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The Chirp: Upcoming Submission Opportunities

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The Lark: 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship

Deadline: April 1, 2016

The Lark is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship program!  The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship is designed to help address the lack of inclusion of early career playwrights of color in the theater field.  More specifically, the Fellowship will support writers under 30 who demonstrate financial need.  During a year-long residency, Fellows will work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark development opportunities, and form relationships with other theatermakers at various career stages from all parts of the world. The Fellowship includes a cash award of $15,000, plus a $3,000 health insurance allowance, along with access to a wide range of Lark resources, including artistic program participation, financial literacy training, office and rehearsal space and staff support.

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Tofte Lake Center: The Gaia Memorial Fellowship 2016

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Tofte Lake Center will host its second annual weeklong artist retreat for a Minnesota artist who exemplifies the spirit, passions, and values of artist and nature lover Gaia Fenna. In 2016 this will be the week of September 26-October 2.  For Gaia, physical activity and art were a means of self-expression, self-definition -- in her DNA. At Tofte Lake Center, Gaia’s love of art and nature were perfectly combined.

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Tofte Lake Center: Emerging Artists Program 2016

Deadline: February 15, 2016

TLC is sponsoring its 7th annual Emerging Artists Program which enables both individual creative artists and a collaborative team of artists to take time and attention to focus on their current work.  This program subsidizes two one-week-long residencies for 7 emerging artists and/or 2-3 person creative teams from the Minnesota and the 5 boroughs of New York, and 1 week-long residency for a performing arts project that would have exclusive use of the facilities. Please note that applicants must live in either MN or one of the 5 NYC boroughs to be eligible to apply.

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Rhinebeck Writers' Retreat

Deadline: February 19, 2016

Rhinebeck Writers Retreat is hosting nine consecutive weeklong residencies between June 26 and August 28 for nine musical theatre writing teams. Each team will live in a private home outside of Rhinebeck, New York and do nothing but write their new musical.  Rhinebeck Writers Retreat provides each team: A fully furnished private home for one week, Sunday to Sunday, a few miles outside of Rhinebeck; Food – you’ll shop on the first day and cook for yourself during the week; Piano – An electronic keyboard and an upright acoustic piano; Travel — Round trip train transportation from New York City to Poughkeepsie. For writers who live outside of NYC, we reimburse actual travel expenses up to $750 per writer; A $400 stipend for each writer; Peer advisor – If you desire, we will assign one of our Sounding Board members (our artistic advisors) to work with you before you arrive, so you can take full advantage of your residency at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat.

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Bloomington Playwrights Project: The Woodard/Newman Drama Award

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Woodward/Newman Drama Award is an exclusive honor offered by Bloomington Playwrights Project, sponsored by the Newman's Own Foundation, remembering the many great dramas Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman performed in together. It presents the best unpublished full-length drama of the year with a cash prize of $3,000, a full production as part of the BPP's Mainstage season, along with travel reimbursement.

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Want to find out about even more opportunities for playwrights?  Join the Dramatists Guild and get access to their Resource Directory!