Digital New Play Contest

Sponsored by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

Do you have an idea for how to make a digital space come to life? Can you imagine a way to use a digital platform (Zoom, etc.) to bring people together for a live theatrical experience? At a time when so many of us feel isolated, this prize calls for applications that bring people together and push the boundaries of what’s possible online.

Your script should be unique, original, and well-suited to the online environment. You should address how this piece will be performed digitally, live, in real time, on a digital platform of your choice.

What it is: This contest for playwrights guarantees the winner a free spot in the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as prize money of $2000. The winning script will be offered at least one performance date.

Who it’s for: Anyone with a new play that has not been previously produced, in-person or online.

Applications: Are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Cost to apply: Pay What You Can. New this year, Fringe has waived the $35 application fee to this contest. Applicants may decide to select a donation level when applying. Funds collected will be used to administer the programs.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Open to all playwrights/writers who are permanent residents of Canada.
  2. More than one entry per playwright is permitted.
  3. All entries must be original plays that have not been produced in-person or online. Plays that have been workshopped are eligible.
  4. Plays must be submitted in English.
  5. The playwright may have received funding to create or workshop this play.
  6. All plays must have a performance time of 45-90 minutes.
  7. Playwrights who enter the New Play Contest may also enter the Digital Fringe Lottery later this spring.
  8. If selected, the winner must produce the play that was submitted to the New Play Contest as part of the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. It is understood that the play will be subject to revisions/dramaturgical changes in the usual course of continued development.
  9. The winning production will also be required to recognize the Toronto Fringe and the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation on all their marketing materials (program, posters, brochures, press release, website, etc). Specific details of this recognition to follow.
  10. The winner must provide a short post-festival report on the contest, production, and festival experience.

How to apply: Applications are now closed.

The Toronto Fringe is committed to equality, diversity, and prioritizing accessibility. We warmly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities, 2SLGBTQ+ identified persons as well as Deaf, Mad and disability-identified persons.

If you require any accommodations please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne at

Past winners include:  “Checkpoint 300” by Michelle Wise (2019), “Women of the Fur Trade” by Frances Koncan (2018), “The Seat Next to the King,” by Steven Jackson (2017), “Cam Baby,” by Jessica Moss (2016), “Rukmini’s Gold,” by Radha Menon (2015), “Potosi,” by Alexander Offord (2014), ”The Oak Room” by Peter Genoway (2013), “Help Yourself” by Kat Sandler (2012), “Kim’s Convenience” by Ins Choi (2011), “Short Story Long”  by joel fishbane (2010), “A Singularity of Being” by T. Berto (2009), “Wake” by Rachel Blair (2008), “Expiry Dating” by Alison Broverman (2007), “Love Songs from Unlikely Places” by David Egan (2006), “Bella Donna” by David Copelin (2005), “Stealing Freedom” by Stephanie Nickerson (2004), “That Boy” by Paul Gibson (2003) and “Fish/Wife” by Rick Roberts (2002).