MPF Submissions

This year’s festival will be performed in-person in Portland in April-May 2023

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The Experience Box by Kory Alexander Majansky, MPF 2022

The Maine Playwrights Festival is starting its 21st year of nurturing the development of new scripts by Maine writers. The festival is centered on developing and honing short plays, from submission through staged readings, rewrites, and culminating in a series of public performances. The productions will feature collaborations between Maine-based directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers during a focused rehearsal period in March and April 2023.

The 2023 Festival will be performed in-person on two weekends of fully staged performances of short plays (8-30 minutes in length). Each selected script will be performed on every show night during the festival. The plays will be performed in Portland in April, 2023 (specific dates to be announced this fall).

Playwrights may each submit one script, 8-30 minutes in length,for consideration in the 2023 Festival.

Playwrights whose work is selected to be part of the MPF will receive broad exposure for their piece through Acorn’s marketing of the festival, and will retain full rights for future performance of scripts. Playwrights will take part in public work-in-progress readings with the other selected writers, and will be an integral part of their play’s rehearsal process working with the director, dramaturg, and actors. Several playwrights whose work is not selected for inclusion in the full festival will be recognized as semi-finalists: invited to develop their plays through a by-invitation-only rewriting workshop with the Playwright-in-residence and have them shared in an evening of dramatic readings held at the start of the festival week.

Please refer to our website ( for more information on the Maine Playwrights Festival as well as a production history of plays developed.

We anticipate making decisions about script selections by mid-January, 2023. 

The Submission Deadline for the 2023 Maine Playwrights Festival is:

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Click to download an application for the 2023 Maine Playwrights Festival