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

Ars Nova Play Group

Deadline: July 18th

Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. All playwrights who identify as emerging and who are able to attend meetings in NYC are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the writing in the submitted play (all plays are read in their entirety), how/if the writer stands to benefit from membership at this point in their career, what they would bring to the other writers in the group, and the overall balance of voices, styles and experiences in Play Group. Applications consist of a full-length play, a playwriting resume and a one-page personal statement. READ MORE>

Druid New Writing Script Submissions

Deadline: July 30th, 2021

The aim of the New Writing process in Druid is to find new writers and voices that can be nourished rather than a finished polished piece of work. Druid looks forward to collaborating, guiding and nurturing writers, building a relationship with those voices who will grace our stages for years to come. The company continues to nurture playwrights through its New Writing programme while also presenting classics from both the Irish and international canons. READ MORE>

The Crossroads Project

Deadline: August 1

In 2020, The Crossroads Project launched the Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative with the twofold goal of supporting the development of new plays by BIPOC playwrights and creating opportunities for the Illinois State University and Bloomington-Normal communities to interact with BIPOC professionals in the theatre. The 2022 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) playwrights in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges including faculty, staff, students, and alumni will select one playwright as the winner. READ MORE>

Native Voices Call for Scripts

Deadline: August 2nd, 2021

Native Voices is currently accepting submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by American Indian, 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 3–4 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 and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive artistic support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California. READ MORE>

Yale Drama Series

Deadline: August 15, 2021

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2022 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 or virtual performance. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright's agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement. READ MORE>

Earth Matters On Stage New Play Festival

Deadline: August 31

The Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS) Ecodrama Playwrights Festival was founded in 2004 by Theresa May and Larry Fried in order to foster new dramatic works that respond to the ecological crisis, and explore new possibilities for being in relationship with the more-than-human world. EMOS calls for new plays that focus on current and historic environmental issues, and enliven and transform our experience of the world, inspiring us to listen better, and instilling a deeper or more complex sense of our ecological communities. Entries must be original plays that have not received an Equity production (readings and workshops are okay) and have not been published. They should be written primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) in English. We will not consider ten-minute plays, one-act plays (unless they are longer than 30 minutes), and musicals (though we love them, we cannot accommodate their production for this festival). READ MORE>

New Federal Theatre Submissions

Deadline: Rolling

NEW FEDERAL THEATRE’s m­­­­­­ission is to integrate artists of color and women into the mainstream of American theater by training artists for the profession, and by presenting plays by writers of color and women to integrated, multicultural audiences – plays which evoke the truth through beautiful and artistic re-creations of ourselves. READ MORE>