We never post calls for submissions that require a submission fee. Learn more here.

Our no-fee policy

NYCPlaywrights is the only online source for playwrights submission opportunities (as far as we know) that refuses to run calls for submissions that charge a submission fee. 

We feel it is disrespectful to playwrights to expect them to pay simply to have their play considered for a reading, production, publication, etc. As a result we list fewer submission opportunities than other online sources, but you can be sure our opportunities are fee-free.

Our visitors agree with our no-fee policy - we know because we conducted a poll in June 2013. The result was 80% of respondents approved of the no-fee policy. Read more about it here.

Sometimes we accidentally posted a fee-charging opportunity - if you see something, say something - contact us at info@nycplaywrights.org. Thank you!

Participation fee opportunities

NYCPlaywrights will run calls for submissions which require a participation fee. A participation fee is money required from the playwright once their play has been selected for a reading/production.

NYCPlaywrights feels that participation fees are acceptable because the playwright is guaranteed to get a production out of it. In contrast most of the people who pay a submission fee have no guarantee they will get a production in exchange for their money, or even a guarantee that someone - and someone who understands how play scripts work - will look at their script in exchange for the money.

NYCPlaywrights feels that as long as the playwright is given sufficient information about what they are to receive in exchange for the participation fee, we will leave it up to them to decide if they find it to be worthwhile.

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