Victorian Playwriting Opportunities – April

A list of competitions, grants, developments and general opportunities open to Victorian (Australian) playwrights; all due in April and early May 2020.

It is possible that due to COVID-19, and the closure of many arts-related activities around the world, that some of these opportunities may no longer be current. Please check carefully before submitting.

Please note that I will not post any opportunity that requires playwrights to pay a fee. This policy is shared by other playwriting circles, including NYC Playwrights.

If you are aware of any other opportunities not listed here, please contact samanthahill.writes@gmail.com, and I’ll endeavour to update the page as soon as possible.

Date DueName of OpportunityType of workDetails
Ongoing, until funding exhaustedQuick Response Arts GrantsSupport for online content or development of new workUp to $4000 available for various creatives to assist during COVID19. Victoria, Australia only.
Weekly, every WednesdaySlackline Productions’ Cyber StoriesSubmit short monologue or short two-hander for filming on youtubeFemale-identifying playwrights only, featuring a character over 35 who also identifies as female. Winner chosen every week, filmed, and put up on youtube channel. UK. Worldwide submissions.*
April 1stAcadiana Repertory Theatre SubmissionsSubmit full length plays for 2021 seasonPlays with no production history, never published can be submitted for the 2021 season, Louisiana, USA. No pay or prize. Worldwide submissions.*
April 1stAlpine Fellowship Theatre PrizeSubmit proposal for a playTheme: Forgiveness and Retribution. Proposal for a play no longer than 45 minutes. Winner receives rehearsed reading and £3000. London, UK, worldwide submissions.*
April 1stFade to Black Play FestivalSubmit 10 minute plays for festivalSelected winners receive US$100, inclusion in play festival. Playwright must identify as African-American, Black or of the African diaspora. Plays must not have been produced or published. Texas, USA. Worldwide submissions.*
April 3rdArtplay New Ideas LabPropose new project for children and familiesPayment $10,000 to $20,000 for delivering project in conjunction with children (co-creators) in response to ‘climate emergency.’ Must be in Melbourne, Victoria for workshopping/development/presentation process.
April 4thBreakwater Theatre Connected 2020Submit a filmed monologue under 10 minutesWrite and film a monologue – must have been written after March 18th 2020. Family friendly content. £100 prize. UK. Worldwide submissions.*
April 7thArts & Disability Mentoring Initiative (Oz Council for the Arts)Grant for collaboration/ mentoring on specific project$30,000 grant for artists with a disability, used to mentor, develop artistic practice. Australia wide.
April 10thArtists’ Exchange One Act Play FestivalSubmit 10-20 minute plays for festivalCompetition for short plays, winners presented at the One Act Play Festival, Rhode Island, USA. No prize money. World wide submissions.*
April 12thOpen Space Arts Summer FestivalSubmit 15-20 minute plays for festivalTheme: Wonderlust/Wanderlust. Short, family-friendly plays that can be performed outside. No prize. Maryland, USA. Worldwide submissions.*
April 13th
*Recently Added*
Community Strengthening GrantsCreative Community – Arts and Culture GrantsFunding up to $10,000 for a community project – Boroondara Council residents.
April 14thFuse Darebin FundingGrant to develop new workFunding up to $20,000 to develop and present new work. Could be remote/virtual/documented presentation, rather than a public gathering. For Darebin Council-based artists and community organisations.
‘Mid-April’City of Literature Office Call-outPitch a new creative work for online publication$300 payment for accepted pieces. Only for artists who have lost work due to COVID19, currently residing in Victoria, Australia.
April 15thFirst People’s Investment ProgramGrant to develop skills or create new work$1000-$20,000 grant for First Peoples of Australia in a variety of artistic streams. Victoria, Australia only.
April 15thGi60 One minute play festivalSubmit one minute play for festivalWinners presented at One minute play festival, NY, USA. No prize money. Worldwide submissions.*
Apri 15thJohn Gassner Memorial Playwrights AwardSubmit full length plays for staged readingStaged reading given to winner(s). Plays must not have been published or produced before. Connecticut, USA. Worldwide submissions.*
April 15thStonecoast ReviewSubmit up to 12 pages for publication in journalTheme: Superstition. Work must not have been published previously. Selected contributors will receive a copy of Stonecoast journal as prize. Maine, USA. Worldwide submissions.*
April 15thNeilma Sidney Literary Travel FundTravel grant for writing purposes$2000-$10,000 grant to support various artists/literary workers to undertake travel. Writers Victoria, Australia-wide submissions.
April 16th
*Recently added*
COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Grants ProgramGrant for a project that responds to COVID-19Up to $1500 for projects that respond to the crisis and involve members of the community. Open to people who live/work/study/volunteer in Darebin, Moreland or Yarra council areas.
April 17thCreative Communities – professional development stream for individualsGrant to attend an eventUp to $1000 to attend a professional development opportunity. Only permanent residents of Greater Geelong Municipality.
April 27th
*Recently added*
Application for Yirramboi FestivalSubmit expression of interest for festivalCommission provides support to First Nations artists to create new work. Must be based in Victoria.
April 30th
*Recently added*
In One Act 20205-stage writing program and performanceFree playwriting development opportunity. Held both online, and in person (when possible). Victorian based playwrights only.
April 30thPlaymakers Repertory CompanySubmit full length for future considerationBlind submissions of unproduced, full length work for an intergenerational theatre company. North Carolina, USA. Worldwide submissions.*
April 30thCarlo Annoni PrizeCompetition – Any length play/musicalPlays on any topic affecting the LGBTQ+ community, and the promotion of diversity in love, society, politics and culture. 1000 Euro prize. Milan, Italy. Worldwide submissions.*
May 1stAurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award 2020Submit a full-length play for a young audienceSubmit unpublished and unproduced plays for a young audience. Winners receive staged reading. No musicals, no scripts for adults. USA. Worldwide submission.*
May 3rdLord Mayor’s Creative Writing AwardsSubmit a script under 30 pagesFor unpublished writers only, including playwrights with performed work. Prize is up to $12,000. Victorian residents only.
May 12thNylon Fusion Theatre Company Short Play FestivalSubmit 10 minute play for future productionSubmit a play about 10 minutes on the theme Retrospect: the worst of times. Will be produced in future (no further details given, no prize mentioned). USA/UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
No end dateIsoplaytionSubmit 15 minute plays for publication on websiteSubmit 15 minute plays responding to COVID19 to be published on Josef Weinberger Plays website. No other prize, plays will be published frequently. UK. Worldwide submissions.*

*Please note that some international opportunities do not provide clear guidelines around which countries they accept submissions from. If in doubt, please contact them directly.

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