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Saturday, November 12, 2022

SheNYC Festival


Deadline: November 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Script submissions for the 2023 SheNYC Theater Festival will be open through November 15, 2022 at 11:59pm PST. If you’re interested in submitting, read on below to learn more about the process!

SheNYC Provides:


The rental of the historic Connelly Theater in the East Village, a beautiful 99-seat proscenium theatre and all of the equipment that goes inside of it:All light and curtain rentals
Laptop and speaker system for sound cues
Miscellaneous tech items like gaff tape, common tools, etc
A 5-hour long tech slot to tech your show
General Liability Insurance for your time inside the theater (note that this is separate from the insurance required by AEA if you hire AEA actors)


We provide the staff IN the theater to make your tech and performances run smoothly, including:A Production Manager and Associate Production Manager to run your tech and call your show
A lighting designer to design your lights and program the light board during your tech
A sound technician to make sure your sound cues run smoothly
1-2 additional backstage crew members to use in a way that best fits your show
Full front of house staff – Ushers, Box Office, Concessions, and House Manager


We provide some limited miscellaneous set pieces that will be shared by all of the shows, exact pieces TBD. In the past, we’ve had tables, chairs, and couches to offer to all of our productions. Our Production Manager will poll the shows in advance of tech to get an idea of what the furniture needs may be.

We also have a Materials for the Arts (MFTA) membership, which provides free materials for arts nonprofits. We’ll set up a group visit to their warehouse in Queens so you can get free set, props, and costume items.
An upright piano in the space.


We have a marketing campaign advertising the festival as a whole with social media ads, Google Ads, and various ads on other digital outlets that theatergoers frequent.


Unique to SheNYC, we provide a Mentor to each show. This is a member of our Festival staff who is there to guide you through the festival process, offer advice, and be an extra set of hands to help out as needed.


Some other tools and items we provide are: We pay for your first $200 in rehearsal studio space
Playbill for all shows
A closing night party with awards determined by a panel of industry judges
Full ticketing system managed by SheNYC Box Office staff
Production photography & videography
$5 for every in-person full-price ticket sold to your show; and our Tip The Writers program allows patrons to leave you a tip for digital performances, which we pay out to you at the end of the Festival
A life-long community of artists who will support all of your work in the future!

You Provide:


You can choose to work with Union or non-Union artists.If you do hire AEA actors, you will need to manage your contract or code with them, pay them the amounts dictated by your contract with AEA, and provide the insurance required by AEA (your show mentor can help explain!)

Any other creative team members (except a lighting designer, which SheNYC provides) that you think you need to build the world of your show. Just note that with limited tech and load-in time, we recommend you keep it simple!


Any additional set, costumes, and props that aren’t covered by our shared pieces or MFTA warehouse.
If your show requires a band, you/your musicians should bring their own instruments beyond a piano.​


You handle the entire rehearsal process before you get into the SheNYC Theater. Booking rehearsal studios tends to be the biggest expense in your budget, so we have some partnerships with local studios to get you discounts on those costs.

*New to 2022: Due to a generous grant, we’re able to cover the first $200 toward rehearsal studios!*


While we manage paid ads for the festival, we need your help to spread the word about your show to your networks! You likely won’t need or want to put money into this — just some old-fashioned effort of starting an Instagram for your show, emailing your network to let them know about your performances, and otherwise spreading the word to family & friends.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2023 Virtual Play Festival


Deadline:  March 30. 2023

Submissions are now being accepted for the Equity Library Theater of New York Winter 2023 Virtual Play Festival. Seeking short plays (no more than 15 pp/minutes), from playwrights from around the world. 

Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp/minutes). 

Musicals welcome! 

We post your YouTube link of the performance to the festival site for voting. We will also present selected plays in person in the spring of 2023 in Midtown, at no cost to anyone. One submission per playwright. No submission fees. 

Please include name, address, telephone number and email address on your submission. 

We do not produce your work; we provide a venue for you to present actors performing your play. There are no costs involved for anyone. Seeking actors and directors, too! 

Email: equitylibrarytheater@gmail.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2022



Deadline: January 3, 2023


Kumu Kahua Theatre is a non-profit theatre company that has presented original productions of special relevance to the people of Hawai‘i since 1971.

Each year Kumu Kahua Theatre co-sponsors a playwriting contest with the UHM Theatre Department in its effort to bring new and exciting drama to the stage. Although Kumu Kahua Theatre has a strong commitment to producing the works of local playwrights in recent years they have produced several plays pertaining to Hawai‘i that have been written by non-Hawai‘i residents. Kumu Kahua Theatre recognizes that many playwrights who have moved to the mainland, for example, may have valuable insights to offer about their local experiences.

The playwriting contest is offered in three separate categories. One prize will be offered in each category. All plays must be original and not involve adaptation form any copyrighted source. They should not have received previous production in their current form. Any number of scripts may be submitted by an individual, but a different pen name must accompany each play. Plays previously submitted to the contest are not eligible. Members of the board of Kumu Kahua Theatre will read all entries in the competition and consider each for workshops, which may lead to a production. Kumu Kahua Theatre is especially interested in plays pertinent to Hawai‘i.

For the Hawai‘i Prize ($600), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in Hawai‘i or deal with some aspect of the Hawai‘i experience. Some examples of appropriate topics might be: pre-colonial life in the islands; relation between indigenous and colonizer; the coming of whalers; missionaries and merchants; the history of ethnic immigration and adaptation to Hawai‘i; the development of enter-ethnic relationships; labor history; the territorial era; militarization; the move toward statehood; tourism and development; contemporary immigration and diaspora; women’s rights; the experiences of Hawai‘i’s people outside of Hawai‘i. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Pacific/Rim Prize ($450), which is open to residents and non-residents of Hawai‘i, the play must be set in or deal with the Pacific Islands, the Pacific Rim, or the Pacific/Asian American experience. Restricted to full-length plays (minimum 50 pages of standard form).

For the Resident Prize ($250), which is open to the residents of Hawai‘i at the time of submission, the plays may be on any topic, and of any length.

To submit a play:

1) You may email your script to kumukahuatheatre@gmail.com or mail three copies. Plays should be formatted/typed on ordinary bond paper, double-spaced, and on one side of the paper only.

2) Prepare a front page for the manuscript which bears the play title, pen name, and the division in which the play is being entered. Do not place your name anywhere on the script.

3) In an ordinary envelope place a piece of paper with the following information clearly printed or typed (if you are emailing your script, this should be in the body of your email):

a) play title and pen name

b) playwright's real name

c) social security number

d) address and phone number

e) competition division

4) If you are sending via US Mail, seal the envelope and print or type the play title on the outside.

5) Place the playscript and the sealed envelope in a large envelope (or otherwise wrap them together) and mail to:

Kumu Kahua Playwriting Contest
Kumu Kahua Theatre
46 Merchant Street
Honolulu HI 96813

6) If you are emailing your script, put "2022 Playwriting Contest" in the subject line.

Submitted playscripts become part of Kumu Kahua Theatre/UHM Theatre Department Competition Plays, a collection of manuscripts housed and bound in the Hawaiian and Pacific collection of Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai‘i. Kumu Kahua Theatre reserves first production rights for two years to all contest winners. All other rights are retained by the playwright. Three judges, whose decisions will be final, will be selected by Kumu Kahua Theatre to evaluate the plays. If, in the opinion of the judges, the plays submitted do not show sufficient merit, one or more prizes may be withheld. Results of the contest will be announced to the press.

All contestants will be notified. Stay tuned for recent contest winners!

Any more questions? Contact us.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

What She Said Festival Call for Submissions


Deadline: December 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM

What She Said Festival is a celebration of new, short plays by woman-identifying playwrights. The Underground in Duluth, MN created the festival as an opportunity for women playwrights, directors and actors to have a focused space to express themselves and feature their stories through theater.

SEEKING: Submissions for the 2023 What She Said Festival.

This will be an evening of 5-8 short plays and monologues written by women playwrights celebrating women and what they have to say.

Submit your work(s) any time between now and December 31, 2022.

Though there are no conditions set on structure, content, or genre, we’re seeking works as part of a celebration of women and their voices. Additionally, as this is a festival with multiple plays, the technical elements will be kept simple and will be a consideration as we are selecting plays.

Plays will be selected based on:

Relevance to the spirit of the festival – Celebrating women and what they have to say

Adherence to ‘The Details’ (see below)

Excellence of work

The Details

There is no fee to submit.
  • The playwright must be woman-identifying.
  • A playwright can submit multiple plays, but they must be submitted separately.
  • Each submission must be no more than 20 pages (excluding title page) at a font no smaller than 12pt.
  • Plays submitted must be unpublished.
  • We will only accept non-musical scripts.
  • Scripts can only be submitted electronically – whatshesaidfest@gmail.com
  • Submissions must be in PDF format
  • Title page must contain playwright contact information
  • You will receive confirmation that submissions have been received – no other contact will be made unless the script is selected for production.
  • Submission Deadline: December 31st at 11:59pm.
Selected Plays:Will receive 3 staged performances May 11-13th, 2023.
Will be awarded a $100 prize.
Will be allotted 2 tickets to any performance.

Submissions and Correspondence:All submissions and correspondence should be by email: whatshesaidfest@gmail.com

Please allow for up to two weeks for follow up to any questions.
When submitting, make sure you’ve attached your play.
If you do not receive an automatically generated response from our email, please double check the details of the email and send it again.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Last Frontier Theater Conference


Deadline: November 15, 2022

Up to 200 submissions will be accepted from new applicants; at that point, full-length submissions will only be open for Alaskans, past participants. New folks will still be able to submit plays 30 minutes and under. The final deadline for everyone is November 15, 2022.

Selected plays will be presented in the Play Lab in Valdez, Alaska, June 11-17. 

Participating authors selected for the Play Lab must be in Valdez for the reading. 

They are responsible for their own travel expenses and will be required to register for the Conference ($100).
  • Submission guidelines. 20-120 minutes in length.
  • Any genre except musicals.
  • Not published (i.e. still interested in feedback on the script).
  • Ten actors maximum (not roles).
  • One submission per author. 

If you have any questions, contact Coordinator Dawson Moore. To submit, click here.

Monday, November 7, 2022

The Playwrights Group Weekly Workshop


The Weekly Workshop

Join our nationwide community of playwrights on Zoom. It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated.


Participating in a weekly workshop can give you the kick you need to see your script through from beginning to end.  And when your play is ready — we’ll present it in a reading open to the public. 



Sit in on a session and see for yourself!

Tuesdays or Thursdays 7 - 9:30pm EST


Check out our website for more details and rates. 


Script Consultations


If you don’t have time for the workshop but have a script you’d like some feedback on — just send a PDF of your script and you’ll get a critique via email and/or video conference. See website for rates.


Richard Caliban has worked with  individuals on their scripts from all over the world — Indonesia, China, Greece, Australia, Serbia, as well as right here in New York. A script consultation will provide you with feedback on the structural soundness of your story, the dramatic arc of your protagonist, thematic unity and much more.


Online One-on-One Courses


If you’re looking for more, check out our One on One Online Playwriting Courses:


       The Art of Playwriting

       Write a Play in 10 Weeks


Both are with instructor Richard Caliban, and since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 


Please visit our website for further Info and Rates: 



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Premiere Play Festival 2022


Deadline: November 14, 2022, 11:59pm

How to submit: All plays must be submitted as a PDF via Submittable at premierestagesatkean.submittable.com/submit.

All plays submitted to the Premiere Play Festival are evaluated by a panel of professional theatre producers, directors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and publishers. Four to five finalists are subsequently selected for public Equity readings in Spring of 2023.

Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2023 season and receives an award of $3000. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1500. The other finalists will each be awarded $1000.

Premiere Stages accepts script samples and synopses from playwrights without an agent. Submissions must include:

-Brief synopsis of the play (no more than half a page)

-History of the play’s development (or statement that it has none)

-The playwright’s bio or resume

-Script sample from the play (no more than 10 pages plus title page and character breakdown)

- Please Note: Premiere Stages will request full scripts to read if the play seems viable for the 2023 season. In 2022, almost half of the 35 Semi-Finalists were first received as samples.
  • Plays must be full-length and have a cast size of no more than eight.
  • Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (readings and workshops are okay), with no productions and/or publication currently scheduled through September 2023.
  • Playwrights must have strong affiliations with the greater metropolitan area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware).
  • Musicals, adaptations (of existing plays or other sources), and solo shows are not eligible.
  • Submissions are limited to one script per playwright.
Please contact Premiere Stages to inquire about submitting a script that has been previously submitted.
Submitters will be notified via Submittable of their status no later than April of 2023. We thank submitters for their patience; we evaluate up to 950 submissions per year and give each one careful consideration.

There is NO self-producing requirements and NO participation fees.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Call for Plays Women Playwrights Series


Deadline: November 11, 2022

Women Playwrights Series (WPS)


Plays presented in the developmental WPS program are finalists in the Susan Glaspell Award Competition, and are under consideration for full production in a subsequent season at the Centenary Stage Company, the professional theatre in residence on the campus of Centenary University. Due to COVID-19, this opportunity may be delayed.

Playwrights selected for the workshop process will receive a $200 honorarium. Additional funds for travel and housing is available for one playwright each season.

“CSC audiences have embraced this series. Theatre is all about collaboration. As part of this series, the playwright has the opportunity to get feedback from the audience during their development process.”


Interested in submitting your full length play for consideration? Click here for guidelines and additional information


Submission Window: Oct. 3 - Nov. 11, 2022

The WPS is a developmental program dedicated to providing a working forum for the unique and under-served voice of women writing for the theatre today. Each season 3 new plays are selected for a collaborative workshop process, with a professional director and actors, which takes place in a brief rehearsal period of approximately 1 week, allowing time for the playwright to hear and adapt their work with other professionals. The process culminates in a presentation of the work for the general public as part of the series, giving CSC audiences larger exposure to new work.

  • Full length plays only
  • No prior AEA production
  • Seven character maximum
  • Cover letter attached
  • One letter of recommendation
Please send digital copy of script to wps@centenarystageco.org

some scripts in-print anthology "Monologues by LGBTQIA+ Scriptwriters for LGBTQIA+ Actors" Seeking Submissions


Deadline: November 30, 2022

some scripts literary magazine presents a special issue 6: an in-print anthology titled "Monologues by LGBTQIA+ Scriptwriters for LGBTQIA+ Actors"! 

Submissions opened on November 1st and will close on November 30th. Submissions are welcome from playwrights worldwide. Submissions are only allowed by LGBTQIA+ scriptwriters for this upcoming issue. some scripts does not require you to self-ID, however.

While we welcome monologues from all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, we are especially interested in featuring monologues by BIPOC scriptwriters; disabled scriptwriters; and scriptwriters who are trans, nonbinary, intersex, ace/aro; as well as anyone else not mentioned who have otherwise intersecting identities.

Monologues can be excerpts from stage plays, screenplays, radio plays/audio dramas, or Zoom plays. Monologues can also be stand-alone works.

As long as it’s a monologue of some varying length that an LGBTQIA+ actor could foreseeably use for an audition, classwork, or showcase (or gets people to want to read your longer work where it originates from), we’d love to read it!

Please only submit 1-2 monologues for consideration. This is to ensure that we are able to read from as many scriptwriters as possible. There is a small group of invited contributors who were brought on prior to the open submission period.

This will be some scripts’ first in-print anthology. All scriptwriters chosen for the anthology will be compensated with a $10 token payment and a free printed copy of the anthology.

To submit to some scripts' anthology "Monologues by LGBTQIA+ Scriptwriters for LGBTQIA+ Actors": Include a title page in a separate PDF or Word document from the script, detailing your preferred name to be published, email address, a short bio, pronouns if you want, the title of the piece, and any socials.

Then include your piece as a separate document (PDF or Word) with no personal information attached to it. Please include a short synopsis detailing the given circumstances for the monologue, any required identification for the character, and other important details. PDF and Word document submissions are okay. Please include necessary trigger warnings for the safety of our reading team members. (For example, "TW: mention of sexual assault, body horror, homophobic slur") 

Compile the title page PDF and blinded copy into an email addressed to somescriptslitmag@gmail.com
Feel free to say hello and introduce yourself in a cover letter in the body of the email if you wish! We love getting to know the larger scriptwriting community more and are so happy that some scripts continues to reach more people.

Please find a sample copy of the contract coming soon on our website!

Saturday, November 5, 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

Friday, November 4, 2022

Lakeshore Players is seeking submissions for the 19th annual 10-minute play festival


Deadline: December 15, 2022
Or 300 entries have been accepted

Submission form: 19th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Submissions. 

Lakeshore Players is seeking submissions for the 19th annual 10-minute play festival. The ten plays selected will be performed live in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in summer of 2023. Play submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2022. We are capping the contest at 300 submissions. 

Once Lakeshore has accepted 300 entries, submissions will be closed.


Please read the following rules and requirements carefully.

• The play should be approximately ten minutes in length. Plays over 15 minutes long will not be accepted.

• The play must have no more than five onstage (speaking or non-speaking) characters.

• You may submit only one play, so send us your best! Please do not make more than one submission.

• The play should be in a "play format" making it easy for the readers. (We suggest 12-point, easy-to-read fonts, such as Times New Roman or Arial)

• The play must be unpublished and unproduced at the time of submission. If you have had a past staged reading of the play, please let us know as it can still be accepted, but no produced productions are allowed. (We do screen for this, so be honest).

• Submitting your play to our contest grants Lakeshore Players the right to produce your play in our 19th annual festival and photograph and/or videotape it for archival purposes if it is chosen as a winning selection.


High school playwrights are encouraged to enter. Plays must include a letter from a teacher or school administrator, written on school letterhead, verifying that the play was written during high school (in addition to the guidelines below).


• The play should have simple technical requirements. We only have about one minute in between plays to change scenes, so please think about using simple furniture pieces (table, chairs) when writing.

• We will not accept plays that propagate racist, sexist or ableist stereotypes.

Plays with excessive offensive language, misogynistic through-lines, and extraneous violence or gore will be less likely to be accepted.


Please submit all entries through the following form: 19th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival Submissions.
Lakeshore will not be accepting entries that are physically mailed or emailed. Please use only the form above to submit.

Only plays submitted as outlined below will be accepted:

• You MUST upload two copies of your script.

o One copy must contain all contact information on the title page:

Play title

§ Playwright’s name

§ Playwright’s mailing address

§ Playwright’s phone number

§ Playwright’s email address

o The other copy MUST BE BLANK on the title page (neither playwright name nor contact information on any page). This is to assure that our judges have no bias when reading & selecting these plays.


Lakeshore Players will then produce the ten winning plays in our annual festival at the beginning of June in 2023. In return for that, each winning playwright will receive a royalty of $10 per performance ($80 for a total of eight performances), a link to photographs, and a copy of the program. Additionally, each playwright will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a performance.

Any questions? Please e-mail Lakeshore Players at 10mpf@lakeshoreplayers.org.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Malvern Theatre Short-Play Writing Competition 2022 ~ Intergenerational Conversations


Deadline: November 25, 2022

We’re delighted to announce this short-play writing competition proudly supported by City of Stonnington (Australia.) 

We’re looking for short-play scripts that meet the following criteria:

The theme is ‘Intergenerational Conversations’;

The script must be set in a café, with simple staging requirements;

The conversation is between 2 or 3 characters, including one young person 16-25 years old and one older person 40+ years old;

Up to 15 minutes performance time;

To be submitted by Friday 25 November, as an attachment in standard WORD format – emailed to malverntheatrecompany@gmail.com

A small panel of script readers will choose the 8 best plays that meet the above guidelines.

Winners will be announced early 2023, and each will be awarded a prize of $250.

Winning plays will be performed on the Malvern stage early in 2024, and recorded for release on our YouTube channel.

Wednesday, November 2, 2022



Deadline: April 15, 2023

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company is launching a new playwriting initiative for historically marginalized artists. The "Muse Of Fire Playwriting Festival'' invites playwrights of the global majority to create a full-length play that reimagines Shakespeare’s themes and plots through the lens of BIPOC America

Script submissions will be accepted through spring 2023, and three finalists will be invited to Atlanta to see their scripts receive staged readings in summer 2023. The winning script will also receive a $5000 cash prize and a staged reading at the January 2024 Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference, hosted by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company.

Three finalists will have staged readings of their scripts at the Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse during the weekend of June 30 - July 2, 2023;

The winning play will receive a prize of $5000.00 U.S., and the possible opportunity to further develop their script with the members of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company;

Opening Date for this competition is October 15, 2022; Final Entry Date is April 15, 2023;

Scripts will be adjudicated by a diverse panel of professional artists (including playwrights, actors, directors, producers, and stage managers), and will be judged on creativity, adherence to the theme, originality, and overall quality;

Plays MUST BE NEW WORKS; scripts that have previously been published or produced will not be accepted; any play which has had more than one consecutive performance by a non-college or university theatre which charged admission and/or had a review will not be considered; furthermore, plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publishing at the time of submission;

Adaptations and collaborations may be considered (please note that the prize money will be awarded to the winning script, not each individual collaborator);

Plays must be submitted by attachment in PDF format under the following guidelines:

Send ONLY 1 copy, in PDF format.

Scripts should be in a standard format, such as Dramatists Guild Modern Stage Play.

Text should be in 12 pt type and in a standard font such as Times New Roman.

Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page.

The author's name MUST NOT appear anywhere in the script.

DO NOT include resumes, playwright biographies, or a history of the play.

DO include a page with character breakdowns (age, gender, etc.)

DO include a "slug line" or one sentence blurb about the play as well as a synopsis of no more than 100 words.

Special consideration will be given to plays that include any/all of the following:

Full length plays with an intermission, running between 90 minutes and 2 hours 30 minutes;

Use of direct audience address;

Direct reference to Shakespeare (the person or his works);

A prologue and/or epilogue.

The playwright will retain all copyright to the submitted material.

Please send all questions to training@shakespearetavern.com. Allow 24-48 hours for response.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition - Plays/Musicals - Total Prizes $7,500 - First Prize $3,500 - Full Lengths - One Acts - Shorts – Solos

NYTheater Festival Spring/Summerfest 2023 - Theater/Festival/Competition




Submit now so your production can come to life in the heart of New York - our plays and musicals have been WOWING New Yorkers for over a decade!  

to submit, go to:



Introducing NYC’s fastest growing competition - Now accepting submissions only from writers and producers  who live within a 30 mile radius from Manhattan.



We offer up to $7,500 in Prizes. $3,500 alone goes to the season’s best production (either a play or a musical) 

There is no other festival that gives away this much money in prizes. Our winners are selected by the festival’s team of judges, unlike many festivals that are nothing but popularity contests where winners are determined by who brings in the largest audience. We believe that sometimes the simple productions with smaller budgets and smaller audiences turn out to be the best shows, and therefore go on to win 1st Place Prize.  At this festival, we love honest writing and sincere, heart-felt performances.

Prize categories include: 





2 BEST ACTORS: $500 each 

2 BEST ACTRESSES: $500 each 






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

Accepting plays and musicals of all genres and all lengths (between 5-90 minutes long). The New York Theater Festival has been a haven for playwrights for 11 consecutive years of theater. 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 with plenty of room for large scenes with many actors (30’x22’). Plenty of space backstage, lots of room in the wings, a huge dressing room complete with mirrors and lights, and plenty of storage space for your props/costumes.


§  Need furniture/set pieces? No problem.

There is no other festival that offers you 85 set pieces/furniture for free! Our set pieces are stored backstage for easy accessibility for any performance. Not only do we invite you to use our set pieces, we also offer free storage for all of your hand props and/or costume pieces for the duration of your run.  Transporting set pieces in Manhattan is a nightmare - you’d have to double park your truck outside of the theater for every performance, only to return to find your windshield sporting a new parking ticket. It’s equally a hassle to lug all of your props, set items, and costumes back and forth on the subway during 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? Our lights can create a flush in a full range of deep colors, allowing you many different creative options to light your show.  You are also free to use our projector that projects 21×12′ on our backdrop.  Our lighting and sound boards are extremely easy to use, even for those with little to no previous experience. You do not need to have training in tech to use them.


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

Need music?  We have a solid upright piano you can use


§   We offer long techs.

We all know it’s very important to have ample rehearsal time for your tech.

For a Full-Length (60-90 minutes) we provide 4 hours for your tech.

For a One-Act (30-45 minutes) we provide 2 hours, and for a Short (5-20 minutes) we provide you 1 hour.

Other places might offer little to no time for tech rehearsals, but we understand that you can’t get anything done in that time. We don’t want to risk your show looking worse than it could be just because you never got to run the show with lights. Our goal is to make sure you feel confident with your show before you open. 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 theater festival’s websites do not advertise your show. Those that do only do so with vague descriptions and a thumbnail of a poster. Check out our web pages where we list previous productions and you will immediately see the difference - Large posters and detailed information!

We create a page for your show, with a link that you can share with confidence to family, friends, colleagues, and community.

Furthermore, cast and crew from all other productions in a season are granted free tickets to see all of the other shows in the festival!

Check out our posts:


§  Prime performance hours

We give you ideal prime time slots with a variety of times, allowing all audience members to find a performance they can attend; we also include 30 minutes of time to set up before each show.

§  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

At the end of the festival, we host an unforgettable awards ceremony to honor your talent in front of your artistic colleagues - similar to the Oscars!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Sundog Theatre in New York City is seeking Radio Plays for January 2023


Deadline: November 30, 2022

Sundog Theatre's longtime, interrupted-by-the-pandemic series "The Originals" continues this winter on MakerPark Radio's internet-based station in NYC. Sundog is seeking plays that actors will read, broadcast live on the web, and heard/seen throughout NYC, the US, and worldwide in January 2023.

Producers: Ritty Mahoney & Susan Fenley

-- Original dramas or comedies-no more than 5 characters. Not produced elsewhere except for a reading.
-- Like true radio plays, sound effects should be written into the script to set the scenes.
A Foley operator will create the effects.
-- Plays should not rely on visuals to tell a story and set the mood, only words/music/sound.
-- Ideal running time: 45-60 minutes.
-- Exhibit care with any sexual/violence situations. We cater to a broad audience and families.
-- Sundog will pay a remuneration of $150 for each play that is used.
-- No fee to submit.

Mail (sorry-easier on the eyes and no potential virus issues) submissions to:
Sundog Theatre
Radio Plays
PO Box 183
Staten Island, NY 10301

Postmark deadline: November 30 - no fee to submit. 

Submissions - the sooner the better.

6th Annual New Work Weekend

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Deadline: November 15, 2022

SPQR Stage Company is soliciting 10 minute plays for its 6th Annual New Work Weekend, occurring President's Day Weekend in February, at studio stage in Somers Point, New Jersey. 

Please submit, adhering to the following guide lines:

1. Ten minutes in length.
2. Two, but no more than three characters.
3. ONE submission of your work.
4. Play has to have an arc and characters must change.
5. Play has to have significant stakes. No plays about your relationship break up. 
    Terminal illnesses are banned.
6. A willingness to revise.
7. Deadline for submission - November 15, 2022.

Two plays will be chosen to be staged for SPQR's 2nd Annual Harvest Weekend in October, 2023.

Please submit to: spqrstageco@aol.com

Saturday, October 29, 2022

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.

The Playwrights Center Many Voices Fellowship 2023


Deadline: December 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM CST

The Many Voices Fellowship is intended to support early career Black playwrights, playwrights of color, and/or Indigenous playwrights (what's this?) who demonstrate extraordinary potential, artistic vision, and a commitment to a professional development residency in Minnesota. Starting on July 1, 2023, the fellowship is expanding from a one-year residency to a two-year residency(July 1, 2023-June 30, 2025), and the salary will be increasing to $25,000/year, to enhance sustainability for each playwright.

Within each two-year cycle, Jerome Fellows will now be classified as part-time employees of Playwrights’ Center, with a salary of $25,000/year (paid bi-weekly), and eligible for all employee benefits, including employer-sponsored health insurance. Fellows will continue to have $3,000/year available to support customized play development through workshops with professional directors, dramaturgs, and actors.

Beyond the financial support, the fellowship includes working in an individualized and hands-on way with Playwrights’ Center artistic staff—some of the most experienced theater professionals in the country—to develop plays and connect playwrights to producers of new work. This holistic and customized combination of financial support, play development support, and professional connection is career-changing for most playwrights.

Applicants must reside in, and have the legal right to work in, the United States during the fellowship term. Applicants may not have had more than two different works fully produced by professional theaters by the time of the application. Productions that open after December 1, 2022 do not count.

Playwrights who have not received a Many Voices Fellowship in the past are eligible.
Playwrights who have received one Many Voices Fellowship in the past are eligible.
Playwrights who have received two Many Voices Fellowships in the past are not eligible.

Previous Many Voices Fellowship recipients must apply with a different play than the one that accompanied their previous successful application. Playwrights who have received other Playwrights’ Center fellowships may apply, provided they still meet the Many Voices Fellowship eligibility guidelines. Recipients may not receive any other Playwrights' Center fellowships during the two-year cycle.

Fellows commit to spending the two-year fellowship period in Minnesota and actively participating in the Center's programs. Fellows will now be part-time employees of Playwrights' Center, paid on the same bi-weekly pay cycle and eligible for the same benefits, including employer-sponsored health insurance, as all other employees. Fellows may spend no more than 10 weeks/year (20 weeks over two years) out of town during their residency. Housing and travel are not provided.

The Many Voices Fellowship was created in 1994 in partnership with the Jerome Foundation in order to create a home for early career playwrights of color, Black playwrights, and/or Indigenous playwrights who would provide the American theater scene with diverse voices and aesthetics. Since that time, the Many Voices program has provided over 140 fellowships for more than 100 early career playwrights, offering class instruction, play development workshops, and mentoring opportunities. Many Voices fellowship recipients include Zola Dee, Marvin González De León, Jessica Huang, Naomi Iizuka, Candrice Jones, Daniel Alexander Jones, Aditi Kapil, Janaki Ranpura, Katie Ka Vang, Josh Wilder, Harrison David Rivers, Aamera Siddiqui, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, and Kit Yan.

"Without a doubt the greatest gift that the Playwrights’ Center has to offer, and what will undoubtedly bring me back to it in the future, is the kind, dedicated, and wonderful community of people that I met there. If in the future someone asks me where to look for the future of theater, I know exactly where to point them."
—P.C. Verrone
Many Voices Fellow, 2021-22
The Application

(NOTE: The primary language used by evaluators during the selection process is English. If text is intentionally written not in English, a line of context would be helpful to an evaluator. Playwrights’ Center acknowledges this is an ethnocentric practice and hopes to expand access in the future. While most Fellowship activities and engagements are conducted in English, Playwrights' Center staff are available to discuss additional support and resources as necessary.)

Each application will contain the following pieces:

-Application Form
(including contact details, eligibility, and demographic information)

-Playwriting Resume
Please mark clearly which productions (if any) meet the criteria for being "fully produced by a professional theater." Professional productions are defined as full length productions—running at least 45 minutes in performance— for which the author and primary artists (actors, directors, and creative collaborators) were reasonably compensated and that received at least three public performances each. Ten-minute or one-act plays and university, college, secondary school, amateur, and Equity showcase/waiver productions are not considered full professional productions. Productions that open after December 1, 2022 do not count.

-1 page Artistic Statement and Goals
This is a one-page artistic statement and description of your goals for the two-year fellowship term. While contextualizing your current artistic life, please describe your artistic goals for the fellowship term. The fellowship offers time to write and develop work with professional collaborators—and the opportunity to utilize the many and varied resources of the Playwrights' Center, including career support, connections with artistic leaders, and teaching and community engagement. In what specific ways would this fellowship impact your artistic growth? How does this fellowship fit in with your larger career goals? A successful artistic statement will provide insight into your vision as a theatermaker and will support your submitted script. It will also articulate that you are ready to take advantage of this career-development opportunity, and that you are committed to spending two years in Minnesota in a cohort of other writers.

-Full-length play script
A full-length play generally runs at least 45 minutes. If you are hoping to submit a script that is shorter than 45 minutes in length, please contact Julia at juliab@pwcenter.org to discuss. All script submissions must be written only by the applicant—no co-written submissions will be accepted. Scripts for musicals may be submitted by the book writer only. Previous Many Voices Fellowship recipients must apply with a different play than the one that accompanied their previous successful application. The submitted script must be a complete draft that represents your best playwriting.

-Two letters of recommendation
Please request two letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your work as a playwright. Letters must be received by the application deadline: December 1, 2022. You will be sending a request through the application portal below. You may request letters through the application system before finishing your final application, so we recommend that you click on the link below and begin your application sooner rather than later to give your recommenders time to complete their letters. Letters of recommendation from previous applications cannot be re-used for this program.

Questions may be addressed to Artistic Programs Manager Julia Brown at juliab@pwcenter.org.

Note: You will need to make a SlideRoom account in order to apply. If you are a Playwrights' Center member, your PWC login will not automatically log you in to SlideRoom—they are two different systems. If you already have a SlideRoom account, you should be able to access the application using your existing login.

For a video tutorial on using SlideRoom, please click here.

An information session about the application and the fellowship will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. CST on Zoom at this link.

Applications for the 2023-25 Many Voices Fellowship are due Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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