Playwrights First- accepting international submissions

Founded in 1993 by Carolyn French, a highly successful literary agent, Playwrights First is an organization which recognizes, rewards and advances playwrights of unusual promise.

They look for:

  • Imagination and originality in both style and subject or point of view.
  • Characters that intrigue and move us.
  • A compelling action which reveals the human condition.
  • Theatricality inherent in the above.


The submission period for our 2019-2020 season is from August 1 through September 15, 2019.


  • One, single full-length play per playwright in English from anywhere in the world.
  • Not produced full scale prior to submission. Readings and workshops are acceptable.
  • No joint authorships, adaptations, translations, musicals, or shorts.​
  • ​Award:$1,000 first place and a professional reading in NYC when feasible.
  • To give the best consideration to your plays they will accept only 200 entries

Published on:
28 Aug 2019


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