Since 1993, Playwrights First has recognized, rewarded and advanced playwrights of unusual promise.
Annual - Best New Play Award
$1,000 First Place award
and, when feasible, a professional reading before a New York audience.
The submission period for our 2020-2021 season will open August 1st through September 15th. Please check back at that time for instructions on how to submit.
Due to COVID-19, The Playwrights First Best New Play Award for the 2019-2020 season will be announced
on the Award Recipients page in late September 2020.
Awardee and finalist playwrights will be notified by letter.
Thank you for your interest and submission!