Festival Information

  • Deadline to submit: December 1, 2020 12:00pm (noon) Central Time
  • There is no submission fee
  • Only 50 submissions will be considered. Please adhere to the proper submission guidelines.
  • Two scripts will be selected to each receive 4 performances at The Public Theater in June, 2020NE
  • Winners will be announced April 1, 2021
  • Playwrights of selected works will receive $300 or 7% of the ticket proceeds to performances of their work, whichever is greater



Submission Criteria

We encourage entries by U.S. playwrights of any race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

  • Musicals are not eligible at this time.
  • Plays intended for young audiences are not eligible at this time.
  • Submissions may have had readings but not have had a prior production.
  • Submissions must be in standard format: 12-point font, standard fonts such as Times New Roman or Courier, and written in English.
  • Submissions must be "blind" with no playwright identification anywhere within the uploaded file.
  • Cast size is limited to 1 for the 2020-202ONE Season (Please note the 1 cast member may play multiple roles.)
  • Anticipated run time must be no less than 50 minutes and no more than 120 minutes
  • Professional submissions, please. Edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Use standard play formatting. If in doubt please use Dramatist’s Guild guidelines, found at the following link https://www.dramatistsguild.com/sites/default/files/2020-01/General-SFI-Formatting-Guidelines-Complete.pdf



Submissions are open until December 1, 2020. Click here to submit!







Teresa Stankiewicz is a playwright, theatre artist, and dramaturg. She has a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance from the University of Missouri and an MA in Theatre with an emphasis on playwriting from Texas State University. Her plays have been produced by FronteraFest in Austin, the Vestige Group in Austin, and the Mizzou New Play Series in Columbia, MO. She is from Lexington, KY, and currently resides in Michigan. www.teresastankiewicz.com



Joe Luis Cedillo is a playwright, actor, director, and dramaturg. He is the associate artistic director for Texas State Black & Latino Playwrights Celebration and has worked with Casa 0101 Theater, Watts Village Theater, Company of Strangers, The Unit Collective, El Teatro Campesino and Alley Theatre. He is from Pacoima and lives in El Monte, CA.



Dorell Anthony is an actor, writer, and producer who is the celebrated creator of Pride The Series/Homecoming 1 and 2. He is from Oakwood, TX, and lives in NYC. www.dorellanthony.com



Ruben C. Gonzalez is an actor, writer, and director who has numerous film and television credits including La Mission, The Fourth Corner, Medium, Veronica Mars, The Barrio Murders, Selena and others. He plays ten different characters in his solo theatrical work, La Esquinita USA. He is from Commerce, CA, and is based in Los Angeles.



Amina Henry is a playwright and educator. She has been a teaching artist with Teachers & Writers since 2014. As a playwright, her work has been developed, presented, and/or produced at: The New Group, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, National Black Theater, Theater @ Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Cell, Theater for the New City, Drama of Works (Brooklyn, NY), The Brick (Brooklyn, NY), LAVA (Brooklyn, NY), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), Texas State University and Brooklyn College. aminahenry.wordpress.com