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 2021-2022 season is August 1 - September 15, 2021.
The Playwrights First Best New Play Award for the 2020-2021 season
will be announced on the Award Recipient page in Fall 2021.
Finalist playwrights will be notified by letter.
We thank all playwrights for sharing their work with us!