Fade to Black


1.  You must be the sole African-American author of the submitted work.

2.  Playwright must publically and openly identify themselves as African-American, Black, or of the African diaspora.

3.  Previously published or produced work by the author or theatre/company is not allowed (See definitions below).

4.  Play must run no longer than 8-10 minutes long on stage. (Consider conducting an informal reading to ensure).

5.  Play should accommodate a “bare-stage” set requiring only a minimum of removable stage props and require basic lighting and sound cues.

6.  Play must not be a musical.

7.  Play must not be written for children or youth.

8.  Play must not contain characters that are under 17 years old.

9.  Play must not be a re-submission of previous Fade To Black play festival seasons.

10.   Play must not be considered a translation or adaptation.

11.   Play must not be a film. Screenplays will not be accepted.

12.   Play should be "stand-alone", a separate body of work that has not been extracted from a larger, previously written play.

13.   Author must be at least 18 years of age.

14.   Play must be submitted in a PDF format. 

"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.

"Published" - Your play is an officially published work and commands royalties from the producing theater each time it is performed.

Staged readings (formal or informal) 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.

PRIZE: $100


DEADLINE: April 1, 2019


INFO: Liberation Theatre Company (LTC) for our third year, is proud to announce Writing Residency Program 2019 – 2020 (supported by NYSCA and The Left Tilt Fund); 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 ten-month period, during which time they will each be required to complete a new full-length play. 

Beginning in May 2019, 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 a table reading 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 support, inspire, and assist playwrights in any way a small and dedicated company can. 

The Residency will conclude in February 2020 with public readings of each playwright’s finished play. Upon successful completion of the program, each playwright will receive an honorarium.  


To be considered for the Writing Residency Program all applicants must be a) residents of New York City at the time of participation (May 2019 – February 2020). b) Applicants must have written at least two full-length plays or three one-act plays. c) The applicant must not have received a production of any of their work that was more developed than a Showcase presentation under the Actors’ Equity Association production code.  

Application Submission Procedure

To be considered for the 2019 - 2020 Writing Residency Program, Liberation Theatre Company will only accept submissions via this online form. If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email:

The following materials must be uploaded and submitted in PDF or DOCX form. Make sure that all documents are properly labeled with your name. 

  1. Completed Online Application Form 

  2. Letter of Intent. This should be limited to 1,000 words and address all of the following points:

    • Your writing career thus far and where you feel you are in your creative and professional life.

    • Your career goals and how you will use the Residency to further those goals.

    • Briefly describe the play you will complete over the 10-month program. 

    • Why you feel ready for a rigorous residency such as this. 

    • Have you participated in a residency/fellowship before? If so, describe your experience.

    • Anything else you think may be relevant.

   3. A 10-page Work Sample that best represents you as a playwright
   4. The full script from which you selected your 10-page work sample
   5. Your playwriting resume (not a bio). Please include one personal or professional reference, with the person’s title or institutional affiliation, phone number and email address. (Referrer must be someone familiar with you and your work.)

DEADLINE: April 1, 2019


The Parsnip Ship

INFO: The Parsnip Ship is always looking for new plays and new voices and for Season Five, we are specifically looking for plays exclusively written by female-identifying playwrights. As we believe there are as many distinctive styles and voices as there are playwrights, we remain open to a wide range of plays that will engage audiences in an intimate setting and on a podcast format. We see our recordings as a fun collaborative effort among us, the playwright, the directors, musicians and the actors!

Before you send in your play for consideration, please either attend a live episode recording or take a listen to one of our episodes and read our FAQs on submissions. If you have any other questions or concerns, please email

DEADLINE: April 21, 2019


INFO: Bethany Arts Community offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works in progress. Bethany welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. Enjoy an environment where artists from different disciplines can work near each other, creating opportunities for cross-pollination.

Artists may apply for residencies of 1-4 weeks during the Fall session: September 15 - October 26

ELIGIBILITY: Successful applicants are typically mid-career or established artists. However, emerging artists who believe their work is of exceptional merit are eligible as well. We accept applications from individual artists and small groups of up to 4 members.

Bethany residencies come with two important requirements: 
(1) All residents must attend shared evening meals with their fellow artists. 
(2) All residencies must include a public component accessible to the outside community. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching a class/workshop, works-in-progress showing, exhibition, or other outreach or community engagement project. Bethany will work with you to schedule and craft your public component.
You must be at least 21 years old to apply. You may only apply to one subsidized residency program at BAC per year.

Applications are reviewed by a panel of staff and working artists.
All of BAC’s programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Bethany Arts Community consists of a 44,000 sq ft building situated on 25 verdant acres with both sprawling lawns, orchard, and wooded trails. The wooded trail includes numerous outdoor spaces suitable for developing works, presentation, or installations. The building includes dance studios, galleries, a former-chapel performance venue, and numerous nooks and crannies waiting to be activated by you!

Artists receive:
- comfortable housing in single dorms on BAC’s top floor (groups may be housed in dorms or shared apartments)
- 3 meals/day;
- assigned studio spaces, if desired; 
- access to BAC’s varied facilities;
- stipend of $150 per week per artist.

Residents will be responsible for the cost of travel, materials, and any additional labor needs.

Artists are also encouraged to consider ways to work in and with BAC’s expansive grounds and our diverse local community. Bethany is proud to be in a Town where over half the population are people of color and recent immigrants. 


·         Deadline: April 30, 2019

·         Notifications: May15, 2019



INFO: The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues. The residency is for artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists.

The Center has a strong interest in proposals that align with The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts to promote the well-being of humanity, particularly through issues that have a direct impact on the lives of poor and vulnerable populations around the world. These issues include but are not limited to health, economic opportunity, urban resilience, as well as food and agriculture.

To most effectively integrate the important voice of the arts throughout residency cohorts at the Bellagio Center, we are now holding one annual open call for residencies. The program will continue to welcome the same volume of high caliber artists to Bellagio, reinforcing the Foundation’s commitment to the arts and demonstrating its perspective that the arts are integral to the discourse around complex global challenges and critical to the well-being of humanity.

To further strengthen the reach of the program and ensure high geographic and disciplinary diversity among residents, we are also working with a range of new arts organizations to surface promising candidates. We have established outreach collaborations with four organizations: Khoj International Artists’ Association in Delhi, Fundacion Jumex in Mexico City, Africa Centre in Cape Town, and United States Artists in Chicago. These collaborations will extend our networks to attract a greater number of geographically diverse, highly distinguished artists working in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the United States. 

DEADLINE: May 1, 2019