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Playwrights’ Corner
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Check out our monthly round-up of playwriting opportunities! Always fee-free!

Write It Out!

The Program (Apply by August 15th)
Created by award-winning playwright Donja R. Love in 2019, Write It Out! (WIO!) provides an affirming space for people living with HIV (PLWHIV) to create their narratives in a theatrical framing artistically. By placing PLWHIV at its core, WIO! builds community for people of similar lived experiences to express themselves freely while amplifying the visibility of PLWHIV in the theater and beyond. Applications for WIO! are now open until 8/15.

The Prize (Apply by September 3rd)
The WIO! Prize, created by Donja R. Love and sponsored by Billy Porter and GLAAD, honors and holds space for writers living with HIV and working in the American Theater. All U.S.-based playwrights living with HIV are welcome to submit a full-length play of at least 60 pages and a one-page playwright’s statement (500 words or less) at The statement should address how the writer’s HIV status influences their artistry (if at all) and what receiving the WIO! Prize would mean to them. The prize awards writers with $5,000 and the opportunity to work with a professional dramaturg to develop new work. Apply by 9/3!

Confidentiality for both the program and the prize is prioritized. Applicants can apply to both the program and the prize, however they will only be selected for one. More information and to submit an application for both/either the program and prize can be found at

Brave New Works Reading Series

Deadline: August 15, 2021

Brave New World Repertory Theatre is seeking new play submissions for Brave New Works: Ditmas Park 2022 Reading Series. This season, we are especially looking to feature LGBTQIA+ stories. Three original, full-length plays (under 120 pages) will be selected and given minimally staged readings between January 10th – March 30th, 2022 (if we are unable to have in-person readings due to COVID19, they will be done virtually). Playwrights must be local to the Tri-state area, ideally within a 90-minute commute to Brooklyn, NY as your attendance is requested. Brooklyn-based playwrights will be given first consideration. Chosen playwrights will receive a $350 stipend. READ MORE>

Echo Theater's Big Shout Out 3 International New Play Contest For Women+ Playwrights

Deadline: August 15, 2021

Scripts must be a minimum of 45-minute one-acts to full-length scripts. The Contest Winner receives a $1000 Royalty and Echo will present the winning play either as a workshop production or a mainstage regional premiere in Echo Theatre's 24th Season, which runs during the 2022 calendar year. READ MORE>

American Stage's 21st Century Voices: Emerging Plays

Deadline: August 19, 2021

21st Century Voices programming includes an annual staged reading festival, workshopping of new scripts, playwriting residencies and fully produced new plays receiving one of their first three professional productions at American Stage. This year we are seeking submissions of new plays that focus on multicultural storytelling. We are interested in plays which explore a vast landscape of characters, experiences and viewpoints. Playwrights invited to participate in our 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival will receive a $250 fee and will be provided a $200 travel stipend and accommodations during the festival. READ MORE>


The Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Language 

Deadline: August 31, 2021

We accept English-language plays from anywhere in the world. Submissions must be in a heightened version of the English language in order to provide a meaningful challenge to the actors. This includes, but is not limited to, works using metre, verse, rhyming schemes, pidgins, creoles, and code-switching. The selected playwright will recieve $3000 for full-length works, or $1500 for one-acts.READ MORE>

Ensemble Playwright Lab

Deadline: August 23rd, 2021

The Ensemble Playwright Lab (EPL) is a residency program in which the playwright engages with Letter of Marque's (LOM) ensemble to create, develop, or reimagine a piece of work; which will be presented to the public at the end of the residency. This season, LOM will be exploring the theme of ADAPTING. For the second season, LOM will proudly offer a $500 honorarium to each playwright chosen for a residency. There will be two residencies: Fall (Oct.-Nov.) and Winter (Feb-March). Each residency will consist of 7 consecutive sessions to develop a work with the LOM ensemble. At the end of each residency, there will be a public showing and a facilitated post-showing talkback with the audience, playwright, and cast. READ MORE>

NY Classical: New Visions

Deadline: September 1, 2021

The vision statement of NY Classical affirms that we “believe that everyone—regardless of social, economic, or educational background—should have the opportunity to enjoy live professional theatre together as a community.” We recognize that the historic theatrical canon from which American theatre derives its “classics” has a long history of violence, oppression, and erasure of bodies, identities, and voices that are not white, not male, not cis-gendered, not heteronormative, and/or are not able-bodied.In an effort to expand our mission to address this erasure, NY Classical is embarking on a three-year initiative to develop two new, original plays for production in our 2024 and 2025 seasons. We are seeking plays that explore new ways of viewing the “classics,” expand our ideas of what “classics” can be, and challenge the power structures that undergird the notion of “classics.” READ MORE>