Eugene O’Neill Theater Center now accepting applications for the 2023 National Playwrights Conference

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is now accepting applications for the 2023 National Playwrights Conference. The submission window will remain open through Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 11:59pm PST.

The O’Neill will once again employ an open script submission process for its founding program and invites all playwrights, regardless of location or agent representation, to share their work. Scripts are reviewed blind, without writer names or contact information, and are accompanied by a character breakdown and the playwright’s developmental goals. 

“A cornerstone of the National Playwrights Conference is its open submission process, which allows any writer who has not yet had a professional production of their play to submit their work,” said Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. 

Scripts should be submitted to the online application form at https://tinyurl.com/4cdbbtrj. A $25 fee, down from $35 in 2020, offsets the costs of the administration of the application process and submission platform. The O’Neill is committed to continuing to reduce fees for all professional programs, with a goal of reaching $15 by 2024. If the fee is a barrier to submission, a number of fee waivers are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be requested prior to beginning an application.

Selected playwrights will spend a month on the O’Neill’s campus in Waterford, CT, during the summer of 2023. While there, they will participate in the O’Neill’s writer-driven development process, which allows them time to revise and experiment with their pieces while seeing their scripts directed and performed by a team of industry professionals. 

“Playwrights are storytellers that shape and document our cultural history, and it is always an honor to open our doors to the next generation of these storytellers,” Goldberg said.

More information about the National Playwrights Conference and its application process is available at www.theoneill.org/npc