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Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!


The Lark: Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship

Deadline: June 15, 2017

Submissions are now being accepted for the pilot round of the Apothetae at Lark Playwriting Fellowship! This brand new program includes a two-year residency for a Disabled Writer. The selected Fellow will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development activities. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $40,000, plus a $5,000 Opportunity Fund for project-related expenses, and control over a $10,000 Production Enhancement Fund, to be allocated to a producing theater in support of a full production of one of the Fellow’s plays.

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The Playwrights Realm

Writing Fellowship

Deadline: May 21, 2017

Four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources, readings and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work.

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Scratchpad Series

Deadline: July 16, 2017

It's a double feature of submission opportunities at The Playwrights Realm, also now accepting applications for the Scratchpad Series from May 17 - July 16, 2017. Scratchpad participants will spend a week in New York City for a developmental reading of their play with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will also facilitate travel and housing for the workshop.

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Gladstone's Library: Writers in Residence 2018

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Gladstone’s Library’s  Writer in Residence program provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values, defined as: a commitment to freedom and social justice; tolerance and respect of difference; open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity; and generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others. Each residency includes: accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks; meals and refreshments; travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency; and an honorarium of £100.00 per week.

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Ground Floor Theatre

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Ground Floor Theatre seeks submissions of a new, full length play that falls within their mission of producing works by and for underrepresented communities. Preference will be given to works that deal with the underrepresented of the underrepresented. This show will be produced in early September of 2017 at Ground Floor Theatre.

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Florida Theatrical Association: New Musical Discovery Series

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Aspiring writers from around the country are encouraged to submit their new works, which will be reviewed by a panel of theater professionals. The panel will select two works that will each receive a staged reading. One final winner will receive a workshop presented of their piece featuring local directors and talent. The Discovery Series will also include talkbacks for students and audiences with the playwrights and directors.

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Buran Theatre: CartHorse Fellowship

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Utilizing the Buran Theatre process developed over the past decade by the artistic director and associate artists, CartHorse Fellows will build, produce and present a new theater work over two years of development with the support of the company’s resources and talent. The fellowship will be an immersive experience for artists eager to develop their own process, and a means to expand Buran's mission and ethos to pioneering and under-represented artists whose work would otherwise go unsupported.

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