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VSA Art Playwright Discovery Award –
Individuals with disabilities are invited to submit an original one-act script that documents the experience of living with a disability.
Tennessee Williams Literary Festival One Act Play contest –
$1000 prize and staged reading followed by production. You may need to scroll this page to find the information.
Theatre BC –
Juried New Play contest for Canadian professional and non-professional playwrights. Annual contest.
Moxie Films –
Established to facilitate the work of under-served artists, including playwrights. Sponsors annual playwriting contest. Directory of Writing Contests –
Including playwriting competitions.
Drinking & Writing Festival and 10 minute Radio Play Contest –
Top three winners are awarded cash prizes and winning plays are produced and recorded live at The Neo-Futurists Theater in Chicago and then aired on the Drinking and Writing Brewery Radio Show.
Castillo theatre Playwriting contest –
The Mario Fratti & Fred Newman Political Play Writing Contest is now accepting submissions.
Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Contest –
Annual national contest for full-length and one-act stage and radio plays. Administration fee charged.
Lyric Theatre LA — stageWRITE Playwrighting Competition –
Aims to provide an opportunity for new playwrights to gain exposure in Los Angeles (scroll to bottom of page for info).
Stormy Weather Players New Plays Festival –
Community theatre group in Cornwall, NY. Short plays by new writers preferred.
ShowOff! –
The Camino Real Playhouse hosts this annual ten-minute playwriting festival. Playwrights world-wide submit their works and seven winners are given full production and three honorable mention winners are given staged readings during the nine performances in October. Deadline is June 15th.
Havemeyer Playwright Competition –
Contest for plays up to 15 minutes in length, sponsored by The Acting Company of Greenwich.
Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Festival –
Creating more opportunities for emerging female playwrights to produce their work.
Lebanon Community Theatre Play Writing Contest –
Annual one-act play writing contest on a different theme each year. Monetary and other prizes.
Helford Prize –
$10,000 prize in playwriting, offered by Jackson University. Open to U.S. residents.
Arts Live Theatre –
Non-profit, professional children’s theatre located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Sponsors Youth One-Act Playwrighting Contest. Cash prized offered.
Creative Mechanics: Stage This! The Best 10-Minute Plays We Could Find –
International playwriting and publishing competition, culminating with readings of the play finalists in New York City, an anthology containing the best plays, and one grand prize.
E-Merging Writers Ten-Minute PlaywritingCompetition –
Winning plays will be performed in a night of staged readings in New York City and published in “Stage This! Ten Minute Plays.”
Midwest High School Playwriting Competition –
Open to all Midwest USA high school students. Winners receive a reading with Crossroads Repertory Theatre and a scholarship to study theater at ISU.
Highwire Theatre’s Testing the LineNew Playwright Competition –
Finalists receive a workshop and staged reading with professional actors and directors. Winner receives $300 and a full-mounted production as part of Highwire’s season.
Aside Productions One Act Play contest –
Up to three scripts will be selected for a staged reading. Open to high school and college students in North Houston, Texas.
The 10-Minute International Play Competition –
Conducted by Fire Rose Productions, a non-profit theatre company in Los Angeles.
Hinton Battle Theatre Laboratory –
Diverse Voices Playwriting Contest spotlights new and emerging playwrights whose work represents or addresses the cultural diversity of America or diversity issues.
TrapDoor Ensemble Playwright Competition –
Winner receives $500 and guaranteed production. Proceeds benefit the TrapDoor Ensemble Youth Outreach program.
Backdoor Theatre New Play Project –
Competition for Playwrights. For unproduced works.
McLaren Comedy Playwriting Competition –
Annual playwriting competition, full length and one act plays accepted in January and February. Monetary prizes. Winner of full length category selected by audience vote after a reading. Progress of submitted scripts can be tracked online.
Heller Theatre, Tulsa, Oklahoma –
National playwriting contest detailed under “Theatre Around Town” button.

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