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.

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Opportunities

Opportunity
Urban Stages (New York | NY)

THE ACRONYM PLAYS: An “Urban Stages New Pages” On-Line Publication Opportunity

Your challenge is to write a 10-minute play using an acronym or an abbreviation as the springboard for your piece; you can use anything from social media, technological, economic and environmental acronyms to political, medical, digital, customer service and school logo acronyms. Plays should have 2-3 characters with a 10 page max. Selected plays will be published online on a rolling basis and will have an opportunity to be presented live at Urban Stages at a later time.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
6 / 1 / 2020

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Opportunity
The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation (New York | NY)

Emergency Assistance Grants for Writers with Cancelled Shows

Are you a writer (playwright, composer, lyricist, librettist) who has had a full professional show closed, cancelled, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 theatre closures? If so, please enter the lottery for an emergency assistance grant of $2500. The Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation has decided to redirect our entire grant budget for this year to respond to the immediate need that so many artists are facing as more and more shows close. Each writer is eligible to enter only once, even if you have had multiple shows close. For the purposes of this process, we are defining "professional" as "LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway." PLEASE SUBMIT BEFORE APRIL 14th. After April 14th we will randomly select up to about 40 writers, or until our budget runs out.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights, composers, lyricists, or librettists with a cancelled professional production.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
4 / 14 / 2020

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Opportunity
The Lark (New York | NY)

Playwrights' Week 2020

Playwrights' Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This annual, intensive, seven-day festival is designed to foster a peer-based community among a cohort of writers with new work in development, it will be November 2020. Selected writers will be provided rehearsal time and a public staged reading, out of town writers will be provided housing and travel. While there is no minimum number of pages, we do not accept 10 minute plays.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
4 / 15 / 2020

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