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PFP Writing Contests

Exciting Writing Contests From PFP!

PFP’s new Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez is developing new systems for our festivals for 2017. SO we are NOT accepting plays for the Great Gay Play and Musical Contest at this point.

Keep an eye on this site and our Facebook page for announcement of new systems soon!


Pride Films and Plays currently conducts several writing contests.

*LezPlay (formerly Women’s Words), a contest of works for stage and screen written by women with lesbian characters or themes. Entries are accepted March 1 to April 20 annually, and conclude with LezPlay Weekend in September. The winner of the 2015 LezPlay Contest – Resolution by Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama – will be produced by PFP in a world premiere production in October,  2016.

*The Great Gay Screenplay Contest accepts entries from May 1 to June 30, and concludes with Gay Film Weekend each November.

*The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest is under reconstruction!

A full production history of PFP can be found here.

PFP Writing Contests



All contest entries are made thru, a free portal for all kinds of theatrical and film contests. Credit cards for entry fees are processed through their secure servers. If you have a discount code for free entry, enter that on the payment page for each contest.


LezPlay Writing Contest

Entries Accepted: March 15 to May 1

This is a contest for works for the stage (plays, musicals, spoken word) and screen (teleplays and screenplays) written by women with lesbian characters or themes.  There are categories for short and full length work, and five finalists will be named in each category.

Two scripts from each category may be selected to  have their work performed as stage readings each September during our LezPlay Weekend.

Those whose work is performed receive $400 (for full length work) or $100 (for shorts).

A winner of the contest is named at the conclusion of the weekend.

PFP Writing Contests

Great Gay Screenplay Contest

Entries Accepted: May 1 to June 30

This is a contest for screenplays with LGBT characters, history, or themes. Finalists are selected to receive cash prizes and have their work performed as stage readings each fall during our Gay Film  Weekend at Center on Halsted.

A winner of the contest is named at the conclusion of the weekend.

Find 2014 Contest Rules here.

PFP Writing Contests


The Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

Under reconstruction.


PFP Writing Contests

Comments from Authors

18 directors from all around the country and as far away as Australia have made the trip to Chicago to see our performances. Here is what they had to say…

“The show was glorious. Thank you for handling the show with such delicacy and care. I’m so glad I got to see this production. You guys are awesome!”

“It was an outstanding 5 days of live theatre. Each production was well directed and acted. Women’s Work’s Sapphics on Screen & Sapphics on Stage will grow as an important festival where women writers can have their stage and screen plays presented in front of live audiences and I am so glad to have been on her maiden voyage.”

“This festival is unlike any I’ve ever seen or heard of. To have so many plays, written by women, about women, and directed by women is astounding. The work is good and the experience was great. I’m proud to have been a part of it.”

“I was so pleased with the staged reading of my play, PATIENT HM. Jackie Jutting is a phenomenal director. Her choices in lighting and staging made my play look like much more than a reading. The actors were incredible, so professional. In only three days they were doing my play almost like it was a production. Then afterwards, the talkback showed how smart and deep thinking the audience was. Thank you PFP for an amazing experience.”

“Thanks again for all that PFP has done. You have been a tremendous boost for me!!”

“I could not have asked for a better time at the reading. The actors were wonderful and John is a fantastic director. It was a very professional production that you could not have paid me to miss… I am extremely grateful for what the opportunity of being a finalist in this contest means to me. I hope to be able to use it as a catalyst to move forward in my career so that I can also give back to the community the way you and PFP have done.”