The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.
Winners are chosen by the preeminent playwrights of our time. Edward Albee served as the Series’ inaugural judge (2007-2008), followed by Sir David Hare (2009-2010), John Guare (2011-2012), Marsha Norman (2013-2014), Nicholas Wright (2015-2016), and Ayad Akhtar (2017-2018).
What to submit: A full-length play in English (worldwide submissions accepted). Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year. No application form is required beyond the play itself.
The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
A brief biography may be included in the digital application form.
Full submission details can be found on their website.
How to apply: They encourage electronic submissions, which can be made at the following address: https://yup.submittable.com/submit.
What you get: The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.
Deadline: 15 August 2017