Competition: Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights 2012

Yale University Press will soon be receiving entries for the Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights 2012.

In conjunction with the Yale Repertory Theatre, this major annual drama competition aims to support talented emerging playwrights from across the world. The winner of the competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript in the Yale Drama Series by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at the Yale Repertory Theatre.

The judge for 2011-2013 will be Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare. Author of such renowned plays as House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body, John Guare also won the Tony Award for ‘Best Book of a Musical’ for Two Gentlemen of Verona and wrote the book for the musical Sweet Smell of Success.

Previous winners of the award include John Austin Connolly’s The Boys from Siam (2007), Neil Wechsler’s Grenadine (2008) and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s Lidless (2009) which was also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All three of these plays can be found in the Yale Drama Series and are available to buy from Yale University Press.

Competition Rules

Lidless by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig won the Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights in 2009.

There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript:

1. This contest is restricted to plays in the English language, though submissions are accepted worldwide.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Submissions must be original, full-length plays. 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.

3. Plays that have had professional productions are not eligible.

4. 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 which lists the title of the play only; a list of characters; a list of acts and scenes; and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments.

5. Plays must be typed/word-processed, numbered and in standard professional play format. A brief biography may appear at the end of the manuscript, but is not required.

6. Do not bind or staple the manuscript.

7. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per each year.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040. Submissions for the 2012 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, and no later than August 15, 2011. 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 a stamped, self-addressed postcard. If you wish to be informed by June 2012 of the contest results, please include an email address on your title page.

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please visit Yale University Press’s American website or write to the New Haven office at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT


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