The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffmanand his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.
What we are looking for:
-Plays that are challenging.
-Plays that exhibit fearlessness.
-Plays that are not mainstream.
-Plays that exude passion.
-Plays that are relentlessly truthful.
The American Playwriting Foundation encourages submissions by first-time playwrights, playwrights of color, and playwrights of all gender identifications.
-The author of the Relentless Award-winning play will receive $45,000.
-The winning playwright will have a week-long residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York.
-When the winning play is selected, Finalists and Semifinalists will also be named. Here's a list of past Relentless Award winners, finalists, and semifinalists.
-The Relentless Winning play, along with Finalists and Semifinalists, will receive development opportunities through the Ed Vassallo Relentless Reading Series, a series of staged readings at some of the top theaters across the United States.
Submissions will be accepted from May 1, 2019 – June 15, 2019.
Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:
-Play must be unproduced.
-Authors must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years.
-Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible.
-One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible.
-The author must be at least 21 years old.
How to submit your play:
Please follow the link below (via Submittable) to submit your play.
-NOTE: please DO NOT include your name or other identifying info (email/phone number) on any of your manuscript pages. Please also exclude agent info, development info, and dedications. This will preserve the author's anonymity for our readers.
-Please provide your script file in pdf (rather than Word documents), with the title format: TITLE OF PLAY.pdf. Do not include your name in the file script title.
-You'll receive confirmation from APF leadership that your script has been received. As submissions are processed manually, please allow several weeks to receive this confirmation.
For even more information:
Please see our FAQ here.