Publishing Contest: Emerging Playwright Award, $500 Prize


I talk a lot about poetry and traditional novels and novellas, but plays deserve some love too. With that in mind, I encourage any playwrights to check out Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award. Urban Stages is nonprofit off-Broadway theater company that champions artists from diverse backgrounds.

Submissions for this award are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no rushing to meet a deadline. Winning entries receive $500 along with press coverage, and 1-2 of these winning entries are produced annually for full production, which adds a playwright’s contract and compensation in addition to the initial monetary award. For more information, head to

All luck to anyone who submits a script! If your play makes it to production, I’d love to see some photos.


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