Welcome to the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco submissions site.  We use this site for both PLAY submissions and general AUDITION management.  

We make the submission periods open to submitters:

  • Plays - 15 days before the deadline
  • Auditions - as soon as we announce the auditions.

There are at least two play submission opportunities each year in the Spring and Fall for our reading series of Developmental and Staged Readings.   The standard deadlines are as follows*:

  • Spring Season: 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30 - Submissions open 11/15
  • Fall Season: 11:59 p.m. April 30 - Submissions open 4/15

*We reserve the right to extend or change the deadlines as deemed necessary and at any time.

General Play Guidelines

  • Only PCSF members are eligible for a slot in our reading series.  Plays will not be read if membership is not current at the time of submission. Join PCSF here! Or contact membership@playwrightscentersf.org to confirm your membership status.
  • Please read our Writers’ Guide to Staged Readings and Writers’ Guide to Developmental Readings to review playwright responsibilities.  Make sure you understand the playwright responsibilities before submitting.
  • No musicals. If the play contains incidental song(s) or music, the playwright must own the rights or have express written permission to the rights or the song(s) must be in the public domain. This policy does not allow for "fair use."
  • You may resubmit a play that was previously not accepted or which has had a read-through, developmental reading or staged rehearsal. If you do, be sure to fill out the question about what you've changed. [See Sheherezade Guidelines for those resubmission rules.]

To see the full guidelines and to submit, see specific submission forms below.  

For password and technical issues, please contact Submittable technical support.

For other issues or questions, please contact submissions@playwrightscentersf.org [do not send submissions to this email address!]

*****THE SUBMISSION FORM WON'T WORK UNTIL THE SUBMISSION PERIOD HAS BEEN OPENED********

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General Guidelines
  • Only PCSF members are eligible for a slot in our reading series.  Plays will not be read if membership is not current at the time of submission. Join PCSF here! Or contact membership@playwrightscentersf.org to confirm your membership status.
  • Please read our Writers’ Guide to Staged Readings and Writers’ Guide to Developmental Readings to review playwright responsibilities.  Make sure you understand the playwright responsibilities before submitting.
  • No musicals. If the play contains incidental song(s) or music, the playwright must own the rights or have express written permission to the rights or the song(s) must be in the public domain. This policy does not allow for "fair use."
You may resubmit a play that was previously not accepted or which has had a read-through, developmental reading or staged rehearsal. If you do, be sure to fill out the question about what you've changed.    

Reading Series Guidelines
  • The total submission (all plays) must be no more than 130 pages in length, properly formatted, for up to 2.5 hours run-time. Submissions over 130 pages will not be considered.
  • The submission must be a one-act, full-length, or a group of one-acts around a central theme.
  • We reserve the right to stop reading plays that are obviously longer than 2.5 hours. For example, 130 pages of monologue would be impossible to read and way over the spirit of a maximum 2.5 hour play, even if formatted correctly.
  • Number pages.
  • Plays must be in PCSF standard script format (Word template) (PDF) as revised for Spring 2012. Plays with improper margins or formatting may be disqualified.  The script format is provided as a Word template; you can do a Save As to get a fresh script in PCSF format.
    • Use Courier or Courier New font, 12 point.
      • To accomplish this, select all (Ctrl-A on PC, Cmd-A on Mac) then choose Courier and 12 point from the font menu.
    • General margins: top margin between 0.75" and 1.0" and bottom margin: between 1.0" and 1.5"
    • Dialogue Margins: left margin 1.5" - 2.0" and right margin: 1.0" Each character's dialogue should be followed by one blank line (12 point).
    • Character names (tags) should be on a unique line.  Also, character names should be in ALL CAPS.
    • You no longer need to underline character names.
  • All submissions must be electronic in MS Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format only.  If you  cannot send an electronic copy, contact us and we will make arrangements for hard copy submission.
  • Play must include character list, tag line, and short summary at the beginning of the document.
  • Make sure to name the file as follows:  {play title}_blind.doc (or) .docx (or) .rtf (or) .pdf.
  • Attach One (1) blind copy of the play with no playwright identifying information.  (If submitting multiple related short plays, include them in One (1) file.)

Tip: To ensure your file really is blind, in the File menu, choose Properties, then wipe out your name that Word automatically puts in there. Save the file, open it and check again that it's blank.

Note:  You will receive an automated acknowledgement of the submission.  If there are any problems with the submission you will be contacted.  A separate acknowledgement will not be sent.

Updated 04/11/2017