The Playwrights Realm

INFO: The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship Program awards four early-career playwrights with nine months of resources, workshops and feedback designed to help them reach their professional and artistic goals. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play. Monthly group meetings provide a collaborative, energizing space for writers to share and refine their work. One-on-one meetings with The Realm's artistic staff support each writer's specific artistic process. Fellows work with a director, design consultants, and actors over the course of two readings to see their work come to life. Professional development resources are also an integral part of the program and are tailored to the individual group of Writing Fellows. Mentor opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional seminars are designed to shed light on the business of theatre, and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own careers. The culminating event of the program is our INK’D Festival, which features a public reading of each Fellow's play.


  • $3,000 Award
  • Internal reading
  • Public reading
  • Professional development activities
  • Access to Realm office resources
  • An occasional hug

DEADLINE: March 4, 2018



Lark Theatre

INFO: Playwrights’ Week, The Lark’s Open Access Program, seeks to provide development opportunities for new and diverse voices for the theater by identifying and advancing promising plays that reveal unheard and vital perspectives. This submissions program allows The Lark to serve a wide range of playwrights through a multistage selection process with an emphasis on inclusion and advocacy.   

Our support criteria emphasizes ambitious, fresh, playful, engaging, energizing, provocative, powerful, and theatrical work by writers with clear artistic goals who are open to a collaborative development process.

Writers selected for Playwrights’ Week are provided with ten hours of rehearsal and a public staged reading to address self-defined developmental goals for their plays, as well as opportunities to engage with fellow participants in a peer-based community of support and conversation.

A complete submission is composed of two parts:

  • A completed application form.
  • A full-length script, with your name or any identifying information removed as we are committed to an anonymous initial review.

DEADLINE: March 30, 2018



 INFO: Fade to Black Play Festival seeks original, 10-minute plays not previously produced, and written by an African American playwright.  Only three (3) scripts submissions are allowed per playwright.

AWARD: One grand prize winner will be chosen by audience vote and awarded a cash prize. 


DEADLINE: April 1, 2018