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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in September

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

There It Is Pod, Comedy Festival Submissions

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


Turnpike Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 10th (show dates Sept. 25-Oct. 1)

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)

SLO Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Sept. 30th, overall Jan. 6th (show dates Feb. 22-25)

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

West End Comedy Festival - Deadline Oct. 15th (show dates Feb. 2-4)

Good Karma Mid-Atlantic Comedy Festival - Deadline Oct. 20th (show dates Feb. 23-29)

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)

NW Black Comedy Festival - Deadline Nov. 24th (show dates Feb. 15-18)

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 - Regular deadline ends Sept. 19th, overall Oct. 3rd (show dates March 8-16)

Atlanta Comedy Film Festival - Deadline Sept. 30th (show date Nov. 12)


The Riot Comedy Festival - Deadline extended to Oct. 31st (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)


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


Leicester Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 29th (show dates Feb. 7-24)

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

Adelaide Fringe Festival - Check their resources for important info and dates (show dates Feb. 16-March 17)

Stand-Up/Comedy Act

NZ International Comedy Festival - Deadline Oct. 11th (show dates May 5-28)

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. 22nd (show dates Nov. 2-12)

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

Tribeca Festival - (fest dates June 5-16)

Feature and Pilot Early Bird ends Oct. 23rd, overall Jan. 17th

Shorts Early Bird ends Nov. 1, overall Feb. 2nd

XR & Games Early Bird ends Nov. 27th, overall Feb. 13th

Audio Early Bird ends Nov. 27th, overall Feb. 21st

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/Anything Comedy

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


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


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

Palm Beach Improv Festival - Deadline Oct. 7th (show dates Dec. 15&16)

SAVI Fest - Deadline Oct. 12th (show dates Feb. 16-17)

Wasatch Improv Festival - Deadline Oct. 15th (show dates Jan. 11-13)

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

Not Festivals, But Cool!

Writer Residency

Hedgebrook Writers In Residence - Deadline Sept. 11th

Art Omi Writers Residency - Deadline Oct. 15th

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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