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Updated: Sep 30, 2022

National Queer Theater is now accepting submissions for the fourth annual Criminal Queerness Festival (CQF), which will take place during NYC Pride 2022. 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 Sub-Saharan Africa.

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 selected playwrights will be awarded a stipend of $1,500 USD each.

Submission Criteria

The Criminal Queerness Festival welcomes:

  • Plays by African 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 here for a list of countries that criminalize LGBTQIA+ people:

How to Submit

Playwrights should fill out the form linked below:

Google Form in case button doesn't work:

Please email with any questions.

Submissions must be received by 11:00 PM EST (23:00) on December 31, 2021.

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.

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