Playwright Award Requirements

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The Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award
This award is based upon a student playwright’s body of work.

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award
This award is the flagship award of The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program.  The purpose of this award is to encourage college students to write for the stage by providing them the opportunity to collaborate with actors, directors and others, through all stages of production.

The John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play
This program seeks to bring recognition to the area of student-written short plays and to encourage young writers to develop the short play form in preparation for the playwriting profession.

The KCACTF National Ten-Minute Play Award

The KCACTF Theater for Young Audiences Award
This award is for a student-written play or adaptation on a theme for young people at any level between kindergarten and twelfth grade.

The KCACTF Musical Theatre Award

The Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award
This award is for the outstanding student-written play on the subject of the African American experience.

The Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting
This award is offered to the outstanding student-written play that explores issues of gender, diversity and sexual orientation.

The KCACTF Latino Playwriting Award
This award is presented to the author of the outstanding Latino student-written play participating in KCACTF.

David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award
This award may be presented to any working playwright whose play is premiered and produced by a college or university theatre program and entered as an Associate or Participating entry within the KCACTF.

Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award
This award is offered for the outstanding student-written script that explores the human experience of living with a disability (please consult the Americans With Disabilities Act for the full definition of Disability).

The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting
The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting will be offered for the outstanding student-written full-length comic play.

The Rosa Parks Playwriting Award
This award recognizes the outstanding student or faculty-written full-length or one-act play on the subject of social justice and/or civil rights.

The Paul Stephen Lim Asian-American Playwriting Award
This award is given to the outstanding full-length or one-act play on any subject written by a student of Asian heritage.

The National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student-written play selected from eight nominations, one from each of the eight regions. Each region will nominate a play of any length representing the best-written, best-crafted script with the strongest writer’s “voice.”