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Showing posts with label one-act plays. Show all posts
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Willow Tree Project


Deadline: July 1, 2022

Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts is proud to unveil our newest program: The Willow Tree Project!

Our mission is to create opportunities for people age 55 and up to participate in the performing arts, regardless of their previous experience. Through the stories we tell, we will honor the wisdom we gather as we age, and celebrate the experience of getting older.

We’re accepting submissions for our New Works Festival for plays by playwrights age 55 and up, which will run September 23-25 at Northern Starz Center for the Performing Arts in Ramsey, MN.

The Willow Tree Project is looking to further examine the experience of aging in modern America. We are looking for One Act scripts written by playwrights age 55 and up, taking on issues relevant to this constantly growing age demographic that can often feel overlooked in today’s society. Though we welcome submissions from around the country, we will prioritize the work of local and regional playwrights!

Submissions should be no longer than 60 minutes. You may submit more than one script. Submitted scripts will be considered for the festival, with 4-6 plays chosen for presentation as staged readings performed during the festival. The audience will vote, along with a panel of judges, for which script they want to see produced, and the chosen script will be produced as part of the 2023 Northern Starz season! The winning playwright will be paid royalties upon production.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. All inquiries and play submissions should be directed to: submissions@northernstarz.org. Submissions are due by July 1, 2022.

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Gallery Players 26th Annual Black Box New Play Festival


Deadline: June 30, 2022

The Gallery Players in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, is seeking plays for its 26th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January 2023. Each play selected will be given a black box production with non-equity actors. Playwrights must be available via Zoom or some other virtual venue for rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: RECEIVED AT GALLERY PLAYERS BY JUNE 30, 2022. NOTE the received by date. Mail your submissions accordingly.

Submission guidelines:

Plays must be un-produced (readings are ok); must be the play’s world premier Length of play: 10 minutes to 30 minutes. No monologues. No period costume pieces.

You may only submit two (2) plays.

Pages must be numbered

A cover page with Title of the play and playwrights contact information is required, along with a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown

Submit a copy of your resume

Playwrights cannot direct their own work

Send two copies of your play(s), along with your resume, to:

The Gallery Players

Black Box New Play Festival 199 14th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215.

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the Festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received by us, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the Festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival seeks short plays, one-acts & full-lengths


Deadline: May 31, 2022 11:59 EST

Submissions for plays for the upcoming 2022-2023 season of the Talking It Out Virtual Arts Festival in support of mental health awareness will be accepted this May for Mental Health Awareness Month beginning May 1st at 12am EST. Please read below for more details.

This year, we will be accepting submissions for short plays, (less than 20 minutes) one-act plays, (20-40 minutes) & full-length plays (60-120 minutes) of all genres, including comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, experimental, etc. 

The one requirement - in terms of subject matter - is that all plays should deal with the topic of mental illness. (i.e. anxiety, depression, autism, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia, etc.)

Depending on the length and quality of the submissions received, our November 2022 performance will feature between 5-6 short plays, our March 2023 performance will feature between 2-4 one-act plays, and our July 2023 performance will feature 1 full-length play.

There is no submission fee, and playwrights are welcome to submit as many plays as they wish.

Plays that have received a previous reading or production are eligible, as long as they are unpublished.

Tickets to the festival will be free, but we will be accepting donations. Half will be donated to a non-profit organization dedicated to direct action & relief for those struggling with mental illness, while the other half will be evenly distributed amongst the participating artists.

Our submission deadline is May 31st at 11:59pm EST. 

Playwrights will be notified by July 31st at the very latest if their play is selected for inclusion in the festival.

Playwrights who are interested in submitting should send each submission via email to Literary Manager Angelo Lorenzo at talkingitoutfest@gmail.com under the subject line "Talking It Out Play Submission - INSERT PLAY NAME HERE". 

Please also provide us with a brief synopsis & approximate run time of your play(s) in the body of your email.

Friday, May 13, 2022

The Courtship of Winds submission guidelines


Deadline: none given


We are interested in short verse plays and one-act plays.

The Courtship of Winds publishes poetry, fiction, short dramatic pieces, essays, photography, art, and short pieces of music. Please submit no more than six poems at a time. Prose should generally not exceed 10, 000 words. Simultaneous submissions are fine, provided the author immediately withdraws any work accepted elsewhere. Please withdraw work only through Submittable, indicating in the "reason" field if you are withdrawing part or all of your submission.  Courtship does not publish previously published work.  Authors retain all rights to their work.

Please use Submittable for all submissions. Please do not submit work in a particular genre more than once in a six-month period.Work is considered year-round for two issues.  You should expect a response within six months. We regret that we cannot currently pay for accepted work.

The 24th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2023)


Deadline: September 30, 2022

Each season, The Festival receives approximately 350 submissions. Since its inception in 1998, The Festival has received over 8,000 submissions from across the world and produced 126 world premieres by 99 different playwrights. The Festival presents between five and seven plays each season.

  • Only UNPRODUCED works will be accepted.
  • Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
  • No adaptations or children's plays.
  • Cast size maximum: 12
  • Length maximum: 40 minutes (no minimum)
  • Settings: Simple or suggested.
  • Playwrights may make multiple submissions.
  • Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
  • All submissions should be emailed in PDF format to Jeffrey@theatrethree.com
  • Scripts must be received by September 30, 2022.
Cover sheet of the play should include title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's e-mail; a short synopsis is encouraged but not required. Any stage play format is acceptable. Multiple submissions should be made in the same email. In addition, a resume may be included as a separate attachment in the same email. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.

Selected plays will be presented for ten performances (dates to be determined in winter-spring 2023), at the Ronald F. Peierls Theatre, on Theatre Three's Second Stage.

Playwrights will receive a $125 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, flyers, 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.

Final selection of plays will be in late 2022.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language


Deadline: August 31, 2022

Monetary award to playwright: $3000 for works with a running time of at least 40 minutes.

Synecdoche Works may support further development of a submitted work at its discretion.

Conditions for Consideration

Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using meter, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching.

Plays must contain at least 60% heightened language.

Submissions may be translations or adaptations of works in the public domain.

No works under 40 minutes are eligible.

Authors awarded a grant must be willing to participate in a brief rehearsal process culminating in an online video reading of their submitted work*.

Submitted works cannot be currently attached to a theater or production company.

Submitted works cannot have had a prior development cycle outside of an educational program.

Submit Your Play

We accept English-language plays from anywhere in the world.

Submission deadline for 2022: August 31, 2022. Submissions open in March 2022.

Submission portfolio must include:
This Google form: https://forms.gle/qwWhmqBiLb6cViBg8
The play in standard script format, upload via the Google form or emailed as an attachment to submissions@synecdocheworks.org

C.V. or resume.

Applicants under the age of majority in their home countries will need the permission of a legal guardian in order to accept an award from Synecdoche Works.

Submission constitutes acceptance of the Fellowship’s terms and conditions.

* Synecdoche Works will make reasonable efforts to facilitate an online video reading, but the reading is not guaranteed.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

New Voices: Playwriting 2022


Deadline: May 9, 2022

New Voices is fueled by the ideas of student playwrights, who are tasked with writing one‐act plays or musicals in response to an open‐ended question. Shows are selected by the “New Voices Board,” consisting of Olney Theatre administrative staff and student

Program leaders. Playwrights are invited, but not required, to participate in any of the other five pathways.

The deadline for writing submissions and Writers’ Profile Form is May 9th.

Writers: your job is to write a one-act play or musical that reads a minimum of 10 minutes in length and a maximum of 30 minutes in length. Plays must be written in script format with dialogue, stage directions, etc. No stories written as narratives will be accepted. From all of our writing submissions, 3-6 one-acts will be selected to be produced in this year’s program. Your show must respond to this prompt:

Tell us about a time when a situation or event made you change your perspective on a major aspect of your life.

We urge you to be as creative as you can. Think outside the box, and write about what is important to you.

Email writing submissions to teencouncil@olneytheatre.org. The email’s subject must read “Last Name, First Name: Writing Submission” and contain a PDF of your script.

Additionally, please submit the writers’ profile form online. Any one-act submitted without the accompanying form will not be considered.

Writers’ Profile Form:


Submit by May 9th, 2022.

Barely Seen submission guidelines


Deadline: none given

-Submit as many ten-minute or one-act plays as you like, (Up to two for Write Bites) including previously published or produced plays in a Word or PDF file to barelyseeneditor@gmail.com. Make sure to title your email (Last Name)_(Play), and please note that any plays Barely Seen has already published won't be considered for publication a second time.
-Any style/theme of play is allowed, but plays that include inappropriate content won't be published.
-All ages are welcome to submit work. If submitting to the Featured Poet/Playwright of the month, please include a headshot and a bio in the body of your email stating your name and a little bit about you.
-If you would like to be published under a pseudonym or nickname instead of your given name, please include your preference in your note.

-I will try to get back to you within two weeks; if I haven't contacted you by then, send me another email checking up on your submission. I might have received your file and just not been able to get to it yet.
-If you want to be considered for Featured Writer of the Month and/or Write Bites, make sure to send in your plays by the 22nd of each month.

-If you have any questions about the submission process, please feel free to reach out to me at barelyseenquestions@gmail.com.

The Overtime Theater 2022 WokeFEST


Deadline: July 23, 2022  

The Overtime Theater in San Antonio, Texas is seeking new works from playwrights for WokeFEST, a showcase of progressive, activist, and political plays. The chosen play will be given a staged reading or a staged production August 5-27, 2022 at the Overtime Theater. The script submissions window is open from April 26, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022. 

In light of Covid-19 protocols, the Overtime Theater is seeking plays that require one to five actors. Previously unproduced full-length and one-act plays are welcome, as well as longform monologues. The chosen play (or plays) will be given two rehearsals and one staged reading, which includes an audience feedback session or a fully staged production. 

The purpose of this program is to give new and seasoned playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works. 

Devoted to producing new and original work, the Overtime is particularly interested in bold, innovative plays from across the progressive, political, and activist spectrum that are both provocative and entertaining. 

 For environmental reasons, the Overtime Theater is unable to accept script submissions delivered by mail or in person. Only submissions in a Word document or PDF will be considered. Applicants should use the title of the play as the name of the document, followed by the full name of the playwright. Cover letters should include a synopsis. One play per applicant. The Overtime accepts submissions from writers based in the U.S. or Canada.

 The Overtime Theater, an all-volunteer organization, compensates playwrights with one equal share of donations to our tip jar at the end of the play’s presentation. 

Submissions should be sent to submissions@theovertimetheater.org. Attn: Jade Esteban Estrada, artistic director. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. July 23, 2022.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Chain Theatre Play Festival 2022


Deadline: May 22, 2022


Please read carefully before filling out your application.


Plays are chosen for the Chain Play Festival based on originality, inspiration, and innovation. The background or experience of the playwright is taken into consideration, but submissions will be judged on the quality of the play. All themes or genres are welcome. Full Length Play runtime must be shorter than 2 hours. One Act Play runtime must be no shorter than 10 minutes and no longer than 1 hour. Shows will be performed in person for a vaccinated audience.

Every show will have the ability to LIVE STREAM for at least one performance.

Chain Theatre is curating the event, not producing it - each production is responsible for staffing their own director, design team and cast.

All shows must be Non-Union. We plan on streaming performances.

You will assign a contact person for the piece; that person will be considered your play’s producer should it be part of the Festival.

Though we will be doing overall festival promotion, you are responsible for the marketing of your piece.

All members of your production team and cast must be vaccinated to participate. We will need proof of vaccination at the organizational meeting should you be accepted into the festival. Preferred proof of vaccination will be through the New York State Excelsior app available on your phone.

For further information of current COVID protocols at the Chain Theatre please visit: https://www.chaintheatre.org/covid-19-guidelines


The deadline for submitting to the 2022 Chain Play Festival will be May 22, 2022. There are no submission or participation fees for the Chain Play Festival. Applications may be downloaded from our website. Complete the following application and you will be directed to information on submitting your play.

After completing the application form you will need to email a PDF (no Word, Pages, or Final Draft files, please!) of the script, and a brief cover letter explaining your goals for the play.

Applications ask for a contact name, address, phone, and email. Show contacts will be the one contact point between Chain Theatre and your production. The email given will be the sole email address that Chain Theatre will use to contact you regarding acceptance, any issues regarding participation, and festival communications.

We will need an estimated running time of your piece that will be factored into the programming. As such, we will enforce this time limit. If during your dress rehearsal or performance the play runs significantly over, we may insist that you revise or forfeit your participation in the festival and any ticket split revenue.

Applications that are not complete will not be accepted. No materials will be returned.


Notification of acceptance status will be sent by email on or about May 28, 2022.

There will only be a maximum of 4 Full length shows included in this festival. One Act Plays will have an easier time getting accepted.

If you are accepted into the festival, your email will inform you of the time and location of the organizational meeting to be held on May 31, 2022.


This meeting is where you will receive your performance schedule and meet your fellow participants. If there are known conflicts to your scheduled performances, this is a great opportunity to work out alternate dates with Chain Theatre and your fellow participants. The most complex scheduling issues are much more easily solved talking face-to face with everyone in the room.

Everyone must be vaccinated. There will be no exceptions for any reason. All Chain staff on site will be vaccinated as well.

Each accepted ONE ACT show will be given 5 free hours, FULL LENGTH shows will be given 10 free hours of rehearsal space at one of the Chain Theatre rehearsal rooms. Availability and scheduling of these hours is at the Chain Theatre’s discretion. They must be used to rehearse the show in the festival and cannot be gifted, sold or used for other purposes. Additional rehearsal hours/locations are the production’s responsibility. If you choose to rehearse at one of the Chain Rehearsal studios you can book subsidized rehearsal space for this production for $10 an hour.

Each accepted show will receive a code for ticket tracking. Each show will receive 20% of the net box office for every ticket purchased using their code. (Code use for online sales is mandatory to receive this box office split. No exceptions.)


The precise number of shows is TBD, based on number of submissions and running lengths. Each One Act show will be guaranteed at least three performances and each Full length show will be guaranteed 4 performances with a possible one show extension. However, depending on the schedule there may be more. Performance blocks will be at 7 and 9pm during the week and will run throughout the weekend between 12-9pm.

There will be limited time between shows for changeovers. Keep in mind that when you are striking or setting up your show, another show is also likely striking or setting up. Minimalism rules. PLEASE FACTOR THIS TIME INTO YOUR TECHNICAL PLANS. Houses will be opened 5 minutes before the start time and will start promptly.


In person voting will be collected by paper ballot provided on site.


Chain Theatre handles all aspects of ticketing and box office. Tickets will be $20.


You will need to keep the technical requirements of your show very simple. The Chain is equipped with a full light board and sound system, however the board will be shared by several shows and we will maintain a standard rep lighting plot. Keep light and sound cues as simple as possible. No show will be able to refocus lights. Each company will have only one cue-to-cue technical rehearsal in the venue which will be run by a Chain Theatre hired PSM. Storage space/dressing room space is also limited and will be shared by all shows. You will be given a small, unlocked area to store your props, set pieces, and costumes, which must be completely cleared at the conclusion of your performances.

Any additional equipment your show requires should be listed on your application and approved by Chain Theatre. Chain Theatre has the right to disqualify any shows that bring in unapproved technical elements. If approved, this equipment will be provided for your show by you. Chain Theatre assumes no liability for this equipment; it is your responsibility.


Chain Theatre will publicize the festival and coordinate overall press relations, including interviews and critic attendance. You may be asked to submit publicity photos and PR materials. You are also responsible for publicizing your own show through your own press releases, mailers, handbills, busking and/or posters. Should a critic accept your invitation to see a performance, this information must be forwarded to Chain Theatre so we may coordinate this. Chain Theatre will provide a blanket press kit to help all shows promote.


If you are accepted to the Chain One Act Festival, part of our agreement prohibits the performance of your show anywhere in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut any time from acceptance into the festival through December 2022. Please keep this restriction in mind when accepting other invitations to perform your show during these months, particularly before you have received acceptance status notification from Chain Theatre.


1. Choose your show.

2. COMPLETELY fill out the application form.

3. REVIEW your completed application to make sure it is complete and correct.

4. Ensure that the PDFs of your script and cover letter are included in your submission email.

Please do not send under separate cover. If there are technical issues, contact us at info@chaintheatre.org to discuss them.

5. Include the title of your show in the subject line of the email and on all relevant materials.

Should they become separated, this is how we will reunite them.


If you still have questions, we are available to help you in advance of the deadline at info@chaintheatre.org. You may want to print and keep or bookmark these instructions and your original application for your reference.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” 2022


Deadline: June 30, 2022

TNP Readers Theatre “Evening of New Plays” contest is an annual event designed to give playwrights an opportunity to have their one-act plays presented to an audience in a staged reading.

Eligibility: Entries must be one act, non-musical, and no longer than 30 minutes.

We suggest that the cast not exceed seven characters.

PLEASE REMEMBER:This is going to be read, and not a fully staged production.

There should be very minimal blocking, minimal props requirements, and no costumes.
If your play cannot be easily performed by seated readers, it will not be considered for performance.
Writers may submit only one play.

Each play must be the writer’s own original work, not an adaptation, and not commercially published or produced, though it may have been work-shopped or presented in staged readings in other locations than Southwest Florida. 

A submitted play also may have been entered in an earlier “Evening of New Plays” contest one time, so long as it was not an earlier Finalist.

Submissions are accepted from January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2022.

How to Enter:

Plays can be submitted by mail OR electronically.If mailing a hard copy, playwrights must submit a copy of their play to “An Evening of New Plays” The Naples Players, 701 5th Ave. S., Naples, FL 34102A title page with the name of the play, synopsis, and list of characters must be attached to the script. A separate page, giving the name of the play, the name of the playwright, and all contact data should accompany the script but not be attached to it. ** This is to help assure anonymity during the judging process.

Plays may also be submitted electronically by clicking the button below and filling out the form:



Entries may be funny, sad, scary or smart, be about character or ideas; certainly may shock, surprise or amaze, and may be in any genre. Strength of characterization, writing style, dialog, and plot are among judging criteria.

Authors retain all rights and give performance rights to The Naples Players for “An Evening of New Plays” and limited readings in other venues, including possible outreach and electronic media. Finalists and other submitters will be notified by October 31, 2022.


Finalists will receive staged readings of their plays, presented on January 22, 2023. A reception follows for all in attendance. Finalists each may receive a $100 performance royalty and two complimentary tickets. The plays and playwrights will be publicized in The Naples Players’ web pages, social, community and national theatre media, event calendars, flyers, programs, TNP playbills and e-mail “blasts” to select lists.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Eden Prairie Players 2023 Women's One Acts


Deadline: Submissions will close when a maximum number of submissions is reached.

After reading the guidelines, you can go to the Submission Form to submit a play.

Eden Prairie Players is accepting submissions of unpublished one act plays for its 2023 Women's One Acts to be produced in May of 2023. Women's One Acts are an annual selection of short plays that are written and directed by women and nonbinary folks. 

To find out more about Eden Prairie Players, please visit our website.

Submission Guidelines
  • Playwrights must identify as female or nonbinary.
  • Open to playwrights in the US. 
  • We are seeking unpublished one-act plays: dramas, comedies, etc. (previous productions or stage readings OK)
  • Length 30 minutes or under (we typically select most in the 10-25 minute range).
Submit through the online submission form:
  • Playwright contact information - name, email, address, phone.
  • Name of play.
  • Approximate duration.
  • List of characters / descriptions: age, gender, race if specified, etc. (please list allowable deviations) 
  • Short synopsis of the play, including a description of recommended set pieces and props
  • Has it been performed before? Where?
  • Would you like to be considered to direct your play? You would need to be in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
After the form is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. 

Plays will be reviewed on a first come-first served basis. We limit the number of plays considered, so submissions will be closed after we reach that limit.

Our Commitment to Inclusion

We commit to learning more about our own implicit biases, about authentically engaging the entire community, and about fostering diverse spaces. We pledge to practice inclusive and diverse storytelling in our performances and assure an equitable and safe space for all.

Compensation Selected plays will be paid a royalty of from $20 to $30 per performance. We plan to have 6 or 7 performances, although this is not guaranteed.
No compensation for selection process: By submitting your play(s) for consideration, you give Eden Prairie Players permission to distribute to reviewers as needed for the selection process. You also give permission for your play to be performed without payment at an unrehearsed table reading as part of the selection process.


Plays will be accepted from US-based playwrights only.

Plays must be submitted as a PDF file. Plays may be submitted by the playwright only. Each playwright is allowed to submit 1 play. If a play was written by more than one person, be sure this is reflected in the Credited playwrights field.

Submitted plays must be at least 8 minutes and at most 30 minutes in length.

Submissions will close when a maximum number of submissions is reached.

In the selection process, the play will be made available through TheaterForms to reviewers authorized by Eden Prairie Players. By submitting the play, the playwright gives permission for this usage. The playwright must be free to give this permission and to accept licensing terms offered by Eden Prairie Players if the play is selected, for any submitted play. (If a play is published after being submitted, and it is selected for Women's One Acts 2023, Eden Prairie Players will have the choice of accepting the publisher's licensing terms or choosing an alternate submission.)

Q: Are works by international playwrights accepted?
A: No

Q. What is the deadline for submissions?
A: We are limiting consideration to 200 plays, so submissions will be closed after we reach that limit. This usually happens fairly quickly.

Q: How are plays selected?
A: We provide access to each play for one or more authorized reviewers to read and rate as part of the selection process. Plays are narrowed down to a smaller subset of candidate plays. From this subset, plays are read at a public table reading and selected by our advisory committee.

Q: What should I know about your theater?
A: Riley-Jacques Barn is a renovated barn in Eden Prairie. It is a fairly small stage. The main portion of it is 15’ wide by 16’ deep, but the downstage half extends the width to 23’ wide plus a few feet of extra wings on each side that are used for entrances and exits. There are also two entrances on either side of the upstage half.

Q. What about language in my play?
A: While we bill these productions as intended for mature audiences due to subject matter and language, we strongly consider what our audience's reaction to each piece will be.

Q: How long has Eden Prairie Players produced unpublished one-acts?
A: 2010 was the first year that EPP produced unpublished works as part of our Collection of One Acts, and it was immediately successful. The response from our audience was overwhelmingly positive. We hope to carry that enthusiasm forward each year by continuing to introduce our audience to fresh new works written by exciting playwrights. We added a production specifically to feature the work of women playwrights in 2018. Thank you for your hard work, we are honored that you are considering EPP for your submission!

Submit a Play

2022 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition


Deadline: May 28th 2022

Attention Audio Drama Scriptwriters: The 2022 Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition is accepting adventure and comedy entries!

Greetings audio drama scriptwriters!

The MTB Audio Drama Scriptwriting Competition celebrates exciting aural storytelling with a $250 first prize and $100 second-place prize. Authors retain all script rights.

The focus for this, the tenth and final year of the MTB competition, is adventure and comedy scripts to engage and amuse audiences.

There’s no fee for entry. We simply ask the following:

Please keep to one entry per author.

Scripts should run no longer than 30 minutes (approximately 30 pages of script)

The script should be your original work/story. Adaptation of another author’s works or use of proprietary characters such as Dr. Who, Frankenstein, or Othello will lead to disqualification.

Please keep the script appropriate for listeners of all ages by meeting the following conventions:

1) Avoid swearing, which includes “damn,” and “hell” and “God.” Failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification regardless of context.

2) Avoid implicit or implied sexual context. Romantic affection is fine. Details about intimacy are not.

3) Avoid graphic depictions of killing or torture. It is understood that people can get bumped off for dramatic capital if needed (which is not to say it is necessary to do so) but if you do please avoid disturbing or overly descriptive details.

Given the current world situation, please refrain from submitting dystopian/pandemic fiction. This isn’t to say the subject can’t make for compelling drama, but a goal of this competition is to foster scripts that provide an escape for audiences of all ages from this topic. It’s fine if things start out dire for characters to spur conflict, but try to leave them in a better place by you story’s conclusion. Or at least most/some of them.

Make sure your script is action/plot driven. To meet this criteria (and prevent repurposed stage plays) each script should have at least one location change.
Please make sure it is free of visual stage directions such as “Shonna blows him a kiss. He nods knowingly as Tyler silently walks off stage” or stage play set design details.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022



Best actress $500, Best Supporting Actress 500, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor $500, Best Director $500, Singer $500, Best Short $500, Most Creative Play or Musical $500, Best Music Score $300, Best Choreography $200

to submit, go to:



All genres/submissions accepted from playwright that live no further than 30 miles from Manhattan and provided they are between 5 and 90 minutes long.
Productions must run with a complete cast and crew from NYC or 30 miles radios. Equity productions are welcome to participate.



Productions must run with a complete cast and crew from NYC or 30 miles radios. Equity productions are welcome to participate.


You can take advantage of our Audience Feedback System.

We find that it is usually constructive for playwrights and other members of a production team to receive audience feedback concerning the quality of their productions.

If you so choose, the Festival will reach out to all audience members who attended your production, with a questionnaire they can fill out, answering specific questions and providing general feedback.

Audience input can be very helpful if you are shaping your show for another run, or simply a rewrite. We believe this process will help perfect your production, or can simply help you to learn and grow as an artist for your next production.


Plays and Musicals must be unproduced or produced before 2017 in which case the run must include a completely new cast and crew.

Submit to be among the plays and musicals in a Festival/Competition that is WOWING New Yorkers.



to submit, go to:


Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition. 


We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the best play or musical.
Can you find another festival that gives away this much money in prizes? Our winners are selected by the festival’s team, so it’s not simply some “popularity contest” based on whoever brings in the largest audience. Sometimes the most “non-glitzy” smallest budget productions with the fewest audience members win first prize, simply because it was excellent. We love sincere, heart-felt performances, and honest writing.

Here’s a chance to have your play live on a New York City Stage! Submit your work to the Spring/Summerfest festival competition. Accepting plays and musicals of all genres between 5-90 minutes in length. The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 17 seasons - 10 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

Why is New York Theater Festival a mecca for new and original plays?


We offer:
  • A quality venue.
75 beautiful red fabric seats . A stage the size of your average 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan (30’x22’) with plenty of backstage space, room in the wings, a large dressing room complete with mirrors and sink, and a clean and functional bathroom.
  • Need set/prop pieces? No problem.

What other festival offers you the use of 100 set props/furniture in their storage for free? Not only do we invite you to use our items, we also offer free storage for all your hand props for the duration of your run. It’s no fun double parking your truck outside of theaters for every performance, only to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s annoying lugging all your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway throughout the length of your run. Don’t sweat it. We have space- and that’s not easy to come by in NYC! Check out our props: https://newyorktheaterfestival.com/props/ 

  • Easy to use technology.

Where else will you get a lighting plot of 65 lights, complete with LED lights that can create a flush in a full range of deep colors for your scenes. 

  • If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!

Need music? We also have a good upright piano you can use

  • We offer very long techs.
Do you know how important it is to have ample tech rehearsal time?
For a Full-Length (60-90 minute) we give 4 hours for your tech.
For a One-Act (30-45 minute) we give you 2.5 hours for your tech, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes for your tech.

What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all? Absolutely nothing (say it again!) We don’t want to risk your show looking miserable during your run because you did not have enough time to prepare. We want you to feel confident with how it will look. That’s why we offer a generous amount of tech time. (After all, time is money!)
  • What’s more important than advertising your show?
Many festival websites do not advertise your show. Many that do will have mundane descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our pages with previous productions. Large posters, detailed information, and a catchy blurb of your show… That’s more like it! You can share the link without embarrassment and send it to your family, friends, colleagues, and community. All cast and crew from all productions are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!
Check out our posts:
  • No seasonal volunteers
One of our principle team members is always at the theater to support you during your tech, box office times, and performances. You will always see a familiar face! Feel free to ask for help or special guidance to make your performance a success. Your questions will be answered in a matter of hours from the festival’s team. You will never have to wait days for a response. Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced, providing you with real answers and a personal touch.
  • Award ceremony
An unforgettable award ceremony at the end of the festival to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues, similar to the Oscars!

Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.  Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production, including directing, casting, stage-managing.  We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!  

Saturday, April 30, 2022

WHAT THEY SAY first annual theater festival highlighting trans and gender non-conforming stories and voices


Deadline: June 1, 2022
Or when they hit their submission cap

This year will mark WHAT THEY SAY's first annual theater festival highlighting trans and gender non-conforming stories and voices! Hooray!


  • We are looking for very short (under 10 mins), ten minute, and one-act plays
  • Plays should be by a GNC/non-binary/Trans* writer; by an LGBT+ writer about the LGBT+ experience; or from any writer about gendered experience/identity specifically (see below for more on content**)
  • If your play is over 20 pages, please identify a 10 page selection for us to read
  • Make sure your formatting is consistent throughout (unless that is part of the play)
  • Be sure to number your pages

SUBMIT YOUR PLAY HERE: https://forms.gle/Eo4i13cttHWWYjrc7

If you have any questions at all, please reach out to whattheysaytheater@gmail.com

Our inaugural festival will most likely be in a hybrid format, with a live performance that our playwrights will be more than welcome to join as well as a YouTube stream—more information to come! Should your play be selected, with your permission, we will also be editing together an anthology of the selected plays and shopping it around this upcoming year. We cannot guarantee payment, but we do hope to provide a small stipend if the books sells.

We look forward to reading your submissions!


We encourage stories about trans & GNC experience, as they align most closely with our mission! However, this is not necessarily required: if you identify as trans, nonbinary, GNC, or questioning, please submit whatever play you would most like to share with our audience. We will also be accepting work about gender-based and/or queer identity/experience from members outside of those identities. (A play about Black femininity, a play about toxic masculinity, a play about women in the workplace, etc.)

We will most likely not accept more than one play that specifically deals with the rhetoric surrounding current sports & bathroom bills. If you have written this play, that is awesome! Keep writing them! But we as an organization would prefer not to participate in these debates, as they are often based in fear tactics and debates about trans existence, which is not the conversation we would like to have this year. We hope to use our festival to discuss various gendered experiences; highlight trans, nonbinary, & GNC joy; and discuss the most common human rights issues trans people face (healthcare discrimination, housing discrimination, homelessness, transmisogyny, imprisonment, etc.) All of that said, if you have a beautiful play that you think will change our minds, by all means please send it in!

Finally: we have a small team, and our organization is focused on trans & gender-based stories and rights than education or debate about trans existence, so we will not be able to field questions about trans people/history/etc. or any calls to debate. As much as we appreciate curiosity and enthusiasm about trans topics, we don't have the staff or time —or expertise, for certain questions!— to do so offstage at this time. We hope you understand! That said, if you are interested in learning more about trans & nonbinary people and how to respect them, here are a few places you could start:


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

The Sixth Festival


Deadline: May 1, 2022

"The Sixth Festival is calling for play submissions for Off-Broadway readings happening June 2 - 12. One night will be short plays (10-30 minutes) and one night will go to a single full length.
Deadline to submit: May 1

About the Festival:

The Sixth Fest is a fringe festival in its second year inviting events of all types to draw attention and inspire action to stop the end of the fucking world.

In our first year we had 25 events from over 80 presenters in Chicago and online, from urban gardening in underserved communities to poetry to panels to yoga to a pageant for kids, with the knowledge that everyone of every walk will be needed to avert the climate crisis.

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The venue:

Theatre 80 is an Off-Broadway theater located at 80 St. Mark's Place in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood. It will be underwater after we reach 4 degrees of warming which we are on course for by 2100. Due to the pandemic, this historic location is in a fight to keep from shuttering. Find out more and donate here:


Submission details:
  • Plays, like all our events, do not have to be about climate change, at least in what immediately comes to mind with that. Ice caps and disappearing forests and weather are the symptoms. Humans are the cause. Some things stories could be about: children being nice to each other; farming; migrants; butterflies; the fact that our government is controlled by private interests or runs on tribalism; globally or locally racist, exploitative systems that pretend human beings and the planet are dispensable--just to name a few. An aim of the festival is to show climate change is much different than the boxes we have it in, and affects and is affected by everything. Plus, if Rihanna can play her regular playlist for climate, we can all do the same.
  • Send a PDF of the whole play to submissions@thesixthfest.org with either "Short 80 Submission" or "Full Length 80 Submission" in the subject line, depending on play's length.
  • One play only. Plays that have been produced before accepted.
  • No fee. Produced by the festival.
  • Plays must include at least one occurrence of the words "climate change" or "climate crisis."
  • Notified about decision by email by May 10.
  • $200 for full-length winner. $50 for shorts.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

ENCORE Theatre Playwriting Competition 2022


Deadline: April 30, 2022

Submit your play to arinvanjari@yahoo.com

ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music is happy to announce their second ENCORE Theatre playwriting competition. 

We could not hold this competition last year due to pandemic and sad demise of our creative director Ashok.

However, to encourage creativity and to continue the activity started by Ashok, we are inviting talented playwriters to submit their work. We will be accepting applications in three categories:
• Ten-minute plays
• Thirty minute plays
• Full-length plays.
Plays may be written on any subject in English, Hindi or Marathi. 

• Winning Ten-minute plays will be staged during an evening of Encore Theater.
Please Note - Last years winners plays will be staged on May 28, 2022

• Winning Thirty minute and Full-length plays will be produced by ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music or by invited Theater Institutes, to be staged during an Encore Theater Festival.
Prizes will be made possible through the generosity of ONEJARI Arts Crafts & Music
If any individual or Institute wants to be a part of this project please contact: Dolly Vanjari at arinvanjari@yahoo.com 

**All three categories will be awarded cash prizes! ** 

Submission details:
  1. Entries containing all content are welcome, but please note that preference will be given to those that would be appropriate for most audiences and can be staged. 
  2. Entries must be received by the deadline to be considered. 
  3. All entries are final, but playwrights will have the opportunity for feedback and revision if selected as winners. 
  4. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges. 
  5. The winners will be notified by email and announced publicly. 
  6. Please be sure to submit 
• Your Name
• Your Email
• The title of your work
• Duration of your play
• Only original work that has not been previously staged will be permitted to participate
Please submit your entry by mail directly to arinvanjari@yahoo.com


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

2022 National Latine Playwrights Award


Deadline: April 15, 2022

Submissions for the 2022 National Latine Playwrights Award (NLPA) are open now through April 15.

Early submissions are highly encouraged. Latine playwrights residing in the United States, its territories or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists; finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.

  • The award is open to all Latine playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.
  • Scripts may be in English, Spanish, or a combination of the two (Spanish scripts must be accompanied by an English translation).
  • Plays must be unpublished, professionally unproduced, and not currently under option at the time of submission.
  • Full-length and one-act plays, with a minimum length of 50 pages, on any subject will be accepted.

  • The physical scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, “property” means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.
  • The winner will be notified by August 1, 2022. Application requirements include:
  • Submissions of a single script can be sent via email to NLPA@arizonatheatre.org.
  • Include a cover letter of no more than one page describing the play’s developmental history and how the play fits into the playwright’s broader career trajectory.

For more information contact Elaine Romero, ATC Playwright-in Residence: info@arizonatheatre.org.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

25th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals


Deadline: April 10, 2022

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas is now accepting entries from now until April 10, 2022 for the 25th Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:

Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages. 12 point font (Courier, Arial or Times New Roman)

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

Number all pages of the scripts, and scripts MUST be securely bound by three hole punch with brads or three hole punch folder. NO STAPLES!

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

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

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 10, 2022.

Scripts cannot be returned.

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

Scripts should be mailed to:

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

For more information or background on past productions, go to:


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Via Brooklyn Iron Anthology


Deadline: April 20, 2022 5PM EDT

Deadline has been moved up to April 13, 2022 5PM EDT

Via Brooklyn is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company that develops theatrical productions, coupled with interactive programming, to engage audiences around the world. Our mission is to foster enthusiasm, contemplation, and community by blurring the traditional lines between stage, canvas, camera, music, page, and everything in between. We believe the synergy of artistic media can create visionary live theatre experiences.

Via Brooklyn has produced shows at venues such as 59E59, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Rochester Fringe Festival, The Wallace Collection in London, and the Southampton Cultural Center in Southampton, NY. Our most recent production, “Testament”, won 5 BroadwayWorld Off-Broadway Awards. For more information on our company please visit: www.viabrooklyn.org.


“Iron Anthology” will be a series of three, 30-60 minute audio plays (one of which has already been commissioned) that will each be split into three parts for release on all major podcast platforms this Halloween 2022. The first audio play already created for the series looks at three strangers’ search for iron ore in 1820s New Jersey, but when a malevolent presence begins to sabotage their efforts, their quest for riches becomes a struggle for survival. We are seeking two additional playwrights each to write another work for the series.


-Write an original 30-60 minute audio horror drama

-Incorporate editing notes from the production team as necessary

-Deliver drafts in a timely manner by deadlines agreed upon in advance


-Experience writing for the horror genre

-Experience with writing for audio drama productions

-Excellent communication skills

-A true team player and ensemble member


-$1,300 flat fee for buy out of a 30-60 minute commissioned audio drama

-Candidate will be hired under a 1099.


Pre-production is already underway, with recording set for July or August 2022. “Iron Anthology” will be released around Halloween 2022.


If interested, please submit your CV, a sample of previous work, and a link to your website to info@viabrooklyn.org with “Iron Anthology Playwright Commission Application” in the subject by April 20th, 2022 at 5pm EDT.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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