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!]


Last updated 07/12/2015

For the last three years, our year-end production of short plays has been known as the “PCSF Playoffs”.  This year, it will be replaced by a “PCSF Best Short Plays 2019” showcase in October.

PCSF Best Short Plays 2019 is a fully produced showcase of short plays written by PCSF members, performed by an ensemble local cast, and directed by two local directors.

The showcase will feature a full production of nine, 10-minute plays.    Six of these plays will be chosen from the plays submitted here, after evaluation by a selection committee.   (The remaining three slots for the October “Best Short Plays” production will be chosen during a separate three-week “Playoffs” reading festival in July.) 

To help you select which of your plays to submit for consideration, here are the details:

  • Submissions Open: January 20, 2019, 12:01 a.m. 
  • Submission Deadline:  Feb 24, 2019, 11:59 p.m. 
  • Submit a Play:  using the Submittable form 
  • Selections Announced:    April 22nd, 2019
  • Performances:   October 2019 (exact dates TBD)
  • Venue:  Shelton Theatre
  • No theme!   We want to showcase the best work PCSF members have without thematic limits.
  • Best Play 2019 Award:   Audiences of the Oct showcase performances will vote for their favorite plays.  The play with the most votes during the production run will be named "PCSF Best Short Play 2019", and the playwright will be awarded $150.   Two runners-up will each be awarded $50.


  • Only PCSF members are eligible.  Membership must be in good standing through April 24th, 2019 for your play to be considered.     Not a member yet?  Click here to become a member.   Not sure?  Contact membership@playwrightscentersf.org to confirm your membership status. 
  •  Make it good, tight and well-structured!     We want plays that are rehearsal-ready, and that are anchored by compelling character-driven story lines.   We want your best work.    Tip:  take it to Scene Night for feedback before submitting. 
  •  Plays must be unproduced in the Bay Area in the last two years.   We want plays that your friends and fans (and total strangers) will be eager to come see, so please no submissions of plays which local audiences have seen recently.
  • Keep the set, sound and costume requirements to a minimum!  As a basic framework, assume modular or generic set pieces, simple chairs, and a table. 
  •  Plays must not require more than 5 actors, and no more than 4 actors of the same gender.     And within reason be as flexible as you can about the casting.  We use a diverse ensemble cast but the number of actors is limited, and not all demographics may be represented.   Don't force us to turn away your amazing play because we can't reasonably cast it. 
  • Plays must run between 8 to 10 minutes.   Time your play before you submit!    We mean it!   We recommend no more than 8 pages.    (8 pages typically has a run time of 8-12 minutes)      If your play is obviously going to run longer than 10 minutes, we will not read it.   
  • One play limit.  Playwrights can submit ONE play.   Send us your best!
  • Sorry, but  we cannot accept musicals, children’s plays, or translations/adaptations. 
  • Please understand the following playwright responsibilities before submitting:   
    • Your participation in the development process is crucial!  There will be 1 or 2 workshop readings that we request the playwrights attend, and we also ask that they attend at least 1 or 2 of the rehearsals and make themselves available to answer questions and assist the director in resolving issues encountered during rehearsal.   
    • PCSF will of course be promoting the show, but playwrights will generate the majority of audience attendance.  Selected playwrights agree to market the event agressively to their contacts, friends and fans, in order to build audience size for the “PCSF Best Short Plays  2019” showcase.          
    • We may ask you to provide any unusual props or costumes required by your play. 
  • No critiques or evaluations will be provided. 
  • Use standard format guidelines (download the PDF or the Word template).  And yes, we will check that the font size, margins and general rules about indented stage directions, etc. meet guidelines.  Don’t try to cheat the margins or font size to make your play look shorter than it really is.    
  • We are using Submittable for submissions and tracking. 
    • Submit your play with the form below between January 20 and February 24, 2019. (Give yourself enough time to address login and internet fickleness!  We do not manage your Submittable account or login information - you must go through the Submittable password reset or support to resolve login difficulties.)
  •  Give us one blind copy of the play in Microsoft Word or PDF. If you cannot submit via electronic submission, please let us know to make arrangements in advance.   We do our best to make sure the selection committee doesn't know whose play they are reading.  That means there should be nothing in the file that tells us who you are!      Tip:  To ensure your file really  is blind,  in the File menu, choose Properties, then wipe out your name that Word puts in there.  Save the file, open it and check again. 
    •  The automated notification you  receive when submitting is your acknowledgement of receipt.  If we have any guideline or other issues with the submission we will contact you as soon as possible. 

By submitting the playwright agrees to the following:

  • Submitting a script for consideration does not guarantee participation in the showcase.    
  • PCSF reserves the right to disregard submissions that do not meet the guidelines specified above. 
  • If selected, you will receive notification by email around April 22, 2019. 
  • The playwright allows PCSF and its production team to print and make copies of the work to be used in the selection process and in production, if chosen. 
  • Playwrights of selected plays agree to be included in the audience-voting process which will take place during the production run.    
  • If a selected playwright's membership does not run through at least October 2019, that playwright must renew membership to be included in the production.    This renewal must be processed by July 31st.
  • You will also receive a contract that must be signed and returned within the time-line indicated. If we do not receive the contract, we reserve the right to cancel the selection. 

For questions please email submissions@playwrightscentersf.org (do not send submissions to this email).

 On FEBRUARY 27th, The Playwrights Center of San Francisco will be holding auditions for our Monday night reading series, which will run in March and April.    All readings will be at the Shelton Theatre.
THE PCSF SPRING READING SERIES will be five developmental and staged readings of new full-length plays.   These readings occur on successive Monday evenings from March 18 through April 15th.   (You do not need to be available for ALL dates -- you will be considered for casting in only those for which you are available.)
These general Auditions will be from 7-10pm on Wednesday Feb 27th, but you need only be there for your time slot.    (You will have the opportunity to request specific time slots during this sign-up -- slots will be assigned on first come, first served basis. )
From these auditions, we will be casting  three staged readings and two developmental readings.   You will not be considered for readings on dates for which you do not have availability.   
Staged Readings, include 2-3 rehearsals with a director in the week prior to the Monday evening reading.
Developmental Readings, which are not rehearsed or directed; scripts provided a week in advance for pre-reading.    
Stipends are provided to actors for the readings.    

§ Non-AEA only  

§ Prepare (2) contrasting 1 min contemporary monologues. 

§ Variety of roles Male and Female actors ages 18+, all ethnicities and body types encouraged!!!

 Roles in the Spring Readings call for:
Female actors, any ethnicity, playable age ranges 25-60

Female actor, Latina, 25-35

Female actor, non-white or mixed race, 30-40

Female actor, any ethnicity, teens

Male actors, any ethnicity, age ranges 35-55

Male actor, any ethnicity, age 60-80

Male actor, African American, 25-30

Male actor, non-white or mixed race, 25-35

Male actor, Latino, 35-50

§ Wednesday, February 27, 7-10pm   
§ Shelton Theatre 533 Sutter Street SF (downstairs)

Use the form here to submit your preferred appointment times, reading availability, and headshot via the PCSF Submittable site.  (you may be required to create a submittable account, which is free).

We anticipate the average audition to take less than 5 minutes. Once you have completed your monologues and the producer has released you, you can go about your evening with many thanks from all of us.   

The Reading Series producers who cast all readings. The directors of the staged readings.   Also, some of the playwrights and PCSF board members may be in attendance.

I've auditioned for PCSF recently, do I need to audition again?  While the likelihood that the producer has seen you audition before, the playwrights and Directors may not have seen you before or seen you in context of casting for the specific roles.  We do ask that you come in if possible .

What if I can't make it to the audition, but really want to be considered?  There is a place on the form to indicate this. Your headshot and resume will be made available to the auditors so that they can consider you.  Consideration is typically given to people who came in, but if there was no one who meets the casting needs, the Producer or Director(s) will definitely turn to the archive of actors who want to be considered.

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