Deadline: August 15, 2020
Applications are invited for the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition 2021. The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The Yale Drama Series is funded by generous support from the David Charles Horn Foundation.
Winners are chosen by the preeminent playwrights of our time. Edward Albee served as the Series’ inaugural judge (2007-2008), followed by Sir David Hare (2009-2010), John Guare (2011-2012), Marsha Norman (2013-2014), Nicholas Wright (2015-2017), and Ayad Akhtar (2018-2019). Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel will serve as judge for the upcoming 2021 and 2022 competitions.
The winner of this annual competition will be awarded
- The David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000
- Publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and
- A staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.
- This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
- Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.
- The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
- Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
- Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
- Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
- Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in the Professional Play Format.
- The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
- The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.
The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, they will accept hardcopies.
- If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript.
- The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title
- A 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
- Enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.
- If you are submitting a hard copy of your play, the manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), and page count;
- A second title page that lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
- Please include a brief biography at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page.
- Do not bind or staple the manuscript.
- Do not send the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be returned after the competition. If you wish receipt of your manuscript to be acknowledged, please include an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
For more information, visit Yale Drama Series Competition.