Princess Grace Awards Playwriting Fellowship



Playwriting Guidelines

We encourage emerging playwrights to apply at the beginning of their careers so that through the New Dramatists Fellowship, they can develop their work as well as benefit from being a part of a unique, diverse, dynamic community of professional playwrights. An applicant’s status as an emerging playwright is evaluated during the adjudication process.

One playwright will be selected to receive:
• A grant in the amount of $7,500
• A one-season (September – June) artistic residency at New Dramatists, Inc. in New York City (For Award recipients living outside of the New York metro area, your on-site residency can be adapted according to your schedule with reimbursement provided for transportation costs to/from New York.)
• Inclusion of the winning script in New Dramatists’ library
• Advocacy for the recipient and their script to New York and National theatre communities for the duration of the fellowship, including opportunities to gather with the Princess Grace community, New Dramatists writers, and other theatre professionals
• Mentorship from a New Dramatists resident playwright for the duration of the fellowship
• Opportunity for winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc.

Submission requirements:
• All candidates must be United States citizens or have permanent resident status.
• Eligible playwrights must not have had more than 3 public productions of their full-length plays mounted by a producing theatre.

Developmental readings and workshops, university productions, and self-productions are admissible.

You must submit one unpublished, full-length play (A full-length play is a single play that constitutes a full evening of theater. For example, a 90-minute intermissionless play is a full-length play.)
• There is no restriction on subject matter
• Co-written material will not be accepted
• No adaptations of previously published material

The Foundation is looking to identify and support original, authentic, unheard voices in the theater. The panel will consider the submitted play in terms of the originality of the storytelling, quality, and offering of new perspectives.

Application Step-by-Step

The submission Window opens on Friday, February 14, 2020 10:00AM EST, and closes on Monday, March 16, 2020 5:00PM EDT

To begin your application, click on the “Begin Application” button below. You will be asked to create a username and enter your email address. Once you have clicked “Submit,” you will receive an email with instructions on how to log in. From this point forward, you will be guided through a simple process collecting all of your admissions materials in seven easy steps:

1. Log in. You will be asked to confirm you are a US Citizen, or permanent resident, and to certify that you are an early-career artist.

2. Fill in your full name, address, and phone number.

3. Upload your playwriting resume.

4. Upload one full-length work (play or book of a musical) (The following files may be used: txt, pdf, doc, docx, rtf).

5. Upload your personal statement.

6. Enter the name and email of a reference. If you are selected to advance to the final round in June, we will email your reference directly with a brief questionnaire.

7. Review your application, and click “Submit Your Application” to complete the process. You will receive an email confirming your application has been received.

You may save your application at any point and return to it later
before submitting. Once the application window closes at 5:00 (EDT) p.m. on March 16, you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Begin Princess Grace Awards Application

Did you get an "Access Denied" message? Did you previously apply for this or other New Dramatists programs? If so, you may have an existing account with us. CLICK HERE instead to login and begin your application.

Application Components:

• Online application
• Playwriting resume listing short, one-act and full-length plays written including reading, workshop and production history with performance venues and dates.
• One unpublished full-length play
• Personal statement: Please describe, in your own words, your views and expectations of your role as a theater artist now and in the future. Please elaborate on your “early-career status” and how you plan to utilize this fellowship.

APPLICANTS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO LIST A REFERENCE, preferably from a theatre professional who can speak to your promise as an early-career playwright. If your application is selected to advance to the final round, we will email your reference directly with a few simple questions.

Attention Current Applicants

Did you submit an application in the summer for New Dramatists' 7-residency?

If so, please click here to log into your existing account
and access the Princess Grace application through your own account page. The button at the bottom of this page will not work for you. You may need to log out, refresh your browser, and log back in. If you have any trouble, please email

Thank you for your patience. In future years, we hope to resolve this issue.

Application Window

Princess Grace Foundation–USA playwriting applications are submitted through an online form accessible through this page of New Dramatists' website.

Applications will be accepted
Friday, February 14, 2020 10:00AM EST–
Monday, March 16, 2020 5:00PM EDT


Past Princess Grace Fellows in Playwriting

2019: Erika Dickerson-Despenza
2018: Vichet Chum
2017: Donja R. Love
2016: Emma D. Stanton
2015: Jonathan Payne
2014: Kate Cortesi
2013: Jiehae Park
2012: Matthew Paul Olmos
2011: Johnna Adams
2010: A. Rey Pamatmat
2009: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
2008: Kara Lee Corthron
2007: Kara Manning
2006: Jim McManus
2005: Ken Lin
2004: Don Zolidis
2003: Jesse Kellerman
2002: Madeleine George
2001: Sheila Callaghan
2000: Adam Rapp