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American Association of Community Theatre (Fort Worth | TX)

Submit a Script for AACT NewPlayFest 2026

AACT NewPlayFest aims to support the production of new plays in community theatres and to provide an opportunity for playwrights to have their unpublished plays, published and produced.Produced plays will have their scripts published in an anthology of the winning plays by Dramatic Publishing Company and be available for licensing for 2 years.
Fee: 
No fee for AACT member playwrights; $10 script processing fee for non-members.
Restrictions: 
Open to U.S based playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
6 / 30 / 2024

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AGE in the Arts (Portland | OR)

Legacy Playwright Grants 2024

AGE seeks to change the equity landscape of the American Theatre canon by increasing the representation of BIPOC playwrights 40+ years of age of marginalized gender. Through this initiative, three playwrights receive individual unrestricted grants of $10,000 each and six playwrights receive $1,000 each.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to BIPOC playwrights 40 years or older who identify as a person of marginalized gender or gender-diverse. Playwrights must identify as an emerging artist and live in the US or Puerto Rico.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 15 / 2024

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Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College (Hanover | NH)

Neukom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting 2024

This award is an annual collaboration between The Neukom Institute, Dartmouth’s Department of Theater, and Northern Stage. We are inviting playwrights to submit full-length plays and other full length works for theater addressing the question “What does it mean to be a human in a computerized world?” The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium as well as a weeklong workshop and public reading produced by Northern Stage in early 2025.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
5 / 1 / 2024

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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