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Friday, April 12, 2024

Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival seeks Indigenous artists


Deadline: April 19, 2024 at 11:59 PM (EDT)


Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works-in-development which fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.

Each November, Native Earth selects theatre, dance, opera and multidisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts to be presented, or to receive development support and a workshop production or reading during the two-week festival. We encourage national and international Indigenous performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.

We are continuing to welcome submissions for digital offerings (including but not limited to: pre-recorded content, music videos, dance shorts, multidisciplinary works, et cetera) in this year’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance as part of our goal to connect and share Indigenous Arts with communities near & far – across Turtle Island and beyond. The 37th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival will present both in-person works at our Aki Studio in t’karonto along with select digital content on our online and digital channels over the course of the festival.

Working on a new stand-up or spoken word set? Are you a singer, musician, or perhaps a clown? We’d love to hear from you!

Curated by a committee, select pieces receive dramaturgical support, rehearsal time and a public showing in November. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*

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.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

938collective seeks plays for short play festival


Deadline: April 22, 2024


This year, 938collective will be hosting its second annual short play festival on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at 8:00 PM.

What makes our short play festival model unique is its invitation to respond to a theme and collaborate with artists across all backgrounds and identities.

In anticipation of our event, we leave prospective playwrights with a breadcrumb in verse: 

          Girls and boys, come out to play,

          The moon doth shine as bright as day

          Leave your supper, and leave your sleep,

          And come with your playfellows into the street.

Whether you want to use something you’ve already written or feel moved to start a new project, our only rule is not to bring in a piece that you deem FINAL. We hope to cultivate an environment where the playwright’s work is a malleable entity—open to a workshop and open to feedback. 

The application below is also open to interested directors. Playwrights and directors will work closely together throughout this process and support all iterations of the plays presented, bringing our plays to life! 

This festival is a fantastic opportunity to get work on its feet in front of a supportive audience, and we encourage playwrights and directors of all experience levels to submit with us.

If you have any questions regarding the festival process or the form procedure, please feel free to email us at 938collective@gmail.com

Playwright and Director submissions are due by the end of the day on Monday, April 22nd.


Plays are 10 - 15 minutes in length

Nothing that has been previously produce

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938collective proudly accepts and encourages submissions from artists of any and all backgrounds, identities, ethnicities, and abilities. We believe in fostering an inclusive environment where every voice is celebrated and valued.

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration 2024


Deadline: April 15, 2024

The Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration is a workshop and showcase featuring the work of student and professional Black and Latino playwrights.

April 15, 2024 deadline will be considered. Notification of selected writers by June 30, 2024.

Play scripts may be delivered by regular mail, in person or using the submission form. Include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish your manuscript returned. 

Send manuscripts to:
Department of Theatre & Dance | Texas State University
601 University Drive San Marcos, Texas 78666
ATTN: Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Page 73 development programs


Deadline: April 28, 2024


Page 73 has two development programs available to early-career playwrights through this application. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs as they see fit and are eligible (see below).

1. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Page 73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $20,000, a development budget of $10,000 managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, and at least one workshop culminating in a public reading.

The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that Page 73 does not commit to producing the work of the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors, and dramaturgs.

The Fellow will actively work with Page 73 for the 2025 calendar year. After selection, the Fellow will collaborate with Page 73’s staff to design a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, they must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2025 Fellowship must submit this application.

2. The Page 73 Writers Group
The Page 73 Writers Group is a yearlong writers group consisting of seven or eight playwrights. Led by Page 73’s Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, the Writers Group meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a $3,000 stipend for participating. Participants take turns bringing in pages for the group to discuss.

The Writers Group begins in January and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, at their discretion, offer a spot in the Writers Group to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not submitted an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2025 Fellowship must submit this application.

Applicants for both programs:

1. The applicant must be a US resident at the time of participation;

2. The applicant must have completed at least 2 full-length plays or at least 3 one-act plays;

3. The applicant must have made a commitment to playwriting as a professional goal;

4. The applicant must have never received a production in New York City that is fully contracted with Actors Equity Association and ran for at least four weeks or twenty-one performances;

5. The applicant must not be enrolled in a full-time degree/certificate program at the time of participation.

Writers Group applicants:

Attendance at all Writers Group sessions is extremely important. Please do not apply for the Writers Group if you will be unable to attend meetings in New York City on a regular basis. Priority is given to writers who are not involved in other similarly supported institutional writing groups.

We understand this application occurs well in advance of 2025. If you are not sure about your plans for 2025, you are welcome to apply for the Writers Group and update us regarding your eligibility.

The DGF Fellows program 2024


Deadline: April 19, 2024 11:59 PM 
Or after they have received 350 submissions

They have reached their limit.

In order to be eligible for the NYC Fellowship Fellows must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Reside in the NYC tri-state area and able attend each monthly meeting. 

The DGF Fellows program is a year-long New York City-based intensive for professional dramatists who are looking to develop their existing work at the next level of their careers. The Fellows program is a free program hosted by the Dramatists Guild Foundation, designed to eliminate historical barriers of entry for many emerging dramatists.

This cohort of playwrights, composers, lyricists, librettists, and bookwriters will work together under the guidance and leadership of prominent program chairs to develop their current work in pursuit of further development and production.

This year, the program will work as an accelerator program for dramatists with existing works still in their revision process. Within the structure of the program is a uniquely successful format of partnering playwrights and musical theater writers during the learning process. Fellows who are selected will receive a $5,000 scholarship, access to career resources, and the opportunity to partner with several arts organizations.

Additionally, the program provides its Fellows with one-on-one mentoring from accomplished professionals in the field who help them hone their process, find their unique voice, and revise and edit existing work ready for development. At the end of the program, each Fellow will have an opportunity to participate in a presentation of their work for top theater professionals.

Please note: In keeping our promise of transparency, please be aware that applications for the 2024-2025 DGF Playwriting Fellowship will close at 350 submissions or on April 19th 2024, whichever happens first. This will allow us to make a decision on applications in a timely manner. We look forward to reading your applications. A virtual info session will be held on April 4th for anyone interested in learning more about the fellowship before applying.

Boise Contemporary Theater is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival


Deadline: May 5, 2024 at 11:59pm MST

Festival dates: August 14th - 25th, 2024
Playwrights will arrive on Thursday, August 14th.
Workshop will take place August 15th - 19th.
Readings will take place August 20th - 24th.
Playwrights will depart Sunday, August 25th

PLEASE NOTE: Exact travel and reading schedule will be confirmed in early June. Please apply with the intention of being in Boise for 10 days. However, artists may be able to leave earlier, depending on their placement in the lineup.

Travel, lodging, and a $1,000 artist stipend will be provided.

To apply for BIPOC 2024, please fill out this Google Form, no later than

Sunday, May 5th at 11:59pm MST.

A completed application includes:

● Script
● Logline
● Resume/CV
● Artist statement (<200 words) describing why you would like to participate and how your play would benefit from a workshop experience.

Please note that all plays must meet the following criteria:
  • Submissions must be full-length stage plays (no short or incomplete scripts, screenplays or teleplays).
  • Submissions must be unproduced, original works.
  • Submissions may have been previously developed or workshopped in conjunction with a theater, arts nonprofit or school, so long as they have not been fully produced.
  • Submissions are encouraged to include NO MORE than 5 actors. Larger casts will be considered, but smaller shows are preferred.
Any questions can be directed to Festival Director Lily Yasuda at: ly@bctheater.org

For general information on the festival, visit bctheater.org/bipoc

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Boise Contemporary Theater fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival


Deadline: May 5, 2024 at 11:59pm MDT

Boise Contemporary Theater is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival. Founded in 2021 with assistance from the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, the festival seeks to champion emerging and mid-career playwrights from marginalized communities by connecting exceptional works with professional actors, directors and technicians.

2024 also marks the launch of the Young Playwrights Initiative, which will select one unproduced work by a writer between 18 and 25 years old for inclusion in the lineup.

BCT has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $25,000 to support BCT’s 4th Annual BIPOC Playwrights Festival.

Writers will have four days of rehearsal to workshop their piece with a director and cast, followed by two

(2) staged readings of their work on the BCT mainstage.

Festival dates: August 14th - 25th, 2024

Playwrights will arrive on Thursday, August 14th.

Workshop will take place August 15th - 19th.

Readings will take place August 20th - 24th.

Playwrights will depart Sunday, August 25th

PLEASE NOTE: Exact travel and reading schedule will be confirmed in early June. Please apply with the intention of being in Boise for 10 days. However, artists may be able to leave earlier, depending on their placement in the lineup.

Travel, lodging, and a $1,000 artist stipend will be provided.

To apply for BIPOC 2024, please fill out this Google Form, no later than Sunday, May 5th at 11:59pm MDT.

A completed application includes:

● Script

● Logline

● Resume/CV

● Artist statement (<200 words) describing why you would like to participate and how your play would benefit from a workshop experience.

Please note that all plays must meet the following criteria:

● Submissions must be full-length stage plays (no short or incomplete scripts, screenplays or teleplays).

● Submissions must be unproduced, original works.

● Submissions may have been previously developed or workshopped in conjunction with a theater, arts nonprofit or school, so long as they have not been fully produced.

● Submissions are encouraged to include NO MORE than 5 actors. Larger casts will be considered, but smaller shows are preferred.

Any questions can be directed to Festival Director Lily Yasuda at: ly@bctheater.org

For general information on the festival, visit bctheater.org/bipoc



Deadline: June 1, 2024

The Post-Meridian Radio Players, based in Eastern Massachusetts, is seeking one to two original script adaptations of the novels or short stories of H.G. Wells. PMRP’s work pays homage to the golden age of radio, and our productions take place as staged readings before a live audience, with sound effects performed live. Since 2006, we have brought original and public domain radio plays to life in our distinctive format, which includes script-in-hand actors and live foley artists.

Our 2024 Halloween anthology will honor the science fiction works of author H.G.Wells. We are inviting submissions of 50-60 minute adaptations of Wells’ novels or 25-30-minute adaptations of Wells’ shorter works. Submission is free, and playwrights can submit more than one adaptation, so long as all are H. G. Wells’ canon.

Guidelines are as follows (please read carefully):

Deadline is June 1, 2024. Scripts must be submitted via email to info@pmrp.org in either PDF, DOC, DOCX, or Google Doc format. If all you have is a paper script, please scan it into PDF. We won’t be accepting submissions via physical mail.

Script must be a radio theatre adaptation of a public domain novel or short work by science fiction author H.G. Wells. If you don’t know whether the work you adapted is in the public domain, just ask us. We’ll research that for you. (Works first published in 1928 or earlier are definitely in the public domain in the US; for H. G. Wells works published after that it depends whether copyright was renewed.)

Scripts must be in English. No musicals, please.

Scripts should be free of most blocking or other stage direction meant for a fully staged production. Our shows are performed at microphones, with the full cast and foley team visible to the audience at all times. If you’ve never adapted for radio theatre before, please don’t worry about getting the format right the first time. If selected, we’ll work closely with you to turn your script into a radio script (we’ve even adapted silent films for radio!).

We welcome both traditional treatment of Wells’ material and unique treatments, such as placing the story in a different time period or a different part of the world. As a performance entity, we are committed to EDI (equality, diversity and inclusion).

Please avoid sending scripts that contain characters or music under copyright from different fictional universes/franchises. As an example, we don’t want to see mash-ups containing characters from Rocky Horror, Harry Potter, Star Wars, etc, nor published music under current copyright.

Playwrights whose work is selected for production will be paid a royalty of $15 per performance. We most often have 6 performances per run. Submissions are welcome from anywhere in the world, but you must be able to legally accept your royalty payment in US funds. You will also receive a comp ticket to see a performance, should you wish.

In the case of multiple submissions please send each submission in its own email, with your name and the name of the H. G. Wells adaptation in the title.

Please send submissions to info@pmrp.org.

To learn more about PMRP and what we do, please visit us here:

Monday, April 8, 2024

Spellbinder Magazine seeks short plays for Summer 2024 issue


Deadline: May 1, 2024


Once you have read the guidelines below, you can submit your work through our submission form. We pay a £3 honorarium to each accepted contributor after print publication.

An Affirmation of Welcome to All Writers and Artists

We affirm our desire to welcome writers and artists of all countries, backgrounds, traditions and religions to our pages, and our willingness to fairly consider their work.

As creatives, we believe that our ability to confront complex issues with curiosity, nuance, and care binds us together. We are unequivocal in our support of the fact that bigotry against any group – be it Islamophobia or antisemitism – harms our literary and artistic community as a whole. Likewise, we do not condone discrimination and/or bigotry of any kind, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia.

Compulsory Submission Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

One submission is permitted per quarterly. This means that you may only enter your work into one category. Your submission will be considered for the upcoming issue only.

Within each category, you may only submit one piece of work, unless you are submitting poetry or artwork. Please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per poet or artist.

We do not consider previously published or self-published submissions. This includes work that is and/or has been on sale and/or displayed on websites, social media channels, and personal blogs. The one exception to this is if you have previously been published by a magazine which has now ceased to exist. Importantly, there must be no website for this publication still available.

We do consider simultaneous submissions. However, you must inform us immediately if your work gets published anywhere else so that we can withdraw your submission.

We do not accept work containing offensive language (anything containing racist, sexist or otherwise derogatory language), graphic erotic detail, and/or radical religious or political commentary.

We do not accept work which is AI-generated or AI-assisted.

Written Work Guidelines:


Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

Works must be written primarily in English. Translations are acceptable and should be accompanied by a copy of the original text. Before submitting, please confirm with the original rights holder that the translation rights are available for purchase. We will ask for a letter than asserts the above if the translation is accepted.

Submit all written work as a singular .doc/.docx/.odf attachment. Do not send your work as a .pdf.

Please name your file names as the title of your work, regardless of the file extension.


We really appreciate it if you adhere to the following instructions, but it is not essential for you to do so.

All works should be typed in 12 point font and single-spacing.

Centre your title and number the pages of your document.

Compulsory Category Guidelines:

Your submission will be considered invalid if you do not adhere to the following guidelines.

Your work should not exceed more than 10% of the maximum total word/ line/ page count, as detailed below.

Stage plays: Maximum of 5 A4 pages.
  • If your work is accepted, we may make editorial changes. We will inform you of any changes that are made so that you can approve these prior to publication.
  • If your work is accepted, please note that we are unlikely to accept more than one work per writer or artist within one calendar year.
  • If your work is rejected, please wait for two submission cycles before submitting again. 
  • Our print magazine is published in A5. Please consider this if you have a specific intention regarding the formatting of your work.
  • Please wait for our response regarding your submission before submitting another one. We read all submissions once our submission window closes, and we aim to respond within a month after that.
  • We ask for first-time publication rights, but all rights revert back to the author after publication. We kindly ask that if your piece is published elsewhere in the future, that you please credit Spellbinder with its initial publication.

Barter Theatre Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights 2025


Deadline: May 1, 2024

Six new Appalachian plays are chosen from the submissions to be given public readings by Barter’s company.

The playwrights are brought in at the beginning of the festival week to be a part of the rehearsal process. Each play is given about 8 hours of rehearsal time with the focus being on clarity of story.

After each reading, there is a moderated discussion between a panel made up of three regional theatre professionals and, most importantly, the audience, for their feedback. That way, the playwright receives feedback from three separate groups: artists, panelists, and audience.

Playwrights have found this to be a very useful step in developing their plays, as well as a wonderful opportunity to meet other artists, make new friends, and enjoy the beauty of Southwest Virginia!

Play Submission Guidelines

AFPP 2025 Submission Deadline: May 1st, 2024

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


The plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
Plays must be full length.
Plays must be submitted electronically.

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

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Cultivate Theatre Project is seeking 3 playwrights for our inaugural 2024 workshop and performance.


Deadline: April 24, 2024 11:59 EDT


About Cultivate Theatre Project

Cultivate Theatre Project is a transdisciplinary conservation-theatre project aimed to foster science identity, environmental stewardship, and science communication in the theatre industry by empowering theatre artists to see themselves as participants of science and agents of change within their medium.

Science Identity + Artists

Science identity can be defined as one’s willingness to participate and expectation to succeed in science activities. Fostering science identity in artist communities has implications on our ability to become effective science communicators with widespread audiences. This positioning that artists have creates opportunities for connecting audiences emotionally with conservation topics and inspiring environmentally-conscious behavior changes.

What We Are Looking For

CTP 2024 is seeking 3 playwrights (early career are welcome to submit) to participate in a 2-day workshop with science literacy; nature connection; and environmental stewardship activities, culminating in a reading of 3 new short plays (15-20 minutes each) based on an environmental issue local to New York City. Each playwright will be expected to create one new short play for the reading during the week of June 2nd, to be submitted to the artistic director by the end of the day on Friday, June 7th. Playwrights will be present for the full rehearsal period and performance.

Ideal candidates will:
- Share in the mission and vision of Cultivate Theatre Project to open the gates to science participation and conservation action for both artists and audiences
- Work collaboratively with their artistic team (playwright, directors, actors) as well as with the partnering environmental organization, if applicable, on approaches to science communication in theatrical work
- Craft plays that creatively bridge art and science for unique storytelling with resources provided by Cultivate Theatre Project
- Effectively incorporate learnings from the workshop into the plays
- Meaningfully engage with the audience in the post-performance talkback

Contract Details

Required Dates + Itinerary

Friday, May 31st: Tour and environmental stewardship activities at Kingsland Wildflowers and Newtown Creek in partnership with the Newtown Creek Alliance

Saturday, June 1st: Science literacy and nature connection activities

Sunday, June 9th: Rehearsals, performance of short plays, and audience talkback at the Center for Performance Research

(Recommended, but not required) 

Thursday, May 30th 6-8pm - Virtual Orientation and Meet-and-Greet


For CTP 2024, we are able to offer a stipend of $100 to each playwright. This is a non-union contract.

Submission Instructions

For consideration, please complete and upload 2-3 writing samples of theatrical work in the Google Form provided. Submissions close on 4/24 at 11:59pm EST. For more information, please visit www.cultivatetheatreproject.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Cultivate Theatre Project welcomes and encourages artists of any gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and physical ability to submit.

East/West Playfest seeks short plays


Deadline: April 26, 2024

Call for Scripts: East/West PlayFest

Eastbound Theatre, a division of the Milford Arts Council, once again partners with Westport Community Theatre for a program of original short plays under the banner of “East/West PlayFest 2024”.

East/West PlayFest seeks short one-act plays for production in July. 
Six finalists will receive a production of their play, with 2 outdoor performances at the Milford Historical Society. The program will be repeated the following weekend at Westport Community Theater.

Email submissions to ebtmac@gmail.com.
Attachments can be doc, rtf or pdf files.

Hard copy submissions can be sent to:

East/West PlayFest
Milford Arts Council
40 Railroad Avenue South
Milford, CT 06460

Playwrights should submit play(s) on or before April 26, 2024.

Submissions must be unpublished one-act plays of approximately 10-15 pages in length.

Please do not submit more than two plays.

There is no submission fee.

Playwrights will maintain all rights to their material.

Finalists will be notified via email unless the playwright requests otherwise.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Joining Sword & Pen 2023-2024 Competition


Deadline: April 16, 2024 Midnight

Submission Requirements for the Current Round of Joining Sword & Pen

For this round of the competition, we’re looking for submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. This includes cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and those who are otherwise marginalized based on gender.

Inspirational image

What We’re Looking For

1. The moment depicted in the inspirational image (above) must be physically dramatized/incorporated into the play. We want to (literally) perform that moment on stage. Include the page number of your script where the contest’s image is depicted in your submission email.

2. Scripts must be inclusive of the BIPOC community. Whether the script lends itself to characters being played by actors of any race/ethnicity or whether it includes stories that are race-specific, BIPOC characters must not be limited to secondary or background characters.

3. Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) submissions are due NO LATER than midnight on April 16, 2024.

4. All JS&P submissions must be new, full length, original works, inspired by the artwork that is the focus of the contest. Previously written, workshopped, published or performed submissions will not be considered and we will not contact you. Please do not insert the contest image into an existing script.

5. Please email your JS&P submission in a PDF file to swordandpen@babeswithblades.org. The filename must start with the title of the play (ex. “Patchwork Drifter.pdf”). If the title of the play begins with “the,” “a,” or “an,” please place that article at the end of the title (ex. “Last Daughter of Oedipus, The.pdf”).


Script submissions for JS&P accepted between August 19, 2023 and April 16, 2024.

Want more info? Contact swordandpen@babeswithblades.org.

Your email submission should contain two separate attachments:

a) Your cover page. 
    INCLUDE:The play’s title
    Playwright’s name and full contact information (phone numbers, email, mailing address).

b) Your script. INCLUDE:The page number on which the contest’s image is incorporated.
  • A synopsis.
  • A character list specifying the gender of each character. “Open gender” is an option. If it’s important that a character is cisgender or transgender, please specify this.
  • If it’s important that a character is of a particular racial/ethnic background (including white), please specify this. Characters of unspecified racial/ethnic background will not be automatically assumed to be white.
DO NOT INCLUDE ANY contact information, of any kind, in the body of your script. An author’s identity will only be revealed to the ensemble once a selection has been made.

6. The winner of the contest agrees to participation in the Fighting Words new plays program (workshops and festival reading – dates TBD), and grants Babes With Blades Theatre Company rights to produce the world premiere production of the winning play. Production dates are TBD for Spring 2026 (subject to change).

Things to consider:
  • Our mission statement: Babes With Blades Theatre Company uses stage combat to tell stories that elevate the voices of underrepresented communities and dismantle the patriarchy. Through performance, script development, training and outreach, our ensemble creates theatre that explores the wide range of the human experience, and cultivates broader perspectives in the arts community and in society as a whole.
  • We do not accept or produce musical scripts.
  • Both our venues and our budgets tend to be small.
  • If your play does not pass the Bechdel Test, it is unlikely to fit our mission.
  • If your play does not include stage combat, it does not fit our mission.
  • Characters fight as a realization of high narrative stakes. Scenes of characters training to fight are usually lacking in stakes.
  • If your script includes sexualized violence, consider whether the sexualization is truly necessary to the story. Sometimes it is; often it’s not.

Click here to learn more about "Joining Sword & Pen"

Surfside Playhouse call for one-act plays for readers' theater "From the Script to the Stand"


Deadline: April 8, 2024

Submissions for one act plays or original songs from an original musical

Material should be 5-20 minutes in length

One submission per person

Email submissions to nancymaticanbock@gmail.com by April 8th; subject line Readers’ Theater submission.

Join us for the next performance of Readers’ Theater “From the Script to the Stand” presented by Surfside Playhouse. Come hear an assortment of one act original works directed/moderated by Nancy Matican-Bock. Enjoy a short talkback at the completion of each individual performance with the writers and actors.

May 4th at 2 pm

The 15th Annual Northport One-Act Play Festival


Deadline: June 1, 2024

Submission form to print and fill out here

The 2024 Northport One-Act Play Festival will be held at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 270 Main St, Northport, NY 11768.

We request that you be available to attend your play’s performances if possible. An Open Discussion with the playwrights, directors, and cast may follow each performance if time allows.


1) Please make sure your script pages are numbered;

2) On the cover of your script, please include a.) Name of Your Play, b.) Your Name, c.) Your Contact information [Address, Telephone Number & Email];

3) Include the character breakdown on the second page of your script;

4) Include the Setting that your play occurs (i.e., an apartment in NYC.) and the Time (i.e. the Present.) on the second page. This information will be used in the program.

5) Note: Ease of production is also considered as part of a play’s possible selection for the Festival. We recommend one simple set and no complicated props, sound or lighting requirements. You will bepermitted to have opening and closing music which is in the public domain: no music which requires a royalty. We suggest no more than 4 characters.

6) Also submit a digital copy of your script, either on a CD included with the script, or by email to NorthportPlays@gmail.com.

7) Please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard if you would like notification that we have received your script.


1.     REMEMBER: If you do not produce your own play, a group from the local theater community will be doing so. That group must find space to conduct their own rehearsals. The Northport One-Act Play Festival will provide for One (1) cue-to-cue technical rehearsal, which will last no longer than 20 minutes in the theater during the weekpreceding the Festival. There will also be One (1) tech and one

(1) dress rehearsal on the stage. All rehearsals are scheduled in the order that plays will be presented in the Festival.Each program consists of up to 7 playsA mandatory preview on Sep 14th will be scheduled and must be attended by Director and actors. Half-hour time slots will be offered between 11:00am and 5:00pm.

2.     LIGHTING AND SOUND: There will be a basic lighting plot that all plays in the Festival use. Any additionalequipment (i.e., microphone, musical instruments, etc.) must be provided by the Directors of the play. Any music/sound effects must be on CD or sent as an MP3 file and supplied by preview day, Sep 14th, along with stage manager, sound and lighting cue scripts (3 separate notated scripts).

3.     SETS: We will assist in any way possible to provide basic sets but keep the scenery and props to a minimum. Any plans to use a large set piece to support the production must be mentioned to the producers of the play before Sep 14thYour cast will be asked to help clear your set after each performance.

4.     RUNNING TIME: It is very important that you give us the running time of your play so we can accurately puttogether the running time of each Program. The maximum running time for a play in the Festival is 20 minutes. Any play going longer in rehearsal will require some editing. The minimum running time is 7 minutes.

5.     REHEARSALS: Directors and cast must be available to present their play to Festival producers

Sep 14th (time to be determined) so that the producers are aware of its current running time and readiness for theFestival. Note: Producers may request the directors to have playwrights make edits to reduce the running time of the play at this point if it is determined that it will run past 20 minutes.

Directors and cast must attend tech and dress rehearsals on the dates assigned during the week preceding the Festival.

6.     ACTORS: If asked, management can assist in casting by providing contact information to appropriate actors and publicizing your auditions. Director must send descriptions of open roles, e.g. age, sex, etc.

7.     PERFORMANCES: All plays will be assigned to either Program 1 or Program 2. Program 1 will be performed the evening of Friday, Sep 27th and the matinee of Saturday, Sep 28th. Program 2 will be performed on the evening of Saturday, Sep 28th and the matinee of Sunday, Sep 29th.

8.     No Royalties or other monetary compensations are given for these performances.


TECHNICAL / PRODUCTION: You will need to keep the technical requirements for your show very simple. There willbe a general light plot, with specials that everyone involved in the Festival will use. Sound is basic. Directors should submit their sound and music on a CD or MP3 file before Sep 14thDirectors will have a chance to discuss tech with the staff at this Preview Day. Storage space is limited so you should keep your props and set to a minimum. Each play will have onecue to cue technical rehearsal for 20 minutes in the theater during the week prior to the Festival and one dress rehearsal.

PUBLICITY: Northport Plays, Inc will publicize the Northport One-Act Play Festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and media attendance at performances. The directors will be asked to submit publicity photos & PR materials so that we can send complete press packages to print, broadcast and social media. A copy of the flyer/poster will be emailed to all parties. You are responsible for publicizing your own show through your own pressreleases, Facebook, and other means. The more you promote your show, the larger your potential audience. Northport One-Act Play Festival will produce a playbill for both Programs.

EXCLUSIVITY: Whether or not your play is accepted in the Northport One-Act Play Festival, Northport Reader’sTheater will try to include your script in their monthly hybrid readings. You will be invited to attend the reading of your play if it is scheduled. The readings are followed by a discussion of the play. If you are unable to attend, a video will be made of the reading and the link sent to you.

NETWORKING: The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a wonderful place for talent to network and be considered for new projects. Just think, at every performance your work will be seen by other playwrights, directors, and actors. In addition,there will be an opportunity for the playwrights and casts to meet the audience following each Program. The Northport One-Act Play Festival is a great place to be seen and be heard. Several Festival plays have gone on to runs on Long Island and in New York City.

PLEASE NOTE: The goal of the Northport One-Act Play Festival is to provide a nurturing environment to develop and showcase new plays. We pride ourselves in providing a platform to present diverse, exciting, new works that capture the pulse of innovative theatre. We enjoy the wide range of talent that we have been able to provide and a stage and for artists to present new work. We take several factors into consideration when deciding to accept a play into the Festival. Subjectmatter, creativity and freshness are important factors. Tell us in your cover letter why you feel you need to be a part of the Northport One-Act Play Festival.

ACCEPTANCE: All applicants will receive acceptance status notification (i.e. accepted or declined). Notification of acceptance status will begin to be mailed on or about July 1, 2024. If your play is accepted, you will receive a Release Agreement to participate in the Festival. You will have until July 15, 2024 to sign the Agreement and mail it to us along with your $75 participation fee. If your play is accepted into the Festival, you will be told in which Program your play will be performed. If you have a conflict with any of the dates, please note it on your submission form. You will receive two complimentary tickets to each performance of your play and a DVD of or link to the performance.

TICKETS: The Northport One-Act Play Festival tickets will be available for sale online beginning in September 2024. Information will be available at www.NorthportPlays.com or 631-223-8053.

TYPE ! Magazine publishes micro-plays


Deadline: rolling basis

Thank you for considering sharing your work. TYPE! is free to read — we cannot pay for submissions or chosen work, but we will work with authors to promote the piece and their other writing. We also require written confirmation that submissions are original work.

Please note – due to the high number of submissions we receive we will only respond to those we wish to publish, however we do read EVERY submission. Submission also carries no guarantee of inclusion or feedback.


Tell us a story in six words ~ #RuleOfSix

Fiction ~ 1,000 words or fewer

Flash Fiction ~ 400 words or fewer

Poetry ~ 200 words or fewer

Micro-plays ~ 1-2 pages long

Micro-films ~ 1-2 pages long

Illustrations ~ Please send black and white work only

If you have work you would like to submit that is not listed here, please review our past issues first, then, if you think your work might fit, get in touch. To submit illustrations, email them to george@inquisitivetype.com

Please send in your writing via the submission form online!

Friday, April 5, 2024

UpStage Napa Valley’s PlayFest 2024


Deadline: April 15, 2024

UpStage Napa Valley’s PlayFest 2024 will take place October 11th - 13th, 18th - 20th & 27th - 19th at Grace Episcopal Church on Spring Street in St. Helena.

This local event focuses on short, 10-15-minute plays, a genre that began in the late1970's and has soared in popularity, becoming one of the most popular and accessible types of plays today.

Due to it's popularity, Playfest 2023 saw two festival performances become professionally published following the showcase. One of the writers, San Francisco playwright, Susan Jackson, who wrote, “A Razing in Missouri,”is set to write an exclusive full-length show for the UpStage Napa Valley theater company to be performed early next year.

With a focus on social issues, UpStage Napa Valley offers thought-provoking productions.

Upstage Napa Valley is calling all playwrights & aspiring writers to submit their works for it's Fourth Annual playwriting festival,

- Theme: "Just a bit outside"

- Must Be An Original Play

- 15 Minutes Long

- No More Than Three Characters

- One Set

- One Play Submission Per Person

Please submitted
your play to
Deadline is April 15, 2024.

Selected plays will be announced in mid-June.

Torch Literary Arts publishes original creative work by Black women writers


Deadline: rolling basis


Torch Literary Arts welcomes submissions of original creative work by Black women writers. We are interested in work that challenges and disrupts preconceived notions of what contemporary writing by Black women should be. Your stories and poems are valuable and necessary. Write freely and submit what you are excited to share with the world.

Submissions are accepted for Friday Features only. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.

Simultaneous submissions to other journals are welcome as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Include a one (1) page cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted.

Upload your text submission as a Word (DOC, DOCX) or portable document format/PDF (PDF).

Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.

Numbered pages.

Margins should be set at no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”.

Poetry: submit up to five (5) poems totaling no more than eight (8) pages.

Fiction, Hybrid genre: 12-point font. No more than ten (10) pages or 2500 words (whichever is achieved first). Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

Drama/Screenwriting: submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than ten (10) pages. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained. Indicate if a performance video or dramatic audio reading will be available with the text submission if selected.

We do not reprint previously published work for TORCH Friday Features.

Submitting Online
We accept submissions via our online submission management system only. Submissions via postal mail or email will be discarded without response.

Notifications and Queries

Please allow up to three months for a decision. Using our online submissions system, you will be able to track the status of your submission.

Publication & Compensation
Publication is online at TorchLiteraryArts.org, unless expressly stated for special publications.

Authors whose work is selected for a Friday Feature will receive a $100 (US) payment for publication.

All rights revert back to the author after publication.


All work accepted for publication will be considered for nomination for internal and external awards such as The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, etc.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Rosedale Community Players One Act Fest


Deadline: April 7, 2024

The Rosedale Community Players One Act Fest is coming back and we're now accepting original scripts.

Submission guidelines:

- Plays must be original, and unpublished. Please let us know if plays have been produced before.

- Plays should be suitable for a black box theatre setting, meaning the settings should be simple or suggested.

- There is no restriction on the genre or theme of the play. However, please ensure that the content is suitable for a diverse audience.

Submission deadline is Sunday April 7th

Carlo Annoni 2024 International Playwriting Prize


Deadline: April 30, 2024

The Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize is now open for submissions with topics concerning the LGBTQ+ community, including love, diversity, and identity in a time of gender fluidity.

We accept full-length or short plays, even if already represented.

€1000 (euros) awarded to two best plays (one in English and one in Italian) and special jury mentions on multiple categories.

Award ceremony in Milan, September 2024

Send your submission to info@premiocarloannoni.eu 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

M. T. Pockets Theatre 2024 Ten Minute Play Festival


Deadline: May 25, 2024

Online submission form

We will be holding our annual Ten Minute Play festival this year from August 30 - Sept. 6, and we are looking for new material! 

Plays must: 

-Be royalty-free, preferably never produced. 

-Have 10 or fewer pages (excluding title/character pages.) Monologue plays should be approximately 5 pages. We are aiming for a 10-minute run per show. 

-Preferably have 4 characters or less Our submission portal will be open until midnight on May 25, 2024, and we will announce our selections on July 1st.

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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room Fellowship


Deadline: April 8, 2024 12 PM EDT


Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship from the creators of Sesame Street. And we’re looking for YOU!

Fresh new writing talent that reflect the diversity of our vast audience. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Each participant will develop and write a pilot script for their own original kids concept. Past fellows have gone on to develop their own original content with Sesame Workshop, as well as write for Sesame Street and various programs at Nickelodeon, Disney, DreamWorks, and more! Learn about the 2023 fellows and speakers below.
  • About the ProgramUp to 8 writers will be selected 
  • Sessions are expected to take place virtually from July to August 2024
  • Learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives 
  • Learn and complete all steps of creating an original pilot episode script
  • Includes eight, three-hour sessions on creating original children’s content 
  • Up to two participants will have the opportunity to receive creative development deals and further mentorship

What Are the Requirements?

Application information when available will be posted here along with a link to the application. See Terms and Conditions and FAQ for any additional questions or contact us at writersroom@sesame.org.

Application Check List

Application form: Application must be submitted by April 8th, 2024 12PM EST. Applications for the 2024 Fellowship Program will open on Friday, March 8th, 2024. Original script sample: 11-page maximum; should NOT contain Sesame Street elements, characters, or intellectual property; can be an excerpt from a larger piece wholly written by the applicant; must model a 3 act story structure; and be kid-friendly content for viewers up to age 12…we’re looking for great characters and stories that inspire kids to be smarter, stronger and kinder!

Resumes: 2-page maximum. Anything longer will be disqualified. More info on your script: what’s the bigger picture/idea of your script sample? (up to 100 words)

Personal statement: tell us about yourself, for example, why you want to write for children’s educational media, how your experiences influence the stories you tell, why you value diversity/representation in children’s media, etc. (up to 250 words)

27th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals


Deadline: April 20, 2024

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 20, 2024 for the 27th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter with the Production to be mounted July 26th thru August 10th, 2024. Once again we are calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. 

Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.
  • All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.
  • All Genres are accepted.
  • Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.
Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages. 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman)

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

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts MUST be securely bound with brads or three hole punch folder. Preferably no staples.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. We apologize for the inconvenience of mailed in hard copies for all domestic entities, but the fest does make exceptions for overseas entries. If you are entering from another country you may email a PDF to: mimiholloway@gmail.com This is also the email to address any questions.

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

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 20, 2024. Or for overseas entries emailed before 11:59 p.m. on April 20, 2024.

Scripts (hard copies) cannot be returned.

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

Scripts should be mailed to:

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

Monday, April 1, 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.


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