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Playwrights’ Corner
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Wrote a play? These people want to read it! Check out these play submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines.


Deadline: July 16, 2018

Youngblood is Ensemble Studio Theatre’s OBIE-winning collective of emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30. Youngblood provides artistic guidance, peer support, regular feedback, and a fertile production environment which allows our member playwrights to hone their skills and explore their craft. EST also provides exposure to the public and the press, professional outreach to the industry, and opportunities for production and publication. MORE INFO

Native Voices at the Autry

Deadlines: Short Plays - July 20, 2018 | Full-Length - August 10, 2018

Native Voices at the Autry is now accepting short and full-length plays for festival and production opportunities. Only submissions written for the stage or theater by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations artists will be accepted. MORE INFO

Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

Deadline: July 24, 2018

The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year. Located on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks. Six writers are in residence at a time. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods – and gather in the evenings to share a meal, their work, their process, and their stories. MORE INFO

Willapa Bay AiR

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington state, this residency is designed to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor. Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, singer/songwriters, and musical composers. The Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month from March through September. MORE INFO

Superhero Clubhouse Fellowship

Deadline: August 5, 2018

The Superhero Clubhouse Fellowship is a six-month paid residency for two individuals to collaboratively create a new performance-based project exploring environmental justice. Fellows will spend 10 hours/week developing this project with regular opportunities to share work, participate in other programs of Superhero Clubhouse, and engage with our community. The Fellowship will culminate in a presentation for an invited audience. MORE INFO

Yale Drama Series

Deadline: August 15, 2018

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2019 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, distinguished playwright Ayad Akhtar. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at the Lincoln Center. MORE INFO