The Yale Drama Series 2021 playwriting competition.

The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. The prize and publication are contingent on the playwright’s agreeing to the terms of the publishing agreement.

There is no entry fee.


  1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.
  2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages. Plays with less than 65 pages will not be considered. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.
  3. The Yale Drama Series is intended to support emerging playwrights. Playwrights may win the competition only once.
  4. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.  Only manuscripts authored by one playwright are eligible.
  5. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.
  6. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission.
  7. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in the Professional Play Format.
  8. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right to reject any manuscript for any reason.
  9. The Yale Drama Series reserves the right of the judge to not choose a winner for any given year of the competition and reserves the right to determine the ineligibility of a winner, in keeping with the spirit of the competition, and based upon the accomplishments of the author.


August 15, 2020.  The submission window closes at midnight EST.


If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript.

Published on:
1 Jun 2020


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  1. Hi,
    Considering the fact that, currently due to social and economic troubles caused by corona virus many writers failed to work on their usual schedule and considering that we lost the opportunity last year to compete in your wonderful completion, I think that an extension to the deadline would be appreciated by many writers.
    Wish you well,
    Stay safe.

    by Adel
    11:35 pm, 14 Aug 2020
    1. Hi Adel

      Just a quick note- I only use the ‘Opportunities and Events’ page to highlight other funds, events and submissions that theatre writers may find useful. I’m afraid I don’t have any sort of relationship with the Yale Drama Prize- so they won’t see this message, please do click through the link to contact them directly


      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      4:44 pm, 17 Aug 2020