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

Moving Arts MADlab 2020

Deadline: November 15, 2019

MADlab is a unique 9-month program that empowers a playwright to develop a new play from the idea up. All play concepts submitted should be ideas only, not something that you have already written, are currently writing, or are adapting from a short you have  previously written.


Austin Latinx New Play Festival

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Playwrights are invited to submit original scripts that speak to the diverse Latinx experience. Plays can be in English, Spanish, Nahuatl, Coahuiltecan, bilingual or multilingual. Four scripts will be selected for presentation at the festival, including one play by a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student, and one play for young audiences. Preference will be given to plays that utilize more than one language. The festival brings each playwright together with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring their play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. 


SETC Ready to Publish Award

Deadline: November 20, 2019

The Southeastern Theater Conference/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award is dedicated to developing, publishing, and licensing new works by members of the SETC community. One winner will receive: publication in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals; a panel reading of the play at SETC 2020; 2020 SETC Convention registration and one-year SETC Membership; $400 royalty advance; author/playwright retains all copyright ownership.


The Public Theater's 
Emerging Writers Group

Deadline: November 29, 2019

Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by Emerging Writers Group members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. The playwrights also participate in a bi-weekly writers group led by The Public’s New Work department and master classes led by established playwrights. 


Premiere Play Festival

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Premiere Stages will accept submissions of unproduced plays written by playwrights affiliated with the greater metropolitan area. Four finalists will be selected for public Equity readings in March 2020. Following the Spring readings, one play is selected for an Equity production in the Premiere Stages 2020 Mainstage Season and receives an award of $2500. The runner-up receives a 29-hour staged reading and $1000. The two other finalists will each be awarded $750.


Art Garage's TGNC Playwright Series

Deadline: December 29, 2019

This series provides Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming playwrights a chance to hear their work aloud in a comfortable and professional environment. Additionally, cisgendered playwrights may submit work that involves the Transgender+ experience. Art Garage produces, casts, and caters the reading. Readings will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Art Garage, in which the playwright may ask questions and receive feedback to help aid the writing process.