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Playwrights’ Corner
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It's our monthly round up fee-free playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines - check out the list below!

Varuna Residential Fellowships

Deadline: July 29, 2020

Varuna Residential Fellowships offer two to three weeks of full board and accommodation in Australia, including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and a one-hour Varuna Conversation with a Varuna consultant.

Native Voices: 2021 Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays

Deadline: August 10, 2020

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics. The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 8–10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public staged readings of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Yale Drama Series

Deadline: August 15, 2020

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2021 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Paula Vogel. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The Crossroads Project: 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

Deadline: August 15, 2020

The 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color. The winning playwright will receive an invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading, as well as a $500 honorarium. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.

Green-Wood Artist in Residence 2021

Deadline: September 2, 2020

This nine-month-long residency (January– September 2021) will offer one artist the opportunity to create a new project or body of work inspired by Green-Wood Cemetery's landscape and history. The residency is open to emerging or mid-career artists residing in New York City and working in the visual and/or performing arts. The artist will be provided a $7,500 honorarium, private studio space in the landmarked Fort Hamilton Gatehouse, and access to the Cemetery’s professional staff and archives and historical collections.