Black Girlz Productions

INFO: Black Girlz Productions presents Love Letters to the Black Man. The event will be curated by Shaneisha Dodson. We are currently seeking global submissions.This is non-paid. Writers will get credit for their work. Send monologues or an open letter to a black male. Word count max 350 words. Send submissions to Selected monologues will be read at a live event.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2019


Autry Museum of the American West

INFO: Native Voices accepts submissions of full-length plays (60+ pages) by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nations playwrights addressing all themes and topics - ALL YEAR LONG.

The Retreat and Festival bring artists to Los Angeles to work on 3–5 plays through a rigorous directorial and dramaturgical commitment for 10 days in May/June. The retreat culminates in public presentations of the plays at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Selected playwrights receive directorial and dramaturgical support as well as an honorarium; out-of-town artists receive roundtrip airfare plus lodging in Southern California.

Full-length plays (60+ pages) will be read and evaluated. A select number of playwrights will be invited to submit formal proposals detailing their developmental goals should their play be chosen for the shortlist. Scripts will then be sent to a committee of nationally recognized theatre artists for further evaluation. With their help, Native Voices selects up to five plays for the Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays. Playwrights will be notified in January 2020.

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019


2020-21 Playwrights’ Group

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts 

INFO: The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company is opening the application process for Year 2 of the Playwrights’ Group, a writing circle for Colorado-based playwrights. The four selected playwrights will receive a stipend of $2,500 and join the Group for a one-year term. Each playwright will also receive two table-reads as part of the process. To apply for membership in the Playwrights’ Group, please carefully read the guidelines listed below, fill out the required fields and upload your writing sample and letter of intent at the bottom of this page. We will send you a confirmation email to verify that we have received your application.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019

The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative

Illinois State University

INFO: The Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative welcomes submissions for full-length, unproduced plays by playwrights of color in accordance with the mission statement of the Crossroads Project (see below). A diverse panel of judges comprising faculty members and students will select one playwright as the winner of the contest.

The winning playwright will receive:

  • An award of $500.

  • An invitation to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, IL for a one-week new play development workshop, culminating in a public staged reading. The playwright may also be invited to offer guest lectures/colloquia. The Crossroads Project will cover costs for travel, housing, and meals during the workshop.

To be eligible to win the contest, a playwright must be available for a one-week workshop in late March 2020 (exact dates TBD). The playwright must also be residing in the United States in the spring of 2020.

DEADLINE: August 15, 2019


Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop

INFO: Melanated Mondays, a workshop variety theatrical experience followed by a roundtable discussion, is a monthly event that brings the Black experience to a theme. August's theme is "Climate Change."

Black Revolutionary Theatre workshop is happy to invite playwrights to submit short (no more than 10-15 minutes) pieces featuring an all-Black cast on the theme of climate change. August's event has up to 3 slots available to emerging playwrights and will provide a small honorarium to selected participants.

Submit your piece with an artist bio and link to your website (if available) by emailing today.