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Monday, January 21, 2019

The Bridge Award

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AITAF is thrilled to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Tony Kushner will be the Final Selecting Judge for the 2019 Bridge Award!

Submissions opened on December 1st 2018 and will close on February 1st 2019.

The Bridge Award was established in honor of our tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.


  • Author must currently serve or have served in the United States military. All selected finalists will be required to provide proof of service.
  • All submissions must be full-length, completed plays.
  • Musicals, screenplays, or one-act plays are ineligible.
  • All submissions must be unpublished.
  • The submitted play may not have received a professional, reviewed production.
  • The submitted play may address any subject matter or theme; military settings or content are not given any extra consideration.
  • Each author may submit one play per year; multiple submissions are not allowed.
  • Once a play has been submitted, no further revisions or new drafts may be entered.
  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.
  • Submission Guidelines
  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2018 through February 1st 2019.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.

CONTACT US: If you have any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Competition, please contact Host through the “Contact Us” page on Host’s website, https://aitaf.org/contact/, or by mail at 220 36th Street, B520, Unit 21, Brooklyn, NY 11232.

WINNERS’ NAMES: The Winner will be posted to the AITAF website, aitaf.org, on or about May 1, 2019 and available until approximately June 1, 2019.

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