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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kernodle New Play Award

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The University of Arkansas Department of Theatre administers the Kernodle New Play Award, a national playwriting competition named for George R. Kernodle, beloved U of A theatre professor and author of "Invitation to the Theatre". The award recognizes full-length plays that invite the audience’s imagination and are inherently theatrical.  Visit our website to Learn More about the Kernodle New Play Award.

2019-20 Kernodle Submission Information

All playwrights must fill out our Online Submission Form below during our submission window, November 1 through December 16, 2018. Plays submitted before November 1, 2019 will not be considered.

Additionally, please understand, due to staffing levels (and a desire to keep unsolicited submissions free), we can only accept the first 100 unsolicited submissions received in 2019-2020. We will post on our website when we have hit our limit.*  We will review our unsolicited submission policy again after this year.                              

*Playwrights whose work has been directly solicited, agent submissions, and playwrights who currently reside in, or are originally from, Arkansas are welcome to apply until the Dec. 16, 2019 deadline.

For all submissions, please follow the process below, and when filling out our online form.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Complete the Online Submission Form 
  • 10-page sample from the script you are submitting 
  • A brief synopsis and history of the script 
  • Author Bio
  • Full-length manuscript (70+ minutes)
  • All documents should be in PDF format and uploaded to our Application Portal. We can no longer accept mailed or emailed manuscripts.
  • Plays submitted in previous years will not be accepted.
  • Plays must be unpublished and cannot have been professionally produced (previous workshop OK). No plays for young audiences or musicals please.  Adaptations considered only if rights are clearly secured or source material is in public domain.
  • One submission per writer.
  • Please allow 3-6 months response.
  • Submission Fee:  None.


Deadline:  Submissions must arrive between November 1 and December 16, 2019.

Announcement of Awards:  April/May 2019

If you have any questions, please contact us at kernodle@uark.edu or (479) 575-2953.

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