Playwriting Competition

We’re now accepting play script submissions for the 2017 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award competition. Previously unproduced plays by Georgia playwrights are eligible, and there are no restrictions as to style, subject matter or length (though preference is given to plays with a running time of at least an hour). The winning playwright will receive a cash prize of $600, and the play will be given a full production as part of the 2017 Essential Theatre Play Festival. The script submission deadline is April 23, 2016.

Submit your play today via our online form or via email to Peter Hardy ( in pdf or MSWord format or sent by regular mail to the address below. Please read the Essential Playwright Agreement. If your play is selected, you will be asked to sign and submit a copy of this agreement.

Please include your contact information and your place of residence in Georgia on the front page of your script, or in a separate attached document. Merely putting it in an email will not suffice. 

Essential Theatre
1414 Foxhall Lane #10
Atlanta, GA 30316

Please make sure that your contact information is on the front page of the script.