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.
If you are aware of any other opportunities not listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll endeavour to update the page as soon as possible.
|Date Due||Name of Opportunity||Type of work||Details|
|Ongoing, until funding exhausted||Quick Response Arts Grants||Support for online content or development of new work||Up to $4000 available for various creatives to assist during COVID19. Victoria, Australia only.|
|Weekly, every Wednesday||Slackline Productions’ Cyber Stories||Submit short monologue or short two-hander for filming on youtube||Female-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 1st||Acadiana Repertory Theatre Submissions||Submit full length plays for 2021 season||Plays with no production history, never published can be submitted for the 2021 season, Louisiana, USA. No pay or prize. Worldwide submissions.*|
|April 1st||Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize||Submit proposal for a play||Theme: Forgiveness and Retribution. Proposal for a play no longer than 45 minutes. Winner receives rehearsed reading and £3000. London, UK, worldwide submissions.*|
|April 1st||Fade to Black Play Festival||Submit 10 minute plays for festival||Selected 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 3rd||Artplay New Ideas Lab||Propose new project for children and families||Payment $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 4th||Breakwater Theatre Connected 2020||Submit a filmed monologue under 10 minutes||Write and film a monologue – must have been written after March 18th 2020. Family friendly content. £100 prize. UK. Worldwide submissions.*|
|April 7th||Arts & 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 10th||Artists’ Exchange One Act Play Festival||Submit 10-20 minute plays for festival||Competition for short plays, winners presented at the One Act Play Festival, Rhode Island, USA. No prize money. World wide submissions.*|
|April 12th||Open Space Arts Summer Festival||Submit 15-20 minute plays for festival||Theme: Wonderlust/Wanderlust. Short, family-friendly plays that can be performed outside. No prize. Maryland, USA. Worldwide submissions.*|
|Community Strengthening Grants||Creative Community – Arts and Culture Grants||Funding up to $10,000 for a community project – Boroondara Council residents.|
|April 14th||Fuse Darebin Funding||Grant to develop new work||Funding 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-out||Pitch 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 15th||First People’s Investment Program||Grant 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 15th||Gi60 One minute play festival||Submit one minute play for festival||Winners presented at One minute play festival, NY, USA. No prize money. Worldwide submissions.*|
|Apri 15th||John Gassner Memorial Playwrights Award||Submit full length plays for staged reading||Staged reading given to winner(s). Plays must not have been published or produced before. Connecticut, USA. Worldwide submissions.*|
|April 15th||Stonecoast Review||Submit up to 12 pages for publication in journal||Theme: Superstition. Work must not have been published previously. Selected contributors will receive a copy of Stonecoast journal as prize. Maine, USA. Worldwide submissions.*|
|April 15th||Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund||Travel grant for writing purposes||$2000-$10,000 grant to support various artists/literary workers to undertake travel. Writers Victoria, Australia-wide submissions.|
|COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund Grants Program||Grant for a project that responds to COVID-19||Up 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 17th||Creative Communities – professional development stream for individuals||Grant to attend an event||Up to $1000 to attend a professional development opportunity. Only permanent residents of Greater Geelong Municipality.|
|Application for Yirramboi Festival||Submit expression of interest for festival||Commission provides support to First Nations artists to create new work. Must be based in Victoria.|
|In One Act 2020||5-stage writing program and performance||Free playwriting development opportunity. Held both online, and in person (when possible). Victorian based playwrights only.|
|April 30th||Playmakers Repertory Company||Submit full length for future consideration||Blind submissions of unproduced, full length work for an intergenerational theatre company. North Carolina, USA. Worldwide submissions.*|
|April 30th||Carlo Annoni Prize||Competition – Any length play/musical||Plays 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 1st||Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award 2020||Submit a full-length play for a young audience||Submit unpublished and unproduced plays for a young audience. Winners receive staged reading. No musicals, no scripts for adults. USA. Worldwide submission.*|
|May 3rd||Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards||Submit a script under 30 pages||For unpublished writers only, including playwrights with performed work. Prize is up to $12,000. Victorian residents only.|
|May 12th||Nylon Fusion Theatre Company Short Play Festival||Submit 10 minute play for future production||Submit 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 date||Isoplaytion||Submit 15 minute plays for publication on website||Submit 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.