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Playwrights’ Corner
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Check out our monthly round-up of playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines! Always fee-free.

Ensemble Studio Theater's 38th Annual Festival of One-Acts

Submissions open: February 1-February 28th, 2021

EST will return to live theater with their Marathon of One Act Plays in an evening featuring works written and created by BIPOC artists. Co-curated by Mike Lew and Colette Robert, EST is now seeking one-act play submissions from BIPOC writers. The work must be a complete one-act, between 10 and 30 minutes, that celebrates this unique form (not a truncated full-length, not an elongated sketch). This is the perfect opportunity to write something new. If you’ve got a short play idea now’s the time to fire that off!

2021 Jerome Emerging Artist Residency

Deadline: February 15, 2021 at 11:59 CST

The Anderson Center’s Jerome Emerging Artist Residency Program offers month-long residency-fellowships at Tower View to a cohort of early-career artists from Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City for concentrated, uninterrupted creative time to advance their personal artistic goals and projects. Selected emerging artists receive $625/week in honoraria, documentation support, art-making resources, facilitation of community connections, lodging & studio space, a travel stipend, groceries, and chef-prepared communal dinners.

Babes with Blades: Joining Sword and Pen

Submit by February 18, 2021

Babes With Blades Theatre Company’s Joining Sword & Pen (JS&P) competition is live and underway! Since 2005, JS&P has challenged playwrights to write a full-length play based on the story they see in their contest image. The winner receives a full production and the Margaret Woolley Martin Award, which carries a cash prize of $1000. We’re seeking submissions from playwrights of underrepresented genders. 

National Queer Theater's New Visions Fellowship

Applications due March 5th, 2021 at 6pm EST

National Queer Theater and the Dramatists Guild are launching the New Visions Fellowship, an innovative new program for Black trans and gender nonconforming playwrights. The New Visions Fellowship will select two playwrights for a rigorous year-long professional development initiative aimed at celebrating the brilliance of and uplifting Black TGNC writers in the face of the systemic exclusion that Black TGNC writers have endured within American theater.  The fellows will be paired with mentors who will guide writers through the development of their work. Additionally, writers will have access to professional development resources, Dramatists Guild contracts, and business advice and career services to aid fellows in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. A theater will host a professionally cast and directed reading of their play at the end of the program. Selected fellows will receive $5,000 and a three-year complimentary Guild membership.

Audible Emerging Playwrights

Submissions accepted year-round

In 2017, Audible launched a theater initiative, intended to radically increase access to exceptional plays and performances. A core pillar of the initiative is the Emerging Playwrights Fund, a program that invests in and nurtures self-identifying emerging playwrights, some of our most inventive, delightful, and provocative storytellers. Through the Fund, Audible aims to connect extraordinary performers with remarkable original work, amplifying new voices and harnessing the power and potential of audio to reach millions of listeners. The Fund specifically supports the creation of original dramatic work, written with audio in mind, but theatrical in spirit.