The submission period for the Prize for Women Playwrights is November 1 - 30, 2018, at this LINK. The Kentucky Women Writers Conference awards a biennial Prize for Women Playwrights to bring more scripts by women to the stage, through a collaboration among our program, partnering director Eric Seale, and a guest judge tba. The winner receives a world premier production for a paying audience in November 2019, with royalties, plus a cash prize of $500. The winning script may be workshopped prior to its production. If you would like to receive our bi-monthly listserv with updates about this contest and our other programming, please send your request to email@example.com.
Producer and Director
Eric Seale, artistic managing director of Central Kentucky Community Theatre in Springfield, KY, and former director of Actors Guild of Lexington, will independently produce and direct the winning script. You can read more about Eric here and here.
The competition is open to all women playwrights living anywhere on Planet Earth. There are no restrictions on age, experience, or residence. Co-authored scripts are eligible if at least 50 percent of co-authors are female.
One-act or full-length scripts in English, with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, that have not been published or commercially produced as of the entry deadline or before the release of the KWWC production. We are seeking a new play that can be produced as a world premiere. Many kinds of preliminary productions, even those charging admission, do not disqualify your script, including:
an Equity or other showcase
a workshop production
a script-in-hand staged reading
a student lab performance
We place no limitations on subject matter. Scripts may be based on factual events, purely fictional, or adaptations. We are not seeking musicals or children's plays.To ensure an equitable judging process, please submit only a "blind" script, with all personal identifying information removed. Limitations:
Reading time must be in the range of 45-90 minutes.
Casts must be limited to 8 actors (1 actor may play multiple roles).
The production will be in a small theater. Set, lighting, sound, costume, and prop requirements should be kept to a minimum.
Deadline and Timeline
Entries must be electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2018
Winner will be posted on our Web site in January 2019
Winning script may be workshopped.
Production will occur in November 2018 in Lexington, KY, venue tba.
Judging Process and Criteria
All entries will be screened by KWWC staff for completeness and adherence to contest guidelines. Judging will consist of two rounds. In round 1, a diverse panel of theater professionals and educators will choose 5-10 finalists. In round 2 a guest judge will choose 1 winner. Judging will be guided by literary merit and theatrical potential.
News from the 2017 prize
April 15, 2018 — Former Prize for Women Playwrights judge Martyna Majok has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play, "Cost of Living." Of this work, the Pulitzer committee wrote, "An honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver." The play debuted Off-Broadway through Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2017 following a world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival and was developed during Mayok's 2015-16 PoNY Fellowship at The Lark in Minneapolis and through the Rita Goldberg Playwrights' Workshop and Roundtable programs.
Thanks to everyone who submitted to our biennial Prize for Women Playwrights during the most recent submission period of December 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017. We received over 180 scripts from around the world. These were reviewed and finalists selected by a panel of Lexington-area theater professionals: Alana Ghent, Robin Kunkel, Debbie Sharp, Eric Seale, and Jessica York. Guest judge Martyna Majok chose Timeless: A Scientific Comedy by Raegan Payne as the winner, and Eric Seale and Jessica York co-produced the world premiere production on Nov. 2-4, 2017.