Call for Play Submissions: Criminal Queerness Festival 2023

Updated: Oct 21

National Queer Theater is now accepting submissions for the fifth annual Criminal Queerness Festival (CQF), which will take place at NYC Pride 2023. CQF strives to uplift and amplify LGBTQ playwrights and artists from countries that censor or criminalize queer communities through the creation of exciting theatrical productions. This edition of the Criminal Queerness Festival will focus on LGBTQ artists from Eastern Europe.

Up to three plays will be selected and given performances as staged readings or full productions in New York City. The plays will be performed in a festival format with directors and actors from National Queer Theater. The winning playwrights will be awarded a stipend of $1,500 USD each.

Submission Criteria

Queer voices across the world have been censored and silenced in countries where LGBTQ lives are criminalized and victimized. The Criminal Queerness Festival welcomes:

  • Plays by artists from countries that censor or discriminate against LGBTQ communities.

  • Plays that address themes of criminalization, homophobia, or transphobia outside the United States.

  • Plays that have not been previously produced in the United States.

  • Proposals for concerts, dance-theater, or other storytelling formats are also welcome.

See more about the 2022 Criminal Queerness Festival here:

How to Submit

Please submit using the following form:

Submissions must be received by 11:00 PM EST (23:00) on October 27, 2022.

About National Queer Theater

National Queer Theater is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York City. National Queer Theater’s mission is to foster and support LGBTQ communities through social justice in the performing arts.