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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!

Playwrights First Prize

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Since 1993, Playwrights First has recognized, rewarded and advanced playwrights of unusual promise. We are offering a $1000 prize. READ MORE>

Cape Cod Theatre Project

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Each weekend in July, audiences get to experience a newly developed play for the first time. These staged readings provide the playwright with invaluable information about their as-yet-unproduced work. Playwrights may send one play per season for consideration. The proposed play must still be in development and cannot have received a professional production, or a production that has been reviewed, prior to August 2021. READ MORE>

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Deadline: October 1, 2021

ATF produces new scripts of the highest caliber throughout each season. To help fulfill this mission, we welcome the opportunity to read submissions from skilled playwrights who feel their work would be a good fit at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. READ MORE>

Syracuse New Works, New Voices

Deadline: October 1, 2021

The Syracuse University Department of Drama is seeking submissions for the inaugural year of its New Works, New Voices (NWNV) initiative. The purpose of NWNV is to support the development of musicals by writers and composers whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented in the musical theater canon. NWNV is seeking completed musicals or musicals-in-progress from teams who are interested in developing their work with undergraduate BFA students. One musical will be selected, to receive a four-week developmental reading during the Spring 2022 semester, directed and music directed by SU Drama faculty and performed by SU Drama students. The writing team will be in residence during the final two (2) weeks of the rehearsal process (travel and lodging provided by NWNV) and will participate virtually during the first two (2) weeks. READ MORE>

Long Warf Theatre Literary Program and New Work Development

Deadline: Rolling

Long Wharf Theatre has a proud and rich history of forming meaningful relationships with artists, supporting the development of their work, and moving their projects towards production. We are particularly interested in incubating new pieces that center BIPOC voices, push form, and feature innovative dramaturgy. We are also eager to support projects that originate with artists other than playwrights, such as designers, directors, dramaturgs, and activists.  READ MORE>