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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in January

Updated: Feb 2

Festival Submissions in January

We combed the internet for comedy festivals that have open submissions during the month of January 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!


Gas Money Festival - Deadline Jan. 1 (show date June 8)

SLO Comedy Festival - Deadline Jan. 6th (show dates Feb. 22-25)

Boston Comedy Festival - Deadline Jan. 6th (show dates Mar. 26-30)

Black Women in Comedy Laff Fest - Deadline Jan. 7th (show dates June 19-23)

Badgerland Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Jan. 10th, overall Feb. 9th (show dates May 1-5)

P3 Comedy Fest - Deadline Jan. 10th (show dates May 24-26)

Flagship City Comedy Fest - Deadline Jan. 15th (show dates Apr. 25-28)

Jersey City Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Jan. 15th, overall Mar. 17th (show dates June 13-15)

Wild West Comedy Fest - Deadline Jan. 31st (show dates Apr. 4-6)

Vail Comedy Festival - Jan. Fee ends Jan. 31st, overall Feb. 15th (show dates May 24-26)

Pittsburgh Yinzerfest - Deadline Jan. 31st (show dates Apr. 25-28)

LGBTLOL Queer Comedy Fest - Early Bird ends Jan. 31st (May 30-June 2)

Big Pine Comedy Festival - Deadline info coming soon (May 2-4)

Red Clay Comedy Festival - Deadline Feb. 29th (show dates May 9-11)

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

Middleground Comedy Fest - Deadline Feb. 11th (show dates Apr. 25-28)

Stand-Up for a Cause (Des Moines, IA) - Deadline Feb. 15th (show dates Apr. 12)

Meadowlands Comedy Festival - Deadline Feb. 28th (show dates last week of April)

Good Vibes Comedy Festival (Memphis, TN) - Regular fee ends Feb. 29th, overall Apr. 5th (show dates Apr. 19&20)

World Series of Comedy - Various satellite deadlines, main event deadline Aug. 18th (various show dates, main event Sept. 22-28)

Rubber City Comedy Festival - Deadline Mar. 5th (show dates May 1-4th)

Rogue Island Comedy Festival (Spring & Fall) - Deadline Mar. 17th (show dates May 23-27)

Windsor Comedy Festival - Deadline Oct. 20th (live finale show Dec. 27th)

Burbank Comedy Festival - Deadline details coming soon (show dates Aug. 11-17)


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

Brighton Fringe - General Deadline Feb. 12th, overall May 1st (show dates May 3 - June 3)

KC Fringe - Deadline Feb. 28th (show dates July 18-28)

Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Early Bird ends Mar. 6th, overall Apr. 10th (show dates Aug. 2-26)

Greater Manchester Fringe - Brochure deadline at the end of April (show dates July 1-31)

Stand-Up/Alt Comedy/Solo Show/Storytelling

ANT Fest - Deadline Jan 22 (show dates June 10-28)


Limestone Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Feb. 11, overall Mar. 10th (show dates May 31-June 2)


NL Sketchfest (Canada) - Deadline Jan. 12th (show dates Apr. 3-7)

Stand-Up/Sketch, Short & Animated Film/Podcasts

Laugh After Dark ComedyFest - Standard fee ends Mar. 31st, overall May 31st (show dates Oct 7-9)


Austin Sketchfest - Early Bird ends Jan. 31st, overall Mar. 15th (show dates May 23-25)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Alt Comedy

Glasgow International Comedy Festival - Multiple deadlines, overall Feb. 1st (show dates Mar. 13-31st)


Brisbane Comedy Festival - Multiple deadlines in presenters kit, overall Jan. 16th (show dates Apr. 26-May26)


D.C. Comedy Festival - Deadline Jan. 15th (show dates Apr. 8-13)

Baton Rouge Improv Festival - Early Bird ends Jan. 1st, overall Feb. 15th (show dates Apr. 24-28)


Chicago Comedy Film Festival - Multiple deadlines, overall Apr. 6th (show date Nov. 9, 2024)

Stand-Up/Sketch/Film/Web Series/Pilot

Portland Comedy Film Festival - Regular deadline Mar. 31st, overall July 31st (show date Oct. 14)


The Big Funny - Deadline Mar. 1st (show dates May 16-20)

Feature & Short Film/Pilot/Audio/XR/Video Games

Tribeca Festival - (Fest dates June 5-16)

XR & Games Regular Deadline Jan. 10th, overall Feb. 13th

Audio Regular Deadline Jan. 10th, overall Feb. 21st

Feature and Pilot Deadline Jan. 17th

Shorts Deadline Feb. 2nd

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

LA Comedy Film Festival - Early Bird ends Feb. 16th, overly July 19th (show dates Sept. 5-15)

Improv/Solo Show

Short Notice Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 21st (show dates Mar. 25-30)


O-Town Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 5th (show dates Mar. 7-10)

Hartford Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 14th (show dates Apr. 4-7) Black and Funny Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 17th (show dates Mar. 20-24)

Dogwood Comedy Festival - Deadline Jan. 25th (show dates Mar. 28-31)

Happy Valley XL Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 31st (show dates May 2024)

Twin Cities Improv Festival - Deadline Jan. 31st (show dates June 12-16)

Northwest Improv Fest - Deadline Feb. 18th (show dates May 17&18)

Not Festivals, But Cool!

Writer Residency

Ucross Residency - Deadline Jan. 15th

Awards Show

All the Laughs Comedy Awards - Early Bird ends Feb. 1st

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