Playwrights’ Forum Festival 2020 2019-11-04T17:46:27+00:00

Spokane Civic Theatre is pleased to announce its call for one-act scripts for its 32nd Playwrights’ Forum Festival.

Selected scripts will be fully produced at the festival to be held June 18-21, 2020

2020 Playwrights' Forum Festival Submissions Deadline

Submitting a play to the festival:

  • Playwrights eligible from: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia, and Alberta
  • We welcome plays that are unpublished, unproduced, or produced but that have not received a professional production
  • All play submissions must be one act plays that run 30 minutes or less, submitted in standard play format
  • Please do not re-submit scripts that have been submitted in previous years
  • There are no restrictions on content, but please no musicals
  • Plays must be submitted by February 7, 2020, 5:00 pm PST
  • Chosen playwrights will be notified early March 2020

Submissions Procedures:

  • All submissions must be made electronically to
  • There should be no name on the scripts and no identifying information within the script
  • Send the full script as a Microsoft Word or PDF document
  • Please include a character breakdown
  • Please include a separate title page with your name and the play’s title
  • Fill out and send the Application Form with your script

Young Writers Division:

  • For ages 13 to 22 years old
  • Separated submission judging
  • Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian agree to the Festival terms and conditions on their behalf


The Spokane Civic Theatre Playwrights' Forum Festival is designed to promote the art of playwriting and to serve the playwrights selected to be showcased in the festival.

The Role of the Playwright

All shows selected for the Festival are given a staged production in a black box studio theatre.  Sets, costumes and props are kept to a minimum due to budgets but also to showcase the writer’s work.  The opportunity for a staged production allows the playwright to experience the full collaborative process, joining with the director, actors, and production staff in “wrighting”, or building, a play.  All plays selected for the Festival must run no longer than 30 minutes.  Playwrights must be willing to edit and make cuts if their play runs over length.

Given the importance to playwrights of experiencing fully the collaborative process, Spokane Civic Theatre strongly encourages Playwrights selected for the festival to commit to being available during part of the rehearsal process and to make an effort to attend the festival productions and a “talk back” with the audience after the show. While travel expenses are not provided, the theatre will make a reasonable effort to find room and board in private homes for out-of-town playwrights. If the playwright is unable to be here in person, he or she should attempt to be available by Skype or Facebook.

When a playwright participates in rehearsal, Spokane Civic Theatre will provide, on request, professional guidance through Artistic Staff to assure as much as reasonably possible that the collaboration process is a positive and healthy experience.

-The Playwrights Forum Festival Committee