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The Yale Drama Series 2021/ How to Submit (Payment: $10,000 + more)

The Yale Drama Series is currently seeking submissions for their 2021 playwriting contest. The judge for the contest this year is Paula Vogel. The winning play will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000; the manuscript will be published by Yale University Press; and the winner will have a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

The Yale Drama Series is an annual contest. 

Who is Eligible to Submit:

  • Anyone from anywhere in the world writing in English.
  • There is no submission fee.
  • If you have previously won the prize, you are not eligible to submit.

How to Submit:

  • Submit a play written in English.
  • The play should be a minimum of 65 pages long. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered.
  • The play must be unpublished.
  • Submit only one manuscript.
  • Translations, musicals, and children plays will not be considered.
  • Co-written manuscripts will not be considered.
  • Plays that have been professionally produced will not be considered.
  • Submitted plays must not be under option, commission, or scheduled for professional publication.
  • The manuscript should be typed, word-processed, and the pages must be numbered.
  • The manuscript should not include any identifying information.
  • The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.
  • The manuscript must begin with a title page. The title page should include: the play’s title, 2 – 3 sentences describing the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
  • Submit electronically here.
  • If you are submitting by post, submit here: Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.
  • The deadline for submission is August 15, 2020.

Why Submit to the Yale Drama Series:

  • The winning play will receive $10,000.
  • The winning play will be published by Yale University Press.
  • The winner will also have a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

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