Thursday, April 5, 2018

On the 50th Anniversary of MLK's Assassination

On the 50th anniversary of MLK's assassination, an unarmed and disabled black man in Brooklyn was shot and killed by the police. Saheed Vassell was shot over 10 times by four cops on a street corner while holding a metal pipe. The officers did not try to disarm him, club him, tase him, or use any of their training on this Vassell, a father and son of the local community. It is hard to believe that four cops felt so threatened by a mentally disturbed man standing several yards away from them that their only recourse was to murder him. It is hard to think of these cop murders as isolated incidents when the same scenario keeps happening, the officers tell the same rote lies of feeling threatened, video evidence shows the same blatant falsehood to all of their claims, the state rules the crime as a murder, and then proceeds to let the officers go free.

 The very system that is ripping the planet apart was created to colonize the Western hemisphere by light-skinned European from different warring tribes. They succeeded in this genocide by convincing each other that they were all on some make-believe 'white team' that was 100% invented from thin air. This belief system has convinced a tiny group of people that everyone else not on this make-believe team of whiteness was and is inferior, and therefore the very ground which they land they stood on could be bought, owned, and stripped of life...just like brown bodies, and all in the name of a blue-eyed, gun-toting American Jesus.

Is there any question as to why #blacklivesmatter? The death of the black body is at the center of America's moral rot. The other systemic problems have been allowed to flourish because -time and time again- it is easier to get a group of poor white people to vote against their own interests than convince them to work with other poor brown and yellow people. It is easier to get the poorest states in the union (which are all Republican and in the South) that the fight to end class inequality and homophobia should not be taken up because it is will also help the historical monster of 'the evil nigger.' It is easier to convince white Christians to kill on Saturday and pray on Sunday because the savior is white, therefore God is white, and the state-sponsored destruction of black life is a loophole in the 10 commandments.

Until you stand up for #blacklivesmatters, you are just sitting down for a system which is going to destroy the planet, create an economic caste system, incite more radical white Christian terrorists, teach children superstitions instead of information, and kill people of color without regard. Police brutality isn't a glitch in the American dream. It's a highlighted feature.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Get What You Want: April 2018

Deadline: April 1st

The P73 Playwriting Fellowship provides a year of comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has not received a professional production in New York City (please see eligibility requirements below). Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to this writer as he or she develops one or more new plays of his or her choosing. The P73 Playwriting Fellow receives an unrestricted award of $10,000 and a development budget, managed by Page 73 and the Fellow over the course of the Fellowship year, up to an additional $10,000.

The Fellow is encouraged to think creatively about using Fellowship resources to meet concrete goals that might not otherwise be possible. These goals may include, but are not limited to, development of one or more new plays, assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community, research, and/or travel. Please note that funds from the P73 Playwriting Fellowship do not cover full-scale productions, nor does Page 73 commit to producing the work of the Fellow. The Fellowship incorporates at least one public presentation by the Fellow. Page 73 also helps the Fellow identify and connect with collaborators, including directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for Fellowship projects.

The Fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year, from January 1 to December 31. After being selected, he or she works with Page 73’s staff to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development work to be done on the new play or plays. The Fellow may also be invited to participate in the Page 73 Summer Residency and, if eligible, Interstate 73 (described below) during the Fellowship year.

If the Fellow is not a New York City resident, he or she must be prepared to travel to New York during the Fellowship year in order to fully engage in the opportunities that the Fellowship provides.

Interstate 73
Interstate 73 is Page 73’s yearlong writers group. Consisting of six to eight playwrights and led by Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director, Interstate 73 meets twice monthly on weeknight evenings at our office in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Each playwright receives a stipend for participating. Participants bring in pages that are read aloud and discussed by the group. Each participating playwright is also given an opportunity for a reading of a completed work, which can be a public or private reading, depending on the playwright’s interests and needs. Page 73's staff works with each playwright to craft the reading to be as useful as possible for the writer.
Interstate 73 begins each year in January, and meetings run through December; sessions are typically suspended for a period in the summer. Please consult the eligibility requirements below. Page 73 selects participants from individuals we meet through this application process as well as from individuals who have become known to the company through other means.

Note: While Page 73's staff may, from time to time, offer a spot in Interstate 73 to a playwright who meets the eligibility requirements but has not completed an application for the program, anyone who wishes to be considered for the 2018 Fellowship must submit this application.

Deadline: April 1st
Email your submission in pdf format to

We are seeking 10-minute plays for our upcoming season. Submission indicates you have read, understand and consent to the rules and guidelines. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

-Submitting author must be an African-American/Black playwright and the sole owner of the copyrighted work.
-Submission form must be completed before emailing your play.
-Play must not be previously produced.
-“Produced” - Your play was marketed for production date(s) by either you (its playwright) or a theatre company and was performed before an audience who purchased tickets to see the event.
-*Staged readings are not considered productions. If your play has only had public or private readings but has not been produced as a full-scale stage performance, you are permitted to submit the play.
-Play must not be published.
-“Published” - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.
-Play must not exceed 8-10 minutes.
-Plays that exceed this time frame will be disqualified.
-Play must be submitted in pdf format.
-Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only minor accommodations of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.
-No more than three (3) submissions per playwright are accepted.
-The playwright may choose any theme or subject matter they desire.
-Play must not be a musical.
-Play must not be written for children or youth.
-Play must not be a re-submission from previous Fade To Black festival seasons.
-Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.
-You must be at least 18 years of age to submit.

There is no submission fee.
Selected playwrights will receive an honorarium of $100.00.
Selected playwrights will have their play produced in front of a live audience.
Submissions open February 1.
Submission deadline is April 1.
Playwrights will be announced no later than May 1.

Email your submission in pdf format. Email address:
Email header should read: Submission: Fade to Black. Your name. Title of play.
Your play should include cover pages including your name, contact information, title of play as well as any character descriptions or pertinent details you have regarding the play.
For more information, please contact Denise O'Neal at

Liberation Theatre Company Residency
Deadline: April 1st

Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) for our second year, is proud to announce Writing Residency Program 2018 – 2019 that furthers our commitment to the development of new Black playwrights for the American theatre. The Writing Residency Program will select four early-career playwrights and provide them with dramaturgical and professional support over a nine-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length pla

Beginning in May 2018, selected playwrights will attend monthly group meetings to share and refine their works-in-progress in a collaborative, energized setting; meet individually with LTC’s Artistic Director and staff who will provide additional support for their artistic needs, concerns and process; and have the resources of a director and professional actors during two table readings as their play begins to take shape.

Additionally, through connections with the larger New York City theatrical community, LTC will provide access to theatre tickets (when available) and seek to make introductions with artistic leaders to assist playwrights in advancing their careers.

The Residency will conclude in February 2019 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium (amount depending on funding).

Programs include:
Black Playwrights' Group - This is a facilitated group where playwrights share pages or scenes from works-in-progress, which are read by professional actors.
Monthly Readings - Each month, we present a new play, by an emerging Black playwright, followed by a facilitated talkback between audience and playwright.
The Writing Residency Program - A new program, where four early-career playwrights receive nine months of resources and workshops.
The Artists' Salon - is conducted four times a year, where multi-disciplinary artists are invited to share works-in-progress and conversation about their personal and professional goals and challenges.

To apply go to:

Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting
Deadline: April 4th

The Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting is supported by the Remembering George Riley at MLK50 campaign. The program is a two-month residency in Memphis, TN for an emerging or established black filmmaker to work on a feature film screenplay to be produced in Memphis. Located in the heart of Memphis, TN, the program will provide one screenwriter with $7,500 of unrestricted cash, plus housing and round-trip travel accommodations and, most importantly, uninterrupted time for writing their feature film screenplay.

The purpose of this residency is to provide opportunity for under-represented artists in filmmaking to develop bold storytelling to ultimately be filmed in the Memphis-area. The residency is looking to support one narrative feature film project and priority will be given to the story deemed most original, daring, intelligent, emotionally resonant, and realistic to produce.

Applicants must describe why they believe their film should be produced in Memphis, TN. The setting of the story may or may not be Memphis and the residency will offer an opportunity for initial location scouting and inspiration from the geography and environment.

The residency is provided during the two-month timeframe of September 17th to November 16th 2018. No exceptions will be made to the timeline. The residency will include artist participation in events during the Indie Memphis Film Festival the first week of November.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm CST on April 4th, 2018.


Housing in Midtown Memphis at a residence located near the Indie Memphis office
$7,500 of unrestricted cash to assist for time off work, food, or directly towards the project
Travel accommodations to and from Memphis, TN.
Periodically meeting with advisors and filmmakers experienced with shooting in Memphis.
Visits to cultural institutions such as Stax Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum.
Location and production advice from the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission.

Deadline: April 4th

At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to hone their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Call for Entry: By The People

Are you a digital artist interested in exhibiting your art in the 'physical world'? Want to see your art displayed throughout Washington, DC during a major international festival? In partnership with ARTECHOUSE, an innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and tech driven artworks, By the People invites you to submit your digital designs to take part in an augmented reality exhibition 'art' hunt'. Through ARTECHOUSE's uniquely designed app, guests will be emboldened to discover the city searching for artworks with their smart phones on the sides of major landmarks, public spaces, and buildings.

Deadline: April 5th
Website: (old deadline still listed on website)

Theatre Southwest of Houston, Texas has extended their submissions deadline to April 5th, 2018 for the Annual Theatre Southwest Festival of Originals! The TSW-FOO is FREE to enter and will once again be calling for short one act (20 minute) plays in any and all genres from all over the country and the world. Please check below for submission guidelines and see how you can enter for a chance to win a cash prize and to see your work produced.

Submission Guidelines:
Each playwright may submit up to 2 plays for consideration.

All entries should be unpublished and previously unproduced in the Houston area.

All Genres are accepted.

Monologues or One Actor plays are not accepted.

Plays should be 20 minutes in length (give or take a minute or two). Page count should be no less than 17, but no more than 22 pages.

There is no maximum limit of characters or sets, but common sense should be used as 5 plays will be produced in one evening.

Scripts should be securely bound. Three hole punch with brads or held in a three hole folder is mandatory this year. NO STAPLING.

Scripts must be submitted by postal mail ONLY. Emailed PDF or Word files will not be considered.

Be sure to include your contact information; phone number, email, and mailing address on the title page of the script.

List all characters with a brief character description.

Please include a one paragraph synopsis of the play.

Make sure all mailed entries are POSTMARKED by April 5th, 2018 (the Ides of March)

Scripts cannot be returned.

One hundred dollars will be paid to all playwrights selected for production.

Scripts should be mailed to:
Theatre Southwest
8944 Clarkcrest St.
Houston, Texas 77063-4004

Eyebeam Open Calls Fellowship
Deadline: April 11th

In the context of our current political discourse, rife with language of exclusion and intolerance, the need for artists to be central to the invention and design of our shared future is urgent. Following on the past two years of Eyebeam Open Calls, focused first on Power, then on Trust, this year’s theme is Access. Eyebeam seeks applications that consider how art and technology can challenge dominant notions of access and how together we can shape a more equitable future.

Eyebeam aims to create a space of enrichment, cross-pollination, and cultivation of ideas through supporting the work of artists, engineers, and designers alike. We are invested in ideas that function as a magnet, rather than a filter, and are interested in responses to the Open Call that focus on access in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to: access to physical space, access to information, access as it relates to disability, gender, race, socioeconomic positions, sexual-orientations, as well as ecosystems and environmental access.

How can artist-initiated projects and new technologies disrupt and refigure legislated and often constricted measures of access? How can we think about access as a process informed through lived experience? How does access construct relationships with the world and with each other? We are interested broadly in projects which increase physical access and access to each other through various forms of communication to create interwoven relationships.

This year’s Open Call is launched in tandem with a new partnership with REFRESH, a collective platform invested in supporting the work of women and women-identified artists, especially women of color, LGBTQ artists, and disabled artists from around the globe. This partnership will consist of a large-scale exhibition and multi-day symposium in NYC, a prestigious 2-year curatorial fellowship, a new online hub, as well as robust public programming coming out of Eyebeam’s new home in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn.

2018 GOING TO THE RIVER FESTIVAL at Ensemble Studio Theatre
Deadline: April 12th

GOING TO THE RIVER (GTTR) is now accepting submissions for the Going To The River Festival 2018. The GTTR Festival 2018 will be at Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) in New York City in July 2018. The Festival will consist of never produced full-length work and short plays. GTTR is a program founded to support women playwrights of color by providing a major New York forum in which playwrights develop, refine and present their work. GTTR is in residency at EST and The River Writers Unit meets at The Lark in NYC.

-One full-length play; never produced

-AND/OR: Up to two 10 ~ 20 minute short plays; never produced

-The plays must be by women of color and by playwrights who live in the New York Tri-state area.

-Please be mindful of cast size.

The submission deadline is April 12th, 2018, at 11:59PM EST

-Only e-mail submissions addressed to will be considered.

-To be considered: submissions should be in the form of one PDF document and organized as follows:

-Page 1: Cover page to include:
The title
The playwright’s name, address, city, zip code & phone number

-Page 2: A biography of the playwright

-Page 3: Character Breakdown

Page 4: Synopsis of the play

Page 5: Begin the body of the play

We are sorry we are unable to take phone calls. You may address inquiries to:

Plays selected will be notified by June 1st, 2018

Deadline: April 13th

The UC San Diego’s Department of Theatre and Dance seeks from all enrolled undergraduate students submissions of previously unproduced, unpublished scripts highlighting the African-American experience in contemporary or historical terms. Adaptations from books and other forms are not allowed.

Click here to download a PDF of the contest flyer

Prize: A $1000 honorarium will be awarded to the winning playwright.

-A staged reading of the winning script on May 12th, 2018, in the Wagner New Play Festival attended by national theatre professionals.

-Travel and housing cost to and from UC San Diego to be present for the performance.


Finalists and the eventual winners will be selected by a team comprised of the faculty and staff of UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance and invited judges from other theatre facilities, the professional theatre, local media or the UCSD student body.

The decision of the team of adjudicators is final. The UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance reserves the right to select no winner.


Scripts must be original, unpublished, unproduced and free of royalty and copyright restrictions. Plays which have staged readings are acceptable.

Scripts must be 50 pages or longer, typed. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically.

Scripts will be accepted beginning January 1st, 2018.

Deadline for entry Friday, April 13th, 2018.

The winner will be announced by April 27th, 2018.

Please include with your submission your contact details (name, college email, address, and phone number), play title, number of characters, institutional affiliation, and a one-page story summary.

Deadline: April 15th

Luna Stage is now accepting full length script submissions from playwrights who are currently represented by a theatrical agent, hold an MFA in playwriting, or are currently enrolled in an MFA playwriting program. NJ permanent residents can submit 20 page sample.

Please review Luna Stage's production history prior to submitting to get a sense of what type of work we tend to produce, and to gauge whether or not your work might be a good match for us. Please note that on the second Monday of every month (from October to May), we hold a New Moon Play Reading. We often select work for further development from these readings.

Deadline: April 15th

The Black Earth Institute is a community of creative, committed artists and a grant resource. Established in 2005, BEI is dedicated to supporting art in re-forging the links between spirit, earth and society, for art and its makers create the space for changing minds and the world. With this in mind, BEI endeavors to bring together a group of artists who are activists, whether in their own fields or in general causes, to foment change. BEI seeks fellows from different genres, such as literary, dramatic and media artists; performance artists making a political statement; or journalists addressing the urgent social and environmental issues facing the planet.

For three days fellows and scholars share ideas, work, space, food and the land. We wrestle with topics presented by scholar advisers, bring forward experiences in the work of fellows, and make plans for the coming year. This year’s retreat will be October 4-7; lodging is provided and travel is supported by a grant.

Second, BEI supports projects for each new fellow, with an annual stipend of $1000.00 each. Support can either be a single major work such as a book, media, drama or performance, public art or other production over the three years, or, alternatively, for smaller annual projects. Projects will combine the artist’s creative direction with the goals and values of BEI.

Third, each fellow has the opportunity and responsibility to set a theme and edit an issue of About Place Journal during their three-year tenure. A separate $1000.00 stipend is provided for this activity. The editor chooses two assistant editors, who are also supported.

Activities of BEI fellows are highlighted and promoted in various media, including our website, Facebook, Twitter, and internal communications. There is an active internal life, which includes supporting each other in organizing readings, panels and communications during the year.

Black Earth Institute Fellows will identify themselves as such on their websites and bios, while promoting BEI and its activities in their communities. Fellows are expected to sponsor at least one program a year in the name of BEI and be an active member in the internal life of the organization.

Submission Guidelines:
Applicants should submit a letter of content, responding in order to each numbered point and lettered subheads, to, with '2018-2021 BEI Fellow Letter of Intent' as the subject line.

Why do you want to be awarded a fellowship?
Indicate your ability to attend the annual BEI retreat, this year Oct 4-7, 2018.
Describe how the BEI goals of earth, spirit and society are expressed in your life and how your art addresses these. Be specific how in your life you express:
a) spirit
b) healing or protecting the earth
c) society as social justice and then be specific how in your art you express, d) spirit, e) healing or protecting the earth and f) social justice.
Give links to or attach examples of your art you wish to highlight as speaking to these goals.
Provide a publication type biography, not more than 250 words.
Describe your ideas for one potential project, either a single project over the 3 years or the first project of several to last one year. The project may be in various genres or media. Projects should combine your own creative direction with the goals and values of BEI. This description is an initial one and can be developed more at a later stage. Describe how the grant stipend would support this proposed project.
 a) Describe any role and practice in your communities, institutions, or organizations that highlight your active involvement in promoting art towards the BEI goals or in activities directly around healing the earth or social justice.
b) Describe how BEI fellowship would help in this activism.
BEI is a community with an active internal and external life.
a) Are you willing to identify as a BEI fellow in your bio and website?
b) Are you willing to participate several hours each month, for example, to communicating with other fellows and scholars, and the BEI staff, sharing calls for art submissions and providing information about upcoming events, awards and the like?
c) Discuss your interest and ability to promote one BEI identified program in your community, institution or organization yearly? Give an idea or example of such a program or panel.
The letter, excluding attachments, should not exceed 1500 words.

Deadline: April 15th

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre (Lafayette Louisiana) is committed to serve playwrights as a place where they feel they can develop work with a company that has a desire to help in the growth of both the playwright and the play. We strive to create a safe, creative, open environment for our playwrights and, using our own experience, along with the experiences of some of our friends from across the country, we seek to help playwrights create and develop shows that have the best chance of a long life of production. Through developmental readings, developmental productions, and soon, the possibilities of residences, we hope to help, through working with the amazing playwrights we come in contact with, the voices of new american playwrights be heard.

We are now accepting submissions for our 2019 Season, which kicks off in in early February.

We accept submissions of full length plays and musicals. In order to be eligible for consideration, submissions:
-Should be no longer than 90 minutes (we occasionally make exceptions)
-Should be full length.
-Should be actor/story forward
-Have minimal technical and set requirements
-Have a cast no larger than 10
-Should have limited to no production history and should not be published. We are looking specifically for work that you are looking to further develop and are looking for playwrights who want to be involved in the process.
Please note: There are no submission fees nor is there a fee to be a part of the season. Playwrights will be responsible for travel expenses should they choose to join us for any part of the process.

Plays should be submitted as a PDF to

To find out more information about us, submissions, or our past work, visit

We look forward to hearing from you!

Deadline: April 15th

*Visual and performance based artists living in New York City can apply for a 6 month residency in Basel, Switzerland at the Atelier Mondial *

RU is proud to announce its sixth open call for New York City based artists for a 6 month residency at the Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland (formerly International Studio and Exchange Program of the Basel Region - iaab). This is an exchange program wherein RU hosts a Swiss based artist in New York City during the same period. The residency program is generously supported by the Zaeslin-Bustany Scholarship.

The Atelier Mondial offers a 850 square foot working and living space from January 1 to June 30, 2019, an allowance of $1,200 per month to cover day to day living costs in Basel and a roundtrip flight Switzerland New York. The artist will also receive a 'reduced tarif' public transport card for all public transportation in Switzerland.

City:Basel is a major Swiss cultural and industrial city in the tri-border area where Switzerland, Germany and France meet. It has a rich cultural heritage (e.g., such famous inhabitants include Erasmus, Holbein, Böcklin, Burckhardt, Nietzsche, etc.), ongoing traditions and vital and diverse range of cultural activities (e.g., theater, music, dance, film, etc.) Many of its museums (e.g., Kunstmuseum Basel /Museum of Contemporary Art, Schaulager, Kunsthalle Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Museum der Kulturen, Tinguely Museum, Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig, etc.), as well as its contemporary architecture , are renowned worldwide. A lively alternative cultural scene complements the prominent public and private institutions.

Deadline: April 15th
Website: ttp://

The Bogliasco Foundation is pleased to announce a new residential Fellowship for an American scholar in European art history. The five-week Fellowship, which will take place at the Foundation’s Study Center near Genoa during the Spring 2019 semester, includes full room and board and a travel stipend of $1000. The Fellowship is open to American art historians of all ages who are working on pre-modern projects (antiquity to early 19th century), and who are not currently in a degree-granting program.

For complete instructions and eligibility details, kindly consult the Foundation’s online application site at The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2018.

Deadline: April 23rd

We are excited to announce the launch of Studio in the Park 2018 residency organized by ArtBuilt in partnership with New York City Parks, the Queens Museum, The Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), DreamYard, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Seward Park Conservancy, and Immigrant Social Services (ISSNYC). This residency opportunity will provide an artist or artist collective use of a 150 square foot mobile studio space, situated in a NYC public park, to carry out a community-engaged art project over the course of 6 weeks.

Artists are welcome to propose projects that align with their existing practice, and also demonstrate alignment with the issue areas below:

Project should serve the diverse immigrant communities that surround the park, which have become threatened by a climate of increasing xenophobia and shifting immigration enforcement. Preference will be given to projects that not only create a dignified and safe environment for immigrant families, but also involve creative forms of service provision or referral, immigrant rights and legal education, risk reduction, tools for emergency planning, and/or engage the general public in ways they can actively support immigrants’ human rights.

Project should address ways in which neighborhoods adjacent to park are changing in response to rising rents and property values.  How can existing communities respond to displacement of lower income residents by more affluent newcomers? As existing local businesses and amenities change to cater to new residents, who benefits? What rights do existing residents have to their communities? What obligations do newcomers have to their new communities? How can residents with decades of history in the neighborhood continue to shape local culture in the face of rapid change?

Project should connect with the (often varied) cultural traditions of communities surrounding the park. Who are local residents and where do they come from? Are their voices part of the local narrative? In a time when immigration has taken center stage, how can migrant communities express pride in their cultural practices? What role can artistic expression play in maintaining and preserving the cultural heritage – traditions, customs, legacy, foods,  language – of diverse cultural groups for future generations? How can an art project help foster cultural appreciation, community engagement, and neighborhood pride?

Artists are welcome to propose projects that align with their existing practice, but which also connect  to the local community in a real way. Examples might include: Relationships among and between different groups in the neighborhood; facilitating community dialogue through art-based strategies;  issues of connectivity (community connection); building intergenerational communication and learning. Artists should feel free to propose any project that meaningfully connects with the neighborhood.

The resident will be provided:

A mobile studio space for 4-6 weeks situated next to the artist’s assigned park. The light-filled mobile studio offers electricity, air conditioning, wi-fi (site dependent), and ample wall space.
A total stipend of $3000 inclusive of art materials
Support from ArtBuilt, Queens Museum, NYC Parks, and project partners for public engagement, event production and promotion.
The resident will commit to:


Artists who are working in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, multimedia, installation, public art, participatory art, socially-engaged art and arts-based research, performance-based visual expression, folk and traditional cultural practice.
Artists who are residents of New York City—from any of the five boroughs—and who have resided in the City for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Artists must reside in NYC during the entire residency period.

We will be hosting an information session for all interested applicants:

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 6:30–8:00 pm.
Facilitated by ArtBuilt, hosted by LMCC
125 Maiden Lane, 2nd Floor, New York 10038

Deadline: April 27th

The Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows program will begin accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Fellows class on Monday, March 12. DGF Fellows is a year-long development intensive led by esteemed writers Diana Son (Stop Kiss), Michael Korie (Grey Gardens), and Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde). Participants spend a year honing their craft while developing full-length pieces, culminating in an industry presentation at an Off-Broadway theater.

Application materials can only be submitted online, and will be found on the DFG website the morning of March 12th.

The full application will consist of:

• Excerpts from a play or musical in development. Please note that you must apply with excerpts from the show you would like to develop in the program.

• A cover letter responding to the following prompt: “Describe a time when you felt part of a community.”

• A letter of recommendation from a theater educator, mentor, collaborator or colleague. This is optional, however, DGF will require this of some applicants based on experience.

DGF encourages writers of all backgrounds to apply.

Musical theater writers may apply as individuals or in teams of up to three collaborators. Playwrights may only apply as individuals.

Admitted playwrights and musical theater writers will receive a stipend, and meet twice a month in NYC to share progress on their pieces and receive feedback from Program Chairs, guest artists, and the Fellows class.

Deadline: April 30th

Barrington Stage is proud to announce the creation of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award for an outstanding play in 2018. The winner will receive $25,000, with two runners-up receiving $5000 each. Submissions are blind, and must be accompanied by a brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer, or literary agent.

The play...
-must be new, unproduced full length play
-must be unpublished and not yet licensed
-must be free and not attached to any producers or directors
-must be able to be performed with 8 actors or less
-must be wholly original and not an adaptation or translations of existing foreign language plays
-must be a play that has not already been sent to Barrington Stage Company for consideration

The playwright...

-must be a U.S. resident
-must have a brief letter of endorsement from a professional theatre, commercial producer, or literary agent. Note: Each endorsing organization/person/agent can only endorse one play/
can only submit one play


A PDF of the script that does not include the author’s name, agent info, developmental/award history or year written anywhere within the script; please number all pages
A letter of endorsement
150 word bio of the writer
150 word synopsis of the play (that does not contain the writer's name)
150 word developmental history of the play, if any
Any special needs of the play (live animals, on-stage pool, 3 children, etc.)

Grand Prize (1 recipient)
-a developmental staged reading with a professional cast and director
-all travel and housing covered for the staged reading
-a possible full production at Barrington Stage Company
-Runner Up Prize (2 recipients)

$5,000 each
-developmental staged reading with a professional cast and director

If you have any questions about the award or the application, please e-mail Alyssa Anderson, Project Coordinator, at

Deadline: April 30th

The Coachella Review accepts original work that is vibrant, thoughtful, and precise. Whether your work is innovative or traditional, we strive to celebrate writing that holds readers in awe.

We publish two issues a year, in June and December. There are no deadlines; we welcome submissions throughout the year. Our response time is generally three to six months; simultaneous submissions are welcomed.

The Coachella Review uses Submittable. Please follow the link below to submit:

NONFICTION: We welcome creative nonfiction of all kinds. Submissions should not exceed 6,000 words. Please submit only Word documents.

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Deadline: May 1st

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.

The winning script will receive a $1000 cash prize, and the runner-up will receive a $500 cash prize. A staged reading of the award-winning scripts, or of selected scenes from those scripts, may be given at the annual NETC convention in the fall or on another occasion.

The contest is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences.

Plays submitted to the contest must not have been:

previously published

submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest

previously produced by a professional or Equity company.

Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.

Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced andmust not be under option for publication or professional production.

Playwrights may submit only one play to the contest in one year.

Submission Guidelines
Playwrights should email a copy of their script to Only manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.

Along with your script, please include:

a statement that the play will not have been published or professionally produced as of April 15, 2018, and that it is not under option for publication or professional production and will not be under such option as of April 15, 2018.

a list of the play’s workshop and non-professional productions, if any, and awards received, if any.

Deadline: May 15th

The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play. Winners will receive, in addition to a $45,000 prize, publishing options through Dramatists Play Services, a weeklong residency, and exposure through a national play reading series.

The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.

The winning playwright will have the option to have the winning play published by the Dramatists Play Service.

The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York. The author can elect to have a director, a dramaturg and actors join him or her while in residence on the farm.

The selected play will have a national roll-out through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, established to help bring to life and develop the winning play by presenting a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.

When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named.


-Play must be unproduced.

-Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.

-Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.

-One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.

-The author must be at least 21 years old.

**** ADDITIONAL CONTESTS (not originally included)****

Deadline: April 10th (normal deadline), May 1st (late deadline with larger fee)

Each year, the Academy Nicholl screenwriting competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters. To enter, submit a feature-length screenplay and entry fee via the online application when the competition is open for submissions. Fellowship winners are invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars and expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the Fellowship year.

Screenwriters who have not earned more than $25,000 writing fictional work for film or television.

Entry scripts must be the original work of one writer, or of two writers who collaborated equally, and must be written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible.

NEW FOR 2017: Full-time students at an accredited college/university are eligible for a discount on their entry fee in 2017. Indicate your status in the demographic section of your online application. The discount will be offered in the payment section.

Up to five $35,000 fellowships are awarded each year to promising new screenwriters. From the program’s inception in 1986 through 2016, $4.090 million has been awarded to 160 writers.

Up to five fellows in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition will be invited to participate in awards week ceremonies and seminars in November.

Fellowship recipients will be expected to complete at least one original feature film screenplay during the fellowship year.

Fellowship payments will be made quarterly subject to satisfactory progress of the recipient’s work, as judged by the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee.

The Academy reserves the right to grant no awards if, in the opinion of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee, no entry is of sufficient merit.

I AM SOUL RESIDENCY (National Black Theatre)
Deadline: May 1st
Website: I AM SOUL

 I AM SOUL recognizes one black playwright annually whose work demonstrates exceptional artistic merit and excellence in the field. Alongside NBT’s Theatre Arts Director, the selected playwright will develop a new play during the 18 month residency. The program will provide the playwright with a stipend [pending funding], administrative and dramaturgical support, in-house readings, one 29-hour workshop and a workshop production in NBT’s following season

 With I AM SOUL, NBT seeks to deepen the artistic relationship between black theatrical institutions and black playwrights, and to begin to re-establish black theatrical institutions as the foremost supporters and producers of new works created by black playwrights.

Deadline: year-around, but it takes 60-90 days for a response.

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation offers grants to production companies to offset expenses in producing theatrical works (plays, musicals, performance art, operas, choral works, orchestral works with text) and film or video. All works must be LGBTQ-themed and must be based on, or inspired by, history. See What Is Historical? for more information.

Grants may be used toward any aspect of a production. Grants do not exceed $1,500; the amount of each is decided on an individual basis.  When choosing which projects to fund, the foundation gives priority to new works and to productions aimed at creating new audiences for LGBTQ-themed performing-arts works. Please note: The foundation no longer supports revivals of plays by well-known LGBTQ playwrights.

Please be advised that the foundation is NOT a production company. Grantees are responsible for producing the works for which they receive grants.

Also, please note that the foundation makes production grants only to incorporated not-for-profit entities such as theatrical companies, film and video production organizations, and the like. If you are an individual not associated with a not-for-profit organization that will produce your work, you are not eligible for consideration for a production grant. If you or your group is not an incorporated not-for-profit but is affiliated with a not-for-profit that can act as your fiscal sponsor, please tell us the name of that organization and provide documentation of its 501(c)3 status.

Proposals may be submitted throughout the year; please allow 60 to 90 days for a response.

Deadline: April 20th

Engaging Artists is More Art’s fellowship program for NYC-based artists seeking to both develop and sustain their socially-engaged public art practice in collaboration with advocacy organizations, schools, coalitions, unions, groups of neighbors, or the public at large. We also highly encourage applications from artists whose work is participatory or follow traditions of interventionism but has not thus far involved cross-sector partnerships, elements of community organizing, and pedagogy.

The Fellowship is best suited to those looking to use the space of the program to develop a new project, a current project in its early stages, or a new phase of an existing project. The Fellowship is designed to support a cohort working on developing works from the research phase to public presentation. Along with professional development, mentorship, community engagement, and peer networking programs, fellows have the opportunity to apply for project support and funding for research, workshops, and staging public works.

This 1-year Fellowship provides an infrastructure and laboratory for NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history the field, incubate and present their work, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers in the field of public art. The program runs from June 2018- May 2019. Stipend of $1000 is normal and then additional funding for the project.

deadline: May 1st

There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths. The focus of this eight-month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and showrunners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed. The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television. Each participant will be teamed with an executive mentor.

A CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
Once a week, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting with various CBS showrunners and other industry professionals. Speakers include executive producers, agents, managers, development and current executives and showrunners. The purpose of these gatherings is for participants to gain a better understanding of how the business works from many different perspectives as well as creating the opportunity to make critical networking connections. Another important part of the Program is the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments. Each participant will have help in creating a rigorous career action plan and there will be on-going support in evaluating and achieving those goals. Another important benefit of the Program is the development of a close-knit peer support group that will sustain participants through the program and beyond. The CBS Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to understand the unwritten rules of breaking in and moving up. It is a combination of mentoring and networking opportunities. Program opportunities such as mentoring, workshops, and observing can be scheduled around participants’ existing work commitments. In order for a participant to get the most out of the Program a meaningful commitment of time and effort are required. It’s been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the Program, participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the eight-month Program.

The primary focus of The CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible.   All completed application materials must be received between March 1, 2018 and May 1, 2018. Any submissions received before March 1st or after May 1st, 2018 will not be considered. No hand delivered submissions will be accepted. Finalists will be notified in mid-September 2018 (or such later date as may be determined by CBS). The Program is scheduled to begin in October, 2018 and continues through April 1, 2019. CBS reserves the right to make adjustments to Program schedule.

Application Materials  ~
Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. A complete application packet includes:

Letter of Interest
Work Resume or Bio
Two (2) Writing Samples: one (1) half-hour or one-hour episodic spec script based on a current prime time television series which aired, or was released, during the 2017/2018 season on any network or cable channel, including Netflix, Hulu or Amazon and (1) original work of writing – (original pilot, stage play or short fiction story). Original material should match in tone the spec script.
A signed Submission Release form for the writing samples.
Please submit all documentation in PDF form.

Contact information must include an e-mail address for further communication from CBS. Applications cannot be processed until they are complete. Writing samples will not be returned.

Apply for the 2018 -2019 Writers Mentoring Program:

Deadline: May 1st

Ox-Bow’s Artist-in-Residence program, located in Saugatuck, MI, offers artists and writers the time, space, and community to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice. During the fall residents are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists.

At Ox-Bow, artists can enjoy 24-hour access to their studios, and an inspirational setting, free from the expectations of commercial and academic demands. During the fall season, Artists-in-Residence have the opportunity to work in studios not available during the summer session. The fall is an ideal time for writers to apply as there are studios dedicated specifically to them. It’s also a great time to propose group or collaborative work. The residency is open to all visual art disciplines and writers.

The residency provides:
• Studio (access to ceramic, printmaking, and painting studios—if you would like access to these facilities make sure this is clearly stated in your application)
• Private room
• Meals
• A community of engaged artists
• Opportunities to share work: slide presentations and/or readings

We are happy to announce that in 2016 Ox-Bow furthered its commitment to the needs of artists by no longer charging fees for the residency program (including application, room & board, and residency fees). All accepted residents are fully funded. Artists may apply for additional stipends to help pay for the cost of travel, supplies, and time away from work.

To find out more about Ox-Bow’s AIR program and to apply, visit our website:

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