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

Newkom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting

Deadline: January 15, 2021

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is accepting submissions for the  2021 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Playwriting, for full-length plays and other full-length works for the theater addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?”.  This award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals. Works that have recieved a full production are not eligible for the competition.

EST's 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays

Deadline: February 28th, 2021

Two of our dear Larkees, Colette Robert and Mike Lew are serving as Co-Artistic Directors of EST's 38th Marathon of One-Act Plays, curating a lineup featuring the work of BIPOC playwrights, directors, designers, cast, and crew.  The marathon is accepting complete one-acts 10-30 minutes in length from playwrights who identify as BIPOC. The submission window will be open from February 1 through February 28th, and it's a great opportunity to write something new! 

The Miranda Family 'Voces Latinx' National Playwriting Competition

Deadline: February 1, 2021

This new playwriting initiative continues the ideals of our original competition, to develop and promote Latinx plays and playwrights. By doing so we are championing a distinctively American narrative that is slowly gaining traction with “mainstream” theatres across the country but still lagging woefully behind. All plays must be original and full-length (minimum running time: 75 minutes) and can be written in Spanish and/or English. 

The Playwrights' Realm Fellowship

Deadline: February 7, 2021

The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program 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 single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. Writing Fellows Receive $3,000 Award, Internal reading, Public reading, Professional development activities, Access to Realm office resources, An occasional hug.

Modern Works Festival

Deadline: February 15, 2021

The Modern Works Festival is seeking work from emerging and established female-identifying playwrights. Rehearsals will take place via zoom March 30-April 6, and performance talkbacks will take place April 13-18th. Plays must be unproduced and unpublished with limited development. Three finalists will be selected to participate in the festival. The winner with recieve $5,000 and the two finalists will each receive $500.