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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in August

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Festival Submissions for August 2023

We combed the internet for comedy festivals that have open submissions during the month of August so you don't have to! We have improv, stand-up, sketch and more covered below! Just click the names of the festivals to follow their link! We'll be updating throughout the month as new info comes in so be sure to check back!


San Francisco Comedy Competition - Deadline Aug. 1st (show dates Sept. 1-24)

Lookout Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 1st (show dates in Oct. 18-21)

Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival - Regular fee ends Aug. 6th, overall Aug. 14th (show dates Oct. 12-15)

Lets Fest - Deadline Aug. 8th (show dates Sept. 28-Oct. 1)

Plano Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 8th (show dates Oct. 22-29)

The World Series of Comedy - Deadline Aug. 14th (Main Event show dates in Sept. '23)

5th Borough Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 15th (show dates Aug. 31-Sept. 3)

Lookout Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 15th (show dates in Oct. 18-21)

West End Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Aug. 15th, overall Oct. 15th (show dates Feb. 2-4)

Cleveland Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 20th (show dates Nov. 8-11)

Coney Island Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates in September)

Turnpike Comedy Festival - Regular fee ends Aug. 31st, overall Sept. 10th (show dates Sept. 25-Oct. 1)

Hubcap Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Jan. 31-Feb. 3)

The Ladies Room Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 15th (show dates Nov. 17-19)

Blue Ridge Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 30th (show dates Dec. 11-16)

Halifax Comedy Festival - Deadline Oct. 1st (show dates April 24-28)

CloudTop Comedy Festival - Deadline Nov. 1st (show dates May 9-11, 2024)

SNO Jam Comedy Festival (Their Final One) - Deadline Nov. 15th (show dates Jan. 18-21)

Seattle International Comedy Competition - Submissions close when the field is chosen (show dates Nov. 1-26)

FunnyFest Comedy Festival - Deadline Feb. 1 (show dates May 30-June 9, 2024)

Meadowlands Comedy Festival - Deadline end of Feb. (show dates last week of April)

Feature, Short Film/Music Video/TV

SXSW - Early Bird ends Aug. 29th, overall Oct. 3rd (show dates March 8-16)


The Riot Comedy Festival - Discount for First 100 Submitters, Regular deadline Aug. 31st, overall Sept. 9th (show dates Apr. 4-7)

Stand-Up/Short Film/Variety

Ha Ha Harvest - Regular deadline Sept. 21st, overall Oct. 11th (show dates Nov. 26-28)


Fringe World - Can register up to the festival season (show dates Jan. 19 - Feb. 18)

Stand-Up/Storytelling/Music/Performance Art

Bergamot Comedy Fest - Early Bird ends Sept. 14, overall Nov. 30th (show dates Apr. 1-6)

Sketch/Feature, Short, & Animated Film/Music Video/Web Series/TV Pilot

LA Comedy FilmFest - Deadline Sept. 8th (show dates Nov. 2-12)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/Solo/Podcasts/Short Plays & One Acts

SF Sketchfest - Deadline Sept. 9th (show dates Jan. 19-Feb. 4)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/Short & Feature Film/Variety/Anything Comedy

All the Laughs Comedy Awards - Deadline Aug. 1st (show dates Oct. 6-8) Use Promo Code: ThereItIs23 for a discount!

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Anything Comedy

Colorado Queer Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 10th (show dates Oct. 27 & 28)


New South Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Nov. 2-11)

Stand-Up/Improv/Podcast/Video Short

Tower City Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 30th (show dates Jan. 25-27, 2024)


ComedyFort - Deadline Dec. 15th (show dates March 21-24)


Grand Rapids Improv Festival - Deadline Aug. 13th (show dates Oct. 5-7)

ITS Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 14th (show dates Nov. 16-19)

Third Coast Improv Fest - Deadline Aug. 15th (show dates Sept. 28-30)

New Zealand Improv Festival - Early Bird ends Sept. 1st, submissions close when spots are filled (show dates Oct. 6-14)

Not Festivals, But Cool!

Writer Residency

Hedgebrook Writers In Residence - Open Aug. 15th, deadline Sept. 11th

Art Omi Writers Residency - Opens Aug. 15, deadline Oct. 15th

Willapa Bay AiR - Deadline Aug. 31st

Monson Arts Winter Residency - Deadline Sept. 15th

ACA Artist in Residence - Deadline Sept. 17th

Millay Arts Core Residency - Deadline Oct. 2nd

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