Playwriting Competition


A total of 80 scripts were submitted to the 2020 Essential Theatre Playwriting Competition. Submissions for the 2020 Competition are now closed, and the 2020 scripts are being evaluated. Winner(s) will be announced in early 2020.

We’re now accepting play script submissions for the 2021 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 $750, and the play will be given a full production as part of the 2021 Essential Theatre Play Festival. The script submission deadline is April 23, 2020.

Submit your play today via our online form or via email to Peter Hardy ([email protected]) 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 make sure that your contact information INCLUDING your place of residence in Georgia are on the front page of your script, in addition to including your residential address in the online submission form or in the body of your email or cover letter. As the only requirement for this competition is that you be a Georgia resident, this is a crucial part of the submission process.

Essential Theatre
1414 Foxhall Lane #10
Atlanta, GA 30316