Rufus Cadigan mentioned checking around for places to have plays produced. Some less obvious venues were clubs and church groups. He also talked about offering to write historical plays for institutions, such as local history museums, but that could also include community’s celebrating significant anniversaries. Then, there are contests. Here’s a source for a few.
Play Submissions Information: 7 Playwriting Contests and Submissions Websites Every Playwright Should Know.
At work, we just got the annual contest entry invitation from one of the journalism associations to which we belong. The first professional award I ever earned came from this group. While awards are nice, some are nicer than others. This post warns you about “awards profiteers.” One warning is about costs, but even the Pulitzer has entry fees. (This year’s book prize is still open.) Here are some other considerations.
Writer Beware®: The Blog: Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them