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


Ars Nova ANT Fest

Deadline: January 16

An artist-driven, month-long festival showcasing new work from New York’s most adventurous emerging artists. Ars Nova is accepting applications from artists with diverse viewpoints and unique, innovative projects that span traditional genre boxes (theater, comedy, music, burlesque, drag, variety arts, or anything else you can think of) in an exciting way. MORE INFO


McKnight Fellowships in Playwriting

Deadline: January 17

The McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting recognizes and supports mid-career playwrights living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend, $2,500 to support a play development workshop and other professional expenses, and $1,400 in travel funds. MORE INFO


NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship: Playwriting/Screenwriting

Deadline: January 23

In partnership with New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts will award Artist Fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living and working in New York State and/or Indian Nations located therein for unrestricted use. MORE INFO


Playwrights' Center Core Writer Program

Deadline: January 24

The intent of the Core Writer Program is to support playwrights who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. The program gives 25-30 playwrights from across the country the time and tools to develop new work. All Core Writers receive play development workshops, in collaboration with prominent directors, actors, dramaturgs, and designers. Selected work by Core Writers makes up the Playwrights' Center's season of public readings. Core Writers are also promoted by the Center and provided opportunities through an extensive network of colleges and universities, cultural institutions, and producing theaters. Each term is three years. MORE INFO


Capital Repertory Theatre's Next Act!

Deadline: January 31

Next Act! New Play Summit 8 will take place June 7-10, 2019 and will feature readings of four never-before produced plays. theREP is looking for scripts that use theater to address injustices, inequities, and cultural collisions, providing a voice for the unheard on stage, in the workplace, the Capital Region, and beyond. MORE INFO


HERE Artist Residency Program

Deadline: February 1 at NOON

HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) provides a commission, development support, career planning, and a full production to hybrid artists, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. HARP provides significant long-term support, as well as $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in space, equipment and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs. MORE INFO


BRIClab Residency

Deadline: February 7

BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for New York City-based artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process are at the heart of the program. Artists receive: use of the BRIC House Artist Studio; stipend of $1750; $200 for Creative Advisor honorarium; technical support from BRIC’s production staff; two work-in-progress showings, followed by artist/audience dialogues; and photographic and video documentation of showings. MORE INFO


The MAP Fund

Deadline: February 15

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

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