Contests and Other Opportunities

Resources for Playwrights
Includes contests, theatres seeking new plays, and other resources



Your Worst Nightmare Play Festival

Deadline
August 15th

Description

Have you been locked out naked from your hotel room? Had an awkward prostate exam? Date from hell? Let's get it on stage for the world to see at the first annual Your Worst Nightmare Play Festival. We will choose 6 plays, cast, and produce it and pay the selected playwrights! November 6th and 7th in San Francisco.

Contact Information
info@strangerx.com

Category: Contest


Call for 1-Acts

Deadline
April 30

Description

Call for 1-Act Plays. First Company Theater seeks 1-act play submissions for a 1-night show in August, 2020. Prizes will be awarded to the First ($250), Second ($100), and Third ($50) Place scripts/playwrights based solely on the decision of our judges. Deadline: April 30, 2020. Click this link for the details (including guidelines, how to submit, schedule, etc.): https://jf2.com/1-Acts/Call-for-1-act-scripts-vJF03.pdf

Contact Information
Jamie Foster
1-acts@jf2.com

Category: Contest


Woodward International Playwriting Prize Competition

Deadline
July 1, 2020

Description

Plays submitted for this competition should have a primary focus on cultures from countries other than the US. The winning play will be given a fully produced production as part of the University of New Hampshire's 2021-22 Department of Theatre and Dance main stage season. The winning Playwright will receive a cash prize of $5,000, plus expenses to travel to the University of New Hampshire and stay for the one week of performances.

Contact Information
Michael Wood (mike.wood@unh.edu)

Category: Contest


Northern Kentucky University - YES Festival of New Plays

Deadline
June 1, 2020

Description

Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts is once again calling for submissions for the 20th anniversary of our award-winning Year End Series Festival of New Plays - THE Y.E.S. FESTIVAL, running April 8-18, 2021.
Submissions will be accepted from Jan. 15 until June 1, 2020.

Two plays will be selected for performance in the festival. The selected playwrights will each receive a cash prize of $400 and an expense-paid (travel and accommodations) visit to NKU to see their plays in production. Selected plays will receive a full production.

WHAT TO SUBMIT
• Full-length plays and musicals are eligible. The author must fully own all rights.
• No children’s theatre, one-acts, or reader’s theatre pieces will be considered.
• Adaptations will only be considered if the adapted work is in the public domain.
• Submissions may not have had a previous professional or university production.
• In deciding what to submit, a writer should know the festival will be cast with undergraduate student actors. Submissions with larger casts are looked upon favorably in the selection process.
• Scripts must be standard sized and legibly typed. Standard Dramatists Guild format is preferred.
• Submissions (ONE per playwright) should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.
• For musicals, please also include libretto, a list of characters with vocal ranges, demo CD and samples of the score.

HOW TO SUBMIT
• Online submission information available at nku.edu/yesfestival.
• Printed submissions, accompanied by an entry form (available at nku.edu/yesfestival), should be mailed to:
Michael King
NKU School of the Arts
Nunn Drive, FA 205
Highland Heights, KY 41099

• Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script. Online submissions will be acknowledged via email.
• Printed scripts are not returnable unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the selected playwrights have been notified.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• Selections will be made and selected playwrights notified by Sept. 2020.
• The names of the winning plays will be posted on the Y.E.S. Festival website in Oct. 2020.
• Selected playwrights must be available to visit the festival about one week before opening so that their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 8-18, 2021. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. NKU will cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Selected playwrights will receive a cash prize of $400.
• Playwrights and directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.

Contact Information

Michael King, Co-Project Director
mking@nku.edu • (859) 572-5647

Corrie Danieley, Co-Project Director
danieleyc1@nku.edu • (859) 572-5451

Category: Contest


Call for One Act Play Submissions: Summer Festival in Cranston, RI

Deadline
Friday, April 10

Description

Artists' Exchange's 15th Annual One Act Play Festival (Cranston, RI)

Submission Guidelines: Plays should be original, short one act plays; ideal length 10-15 minutes with 20-minute maximum. Previously produced plays acceptable. Playwrights may submit up to three (3) plays maximum.

Seeking Short Plays: Comedic, absurd, dramatic, satirical, farcical, musical, etc. are all welcome for review. Works for actors of all ages (children thru seniors) and abilities are strongly encouraged. Selected plays will be performed at Theatre 82 in Cranston, Rhode Island from July 9-25, 2020 (more performance details below).

Deadline for Submission: All plays must be received by Friday, April 10, 2020. Any plays received or postmarked past April 10th will not be accepted for review. Plays will be reviewed and judged by a panel of community directors and actors on their artistic and technical merits, and collectively decided on whether they are “selected for performance” or “not selected.” Total number of selected plays is TBD, based on factors including number of submissions, length of plays, etc.

Selected Plays for Performance: The One Act Play Festival (OAPF) Panel will finalize and announce all selected plays for performance by the end of May. Playwrights will receive notification only if their play(s) was/were selected for performance, and the selected plays will also be posted on the festival’s webpage. Playwrights will not be notified if their works were not accepted. By submitting works, playwrights agree to allow Artists’ Exchange to produce their play(s) in the festival for the public’s entertainment and benefit with no performance/royalty fees.

Selected Playwrights: Participation is volunteer; no stipends or monetary prizes are awarded to selected playwrights. All monies collected from ticket sales, program ads, and donations will benefit Artists’ Exchange/Gateways to Change, Inc. and the continuation of the OAPF for years to come. Selected playwrights will receive at least two (2) complimentary tickets and recognition in the playbill and festival webpage, including a personal bio and contact information (if provided). Performances are not video recorded.

Festival Performance Schedule:
July 9-25, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @ 7pm

About the One Act Play Festival: Since 2006, Artists’ Exchange has hosted the One Act Play Festival for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Cranston community. Short plays are submitted from local, regional, and national playwrights and then selected for performance by a panel of directors/actors. Casts feature community actors of all abilities ranging in sex, age, and experience levels. This year marks the 15th annual year and aims to showcase new works by emerging and established playwrights and highlight the best short plays that were submitted for review.

About Artists’ Exchange: Artists' Exchange is a nonprofit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. We are operated by Gateways to Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, along with secondary venue Theatre 82, a multi-use performance, meeting and instructional space. Enriching classes and summer camps are offered year-round in art, ceramics, theater, and music; and a variety of events – including plays, music concerts, birthday parties, and fundraisers – are hosted at our venues.

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To Submit: Please send all plays to Artists’ Exchange by physical mail or email and include your contact information and play title(s). Playwrights may only submit up to three (3) plays maximum. Contact Festival Artistic Director Jessica Chace with any questions or communications at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

By Mail:
Attention: One Act Play Festival Submission
Artists’ Exchange
50 Rolfe Square
Cranston, RI 02910

By Email: In Subject line, please write “One Act Play Festival Submission: [Your Name]” and send to Jessica Chace at jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org.

Contact Information
Jessica Chace, Artistic Director
jessica.chace@artists-exchange.org

Category: Other Opportunity


Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize

Deadline
April 30th

Description

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize accepts plays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture.
We dedicate the 2020 Carlo Annoni Prize to all those individuals that fight to see their right to love respected both in Italy and in the world, and to those experiencing discrimination because of their identity.

Two plays (one in English and one in Italian) will be awarded the amount of 1.000 Euros each.


Special Mentions:

BEST COMEDY: for a play on relationships
BEST SHORT PLAY (max 10 minutes length)
BEST MUSICAL (must be submitted in audio+ score version)
BEST WORK ON ASYLUM SEEKERS: for a play on the topic of asylum-seeking for those persecuted for their sexual orientation.
Plays, Audios and/or Videos must be submitted via email at info@premiocarloannoni.eu by 30th April 2020
For info, jury details and regulations, please check http://premiocarloannoni.eu/?lang=en
No participation fee is required.
We are happy to consider plays that have already been performed.

The award ceremony will take place in September 2020 in Milan, Italy.

Contact Information
info@premiocarloannoni.eu

Category: Contest


Table Work Press Submissions Open

Deadline
September 22-November 22, annually

Description

Table Work Press publishes and advocates for promising plays. Through identifying exciting new plays, TWP will contribute to the fabric of the American theatre by championing playwrights whose work is important, pressing, and worth writing home about. For more information, please visit https://www.tableworkpress.org/about

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 admin@tableworkpress.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!

Contact Information
admin@tableworkpress.org

Category: Other Opportunity


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR NEW VOICES: ORIGINAL PLAYS AT HOPEWELL THEATRE

Deadline
January 1-December 31

Website

Description

Hopewell Theatre in Youngstown, Ohio, is pleased to launch New Voices, an ongoing series of staged readings of original plays. The inaugural season of New Voices will feature four events throughout 2019 and 2020. The readings will be performed by local actors, with no set nor blocking and minimal tech. Each play will receive one reading, free and open to the public. Playwrights will be encouraged to attend the performance (either in person or remotely) for feedback and Q&A with the audience, actors, and director.

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 newvoiceshopewell@gmail.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.

Contact Information
newvoiceshopewell@gmail.com

Category: Other Opportunity


Edgemar Center for the Arts

Deadline
July 16 - August 16th, Annually

Description

Edgemar Center for the Arts, a 2 theater complex, is hosting it's annual season. We are looking for original full lengths and one acts to host throughout the year. We have an ongoing submission. This year we are hosting a night of one acts as well. Please submit all loglines, synopsis, play, playwright bio, and any other materials you wish to send our way.

Contact Information
edgemarliterary@gmail.com

Category: Directory


Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest

Deadline
Ongoing: Between March 1 and June 1, annually.

Description

SETC’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest is dedicated to the discovery, development and publicizing of worthy new plays and playwrights. Submissions are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. One winning playwright receives a $1,000 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to the annual SETC Convention, where both a critique and staged reading of the winning play are held. The winning play is also considered for online publication and a feature in Southern Theatre magazine.

Contact Information

Entries are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. See website for complete information

Category: Contest


Transformation Theatre, Inc.

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Transformation Theatre, Inc. (TT,Inc.) shall stimulate, celebrate and enhance the understanding of ourselves and others through live theatre by producing new unpublished plays and adaptations of culturally relevant stories that reflect underrepresented cultures and people in our community and the world in which we live.

Contact Information

Carl Randolph
Producing Artistic Director
transformationtheatreinc@gmail.com

Category: Other Opportunity


Reva Shiner Comedy Award

Deadline
Oct 31

Description

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement. Previous winners have gone on to enjoy productions around the world and to garner additional honors such as the National Play Award.

Contact Information
See website above.

Category: Contest


Short+Sweet International Submissions - 10min

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Short+Sweet is the largest short play festival in the world, with annual events running across Australia, Malaysia, India, Philippines, New Zealand, and since 2015 extending to the USA with Short+Sweet Hollywood! Enter your 10-minute script online now for consideration at numerous international festivals for a single payment of the $10 submission fee.

Contact Information
Submit via the website. For further info, email us at info@shortandsweet.org

Category: Other Opportunity


Athena Theatre seeking full length plays

Deadline
Ongoing

Description
See website above for full information

Contact Information
See website above for full information

Category: Other Opportunity


One Act Play Festivals

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Love Creek Productions has been producing in NYC for almost 30 years. We have always been interested in producing new works, especially one acts.

We produce year round, but with the "holidays" coming up now would be a good time to submit any Halloween/Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Christmas plays you may have.

We are an acting company. Our greatest strength is young women (20 somethings) however we do have 'all types' but plays with several male characters will be harder to produce.

You can visit us on Facebook to see photos from our shows.

We charge no submission/production fees. We do not pay the playwrights but we do comp you and guest to the shows.

Contact Information
Submit plays to submissionlcp@gmail.com

Category: Other Opportunity


The Chameleon Theatre Circle's Annual New Play Contest

Deadline
Ongoing

Description
See website for more information.

Contact Information
See website for more information.

Category: Contest


10-Minute Plays Reading Series

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

The Reading series is intended to create new artistic relationships with Guest Directors, Playwrights and Actors as well as provide a fun and engaging night for our audiences.

This is a great way to create a working relationship with our company and for us to get to know your work. We are looking for playwrights interested in collaborating and creating artist & audience relationships.

Readings will be performed in a Bar or Studio, therefore we are looking for works that will engage and excite our audience, go well with a few drinks and allow for socializing and fun in between plays. Comedic plays in particular will be well suited for this series, but we are open to dramatic works as well. Each month will have a new theme that all plays will interconnect and relate to each other in some way. .

Contact Information
See website for more information

Category: Other Opportunity


Year-Around Submissions or Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Alleyway Theatre accepts submissions of new plays and musicals throughout the year--or you may enter your work in our annual Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition.

Contact Information
See website for full information

Category: Contest


Live Girls!

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Live Girls! is a theatre company dedicated to producing new and under-produced works by women. We hold new play readings every first and third Monday of the month at our theater. We are seeking new scripts to read and for possible production.

Contact Information
See website above for information.

Category: Other Opportunity


Emerging Playwright Award

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Submissions are received throughout the year. Finalists are first included as part of the Urban Stages fall or spring reading series. See our website (above) for full information

Contact Information
See our website for full information

Category: Other Opportunity

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