The Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

All women, trans women, and non-binary playwrights who consider themselves emerging (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for the 2021 Leah Ryan’s FEWW Prize. Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. 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 theater.

The fee to apply is $10, which assists in covering our Submittable expenses. The deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, January 11, 2021.

The winner will be chosen by a committee selected by a readers committee selected by the board members of Leah Ryan’s FEWW, and will receive a cash prize of $2,500, a workshop at the Vassar Powerhouse Theater, and a reading of her play in New York City.

Finalists will be contacted in mid-March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

We look forward to receiving your application!

The Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers