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


Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival

Deadline: December 15, 2020

The Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival honors new American plays that provide dynamic performance opportunities for college-aged actors. The festival endeavors both to recognize playwrights for their outstanding work and to provide a resource for universities across the country to identify dynamic plays with robust roles for college-aged actors for production at their institutions. Finalists for the festival’s top prize will receive airfare and housing to participate in the Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival on the campus of the Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in the summer of 2021. Staged readings of the finalists’ plays will be presented as part of the festival, and the winner of the prize will be announced at the end of the week-long event. The winning play will receive a world premiere production in the 2021-2022 Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance theatre season and consideration of the play for publication by Concord Theatricals.


Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab

Deadline: December 20, 2020

Chain Theatre Playwriting Lab continues its commitment to developing new plays by diverse artists and underrepresented voices in the American Theatre. Playwrights will meet regularly with your Director and the Director of the Lab for six weeks. There will be two to three rehearsals to fine tune the intentions of the characters with actors in preparation for staged readings. All playwrights must be NYC based and must be part of an under-represented community in the arts. Female identifying, people of color, and LGBTQ artists are encouraged to apply. 


Ucross + The Blank Theatre — Future of Playwriting Prize

December 21, 2020 OR When 300 Submissions Have Been Received

This award represents a unique collaboration between the prestigious Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, where artists from all disciplines have been supported by residencies since 1983, and The Blank Theatre in Hollywood, which has been developing new plays and new artists since 1990. The winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid, two-week residency at Ucross’s ranch at the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. The residency includes transportation, accommodations, meals, and the opportunity to commune with other visiting artists. The winner will also receive a professionally produced staged reading in The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series new play development program. Two finalists will each be awarded a $500 cash prize.


Reimagine: New Plays for TYA

December 30, 2020

ReImagine: New Plays in TYA aims to support the development and visibility of new works for young audiences by BIPOC playwrights. This project will provide funding directly to the playwright, as well as funds to be utilized for development work with a partner theater. ReImagine is open to ANY playwright of color who is specifically writing for young audiences. We encourage projects from early career playwrights as well as experienced playwrights. Playwrights need to be currently residing in the United States. Reimagine is looking for projects that are in an early-to-mid stage of development.


Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award

Deadline: January 15, 2021

This award calls for plays and other full-length works for the theater addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a support for a two-stage development process with table readings at local arts festivals. Works that have received a full production are NOT eligible for the competition.

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