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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award 2024


Deadline: February 15, 2024

Or 200 scripts have been accepted

The Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award honors a new play marked by sophisticated and nuanced storytelling, with the potential to make a major artistic impact on contemporary theatre. This year’s winner will be invited to the annual meeting of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for a reading and/or showcase of the award-winning play. Plays must be entered by February 15, 2024. Only the first 200 scripts will be accepted.

In 2017, the playwriting award was newly named the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, in honor of the many years of service she has given to ATHE, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and especially to the development of new plays throughout the nation.

This award is co-sponsored by KCACTF. Only full-length plays will be considered. A playwright may only enter one play in any given year. The plays can be produced or unproduced but must be unpublished. Plays must have been written by playwrights engaged with an institution of higher education (K-12 educators will not be accepted) as a student, graduate student, faculty member, or adjunct instructor within the past two academic years (2021-22, 2022-23, or 2023-24).

The Royer sets no restrictions on subject matter, style, or intended audience. Past winning plays have spanned a diversity of topics and represented varied perspectives on race, culture, language, disability, gender, nationality, and political worldview. Authors need not be ATHE members.

The winner will receive up to $500 in travel reimbursement for attending the awards ceremony and conference play reading, complimentary conference registration, and two complimentary nights in the conference hotel. The playwright will also be recognized at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, for which they will receive membership in the Dramatists Guild, a cash award of $500, travel, hotel and a meal allowance.

Please read the submission policy below carefully. Incorrect or incomplete submissions cannot be considered.

A blind copy of your script, submitted as a PDF. To ensure the blind reading process, your name must not appear anywhere in the script document—not on the cover page, not in the headers or footers. The script document should also contain a brief synopsis of the play, a rough casting breakdown [Example 3M, 4W], and a brief description of the characters.

Pertinent production notes (optional).

Musicals will not be considered.

Your play must not include material that you do not have permission to use.

Your play must not be previously published.

Previous production of your script is allowed.

Do not submit a play that is incomplete or a rough draft.

Plays may be submitted to other award programs simultaneously.

Deadline: February 15, 2024

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