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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!

Gingold Theatrical Group

Deadline: September 30

Under the guidance of GTG’s Associate Director Ilana Becker, Speakers’ Corner will meet late October 2020 through June 2021. Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where George Bernard Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, GTG’s Speakers’ Corner brings together six to ten writers who spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text. LEARN MORE >

So.Queer Festival

Deadline: October 9

Richmond Triangle Players mission is to change the community’s conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion through the production of LGBTQ-themed works. RTP presents the So.Queer festival to seek out a playwright with whom to develop a musical and/or non-musical full-length work. Preference will be given to southern playwrights and themes. Five finalists will be asked to present a 45-minute excerpt of their play. One finalist will be picked to start a yearlong development process with the promise of a mainstage spot once the playwright and organization believe that the work is ready. LEARN MORE >

Playwrights First Best New Play Award

Deadline: October 10

Playwrights First is an organization which recognizes, rewards, and advances playwrights of unusual promise. The Best New Play Award will include a $1,000 prize, award listing of playwright and play title on Playwrights First's website, and a professional reading in NYC when feasible. LEARN MORE >

Women's Work Project

Deadline: October 15

The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Six members are selected each year. The LAB meets monthly from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Participants also become eligible for the FULL-LENGTH LAB. LEARN MORE >

The Richard Rogers Award

Deadline: October 30

The Richard Rodgers Awards were created and endowed by Richard Rodgers in 1978 for the development of the musical theater. These awards subsidize full productions, studio productions, and staged readings by nonprofit theaters in New York City of works by composers and writers who are not already established in this field. The winners are selected by a jury of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. LEARN MORE >

The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists

Deadline: November 30

Theis award is a juried cash and production grant given annually to support the early work and career of a musical theater librettist. The winner will receive $2,000 to help with cost-of-living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance in the 2021 New Works Development Program of Amas Musical Theatre, culminating in an Amas Lab production with New York theater professionals. LEARN MORE >

Joining Sword & Pen

Deadline: February 18, 2021*

*NOTE: Yes, this deadline isn't quite as "upcoming" as the others, but this opportunity requires a whole new play to be written, so if it looks interesting to you, it may be worth an early start!

Babes With Blades Theater Company is now accepting submissions for Joining Sword & Pen, a competition that asks playwrights to write a play inspired by an image, which should be included as a scene that becomes acted out in the play. The winner will participate in the development process in Fighting Words and then go to full production by the Babes. The winning script’s playwright will also receive the Margaret Martin Award ($1000) sponsored by Babes’ longtime benefactor, David Woolley. LEARN MORE >