In our 18th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest was developed to bring works of social significance to the attention of Producers and Artistic Directors.
2019 CONTEST WINNERS
ACCEPTED THROUGH October 31, 2020 midnight PST
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 17 Contests:
19 Winners (there was a tie for 1st place twice)
157 Honorable Mention Recipients
2020 CONTEST INFORMATION:
SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2020
TARGET WINNING ANNOUNCEMENT DATE: JANUARY 31, 2021
AWARD: Reading with Q & A in a professional venue + $300 cash prize.
SUBMISSION FEE: $25
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.
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