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

Shakespeare's New Contemporaries

Deadline: November 18, 2020

Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries aims to develop and produce a new canon of 38 plays that are inspired by and in conversation with Shakespeare’s work. Playwrights get a world premiere production of their play and a $25,000 prize. Submitted plays should embrace Shakespeare's staging conditions, and must be inspired by or inconversation with As You Like It, Henry VI (any/all parts), Romeo and Juliet, and Troilus and CressidaLEARN MORE >

Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowship

Deadline: November 19, 2020

This Fellowship is intended to support early career playwrights who demonstrate extraordinary potential, artistic vision, and a commitment to spending a year in residence in Minnesota developing their work with the Playwrights' Center in community with other fellows. Fellows will receive an $18,000 stipend and $2,500 in development support. LEARN MORE >

EST/Sloan Project Commissions

Deadline: December 1, 2020

The EST/Sloan Project commissions, develops and presents new works delving into how we view and are affected by the scientific world. These plays examine the struggles and challenges scientists and engineers face from moral issues to the consequences of their discoveries. Commissions ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded to individuals, groups, and creative teams for full-length and one-act plays and musicals. LEARN MORE >

La Maison Baldwin Writer-in-Residence Program

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Shortly before James Baldwin passed away, he told close friends in Saint-Paul de Vence that he dreamed of seeing his beloved house made into a writers' colony. Writers in residence are offered a room in the village center to pursue their current creative project, and contribute to the literary culture of Saint Paul de Vence by offering a community event or creative public program. Breakfast and dinner every day is included in the fellowship, as is a $700 travel stipend. This fellowship is open to emerging writers working in the spirit of James Baldwin. Eligible to apply are poets, playwrights, essayists and fiction writers with no more than one full-length published book, produced film, or professionally staged production. LEARN MORE >​​

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room

Deadline: January 8, 2021

Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room is a writing fellowship from the creators of Sesame Street, looking for writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders. Each participant will develop and write a pilot script for their own original kids concept. LEARN MORE >