Submit a Play

The Process

  1. Go to this page to understand how the festival works.
  2. Read the eligibility and submission guidelines (below)
  3. Complete the Online Submission Form
  4. Pay the $10 submission fee


  • This is a local festival: Playwrights must currently reside or work in Maryland or the District of Columbia, or must have maintained their primary domicile, or place of employment, within Maryland or DC for a significant period of time within the last two years.
  • This is a new play festival: Plays cannot have had a staged production at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are not considered productions. If the play receives a production after submission, the playwright must inform the BPF.
  • Only one submission per playwright per year.
  • Previously submitted plays may be re-submitted after a period of three years since last submission. The assumption is that the playwright has made significant revisions to the work.

Submission period: April 1 through May 31

Only 50 scripts will be accepted. When 50 are received, submissions will close and that will be announced on this website.

All submission materials and payments will be done online:

1. Script:

  • Each script must be anonymous. Please remove any identifying information from title pages, headers & footers.
  • Include in one PDF script document:
    • Title page
    • Synopsis (no more than one-half page in length)
    • Character listing (including gender, age range, and any features such as skin or hair color necessary to the script)
    • Setting (place and time)
    • Script (with page numbers)
  • For musicals being submitted, music in acceptable format (MP3, .WAV, other audio formats).
  • Standard play script format should be used. All scripts must be saved in PDF format and submitted via the online portal available on the website. No snail mail or other methods of submission will be accepted. Improperly submitted materials will be destroyed.
  • One acts should not exceed 60 pages. Full-length plays should not exceed 150 pages. It is recommended that cast size be limited to a maximum of 10 actors. Please state if roles can be doubled or double-cast.

2. Other Submission Item Guidelines

  • Submission Form: Our new online submission form is available here. Please do NOT use previously posted document-based forms.
  • Submission Fee: There is a $10 fee for each submission, which is used to help cover the costs of maintaining the Festival. Once you have completed the submission form and uploaded your script, you will be taken to the payment page.  If you have difficulty, use this direct link to the submission fee payment.
  • Music If your play is a musical or requires music, you must send the sound files or a link to a Dropbox-type online share where MP3 format of the music can be found. At this time, please email this to [email protected], with your name and the title of the play in the subject line.
  • Residency Document: If the playwright is not a Maryland or DC resident, a document must be submitted explaining when or how the playwright meets the BPF residency requirement. This can be as simple as a statement citing the dates of your residency in MD or DC. At this time, please email this to [email protected], with your name and the title of the play in the subject line.
  • Re-submission Document: If the playwright resubmits a play previously submitted to the BPF, a re-submission document must be included in the packet, listing script revisions and rewrites. Re-submissions must reflect a major rewrite: characters or scenes added or dropped, a new spine for the play, a different theme, etc.

Questions? Problems?
Please email the librarian at [email protected].