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
Really Spicy Opera

Aria Institute: Soprano Edition (aspiring opera librettist training)

The Aria Institute for Composers and Librettists provides focused, small-group instruction and detailed personal feedback to train composers and playwrights in writing thrilling, produceable operas. The Aria Institute: Soprano Edition trains composers and playwright/librettists in the craft of writing opera arias, using an afternoon schedule culminating in a public showcase.
Fee: 
No Fee
Restrictions: 
You do not need to be available for the whole range of the Sunday small group feedback sessions, so long as you have at least 1 hour's availability each week within the specified range (1-4 PM Central). Must be available for and attend all Friday group meeting times (2-5 PM Central). U.S. Citizens/permanent residents, International (non-U.S.) playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 7 / 2021

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Opportunity
Theater J (Washington | DC)

The 2021 Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize

The Theater J Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize will award $3,000 and a stage reading to a promising emerging woman playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Submissions can be submitted by the playwright or by a theatrical agent or staff member of a professional theater company. Eligible playwrights have had no more than two productions on/off Broadway, or multiple LORT, though their work may have been produced at other professional theatres. At this time, only full-length unproduced plays are eligible.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to U.S. woman playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2021

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Opportunity
Theater J (Washington | DC)

The 2021 Theater J Trish Vradenburg Jewish Play Prize

The Theater J Trish Vradenburg Established Playwright Prize awards $15,000 to an established playwright in honor of a new play that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Submissions must be by a theatrical agent or staff member of a professional theater company. Eligible playwrights have had national attention and productions on/off Broadway, at multiple LORT, or comparable. At this time, no short plays or theatre for young audiences, or plays written before July 2018.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to U.S. playwrights
Submission Method: 
Email
Deadline: 
5 / 31 / 2021

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