In our 21st year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest was developed to bring works of social significance to the attention of Producers, Directors, and Literary Managers
Submission Date Starts: March 5, 2023
Submission Deadline: December 31, 2023
Influence potential Producers and Publishers to read
your script by getting recognition for your work as the
Winner or Finalist, or for receiving Honorable Mention
As a direct result of the Contest:
12 Scripts received Productions in NYC
51 Scripts received a NYC Reading with Q & A
3 Scripts received a Development Workshop in NYC
3 Scripts were Published in Best American Short Plays by Applause Books
From Our Contests:
205 Honorable Mention Recipients
2023 CONTEST INFORMATION:
Through December 31, 2023
WINNING TARGET ANNOUNCEMENT DATE:
CASH AWARD: $500 . . .
Plus a Consultation with a Theatrical Producer:
How to Get Your Play Produced.
Winners announced on our website, under HISTORY.
SUBMISSION FEE: $27
OPTIONAL DETAILED CRITIQUES: Contest Entrants have an option to have their work critiqued by a literary agent at a 60% discount. However, paying for a professional detailed critique is not necessary for submitting your play:
2023 Honorable Mention ... Heaven by Judith Cockman
"Sandra Nordgren kicked me into a new stratosphere with her critique of one of my plays. It's had readings in three cities in the US and Canada but no one's been able to put their finger on what's holding it back. Sandra clearly identified its weaknesses and gave excellent suggestions for improvement.."
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