How to Apply

The 16th GPTC New Play Conference call for plays opens on September 1 and closes on October 15, 2021!

Fourteen plays will be selected for PlayLabs.

All playwrights who are selected will receive a $500 stipend, travel/airfare to Omaha, eight nights lodging, daily breakfast/lunch, and select evening meals.


Plays are chosen by a panel of readers through an anonymous application process. Playwrights will be notified of acceptance no later than March 15.

Playwrights whose scripts are chosen must agree to attend the entire conference (May 28 – June 5), work with local actors and directors, and provide full support to other playwrights throughout the Conference week.


GPTC will consider both full length and one act scripts that are at least thirty pages in length.

Playwrights may send a maximum of ONE script. Scripts submitted in previous years and not chosen may be sent again for consideration.

Plays that have received an Equity production, plays for young audiences, and musicals will not be considered. Equity showcase productions are acceptable, as well as adaptations.

Acceptable formats for submission are .doc or .pdf .  To gauge run time, the standard font size of 12 points is suggested; the left margin should be 1.5 inches, right margin 1 inch, and top and bottom margins 1 inch.

What we need:

  1. One file with NO personal identifying information that includes:
    • Play name
    • Cast list
    • Short synopsis (1-2 sentences)
    • Your play
  2. One file with a title page that includes your name, address, phone number and email.
  3. A payment of $10 to offset the cost of selection panel readers.

Your play cannot be processed until we receive payment.  Payment can be made via credit card (through Paypal) or by check.  A link to payment information is provided for you at the bottom of the application and also in a confirmation email that will be sent to you after your play is uploaded (be sure to check your junk mail folder if you do not receive an email in your inbox).

Click here to apply.

Great Plains Theatre Commons