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We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2015/16 season and 39th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival. We will be accepting submissions for the 2016/17 Season and 40th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival starting July 15th, with a deadline of October 1st, 2016.

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Playwrights Foundation supports and champions contemporary playwrights in the creation of new works to sustain theater as a vital, dynamic art form. As one of the leading play development centers in the U.S., PF actively fosters the creative process of playmaking and the dissemination of new works to national theater producers, while sustaining a commitment to the playwright, whom we regard as the creative wellspring of the theater. Within the organization we foster a deep familiarity with the work of a large range of playwrights, and work to connect those writers with creative partners and producers interested in new work production. Special attention is given to Bay Area writers, emerging writers, and writers of color.

Submissions will reopen through this page on July 15th.

Please contact our Literary Manager with further inquiries at literary@playwrightsfoundation.org

Open Submission Process

It is primarily through our open submission process that Playwrights Foundation's artistic staff gets acquainted with the work of a wide range of contemporary writers. Playwrights Foundation's programs are open to all playwrights living in North America and writing primarily in English.


Plays must be full-length, between 60-120 pages, unproduced and original. Submissions must be in PDF form. We do accept adaptations, but not translations. Only one submission is allowed per playwright. Plays that have previously received a workshop or university production are considered unproduced. At this time, we cannot accommodate musicals for our programs unless permission is gained in advance to submit.

There is a $20 submission fee. For Alumni of Playwrights Foundation programs and students the fee is automatically waived. If you are under financial strain, write to us and we will negotiate fee waivers on an individual basis.

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Playwrights Foundation Programs

Each submission is directly considered for the annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival, our largest and most public event. Select writers will also be considered for other PF programs by invitation. These opportunities include the Rough Readings Series and Producing Partnership and Commissioning programming. Bay Area based playwrights are eligible for the Resident Playwrights Initiative, and will be invited to apply upon review. Read details and descriptions of PF programs.


Bay Area Playwrights Festival


Five-six plays will be chosen for the annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Winning playwrights are paired with an artistic team comprised of a professional dramaturg, director, and actors. They will receive two weeks of rehearsal and two rehearsed staged readings, each one separated by five to six days for rehearsals and rewrites. Local and national producers, theater artists and the general public are invited to the festival to see the staged readings, participate in special events and meet the playwrights.

Dates: Bay Area Playwrights Festival activities will occur in July of 2017 at our home theater, Custom Made Theatre on Sutter Street, in San Francisco. Exact dates for the 2017 BAPF are TBA.

Retreat: A pre-festival weekend retreat prior to rehearsal brings together artistic teams and playwrights to share work, thoughts and feedback with other festival participants. It is mandatory for playwrights to be in residence for the entire retreat (2-3 days in early July) and festival period.

Financial arrangement: Minimum $500 Stipend, travel, housing.

Award notification: Playwrights invited to programs other than the annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival will be contacted on a rolling basis. The playwrights selected for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival will be notified by or before April 1st, 2017.