Playwrights Canada Press publishes primarily new plays. We are looking for well-written literary works with engaging dialogue, interesting characters, and strong themes that incite discussion and analysis, and that focus on contemporary issues. We publish both dramas and comedies and we encourage playwrights who are thinking of submitting a script to take a look through the books we’ve published in the past to see if we’d be a good fit for your work.
Playwrights Canada Press is committed to equity and inclusion and encourages submissions from across Canada from Indigenous and cultural communities as well as from artists with disabilities and those from underrepresented regions.
We have an open submission policy and welcome submissions that meet the following criteria:
- the playwright must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- the play must have premiered within the last 10 years
We ask that playwrights submit only one play for consideration. We are not currently accepting proposals for anthologies.
While we do accept one-act plays for consideration we recommend that the piece have a running time of about an hour as shorter plays tend to have too few pages to successfully bind into a book. If you're unsure about the length of your play please contact the publisher at the email address below.
There is no specific format to follow for laying out your submission but we are fond of left-aligned character names and dialogue, and using italics for stage directions.
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically either as a Word document or as a PDF. Hard copy submissions will still be accepted by mail. If the play is accepted for publication, it must be available in an electronic file.
Staff at Playwrights Canada Press read every play submitted to us. Due to the high volume of scripts we receive, you can expect a response in ten to twelve months from the date of submission. Scripts are read in the order in which they are received.
Please be advised that we are currently selecting plays for publication in 2021 and beyond.
We do accept simultaneous submissions (where the script is sent to more than one publisher at the same time). If the play is accepted elsewhere please notify us promptly.
If you have questions about our submission procedure or criteria please contact the publisher, Annie Gibson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’re ready to send in your play, please click here for our submission form.
We ask for your patience once you’ve submitted your play. We aim to respond as soon as we can but we receive hundreds of submissions so it will take us a while to get back to you. Please do not call or email to check on the status of your submission. We will answer you as promptly as possible. If you haven't heard from us it just means we haven't yet read the play.