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PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards for Master American Dramatist, Playwright in Mid-Career, and Emerging Playwright ($7,500 and $2,500)

Three awards from PEN and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater honor a Grand Master of American Theater, a mid-career playwright with an outstanding voice, and an emerging playwright who demonstrates great promise.

Three playwrights are selected for the following honors: a specially commissioned art object will be presented to a master American dramatist, in recognition of his or her body of work; a cash prize of $7,500 will be awarded to an American playwright in mid-career, whose literary achievements are vividly apparent in the rich and striking language of his or her work; and a cash prize of $2,500 will be awarded to an emerging American playwright whose work to date has demonstrated initial critical success and poses great promise of further dramatic achievement. In all three cases, PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater honorees are writers working indisputably at the highest level of achievement. The awards were developed to reflect Laura Pels’s dedication to supporting excellence in American theater as well as PEN’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding the playwright’s literary accomplishment.

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Eligibility and Nominations for the 2017 Awards


Deadline
Nominations will be accepted June 1- August 15, 2016.

Who Is Eligible

  • Award for Master American Dramatist: ​Candidates are proposed by the judges; nominations are not accepted.
  • Award for an American Playwright in Mid-career ($7,500): Candidates must be playwrights writing in English who have had a professional production of at least two full-length works mounted in a theater of at least 299 seats and contracted specifically for either limited or open runs. Authors who have written only one-acts or books for musicals, or who have only translated the works of others for English-language audiences, will not be considered. The work of writers produced by regional theaters across the United States will be given consideration equal to work produced in major metropolitan centers.
  • Award for an Emerging American Playwright ($2,500): Candidates must be playwrights writing in English who have had a professional production of at least one full-length work contracted specifically for either limited or open runs. Authors who have written only one-acts or books for musicals, or who have only translated the works of others for English-language audiences, will not be considered. The work of writers produced by regional theaters across the United States will be given consideration equal to work produced in major metropolitan centers.

How to Nominate
Any playwright, writer, or member of the theater community may submit a nomination. However, a playwright may not nominate his or herself. Nominations will require a statement of support that describes in some detail how the playwright meets the criteria for the award along with detailed information on the playwright's past publications and productions.

Click here to nominate a playwright for the Award for an American Playwright in Mid-Career.

Click here to nominate a playwright for the Award for an Emerging American Playwright.

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