Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Here is a list of grants, contests, and opportunities for writers this month. While most of the listings are for playwrights, there is still many things in here for screenwriters and directors.


Soho Rep Writers’ Lab*** (paperless application)
Deadline: May 14th

From October - April, the Lab meets on alternate weeks. Writers agree in advance to bring in work three times during the six-month cycle. At each meeting, Lab members read the plays aloud, with writers and directors serving as actors, then together discuss the work. There is an expectation that each writer and director pair collaborates outside the meetings, at their own discretion.

At the end of the cycle, the plays born from the Lab are presented in a public reading series at Soho Rep.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2012/13 Writer/Director Lab. The application is available for download on Soho Rep website. Applications must be emailed to us no later than Friday, May 14th at 5pm.

The Lab application process is 100% paperless, so please read the instructions carefully. If for some reason you're unable to submit electronically, please email us at:

2012 application:

Roust Theatre** (paperless process)
Deadline: Rolling

We accept new, previously unproduced plays from both literary agents and directly from playwrights as unsolicited manuscripts, with some limitations. 'Unproduced' means not previously seen on a stage in a professional capacity, it does not include being previously produced as a staged reading.

Please send an email to including a cover note, a brief synopsis and your best 10-page selection from the script (either in a Word document or PDF). If the material interests us, we will contact you with a request for the complete script. Please don't email a complete script in the hope that we might, by some crazy chance, print it and read it. We won't, primarily for two reasons: we just don't have the time and we try and care about the environment by saving paper. If we discover you've sent the complete script your submission will be deleted.
A word to the wise, we only like to receive plays that fit our mission. Keep in mind that Roust focuses on important social matters. This doesn't mean we only accept political plays or dark brow-furrowing dramas, though we happen to produce those as well. Straight plays, musicals, comedies, love-stories, experimental pieces; if it's a social 'hot-potato', we want to read it. We need you!

Deadline: June 1st.

Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest Background
Mission: The SETC New Play Project is dedicated to the discovery, development and publicizing of worthy  new plays and playwrights.  This project will select one "winning script," present a staged reading of that script at the annual Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention in collaboration with the playwright, and  conduct an adjudication of the play by a select panel of judges.

Eligibility: Playwrights who reside in the SETC region (or who are enrolled in a regionally accredited educational institution in the SETC region) or who reside outside the region but are SETC members are eligible for consideration.  SETC Region states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Entries will be accepted between March 1st and June 1st annually. 

  1. One submission per playwright only.  Full length plays or related one acts; no musicals or children's plays.
  2. Plays must be unproduced (no professional productions) and unpublished.  Readings and workshops are acceptable.
  3. Plays must be submitted by email attachement in Microsoft Word or PDF format with the following guidelines:
  • Text should be in 12 pt type and in a plain font such as Times New Roman.
  • Script must include page numbers at the bottom of each page.
  • The author's name should not appear anywhere in the script.
  • Do not include resumes, playwright biographies or a history of the play.
  • 1 copy, Word or PDF format, attached to an email.
  • Completed Application Form included as separate email attachment.  Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
Anchor link: 
    4.  No previous submissions will be accepted without substantial rewrites having taken place.
    Notification and Award: The winning playwright will receive a $1,000 cash award and be designated as the winner of the Charles M. Getchell Award.
    5. The playwright is expected to attend the SETC convention at the expense of SETC, attend the response sesion and receive the cash award at the annual banquet.  The play will be considered for publication in Southern Theatre magazine.
    6.  The decision of the panel of readers will be announced in November of each year.

    Better or Worse
    Deadline: June 4th

    Freshwater Theatre is issuing a call for original scripts and directors for our upcoming fall production,Better or Worse, which will run September 8-22 at Nimbus Theatre in Minneapolis. It will subsequently be non-exclusively published in an anthology.

    Our intention with Better or Worse is to examine the ways in which the institution of marriage has shifted and changed, culturally and interpersonally, to suit the needs of the people in the time in which they lived. From a mere financial merger of family wealth, to the peasant partnership model, through the rise of romantically-motivated unions, through interracial marriages to same-sex marriages and beyond, we will put marriage under the microscope to see how it has evolved over the centuries.

    Any time period is fair game, as long as the subject matter has influenced the marriage debate in Minnesota or is practiced by Minnesotans daily. We would love to see submissions that speak to personal experiences, family cultures, and the experience of being a minority in Minnesota.

    Writers, musicians and performance artists of all types are encouraged to send submissions (PDF preferred) or proposals to by June 4, 2012. We will consider pieces up to 25 minutes in length.
    Interested directors should send their resumes and a brief cover letter to There will be a small stipend for directors.

    Terra Nova Groundbreakers
    Deadline: June 12th

    Online application:

    Groundbreakers Playwrights Group is an annual developmental playwriting lab, in which 6 playwrights receive the unique opportunity to work on a play-in-progress with the goal of creating a completed draft. Each playwright will hear their play read around the table by professional actors 3 times over 18 weeks, receiving feedback from the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group, special guests and the artistic staff of terraNOVA Collective.  

    terraNOVA assembles a diverse group devoted to creating theatrical, original, innovative, socially relevant new work for the stage and welcomes submissions of new plays-in-progress that will benefit from collective feedback and further terraNOVA Collective's artistic mission. We are especially interested in playwrights who, in addition to working on their own play, have an interest in attending weekly workshops to engage in the development of other playwrights' work. 

    • Attend a weekly writers group led by terraNOVA’s Artistic Staff.
    • Create a 10-minute play to be showcased in terraNOVA’s Annual Benefit.
    • Receive complimentary tickets to all terraNOVA events in the current season.
    • Receive hands-on artistic support and professional development guidance from terraNOVA's artistic staff.
    • Receive a workshop and reading performance in terraNOVA's annual Groundworks New Play Series.
    • Must be able to attend weekly sessions. Attendance is mandatory.
    • Must live within the tri-state area.

    REQUIRED APPLICATION INFORMATION:-Contact Information for Applicant-Contact Information for 2 References (Theatre professionals who are familiar with your work and are willing to discuss it frankly).-Known Scheduling Conflicts from July 23, 2012 - April 29, 2013REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS:1) Proposed Play (Must be attached as a PDF or WORD doc ONLY)2) Resume (Must be attached as a PDF or WORD doc ONLY)
    3) One-Page Artistic Statement (12 pt. font; Must be attached as a PDF or WORD doc ONLY) that addresses the following:
    -How long have you written plays? Why do you write plays?-Describe your play. What is the development history of this play? What elements are you working on in this play? What questions do you currently have about it?-What is your experience with writers' groups? How do you feel participating in a writers' group will help you develop this particular play?

    Deadline: June 1st

    Submitted plays and musicals must meet the following criteria:
    • The world of the play/musical must take place in a region outside of New York City.
    • The play/musical must not have had a prior production in NYC.
    • MTWorks strongly encourages writers living in any region of the United States to apply.
     The winning playwrights will be awarded:

    • An initial unrehearsed private cold read of the play with company members and other artistic staff [Finalists also receive this reading]. This part of the process is what we call the Living Room Series. 
    • One full reading of their work in a festival environment.
    • Assigned professional director / musical director and cast to work on their play.
    • “Playwright Spotlight” Newsletter received by over 3,000 members of the NY Theatre Industry. 
    • Networking "Meet the Playwrights" Event.
    • Complimentary tickets to MTWorks shows, invited dress rehearsals and other special events.
    • Artistic and professional support from the MTWorks staff.
    • Second reading if your play/musical wins The Audience Favorite Award.
    • Eligibility for the MTWorks Board of Director's Excellence in Playwriting Award.
    • Consideration for future MTWorks productions.
    We are only interested in full-length plays and full-length musicals at the moment (at least 90min in length).
    Applicants must submit the following:

    • A full copy of your play in word or pdf format.
    • A half (1/2) page synopsis.
    • If you are submitting a musical also include one mp3 that best represents your score.
    • If you applied for NewBorn before, you must submit a different play.
    • You can only submit one play per year.
    • All material must be emailed (all together in one email) to with [title of the play and your name] on the subject line.
    If your contact information changes between your submission date and November, you are required to update your information by sending an email to with [updated contact information for-your name] on the subject line.

    Deadline: Between July 1st and August 31st

    Marin Theatre Company is entering its 6th year of offering to original play prizes: Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and the David Callichio Emerging Playwright Prize

    The Sky Cooper New American Play Prize is awarded to an emerging or established playwright for an outstanding new work, and is given a $10,000 cash prize and option for production on MTC's main stage. The David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize is awarded to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice, and is given a $2500 cash prize and a workshop as part of MTC's New Works Series. These prizes serve to further MTC’s commitment to the development of new plays as a central component of its artistic programs.
      Submissions are closed for the 2012 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and the 2012 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. We will announce the winners of the 2012 play prizes in May 2012. Please check back for details.

    Submissions for the 2013 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and the 2013 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize will be accepted between July 1 and August 31, 2012.

    More information about the prizes, guidelines and FAQ's are below. The online submission form is available for your reference and will be active once submissions are open. Download hard copies of the guidelines and submission forms on the right.

    • Submissions must be unpublished, original full-length plays in any genre.
    • Musicals, translations, individual one-acts, and any play previously submitted for the Sky Cooper or David Calicchio Prizes are not eligible.
    • Plays may not have received a full-scale, professional production prior to submission (plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production are eligible).
    • Playwrights must be citizens of the United States.
    • Only one submission per playwright is allowed each year; you may submit the same play for both prizes.

    Amsterdam Residency

    The "Residency for Writers" project is a joint initiative by the Dutch Foundation for Literature and theFoundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature. Together, the foundations have made living space available for a foreign writer in the heart of the old city. The writers in residence will find lodgings not only in the historic and literary heart of Amsterdam, but also at its academic centre, with access to the University of Amsterdam library and the Dutch capital's literary activities.

    The guest writers use their time in Amsterdam for their own work and research, but they will also be involved in the city's literary and cultural life. All candidates may be asked to give guest lectures or readings for students and to write articles for newspapers or magazines. The residency period is expected to last around two to three months
    If you are a foreign author interested in the Amsterdam Residency Programme please read the conditions carefully. If you think you meet the programme's requirements, write us an e-mail with a short biography and explain us what project you would like to work on while in Amsterdam. We would also like to know if there is a specific reason why you want to come to the Netherlands. And don't forget to mention the Dutch publishing house that has published your work. If we think you are a suitable candidate we will respond to your e-mail and encourage you to apply formally. This means that participation in the programme is only at the invitation of the boards of the foundations.

    If you represent a (foreign) organization (e.g. publishing house or cultural institute) it is also possible to recommend an author to our programme. Please write us an e-mail explaining why you think the author is a suitable candidate and we will respond in due time.
    E-mail us 

    9Thirty Theatre Company *** (paperless application)
    Deadline: May 31st

    9Thirty Theatre Company (9TTC) accepts submissions from March to May each season. Please note that due to our small staff we are unable to respond to submissions that are not accepted. Please adhere to the guidelines below. Send submissions in either a .doc or .pdf format to In respect of our commitment to the environment please do not mail submissions to our office.

    9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.
    We accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.
    We do not accept one-person shows, children's shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.

    To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
    • cover letter, including your contact information
     brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
     character descriptions
     20 page dialogue sample
     brief production history of the work (if applicable)
     bio for yourself and any other collaborators
     if submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks

    To be considered for 9TTC's all submissions must be received by midnight on May 31st.

    For Visual Artists
    We are accepting pieces for display in our lobby at performances, from visual artists of all mediums whose work is in concert with our mission. This may include art made from found objects, sustainable materials, non-toxic and eco-friendly products, etc.

    Firehouse Theatre Project 10th Annual New Play Festival
    Deadline: June 30th postmarked

    Firehouse Theatre Project is look for new full-length scripts.

    • Plays must not have been previously produced. Readings are acceptable if no admission was charged and actors read from the script.
    • Submissions should be made in standard manuscript form and with no fancy binding. This means no discs, no e-mails. Please just use a binder clip to secure the script pages, no folders, no plastic covers, etc. All author information must be on a title page separate from the body of the manuscript and no reference to the author is permitted in the body of the script.

    • Scripts must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a theater company or individual familiar with your work. Letters of recommendation do not need to be specific to the play submitted; they may be general recommendations of the playwrights work. All letters must be received with the script, not under separate cover. Scripts received without a letter will not be considered.

    • Entries must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2011.
    • Due to volume of mail, manuscripts cannot be returned.
    • Send submissions to:
    Firehouse Theatre Project Festival of New American Plays
    1609 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23220
    • Two winners receive staged readings and prizes of $1,000 and $500. In the case of a tie, each winner will receive $750.
    • Winners will be announced March 1, 2013.

    Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest 2013
    Deadline: October 1st
    The Castillo Theatre sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest annually. In its sixth year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our political/cultural heritage.

    While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and reflect the concerns and interests of communities and/or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and new ways of experiencing theatrical performance. 

    The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright will be accepted. 
    The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading and/or a production at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2013 summer season. 
    All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:
    • A statement of the political/social/cultural questions the script engages (Scripts without a statement will not be considered.)
    • A brief synopsis
    • A character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any
    • A 100-word biography of the playwright
    • A current email address
    Please note:
    • Receipt of script will be acknowledged by email.
    • Scripts will not be returned. 
    • Castillo will not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants. 
    • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include but not be limited to granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play. 
    • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or full production.
    All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2012.
    The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2013.
    Send all submissions to:
    Castillo Theatre
    543 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

    Warner Bros Writing Program (in LA)
    Deadline: May 1-June 1, 2012.
    Online submission and information:

    For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. The list of graduates who have gone on to do great things is long: Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food) to name a few.

    Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show. If you think you have the write stuff, click here for more information about the program.

    The 2012-2013 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2012-March 2013, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles, California, every Tuesday evening from
    7 p.m.-10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.
    Writing Requirements:  The Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions.  Writers may submit a maximum of two TV spec scripts from shows listed on their website. Original material (pilots, short stories and one-act plays and screenplays) will NOT be accepted.

    Writers receive in-depth development with Warner Bros. 
    Length of program: October 2012-March 2013.  Every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.
    Disney/ABC Writing Fellowship
    Deadline: June 1st. 
    Writers become employees of Disney | ABC Television Group and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000.00 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits plans. The program is designed to expose writers to key executives, producers and literary representatives – all essential in the development of a writing career. 
    Additionally, while in the program, writers have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a current programming or development executive to create spec scripts of series from the current broadcast season. The ultimate goal is to prepare the writers for television staffing.When to ApplyThe submission period for the Writing Program opens in the Spring. Please check our homepage for specific dates. Applications postmarked prior to the application start date or later than the application deadline date will not be considered for the Program.Requirements
    Writing Program applicants will need to submit a completed application, a spec script of a broadcast or cable network series that is in production for broadcast during the current television season. Among the extensive criteria for spec scripts are: accuracy in character voice; story structure; effectiveness in capturing the series' tone; and innovation. No materials will be returned after the judging process. No previous professional writing experience is necessary, but strong spec script writing samples are required. Individuals selected as finalists will be required to provide additional writing samples. Applicants must be able to legally work in the United States and be at least 21 years of age.
    Notification Periods
    Writing Program semi-finalists are contacted in November. Those who are selected to move on to the finalists' round are typically notified in December, and will be required to participate in an in-person interview with a panel of Disney|ABC Television Group executives, and established television producers. The Writing Program commences in January and concludes in January of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject to change. 
    NHMC Latino TV Writers Program
    Deadline: August 13th.
    The National Latino Media Council (NLMC)/National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Television Writers Program is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. The program will take place in Burbank, CA from October 12, 2012 to November 16, 2012. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a show. A stipend of $250 per week will be given to each participant. Flight, housing, and meals will be provided.
    The NLMC/NHMC Television Writers Program is an intensive scriptwriters workshop to prepare and place Latinos in writing jobs for the major television networks. This project is modeled after the previously successful Hispanic Film Project. The television scriptwriters workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. This five-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris. The workshop is conducted in Burbank, CA and a total of 10 writers are recruited nationwide from established network of NHMC chapters, other non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. The NLMC/NHMC Writers Program was created in accordance to NHMC's mission to improve the image of American Latinos as portrayed by the media and increase the number of American Latinos employed in all facets of the media industry. The program directly responds to the lack of diverse writers in primetime network TV with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer's table, more diversity will be reflected on TV.
    Application packages must be submitted by August 13, 2012 and selected program participants will be announced September 17, 2012. Writing samples must be in English and television scripts are preferred. We accept any type of writing sample including books, plays, pilots, specs, etc. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. The deadline for submissions is August 13, 2012. Scripts will be evaluated and program participants announced on September 17, 2012.

    For submissions to be considered, the following materials must be submitted:
    Submissions must be post marked by August 13 and sent to:
    Nilda Muhr
    National Latino Media Council
    55 S. Grand Ave.
    Pasadena, CA 91105
      *All materials must be submitted together and at the same time. Any application packet with missing materials will automatically be disqualified.
     *Unfortunately due to a small number of judges and lack of resources, NHMC will not be able to provide feedback on any writing samples that are submitted and not accepted into the program.


    Deadline: May 31st

    There are no fees associated with this festival.

    Thespis Theater Festival
    August, September, October

    An opportunity for never-before seen plays to be presented onstage and have the chance to win a $5,000 prize for Best Play, $1,000 for the play that Helps Make the World a Better Place and $500 for Best Actor.

    Thespis Theater Festival is an event organized by ThespisNY, Inc., a not-for-profit 501c3 meant to help new plays get seen by audiences and give directors, playwrights and actors the opportunity to leave with exciting visuals that can be used to gain future performances.
    Plays must be between 40 and 90 minutes long.

    The festival offers:
    • Three performances in the Cabrini Repertory Theater.
    • The chance to have a professional video of your play taken, plus a professionally edited, 4-minute trailer, which can be included in a production package that you can show to agents, producers and theaters after your run in Thespis.
    • Time in the theater at no charge to create the visual elements of your production package.
    • An affordable website designed (not mandatory) for your play.
    • Winners in the categories of Best Play and Help Make the World a Better Place will have the chance to have their play streamed on, a website created by former CBS & PBS producer Paul Sladkus, and will be reviewed for the chance to be interviewed by Mitchell Rabin on A Better World Radio.
    Staging your play for the first time is an exciting and vulnerable experience.

    Thespis Theater Festival was designed with the intention to support artists during their first run with a stage, audiences and prizes, and professionally shot visuals that can be used to help find further performances once the festival is over.

    Please Note: Thespis Theater Festival is for non-union/non-equity members only.

    Thespis Theater Festival will be held at the Cabrini Repertory Theater, 771 Fort Washington Avenue, Washington Heights, NYC

    Thespis Theater Festival only accepts plays that have never been shown onstage before. They must be first runs.

    When applying to the Thespis Theater Festival, all submission materials must be sent by email. Your work will be read for roundness, completion and the possibility to be staged.

    All submissions will receive an answer via email after May 31, 2012.

    Email all materials to

    Please include:
    • Your full script. A simple Word document will be sufficient and better for us. Please use a font size of 12 for your script.
    • A bio (including contact information) of the person submitting the play, as well as contact information for one additional person in your production should the management need to contact someone quickly.
    • Please include the title of your play IN A FONT SIZE OF 24 on the first page of every document you send to us.
    • Please feel free to send us any additional information you think will help the submission process..
    Please tell us who is in charge of your play and include their mailing address, email address and telephone number. This will be the person in your production that we will always contact first and who will also receive the checks for all Thespis prizes.



    Each play will be given 3 performances. In addition, every play will be assigned one tech/dress rehearsal of 4 hours. If you choose to have a production package made, you’ll be given an additional 4-hour time slot in which to be filmed. You will not pay for the space during your video shoot.

    Deadline: unclear but probably before mid June. 

    web site
    Loaf Theatre Company seeks 60-90 minute scripts for its first annual 'Fresh Out of the Oven' Reading Series to be presented in early/mid July of 2012.

    Each play will receive one staged reading presentation in a Manhattan venue followed by an intensive talk-back session with actors, audience, and Loaf Theatre members. Loaf Theatre will provide the space and will assist in finding actors, directors, and moderate publicity if needed. No pay provided, but selected plays will be considered for future development and production with Loaf Theatre Company.

    Interested playwrights should email writing resume, synopsis, and complete script to:

    For more information about Loaf Theatre, please visit:

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