Since 1993, Playwrights First has recognized, rewarded and advanced playwrights of unusual promise.
Annual Contest - Best New Play Award
$1,000 first place award,
and when feasible, a professional reading before a New York audience.
2017-2018 submissions accepted August 1 through September 15, 2017.
The submission period for our 2017-2018 contest is now CLOSED.
Applications are no longer being accepted.
Winning and finalist playwrights will be notified by letter. The winner will be announced on the Award Recipients page in June 2018.