Sunday, June 24, 2012


This is a monthly list of playwright and theatre grants, competitions, commissions and jobs.

Red Shirt Entertainment
Deadline: July 6th

Go to for submission form

Red Shirt Entertainment is looking for 10-minute plays for rooftop series. Each playwright can submit forms attached. Play gets performed on fabulous rooftop theatre area on 23rd Street. Playwrights get introduced to Redshirt community, marketing team, be honored at reception following, and receive a $100 honorarium.

Play should have between 1 and 4 characters, run ten minutes, not be a musical. 8 plays will get selected.

You can email play and submission form to or drop off/mail it to 18 W. 23rd St. 4th Floor, NY, NY 10010

For information about how to submit a play please email:

NJ Playwrights Contest 2013 (and 2014) - Plays and Musicals
Deadline: July 13th

The University Performing Arts Department of William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ announces the Ninth (and Tenth) Annual NJ Playwrights Contest. This project helps bring new playwrights and composers and their work into focus in the community, the region and the state of New Jersey. This contest is open to New Jersey residents only. This contest has both a musical and a non-musical component. Each component consists of two phases. First, three plays and three musicals respectively will be selected for staged-readings from all entries received by July 13, 2012. (Each finalist receives a small honorarium.) Second, one winner in each category will receive a production in the very flexible Hunziker Black Box Theatre. In addition to the full production, the winners receive an honorarium commensurate with his/her level of participation. Submissions should include: a cover letter, stating availability of the author for participation in the process and the performance history of the play or musical; a one-page synopsis of the play or musical; and a resume of the playwright and/or composer. NO PLAYS or MUSICALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AT THIS TIME. Unless specified, all entries will be considered for both the 9th and 10th contests.

Readings for the 9th Annual NJPC will be in December of 2012. The winning play and musical will be presented in the spring of 2013.

Readings for the 10th Annual NJPC will be in February of 2013. The winning play will be presented in December of 2013 and the winning musical in June of 2014.

Submissions should be emailed to or mailed to Theatre Series, H 105-B, 300 Pompton Rd., William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, 07470. 
 Scripts & music (including a piano score) and author interviews will be requested later this summer. 

Sandbox Poetry and Dance
Deadline: July 20th

In October 2012, Sandbox will present its latest ensemble collaboration, Beatnik Giselle, a play combining Beat poetry with the classical ballet Giselle.  In conjunction with this production, the company is also facilitating a collaborative performance project to bring together local writers and dancers.


Sandbox is seeking poetry submissions that can be given to volunteers from the Twin Cities dance community, who will use the poetry as their "music" in creating original dance pieces.  All the pieces will be performed in a showcase on October 20 at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis.  This is an exciting opportunity to not only have your work performed for an audience, but to participate in cross-genre collaborative creation.

Submissions must be able to be read aloud in under five minutes.  There is no limit to style or subject, and writers may make submit up to 3 different works.  All submissions must be received by Friday, July 20.

Please send entries and/or questions to Sandbox Theatre representative Derek Lee Miller at

Yale Drama Series
Deadline: August 15th

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2013 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, award-winning playwright John Guare. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children's plays are not accepted. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading or non-professional production are accepted.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production at the time of submission.

6. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play's title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.

7. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

8. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

9. Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

Submissions for the 2013 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2012 and no later than August 15, 2012.

Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.


Electronic submissions for the 2013 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2012 and no later than August 15, 2012.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please email with your request.

Upon receiving an email request for submission, we will send an email reply to the sender requesting a secure file transfer form be completed which will allow the electronic submission.

Both PDF/Word document submissions are accepted. PDF submissions are preferred but not required.

Please go to if you need assistance converting a Word document to a PDF.
The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award

Established in 1986, Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD has been presented to the best of new, innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of our society. Urban Stages' on-going mission is to develop and produce new, exciting multi-cultural works that are issue-oriented.

The Guidelines
Submissions are received throughout the year. Finalists are first included as part of the Urban Stages fall or spring reading series. The award is then announced in the spring. Plays that are finalists are presented as staged and workshop readings. These readings are a collaboration between playwright and director.

A cash prize of $500 (in lieu of royalties) will be awarded to the winner. There will also be a staged production of the play in New York City. Urban Stages reserves the right to withhold the prize and not declare a winner if no play of merit is found. Before production of the award winning play, a contract will be signed between the playwright and the company. This contract is approved by the DRAMATISTS GUILD.

Full length plays are preferred. Submissions are open to playwrights in the United States. Plays may have been developed elsewhere, but never produced in New York City. There is no limit to submission. Subject matter and character variations are open.

We prefer full length plays for submission. No translations or adaptations. On RARE occasions, Urban Stages will consider exceptional musicals and one-act plays that fit our mission. We do; however, consider plays for younger audiences for our outreach program.

Cast size is limited to no more than nine actors.

A biography and/or author's history of the play, character breakdown, and brief description or synopsis of the play.

All scripts must be firmly bound. No changes or revisions accepted after submission. No double-sided pages.

It usually takes two to six months for us to read and process your script. We ask that you please do not call or email our offices in the interim to inquire on the status of your play.

The play should be accompanied by a manuscript size SASE with appropriate postage. If there is no manuscript size SASE, the play will not be returned. Please do not include loose cash, stamps, labels or metered postage. A SAS Post Card should be included if you want acknowledgment of arrival. If you do NOT want your manuscript returned, but want a response letter of our decision, include a #10 SASE. If no SASE's are included with your submission, it will be discarded at time of rejection. If we are interested in your play, we will contact you by phone or mail. Please include the name, address and phone number of author on the title page.

All scripts will be handled with care, but Urban Stages will not assume responsibility for lost or damaged scripts. RETAIN A COPY OF YOUR SCRIPT.

Please send manuscripts to:

Urban Stages
555 8th Avenue, #1800
New York, New York 10018

Sante Fe. Performing Arts Playwright Competition
Santa Fe Performing Arts Playwright's Competition was developed to support American Playwrights. The competition is not merely a competition of words, but a venue for recognition and a demonstration of appreciation - truly a celebration of the writer's contribution. SFPA and many other theatre companies around the country with similar programs, support playwrights and ensure the future of American Theatre. Without the writers, the actors would have nothing to say. Submissions are limited to unproduced new American plays and must be postmarked by the first of September of each year. Send play synopsis and character break-down via email or to our mailing address (found at the bottom of page). Full scripts upon request only.

Theater Three Festival of One Act Plays
Deadline: Sept 30th

Festival of One-Act Plays
Submission Guidelines
Only unproduced works will be accepted.
Plays that have had staged readings are eligible.
No adaptations, musicals, or children's plays.
Cast size maximum: 8.
Length: 40 minutes maximum, no minimum.
Settings should be simple or suggested.
Playwrights may make multiple submissions.  They need not be made under separate cover.
Please do not submit works that have been previously submitted.
Scripts must be postmarked by September 30.
Please submit a cover letter, a synopsis, and a resume along with one copy of the play. Cover sheet of play should have title, author, author's address, author's telephone number, and author's email address (if available). Plays should be neatly bound or stapled on the left-hand corner (no loose pages and no binders, please). All submissions must include a standard SASE for correspondence. Or, if playwrights wish to have their works returned, an appropriate SASE must also be included.
Selected plays will be presented for 10 performances. Playwrights will receive a small stipend.
Plays should be submitted to The 14th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays, Attn: Jeffrey Sanzel, Artistic Director, THEATRE THREE, P.O. Box 512, Port Jefferson, NY 11777-0512. We do not accept electronic (email) submissions. Please do not call or stop by the theatre.
Final selection of plays will be in late 2010.

Warehouse Theatre (in London)
International Playwriting Competition
Deadline: July 31st
Through the International Playwriting Festival the Warehouse Theatre has discovered and launched the career of a host of successful writers and it has also had much success in transferring plays to the West End and other London theatres, and touring both nationally and internationally. Entries are now being accepted. Go to website to fill out form and for details.

The David Calicchio/Marin Theatre Company Emerging American Playwright Prize
Deadline: August 31st

Norton J. “Sky” Cooper established the Emerging American Playwright Prize award at Marin Theatre Company in 2007 in honor of David Calicchio’s lifelong career as a playwright and in support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights. The Calicchio Prize will be awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre. The play selected as the Calicchio Prize winner will receive 2 public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company as part of the theatre’s annual New Works Series. The playwright will receive a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the MTC rehearsal period (25 hours).

Plays must be full-length in comedy, drama, etc. Musicals, translations, adaptations, individual one-acts and any play previously submitted for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible. Collaborations are welcome, in which case prize benefits are shared. Playwrights may not have received a full-scale, professional production of the submitted play, or any of their other works, prior to submission. Plays and playwrights that have had workshop, reading or non-professional productions are still eligible. Playwrights must be citizens of the United States. Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year. If you plan to also submit your play to the Sky Cooper Play Prize you may do so but it must be the same play.

Submission is a two-phase process.
Phase I: Submit a two-page maximum abstract of the play including title, character breakdown, brief story synopsis and playwright bio or resume. Also include 10 pages of consecutive sample dialogue. Literary agents may submit full scripts of their client’s work. All abstracts and dialogue samples will be read. From these, selected manuscripts will be solicited for Phase II by October 1. Due to the high number of submissions, not every playwright will receive a response to their Phase 1 submission. Do not send a manuscript with or instead of the abstract. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be read. Due to the high number of submissions we cannot return any Phase I materials. If you would like notification that your submission was received, please send it with a SASP. Electronic submissions are accepted in Word or PDF format only and paper copies must be sent to MTC if requested. Please NO PHONE OR EMAIL inquiries.

Phase II: All manuscripts that have been solicited after Phase I will be read. Manuscripts should be neatly typed, securely bound and have the playwright’s name, contact address and phone number clearly visible on the front page. No solicited manuscript will be returned without a self-addressed, stamped envelope with adequate postage.

All final selections are made by Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company.

Submissions are accepted between July 1 and August 31 (postmarked).

Address all submissions to:
The David Calicchio/Marin Theatre Company Emerging American Playwright Prize
Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Or electronically to

Deadline: July 16th

Capital Repertory, Albany, NY
Submissions are now being accepted for Capital Repertory Theatre’s NEXT ACT NEW PLAY SUMMIT

Next Act! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology.  The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.”  Next Act! takes place November 2nd thru 4th, 2012 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.

Capital Rep is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity.  The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.

Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse plays welcome. Comedy and Drama welcome! (Please do not submit plays about the theatre.)

Eligible plays can not have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed.  No more than 7 characters.  (Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.)  No musicals.

The New Theatre Project New Work Series

The New Work Series is an opportunity for playwrights to have their work read at any stage of the plays journey. The scripts will receive minimally staged productions before an audience and feature a talkback. We have accepted all of our submissions for the Spring New Work Series but are always accepting submissions to be considered for next Series.

New work will be considered from local (Ypsilanti, MI ) and non-local playwrights. Any work having already received a production must be seeking further development or open to the possibility. The New Theatre Project will also consider short plays, incomplete work, work based on classical texts, music with the possibility of a theatrical staging, or any otherwise unconventional work for the stage (dance theatre, performance art, etc.)

Playwrights are asked to submit a 10-page script sample, character listing, and a synopsis. Any additional materials that may help us understand the piece will also be accepted, though please keep them brief and concise.

Script submissions must be emailed to Requests for full-length scripts will be emailed shortly thereafter.

Brain Trust Theatrical*

Brain Trust Theatricals is looking for bold, new character-driven plays to make up its inaugural season.

To be considered, please send a play synopsis, full character list, and a ten-page script sample. Plays still in development are welcomed. Please note that while we are not producing children’s theater, each play in our season will have an educational outreach component. For this reason, plays with extreme sexual content will not be considered.

Script submissions can be sent to

Elizabeth Schwartz at

or snailmail to:

330 W 45th Street
Lobby H
New York, NY 10036

NEWvember New Plays Festival call for submissions
Deadline: August 1st


Inaugurated in 2011 as a co-production of Tangent Theatre Tivoli and AboutFACE Ireland, NEWvember is a festival of rehearsed readings of new plays that takes place over four days at the Carpenter Shop Theatre in the historic village of Tivoli in upstate New York.


submitted plays should be previously unproduced (we will consider plays that have had readings before but are still in development)
plays should have a cast size of 2-8
plays should have a running time of 30-120 minutes
we will only accept one submission per writer
we ask that the writers of the chosen plays attend the reading of their play towards its further development and to be present for a post-reading Q&A with the audience. We will provide $50 towards travel (the equivalent of a return Amtrak trip from NYC to Rhinecliff) as well as local accommodation in Tivoli
there is no fee for submissions
 while we are open to all styles and subjects, our companies do have a preference for narrative and character driven stories

In submitting your play, please include:
the play as a PDF, with the title page listing the name of author as a separate file (to aid our blank reading process)
a 3-line synopsis of the play
a bio of the writer
in an email to

Submissions will be accepted from June 1st 2012 to August 1st 2012.

Please note that these dates will be applied strictly and any submissions made outside these dates will not be considered. The six invited plays will be announced in October.

CASTING: Please note – the chosen plays will be read by an ensemble of actors, each performing roles in multiple plays in the festival. While we will endeavor to provide the best match of cast for each play that is read, in terms of characters’ listed ages/ethnicities, we also need to form an ensemble to best cover the entire range of the festival’s program. We appreciate our playwrights’ understanding of our ensemble-based casting.

The Disreputables are now accepting submissions of short works for SLUT*
Deadline: July 31st

The Disreputables are now accepting submissions of short works for SLUT, a festival of staged readings and discussions inspired by the political climate of 2012 - in particular, the string of controversial legislation (dubbed the “War on Women”) which serves to hinder a woman’s right to privacy, choice, and safety. SLUT is the first installment of the UNmute! Reading Series, a season-long project aimed at raising the volume on stifled voices. We are seeking original plays, musicals, and monologues from 1-30 minutes in length. SLUT will be presented in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in October 2012.

All submissions will be accepted via email, and must be accompanied by a cover page containing a brief synopsis and professional bio. Please visit for full guidelines. No submissions will be accepted in hard copy form, with the exception of short musicals presented with an accompanying CD. We are not accepting translations or adaptations. Only one submission per writer is allowed. All plays must be submitted in a single document, formatted in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. All scripts must include
 page numbers.

Submissions are open to all writers in the United States, with or 
without representation. For playwrights represented by credited agents or managers, we prefer
that you submit your work through your representation. To ensure your script is accepted, we encourage you to submit your work as early as
possible. The submission period ends July 31, 2012. More details are posted at, so please review them for answers to any questions.

Chrysalis Theater Company*
Seeking Full Length Comic Drama with Female Characters

Chrysalis Theater Company is seeking a new play to produce this fall. They are a small company based in New York City. They are looking for a new play that has not been previously produced in New York. A comic drama with a strong emotional core with female characters in their late 30s/early 40s with no more than 5 characters is desired.  The ideal length of the play is between 90 min and 2 hours. The play will be produced at the 4th St. Theatre in downtown Manhattan in November of this year.


The playwright will receive a small stipend. This is a showcase production.
Please send a short bio and your script to

Playwrights Horizons Seeks Writers
Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Horizons accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length, original plays by American authors.  As to our tastes, we try to remain open to as wide a variety of different styles and approaches to playwriting as possible.  We are a writer’s theater and we truly believe that, in principle, there are as many styles and worldviews as there are playwrights.  We are looking for distinctive, accomplished, original theatrical voices.

As a rule, we do not produce non-musical adaptations, translations, children’s theater, screenplays, musicals without original scores, one-acts, plays of chiefly biographical or historical nature, or topical “issue” plays.  Playwrights Horizons does not produce plays that have already received New York City productions. We are not a theater that prides itself on being grounded in naturalism, realism or “method” acting.  We therefore tend to shy away from psychological family dramas and from relationship sitcoms that we feel are more suitable for television.  We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action that truly use the resources of the theater.  Ultimately, of course, tastes are subjective and we are just not the right theater for certain plays.

If you wish to submit a play, please include a complete manuscript (we dislike synopses and dialog samples, but will consider them if submitted), bio, resume, and any other print supporting materials (e.g. reviews) that might help pique our interest in you and your work.  We do not accept scripts via email. Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from the same author. If you would like your script returned, you may also include an SASE.  Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.

Play submissions should be sent to Adam Greenfield, Director of New Play Development. Musical submissions (script and CD) should be sent to the attention of Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theater.

Our mailing address is:
Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


We award 4-6 commissions a year. We choose the recipients from a group of writers whose work we already know and wish to encourage. The best way to become a candidate for a commission is to start submitting your work.

Three Roses 2012
Deadline: monthly ongoing

Three Roses Players is very supportive of NEW WORKS and hard working playwrights! We produce at least 6 new one act plays per month.

The Writer Speaks where the plays see our stage for the first time in a four performance run. The audience scores the plays and the top two move into The Writer SpeaksWinner's Circle, where the winning playwrights send us another 2 one acts and we choose 1 from the 2 selections.

THEN these four plays enjoy another four week fully produced run!

20 pages or LESS
NO more than 2 SCENE BREAKS/ Vignettes
Light props, sets, costumes
Has not been produced in Southern California in the last 12 months
No concurrent productions in Southern California
Local CA Playwrights must attend at least ONE performance (you receive a comp)

DEADLINES are the 10th day of the month prior to the theme month.
Selected plays will be notified by mid month prior to the theme months.


Non-theme month, submit any subject.

Non-theme month, submit any subject.

Send me your spookiest and scariest!

Positive, uplifting, enlightening stories about these heroes open our eyes to what that sacrifice really means to their families and friends.

Tales about that obligatory time of year, from shopping malls to airports to that holiday family dinner, how do you survive it?


I look forward to reading your work!
Maggie Grant

Yes Festival seeks full-length plays
Deadline: Sept 30th

Scripts must be standard sized, legibly typed, and bound. Standard Dramatist Guild form is preferred. Submissions (ONE per playwright) must be full length and should include a one-page synopsis and a cast list with brief character descriptions.

A play may not have had a previous professional or university production. Scripts are not returnable (unless specifically requested and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope).

-Enclose a self-addressed stamped postcard if you wish the project director to acknowledge receipt of your script.
-in deciding which play to submit, a writer should know our actors will be students ranging in age from 17-30. Some faculty members or guest artists may be available for the festival. However, a play with especially strong demands for mature character roles would not be as likely for selection as one of equal quality with roles for young adults.
-Musicals with small orchestra demands will be considered. Musicals should be submitted only if a vocal score and piano conductor score is available.
-A Y.E.S. entry form must accompany a submitted script - see this flyer (PDF Format.)

Northern Kentucky University
Sandra Forman,
Project Director
NKU Y.E.S. Festival of New Plays
Department of Theatre and Dance
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

-Selections will be made and winners notified no later than December 31, 2012. Returnable scripts will be mailed back after the winners have been notified.
-An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to each selected playwright as well as travel expenses and housing while attending the festival.
- it is important that selected playwrights be available to visit the festival about a week before opening so their visit can be arranged to include late rehearsals and the premiere of their play. Festival dates are April 11-21, 2013. The visiting dates are at the discretion of the festival. Playwrights and the directors of their plays will participate in one post-show question-and-answer session with the audience.
-in addition to the three plays selected for full productions, one script may be selected for a staged reading during the festival. The playwright of this script will also be brought in for late rehearsals and opening.

Living Theatre Reading Series
Deadline: ongoing

Judith Malina and The Living Theatre are seeking scripts from New York playwrights for the theatre’s readings series. Seeking scripts of all lengths and in all styles - except realism. Interested in politics, philosophy, timeless issues – not romance.

 Also seeking scripts of any length and style about famous playwrights (e.g. Ibsen).

Readings are staged in the Living’s Theatre’s space on the Lower East Side. Email scripts to:

One Act TV Play
Deadline: July 1st

The Playwrights Project Original “One Act Play Competition” - We are in our 16th year, and our winning plays have received multiple awards, from both national and international film festivals in the professional categories. TWO winning plays will be Cablecast on Public Access Television, Channel 20 (Cablevision) and Channel 37 (Verizon FIOS) and other Public Access Stations in various locations around the country. A Showcase is held with a Q & A with the actors, director and playwrights. The guidelines for submission are as follows: Original, Fifteen minutes in length, limited to three or four characters and one set – no children. Multiple submissions are welcome! Scripts will not be returned! Winners will be notified by PATV and posted on the website. Submission entry deadline is July 1, 2012. Submit typed manuscript to: The Public Access Television Corporation, ATT: “Playwrights Competition”, 1111 Marcus Avenue, Suite LL27, Lake Success, NY 11042. Prizes will be a professional production of the two winning plays and $100.00 to each author. This project is supported in part by North Shore Community Arts Council, and Astoria Federal Savings Bank.

(*= don't know the history or background behind this theatre company)


janis said...

Excellent! Thank you for the work.

Smoon said...

What a wonderful and inspiring list of opportunities. Thank you for compiling. Happy writing, everyone.

Julia Lee Barclay said...

Thank you for this list! Amazing.