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 respond primarily to plays with a sure command of language and a clear dramatic action that truly use the resources of the theater.
We are only able to accept one script at a time from the same author and cannot consider resubmissions, including those which have been significantly revised.
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’re not able to respond personally to every play, or to offer feedback. If we’re interested in pursuing a conversation about your play after reading it, you’ll hear from us in about six months.
Play submissions should be sent in care of the Literary Office. Musical submissions (script and CD) should be sent to the attention of Kent Nicholson, Director of Musical Theater.
Our mailing address is:
416 West 42 Street
New York, NY 10036
We award four to six 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.