A fantastic opportunity – women only writing prize

A great new US-based prize opportunity for female playwrights. The Prize commemorates Leah Ryan, a playwright, essayist and educator, who died in 2008. ‘It is the purpose of the Prize to perpetuate the integrity, compassion and creativity that Leah herself possessed and inspired in others and to encourage and support the work of women writers.’

The prize will be given each year to one emerging woman playwright in recognition of an outstanding work written for the English-speaking theatre. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild or deceptively tame format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theatre.

The winner will receive $1,000 as well as a staged reading of her play hosted by FEWW at a theatre in New York. In addition, a stipend of up to $700 for travel and accommodation may be provided by FEWW if necessary.

To apply for this you must be an emerging playwright. There are several things you need to send to apply including a 10-page excerpt from a fully developed script (you will have to send the whole play if you are shortlisted) and a letter of support from someone who knows your writing. To find out more, please visit the website or email leahryansfeww@gmail.com. They prefer email submissions – so saving the planet as well as furthering the cause!

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A campaign to get more plays by women playwrights onto UK stages.
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