New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest 2018

Now in it’s 16th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest was developed to bring works of social significance to the attention of Artistic Directors. The Award is a reading with a Q&A in a professional venue valued at $1000 and a $300 dollar cash prize. There is a submission fee of $25


July 2nd 2018 

Target winner announcement date: December 31st 2018


Eligible Scripts

  • Scripts no longer than 2 hrs or 90 pages long. Please note: Scripts with over 90 pages, but with a performance time under 2 hrs ARE eligible
  • The Award accepts scripts which address at least one of the following intentions;
    • Enhance self-realisation
    • Support peace and social justice
    • Foster New understanding of minority issues that focus on racial, ethnic and gender discrimination
    • Empower youth to build healthy inner foundations
    • Educate to gain further insight into healthy inner foundations
    • Educate to gain further insight into healthy social/emotional living
    • Shed new light on religious, spiritual, sexual and cultural differences and issues
    • Build respect and tolerance for cultural and sexual expression and identity in a world that is experiencing rapid globalisation
    • Explore the widening gap between the values the USA was founded on and the values they present the world today
  • Please note, musicals, adaptations and short plays in a themed collection are NOT accepted.

The Award specifies a format for all submissions, and requires an attached entry form. For more information on how to submit please go to—electronic-submission.html


Published on:
10 May 2018


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