Staged Readings of New Plays by New Mexico Playwrights

Submissions for 2020 have closed. Information for the 2021 Festival will be posted this fall.

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Attention Playwrights:

We are no longer accepting submissions for this contest. For more submission opportunities, visit for a list of tons of contests and other play submission opportunities with deadlines coming up this month.

The 1st Annual Roadrunner NM Theater Festival (successor to the Playwrights Circle Staged Reading Festival), staged readings of three new plays by New Mexico playwrights, will be held  May 15-17, 2020 at q-Staff Theatre, Albuquerque, NM.

Blind judging: A panel of judges will read the plays without knowing the names of the authors. Each play submitted will receive a short critique from the judges.

Three plays will be chosen for presentation. Playwrights will be notified of their selection by March 31, 2020. Each play read at the Festival will be followed by a Q&A. Playwrights must be in attendance at the Festival.



All submitting playwrights must be full-time residents of New Mexico. Plays must be full-length (a minimum of 60 minutes).

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   Deadline for submissions:  Plays must be submitted beginning November 1, 2019, and received no later than         January 31, 2020.


   Length of play: Full-length (minimum of 60 minutes). No musicals.

   Number of characters: Maximum of 8 characters


   Number of submissions per playwright:  Maximum of 2 plays (no more than one play from each playwright will     be presented at the Festival)


   Format: All plays must be in a standard playscript format (click here to download PDF sample). The author's

   name must not appear anywhere in the document.

   Title page: Title page to include only the title of the play.

   Email:  Include title of play, author, and contact information.

   Word or PDF formats will be accepted.


   No previously published or produced plays can be considered. Staged readings are allowed.

   Submissions must be made electronically. Each play must be sent in a separate email to:

SUBMISSION FEE: A submission fee of $10.00 for each submitted script is required. Please click here to pay through Square: PAY NOW.  

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