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Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!

Yale Drama Series

Deadline: August 15th

​The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2017 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

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​Proscenium Journal

Deadline: August 20th

​Proscenium is the first free literary journal dedicated to publishing plays. Proscenium publications are free of charge and readily accessible online, allowing playwrights to share their work with a large, web-based audience. Proscenium publications are also now available in print. Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations, and musicals.

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​Blue Ink Playwriting Award

Deadline: August 31st

​Each year American Blues Theater accepts worldwide submissions of original, unpublished full-length plays. The winning play will be selected by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and the theater’s Ensemble. The playwright receives a monetary prize of $1,000 and a developmental workshop or staged reading at American Blues Theater in Chicago. Cash prizes are awarded for runners up, finalists, and semi-finalists too.

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Milken Playwriting Prize

Deadline: September 15

The Milken Playwriting Prize is a biennial theatre prize for plays that are written for teen actors to perform.  The prize is $2,000, with a play development process culminating in a full production at Milken Community Schools.  The goal is to encourage skilled playwrights and authors to write extraordinary plays that are suited to teen actors: shorter plays with large casts and more roles for females.

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Playwrights Foundation

Deadline: October 1st

Playwrights Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 40th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Selected playwrights will be paired with an artistic team comprised of a professional dramaturg, director, and actors. They will receive two weeks of rehearsal and two rehearsed staged readings, each one separated by five to six days for rehearsals and rewrites. Local and national producers, theater artists and the general public are invited to the festival to see the staged readings, participate in special events and meet the playwrights.

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