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Monday, September 12, 2022

Two Bimbos seeks Femme/female-centered plays


Deadline: August 31, 2022

Deadline: September 14, 2022 Midnight

Two Bimbos are looking for the next piece of cutting edge theater to present to the millennial and Gen Z audiences of NYC 💕

Are you a playwright? Do you have a script ready to be presented onstage this fall/winter? 

Are you willing to work with a group of theater professionals that have willingly branded themselves Two Bimbos?

To be considered your play must:

Be palpable for Millennial and Gen Z audiences. Unsure if your play will be adored by the TikTokers of today? Submit anyways! 💕

Feature no more than 4 performers. It can have multiple characters so long as all roles can be performed by no more than 4 individuals! 💕

Be no more than 90 pages; one acts also accepted! 💕

We want something weird! Femme/female-centered stories will be prioritized 💕

This is a BIMBO SUMMIT: Womxn playwrights to the front! 💕

Include a lil cover letter/about you! Tell us who are you, what are your goals, and why you wish to work with the Two Bimbos 💕


The Whiskey Radio Hour seeks 10-minute plays


Deadline: September 25, 2022

We are currently taking writer and director submissions for Episode 24 of the Whiskey Radio Hour, which will be on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Chief O'Neill’s Pub and Restaurant. 

All submissions are due by Sunday, September 25, 2022 to whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines for Writers

NOTE: At present, we are only accepting new radio play submissions from persons of color, LGBT, and female playwrights.

Kindly email whiskeyradiohour@gmail.com with your complete script (in either .doc or .pdf format).

Only complete scripts will be considered.

Your play should be around ten minutes long (so read your play out loud before you submit!)a

Your play can be in any genre you like, but try to engage the radio play format in some way.

Due to space constraints, up to four actors can perform in each radio play. Therefore, actors will play multiple roles if there are more than four characters in your piece.

Each writer can submit up to two radio plays per Radio Hour.

Each episode of the Whiskey Radio Hour is recorded, and then put on the internet for anyone to download free of charge. To check out past episodes, visit our bandcamp page.

If you’re interested in the correct format of a radio play, the BBC has a handy guide here.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Heartland Theatre Company 10-Minute Play Competition 2023


Deadline: February 1, 2023

All entrants must complete and submit the

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

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

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

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

The Millibo Art Theatre seeks 10-minute plays on the theme "VOTE!"


Deadline: September 20, 2022
Colorado Springs CO

The Millibo Art Theatre is putting a call out for submissions of short plays (10 minutes max) monologues, poetry, comedy, dance, puppetry, and songwriting that address the theme of “VOTE”.

SUBMISSIONS:Please submit scripts or act descriptions by Sept 20th 2022 to matboxoffice@gmail.com with the subject line “VOTE submission”.

All submissions will be selected by jury or live audition.

Auditions will be scheduled between Sept 15th and Sept. 20th.

Short play auditions for actors will be Sept 24, 25.

PRODUCTION:“VOTE!” will be produced in a hosted variety show format at the Millibo Art Theatre October 20-30 for seven performances.

Performers must be available for all shows as well as Tech and Dress rehearsals evenings of Oct 18,19.
Shows run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Oct 20,21,22 27,28,29 at 7:30pm and Sunday matinee Oct. 23 at 2pm.

QUERIES:Please direct questions by email to jim@themat.org

Femuscripts seeks plays from writers living in south-eastern states


Deadline: October 17, 2022


Femuscripts is looking for plays from writers who are also women, female-identifying or non-binary, AND who live in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, or Tennessee. 



Other criteria: 
  • ONE ACTS or FULL LENGTH plays only.
  • Plays that have not been produced (readings are fine, but no full productions)
  • Plays must be centered on the theme of hope and/or rejuvenation
  • Any genre welcome. 
  • No more than 5 characters.

Format: standard playwriting format according to Dramatist Guild guidelines.

PLEASE SEND PDFS ONLY! No Word documents will be accepted. 

Email PDFs to: femuscripts@gmail.com

No fee to submit. 

Playwrights may submit up to 2 plays.

Deadline to receive work: October 17, 2022. 

Production of either one full length or two one-acts will be in Spring 2023.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 25th Annual Festival of New American Theatre


Deadline: September 30, 2022

Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 25th Annual Festival of New American Theatre will run April 7, 2023 – April 23, 2023. The 2023 Festival will feature both curated and submitted works including: one play reading, two musical readings, one musical workshop, the Composer Lyricist Cabaret featuring two artists, and the Choreography Lab which will set movement to musical material featured in the festival selections. All eligible submissions are welcome and we are actively seeking submissions from artists with an Arizona connection. The submission window is August 19, 2022 – September 30, 2022. Please see below for instructions and additional details.

The Phoenix Theatre Company is accepting submissions for the following:

1. Full Length Plays: Both dramatic and comedic. Selecting one for the Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

Plays should be original, un-produced, full-length scripts.

To be eligible to submit, playwrights must have:

i. At least one previous work that has been performed (fully or as a reading) in another festival or at a professional theatre*
*Must provide documentation proof (playbill, press release, etc.)

To champion local artists, special consideration will also be given to works where at least one member of the creative team has a connection to Arizona (current resident, studied in Arizona, etc.).

A blind copy of your script should be submitted (no names).

Plays that have received more than two development processes (i.e. festival participation) are not eligible.

No screenplays please.

No Theatre for Young Audience pieces please.

Cast size must be limited to 6 actors or less (actors may play more than one role).

Submission fee: $10.00*

* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide photo/copy of your membership card when submitting your script).

PDF attachments ONLY. Must be submitted via the Typeform submission link.

A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

Plays selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and actors. This includes twenty hours of rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance of the play. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or assistant festival director.

If selected, you must be available to be in residence for the duration of your rehearsal process during the festival. Exact timing will be determined after selections are made. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

• Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival, as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

2. Full Length Musicals: Both dramatic and comedic. Selecting two for reading and one for a workshop for the Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

Musicals should be original and un-produced.

To be eligible to submit, composers/book writers must have:

i. At least one previous work that has been performed (fully or as a reading) in another festival or at a professional theatre*
*Must provide documentation proof (playbill, press release, etc.)

To champion local artists, special consideration will also be given to works where at least one member of the creative team has a connection to Arizona (current resident, studied in AZ, etc.)

A blind copy of your script and score should be submitted (no names).

Please submit a full libretto and demos of at least three songs (more are recommended and do not need to be fully produced). Sheet music/score will be asked for after the first round of readings.

No Musical Revues please.

Jukebox Musicals are accepted but proof of rights to the songs must be provided.

No Theatre for Young Audience musicals please.

No more than 3 collaborators (book writer, lyricist and composer) for each work.

Cast size must be limited to 10 actors (actors may play multiple roles).

Submission fee: $10.00*

* Fees are waived for members of WGA or Dramatists Guild (please provide a link to your DG/WGA page, ID number or photo/copy of your membership card).

PDF attachments ONLY or provide link to Dropbox, Google Drive or other sharable platforms. Must be submitted via the Typeform submission link.

A notice of receipt will be sent by email once your script has been received.

Musicals selected will receive a development process with a director, dramaturg and

actors. This includes rehearsal time and two performed readings, with script in hand, in front of an audience. A guided feedback session with the audience will follow the performance. Questions for the talkbacks are developed with the playwrights and are facilitated by the festival director or assistant festival director.

If your script/musical is selected, all collaborators must be available to be in residence for the duration of the rehearsal period during the festival. Exact timing will be determined after selection. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

Airfare and lodging are provided for the festival as well as a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

3. Original Songs for our Composer Lyricist Cabaret. Selecting two composers/lyricists for our Festival of New American Theatre 2023.

• Please submit piano sheet music and demos of 5 complete, original songs. • Songs can be from an existing musical (of your own in development) or be standalone pieces. We are looking for a sampling of your work.

If selected, the composer and lyricist must be available to be in residence for the week the cabaret is scheduled. Exact timing is determined after selection. The Festival of New American Theatre 2023 rehearsal and performance time frame is April 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023.

Composers/Lyricists will receive airfare, housing, and a small honorarium. Travel to and from your home airport not included.

No more than 2 artists can be eligible for free housing/airfare.

Friday, September 9, 2022

15th Annual PLAYground Submissions for Young Audiences

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Deadline: none given


Plays must be intended for young audiences (5-18 years old) - a play is not expected to appeal to this whole age range.

Scripts must be unpublished at the time of submission.

Scripts should be full length (somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes of content, depending on your audience) or intended to be developed into a full length piece.

Playwrights can submit up to 3 scripts. Each script must be accompanied by its own cover letter.
Plays do not need to be fully polished. This is a workshop process, so we welcome pieces with potential and room to grow, and will be there to support you through that.

Please do not submit screenplays, teleplays, musicals, collaborations, or direct adaptations (though scripts inspired by, based on, or a response to a source material are welcome!)

Please send any questions, thoughts, or concerns to playgroundTYAfestival@gmail.com

 You may also contact Festival Producer Natalie Rarick (natalierarick2023@u.northwestern.edu) or one of Purple Crayon Players’ Literary Managers, Kailey Morand or Juliet Burks (kaileymorand2025@u.northwestern.edu or julietburks2025@u.northwestern.edu)

Flint Repertory Theatre 2023 New Works Festival


Deadline: October 15, 2022
Flint Michigan

Flint Repertory Theatre is seeking new plays and musicals for the 2023 New Works Festival April 28-30, 2023.

The New Works Festival is an annual weeklong event featuring staged readings and workshops of new plays and musicals. Playwrights and composers from around the country are in residence in Flint during the process, which includes post-show audience discussions.

Playwrights should submit an original, unproduced, full-length script. Please include contact information, a short bio, play synopsis and development history. Submissions will be accepted until October 15th, 2022. 

Please submit HERE.

Contact Sasha Dudock (Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director) at sdudock@flintrep.org with any literary questions.

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Application for Hodder Fellowship 2023-2024


Deadline: September 13, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST

The Lewis Center is designed to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. This mission is based on the conviction that exposure to the arts helps each of us to make sense of our lives and the lives of our neighbors. We pursue this mission by bringing together a vibrantly diverse community of people with different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, skills and talents. 

 The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, translators, writers or other kinds of artists or humanists who are selected more "for promise than for performance" and have "much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts" as traditionally defined. 

Given the strength of the applicant pool, most successful Fellows have published a first book or have similar achievements in their own fields; the Hodder is designed to provide Fellows with the "studious leisure" to undertake significant new work. 

Hodder Fellows spend an academic year at Princeton, but no formal teaching is involved. An $88,000 stipend is provided for this 10-month appointment as a Visiting Fellow. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply. 

The Lewis Center is committed to fostering an academic environment that acknowledges and encourages diversity and differences. The successful candidate will pursue academic excellence in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. 

 Writers: Please apply by submitting a resume, a 3,000-word writing sample of recent work, and a project proposal of 500 words. 

 Composers, Performing Artists, and Visual Artists: Please apply at by submitting a resume, a project proposal of 500 words, and examples of ten minutes of performance through link(s) to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flicker, etc. Visual artists should provide up to 20 still images organized into a single PDF file and submit as part of their online application. 

Composers may send 1-2 scores as a PDF file and submit as part of their online application and/or supply a link to a website. We cannot confirm receipt of applications, nor can we accept applications submitted after the deadline. 

Limits on the statement size (500 words) and sample size (3,000 words) are strict. The appointment of the Hodder Fellows will be made in early 2023. An announcement of the award will be posted here: http://arts.princeton.edu/fellowships/. To learn more (including FAQ, profiles of past fellows, etc.): arts.princeton.edu/fellowships 

Essential Qualifications Selection will be based on artistic achievement.

Requisition No: D-22-LCA-00009

*Required information is denoted with an asterisk.

How to Apply

The form online must be completed to submit your application for this position.

It is recommended that you read through the entire application and gather the required application materials before beginning your application. You will not be able to save or return to edit a partial application. Only complete applications will be accepted for consideration and the application form must be completed in its entirety before it can be submitted.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address that you provide in your application. In some cases, your references may be contacted using the email address that you provide for them and may be asked to provide their recommendation via a web-based form similar to the application form.

Be sure to provide the correct email addresses for you and all of your references to ensure that communications from Princeton University are properly delivered.

For more information send an email to lca-fellowships@princeton.edu.

The Robert J. Pickering / J.R. Colbeck Award for Playwriting Excellence

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Deadline: December 31, 2022
Coldwater, Michigan

This annual award was established to honor past member and playwright, Bob Pickering, and to provide a vehicle for playwrights to see their works produced. Over 30 plays have been produced over since 1984. In 2020, the award was renamed to also honor longtime BCCT member and Pickering director, J.R. Colbeck. $200 is awarded for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Full length, unproduced plays and musicals. Children’s plays accepted. Unable to return without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Selection Process:

Chairman and committee members read and review each entry and select ten finalists from which the first, second and third place winners are chosen.


Branch County Community Theatre reserves the right and agrees to produce the first place winner in this yearly competition. First place winners are required to sign a production contract.

Production House:

BCCT productions are staged in the historic Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Built in 1882, Tibbits is a completely restored 500-seat proscenium theater.

Send submissions to:
Branch County Community Theatre
14 S. Hanchett St.
Coldwater, MI 49036

Monday, September 5, 2022



Deadline: September 15, 2022

We are open for submissions for our Special One Minute Plays Anthology titled 'Et tu, Brute?' . Please send all submissions to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com as per the following guidelines:

1. The play should be in line with the symbolic, metaphoric and literary meaning of 'Et tu, Brute?'.

2. We shall not accept works promoting or glorifying- violence, sexual abuse, racism , hatred or any political ideology.

3. Maximum 3 submissions.

4. The length of the plays should be decided by the playwright, keeping in mind that the performance time should not exceed 1 minute.

5. Also send a synopsis of the work.

6. All submissions to be sent to dramaanthologyfreshwords@gmail.com

7. Submission deadline: September 15, 2022. (The selected playwrights will be informed on or before September 28th, 2022 through email.).

8. Mention YOUR NAME followed by 'SUBMISSION FOR Et tu, Brute? ANTHOLOGY ' in the subject line of your email

General Guidelines:

1. All submissions must contain a cover letter and a short literary profile (Maximum 70 words) of playwright in third person narrative.

2. All submissions must be sent typed in MS Word or PDF doc as attachment with the email.

3. The author should mention:
  • Legal Name:
  • Pen name (if any):
  • Snail mail address:
4. Playwright must send a high resolution photo (JPEG format) of self as a separate attachment with the submission.

5. Simultaneous submissions are welcome but please immediately inform us in case they are accepted elsewhere.

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The Richard Rodgers Awards 2023


Deadline: November 1, 2022

The Richard Rodgers Awards were created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater. These awards 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. The Richard Rodgers Awards are the only awards for which the Academy accepts applications.

All applications for the Richard Rodgers Awards are to be submitted online by November 1, 2022. Application requirements and procedures are explained in the form below. Please download, read, and sign the form before beginning the online application.

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 per year. 4. All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

5. Works by members of the Academy and previous winners of the full 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 not appear on any 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. Tracks must be uploaded in the order they appear in the script.

e) Application form signed by all collaborators (see below). Applicants submitting work that 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.

f) If applicable, a statement of intent declaring how the applicants would use the award if their musical is a winner. If the piece is already attached to producers or a theater, even if tentative, these associations must be declared here.

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 2023. 


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.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Cape Cod Theater Project 2023


Deadline: September 15, 2022

Applications for our 2023 Summer Season will be accepted September 1 through September 15, 2022.

Please use this form

Playwrights may send one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot have received a professional production, or a production that has been reviewed, prior to August 2023.

To apply, please attach a PDF of the script to the form.

Please label the document using your first and last name as well as the play’s title. For example: janesmithplaytitle.pdf

In addition, please include on the form a short biography and a brief artistic statement on how you propose to use your development time at CCTP.

As we rely on the generosity of our donors for housing, we usually limit our cast sizes to no more than six actors, though there have been exceptions. To answer a frequently asked question, we do develop musicals and have done so in the past. If your play is selected, your play will have a 20-25 hour developmental rehearsal process followed by 2 or 3 public readings with talkbacks.

We no longer review hard copies of scripts sent by mail.

The CCTP staff does not provide feedback on any submitted materials.

We look forward to reading your work. Again, here is the form.

Any questions? Please contact capecodlit@gmail.com

Radcliffe Fellowship 2022


Deadline: September 29, 2022

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

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

Throughout the year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress. Coming from diverse disciplines and perspectives, they challenge each other’s ideas and support each other’s ambitions. Many say that it is the best year of their professional lives.

Our online application for the 2023–2024 fellowship year is now available.

The deadline for applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts is September 8, 2022.

The deadline for applications in science, engineering, and mathematics is September 29, 2022.

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program awards 50 fellowships each academic year. Applicants may apply as individuals or in a group of two to three people working on the same project. We seek diversity along many dimensions, including discipline, career stage, race and ethnicity, country of origin, gender and sexual orientation, and ideological perspective. Although our fellows come from many different backgrounds, they are united by their demonstrated excellence, collegiality, and creativity.

Explore the broad range of Radcliffe fellows’ projects.

We welcome applications from a broad range of fields and perspectives. The strength of our fellowship program is its diversity.

Radcliffe supports engaged scholarship. We welcome applications from scholars, artists, and practitioners proposing innovative work that confronts pressing social and policy issues and seeking to engage audiences beyond academia.

We welcome proposals relevant to the Institute’s focus areas, which include:Law, education, and justice
Climate change and its human impacts, especially projects that address the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis on marginalized or under-resourced communities
Legacies of slavery
Reflecting Radcliffe’s unique history and institutional legacy, we welcome proposals that focus on women, gender, and society or draw on the Schlesinger Library’s rich collections.

Interdisciplinary exchange is a hallmark of the Radcliffe Fellowship, and we welcome proposals that take advantage of our uniquely diverse intellectual community by engaging with concepts and ideas that cross disciplinary boundaries.

Friday, September 2, 2022

Clutch Productions is now accepting submissions of original one-act plays from BIPOC women


Deadline: September 1, 2022
Deadline: September 5, 2022


Clutch Productions is now accepting submissions of original one-act plays and short screenplays by women writers to be considered for the 2022 empowHER Reading Series!

This series is dedicated to work created by BIPOC women artists who reside in Upper Manhattan. This includes West Harlem, Washington Heights or Inwood (W135th to W155th St from Edgecombe Ave west to the Hudson River; W155th St to W220th St river-to-river).

Harkening back to the roots of the empowHER Reading Series in 2016, the theme for this year is: what is at stake for women in the 2022 election cycle?

We encourage you to submit your work, and pass this info on to other writers who would be interested too.

Three performances are scheduled for late October. Venue TBA.


At least 50% of the roles in each play must be for women. Writers are encouraged to explore all sides of the issues to reflect the authentic debate of our time.

Scripts should be less than 20 pages in length.

No previous productions of the script. We seek original, responsive work.

Prior to the public reading series, selected scripts will undergo a rehearsal-based workshop with dramaturgical support. All performances will take place in Manhattan, and be free to the public. A $250 stipend is available for each selected writer.

Submissions are due September 5, 2022 and MUST include:
  • Full script(s) as a PDF
  • Cover letter
  • Writer’s bio

Black Swamp Players: Telling Stories Playwriting Contest


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Deadline: December 31, 2022 5PM

Bowling Green Ohio

This year’s Telling Stories Playwriting Contest deadline is December 31 at 5 PM. The winning play will receive a full-scale production during our 2023-2024 season.

The competition is open to any one-act or full length play that has not received a full-scale production (staged readings don’t count). The play must have a run time of 30 minutes to two hours. Plays in any genre will be considered.

The winning script will receive a full-scale production during the Players’ 2023-2024  season.

PDF of the script along with a cover letter should be sent to president@blackswampplayers.org.

Thursday, September 1, 2022





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. Now accepting submissions only from playwrights who live no farther than 30 miles from Manhattan.
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. 

Prize categories include:





2 BEST ACTOR $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESS $500 each 





Here’s a chance to have your Play or Musical live on a New York City in Manhattan Stage!  

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 20 seasons - 11 continuous years of activity. Read below to find out why!

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


We offer:

§  A quality venue.
75  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 huge dressing room complete with mirrors and plenty of storage



§  Need set/prop pieces? No problem.
What other festival offers you the use of 85 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:
§  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.  You are also free to use our projector that projects a back stage image of 21×12′.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use even for those that had no previous experience. You do not need to be a tech person to use them.



§  If MUSIC is the food of love, play on!
Need music?  We also have a good upright piano you can use

§   We offer 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 hours, For a Short (5-20 minute) we give you 60 minutes. 
What can you accomplish with short tech rehearsals, or none at all offered somewhere else ? 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 and you will see immediately the difference. Large posters and detailed information. 
You can share the link of the post that we create for you 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:

§  Prime performance hours
 We give you only ideal prime time slots, 30 minutes of ample set-up time before performances, and since the festival runs for 3 months, each production has time to breathe.


§  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!

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

The Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers Showcase 2023


Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submissions Open September 1st for Our 2nd Biennial Playwrighting Festival for Young Writers!
Send Your Submission by Dec. 31, 2022

Beginning in 2011, the New Play-Reading Festival is an integral part of our Creative Arts Academy. Because of this unique program, students, families, playwrights and artists experience the collaborative, educational process of bringing a new theatrical work from page to stage. 

While we received a total of only 6 submissions in its first year, the Growing Stage now receives over 150 new works annually from playwrights throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Subsequently, an ongoing effort for our company is to provide young people the platform to express themselves artistically and to share their voices. Therefore, we’re excited to present our 2nd Biennial Playwriting Festival for Young Writers.

Open to grades 4th Open to grades 4th through high school, we’ve structured the festival to provide a unique opportunity for the emerging artist in a meaningful and respectful manner. Additionally, a member of our professional artistic team will review each submission and will provide constructive critique.


Submit a synopsis and scene from an original piece you have written or are currently developing.

We encourage new works and a fresh perspective for any adaptations. Please note that if it is an adaptation the piece must be in public domain.

From our initial submissions, we will choose a select number to move forward for Phase 2. Each playwright will be notified.

PHASE 2: Full Play Submission

If your piece is selected for PHASE 2, we will ask that you submit your full piece. We accept submissions either through the mail or email.

A designated panel of TGS artists will review each submission and select a total of four finalists for the final stage of development.

We will announce our finalists. (Date TBA)

PHASE 3: Mentorship & Festival

A professional playwright/mentor is assigned to each of the four finalists will be assigned to a  to assist and help you continue to develop your play leading up to the festival.

A director and actors are assigned to each piece for our Young Writers Showcase presenting our 4 finalists in Spring 2023.

ellipsis… literature & art annual literary journal accepts drama


Deadline: November 1, 2022

Please submit one English language drama piece per year, up to 8,000 Words.

Use 12 point font.

ellipsis… literature & art is the annual literary journal published by the students of Westminster College since 1965. We sponsor a yearly poetry contest ($100 prize), judged by Laurie Ann Guerrero in 2021 and Carolyn Forche in 2022. Saddiq Dzukogi will judge the 2023 contest.

All accepted poems are eligible. Contributors include well-known writers, up-and-coming writers, and never-before-published writers.

We accept original English language submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction, drama, and art. Submit poems in one document, please. 

Our submission period is August 1 through November 1 for poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. 

We accept art submissions from August 1 through January 31.

Please include a 75 word contributor’s note and your address, telephone number, and email address.

Simultaneous submissions are welcome but withdraw your submission immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Note that we do not republish pieces, including work online.

We usually pay $10 per poem and page of visual art, and $3 per page of prose, plus two free copies of the issue. We cannot pay international contributors.

Submissions cannot be accepted via email.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

One-Act Submissions for CapitalQ Theatre Festival


Deadline: November 28, 2022
or after 75 submissions

We are interested in plays at all levels of development from playwrights of all levels of experience. What we are looking for is an exciting story surrounding the queer experience that begs to be performed on stage. Our goal is to aid playwrights in presenting the story they are excited to tell on stage, with whatever resources they find valuable. We are especially interested in a myriad of stories about the LGBTQ+ experience and are hoping our festival’s representation accurately represents the diversity in our community.

- We are defining a one-act play as a play between 10 and 40 minutes long that takes place over one act.
- This festival is specifically for playwrights who identify as LGBTQ+. At this time, we are not accepting plays written by allies.

The application window will close on November 28th or after 75 submissions.



Regular, Full-Length Submissions

StageQ's mission is to celebrate and advance theatre written by and about LGBTQ+ peoples. We accept show submissions all year round.

We normally announce our season in May of each year and planning for each season typically starts around August of the year prior.

For full length plays please email a synopsis and script to info@stageq.com

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