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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Ruby Prize

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Southern Rep is pleased to announce that it will accept submissions for The Ruby Prize, effective immediately. The $10,000 annual award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work expands the reach of American theatre in the face of formidable obstacles.

In partnership with Hedgebrook, winners will receive a ten-day writer’s residency in addition to a cash prize.

This program is a part of Southern Rep’s ongoing effort to develop new American plays, support a diverse community of artists, and incite meaningful dialogue within the community.
$10,000 prize
A development workshop during Southern Rep’s 2015 New Play Bacchanal
A sponsored trip to New York, including round-trip air and lodging accommodations, to continue development of the play and introduce the new work to a larger audience
A ten-day writing residency at Hedgebrook. Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers. Through innovative public programs, Hedgebrook enables women’s work to enrich the global community by diversity: of culture nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations
Two finalists will be selected to have their works read at Southern Rep’s 2015 New Play Bacchanal in New Orleans.

The contest will be open to US citizens who self-identify as women of color, and may be either emerging or established playwrights.
Southern Rep’s in-house readers will review and evaluate scripts, selecting finalists that will be move into the next round of judging. The final panel consists of national and local theatre artists as well as Southern Rep’s Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.
Plays must be full-length, and written by a single author. We will not accept collaborative scripts, translations, musicals, one-acts, or any play previously submitted to Southern Rep’s Ruby Prize.
Plays that have had a professional production, or have been written under a commission, are not eligible for submission. Plays that have received a development workshop, readings, or nonprofessional production are eligible. “Professional production” shall be defined as a production with paid actors and had an official press opening.
If selected as a Prize Winner or Finalist, playwright agrees that Southern Rep may include the play in an annual Ruby Prize publication. The publication will not require any exclusive rights for printing.
Only one submission per playwright is allowed.
The top prize includes round-trip airfare and lodging accommodations to New York city, and lodging accommodations at Hedgebrook (airfare to Hedgebrook not included). The finalists will receive round-trip air and lodging accommodations to attend the award ceremony, there is no other cash award associated with the selection of finalists.

Each submission must include a synopsis, character breakdown, brief playwright bio, and history of the play’s development if applicable.
Each submission must also include a title page containing the playwright’s name, address, and contact information. This information may ONLY appear on the title page.
Plays must be submitted by email, as a single attached document, in PDF format to theruby@southernrep.com.
Please name files as “Last Name, First Name, Title of Play” Ex: “Lee, Kimber, brownsville song”.
Hard copies of scripts will not be accepted.
Due to anticipated number of submissions, we regret that individual feedback will not be available to submitting playwrights.
Materials must be received by November 25 for consideration for The 2015 Ruby Prize.

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