Yearly Festival of Member Plays

Each year, Playwrights Platform presents a festival of short plays written by members and selected by independent readers. Plays are solicited in the spring and submitted anonymously. The festival takes place in June. Playwrights produce their own plays with the assistance of Playwrights’ Platform, often utilizing the Actors in Residence program. When possible, awards are presented for Best Play, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Director, as determined by a panel of judges.

2021 Festival

Playwrights’ Platform is gearing up for its 49th Festival of New Plays!

Like last year’s successful festival, the 2021 festival will take place in June on Zoom Webinar, providing a safe and secure platform that can be accessed around the world!

Submissions close:  Friday, March 5 at 11:59PM EST

The rules and restrictions are as follows:

  • Playwrights can submit one or two plays.
  • Each submission must be a maximum of 15 pages in length, not including front matter.
  • Submissions must be anonymous.  Remove all identifying information from each script.
  • Ideally, submit each script in PDF format.  If you cannot create a PDF file, a Word file can be submitted.
  • Include page numbers on each script.
  • Include a setting and character descriptions on each script.

Email submissions to:

Note that you must be a member to submit to the festival.  Membership is currently $25, or $12 for students in high school or degree programs.  Go to MEMBERSHIP for more information.

Past Festivals