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Calls for submissions

NYCPlaywrights will post any call for play script submissions FOR FREE as long as it meets two criteria:
  1. No submission fees are required.
  2. New York City writers are welcome to submit work.
Please send your no-fee call for submissions information to

If you have a call for submissions that is not open to NYC writers we will post it for a $15 fee.

If you have a call for submissions that charges a submission fee we will not post it for any reason except if you have no-fee options - for instance if the fee is waived for any playwright who can prove they are a member of the Dramatists Guild. Or if there is no fee required if the play is submitted by a certain date.

In June 2013 NYCPlaywrights surveyed playwrights about its no-fee policy. The responses showed that a clear majority - 80% - wanted NYCPlaywrights to keep its policy of refusing to post calls for submissions that required a submission fee.

How it works when we post your call for submissions

When we post your call for submissions it will stay on the home page of the NYCPlaywrights web site for about 1 or 2 weeks, depending on the number of opportunities that week.
NOTE: sometimes we have more active calls for submissions than can fit on the home page at one time - this is because our blog host, Blogger, will not let us control the number of blog posts that appear on the home page at any given time.
Each time we post something new on the NYCPlaywrights blog, it pushes all the other existing items down the home page. Once it reaches the bottom it can "fall off" the home page.

But even if the listing has "fallen off" the home page, you can still usually find it by these three search methods:
  1. Click the Older Posts link at the bottom of the listings.
  2. Click an archive month/year (e.g., "March 2014") although you might have to click the Older Posts link to see all of the month's listings if it was a busy month.
  3. Use keywords (e.g. "one-act plays", "full-length plays") that appear on the right-hand side of every page of the site. This will filter out many of the listings so you can see more of that particular listing going farther back in time.
Every Saturday we review the items that have fallen off the home page, and if their deadline date is that day or in the future we will repost the call for submissions so that it appears at the top of the blog again. We try to be fair about giving each listing as much time near the top of the home page as possible.

This will be repeated until the deadline for your call for submission has passed. After that your call for submissions can still be found using the three search methods above.

The only exception to the system is that is we sometimes reset the date of a still-viable submission opportunity to schedule it to appear automatically at the top of the home page on a selected date within the next seven days. That makes the listing disappear temporarily from the site - it can't be found on the home page, in the archives, or by subject tags - but for no more than seven days. We only do this with listings that have deadlines which are still fairly far into the future.

We could just update the NYCPlaywrights web site every single day, instead of putting listings into an automatic invisibility queue, but we have day jobs.
NOTE: when we reset the date of your submission posting, it changes the link URL of that submission - we can't do anything about that, it's how Blogger works.
If you want your call for submissions to stay in the same spot on the NYCPlaywrights home page/blog for a set period of time, you might consider buying an ad.