Play Submission Opportunities

For years, busy playwrights have relied on the Playwrights’ Center for our extensive, robust, continually updated collection of playwriting opportunities. This database of opportunities is updated almost every day and contains information on contests, theaters looking for scripts, publication opportunities, fellowships, and more.

The opportunities board is a benefit of Playwrights’ Center membership. If you want access to hundreds of opportunities like the ones you see below—as well as a host of other benefits—become a member today!

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Opportunities

Opportunity
Hive North (Manchester | UK)

OutStageUs 2020

Our 2020 OutStageUs programme aims to provide creative opportunities through an individually tailored artistic pathway for emerging LGBT+ artists. Seeking scripts that explore LGBT+ themes from LGBT+ and BAME writers to promote our ethos of celebrating diversity. Works may have one to four characters, with 2-5 min for monologues and 5-15 min for scenes/dialogue. Up to 8 scripts will be selected to be supported through a development process, and these writers will receive £300. The final scripts will be presented in September 2020.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to LGBTQ+ playwrights based in the UK
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
6 / 15 / 2020

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Opportunity
Chesil Theatre (Winchester | UK)

TakeTen Playwrighting Competition

Seeking unpublished previously unperformed short plays of no more than 10 minutes in length on the theme of THE ROAD NOT TAKEN for the Chesil Theatre’s TakeTen fesitval. One to four actors, with minimum prop or technical needs. Ten plays will be selected from all the submissions and the winning ten plays will be performed four times over one weekend at The Chesil Theatre Winchester in February 2021.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to UK playwrights 18 and up
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
7 / 18 / 2020

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Opportunity
Aktualise Theatre Company (London | UK)

CYBER-SCRATCH

Aktualise is excited to be taking its biannual scratch night online: cue CYBER-SCRATCH, a streamed evening of innovative new work showing around 10 pieces between 3-5 minutes in length, all introduced by an exciting host, and shown on Poplar Unions YouTube and IGTV on Thursday 2nd July. Seeking pieces of any genre – new plays, dance, musicals, physical theatre, spoken word, cabaret, composition, interactive art, etc. Selected artists will be supported through the rehearsal process. Any donations received will be split among artists.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to UK artists
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
6 / 2 / 2020

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