New Play Contest

New Play Contest

Update on Fringe 2021 Applications and COVID-19

Take a chance and submit that script you've been working on! Did you know that Kim’s Convenience got its start because playwright Ins Choi won the New Play Contest in 2010? It’s the perfect way to get your story seen by a larger audience and kick-start your writing career.

What it is: This is a contest for playwrights that guarantees the winner a free spot in the Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as a bursary for first, second, and third place. The New Play Contest is sponsored by the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation.

Who it’s for: Anyone with a new play that has not been previously produced.

Applications: Will not be accepted in 2021. Participants from the 2020 festival have deferred their slots to 2021 and will get a chance to produce their work this coming year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Cost to apply: $35 reading fee.

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, unproduced plays. 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 90 minutes or less.
7. Playwrights who enter the New Play Contest may also enter the Fringe lottery.
8. If selected, the winner must produce the play that was submitted to the New Play Contest for the 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 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 closed for 2021. Please try again next year.

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 us 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).