Contests & Awards

Jane Chambers’ Playwriting Contest
Given by Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE), this award recognizes feminist plays & performance texts created by women writers that present significant opportunities for female performers. Given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers, who through her plays such as My Blue Heaven, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove and Kudzu became a major feminist voice in American theater.

Judith Barlow Prize (scroll down to find info)
Judith E. Barlow Prize was started in 2014 and was created in conjunction with History Matters/Back to the Future, an organization that promotes the study and production of women’s plays of the past in colleges and universities and theatres throughout the country and encourages responses to those plays from contemporary playwrights.

Lilly Awards
Created in 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Theresa Rebeck, the Lilly Awards recognize extraordinary contributions to American theater made by women. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, a pioneering American playwright who famously said “You need to write like the devil and act like one when necessary”.

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Established in 1978, this prize is given annually to recognize women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theater.  Recent awardees include Jennifer Haley, Katori Hall, Julia Cho, Chlöe Moss, Judith Thompson, Lucy Caldwell, and Sheila Callaghan.


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