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.
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