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

The MAP Fund

Deadline: February 15th

The MAP Fund invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of a more equitable and vibrant society. MAP will award grants ranging from $10,000 – $45,000. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States. MORE INFO

The Center for Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College

Deadline: February 15th

The Center for Creative & Performing Arts at Guilford Technical Community College is thrilled to announce a call for unproduced full-length plays. GTCC is piloting a new work initiative for the 2019/2020 academic school year, and the selected play would be the first produced as part of this new direction for the theater program. GTCC is offering to produce the winning play in the fall of 2019, and the winning playwright will receive a $500 prize. MORE INFO

Experience Theatre Project

Deadline: February 17th

ETP is currently seeking one-act and full-length scripts for production that: have [relatively] simple casting, tech, costuming, and props; would work well in a non-proscenium environment; feature immersive elements or takes advantage of being performed amidst or among (not “at”) a live audience; are entertaining, bold, and collaborative; have not had a  production in the past three years. ETP wishes to produce exciting, immersive, entertaining plays that move a modern Millennial audience, and will elevate theater to its next natural evolution without seat numbers and prosceniums. MORE INFO

The Playwrights Realm

Writing Fellowship

Deadline: February 24th

The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops, and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a new play, and receive a $3,000 award, internal reading, public reading, professional development activities, and access to office resources. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theater, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. MORE INFO

Scratchpad Series

Deadline: February 24th

Scratchpad is a chance for The Realm to engage with a new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by inviting playwrights from across the U.S. to participate. Playwrights receive: developmental reading of up to one week; professional collaborators, such as a director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff; travel and housing or per diem if the playwright is based outside of New York City. MORE INFO

Helen McCloy Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, seminars, or university/college-level programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall, or winter of 2019, or early spring 2020. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied. MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each. MORE INFO

East Valley Children’s Theatre

Deadline: March 1st

East Valley Children’s Theatre is searching for aspiring playwrights to become a part of the theater’s future seasons of performances. Plays must be suitable for children to perform and for an audience of children. The first place entry will receive a $500 cash prize, a stipend for travel, and will be produced by East Valley Children’s Theatre in its upcoming season. MORE INFO

DGF Fellows

Deadline: March 12th

The Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows program is a year-long development intensive, historically led by such esteemed writers such as Ahrens & Flaherty (Ragtime), Diana Son (Stop Kiss), Michael Korie (Grey Gardens), Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde), Janet Neipris (Professor Emeritus, NYU), and more. Participants spend the year honing their craft while developing full-length pieces, culminating in an industry presentation at an Off Broadway theater. MORE INFO

Curtis Theatre

Deadline: April 15th

The Curtis Theatre announces a call for submissions to the inaugural Page to Stage Playwrights Festival. This year's theme, “That’s What She Said”, aims to provide a platform for the female voice. Selected plays will be presented as staged readings, and their authors will receive an honorarium, a written critique from a professional dramaturge, a DVD of the staged reading, and participation in a post-show audience discussion. The 2019 festival is produced in partnership with Project La Femme. Project La Femme is committed to creating art that challenges dialogue while promoting and amplifying artists who produce socially engaging art projects. MORE INFO