Contests and Other Opportunities

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



1 Night 6 Plays

Deadline
September 30,2020

Description

We are looking for new playwrights of color to submit plays for our 2021 Season. Plays should be 15 minutes in length, have no more than 4 characters covering thoughtful subjects, being profound and not profane. If selected, writers will be paid with the option of turning the plays into short movies.

Contact Information
Stephanie Hancock
stephanie.hancock@5280artistcoop.com

Category: Other Opportunity


Gay4Detroit Festival

Deadline
July 31, 2020

Description

The Ringwald Theatre is sounding a call for new, original one-act plays to be performed at their annual Gay4Detroit Festival (previously the GPS Festival) in September 2020. The Detroit-area’s only LGBTQ+ short play festival is striving to provide early-career writers the opportunity to see their work produced, giving them what is oft-needed exposure.

The plays submitted should have a performance time of 30 minutes or less and deal directly with issues or characters that are identified as LGBTQ+, or contain a queer sensibility. In addition, this year the scripts must exclusively be one- or two-person shows that deal specifically with the quarantine and/or the pandemic.

Artistic director Joe Bailey added, “We’ve all been through an extraordinary set of circumstances this year and we’re interested in seeing how this new way of living has affected the writers out there and how they craft those experiences into LGBTQ+ scripts. Additionally, by stipulating only one- or two-person scripts, it will allow us to potentially produce them more effectively either in person or virtually, when that time comes.”

From those performed, an audience poll will be conducted to select one winning script, actor, actress, and director.

The 2019 Festival, the first for the re-branded Gay4Detroit Festival, departed from the usual format of 10-minute plays and featured an evening of drag, a queer comedy night benefitting The Ruth Ellis Center, a reading of Tracy L. Spada’s play Game, Set, Match!, and finally, a queer cabaret.

All submissions must be submitted electronically to: submissions@theringwald.com

» The submitted script must be the script proposed for presentation, with no major alterations necessary.

» Please provide an approximate running time and a one sentence synopsis in the body of the email.

» Only one entry per playwright will be accepted.

» Neither fax nor paper submissions will be accepted.

» Submission materials will not be returned.

» Previously submitted scripts will not be eligible.

» The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2020.

» The final line-up will be announced August 17, 2020.

Contact Information

Contact:
theRingwald@Gmail.com
or send your submissions to:
submissions@gmail.com

Category: Contest


Stage to Screen

Deadline
December 31, 2020

Description

Calling all Playwrights! Do you have a masterpiece of a full-length play completed? Would you love to see it brought to life on both stage and screen?
• 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.
Submission requirements:
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: submissions@stagetoscreen.org

Contact Information
Kezia@stagetoscreen.org

Category: Contest


INGENIO 2020

Deadline
July 8th

Description

Through INGENIO, we seek to create a space where Latino/a/x playwrights of all races can develop their plays in a safe, supportive environment with mentors and artists to whom they can relate. INGENIO serves as an intrinsic step in the creation of new full-length theatrical works. Rehearsals and workshops culminate in readings and feedback sessions with audiences of theatre professionals and members of the public.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the pandemic, INGENIO 2020 will move to the digital realm, with rehearsals, workshops, and readings shifting online. INGENIO 2020 will offer the opportunity for collaboration beyond geographical limitations, as Milagro will be producing this year’s festival in association with Teatros Unidos, an emerging and growing collective of Latinx theatre organizations. In addition to Milagro, readings will be presented by Teatro Luna West and TuYo Theatre with more commitments forthcoming.

INGENIO 2020 will take place September 20 – 26, 2020 and we will be accepting script submissions through July 8th.

- Open to all Latino/a/x-identified playwrights
- Original full-length plays, at least 70 minutes and no more than two hours in length
- Plays can be in English, Spanish, or bilingual
- Chamber musicals will be considered
- Published plays and those that have received, or are scheduled to receive, a full professional production are not eligible
- Playwrights are strongly encouraged to participate and attend.

Contact Information

Submit via email to ingenio@milagro.org no later than 5pm (PST)/ 7pm (CST)/ 8pm (EST) July 8, 2020. Selected playwrights will be notified by September 7, 2020.

For questions, email project manager, Maya Malan-Gonzalez maya@milagro.org

Category: Other Opportunity


Seeking Middle School Plays by BIPOC playwrights

Deadline
Ongoing

Description

Theatrefolk Inc. is seeking one-act Middle School play submissions by BIPOC playwrights for immediate publication. Submissions criteria at
https://www.theatrefolk.com/submissions

Contact Information
Submit via email to submissions@theatrefolk.com

Category: Other Opportunity


Dr. R. J. Rodriguez Emerging Playwrights’ Contest

Deadline
August 15th

Description

Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company is honored to announce a call for original plays, for its 3rd Annual Dr. R. J. Rodriguez Emerging Playwrights’ Contest.

But this year (in keeping with the earth-shaking events we are living through), PCTC is waiving entry fees. In lieu of the $35 fee, please consider donating to PCTC’s goal of bringing food supplies to our community partner Nazareth Housing. You may do so at: www.playhousecreatures.org. Your gift is tax-deductible.

Nazareth Housing is a community-based nonprofit serving vulnerable families of the LES. For almost 40 years, NH has helped families and individuals unlock their potential, build pathways out of poverty, and avoid homelessness. Since 2011, PCTC has provided the NH community with FREE theatre camps (“Little Creatures Act Out”), for over 1200 LES youth

PCTC Producing Artistic Director, Joseph W. Rodriguez, stated, ”PCTC stands with our brothers and sisters of color in seeking justice and structural, societal, change. There is no justice, until there is justice for ALL.
“We, as artists, are privileged to pursue our passions and dreams. It is our responsibility to seek change and justice actively, through our art. In pursuit of that understanding and justice, we are asking playwrights to create and share work that is malleable, fluid, and that will be accessible to traditionally underserved communities.
“Therefore, given the fact we can’t share the winner’s work in a traditional theatre space, we are asking writers to create plays that will initially be shared on-line, but (adhering to social distancing guidelines) can easily be performed live—especially to underserved audiences.
We are asking playwrights to follow these guidelines:
A 30 minute play (or less), with a cast of 4 (or fewer);

A play that may be performed via internet, phone, or live (we’d love to bring it to the community—at a safe distance—when we are able to);

And, most importantly, a play that deals with the un-dealt-with racial divide we have been suffering through since 1619; and, how the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a pressure cooker of a catalyst. They are distinct, but certainly not unrelated. Our streets are filled with righteous anger, frustration, and indignation. As artists, what is OUR response? What is the message of hope we can bring? What is the vehicle we can create to give voice to the voiceless?
Please open your hearts and share your stories, the world wants and needs to hear them.

Submit to : 2020PCTC@gmail.com by August 15th




The winner will receive a Zoom workshop production, and $100 will be donated to the Nazareth Housing Food Pantry in their name.
Again, there is no entry fee. Submissions are accepted FREE. Donations are accepted at: www.playhousecreatures.org.

Contact Information
2020PCTC@gmail.com

Category: Contest


Scriptsy.co.uk

Deadline
N/A

Description

A website community built for scriptwriters to post their material, however short (extracts accepted) to share with others and receive feedback.

Contact Information
scriptsyscripts@gmail.com
scriptsy@scriptsy.com

Category: Directory


ETC Youth Playwright Competition

Deadline
June 5

Description

Announcing a new playwright competition embracing the Zoom streaming format! – New extended deadline of June 5th!

The Elite Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for our first ever Youth New Works Playwright Competition – specifically for digital performances. This competition is open to residents of Ventura County 19 and under.
Once the winning play is selected our production team will work with the author to produce this production as the first streaming performance held by The Elite Theatre Company, utilizing our new digital platform.

The winning playwright will work with our production team to produce this work as the first streaming performance held by The Elite Theatre Company, utilizing our new digital platform.

Contact Information
submissions@theelite.org

Category: Contest


Mixing It Up Productions 2020 Spring Playwrights Contest

Deadline
June 12

Description

Mixing It Up Productions encourages playwrights to take this opportunity to showcase their work to professionals in the theatre industry. Our company is always looking for plays that show potential in the commercial market as well as in the performing arts.

Contact Information
mixingitupprod@gmail.com

Category: Contest


Gaslight-Baker Theatre One-Act Play Contest

Deadline
July 15

Description

Guidelines and Rules
Plays should be one-act plays that are 10-30 minutes long and be complete works in themselves; no excerpts from larger works.
Submitted scripts must not have been previously published, fully staged, or won other competitions; works that have received a previous staged reading are acceptable.
Scripts should be for 1-6 characters and be able to be convincingly staged with minimal set requirements (table, chairs, etc.) and standard lighting.
The competition is not limited by genre (comedy, drama, thriller, etc.) but we cannot consider musicals or puppet shows.
Writers should submit manuscripts with a title page that has their name and email address, the title of the play, and the estimated run time. Subsequent pages should not have the author’s name or email address. If you mail in your entry and wish to have your manuscript returned, you must include a SASE with sufficient postage.
Each play submitted must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee. Entries will not be considered submitted until the entry fee has been paid. Writers may submit no more than 2 plays per competition.
The prize money for the top three scripts will be $300, $200, and $100.
Entrants will receive a completed feedback form for their scripts.
The three winning entries will receive a staged reading under the direction of and with acting provided by Gaslight Baker Theatre talent.
The applicant must be the owner and controller of the copyright. The legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright. Authors retain rights to their scripts. By submitting a paper copy of the script the playwright agrees to allow their work or a portion of their work to be scanned or reproduced into a PDF or similar file format for internal use only, not to be distributed.
Deadline for submission is July 15. Winners will be notified by September 1. The staged reading will be held later in the year. Winners must arrange for their own transportation to the event.
HOW TO ENTER
Submit entries by emailing a PDF or Word document to: submissions@mygbt.org; inquire about mail-in entries
Submit payment via PayPal at http://www.mygbt.org/donate

Contact Information

submissions@mygbt.org

[please note that as of right now, the website listed above has not been updated; it will be soon, and the text in the Description is accurate and updated.]

Category: Contest


Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Writing Contest

Deadline
October 1

Description

The 35th Annual Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is seeking submissions of original One-Act plays for our 2020-2021 Writing Contest. This contest is open to U.S. and international submissions. Prizes awarded for the winning submission, as well as for the top finalists. Deadline is October 1, 2020. For complete guidelines and submission details, please see our website.

Contact Information

Please submit entries via our website.

Teresa Jacobson
Writing Contest Coordinator
info@tennesseewilliams.net

Category: Contest


Your Worst Nightmare Play Festival

Deadline
August 15

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


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


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


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

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