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The Chirp: August 2019

Playwrights’ Corner
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Our monthly round-up of fee-free submission opportunities for fellowships, retreats, residencies, or full-length plays!


The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

Deadline: August 15th​

The Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color. The winning playwright will receive an award of $500, and an invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals. LEARN MORE >


Urban Stages: Words by Women

Deadline: August 19th

To encourage the development and production of plays by female-identified writers, Urban Stages puts out a special call for the Words by Women Reading Series periodically. These plays are considered more immediately by uS's Literary Committee and are eligible for The Emerging Playwright Award, which includes a $500 prize. LEARN MORE >


The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award

Deadline: August 23rd

A prestigious grant in the amount of $10,000, The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award aims to celebrate an emerging female composer or composer/lyricist who compellingly demonstrates outstanding artistic promise in musical theater composing and clearly demonstrates how the grant money & mentorship will further her artistic career. LEARN MORE >


Theatre Viscera

Deadline: August 31st

Theatre Viscera seeks full-length pieces written by queer playwrights, for queer actors, about queer characters, with​ an emphasis on queer lives and the queer experience. The selected play will be produced by the company in the spring of 2020 in Portland, OR. The selected playwright will be brought out to Portland for the production. LEARN MORE >


HBMG Foundation

Deadline: September 1st

A playwright-based retreat, the National Winter Playwrights Retreat prioritizes the playwright, not the work being produced. Playwrights have an opportunity to have work read or sung, conversation over dinners and coffees, sightseeing in the San Juan Mountains, and an introduction to local theaters. The retreat provides respite and renewal for playwrights. LEARN MORE >

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