Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: National Playwrights Conference

Since 1964, the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 new plays. Scripts will be accepted for NPC 2018 through October 13, 2017. The O’Neill’s open submissions policy allows any writer to submit their work for consideration, no agents or nominations needed. 

Works are chosen through our Open Submissions policy.  (See all 2017 Finalists).

In the years since its inception the National Playwrights Conference has developed more than 600 plays.  During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O’Neill for a full month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Conference playwrights represent a wide range of experience from those working on a first play to Broadway veterans; directors and actors have also worked on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters, and represent emerging artists and seasoned professionals.

For information on applying as a playwright and the application process, please visit our Submission Info and Open Submission Process page.  With other questions, please call the Literary Office, at (860) 443-5378 x227

For more information, visit theoneill.org.

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Submissions Now Open: 2018 National Playwrights Conference

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The deadline to be considered for Summer 2018 is October 13, 2017.

The National Playwrights Conference is led by Artistic Director Wendy C. Goldberg. The Conference supports playwrights during the creation and development of new play projects. Authors of the selected works will be awarded a residency for the month of July 2018, including an intensive rehearsal process and two staged, script-in-hand public readings. A stipend, housing, meals, and transportation are provided for each writer selected for this month-long residency.

2018 National Playwrights Conference Submission Details

  • Applicants may submit scripts through the O’Neill’s Open Submissions Process Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Friday, October 13, 2017
  • Early submissions are strongly encouraged
  • Plays of any length or genre are eligible; however, to be included in the Conference, the work must remain unproduced through July 31, 2018
  • No agent is required
  • Both electronic and hard copy applications are accepted
  • The submission fee is $35 USD and covers the costs of the process

For more information, visit theoneill.org.