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Yale Drama Series: Award-Winners, Competition Rules and Submission Instructions

NEWS


2014 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Janine Nabersís  Serial Black Face

In her second year as judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman has announced the 2014 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

 

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ABOUT THE SERIES

The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading. The reading of the 2014 winning play will take place at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

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), and Marsha Norman (2013-2014). The judge for 2015-2016 is Nicholas Wright.

The Yale Drama Series is funded by generous support from the David Charles Horn Foundation.

Submissions for the 2015 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2014 and no later than August 15, 2014. See Competition Rules below for precise information regarding your entry.


PAST WINNERS

 


2013 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Jen Silverman's Still

In her first year as judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman has announced the 2013 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2012 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Clarence Coo's Beautiful Province

In his second year as judge, award-winning playwright John Guare has announced the
2012 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2011 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Shannon Murdoch's New Light Shine

For his first selection as judge, award-winning playwright John Guare has announced the
2011 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2010 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Virginia Grise's blu

In his second year as contest judge, playwright David Hare has announced the
2010 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2009 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless

Award-winning playwright David Hare has announced the
2009 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2008 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
Neil Wechsler's Grenadine

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee has announced the
2008 winner of The Yale Drama Series competition.

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2007 Winner of The Yale Drama Series competition:
John Austin Connolly’s The Boys from Siam

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee announced his selection for the first winner of The Yale Drama Series competition at a ceremony held in the Lincoln Center on Thursday, April 26.

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John Austin Connolly, in attendance at the ceremony, is an Irish citizen and retired clinical psychologist who resides in Dublin.  The Boys from Siam was selected by Edward Albee from more than 500 submissions.  The play is based loosely on the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), the original so-called “Siamese twins” joined at the sternum.  Much of the action of the play takes place on the day of the twins’ deaths. In addition, Edward Albee announced that The Secret Agenda of Trees, by Colin McKenna, and Open Rehearsal, by Lazarre Seymour Simckes, had been chosen as runners up for the 2007 competition.

As the winner of the 2007 competition, John Austin Connolly was awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of The Boys from Siam by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep.


RULES AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2015 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series' current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

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

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. 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. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. 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.

5. Plays may not be under option or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.

6. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format.

7. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.

8. 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. 

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS:

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2015 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2014 and no later than August 15, 2014.

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. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.

HARDCOPY SUBMISSIONS:

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges applicants to submit their scripts electronically, but if that is impossible, we will accept hardcopies.

Submissions for the 2015 competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2014 and no later than August 15, 2014.

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), page count, and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; and 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. A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

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 a stamped, self-addressed postcard.

Send the manuscript to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

CONTACT US

For more information regarding the Yale Drama Series please write to us at:

Yale Drama Series
P.O. Box 209040
New Haven, CT
06520-9040

or email us at yaledramaseries@yale.edu