Calls from the community

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Calls from the community

A resource for Canadian theatre creators!


Toronto Fringe‘s 24 HOURS PLAYWRITING CONTEST challenges writers to create a new play in 24 hours by incorporating four mystery elements. The winner receives a cash prize, a staged reading at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival, and a free, 7-performance production slot in 2020 Toronto Fringe. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: October 15, 2019)

Toronto Fringe‘s NEW PLAY CONTEST is a contest for playwrights that guarantees the winner a free spot in the 2020 Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as a bursary for first, second, and third place. All entries must be original, unproduced plays. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: October 15, 2019)

The organisation Editorial Dalya announces its 4th INTERNATIONAL YOUNG THEATRE PLAYWRITING CONTEST. The prize aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young audiences (12-21 years old). The play must not have been published previously in any form. Contest details here.
(Deadline: December 15, 2019)

THE NATIONAL CREATION FUND will invest up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20  new Canadian works in theatre. Acceptance of proposals begins November 1, 2019. For the application form go here.

Langham Court Theatre calls on playwrights worldwide to submit plays to the 2020 RISK THEATRE MODERN TRAGEDY COMPETITION. The winning play will be workshopped in Victoria, Canada. A travel stipend is available. In addition, the winning play may be fully produced by Langham Court Theatre as a special event. More information here.
(Deadline: June 1, 2020)


Submit an application to present a showcase in the official programming of the 19th CINARS Biennale (International Conference and Networking Organization for the Performing Arts) which will take place in Montreal from November 9 to 14, 2020. The call is open to artists from all countries. Please note that a non-refundable CA$125 processing fee will be charged for every submission. Learn more about the application process here.
(Deadline: October 27, 2019)

WOMEN’S WORK FESTIVAL 2020 call for submissions. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: November 1, 2019)

Ergo Arts Theatre is currently accepting submissions for its 3rd annual ERGO PINK FESTIVAL, a four-day juried festival in May 2020 that supports, develops, and showcases the works of women playwrights and playwrights of marginalized gender identities. Applicants with a full draft of an original, unproduced work, about women and/or non-binary individuals are encouraged to submit. Successful applicants will receive dramaturgical support and may receive a workshop/rehearsal period with professional actors and directors. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: November 3, 2019)  

Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submissions for FEMFEST 2020, which will take place in September 2020. The focus this year will be on productions and processes that build bridges with new artists or partners. Click here for more details.
(Deadline: November 30, 2019)

Eastern Front Theatre is now accepting submissions for its 2020 STAGES Theatre Festival. More information here.
(Deadline: December 1, 2019)


THE CREATOR EXCHANGE is an initiative of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, an opportunity for playwrights to talk briefly about what kind of work inspires them, and how they like to collaborate artistically, the purpose being to encourage networking opportunities with other theatre practitioners, and to forge new working relationships.  The next CREATOR EXCHANGE takes place in Toronto and they are accepting ten directors and ten playwrights. Go here for more information.
(October 26, 2019)

(December 16-20, 2019)


RISER is intended to provide more opportunity for artists to take on risks in producing their work:


Indigenous storytellers are the true Canadian story keepers, and the INDIGENOUS PLAYWRIGHTS CIRCLE at Banff Centre is designed to support and ignite those stories. The residency provides support and space for development of new works in all stages of the dramaturgical process with a focus on revisiting textual work on plays that have had some performance life but are yet to be finalized. More information here.
(Deadline: November 27, 2019)

Banff Centre‘s SPRING WRITERS RETREAT takes place March 9 – 21, 2020. This program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre. They welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: November 27, 2019)

Ned Zimmerman, the web designer and developer behind The Archive of Missing Things, is a founder behind a new artist residency program held on a remote island off of the Nova Scotia shore. The GREAT ISLAND ARTS CO-OP RESIDENCY PROGRAM is holding its pilot program from May-July and consists of 2 weeks of self directed work. Go here for more information.


READ MY PLAY, a free Script Exchange Service for Playwrights.


Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) is always on the lookout for new works:

Cahoots Theatre accepts unsolicited scripts by writers and creators:

Canadian Women in The Literary Arts (CWILA) seeks writing by women, trans, genderqueer, and two-spirit writers on topics relating to literary arts:

Chameleon Theatre Company welcomes new work by

Dancing Sky Theatre accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length and original plays:

ELAN will be developing showcases in the coming year to encourage and support artists in the performing arts who want to tour. Fill out this survey

If you are a playwright with a script to develop, get in touch with Fabricate

Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) produces a subscription season of six full-length plays in English for adult audiences:

If there is a story you want to report on, an issue that needs exploring, or an artist you believe merits a profile, get in touch with

Get involved with Lady Plays Podcast, a bi-monthly podcast dramatizing new plays by women:

Submit your theatre project proposal to The National Arts

The National Creation Fund is accepting proposals of compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance and music:

Submit a script to Native Earth Performing Arts:

PLAYCONNECT – PGC’s Readings Program:

Submit plays or short stories to Playme Podcast for a unique opportunity to produce your work in podcast format:

The Pledge Project is a searchable database that includes plays written by Canadian women:

Submit a play to Proscenium Journal and the third annual Proscenium Live Festival of New Work:

Submit a script to The Purple Rose – dedicated to the development and production of new plays and emerging playwrights:

Resource Centre for the Arts wants to present your play:

Submit a play to Studio 180

Apply to SUBLETSERIES@HERE for a chance to receive space, equipment, box office services, and technical support:

Teesri Duniya Theatre seeks culturally diverse and First Nation plays:

Theatre NDG hosts a monthly play-reading series of original works: theatrendg

Theatre New Brunswick invites playwrights to submit scripts for future consideration for both Main Stage and Studio Theatre productions:

Theatre Times is a rapidly expanding global theatre portal. If you’re passionate about world theatre, consider joining their team as Regional Editors, Managing Editors, Bloggers, or Editorial Assistants:

Love to write or have something to say? Become a contributor with

Submit a play to Urban Stages:

Do you have an idea for an article you would like to write for the Women Arts

Submit a script for developmental support with Young People’s

Submit a Posting to PWM:

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