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Moxie Arts

Moxie Incubator development program seeks submissions

The Moxie Incubator is a season-long accelerated development program for new, unproduced plays. The Incubator Cohort will be made up of 3 playwrights, 3 directors, and 3 line producers - in alignment with Moxie's mission, we will select work by artists of historically-excluded genders for this program. All participating artists are paid a stipend for every round of the Incubator process.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights, but specifically seeking new and unproduced plays. If selected, playwrights must be able to be physically present in New York City for the final round of the Moxie Incubator in summer 2023.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 7 / 2022

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American Antiquarian Society (Worcester | MA)

Fellowships available for Creative & Performing Artists & Writers

The American Antiquarian Society offers visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history, literature, and culture. Successful applicants are those whose work is for the general public rather than for academic or educational audiences.
Fee: 
No fee
Restrictions: 
Open to all playwrights
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 5 / 2022

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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival (New Orleans | LA)

Seeking on-act plays for the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is a five-day event held each spring in New Orleans' historic French Quarter that attracts participants from around the world. We are currently seeking one-act scripts (due 10/1), poetry (due 10/15), fiction (due 10/1), and very short fiction (due 10/15).
Fee: 
$25 per entry per category
Restrictions: 
This contest is for emerging and/or previously unpublished playwrights.
Submission Method: 
Online
Deadline: 
10 / 1 / 2022

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Empowering Playwrights one Pixel at a Time: How Online Resources Can Fuel Your Playwriting Interests

What if you want to write a play? Where to start? And what if you have a few plays? What to do with them? And what if you want to learn more skills as a writer? Where to go next? If you’re here, you probably already have some ideas. But member to member, I’ll offer some tips and tricks, in what has become a daily habit: Read, Write, Send and Find. Let’s go!

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Exploring Character Through Environment

Environment dictates more than we give it credit for in our writing. Give environment its due and follow your impulses to explore all facets of your character. Hopefully, the result will be characters that feel molded from the earth they grew up in. In this article, readers are taken through a three-part exercise to explore how environment dictates character and character dictates environment. 

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The Playwright & Biography

Arguably, some of the most successful American plays are gripped by biography. So, how do we shape elements of biography into dramatic works?

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