Contests and Other Opportunities
Resources for Playwrights
Includes contests, theatres seeking new plays, and other resources
Theatre Three's OFF-STAGE/ON-LINE
In an effort to present content in a unique way, Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, is seeking short plays to be produced as part of a series of online works. Since its inception in April, the company has produced and posted fifty pieces, with a total of over 22,000 views. Ideally, the pieces are written or re-conceived for an online platform. We hope that writers will see the constraints of the format as a way to tell stories in a different way.
Should run 5 to 20 minutes.
Should require no more than 12 actors.
Will be rehearsed and taped on Zoom.
Will be posted on Theatre Three’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Should be submitted as pdfs with title and author: THE PLAY Author Name
Playwrights may make multiple submissions in a single email. This is an open-ended project. Previously produced works are eligible for this project.
Selected works will received a $25 stipend; playwrights will retain all rights to future productions.
Previous productions may be viewed here:
Questions and pdfs of scripts may be emailed to email@example.com.
North Star virtual workshops
For inquiries, reach out to us at https://www.findingnorthstar.com/contactus.
Sauk Plays-in-Development 2021
The Sauk, Hillsdale County's Community Theatre, located in Jonesville, Michigan is seeking entries to consider for our seventh annual Plays-In-Development in 2021. We are seeking unproduced plays. These can be any style (comedy, drama, young audience and/or musical) and any length (one-act or full-length). It is understood (and expected) that changes will be made to the script between initial submission and performance.
The selected plays will first go through notes with the artistic director. A show-specific director will then be assigned. The director will work with the playwright prior to an audition draft being submitted. Auditions will take place in early-June with two weeks of rehearsals prior to public readings. It is expected that the selected playwrights will be involved in the process and be in attendance for final rehearsals and the public reading in Jonesville, MI.
Playwrights are encouraged to make changes to their scripts throughout the rehearsal process (often handing in new drafts on a weekly or even daily basis). The public staged readings will take place June 25 and 26, 2021. Playwrights will be on site between June 22-27. A royalty is provided to the selected playwrights and The Sauk will provide travel and lodging.
The goal of Plays-in-Development is to help playwrights improve plays that have yet to be produced. By working with a director and actors, the playwright can learn vital information about their work. After the public readings, playwrights are able to participate in a talkback with the audience. We want playwrights to leave the experience with positive and constructive feedback to improve their plays.
Please e-mail a draft copy of the script, a one paragraph plot description and playwright's contact information to Executive Director Trinity Bird at firstname.lastname@example.org. Playwrights may submit up to three scripts. We are NOT looking for scripts intended to be performed online.
The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (EST) on Friday, October 30, 2020.
The play selection committee will review all submissions and select the scripts to be part of the process. The selected plays will be announced on or before December 3, 2020.
To view our 2020 Plays-in-Development online readings and learn more about past Plays-in-Development, visit www.thesauk.org/pid.html.
Sauk Executive Director Trinity Bird
Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival Playwriting Contest
The Central PA Theatre and Dance Festival, presented by Tempest Productions, is sponsoring a playwriting competition as part of the Festival’s 4th year! Writers of all ages and experience levels are invited to submit their previously unproduced, original works for consideration. The winning entries will receive certificates and be performed as readings during the Festival in June 2021.
The event includes categories for both One Acts and Short Plays.
One-Act Category entries should have a performance time of no less than 30 minutes and no more than 45 minutes. Short Play Category entries should have a performance time of no less than five, and no more than 10 minutes. Plays must be submitted by March 15, 2021.
Complete submission requirements, including formatting, are available online at https://centralpatheatre.com/playwriting-festival/
The Central PA Theatre & Dance Festival is organized by Tempest Productions and held in June at various locations throughout downtown State College. The event features over 20 companies performing and producing, as well as workshops, readings, and more. The event is made possible in part by funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a marketing grant from the Center County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Up-to-date information on the festival, participating companies, sponsors and schedule is available at www.centralpatheatre.com, or by calling 1.866.248.5091.
Follow the festival at https://centralpatheatre.com/
and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/centralpatheatrefest/
and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/centralpatheatrefest/
and Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/TempstOrg
The Theater Project's "Think Fast" One-Act Festival
The Theater Project of Union, NJ, an award-winning, professional theater, is now soliciting short plays for a Zoom production of Think Fast, its eighth-annual short play competition February 19, 20 and 21, 2021. The contest is open to playwrights in the New Jersey-New York area. The Judges’ Choice winner will receive a $500 prize.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: November 13, 2020
HOW TO SUBMIT: Electronic submissions only. E-mail your short play in MS Word or PDF to OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org. Include in the Subject line: “Submission + The Title of Your Play.”
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Plays can be either dramas or comedies but must be no more than 15 minutes running time and applicable to a Zoom production (small casts, simple settings, etc.). The running-time restriction is absolute and plays that exceed 15 minutes will not be considered. Plays invited to participate must be rehearsed, ready-to-perform and must supply their own actors and directors. Playwrights may submit more than one play. There is no restriction on previously produced plays.
There is no fee to submit. However, those selected for participation will be charged a $100 production fee to cover the $500 prize and the hiring a technical director/state manager who will work with playwrights/directors on their Zoom recordings.
STATEMENT: Email submissions must contain this sentence in the body of the email: “If my play is accepted and I choose to take part in the festival, I understand that I will be responsible for the casting and rehearsal of my play and that I will be charged a $100 production fee.”
THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL: 2021 Think Fast will be recorded on Zoom and broadcast on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. The Theater Project will supply a technical/stage manager who will oversee a Zoom rehearsal with each play and a final recording on an appointed night.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SUPPLY: Think Fast is a playwright-produced festival. The Theater Project cannot help with casting, rehearsals, etc. Playwrights must be able to secure actors and a director and rehearse plays on their own. If not, please do not submit to the festival. Each production must make agreements with actors/directors regarding rehearsals and compensation.
JUDGES: All plays are guaranteed three (3) Zoom performances on Friday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. After Sunday’s performance, a panel of judges will bestow the Judges’ Choice Award ($500 prize) as well as Best Male Actor, Best Female Actor and Best Director. There will also be an Audience Choice award based on audience voting. Playwrights and directors are invited to an after-performance discussion with the audience.
QUESTIONS? Email OneActFest@TheTheaterProject.org
More info: https://www.thetheaterproject.org/think-fast-short-play-competition.html
Seeking 10-minute plays
The podcast format provides a way to produce the festival in a COVID-safe environment, as well as opportunities for playwrights, directors, and actors to interact with a new format.
The completed podcast will consist of two acts of four plays each, similar in format to the live performances at the Winters Theatre Company inaugural 10-Minute Festival in January of this year.
The Winters Theatre Company welcomes 10-minute scripts from playwrights. There is no specific theme and each playwright can submit up to three scripts.
Root Beer Occasion Theatre Company's Garbage Revue
November 1st, 11:59pm EST
Sauk Shorts 2021
October 2 at 5 p.m.
SAUK SHORTS is an annual evening of 10-minute plays. Each year, we produce a combination of popular published works and original un-produced pieces. We try to balance a combination of local and national playwrights. There is no fee for submitting scripts. Scripts that are not selected for production in 2021 may be kept on file for consideration in future years.
Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
1. Playwright's bio with contact info- name, address, phone # and email
2. Photo of playwright
3. Synopsis of theatrical work
4. Complete script of theatrical work
5. Estimated running time of work
6. Actor/director/crew bios, if available
7. Description of stage set (if any) and production needs (i.e. sound and lighting)
The submission deadline is Monday, November 9, 2020. The program is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit to email@example.com. For more info about DUAF, visit: duafnyc.com.
Rose Theatre Co.'s monologue play series IN CHARACTER
The Rose Theatre Co., a DC-based professional organization, is seeking short comedic monologues/plays for the creation of a curated digital series titled IN CHARACTER.
Selected plays will be produced and released by The Rose for use across digital platforms, including Instagram and YouTube. Playwrights may make multiple submissions. This is an open-ended project. Playwrights will retain all rights to their words. The Rose Theatre Co. will retain all rights to the audio-video content and their production of the monologue/play submitted. Please note that all submissions are voluntary and unpaid.
The theme for the first round of the series is COMEDY (light fare)
Scripts should run 2 to 4 minutes
Should require no more than one actor
The submission should be devoid of all stage directions and settings. An optional explanatory paragraph of the piece may accompany the submission but should not be a part of the script itself.
Your script should be a standalone piece where the audience experiences an entire arc of story ... loosely defined as a sense of a beginning, a middle (turning point, change, revelation), and a sense of resolution.
Selected scripts will be assigned to a professional actor contracted by The Rose Theatre Co. and will be performed in one pass. Be advised that scripts may not be assigned according to age, gender, race, or ethnicity.
We’re looking for compelling, well-told and entertaining pieces. Non-theatrical pieces (prose, poems, spoken-word) are welcome provided they meet all the guidelines.
To apply, or learn more about The Rose Theatre Co, please go to www.rosetheatre.net/submissions. Only digital submissions will be considered at this time. Printed or mailed submissions will not be accepted or returned. Happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy writing!
Audible Theater Emerging Playwrights Fund
Applications Accepted Year Round
The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit. If you are looking to submit an idea for an audio project that is not a play, please visit www.audible.com/pitch.
Audible is dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing work that reflects the diversity of our members and our world. To accomplish this, Audible is committed to granting at least 50% of emerging playwright commissions to artists of color and women.
To be considered as an applicant for a commission, please submit all of the following to AudibleTheater@audible.com:
1. One full-length script for an original or adapted play (in English language only) that represents your voice ("Script"). The Script can be in any genre and may include one-acts and solo pieces;
2. A short biography; and
3. A brief statement about why audio plays appeal to you.
If you have an idea for an original audio play, you are welcome to include a pitch or summary along with your statement (this is encouraged, but not required). In your submission, please indicate where you heard about the Fund.
Please send all submission materials to AudibleTheater@audible.com
Stage to Screen
December 31, 2020
• Submit your play to our experienced judges by December 31, 2020
• Any selected play will receive a $1000.00 award
• Your play will go through an intensive 1 week “read-through” workshop before production begins.
• Your play will be professionally staged as a high quality elevated workshop production
• This production is filmed and screened for global audiences
• Your new play is a hit
RTO Productions, in association with The Hive SJ, presents the following opportunity to revolutionize the way new plays are brought to mass audiences.
We are looking for unproduced plays to feature in our “Stage to Screen” series. These plays should have 6 or fewer actors, and no previous productions. The chosen play(s) will be produced as an elevated workshop production. Additionally, each production will be filmed and a trailer will be made available to the author as a means to assist in promoting the work. The play(s) chosen will be awarded a monetary prize of $1000.00.
Read through workshop:
This will consist of actors (who have read the play in advance) doing a timed read through of your play while you and the director confer either in person, or electronically. This will be done to AFTER the play has been chosen, and will assist us in all aspects of production.
All types of plays will be considered for production. If a musical is submitted, all music must be original, and you must have the rights for use free and clear. RTO Productions and The Hive SJ have a commitment to diversity and to honoring all traditions. As such, all scripts will be “blind read”, given to the readers with no indication of gender or ethnicity. Our one requirement is “Don’t bore us.”
Submit with no entry fee if submitted by December 31, 2020, 5:00 pm PST! If you submit your play after December 31st, there will be a submission fee of $25.00. Submission for consideration closes March 15th, 2021. Final production choice(s) will be announced on our website at http://stagetoscreen.org the first week of April 2021.
Via Email, submit the following:
1. A one page synopsis of your play
2. A character list and description – Due to space considerations, we would prefer a cast of no more than 6 players.
3. A short playwright bio (one or two paragraphs)*
4. The play in its entirety
*Please make this a separate document as we really are doing a blind reading.
NOTE: Scripts must be submitted in PDF format vis e-mail. You may also choose to submit a brief (no longer than one page) explanation of your vision or what you hope to accomplish from the writing and subsequent production of this play. No format other than PDF will be accepted.
EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Middle School Plays by BIPOC playwrights
Submit via email to email@example.com
Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Writing Contest
Writing Contest Coordinator
Table Work Press Submissions Open
September 22-November 22, annually
In our inaugural season, we look forward to reading new work and broadening our network of playwrights. Our 2019 open submission period will be held from September 22nd until November 22nd, 2019. Selected plays will be published, and playwrights will receive a $500 stipend, a share of profits, and a reading in New York City (while we are unable to provide housing and transportation at this time, we will create a recording for playwrights unable to attend in person). Playwrights who are not selected to be published this season may be invited to partner for other opportunities.
To submit your work, please send your full-length, unpublished script and a one-to-two page artist statement in PDF form to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit https://www.tableworkpress.org/submit.
All plays will be read by a minimum of two readers, and all applicants will be notified of their status no later than February 15th, 2020.
We look forward to reading your work!
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW VOICES: ORIGINAL PLAYS AT HOPEWELL THEATRE
January 1-December 31
New Voices wants scripts that are both unique and universal, scripts that are authentic, funny, disruptive, and/or poignant in unexpected ways. We are looking for a variety of voices, particularly those that have been underrepresented in American theatre.
The scripts may be for full-length or short nonmusical plays. They must be original to the submitter, unpublished, complete, and previously unproduced. No adaptations or works that involve third-party rights will be considered.
Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, and simultaneous submissions are welcome. Scripts that are not immediately chosen might be considered at a later date. We will try to respond in a timely fashion.
Submit to email@example.com. Submissions must be in .doc, .pdf., or .rtf format only. Files should include a cover page with full title and author name and contact information.
Edgemar Center for the Arts
July 16 - August 16th, Annually
Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest
Ongoing: Between March 1 and June 1, annually.