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Wrote a play? These folks want to read it! Check out these playwriting submission opportunities with upcoming deadlines!


THE VAN LIER NEW VOICES FELLOWSHIP AT THE LARK

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Van Lier New Voices Fellowship supports playwrights of color under 30 who demonstrate financial need. During a year-long residency, Fellows work on multiple artistic projects through an individually-tailored program of Lark play development programs, 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 up to $3,000 in health insurance premium reimbursement.

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LAST FRONTIER THEATRE CONFERENCE

Deadline: October 22, 2017

The Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference strives to create an educational experience for playwrights, actors, directors, and theatre enthusiasts that enriches participants’ minds and inspires their souls. Participants are completely immersed in the theater arts for eight days, with a blend of performances, developmental readings, classes, and social events. The Conference gives a venue for playwrights to present their work in the Play Lab, where they receive feedback from theater professionals and their peers, and have the opportunity to network with actors and other writers. The 26th annual Conference will take place June 9-16, 2018, in Valdez, Alaska. Authors must register for the Conference and be in attendance for their reading.

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REVA SHINER COMEDY AWARD

Deadline: Postmarked by October 31, 2017

The Reva Shiner Comedy Award presents an unpublished full-length comedy with a cash prize of $1,000, a full production as part of the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s Mainstage season, along with travel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. $10 Reader's Fee, waived for Dramatists Guild members.

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CLUBBED THUMB

Deadline: November 11, 2017

The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by Caryl Churchill. Plays should feature: three sections, the second of which is set in a workplace; a cast of mostly (perhaps all) women; a formal event (a pageant, a parade, a number, a dinner party) involving many people; an ersatz mother/daughter relationship. Embrace economy of language, and specificity and fidelity of language to character. Consider if and when those rules explode. This is a $15,000 commission, which might be split between writers if the panel so elects.

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MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION: Fall 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program

Deadline: November 15, 2017

McColl Center for Art + Innovation is a nationally acclaimed artist residency and contemporary art space in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its mission is to empower artists, advance communities, and contribute positive impacts to its broad public audience by introducing a range of current artistic practices. Residencies range from one to three months and support includes: $6,000 living allowance; $2,000 materials stipend; furnished one-bedroom with Wi-Fi; private workspace; technical and administrative services; travel reimbursement; opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs. Because McColl Center has an explicit mission to engage diverse public audiences in dialog about contemporary issues facing Charlotte and other urban environments, and to facilitate creative actions for positive social impact, special attention is given to applicants whose work poses urgent questions about society or promotes civic consciousness and reciprocal exchange with community members. $35 Application Fee.

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