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Playwrights’ Corner
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Check out these no-fee playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!

The Lark's New Voices Fellowship

Deadline: April 15th

In this month's edition of The Chirp we are thrilled to shamelessly plug our own Fellowship opportunity! The Lark is accepting applications for the New Voices Fellowship program, supported by The Jerome Foundation. The New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color, age 30 or under, who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus an Opportunity Fund of $3,000 for the purposes of travel, research, autonomous workshops, or other work-related expenses, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, office and rehearsal space, and staff support. MORE INFO

Page 73

Deadline: April 15th

Page 73 has two play development programs available to early-career playwrights. Playwrights may apply for either or both programs.

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship

Provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City. Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as they develop one or more new plays of their choosing. The Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, up to an additional $10,000.

Interstate 73

Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director and Artistic Associate, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work.


Geffen Playhouse's The Writers' Room

Deadline: April 22nd

A group for Los Angeles-based playwrights. During a one-year residency, members gather monthly to share their work and receive feedback from their peers in a forum facilitated by Rachel Wiegardt-Egel, the Geffen’s Manager of New Play Development. Members also receive dramaturgical support from the theater’s artistic staff, a ticket to all Gil Cates Theater shows at the Geffen for the season in which their residency takes place, and the opportunity to further develop their work with a director and actors in a culminating reading that may be open to the public. MORE INFO

5th Wall Productions

Deadline: April 30th

The Staged Reading Series at 5th Wall Productions is a part of our new play development process. Each month, one previously unpublished and unproduced play will receive a staged reading, followed by a  a critical response session with the audience. At the end of each season, TWO of these selections will be chosen to receive a workshop production. MORE INFO

National Black Theatre's I AM SOUL Playwright Residency

Deadline: May 1st

Dedicated to Black playwrights, whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the theatrical field, with a commitment to a production. Alongside NBT’s Artistic  Director, the selected playwright(s) will develop a new play during the eighteen (18) month residency. The program provides the playwright with a stipend, administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, and two 29-hour workshops. This process culminates with a Workshop Production in NBT’s following season. MORE INFO

The James Stevenson Prize

Deadline: May 31st

Okay, so, normally we only post opportunities for full-length plays on The Chirp,.  But, this prize comes with $7,500, so we figured it might be something you wanted to know about.

In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. This year, Playing on Air will once again award three major prizes for short comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American plays to a national audience - for free.  MORE INFO