The Playwrights Realm

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Thank you for your interest in The Playwrights Realm and our open submission programs!

Submissions are currently open and will close on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.


General application requirements:

  • Online application - short-answer questions  (Click here to see application details)
  • A theatrical résumé. (PDF format. Bios will not be accepted in lieu of résumé)
  • A complete draft of the play you wish to develop, with your name and play title on a cover page (PDF format) 
  • Music samples, if applicable. (Scratchpad Series only)
  • OPTIONAL professional reference or letter of recommendation.



Please carefully read program requirements below, then select the application form that corresponds to your interest.

All of Scratchpad International's programming will exist virtually.  While we do anticipate that much of next season's Fellowship and Scratchpad USA programming may also exist virtually, we do hope to be able to meet in person if and when circumstances so allow.  We will adjust future steps in a manner the Realm deems safe, responsible and in accordance with CDC guidelines, but please heed the parameters below when selecting the program(s) to apply for.


Apply for the Writing Fellowship ONLY 

To apply for the Writing Fellowship you must:

  1. Be able to attend meetings and events in New York City approximately twice monthly from September, 2021, through early June, 2022.
  2. Have a script that would benefit from a nine-month, intensive development process.
  3. Note that musicals and one-person shows are not eligible for the Writing Fellowship.
Please review complete Writing Fellowship eligibility requirements and FAQ HERE



Apply to BOTH (Fellowship and US Scratchpad) programs simultaneously

To use the dual application form you must:

  1. Be able to attend Writing Fellowship meetings and events in New York City approximately twice monthly from September, 2020, through early June, 2021. If this is not the case please apply to Scratchpad Series only (US Playwrights).
  2. Be able to be present in New York City for the duration of a Scratchpad Series (should it be an in person process) for between 3-6 days, at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm.
  3. Note that one-person shows are not eligible for the Writing Fellowship or Scratchpad Series and musicals are not eligible for the Writing Fellowship. If you are submitting a musical please apply to Scratchpad Series only.
  4. Understand that you are applying to both programs with a single script


For general overview information and FAQ click HERE


Apply for Scratchpad Series ONLY (US Playwrights)

To apply for Scratchpad Series (USA) you must:

  1. Have a script that would benefit from dramaturgical conversation with The Realm and a 15-hour developmental reading process. (Plays can be anything from a rough first draft to a play that is close to production-ready.)
  2. Be based in and able to legally work in the USA 
  3. Be able to be present in New York City, should circumstances so allow, for a reading process of between 3-6 days at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm. 


Please review complete Scratchpad Series eligibility requirements and FAQ HERE


Apply for Scratchpad Series (International Playwrights)

To apply for Scratchpad Series (International) you must:

  1. Have a script that would benefit from dramaturgical conversation with The Realm and a 15-hour developmental reading process. (Plays can be anything from a rough first draft to a play that is close to production-ready.)
  2. Have a script that is written primarily in English (or be able to personally translate your work to English)
  3. Be an international playwright 
  4. Be able to engage in a virtual developmental reading process of approximately one week, at a time agreed upon by both you and The Realm. 


Please review complete Scratchpad Series eligibility requirements and FAQ HERE


Please select the ONE application form below which you will use to apply.

To access an application form you will be asked to create a secure User ID and log in. This will enable you to save drafts as you work and verify that your application has been received.



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