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Playwrights’ Corner
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Check out these playwriting submissions opportunities with upcoming deadlines!

The Premiere Play Festival

Deadline: December 15

Premiere Stages is accepting submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. Four finalists are selected for public Equity readings in March 2018. Following the readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2018 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. MORE INFO

12th Annual Women’s Work Festival

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Seeking works-in-progress by women playwrights! Each script receives a one-day dramaturgical workshop with a professional cast and dramaturg, followed by a staged reading in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Playwrights receive a small honorarium. Plays cannot yet have been produced. Previous workshops, development, or readings are permitted. Playwrights must be available to travel to St. John’s March 5- 7, 2018. MORE INFO

2018 NAMT Festival of New Musicals

Deadlines: Various

December 8: Non-NAMT Members; December 22: Late submissions for Non-NAMT Members ($30 fee); January 5: NAMT Members; January 19: 
Late submissions for NAMT Memnbers ($15 fee)

NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals is the cornerstone of NAMT’s mission to nurture the creation, development and production of new musicals. Eight musicals in 45-minute presentations are showcased before an audience of over 600 industry professionals. Musicals at all stages of development are accepted. In the short run, the Festival’s goal is to connect producers with writer. The long-term goal is to expand the musical theater repertoire, bringing new musical theater to audience members around the world. MORE INFO

Jackie White Memorial ​National Children's Play Writing Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Founded in 1988 by then CEC President Debbie Baldwin, the Jackie White Memorial Play Writing Contest seeks to encourage playwrights to write quality plays for family audiences. Originally intended to find plays suitable for Theatre School production, the winning entries are produced for CEC's Summer Family Theatre Program, using actors of all ages. $25 Entry Fee. MORE INFO

Wildacres Residency Program

Deadline: January 15, 2018

Located in Little Switzerland, North Carolina, Wildacres Retreat is dedicated "to the betterment of human relations" in hopes that people who visited would learn to live together in harmony. The Wildacres Residency Program has hosted nearly 700 writers, artists, musicians, and others. Participants stay for one and two week residencies, allowing them the solitude and inspiration needed to begin or continue work on a project. $20 Application Fee. MORE INFO