PFP Announces LezPlay Contest



Want to see more Sapphic stories onstage and onscreen?

Then enter Pride Films & Plays’ LezPlay Contest!

The mission of LezPlay is to honor excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way.

The LezPlay Contest is open to playwrights and screenwriters who identify as women.

We want stories that elevate and celebrate us, refine and redefine us. We want to introduce audiences to writers whose work reflects, resonates with, and is relevant to their lives. We want stories that have a broad appeal, stories that will enable us to reach individuals of all ages and in all stages of life.

From now until our extended deadline of July 15th, we welcome submissions of full-length scripts from writers who identify as women. Only scripts that have not been professionally produced are eligible. Scripts that have been submitted in the past are eligible for resubmission only once and only if the script has been radically revised.

We are seeking scripts from women of all stripes and types. Regardless of how you identify as a woman, and even if your identity is not queer-cut, if your play, screenplay, or teleplay shares a story in which lesbian characters and themes stand out, please send us your work and lez play.

Scripts will be judged by a panel of industry professionals: directors, artistic directors, filmmakers, playwrights, producers, dramaturges, literary managers, activists, educators.

One winner and two finalists will be selected from all script entries. The selected scripts will be those that receive the highest recommendation from our reading panel and that best align with the mission of LezPlay. The two finalists will receive a prize of $300. The winner will earn a prize of $400 and four days of developmental workshops, culminating in two public staged readings on September 8 and 9 at Pride Arts Center in Chicago.

To enter LezPlay, complete the online entry form at FilmFreeway ( You will receive an email from LezPlay Literary Coordinator, Allison Fradkin, confirming receipt of your submission. Entry fee is $15/script through May 31st and $30/script from June 1st – July 15th. However, members of the Dramatists Guild and PFP’s Writers Network are invited to submit one (1) entry for free. To make the final deadline, scripts must be received by 11:59 pm Central Time on July 15, 2018.

Writers may enter as many scripts as desired, but each entry form can be accompanied by only one (1) script. Each additional entry will require a separate entry form and separate entry fee.

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