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PlayPenn 2016 Conference - deadline extended to October 2nd

2016 Conference Application Guidelines

PlayPenn's annual conference takes place over a two-and-a-half-week period each July in Philadelphia. The conference includes workshops and readings of six plays, additional readings of up to three works-in-progress, forums for artists, and a symposium on new play development issues.

RENEWAL - Reading Series

We are only seeking:

  • full-length plays that have not yet had an NYC-area premiere.

    • In your submission, please include whether you were expecting a reading, workshop, or production and whether it was canceled or indefinitely posted.

    • Please also share where it was originally going to take place. There are no restrictions on cast size, subject matter, or genre.

International Human Rights Art Festival: 10 Min Play Festival


The fourth annual International Human Rights Art Festival runs December 7-13, 2020. The Play Festival will premiere Tuesday evening, December 8, 2020 at the Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd Street, East Village, NY.

Submission Guidelines:

  • seeking self-produced pieces which are built around a social concern

  • especially interested in work exhibiting the values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement;

THE ACRONYM PLAYS: On-Line Publication Opportunity


From the safety of your home, we encourage you to create a brand new play using the springboard and guidelines, detailed below, that will be reviewed by a panel of professional theatre artists.  On a rolling basis, the readers will recommend compelling, well-constructed plays to Bara Swain, our Creative Consultant, who has been spearheading our staged reading festivals for “Urban Stages New Pages” since its inception. 

Emergency Assistance Grants for Writers with Cancelled Shows


You are eligible to enter the lottery for a grant of $2500 from the Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation if you are:
1) A playwright, composer, lyricist, or librettist
2) Have had a full professional production (defined for these purposes as a LORT, Off-Broadway, or Broadway full production, not a reading or workshop) of which you are a writer that was cancelled, closed, or indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 closures.

Submission Guidelines

Follow this link below to apply. 

Playwrights' Week 2020


  • Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful and theatrical work.

  • Seeking writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

  • Five writers will be selected.

  • Selected writers will be provided with twelve hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays.

Schreiber Shorts Festival



Schreiber Shorts Submissions 2020


Your $5 Submission Fee helps us cover administrative costs. The playwright for each of the short plays selected for this year’s production will receive a cash prize.

2020 Consciousness Playwriting Series

Examples of Past Prompts:

  • BEING & BIOLOGY: Is Consciousness the Life Force? 

  • Filters and Reflections: Perspectives on Reality

  • Bava’s Gift: Awakening to the Impossible

  • Click here for this week's prompt.

Play Guidelines:

  • Plays should be limited to roughly ten minutes in length.  We’ll live with eleven or twelve minutes if necessary, but 15+ minute plays will not be read.

One-Act Plays BY Women

  • Pieces must be ORIGINAL but can be previously produced.

  • Please limit your submission to ONE of your best plays.

  • We are looking to showcase works from women writers only. All plays must fit one or more of the criteria below: 

    - The piece features a strong female lead
    - The piece features a predominately female cast OR
    - The piece addresses a topic important to women that is rarely touched. 


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