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Alberta Playwrights' Network
APN exists to nurture Alberta playwrights and provide support for the development of their plays. We offer a variety of dramaturgical services, workshops, competitions and special events to our members and the general public.

Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights is actively planned and organized throughout the year. New Plays are submitted by April for consideration for the current yearís Festival. The Jury makes final selections in May.

Big Break - A Final Draft Contest
Big Break is an annual, global screenwriting contest designed to support emerging creative talent. Big Break rewards screenwriters with cash, prizes and A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

Bottle Tree Productions
Bottle Tree Productions's One Act Play Competition for Writers has a first prize of $1000. Entry fee $25. Email and snail mail submissions. Previously produced o.k.

Emerging Playwright Award
Established in 1986, Urban Stages' EMERGING PLAYWRIGHT AWARD has been presented to the best of new, innovative playwrights whose works speak to the whole of our society. Urban Stages' on-going mission is to develop and produce new, exciting multi-cultural works that are issue-oriented.

Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition
Unproduced plays by Georgia residents are eligible; there are no restrictions as to style, subject matter or length (though preference is given to plays with a running time of at least an hour). The winning playwright will receive a cash prize of $500, and the play will be given a full production as part of the 2009 Power Plays Festival.

Festival of New American Plays
The Festival of New American Plays began in 2002 as a way to encourage and incubate new plays by established and emerging playwrights in the USA. It has become a grass-roots event with substantial involvement from the community, as hundreds of scripts submitted from all over the country are read by volunteer readers from the area. Each script is read twice (more if it needs a tiebreaker), and scripts with "two thumbs up" are passed on to our expert panel of judges, who then pick two finalists for a four-night showdown at the festival. Members of the festival audience who have seen staged readings of both finalists' works cast a vote for their favorite, and the winner of the festival is chosen by the public! Festival winners receive cash prizes.

New England Theatre Conference
The New England Theatre Conference promotes excellence in theatre for our region, and supports quality theatre and performance in all of its diversity. Check this site for several playwriting awards.

Pioneer Drama Service
One of the largest full-service play publishing and licensing companies operating in the United States. All submitted plays must be unpublished and should be accompanied by proof of production.

Playwrights Project
The Mission of Playwrights Project is to promote literacy, creativity, and communication through drama-based activities, with an emphasis on inspiring youth and seniors.

Playwrights Theatre Centre
Playwrights Theatre Centre (PTC) is a Vancouver based new play development centre dedicated to the encouragement and expression of the Canadian voice on the stage.

Promising Playwright Contest
The purpose for this contest is to promote the craft of playwrighting. The contest and award was created in 1973. The winning play will receive a $1000 cash prize plus a weekend workshop and public reading in Annapolis, MD in the calendar year of the award.

Stage Affair
A website offering resources on writing for theater, including a free e-book on the subject.

The Canada Council for the Arts Theatre Section
Grants, programs and prizes for Canadian playwrights

The Playwrights Foundation
Founded in 1976, Playwrights Foundation is dedicated to discovering and supporting local and national American playwrights across a broad spectrum of artistic and career positions. The Playwrights foundations initiated the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and offers year-round programs for playwrights at all levels of career and artistic development, from students to established professionals.