musical theatre

Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2023 or 250 qualified entries have been received, whichever comes first.
Semifinalists will be announced no later than March 1, 2024.
Good Luck!

The Submission WINDOW is now CLOSED!
Pipeline will be awarding a minimum of $80,000 in prizes this year. Minimum Award $10,000.


All creative artists aged 21 and over are welcome to submit. Priority will be given to emerging and mid-career musical theatre artists. We accept submissions from individuals and teams, but only accept one submission per person, so, if you submit a show as an individual, you may not submit another show as part of a group (please communicate with all of your writing teams, as you may be disqualified for multiple submissions).

Unproduced, full length musical theatre works are eligible. Works derived from sources other than the creative team (books, TV, movies, plays, songs) must document appropriate permissions / rights to use any materials not in the public domain. Adaptations will be accepted as long as they have been significantly reimagined in new and exciting ways, however, priority will be given to original works.

What we're looking for:
Shows that embody innovation, creativity and originality. We’re looking for engaging shows that make us think, feel, laugh, gasp, and examine our own humanity. Previous winners can be found here.


A maximum of 20% of the total submissions (up to 50) will be selected as SEMIFINALISTS by March 1, 2024 and will be notified on a rolling basis. Semifinalists will have 72 hours from time of e-mail or phone notification to provide a full libretto (as a .pdf) and links to all musical elements to the selection committee via e-mail to:

Finalists will be selected by May, 2024 and will be invited to interview with the selection committee.

Winners and respective prizes will be announced (including a results e-mail to all applicants) by June 30th, 2024.

United States citizenship is not a requirement to receive the grant, but you must be eligible to work in the U.S. and reside/work in the U.S. for a majority of any given year.

Due to reader and program constraints, we are unable to provide feedback on entries.
There is no fee to apply.


For your show to be considered, please complete the 2 part submission process
(incomplete submissions will not be considered):

Part 1


Part 2

Submit the following materials:
Libretto Excerpt: Please submit 25- 30 pages (from one continuous section) in .pdf format.
Music Files: Please submit 5 songs that you feel best represent your show. The individual songs are not required to be contained in the submitted portion of the libretto.
Character Breakdown in .pdf format.
Synopsis – 250 words maximum.