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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2017 Prize: Submissions Now Open

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We are pleased to announce that submissions for the 2017 Milken Playwriting Prize are now open. Starting this year, both produced and unproduced plays written in the past two years will be accepted. Please review the Submission Policy below and submit your play by Thursday, September 15, 2016.

What is the Milken Playwriting Prize?

The Milken Playwriting Prize is a biennial theatre prize for plays that are written for teen actors to perform. The prize is $2,000, with a play development process culminating in a full production at Milken Community Schools. The goal is to encourage skilled playwrights and authors to write extraordinary plays that are suited to teen actors: shorter plays with large casts and more roles for females. Most playwrights today are focused on writing small cast shows for theatres, even though many opportunities exist for larger high school productions throughout the English-speaking world. The Milken Playwriting Prize winner will be widely publicized.

Submission Policy
  • Professional playwrights and authors are especially encouraged to submit. There is no fee and produced plays are now also accepted. Plays must:
  • Be written for teens to perform. This does not mean roles must be teenagers.
  • Have a cast size greater than 10 actors, not 10 roles.
  • Have a majority of female roles (both major roles and total roles).
  • Be between 40 and 100 minutes in length.
  • Be plays, not musicals, adaptations, or screenplays.
  • Be nominated by agents, theatres, major play publishing companies, college theatre professors, and recognized regional playwright organizations. NOTE: Plays that are not nominated can still be submitted online with a query letter, brief synopsis, and the full script. Nominations are strongly preferred.
  • Be uploaded as a PDF, in standard stage play format, with information identifying the playwright ONLY on the script’s title page.
  • Use the "Submit Your Play" button on this page.
  • Only one (1) submission per playwright.

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