GUIDELINES FOR WRITERS
Playwrights Horizons accepts unsolicited manuscripts of full-length, original plays by living American writers.
As a writers’ theater who believes there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to as wide a range of plays -- and approaches to playwriting -- as possible. We are looking for idiosyncratic, accomplished, original theatrical voices.
Ultimately, of course tastes are always subjective, but here are some guidelines that may help determine whether a play is right for us: As a rule, we do not produce adaptations (musicals excepted), translations, children’s theater, screenplays, musicals without original scores, one-acts (or collections of one-acts, thematically linked or not). We tend not to produce plays of a chiefly biographical or historical nature or plays that are primarily topical “issue” plays. Playwrights Horizons does not produce plays that have already received New York City productions. We are not a theater that prides itself on being grounded in naturalism, realism or “method” acting. We respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action that truly use the resources of the theater.
If you wish to submit a play, please include a complete manuscript, bio, resume, and any other print supporting materials (e.g. reviews) that might help pique our interest in you and your work. If you would like your script returned, you may also include a SASE.
We don't consider synopses and dialogue samples and will not respond to them. We also don't accept unsolicited scripts via email.
Due to the small size of our staff and the sheer number of scripts we receive, we are only able to accept one script at a time from the same author. Thanks in advance for your patience while we process your script; our typical response time is 6-8 months.
Play submissions should be sent to Adam Greenfield, Director of New Play Development. Musical submissions (script and CD) should be sent to the attention of Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theater.
Our mailing address is:
416 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
We award 4-6 commissions a year. We choose the recipients from a group of writers whose work we already know and wish to encourage. The best way to become a candidate for a commission is to start submitting your work.
Adam Greenfield on Play Submissions
Listen to a podcast (7:14) of Playwrights Horizons' Director of New Play Development Adam Greenfield discussing the play submission and selection process.
Photo at top: Playwrights Horizons Resident Playwrights, 1981. Pictured from L to R: Jonathan Reynolds, Christopher Durang, James Lapine, Ted Tally, Wendy Wasserstein, William Finn, Albert Innaurato. Photo by Jack Mitchell.