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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in March

Updated: Mar 29

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


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

Laughing Buddha Comedy Festival (NYC) - Deadline Mar. 16th (show dates Apr. 1-20)

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

Jersey City Comedy Festival - Deadline Mar. 17th (show dates June 13-15)

5th Borough Comedy Festival (NYC) - More details to come (show dates Sept. 19-22)

Fountain City Comedy Festival (Kansas City, MO) - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall June 15th (show dates Sept. 12-14)

Good Vibes Comedy Festival (Memphis) - Deadline Apr. 5th (show dates Apr. 19&20)

Burbank Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends May 1st, overall June 1st (show dates Aug. 11-17)

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

Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates Oct. 1-6)

Asheville Comedy Festival (Asheville, NC) - Deadline May 10th (show dates in August)

Big Diamond Comedy Festival (Bentonville, AR) - Deadline May 31st (show dates Oct. 3-5)

Mountain Fresh Comedy Festival (Breckenridge, CO) - Deadline June 15th (show dates Oct. 10-13)

Hubcap Comedy Festival (Canada) - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2025)

Altercation Comedy Festival (Austin) - Deadline info coming soon (show dates Nov. 13-16)

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


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

Hollywood Fringe - Deadline Apr. 15th (show dates June 13-30)

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

Brighton Fringe - Deadline May 1st (show dates May 3 - June 3)


Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington, IN) - Deadline Mar. 10th (show dates May 31-June 2)


Big Pine Comedy Festival (Chandler, AZ) - Deadline March 31st (Sept. 26-28)


Portland Sketch Comedy Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates June 25-27)

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

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


Austin Sketchfest - Deadline Mar. 15th (show dates May 23-25)


Laugh Riot Grrrl (Los Angeles) - Deadline Apr. 1st (show dates June 3-10)


Boom Chicago (Amsterdam) - Early Bird ends Mar. 1st, overall Mar. 15th (show dates July 11-21)


Madison Comedy Week - Early Bird ends March 30th, overall Mid-April (show dates Aug. 4-11)


iO Fest (Chicago) - Deadline Mar. 1st (show dates July 25-28)


Sixth City Comedy Festival (Cleveland) - Deadline Mar. 31st (show dates Aug. 7-10)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch Video/Alt Comedy/Podcast

Detroit Women of Comedy Festival - Deadline Mar. 10th (show dates May 17&18)


Mach Improv Los (Angels) Festival (Los Angeles) - Deadline Mar. 16th (show dates Apr. 27)

Omaha Comedy Fest - Early Bird ends Mar. 14th, overall Apr. 12th (show dates Sept. 26-29)

Flyover Comedy Festival (St. Louis, MO) - Deadline May 31st (show dates Nov. 14-16)


Blue Whale Comedy Festival (Tulsa, OK) - Early Bird ends Mar. 4th, overall May 1st (show dates. Aug. 22-24)

Columbus Comedy Fest - Deadline Mar. 12th (show dates Aug. 14-18)

Portland Maine Comedy Fest - Early Bird ends Mar. 31st, overall May 24th (show dates Aug. 29-Sept. 1)


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


Philly Sketchfest - Sketch deadline Mar. 31st (show dates May 31-June 1 & June 6-8)

Film regular deadline Apr. 1st, overall Apr. 30 (show date June 5th)

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

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

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Short, Animated & Sketch Film/Pilot

Pack Fest (Los Angeles) - Early Bird Mar. 31st, overall June 30th (show dates Aug. 29-Sept. 1)

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

LA Comedy Film Festival - Cheaper fee ends Mar. 22nd, overall July 19th (show dates Sept. 5-15)

Feature & Short Film/Pilot/Screenplay Short

Ha Ha Harvest Comedy and Film Festival (Portland, OR) - Early Bird ends Mar. 28th, overall Oct. 10 (show dates Nov. 20-24)


Last Best Comedy Fest (Bozeman, MT) - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall May 15th (show dates Sept. 12-14)


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


RISE Comedy Festival (Denver, CO) - Cheaper fee ends Mar. 31st, overall May 15th (show dates July 26-Aug. 4)

Musical Improv

Bay Area Musical Improv Festival (Oakland, CA) - Deadline June 1st (show dates Oct. 25-27)


Fool's Gold Improv Festival (Atlanta) - Early Bird ends Mar. 1st, overall Mar. 10th (show dates Apr. 5-7)

Pandora Improv Festival (Marina di Massa, Italy) - Deadline info coming soon (show dates June 6-9)

Orange County Improv Fest - Deadline Mar. 10th (show dates June 13-15)

Countdown Improv Fest (Tampa) - Deadline Mar. 19th (show dates Aug. 7-10)

Asheville Improv Festival - Early Bird ends Mar. 31st, overall May 15th (show dates Oct. 9-13)

Fun & Dumb Improv Festival (Brooklyn, NY) - Deadline Apr. 14th (show dates July 11-14)

The Bit Improv Festival (Aurora, Il) - Deadline Apr. 29th (show dates June 21-22)

Secret City Improv Festival (Oak Ridge, TN) - Deadline June 15th (show dates Sept. 27-29)

Not Festivals, But Cool!

Writer Residency

Millary Arts Residences (Hudson Valley, NY) - Core Residency's Early Bird ends Mar. 1st, overall Mar. 8th (Throughout Aug & Dec.)

Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Florida) - Deadline May 19th (dates Oct. 6-26)

Play Series

Neurodivergent New Play Series (Brooklyn, NY) - Deadline after 100 submissions monthly

Awards Show

All the Laughs Comedy Awards (ATL) - Cheaper fee ends Apr. 1st, overall Aug. 1st (show dates Sept. 27-29)

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