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Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition in USA 2022

Yale University Press is taking applications from eligible candidates for the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition for Emerging Playwrights in 2022.

The Yale Drama Series is requesting submissions for its 2022 playwriting contest.

Worth of Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition

The recipient of the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition will

  • be granted the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000,
  • publishing of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and
  • a staged reading or virtual presentation.
  • However, the prize and publication are dependent on the playwright’s consenting to the terms of the publication agreement.

Eligibility for Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition

  • Global submissions are taken, however, this competition is limited to plays written in the English language.
  • Submissions have to be unpublished, original full-length plays, with at least 65 pages. Plays not up to 65 pages will not be given consideration. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not acceptable.
  • Playwrights may win the contest only one time.
  • They may hand in only one manuscript each year and only manuscripts authored by one playwright are qualified.
  • Plays that have been professionally published or produced are not qualified. Also, plays that have had a seminar, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be accepted.
  • Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the period of submission.
  • Plays have to be typed/word-processed and with page numbers.

Very Important

  • The Yale Drama Series retains the right to not accept any manuscript for any reason.
  • The Yale Drama Series retains the right of the judge to not select a recipient for any given year of the contest and retains the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the contest, and on the basis of the accomplishments of the author.

How to Apply for Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition

The Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition strongly recommends electronic submission. By electronically handing in your script, you will obtain immediate affirmation of your successful submission and the ability to monitor the status of your entry.

If you are handing in your play by electronic means for the Yale Drama Series Playwriting Competition, please

  • Leave out your name and contact details from your manuscript and submission file name.
  • The manuscript has to start with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote explanation of the play,
  • a list of characters, and
  • a list of acts and scenes.

Please enter the

  • title of your play,
  • your name and contact details (comprising address, phone number, and email address), and
  • a brief profile where stated in the electronic submission form.
  • If you would like to hand in an electronic copy of your manuscript, please visit: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

If you are handing in a hard copy of your play, the manuscript has to start with

  • a title page that displays the play’s title and candidate’s name,
  • address, telephone number,
  • e-mail address (if you have one), and page count;
  • a second title page that displays the title of the play only,
  • a 2-3 sentence keynote explanation of the play,
  • a list of characters, and
  • a list of acts and scenes.
  • Please add a brief profile at the end of the manuscript, on another page.

Very Important

  • Do not fasten or staple the manuscript.
  • Do not submit the only copy of your work. Manuscripts cannot be sent back after the contest. If you wish to receive submission confirmation of your manuscript, please add an email address on the title page or a stamped, self-addressed postcard.
  • Mail the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

Application Deadline

Electronic submissions for the 2022 contest have to be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2021, and no later than August 15, 2021.

  • The submission window ends at midnight EST.

Visit here for more information and to apply

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