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The Chirp: October Submission Opportunities

Playwrights’ Corner
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New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow

Deadline: October 19th @ 5pm

The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States.

This projection provokes thoughts at New York Theatre Workshop about the transformations that will take place in the American landscape – technologically, environmentally, demographically and artistically. They are a catalyst for broader questions about our moral and artistic future.

NYTW’s 2050 Fellowships consists of five basic components:
  • Monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet with each other and artists from the NYTW community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development
  • Access to rehearsal space and two opportunities to share works-in-progress with the NYTW Artistic staff and entire fellowship cohort
  • Mentorship from the NYTW Artistic staff and contemporary theatre artists
  • An invitation to participate in the artistic life of the theatre by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW functions
  • A three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship

2050 Fellows are awarded a modest stipend and an artistic development fund to support fellowship projects, see work, research and travel.


The ell project

Deadline: November 21

The ell project is a national playwriting contest celebrating women playwrights over 50. Eligible women playwrights are invited to apply.

We are looking for plays that reinvigorate the theater as a public forum for community engagement and a catalyst for  society’s capacity to reimagine its future.  We are not looking for your newest play, just your most profound and preferably hilarious unproduced play.

The winner of the ell will receive a $500 honorarium and a full  production of their play in the state of the art 99 seat theater at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy,  New York.


EST/Sloan Project

Deadline: November 1

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.

The Project is designed to stimulate artists to create credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. The Project commissions and develops new works throughout EST’s developmental season, including one Mainstage Production, as well as workshops and readings in an annual festival called FIRST LIGHT.


Reva Shiner Comedy Award

Bloomington Playwrights Project

Deadline: October 31

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.


and of course...

Playwrights' Week 2016!

Deadline: October 20

The Lark's own Open Access Program, Playwrights' Week, is now open for submissions!

The Lark is committed to providing access to all playwrights and is proud to seek out plays that reveal underrepresented and vital perspectives.

What Lark Provides
  • Ten hours of rehearsal time with a creative team (including director and actors) to address self-identified development goals
  • A public staged reading at The Lark
  • A peer-based community of support and conversation for the week
The Evaluation Process

Submitted plays are evaluated based on the following Lark Support Criteria:

  • Plays which are ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical
  • Plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives
  • Playwrights with clear goals about their writing who are open to a development process