a play, please write an 8-10 minute play (must not exceed 10 minutes) inspired by the title of a classic sapphic pop song (think "Good Luck, Babe" "Honey," "Lunch," "Slumber Party," "Where Does the Good Go," "Her Body is Bible," "Lipstick Lover," "Fast Car," etc.) The possibilities are endless. The play should not have more than 4 actors (can have more than 4 characters but must only be played by max 4 actors).

The audience will guess which play is inspired by which classic sapphic pop songs which will all be listed in the playbill. 

*Please note, the play should not be a direct retelling of the song but instead inspired by the title or lyrics of the song. The play does not need to contain exclusively sapphic characters or be a sapphic story. The point is to center sapphic playwrights and directors. Each playwright may submit one play per event.

The plays will be chosen by a committee of queer judges. All plays will be read blind. Information in this survey is collected to help us understand who we are reaching. You will be notified by the first week of July if your play was chosen.

Please fill out the form ASAP (you don't have to have your play ready to submit). The form will close once submissions are full. Play submissions are due via email (sapphestnyc@gmail.com) June 26th at 5pm.

Exhume submissions for Fall 2024


Deadline: June 30, 2024

We strive to publish visual art, poetry, prose, and drama in order to help writers who discuss queerness and trauma find a home for their works. Though we especially seek submissions that discuss these topics, we accept good writing across the board. We appreciate work that speaks to the human experience on a raw level. Consider works like Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” Jo Ann Beard’s “The Fourth State of Matter,” and John Cheever’s “The Swimmer.” Above all else, we want writing that makes us feel something. Writing can be traditional, experimental, or a hybrid of the two. Surprise us!

We accept both established and emerging artists and writers across the board. We welcome simultaneous submissions, though we ask that you let us know immediately should your submission be accepted somewhere else. At this time we do not accept previously published work.

All submissions should be emailed to exhumeliteraryjournal@gmail.com. 

Please list the genre you’re submitting under in the subject of your email, as well as your first and last name. Please paste your third-person bio, maximum 75 words, in the body of your email and submit your works as attachments in .doc or .docx format. All documents should be submitted in 12 point fonts.

Submit up to 3,500 words of prose in one double-spaced document.

Saturday, June 15, 2024








Producing your play or musical is the best way to review and develop your work.
















When you stage your work, you discover ways to enhance and improve your presentation and story.

This is a unique 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 - some industry people receive on average thousands of submissions per month. They understand that the journey for a show to be successful often goes through several productions and this is your chance to show that you can start that process! 

Our dedicated team is here to help you get your work out. We are with you from the moment you begin tech rehearsals, all the way through to your closing performance.

You will never be left alone during the process. We will help you choose from the 85 set/furniture pieces we offer to dress your stage for your run, and we will give you a complete crash course on how to use the audio/light/video system in just 3 minutes, which are intentionally designed to be very user friendly. 


After we show you how to use the tools we provide and how to best utilize the space, The Festival’s team will 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 12 years and 22 seasons we have successfully hosted 1,400 plays and 300 musicals, as well as rewarding over 300 participating artists cash prizes.


Yours could be the next production onstage!




To submit to the Festival, go to:


Send your submissions now – we only accept submissions from playwrights who lives within 30 miles of Manhattan.


Sixth Annual International Human Rights Art Festival


Deadline: August 15, 2024

December 9th - 15th, 2024
The Tank
312 W 36th St., New York, NY 10018

Results announced by September 8, 2024

The submission window is now open for performance work in any form - every discipline!
Work may not have been produced within the last year in NYC, or be scheduled in the next six months of December 15th, 2024.

Please note:

the performances must be fully produced by you; IHRAF is a presenting platform.
Considering performances 10-20 minutes long!
We accept just one proposal for each application.

Submit all work to costanza@humanrightsartmovement.org

We are jurying work with the following interests, for performance blocks:
  • Climate Change Action
  • Immigration
  • Celebration of Women/Women in Power
  • Celebration of Black Men/Undiscovered Women
  • Shalom/Salaam
  • With Love from Africa

Any other social justice concerns you might have!

Plus: Two Ten Minute Play Festivals

All accepted performers will receive:
  • Performance stipends
  • PR and marketing support
  • 30-minute tech rehearsal
  • Festival TD and SM
  • Free photographic documentation of their performance
  • Free video documentation of their performance

…and bragging rights as participants in this vital and growing NYC creative-activist institution!

Please email our Festival Assistant Producer Costanza Bugiani at costanza@humanrightsartmovement.org with the following:

A brief description of your piece, including approximate running time - we’re accepting 10-20 mins works.

A cover letter, including details regarding the piece’s discipline, issue of concern treated and a brief summary of your artistic goals

Your bios or resumes and the names of any collaborators already on board

A sample of work (scripts, pics, videos, songs, any other links or file that could help us to know more about your project)

As email subject, please type IHRAFestival 2024, then add Association-Company-your name (i.e. IHRAFestival 2024, Joan Doe)

Please note:

Work may not have been produced within the last year in NYC, or be scheduled in the next six months of December 15, 2024.

The performances must be fully produced by you; IHRAF is a presenting platform.

We accept one proposal for each application.

Also, let us know if you already had part of our previous festivals as a performer or in the audience!

We are encouraging New York and Tri-state area based artists. Unfortunately we cannot cover any travel/lodging expenses.

And, remember, there are NO fees for submission!

We are seeking artists who use their creativity as their weapon of justice, and operate under our signature values of
  • Beauty as a fundamental artistic principle; 
  • Sincerity and Vulnerability of presentation; 
  • Celebration of Diversity, and opening doorways of engagement with all members of society.

We believe that creative engagement with all members of the society is the surest path toward social justice and positive change.

The International Human Rights Art Festival, New York City’s pre-eminent arts and human rights performance event, is looking for performers in all media to present work during the week of events and workshops in one of the most welcoming venues for emerging artists in New York City: The Tank!

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Deadline: July 16, 2025 at 2:00 AM


Current work is requested. An applicant's work sample and project description are the most significant feature of their application. Unless work is interdisciplinary, i.e. the various genres interconnect, each applicant is encouraged to apply in a primary discipline and submit a work sample and project description that emphasizes this single discipline. Competition for residencies varies annually and with the number of applications. While only one Fellowship winner will be selected, all applicants will have the option of being considered for a general Ucross residency.

ELIGIBILITY: Residencies are open to Native American writers who meet the criteria below. They must:
Be a practicing contemporary writer who is currently producing works in one or more of the following genres, including but not limited to FICTION, NONFICTION, POETRY, DRAMA, SCREENWRITING, PLAYWRITING, and HYBRID FORMS;
Be an enrolled member of a state-recognized or federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, Native Community, Political Entity, or Alaskan Native Village.

PLAYWRITING WORK SAMPLE: Your sample should represent the genre in which you plan to work while in residence. Writing samples should be double-spaced and include your full name. * Appropriate samples: One complete play (documentation of production may be included, if relevant), noting the 20 pages that you would like the reviewers to read.

Friday, June 14, 2024

Blackboard Plays' - Reading Series Submission


Deadline: none listed


Founded in 2008, Blackboard Plays has been devoted to Black Playwrights throughout the African Diaspora. 

 Black Playwrights Submit up to 10 pages in consideration for a Feature reading.

A Feature and a Community Night are the two main ways to have your work supported by Blackboard.

Those not selected for a feature, are encouraged to attend a community night, which is structured like an Open Mic Night for Playwrights, where up to 10 pages is cold-read by Actors in person or on Zoom (During COVID-19 Social Distancing Practices).

Theatre Three's 26th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2025)


Deadline: September 1, 2024

Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 12,000 submissions from across the world and produced over 140 world premieres by more than 100 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and eight plays each season.

  • Playwrights may only submit one play per Festival.
  • Only unproduced works will be accepted. Please do not submit works that have been submitted for previous Festivals.
  • Plays that have had staged readings or on-line productions are eligible.
  • No adaptations, children’s plays, or musicals.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 30 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • All submissions should be emailed as PDFs with the title in caps followed by the playwright’s name. Example: THE BASKET WEAVERS Jamie Martin
  • Play’s cover sheet must include the author’s information (name, address, telephone, email). A short synopsis is encouraged
  • Any stage play format is acceptable.
  • Submissions should be sent to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 1, 2024.
Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2025), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on THEATRE THREE’s Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $150 stipend.

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

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted by early December 2024.

Final selection of plays will be announced on THEATRE THREE’s website and Facebook page by December 15, 2024.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The Braid - seeking short plays with Jewish stories


Deadline: August 1, 2024


2025 Submission themes
  • Traveler's Prayer - Comical, heart-warming & shocking true tales of traveling the world as a Jew.
  • Do The Right Thing - Stories about mitzvahs and mishaps, from the outrageous to the sublime, as we chase or run from doing right especially when doing wrong sometimes feels so good.
  • For the Love of Animals - Wild or domesticated. Friendly or Fierce. These hilarious, harrowing and heartfelt true stories about brief encounters or long relationships with animals, as seen through a Jewish lens, will entertain and educate how species of the non-humankind touch us.
  • This World Couldn't See Me - Jews with disabilities reveal in these true stories their fearless humor, deepest struggles, and unstoppable joy.

Masque & Spectacle open for submissions


Deadline: July 31, 2024

Masque & Spectacle reads submissions for its bi-annual issues November 1 – January 31 and May 1 – July 31. Submissions received outside of this time period will be automatically deleted. Responses can be expected within a month. Acceptance rate is around 10%. Submissions not titled/tagged or formatted or properly under the Submissions Guidelines will not be considered for publication.

We do not accept previously published work, and we ask for First Electronic Rights and Non-Exclusive Archival Rights upon acceptance. Unfortunately, we are unable to pay contributors at this time.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please let us know if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

For any queries, please contact us at masqueandspectacle@gmail.com.

We welcome 10-minute plays (up to approximately 10 pages in length). No full-length plays will be considered at this time.

While traditional plays are welcome, we are particularly interested in innovative and/or interdisciplinary texts that break new ground, either in relation to their subject matter, or in how the text itself is performed/written/represented on stage.

Playwrights may submit one previously unpublished 10-minute play for consideration. The script should be accompanied by a cover letter, which includes your name, address, phone number, and email address. Proper playwriting format should be used.  If you are uncertain about this format, several examples can be found online.

Send drama submissions to masqueandspectacle@gmail.com. Attach written submissions in a single Word doc or docx file, and include the word “DRAMA” in the email subject line.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The Quannapowitt Players Suburban Holidays 2024


Deadline: July 31, 2024

Any questions, and all submissions, should be directed to producer Nick Gould at qpsuburbanholidays@gmail.com. We look forward to reading your work!

The Quannapowitt Players are seeking new plays for Suburban Holidays, our annual holiday-themed play festival and fundraiser. We are proud to be presenting our thirteenth year of this holiday tradition in 2024!

Play submissions should be between 10 and 20 minutes in length and focus on a holiday. All holidays are welcome! Past plays have focused on everything from Christmas to Arbor Day, and everything in between. Casts of varying sizes are welcome, as are shows that feature children. Please keep in mind that the festival is family friendly, so plays with excessive profanity or other inappropriate material are discouraged.

Five to six shows will be selected for production. All submissions will be kept on record and consulted for future years. Our selected playwrights will receive a 100 dollar stipend and will be produced as part of Suburban Holidays 13 in November 2024, with full production support (lights, sound, costumes, and minimalist set).

The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2024. Playwrights will be contacted by August 31, 2024, regardless of whether their play has been selected or not. If you have submitted a play in the past, please do not resubmit the same play unless there have been significant revisions.

L'Esprit Literary Review open for submissions


Deadline: August 5, 2024 3:00 AM

Publication Date: Mid-October, 2024

L’Esprit Literary Review publishes writing that is fearless, risk-adept, and revolutionary. We accept short fiction, creative non-fiction, novel extracts, drama, literary criticism, autotheory, and book reviews. Pieces incorporating research, footnotes, and/or a works cited page are especially welcome.

We invite simultaneous submissions and work in translation. Please do let us know if a piece is under consideration elsewhere, and if it is accepted; it is the translator’s responsibility to secure all necessary permissions before submitting.

L'Esprit does not discriminate based on the background, education, or identity of those who send work to us. All work is evaluated solely on merit, without regard for any other consideration whatsoever. We encourage those of all backgrounds and experiences to send in their work, and look for writing exploring the range of the human condition.

There is no strict word limit and no fee for submitting.

Please include the following with each submission:
  • A third-person bio, to be used as the contributor’s note should your work be accepted.
  • Social media handles (Twitter and Instagram), if you’d like to be promoted online.
  • An optional cover letter to introduce the work, yourself, or provide some context to your submission; please note that this in no way impacts the likelihood of publication.
  • Finally, we would appreciate knowing how you found the journal (social, ad listing, database search, reference, etc), and your answer to the following: What is the most overlooked novel of all time?
All submissions will be considered for both Issue Five, which will be published in print, digital, and online formats, and upcoming Quarterly Features, which will appear online only. Accepted pieces will be placed in one of these releases, with all such decisions made at the sole discretion of the editors.

See our complete guidelines--including genre-specific notes and details on paid submission options--on our website.

Thank you for your support of fearless writing.

A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers


Deadline: June 30, 2024

Sixty years as one of the leading play publishers for the educational market has taught us that some of our best-selling shows are written not by professional playwrights, but by teachers who create a play based on the specific needs of their drama program. Once published, these plays are quickly embraced by other teachers who share the same opportunities, challenges and limitations that seem universal in schools.

We want to encourage the development and publication of quality plays written specifically by teachers and other educators. Our A+ Playwriting Contest for Teachers is open to all teachers employed at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada. All plays submitted for publication through this contest must have been produced within the past two years at the school where the playwright teaches.

Submissions will be accepted on an on-going basis with a June 30 cutoff each year. All qualifying manuscripts accepted for publication will be considered contest finalists. Pioneer Drama Service reserves the right to forego naming a winner from the finalists, at its discretion.

The contest winner, selected from contest finalists and announced no later than October 31 each year, will receive a $500 royalty advance and a one-time $500 donation to the school theatre program where the play was first produced.

Contest Rules

Only entries submitted in accordance with all rules will be eligible for consideration.
Playwright must be a current or retired faculty member at an accredited K-12 public or private school in the US or Canada.

Only entries submitted with an Official Contest Entry Form will be considered.

Only entries that have been fully staged at the teacher’s school no more than two years prior to the submission date will be considered. We encourage you to take advantage of this production to revise your script as needed before submitting your manuscript.

All entries must be accompanied by proof of production in the form of a copy of the program, a newsletter or newspaper article, a review, a photo or a letter from the school principal.

Contest entries must meet all Pioneer Drama general guidelines and requirements for play submission, which can be found at pioneerdrama.com/playwrights/submit.asp.

Individuals currently published by Pioneer Drama Service are not eligible for this contest. Pioneer Drama Service employees and their families are also excluded.

All manuscripts submitted for this contest will automatically be simultaneously considered for our annual Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwriting Contest, which is open to all individuals not previously published by Pioneer Drama Service. See pioneerdrama.com for more details.

Questions? Contact us by email or by calling 800-333-7262.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Black Theatre Festival of South Florida 2024

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Deadline: June 21, 2024


We are now accepting submissions for the 2024 Festival. 

If you have questions, email BlackTheatreASF@gmail.com. Festival Dates are projected for 10/17-19/2024. We have two submission evaluation periods for works inclusion: Jun 2024 & Jul 2024, or until all spaces are full. First round submissions are due by Jun 21st, 2024. If space allows 2nd round submissions will be due no later than Jul 5th, 2024.

The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award


Deadline: June 18, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET 

*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close & stop accepting applications at this time.


The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award is open to New York State playwrights and screenwriters, including those who live within the five boroughs of New York City.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be a working playwright or screenwriter. Acceptable forms of playwriting or screenwriting include stageplays, screenplays, teleplays, libretti, radio plays, and audio dramas. No audio is accepted. 
  • Must self-identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Must be a current full-time resident of New York State for a minimum of 12 months at the time applications close.
  • Must be at least 25 years of age at the time the application closes.
  • Cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind.
  • Can be past recipients of any NYFA grant or fellowship programs, except past recipients of the The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award.
  • Cannot be a NYFA employee, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the above.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page or email apply@nyfa.org

Monday, June 10, 2024

The Playwrights Group's 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.  You can bring in anything you’re working on — a full length script, a musical, a TV pilot, whatever. And when your script is ready — we’ll present it in a Public Reading. We also bring in Guest Speakers, like Pulitzer Prize winner Margaret Edson (Wit). 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EDT


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 

Sundog Theatre in NYC is seeking one-act plays for “Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry II Autumn 2024”


Deadline: September 6, 2024

This is Sundog Theatre’s 23nd presentation of new and original, one-act plays about our favorite boats.

This year’s theme: SECRETS EXPOSED.

Plays can be comedies or dramas. However, humor is always appreciated.

Writing Guidelines:

-Original plays not previously produced or published, with a signed note affirming that.

-10-25 minutes in length and set on the Staten Island Ferry.

-Set in a contemporary time period. Strong priority will be given to plays with 2 characters, however, 3-character plays will be considered. No special set pieces other than benches or railings found on the Ferry, as well as limited and easily accessible props/costumes, and no unusual sound or lighting effects.

-Avoid overt and unnecessary sexual/violence situations and language since we cater to a broad audience.

-No musicals, long monologues, poetry, rants or verse

Submission Guidelines:

Please send two hard copies, bound or stapled, blind submission (removable cover page with title, author and all contact information) with page numbers and the name of the play on each page to:

Sundog Theatre, “Scenes 2024”, PO Box 10183, Staten Island, NY 10301.

-Submissions should include a brief play synopsis (2-3 sentences at most), a 70-word bio, and a full resume of the writer.

-We are not accepting plays electronically. Reasons: hard copies are easier to pass around/make notes on; protects your work; can’t get lost in email chains; and…easier on reading eyes. We will let you know by email that we have received it.


-Questions: info@sundogtheatre.org/Susan Fenley, Producer.

6 plays are chosen by a reading team; writers each receive $200 and plays are produced in five October/November 2024 performances in Staten Island, NY. Plays are cast in NYC, rehearsed, and performed on stage.

Playwrights of selected plays will be contacted in September and their names/play titles listed on Sundog’s website in Autumn 2024.

Hepburn Hooks - Brown Skinned Girls, An evening of shorts


Deadline: September 25, 2024
Or when they reach 250 submissions

Submit here via Google docs form

For our very first evening of shorts, we are seeking out four female, BlPOC playwrights whose works we will fully produce and present at a London venue to be determined.

HHTC is looking to hear stories from Black and Brown women (in the broad sense of the term). The plays may be set in any era, they may tackle whatever subject you desire, the stories may even not centre Black/Brown women at all!

We are quite simply looking to pick the brains of young, BIPOC female playwrights from all over the world and get a sense of how they feel about the world at large, or about very specific things in it. Let your imagination run wild, do not be afraid to be goofy, cringey, subversive and unapologetically militant, we want to see and hear it all!

The Merriam-Webster defines BIPOC as ‘Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Colour’. This must be understood as a term that includes people of the following descent : Black, Native American, Aboriginal Australians, Asian, Latinx, Middle Eastern, South-Asian, Pacific Islander, and many more…

There is no entry fee for this opportunity. One play, picked by the audience over the two evenings will be presented with the Public's Award and receive a modest stipend. The remaining three playwrights will be offered a free year-long subscription to www.playsubmissionshelper.com, the most comprehensive and up-to-date online directory of play submission opportunities available anywhere.
  • Playwrights must be aged (at least) 18 at the time of submission.
  • Your play should have a running time of 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Your play should require no more than 4 actors and minimal props.
  • Your play should be in English (mainly).
  • The play should be original, unpublished and it should not have been performed in the UK as of the day of submission.
Submissions containing copyrighted material that does not belong to you cannot be accepted.
Unfortunately, we cannot yet accept musicals.
Your play should NOT BE BLIND.
The document you submit should be a PDF.
Unfortunately, written feedback will only be provided to short-listed writers.
All submissions are final. No revisions to the text of a play will be accepted after it is submitted.

You can submit here : https://forms.gle/j7cZ2JmAcA6s8Lwp9

For updates about the competition and our current projects, follow us on Facebook : Hepburn Hooks Theatre Co., Twitter : @hepburnhooksco and Instagram : @hepburnhookstheatreco."

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Theatrical Shenanigans - Season 4


Deadline: June 30, 2024 UK time

Send scripts or questions to rfwscripts@gmail.com

- playwrights can submit to both mini and theatrical shenanigans but they need to be separate emails

- all scripts need to be submitted in pdf form

Theatrical Shenanigans - Season 4

Looking for scripts:

  • Between 15 - 20 pages
  • Four characters MAX
  • Scripts written for audio (Minimal visuals)
  • Any theme or subject matter
  • No Monologues
  • No Musicals
  • One Submission per playwright 

Mini Shenanigans - Season 4

  • Up to 10 pages
  • Four characters MAX
  • Scripts written for audio (Minimal visuals)
  • Any theme or subject matter
  • No Monologues
  • No Musicals
  • One Submission per playwright 

PlayZoomers Seeks Short, Online, Holiday Scripts


Deadline: July 31, 2024

PlayZoomers, a live, online theater company, seeks short (10-15 min.) holiday scripts for our December 2024 production. We seek light, humorous, clever plays with themes related to Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, or other December holidays. Scripts should be suitable for online production. There will be no script submission fees required. If we produce your play, you will receive a small stipend.

Please email scripts to playzoomers@gmail.com 

In the email’s subject line, put “Holiday script submission: [title ofplay] by [playwright]”. If you are submitting multiple scripts, send each one in a separate email. Please do not re-submit scripts you have previously sent us.

On the first page of your script include the title, playwright name, estimated run time, and contact information. On the next page, include a logline/brief plot summary, a detailed character breakdown, any production history, and ashort playwright bio. At the end of the script, describe production details, such as backgrounds, costumes, props, music, and sound effects. 

For additional script formatting guidance, go to https://www.dramatistsguild.com/script-formats

The deadline for this round of submissions is July 31, 2024. As we read through scripts, we will acknowledge your submission and reach out to you only if your script is selected for production.

With 110+ professionally produced plays since 2020 - involving more than 285 playwrights, directors, designers, actors, and scores of audience members from 35 states and countries around the world - PlayZoomers has become a national online theatre company and an international theatre community. We feature plays of different genres and lengths, with cast sizes typically ranging from 2 - 6. We work closely with playwrights toadapt their work to a digital platform. We welcome theatre artists and audience members of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Learn more about our nonprofit company at https://www.playzoomers.org

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship 2024


Deadline: September 12, 2024 (11:59 PM Eastern Time)

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

The applications office staff will be available to answer your emails and phone calls until 5:00 PM Eastern Time on those days. We can be reached at HarvardRadcliffeFellowship@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Playwriting: Applicants in this discipline must have a significant body of independent work in the form. This will include, most typically, plays produced or under option.

Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Science Playwriting Competition 2024 ~ 10-minute plays


Deadline: September 15, 2024

The Science Playwriting Competition brings science and theatre together for the dissemination of scientific knowledge through an intriguing lens — providing inspiration for plays that lead to exciting ways of learning about science. Rooted in artistic expression, the best science plays can be exceptional works of art that aesthetically convey scientific concepts, potentially resulting in further explorations in both disciplines. In this way, science and theatre may learn from each other, through their common goals of investigating and gaining an understanding of the significance of science and how the world works.

The competition commenced in 2012 with the assistance of an NSF grant awarded for scientific outreach projects initiated by Professor of Physics Christopher Herzog with additional support from the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics. The competition draws playwrights from all over the world who submit 10-minute plays with compelling stories and innovative expression of science and theatricality.

The preferred topics in hard sciences and technology include, but are not limited to: Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Space Exploration, Chemistry, Neuroscience, Anthropology and Archaeology.

-A public staged reading of the winning entries will be performed during the Spring 2025 semester at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.


– Plays should be approximately 10 minutes in length (usually around 10 pages).
– Winning playwrights will receive a directed, live-staged reading of their work in the spring 2025 semester.
– Plays must include a title page that includes the playwright’s name, address, phone number, and email address.
– Plays must be original unpublished work and must not be created with the assistance of any form of AI.

*Note: please submit electronic entries as a pdf file. Submitting your play implies permission to have your play performed in a staged reading in the fall semester; all submissions remain the property of the playwright.

QUESTIONS? CONTACT US AT scienceplays@scgp.stonybrook.edu

This competition is made possible by the generous support of the Simons Center of Geometry and Physics and the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University.

Friday, June 7, 2024

SHIFT Issue 7: Bending, Blurring, & Breaking Genre


Deadline: June 25, 2024 at 1AM

The ability to organize things into neat little boxes & categories is something we love to do––genre is one such example. However, people rarely fit so neatly into the boxes we are put in. Our identities & ways of knowing can be messy, fraught, complicated, & language-transcending. Overtime, our ideas of what genre is & what it can be are starting to align more closely with who we know ourselves to be, too.

Consider Walt Whitman’s creation of free verse poetry, or Truman Capote’s unconventional blending of journalism & non-fiction novel writing for his book In Cold Blood. For SHIFT volume 7, we ask you to place yourself in this tradition. Lean into ambiguity & leave us guessing. Toe the line between two worlds. Send us your favorite works that defy genre & conventional exceptions. Send us your poem that reads like a story, your flash fiction that feels like a scene straight out of a play––hell, maybe even a recipe that reads like a poem! Send us your Both/And.

Play-ish: Keep play-ish submissions to 10 minute or one-act forms. Follow the standard stage-play format when submitting. Here’s a helpful link for your reference: https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf

If these guidelines are a little too bendy, broken, or blurred for you, feel free to shoot us your questions at shift@mts.edu

For more information about our mentoring program, visit www.mtsu.edu/write For more information about SHIFT and to see past issues, visit www.shift-write.com

Art Omi Translation Lab 2024


Deadline: July 1, 2024
Ghent NY


Art Omi: Writers is now seeking proposals for Translation Lab 2024, a 12-day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer-translator teams in the fall of 2024.

Art Omi will host four English language translators in New York's Hudson Valley for 12 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated into English. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.

This focused residency will provide an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. It will also serve as an essential community-builder for English-language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to English-language readers.

The dates for Translation Lab 2024 are November 12-23, 2024. All residencies are fully funded including: airfare, train transportation from New York City to the Art Omi campus, local car transportation, and a small honorarium. Please note: accepted applicants must be available for the duration of the Translation Lab (November 12-23, 2024). Late arrivals and early departures are not possible. Please do not submit a proposal unless both parties involved (translator and writer) are available for all dates.

Art Omi: Writers will be accepting proposals for participation until July 1, 2024. Translators, writers, editors, or agents can submit Project Proposals.

Each proposal should be no more than three pages and provide the following information:

1. Names of the translator and writer applying, as well as contact information (physical address, email, and phone) and the original language of the text. These details should be provided at the very top of the proposal.

2. Brief biographical sketches for the translator and writer.

3. A description of the proposed project, including details about how you envision structuring your working time together.

4. Publishing status for the proposed project. (Projects that do not yet have a publisher are eligible.)

In addition to the Project Proposal, please submit a Work Sample. If sample pages of the English translation for the proposed project are available, please include them (no more than 25 pages). If they are not yet available, please provide another translation work sample.

Thursday, June 6, 2024



Deadline: June 30, 2024 at midnight


Please read our Award criteria carefully, as we will be unable to consider any play or writer that does not meet what we have set out below. If you are a translator or collaborating with a translator, there is further information at the bottom of the page to take into account.

Entry condition

The 2024/25 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award aims to identify and champion debut/early career playwrights.

You are an eligible writer if you have not already had a full-length play of more than 65 minutes produced for 3-4 weeks or more in any theatre, and two weeks or more in a major subsidised theatre/organisation including a national tour. You only have limited international credits where longer runs are not part of a country’s ecology and/or limited screen credits.
  • Work must be submitted by the writer or the translator and not through a third party/agent
  • The reading process is anonymous. Please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the text of your script. Your personal information will be held separately
  • The online portal will be open for submissions from 9am (GMT) June 1st until 12pm (midnight) June 30th 2024. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible
  • Only entries submitted online though theatre503.com/writers/submissions will be accepted.
  • Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media
  • Please do not submit or include any other material, or include images in your script
  • Adaptations or musicals are not eligible
  • Plays must be written/translated into the English Language
  • Plays (including translations) must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published at the point of submission
  • Only one script may be submitted by each writer
  • Co-written scripts can be accepted, provided both writers are eligible under our Award criteria – prize money will be shared in the eventuality of a co-written play
  • Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point
For Translators
  • While we are very keen to encourage first time translators, we are aware that a degree of experience may also help the realisation of the original writers script, so we are open to a wider pool of translation experience.
  • Please ensure permission of the original writer has been secured before submitting the translation (and vice versa)
  • Should a translated play win the award, the prize money and advance shall be split equally between both parties
  • Both parties shall also be credited as winning writer and translator (or as finalists) in all subsequent award information and publicity
  • More than one translation can be submitted but each must have a different original writer
By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You have not had a play produced for a 3 week run in any theatre, two weeks or more in a major subsidised theatre/organisation including national tours, limited international credits and/or limited screen credits
  • The script does not contain any detail of your identity
  • You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play (and the translator owns and controls the rights to the translation)
  • The play is over 65 minutes in length
  • The play is an original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world. In the case of a translation, this applies to both the English language translation and the work in its original language.
  • The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company
  • If you are the winner you will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award
  • Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, will have the exclusive right to publish the winning play in return for an advance to be negotiated in good faith



Deadline: July 15, 2024

BREAK A LEG PRODUCTIONS seeks plays up to 25 pages (no musicals) to be performed in our annual One Act Slam on September 28th at 2:00 pm at the Unity Center (213 West 58th Street.)

The Slam is a one act play competition. The audience votes for their favorite play, and the winning playwright receives a $100 cash prize

Please email plays in PDF form to plays.balproductions@gmail.com with the title of the play and author in the subject line.

Limit one play submission per playwright.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

IATI THEATER - Call for submissions - CIMIENTOS 2025


Deadline: June 30, 2024

There is no submission fee.

Submissions that do not adhere to the following guidelines will not be reviewed.

The online form is the only method of submission. No submission will be accepted via email. Once submitted, no changes can be done. Please ensure to submit the correct file. The button below will be active during June.

This program is open to authors from anywhere in the world with original works in English or Spanish who are interested in feedback from a New York audience.

The playwright must commit to take part in the PPP (Pal Playwrights Panel) meetings, either in person or video conference. The PPP will meet for ten (10) consecutive weeks during December 2024 - February 2025.

The playwright must commit to participate in their post-reading talk-back, either in person or video conference.

Applicant must be the original creator of the submitted work and sole owner of its rights. By submitting their work, applicants grant IATI Theater and its collaborators permission to use the submitted material for the Cimientos Program.

The submission must be a completed, new, full-length play that has not had a previous professional production. If the play has undergone a workshop, staged reading or development of any kind, the playwright must state so on the online form. We encourage plays in an early stage of development.

Submissions must be non-published work. Published plays in any format are not acceptable.

Only one play may be submitted per playwright, per season.

Scripts must be between 45–90 minutes in length.

The play must have 5 actors or less. Plays that have more than 5 characters and do not provide a clear and stageable double-role explanation will not be reviewed. It must be clearly expressed on the online form.

The author’s name(s) should not appear anywhere within the script or file, any authorship information must not be visible in the play document or file. Cimientos reads submissions ‘blind’, in an effort to let the quality of the work speak for itself and to keep our judging process as equitable as possible.

All documents must be submitted in PDF format. Other formats will not be accepted.

Submissions for the 2025 Season will only be accepted from June 1 to June 30, 2024.

Woodward/Newman Award 2025


Deadline: September 1, 2024


The Woodward/Newman Award is an exclusive honor offered by Constellation Stage & Screen, started through the support of Joanne Woodward, Newman’s Own Foundation, and the Newman family, celebrating Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward’s tremendous history of work on stage and screen. It presents the best unpublished play of the year with a cash prize of $3,000 and a full production as part of Constellation’s Mainstage season.

Please note that there are significant changes to our submission and selection process from previous years. In order to make the Woodward/Newman Award accessible to all, we have eliminated submission fees as well as the contest format. The Woodward/Newman Award will continue to be awarded to an unpublished new play once per year and come with a $3,000 cash prize and a full production. 

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by our literary team on an ongoing basis, and will be considered for the award as well as for all 8 production slots in our season. So a play that is not selected for the Woodward/Newman slot in our season, may still be considered and selected for production. This will allow us to now accept open submissions for all types of plays (including TYA shows). Plays submitted prior to September 1 will be considered for the 2025-26 season, while plays submitted beyond that date will be considered for the 2026-27 Season. All submissions will be kept on file for 2 years after submission.

If you have questions regarding submissions to the Constellation Stage & Screen, please contact the Literary Manager at literary@seeconstellation.org.


We are currently accepting submissions for the 2025-26 Woodward/Newman Award. 

The award recipient will be announced by May 15, 2025. The winner will be awarded $3,000 and a full production.“Full-length” plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes). TYA shows should have a complete running time of over 40 minutes.

Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission (independently published is acceptable).
Each play should be individually submitted at the following link: CONSTELLATION STAGE & SCREEN PLAY SUBMISSION.

You will be asked to submit your play as an attachment and all other information (bio, history, synopsis, character breakdown) will be entered into a form. Musical submissions may upload demos as an attachment or include a link to a shared folder.

Limit of 2 play submissions per year.
$3,000 cash prize is in lieu of royalties for the full production. Housing & transportation will also be provided.

Any unpublished play submitted to Constellation regardless of method (e.g. online form, agent submission, direct contact) may be considered for the Woodward/Newman Award.
Please note that we are moving away from a “finalists” model in lieu of keeping all plays under consideration for extended periods (2yrs). In 2025-26 we will no longer announce finalists and only announce a winner.

If you have any questions, please email literary@seeconstellation.org.

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Talking It Out: A Virtual Festival in Support of Mental Health Awareness

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Deadline: none listed - playwrights are welcome to submit one play every 30 days


The Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival in support of mental health empowerment, is thrilled to be returning this Fall after a year-long hiatus! We are now accepting play submissions to be featured in our new ongoing series of live play readings in NYC and audio drama podcast to be featured worldwide. 

This year, we will be accepting submissions for short plays, (less than 20 minutes) one-act plays, (20-40 minutes) & full-length plays (60-120 minutes) of all genres, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, experimental, etc. Plays will be accepted on an ongoing basis, with playwrights to be notified at least 3 months in advance of their proposed performance date.

The one requirement - in terms of subject matter - is that all plays should deal with the topic of mental illness. (i.e. anxiety, depression, PTSD, mental health in the context of neurodivergency, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia/Alzheimer’s, etc.) 

There is no submission fee, and playwrights are welcome to submit one play every 30 days. Plays that have received a previous reading or production outside of NYC are eligible, as long as they are unpublished.

Please contact talkingitoutfest@gmail.com with any questions.

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