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The Canadian Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act.  Finalists will be notified when the jury process is complete in May. Winners will be notified in June and will also be celebrated at the Theatre Festival Mainstage Awards Ceremony. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: December 1, 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)

RCAT is welcoming submissions in consideration for Development or Production in an upcoming Season. They commission and workshop new pieces of Theatre at all stages of their development. Go here for more information. 
(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.

The Ottawa Little Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition is an annual one-act playwriting competition. For more information contact Bob Hicks at 613-862-1024.
(Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Theatre BC is accepting entries for its Canadian Playwriting Competition. The annual contest, established in 1989, is one of Canada’s oldest English language playwriting competitions. Past winners include well-known Canadian playwrights, as well as emerging writers and those who are testing the waters for the first time. Many have gone on to successful productions and even major prizes, including a Governor General’s Award. To read the rules and regulations for the competition, please go here.
(Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Nominations for the Jovette-Marchessault Award are open. The Award is intended to increase the recognition and visibility of women artists’ contribution to Montreal’s theatre scene. The award includes a cash prize of $20,000, bestowed upon the winner by the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM). This year, the call is for women directors.
All professional women theatre artists are eligible, regardless of their years’ of experience, provided they have been recognized by their peers and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents living on the Island of Montreal at the time of submission. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 16, 2020)

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)


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 2020  Community Theatre Festival in Prince Edward Island has an open call for scripts.  Amateur theatre groups are invited to enter a short play or excerpt (max 30 minutes). For more information please contact Information Rob Thomson at 902-628-6778 or
(Deadline: December 15, 2019)

SummerWorks is seeking proposals for new projects that will be ready for presentation in August 2020. They are interested in works and artists that tackle urgent and complex questions of our time; that celebrate curiosity, wonder and adventure; and that expand the possibilities of what performance can be. Works for theatre, gallery, outdoor, and non-traditional settings are welcome, as are proposals for site-specific and immersive contexts. Proposed works should have some previous development or presentation history. For more information go here.
(Deadline: January 10, 2020)

King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal on June 12, 13 and 14, 2020.  The Festival is open to all writers and playwrights even if you have never written a play before.  It is suggested that submissions be approximately 10 minutes in length (total reading time), can be of any genre (comedy, tragedy etc.), have a limited number of characters (1-6), and should not have been previously produced in any form. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: January 13, 2020)

For its 2020 season, Theatre inspiraTO will draw 35 individuals or theatre companies using a lottery system, with 100% of the ticket sales going to the artist. Each individual/company will create a ten-minute play and address the upcoming theme: Leap. They will have full creative control of their piece: from writing, casting and directing. Applications open Nov. 7. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 16, 2020)

The 2020 Island Fringe is looking for submissions. The Festival takes place from July 29 – August 2, and offers unconventional performances in unconventional venues. Go here for more information. 
(Deadline: January 31, 2020)


The FTA’s newest project, Conversations on Performance is a 7-day seminar from May 27 to June 3, 2020 as part of the 14th edition of the Festival TransAmériques.
Open to a maximum of fifteen young Canadian professional artists aged 25 to 35, this project takes the form of a seminar held in English and based on six shows presented during the FTA. Participants are encouraged to expand their ideas about contemporary theatre and dance, confront their artistic realities and critical thinking, and to share their expertise with their peers. More info about the seminar and how to apply here.
(Deadline: December 1st, 2019)

(December 16-20, 2019)

Applications are open for participating in the 12th Women Playwrights International Conference in Montréal! Open call for female, gender-fluid, non-binary and gender non-conforming playwrights.  They will notify those plays that are chosen for WPI Montreal by April 15, 2020.  For more information, please email, or check their Facebook page. Go here for submission details.
(Deadline: extended to January 5, 2020)


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

5×25 is a national initiative designed to celebrate playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nightswimming was founded: 1995. It’s a 5-year creative process launched in 2015 and each year they invite proposals from artists born in 1995, then commission one annually until their 25th anniversary in 2020. Tell them what you want to create and if selected, they will provide a $5,000 commission, plus resources to workshop the piece, develop a process with you to create it, bring you to Toronto to work and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience. Go here for more information.
(Deadline: January 10, 2020)

The Fireworks Playwrights Program, led by Teesri Duniya Theatre, is an intensive, structured, and guided learning/creating workshop experience that aims to assist emerging, socially engaged writers, particularly artists of colour and indigenous peoples, to develop their written voice and professional profile. Submissions are encouraged and welcomed from emerging or established playwrights of absolutely all cultural, social and sexual identities. Please submit a play script or synopsis that is in an early stage of inception of no more than 500 words. Address proposals electronically to Kiki Dranias, Community Outreach Coordinator. For more information go here
(Deadline: November 10,2019)


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)

Delve into your work in a self-directed retreat while having the opportunity to engage with the larger artists’ community at Banff Centre during an Independent Residency in the Leighton Artists Studios. Their nine studios were each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work.
More information here.
(Deadline: December 4, 2019)

Submissions are being accepted for the 2020 PARC Playwrights’ Colony that will be held from May 3rd to 17th in Sackville, New Brunswick on the Mount Allison University campus. For more information go here.
(Deadline: January 15, 2020)

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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