Playwrights First is an organization which recognizes, rewards and advances playwrights of unusual promise.
Our group is made up of actors, directors, producers, a new playwright, teachers, authors, a theater owner, journalists, lawyers and business men and women. We are the judges in a playwriting contest we have held since 1993. We believe that drama is essentially a literary form that is fully realized in performance.
We offer a $1,000 grant for the winning play and when feasible, a professional reading before a New York audience.
We look for: Imagination and originality in both style and subject or point of view Characters that intrigue and move us A compelling action which reveals the human condition Theatricalism inherent in the above .
If you know of Playwrights with the talent we seek, we hope you will encourage them to send their work to us.