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Wrote a play? Check out these playwriting opportunities with upcoming deadlines!


The Lark's Jerome New York Fellowship

Deadline: July 31, 2017

The Lark’s Jerome New York Fellowship provides substantial artistic and financial support to an emerging writer of extraordinary promise and vision through an intensive two-year residency that provides resources and guidance to generate and develop a significant body of work.  Fellows receive $40,000 over their two year residency, as well as a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for the purposes of travel, research, or independent workshops.

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David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize

Deadline: July 31, 2017

In support of Marin Theatre Company’s commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights, the Calicchio Prize is awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theater. The play selected as will receive two public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company, and the playwright will receive a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accommodations for the rehearsal period.

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Lanesboro Jerome Artist Residency Program

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Located in Lanesboro, Minnesota, this residency aims to provide an immersive, meaningful experience for emerging artists from Minnesota and New York City. The program provides an entire rural community and its myriad assets as a catalytic vehicle for engagement and artistic experimentation. Lanesboro Arts’ goal is to be flexible and accommodating to the artists, allowing them access to local resources needed for conceptualizing and realizing their “place-based work,” defined as work that is specifically inspired by and designed for the place in which the work takes place.

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Yale Drama Series

Deadline: August 15, 2017

The Yale Drama Series is an annual international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner receives the David Charles Horn prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press and a professional staged reading. Ayad Akhtar is the judge for the 2018-2019 competitions.

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The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group

Deadline: August 31, 2017

The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by Emerging Writers Group members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. The playwrights also participate in a bi-weekly writers group led by The Public’s literary department and master classes led by established playwrights. Additionally, they have a chance to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public, receive career development advice from mid-career and established writers, and receive artistic and professional support from the literary department and Public artistic staff. Members of the group also receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals, and other special events, as well as a supplemental stipend for tickets to productions at other theaters.

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