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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Barrington Stage Company’s Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award

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Deadline: April 30, 2020

After the success of the inaugural Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award in 2018, we are proud to announce the second round of the Burman New Play Award in 2020. Barrington Stage seeks an original, emerging new voice in the American Theatre. The winning playwright will receive $25,000, a staged reading and a possible full production. Two additional $5,000 awards will be given to playwrights who will each receive a staged reading at Barrington Stage.

The 2018 Grand Prize winner was Stacey Rose for her play America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro; and the additional awards were given to Brent Askari for his play American Underground and Christina Quintana for her play Citizen Scientist. Both Rose’s and Askari’s plays received world premiere productions at BSC in 2019.

Submissions will open on January 2, 2020 and will close April 30, 2020. There is no fee for entry.


The play…
  • must be a new full length play that has not been produced professionally 
  • must be available for its official world premiere production
  • must be unpublished and not yet licensed
  • must be free and not attached to any producers 
  • must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less 
  • must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translation of an existing foreign language play 
  • must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright…

  • must be a U.S. resident
  • can only submit one play
  • cannot be an immediate family member of a BSC staff or board member. 


  • A brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer or literary agent must accompany the script. Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play.
  • A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages.
  • 150 word bio of the writer
  • 150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer’s name)
  • 150 word developmental history of the play, if any
  • Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, three children, etc.)


All submissions must be sent through an online application, applications will open January 2, 2020.

You are able to save your work on the application and return to it at a later date. If you have any questions about the award or the application, please email Megan Nussle, Burman Award Project Coordinator, at NewPlayAward@BarringtonStageCo.org.


Grand Prize (1 recipient)

  • $25,000 
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading and production

Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

  • $5,000 each
  • a staged reading with a professional cast and director at Barrington Stage
  • all travel and housing covered for the staged reading


Scripts will be read and evaluated through a blind submission process by committee assembled by BSC. A group of finalist plays will be read and evaluated by the New Play Award Committee, comprised of distinguished artists in Fall 2020. Winners will be announced in late 2020.


Barrington Stage will ask for the right of first refusal for a world premiere of all award recipients that will expire 90 days after Barrington Stage presents the staged reading of the play.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The 53rd John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award

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Deadline: April 15, 2020

Winners Announcement: October, 2020
The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:

The John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award Competition fosters new playwrights and scripts through this important competition established by Molly Gassner, wife of theatre historian John Gassner. The Award was created in 1967 to honor the late John Gassner (1903-1967) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional and academic theatre.

This award will be administered by a panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention and awards ceremony.

•The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered.

Plays submitted to the competition
  • must not have been published as of April 15, 2020
  • must not have been produced by a professional or Equity company as of April 15, 2020
  • must not be under option for publication or professional production as of April 15, 2020
  • The play must be submitted, along with:
  • A statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2020, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2020.
  • A list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.
  • • Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.  Deadline for submission of entries is April 15, 2020. Only winners will be notified. Plays that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Playwrights may submit only one play to this or other NETC competitions in one year.

The manuscript and enclosures must be emailed to:

Monday, March 16, 2020

Theatre Conspiracy Annual New Play Contest 2020

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Deadline: March 30, 2019

Please note; In order to properly handle all the entries we receive, we are capping the number of entries we accept at 400.

Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts Annual New Play Contest cycle is open now through March 2020. All works submitted will be read and judged by a panel of qualified theatre teachers, directors and performers. Work submitted to the contest must be a full length play with seven actors or less and have simple to moderate technical demands. Play having up to three previous productions are welcome. No musicals please, as we are a tone deaf theatre company.

First place winners receive the Janet and Bruce Bunch Play Contest Award, $700 and a full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

  • To submit electronically, email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com. 
  • To send via snail mail, send complete script and check to the Alliance for the Arts ATTN: Bill Taylor 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919.
  • Include biography of the playwright and character breakdown
  • If submitting through snail mail and you would like to have the script returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE). If not, include SASE for results.
  • We charge a nominal fee of $10 for submissions. If you are submitting a hardcopy of your script, please make checks payable to the Alliance for the Arts. Do not mail cash. Entry fee waived for members of The Dramatists Guild, but proof of membership is required in email or snail mail.
  •  Deadline for submissions is postmark date of March 30, 2019. Do not spend $20 to overnight or second day your script. Save your money!
  • Send your best script. One entry per playwright, per year.
If you are paying the fee, please fill out the below form. If you are part of The Dramatists Guild, please email your script to tcnewplaycontest@gmail.com.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

New Light New Voices seeks full-length plays

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Deadline: February 15, 2020

2020-2021 submissions are NOW OPEN.
There is no entry fee. Please follow these submission guidelines:
  • Playwrights must be NYC-based.
  • This contest is restricted to un-produced plays written in the English language.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, adaptations, screenplays, one-act plays, and children's plays are not accepted.
  • Playwrights may submit only one script per year.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced in NYC are not eligible.
  • Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. NLTP will have right of first refusal once script has won.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed and page-numbered.
  •  Plays must be submitted electronically. No hard copies, please.
New Light Theater Project reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Electronic submissions for the New Light New Voices Award must be submitted no later than February 15, 2020. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and a 2-3 sentence description of the play. Your play title with your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography must be submitted in a separate attachment.

Please send the script in PDF format with the title format: PLAY TITLE.pdf

Submit the electronic copy of your manuscript to:
NewLightNew VoicesAward@gmail.com with the subject line “NEW LIGHT NEW VOICES SUBMISSION: (title of your play)”

​Women, transgender and gender nonconforming artists, and artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

The winner will receive $1000, developmental support and a 4-week production run in the summer of 2021.

Please note: the award is contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the production agreement.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

JTC Playwright Festival

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Deadline: February 8, 2020

Julian Theater Company (California) announces the call for entries for the JTC Playwright Festival.

Playwrights are to submit their one act or full-length non-musical play by 02-08-2020 for consideration in JTCs’ judged staged-reading competition. The judges are not directly affiliated with JTC.

The First-Place Play will win $1,000.00. The Second Place Play $500.00.   

The two winners will be given the opportunity to present staged readings of their work on March 7th, with practice before to be announced.

“… from page to stage. We’re very excited to work closely with playwrights; the creative wellsprings of theatre,” – Scott Kinney, Artistic Director at Julian Theater Company.

“The Kinney’s have been putting on live theater for 30 years in Julian, the mountain town that has more apple pies than residents. It’s in their blood, helps define who they are,” – John Wilkens, Writer, SD Union Tribune 12-15-2019

Founded in 2004, Julian Theater Company serves the Julian community and her guests. The company produces musical and nonmusical live stage productions, offers Theater Industry workshops, field trips to regional theaters, and acting and production opportunities in main stage productions to student and non-student members of the greater Julian area.

JTC hopes this first annual Playwright Festival will complement their continuing effort to bring fresh, exciting, and relevant live theater experiences to Julian.

Julian Theater Company is a Partnership of Deborah Kinney and Scott Kinney

Email kinpro52@msn.com for festival submission forms or download here:


PR contact Deb Kinney


BBC 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition

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The 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, is open for submission of scripts from around the world. According to the hosts, the competition “offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to use the medium of radio drama to reach an international audience.” The competition opened for entries on the 1st of October, 2019, and closes by midnight (GMT) on the 31st of January, 2020. Two winners will be selected: those with English as a first language category and the English as a second language category.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
  • Writers from anywhere in the world, who live outside the UK, are eligible to apply.
  • Both established and emerging writers are welcome to apply.
  • Writers must be 18 years or older.
How to Apply
  • Send a script of 53 minutes. Note that the script must have up to six central characters.
  • Send a synopsis which outlines your play. The synopsis must be no longer than 400 words.
  • The play must be written substantially or entirely in English.
  • Entries must be submitted in one of the following ways:
  • By post to the following address: International Playwriting Competition 2020, BBC Radio Drama, Room 6015 BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA, United Kingdom
  • Or, by email to the following email address: radioplay@bbc.co.uk
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which can be downloaded here. All required boxes must be completed.


£2500 sterling for the two winners.
A broadcast of the winning play on the BBC World Service.
A trip to London for the winner to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg 2020 Annual One-Act Playwriting Competition

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We present a new challenge for 2020!

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our seventh annual one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival, but this year we are changing things up a bit. Read on to discover how.

Once again, we will be awarding cash prizes to our winners. Each of our three winners will receive $550. 

Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

However, this year we are presenting a new challenge to playwrights. Plays will be limited to a maximum of three characters! Your play should also be no longer than 30 minutes. This allows us to present the three winning plays in staged readings.

Please bear in mind that your script will be performed for an audience of all ages. We ask that topics and language reflect the fact that we will have younger children in the audience. Submissions falling outside the parameters outlined above may be discarded without being read, at the discretion of the judges. If you are uncertain about this requirement, please feel free to contact us.

We appreciate your sensitivity and cooperation in this regard.

Competition Rules:

Open to all playwrights

Scripts must be original. Musicals, monologues, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible.

Running times of no more than 30 minutes.

A maximum of three characters in your play!

No more than one submission per playwright. Give us your best work!

Please email your script to: genie@printmanagementinc.com, and in fact, we prefer emails. In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play

Submissions should include:

Playwright bio.
Contact page with name, address and telephone number of the playwright,
On all pages, please place the title of the play at the top of each numbered page.

The deadline for entries is the end of day, January 14, 2020.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The Bridge Award 2020

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The Bridge Award was established with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The 2020 final selecting judge will be David Henry Hwang.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This award offers a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

Submissions for the 2020 Bridge Award will be from December 1, 2019 until February 1, 2020.

The Bridge Award was established with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The 2020 final selecting judge will be David Henry Hwang.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This award offers a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

Submissions Coordinator/Reader Committee Chair
Anna O’Donoghue

AITAF encourages first time playwrights to submit!
View Playwriting Resources
The awarded playwright receives:
$10,000 prize.
An AITAF produced reading of the winning play, in NYC or on base (if the winning playwright is in active duty) with a professional director and cast.
A reception and feedback session following the reading.


  • Author must currently serve or have served in the United States military. All selected finalists will be required to provide proof of service.
  • All submissions must be full-length, completed plays.
  • Musicals, screenplays, or one-act plays are ineligible.
  • All submissions must be unpublished.
  • The submitted play may not have received a professional, reviewed production.
  • The submitted play may address any subject matter or theme; military settings or content are not given any extra consideration.
  • Each author may submit one play per year; multiple submissions are not allowed.
  • Once a play has been submitted, no further revisions or new drafts may be entered during that judging cycle. Each submitted play is eligible for one re-submission (with or without revision) in a subsequent judging cycle.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.

Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. The AITAF Bridge Award Competition (“Competition”) is held by Arts in the Armed Forces, 220 36th Street, B520, Unit 21, Brooklyn, New York (“Host”).

PARTICIPATION DATES AND PROMOTION STRUCTURE: The Competition will open at 12:00:01 AM Eastern Standard Time on December 1, 2019 and ends on 11:59:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on February 1, 2020 (“Submission Period”). One (1) Winner will be selected from among all eligible submissions received during the Submission Period and announced on or approximately on April 15th, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are age 18 or over and currently serve or have previously served in the United States military at the time of entry. Individuals stationed on U.S. military bases overseas are eligible to enter. Employees, representatives, agents, officers, and directors of Host (including competition judges) and all its respective parents, subsidiaries, members, divisions, affiliates, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies (“Host and Promotion Parties”), and those individuals who are immediate family members of Host and Promotion Parties, or persons living in the same household as, or domiciled with, Host and Promotion Parties, are not eligible to participate in the Competition. “Immediate family” means parents, siblings, children and spouse. Void where prohibited. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

HOW TO ENTER: During the Submission Period, entrants must submit one (1) full-length, completed manuscript of a play meeting the submission requirements below to the following website: https://aitaf.org/the-bridge-award/. Entrants must submit the play as a single PDF file with the title in the following format: “Title of Play.PDF.” Each entrant must also submit at the time of entry a brief statement not exceeding 250 words describing the entrant’s current or prior military service, including dates of service, military branch, and foreign countries served in, if applicable. No other method of entry is accepted. Any entries submitted before or after the Submission Period will be disqualified. Limit one entry per person.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered as eligible, an entry:

  • Must be a full-length, completed play
  • Must not be a musical, screenplay, one act play, children’s play, adaptation, translation, or fan fiction play
  • Must be the entrant’s own original work and cannot be co-authored
  • Must be typed in the English language
  • Must not have been previously produced or published. (Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are permitted).
  • Must not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission
  • Must not violate the intellectual property rights of any third party
  • All entries are considered final; once an entrant submits an entry, no further drafts or revisions to the entry are permitted. By submitting an entry, entrant warrants and represents that he/she consents to the submission and use of the entry in the Competition and to its use as otherwise set forth herein. Personal information gathered about entrants will be used solely for the administration of the Competition and will not be sold or distributed to third parties besides Host and Promotion Parties. Entries that do not meet the criteria above may be automatically disqualified. All decisions regarding the submission requirements are made by Host in its sole discretion and are final. Entries will not be returned.

WINNER SELECTION: Three (3) to five (5) Finalists and one (1) Winner will be selected from among all eligible entries. As this is a skill competition, the odds of winning depend on the number of entries received and the relative merit of the entrants as demonstrated through judging by Hosts’s representatives.

Judging for the Finalists and Winner will be conducted by a panel of independent, qualified professional readers designated by Host, with final decisions made by the panel chairperson. The Winning play will be selected by the Head Judge according to the Judge's assessment of the artistic craft demonstrated, the uniqueness of the author's voice, and the power of the play's themes. Plays containing military themes or content will not be afforded any special consideration during judging.

Finalists will be notified on or about April 15th, 2020. Host will set up an interview with each Finalist, which may be conducted in person or by phone, at the mutual convenience of Finalist and Host. One Winner will be selected by Host from among all Finalists. The Winner will be announced publicly on or approximately on May 1, 2020.

The Finalist selected by the Host to be the Winner will be notified in advance of the public announcement. In order to be awarded a prize and declared the Winner, a selected Finalist must pass a background check and sign and complete a General Release of Liability and Nondisclosure Agreement and return it to Host within 10 days of the date of receipt of the Grand Prize Winner notification. Host is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to deliver the notification to selected Finalists. If a selected Finalist is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, fails to successfully pass the background check, or fails to timely return the completed and executed General Release of Liability and Nondisclosure Agreement within 10 days of initial contact, the prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate Finalist. If the selected Finalist has moved to a different address, it is the sole responsibility of the selected Finalist to notify the Host or designated agent of the selected Finalist’s new address. Host is not responsible for any undeliverable prize deliveries due to change of address.

PRIZE: The Winner will receive: (a) a $10,000 prize; (b) a reading of the Winner’s play produced by Host with a professional director and cast, an award presentation, and a reception and feedback session. The reading of the winning play will take place in New York, NY unless the Winner is on active military duty, in which case Host may arrange for the reading to take place on the Winner’s military base, pending location. Active Duty Military personnel mucst be granted approval to receive the prize by their chain of command. No alternative prizes or substitution is permitted, except by Host in its sole discretion in the event of prize unavailability. Prizes are not transferable or convertible to cash. Winner is subject to verification. Taxes of any kind, including all federal, state, provincial and/or local taxes, are the sole responsibility of Winner. Winner will be issued an IRS 1099 form for all prizes above $600 USD, where applicable.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Premiere Play Festival 2020

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Through the Premiere Play Festival, Premiere Stages has developed many plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theatres throughout the country. We strive to facilitate relationships between writers and theatre professionals who we think will respond to their work, in hopes that plays developed at Premiere will go on to subsequent productions. We offer Play Festival winners the option to retain the coveted “World Premiere” brand on their plays. Additionally, Premiere’s productions are consistently reviewed, scouted by major publishing houses, and honored by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Submissions due DEC 1 2019
Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area from September 1, 2019 through December 1, 2019. All plays submitted to the festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in March 2020.


Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2020 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.

Premiere Stages is committed to supporting a diverse group of writers; playwrights of all backgrounds, ages, and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

Submission Guidelines

All plays must be submitted as a PDF.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2020.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
  • Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
  • Playwrights must be available for the development of their script (see the 2020 schedule table).
  • Submissions are accepted September 1, 2019 through 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2019. Submissions sent early in the submission window are strongly encouraged.
  • All plays must be submitted as a PDF to:  premierestages.submittable.com/submit. Hard copies will not be accepted.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy Neem-2019

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1. Goals and objectives

The «Neem-2019» award was created to support and identify underground dramatic waters.

2. Organizers

Jenya Stashkov, Performance-troupe «Vibrating body»

3. Nominations

Awarded one prize in the nomination «A play that no one will ever agree to stage»

4. Prizes

The author of the play-winner will receive a cash prize: 2000 rubles. ($30USD)
The best plays will be staged in the format of reading, sketching or performance by Performance-troupe «Vibrating body».

5. Requirements for the submitted works

Formal requirements are absent.
There are no linguistic and geographical limits.
The author should provide personal information:
Name, nickname, contact information (postal address, e-mail address, phone number).
Plays should be sent to: pos.vostok@gmail.com

6. Terms of holding

Terms for the reception of plays: April 1, 2019 – March 1, 2020
Summing up: May 2020.
All information on the prize will be published on the website: https://vibratingbody.jimdo.com

7. Copyright

All the rights to plays remain with the authors.

8. The Jury

The composition of the jury is being formed at the moment.

Performance-troupe «Vibrating body» was create in Nizhny Tagil (Russian Federation, Sverdlovsk region) in 2016.
2017: «Vibrating body» moved to St. Petersburg.
2018: «Vibrating body» moved to Achinsk.

«Vibrating body» is an independent project in the field of theater, contemporary art and social service.
Our field of activity: mysticism, the joy of creativity, archetypes, dreams, paranormal, complex, subtle.

We invite everyone to join our lila.

Sunday, November 3, 2019


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Editorial DALYA announces the IV International Playwriting Contest, which aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young people.

Contest Rules:

1. The competition is open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.
a) We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Hereafter, ‘author’ means either a single author or a group of authors in a collective work.
b) The participation of an underage author must be authorised by the legal guardian.
2. The competition is restricted to plays for the young audience i .
a) We do not accept plays for children or adult audiences, other literary genres or musicals.
3 The participation of a play is restricted to one of the following options:
a) The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 60 min. and no more than two hours in category A.
b) The play must cater for a performance time of no less than 30 min and no more than one hour in category B.
4. In both categories, the entry may consist of a collection of independent plays, either of the same author or different authors.
a) Hereafter, 'play' means either a single play or a collection of plays.
b) The collection may be submitted as it is a full-length play for the category, taking into account each play must be 15 min. long or more.
5. Plays can be written in any European official languages.ii

6. The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been published in any form, or awarded, previously and its copyright must be owned and/or controlled by the entrant to the full extent necessary to enable Editorial DALYA to use the work as contemplated by these contest rules.

7. The competition opens on Sunday 15 September 2019, with the deadline for
entry being on Sunday 15 December 2019.

8. Awards. The author of the winning play will be awarded:
a) Category A (5000 € iii): A cash prize of 2400€, plus the translation to
another language, publication and public reading or dramatization of the play
b) Category B (3500 €): A cash prize of 1000€, plus the translation to another
language, publication and public reading or dramatization of the play.
c) Awards cannot be shared or reduced, and the award must be given at least
in one category.
d) The shortlisted plays will be published. Editorial DALYA can publish these
plays in any of the official languages of Europe.
e) The Jury may award Honourable Mentions without cash prizes to any play
of the contest.
9. There is no fee to enter and no hidden costs for the entrants.

10. We do accept up to three plays for authors. Each entry must contain only one

11. The play may be submitted via links provided in ytpwc.edalya.com or in
Editorial DALYA web page: www.edalya.com. (→ Premios→Premio Teatro
a) The document must contain a front page stating:
1) The title of the play.
2) The contest category iv.
3) Contact e-mail.
b) Second and subsequent pages: The play.
c) Include the authorisation of legal guard, if applicable.
d) The author's name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.
12. An updated list of the plays submitted to the competition will be published on
the website of Editorial DALYA.
a) The organization will send an email to confirm the author that the entry has
been accepted.
b) Authors whose plays are not listed or have not received the acceptance of
the entry should notify the organization this by email.
c) The entries with no contact email or this is incorrect will be discarded on
Sunday, 22 December 2019.
13. The judges will assess each play independently and anonymously in
accordance with the following criteria:
a) Quality of dramatic text and audience appeal (characters, dialogue, story
development, style, rhythm…).
b) Promotion of tolerant coexistence among young people and crafting
discussions and problem-solving around their conflict issues.
c) Factors that ease the production: cast, set, technical requirements...
d) Innovative language and plot.
e) The play has not been staged v.
14. Short-list. A short list of 3-6 plays per category will be selected before Tuesday,
31 December 2019. vi
a) The authors of these plays will receive an email after selection.
b) The author must be re-submit the shortlisted play, including in the front
page personal details (name, address, nationality...) and CV.
c) The shortlisted plays and the name of the authors will be announced then.
15. The Jury shall announce the verdict before Wednesday, 31 January 2020.
a) The Jury’s verdict will be announced through the website of Editorial
DALYA (www.edalya.com), its social network and the media.
b) The Jury’s verdict is final.
16. The payment of prize money will be made in the year 2020.

17. Editorial DALYA retains the right to produce any of the awarded plays in years
2020-2021 without payment of royalties.

18. The awarded participants commit making mention of the award in their future
publications or performances of the play.

19. Awarded entrants commit themselves to sign a Publisher-Author agreement vii
with the customary terms of Editorial DALYA.

20. By entering the Prize, the awarded entrants grant non-exclusive permission to
Editorial DALYA, its sponsors and any members of the media to use their name
and CV, and extracts from the submitted work in publicity and reporting.

21. Entrants are bound to inform the organisation about award or publication of
their plays before the announcement of the Jury’s verdict.

22. By entering into the competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by the
contest rules. No communication or correspondence will be entered into
regarding the non-awarded plays.

23. By entering into the competition, entrants warrant their plays will not infringe
any copyright or intellectual property rights, it does not violate any personal
privacy regulations, and it does not violate the rights of any person or entity.

24. The competition is subject to applicable laws and regulations about tax rates.

25. The competition and its rules will be governed by Spanish law.


  • i Suggested: ages 12 -21; at this stage of life a certain kind of freedom or legal right (civil, sexuality, to work…) is obtained, although parental dependence is held. In practice, this coincides with secondary and university studies. However, subjects such as marriage with girls, child prostitution, child soldiers or the like may be acceptable for the contest.
  • ii The spirit of this competition is the participation of any author in terms of equality, regardless of nationality, age, gender or language
  • iii Prize worth is estimated. Style revision of play translation is included. The prize does not count royalties for the author of the publication.
  • iv The Jury may change the category in its sole discretion.
  • v Performed plays can be submitted. In the event of being awarded, this release contest organization of the obligations in 8.a or 8.b
  • vi The awarded participants authorise the Jury and the contest organisation can read their personal details.
  • vii Plays will be published in the book series of theatre, named “Antonio Mesa Ruiz”

Sunday, October 27, 2019


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The fee will be waived for Dramatist Guild members with an enclosed photocopy of a membership card. 

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020-21 Season.

Scripts must be postmarked by October 31, 2019.

Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

  • "Full-length" plays should have a complete running time of between 1 hour 15 minutes (75 minutes) to 2 hours 15 minutes (135 minutes).
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished at the time of submission.
  • Each submission should be sent to BPP via email.
    • Send your email to literarymanager@newplays.org
  • Your email should include the following:
  • Tell us for which competition you are submitting: Reva Shiner Comedy or the script Woodward Newman Drama
  • Tell us your name, phone number, and the name of your Play
  • Tell us how you are satisfying the $10 administrative fee
  • Agent submitted scripts require no fee.
  • If via Dramatist Guild membership, attach a copy of your DG card to the email
  • If you have paid via Paypal on our website indicate your confirmation number and the email address used. Paypal is preferred, but if you can’t pay on-line, you may send a check or Money Order, (must be from a US bank). Tell us the check or Money Order number. Make it payable to “BPP” and mail to BPP, 107 W 9th ST, Bloomington, IN 47404
Attach a PDF file containing your script with the following information included in the following order:
  • Title page with author name
  • Synopsis (1 page or less)
  • Character list/breakdown
  • Production history for the play—Include readings and productions
  • A brief bio of the playwright,
  • Full Script
  • Submissions that fail to include all requested information in the order listed will be disqualified from the contest.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will be accepted.
  • Two separate submissions per playwright per annual competition are allowed as long as each submission has all the required materials.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

FutureFest 2020

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Festival dates: July 17 – 19, 2020

The fee will be waived for members of the Dramatists Guild. 

Entry must be an original work (NO musicals or plays for children) that has not been published or produced where admission was charged prior to FutureFest 2020. Staged readings/workshop productions are not necessarily disqualifying factors.

Submissions will be accepted August 1 through October 31, 2019 (postmark).

Submit a blind copy (no name/contact info) of your script, in standard play format with pages numbered. After the title page include a brief synopsis, character breakdown, setting, and scene breakdown, if applicable. Your script(s) should be accompanied by a cover letter, including playwright contact information (address, phone #, e-mail address) and resume.  If applicable, also submit a photocopy of your Dramatists Guild membership card.

Please note that entries that do not comply with our guidelines will be disqualified. Scripts may be submitted electronically or via Media Mail. Eliminated scripts will not be returned. Script evaluations will not be provided.

Playwright gives the Dayton Playhouse permission to photocopy scripts for reading/production purposes.

Should your script be selected and produced as one of the six finalists, you must be available to attend the weekend festival (July 17-19, 2020) and participate in all events. Finalists must acknowledge the Dayton Playhouse when script is published. The winning playwright awards the Dayton Playhouse the option to produce the winning play as part of its main stage season royalty free.

A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright; runners-up each receive $100. The Dayton Playhouse provides the six finalists travel (within the continental U.S.) to Dayton and housing for FutureFest weekend.

Each entry is guaranteed a minimum of three reads. The original play reading committee, following many months of discussion and voting, narrows down the entries to 15 – 18, which are then read by the entire committee before they select the 12 semi-finalists. A second committee selects the six finalists. During FutureFest weekend, the plays are staged and publicly adjudicated by a panel of five theatre professionals (New York based and regional).  Following the final production of the weekend, the adjudicators vote and select the winner.

Finalists will be posted on the Dayton Playhouse website (www.daytonplayhouse.com) by May 2020.

futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com  or Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, P.O. Box 3017, Dayton, OH  45401-3017.

Contact Fran Pesch, FutureFest Program Director, at 937-424-8477, or email futurefest@thedaytonplayhouse.com

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Richard Rodgers Awards 2020

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Administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters


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

1. The term "musical theater" is understood to include musicals, plays with songs, thematic revues, or any comparable work. The submission of innovative and experimental work is encouraged. The work submitted must be of significant length to fill an evening; it may consist of a group of smaller, related pieces.
2. The jury will consider only completed works. Care should be taken to submit the work in its best possible form as it may not be submitted again, in another year, even if substantially revised.
3. Only one submission by a collaborative group or a sole creator will be accepted. 4. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the production awards are not eligible for consideration. Former winners of Richard Rodgers awards for staged readings or studio productions may submit new works.
6. An applicant whose works in the musical theater have received professional or amateur productions in New York City or out of town is eligible unless, in the judgment of the jury, the applicant has already achieved significant recognition in the field of musical theater through the work submitted or through any previous work. Under special circumstances and at the discretion of the jury, applicants who have achieved recognition in fields outside the musical theater may be eligible. Works which have been produced by professional theater companies before a paying audience are eligible only if such productions received no more than 21 performances by a for- profit company or 50 performances by a nonprofit company.

1. The name(s) of the author(s) must be blocked out on each of the items submitted, with the exception of the application form. Include only the title of the work on the script and plot summary. Please be sure author names are not included in music file metadata.
2. Entry must include:
a) Script with lyrics, in PDF format.
b) Half-page synopsis of the action and a list of characters, in PDF format.
c) A separate track sheet (PDF) of recorded songs with page numbers indicating where they appear in the script and specifying the total number of minutes recorded.
d) At least 45 minutes of music, including a minimum of eight songs. Orchestrations are not necessary; piano and vocals are sufficient. Songs must be numbered in sequence (e.g. 01 Song Title.mp3) and each song’s lyrics clearly typed into the script where it appears.
e) Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work which has already been produced must give full information concerning these productions, including programs. A work is not eligible if one of the collaborators is deceased.
3. If the submitted work (or a portion thereof) is an adaptation of material which is not in the public domain, candidates must submit licenses, permissions, or authorizations necessary to permit the work to be produced in conformity with applicable copyright laws. The music must be original.
4. Applicants will be notified of the jury's decision by March 2020.

1. All rights to the material submitted shall remain the property of the author(s); the Academy will not retain any control over, or rights in, the work after the award production.
2. The decisions of the jury will be final as to eligibility and all other matters.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019


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Beyond our annual productions, in concert with our mission to see more women and trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) artists employed in the theatre, we award two commissions per year to women and TGNC playwrights who have demonstrated a singular talent for storytelling. The selected playwrights will receive $2,500 each.

Parity Productions reads submissions blind, selecting work that is in harmony with our artistic mission. Playwrights will receive regular feedback on their commissioned work within 30 days of their submission of a first and second draft. They will also receive one “closed door” reading (attended by cast, Parity Productions Artistic Director, and literary department) and at least one public reading and/or developmental production of the commissioned work. An option for Parity Productions to produce the work is included in The Commission agreement.

How do I submit my work to Parity Productions?

Our next submission period will open on October 17th, 2019 and runs until we have received 150 applications. 

Join our mailing list to stay up to date.

You can SUBMIT HERE. ​There is no fee to submit a script to Parity Productions.

Please reach out to us at commission@parityproductions.org with any questions.​

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

13th Annual Original One-Act Festival

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August 2019 | Fredericksburg, VA

Festival prizes to be awarded: Six plays will be selected for production in the spring (March/April) of 2020. Of those six selected, one will win the Grand Prize $150 and one will win runner up $100 as determined by the festival play readers.  Of the remaining four, one will be selected for Audience Favorite Prize of $100 to be determined by the audience attending the festival performances.

Guidelines for submission:
All submissions must be original, unpublished one act plays of 20 pages or less.
Submissions must be received by email between September 1, 2019 and November 1, 2019.
Any submissions not adhering to the following guidelines may be eliminated from consideration.
Additional information and guidelines:

1. All scripts must be submitted electronically via email in .pdf format. Please email plays to oaf@stagedoorproductions.org

2. All scripts should include a short biography of the playwright for publication on website, programs, and publicity materials to be considered for evaluation.

3. Playwrights will be notified via e-mail when their manuscript is received.

4. Scripts should include:
1. A separate title page with name of the playwright, address, telephone number and e-mail address
2. A cast of characters with descriptions
3. A brief synopsis
4. Numbered pages
5. Playwrights shall not submit more than two plays to be considered per festival year.
6. Playwrights will be notified by February 15, 2020, if their play has been selected for production.
7. Plays selected for production will be listed on our website, www.stagedoorproductions.org
8. All production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.
9. Stage Door Productions shall have the right to produce selected scripts without payment of royalties at any time during a period of 12 months following selection date.
10. Production will be at the discretion of Stage Door Productions.
11. Only stage plays will be considered.  Musical, film or TV scripts will not be selected for production.
12. All submissions must be original and unpublished.
13. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization, cast size, and dialogue. Technical requirements will be noted.
14. Critical analysis or feedback will not be provided.
15. Playwrights should be aware that the size of our stage is limited. There are no opportunities for elaborate scene changes.
16. Please consider our audience and do not send sexually explicit or gratuitously violent scripts.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition

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No fee for those with  current Dramatist Guild membership card


Cash awards of $150 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place will be presented.
Winning plays will be produced by Tree City Playhouse.

To enter please send the following items to the address below:
1. Completed entry form
2. Bio of the playwright(s) – must be 100 words or less
3. Play synopsis including character descriptions
4. Three copies of the script
5. $5 entry fee or copy of current Dramatist Guild membership card
 (checks should be made out to SCAC)  

Mail to: Keith Ramsdell 
Tree City Playhouse  
10-Minute Play Competition
5725 Main Street 
Sylvania, OH 43560

Competition Rules:

1. The competition is open to all playwrights 18 years of age and older. Only one play per
playwright may be entered per year. Plays may be co-written by more than one playwright,
but the names of all playwrights must appear on the entry form.

2. Entries must be one-act stage plays with performance times of 8 to 12 minutes. Full-length
plays, musicals, children’s plays, film and TV scripts, and plays previously entered in this
competition are ineligible.

3. Submissions are restricted to original dramatic works – no adaptations – that have not been
previously published or submitted to this playwriting competition.

4. While all reasonable care will be taken, Tree City Playhouse and SCAC do not assume any
responsibility for lost, misplaced or damaged scripts.

5. There are no restrictions on genre or theme.

6. Scripts will be judged on concept, dramatic action, characterization and dialogue. Preference  
will be given to plays with 2 to 4 characters, limited staging requirements, and content/language
sensitive to the “family-friendly” value of Tree City Playhouse. The decisions of the judges are
final. No critiques will be given, and no scripts will be returned.

7. Tree City Playhouse will produce the winning plays royalty-free during its 2019 Festival of
10-Minute Plays. This includes the right to make rehearsal copies of the script, to use the title
of the play and the author’s name in publicity and promotion, and to videotape the play for
archival purposes. The playwright will receive a program and DVD from the production.
All future production and publication rights remain the property of the playwright.

8. The deadline for entries is a postmark of October 15, 2019. Late scripts will not be
accepted, and revisions cannot be made once a script has been submitted.

Formatting Instructions:
  1. To ensure anonymity during the judging process, no personal information should appear anywhere on the submitted script. The entry form will contain this information.
  2. All scripts should be printed on 8-1/2” x 11” white paper, typewritten on one side only and submitted in acceptable play manuscript format. Each copy should be bound with a staple. Pages must be numbered, and the name of the play should appear on each page.
  3. The entry form, bio, synopsis and fee or copy of DG card should be clipped together.
More Information:

Please contact Keith Ramsdell at keith@sylvaniaarts.org with any questions you may have.

You may also visit us on the web at www.sylvaniaarts.org/treecityplayhouse

Tree City Playhouse 10-Minute Play Competition Entry Form Online

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Criminal Queerness Festival 2020 seeks plays

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The National Queer Theater is now accepting full-length play submissions for the second Criminal Queerness Festival, which will take place in New York City during June of 2020.

Last year’s inaugural festival was created in partnership with WorldPride, Stonewall Community Foundation, and Immigration Equality. It was recommended by The New York Times, The Advocate, and Thrillist as a ‘must-see’ for WorldPride attendees.

Across the world, governments have silenced queer voices by criminalizing LGBTQ lives. The Criminal Queerness Festival features plays that stage LGBTQ experiences in those countries where same-sex activity is illegal, transgender and non-binary identities are not legally recognized, or the LGBTQ community is censored.

Next year, four plays will be selected and given a full production in New York City. The plays will be performed in a festival format with directors and actors from National Queer Theater. The winning playwrights will be awarded a stipend of $500 USD each.

Submission Criteria

Works that address the lives of LGBTQ people outside of the United States, written by playwrights from or living in those countries, will be considered.

Plays must not have been previously produced in the United States. Eligible playwrights, however, may currently reside in the United States. U.S.-born children of immigrants are also welcome to submit.

How to Submit

Playwrights should submit the following package to submissions@nationalqueertheater.org with the subject line CRIMINAL QUEERNESS SUBMISSION. Anonymous submissions, or submissions using an alias are welcome.

The email must include:

Playwright’s email address, country of origin, and country of residence

A character breakdown

A play script (pages must be numbered) in PDF attached

Submissions must be received by 11:00 PM EST (23:00) on October 11, 2019.

Saturday, September 21, 2019


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The Lotus Lee Foundation is currently seeking submissions for short plays under 30 minutes in our newest international theatrical initiative, the 2019 Lotus Lee Foundation Short Play Festival.

The winning entry will receive a world premiere production in China in 2020.

The Lotus Lee Foundation has recently presented critically-acclaimed theatrical adaptations of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM and THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM: THE DARK FOREST, based upon the novels of international best-selling author Liu Cixin, to sold-out success in both Shanghai and Beijing and a number of major cities in China, utilizing a plethora of innovative artists from around the world to collectively create technologically superior experiences beyond anything witnessed in world theatre until now. Our next hot property could be yours!

The Lotus Lee Foundation employs artists from all corners of the globe, featuring directors, designers and production staff famed for their innovative contributions to productions on Broadway, London's West End, Las Vegas and world theatre. Our most recent offering was THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM: THE DARK FOREST which was presented in Shanghai and Beijing earlier this year to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences, with further productions coming soon.

Submissions will be accepted from August 1 until October 1, with a first place winner announced on November 1.

The winner receives a $500 prize; 2nd Prize receives $200 and 3rd Prize $100, with an exclusive option to produce their shows in China in the near future.

Anything is possible! Give us your very best! Think big... and dream bigger!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting

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Submissions are now closed for the 
City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest.

The City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting furthers the Company’s mission to identify, acknowledge and award excellence in short form dramatic writing. Known for developing and producing ten-minute works by established talents and promising new voices, City Theatre will select up to twenty-five plays from among its annual Contest submissions for special recognition.

The National Award is valued at $2,000: the Winning Play will be produced in the annual Summer Shorts festival; the Winning Playwright will earn royalties, a cash prize of $1,000 and be invited to Miami for the festival. Finalists are awarded a certificate, and invited to Miami to attend the CityWrights Weekend for Playwrights (fee waived) and hear a reading of their Finalist Script (*subject to scheduling).

The Summer Shorts Festival is produced annually in Miami during the month of June. Not every play in Summer Shorts is a contest Finalist. Finalist plays are not guaranteed City Theatre productions, but receive preferred consideration in the current or future Summer Shorts festivals, and/or other City Theatre programming, including Summer Shorts, Shorts Gone Wild, Shorts 4 Kids, and its Readings Series. Winner and Finalists’ plays are also submitted to the annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival Contest.

Submissions Rules and Information

City Theatre is looking for wonderful short plays (ten minutes) for Summer Shorts and other programming. Having produced hundreds of plays, we want scripts that are lively and timely, hilarious and provocative, poignant and surprising. We look for plays that span style and genre. We will consider bilingual scripts and ten-minute musicals. We have no restriction on the age range of the characters. In other words, we are seeking compelling plays that rise above the ordinary.

Please review the criteria thoroughly before sending your submission

Plays will be accepted yearly from August 30th – September 30th.

Scripts won’t be considered sooner or later!

Musicals may only be submitted through the New Play Exchange

Playwrights can submit only one script - send us your best!

No scripts will be returned - save postage by submitting electronically. No SASE required.

Each play script must be no more than ten pages long. We start counting when the actual play begins.

Previously submitted plays, children's shows, longer one-acts or full-length plays or musicals won’t be accepted or returned.

City Theatre will consider previously produced works with a production history included with submission.

The volume of scripts submitted prevents us from providing feedback or criticism.

NOTE: City Theatre will only contact playwrights with scripts the company considers for the National Award for Short Playwriting Contest, or we are interested in producing in its various programming. ONLY those playwrights will be contacted in February-March by e-mail or a phone call.


Submission Must be Postmarked or Submitted
to the Literary Director
by September 30th, 2019

Mail Submissions to:

Susan Westfall, Literary Director,
City Theatre,
444 Brickell Ave.,
Suite 229,
Miami, Fl 33131

or submit your play electronically through our website by clicking on our submission link.

Please submit script as a PDF file.


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