Princess Grace Awards Playwriting Fellowship


Unfortunately, due to the impact of COVID-19, New Dramatists will not be accepting applications this winter.

The next Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting will be selected from last year's pool of applicants, and will be in residence at New Dramatists during the September 2021-June 2022 season. New Dramatists administers the Prince Grace Award in Playwriting on behalf of the Princess Grace Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) nonprofit. During the 2020 grant cycle, we received an all-time record high number of submissions at over 490 plays. The sheer commitment displayed by playwright applicants on the March 16, 2020 deadline date, just five days after the declaration of a pandemic, was breathtaking. Unfortunately, the Princess Grace Foundation was severely impacted by COVID-19.  In order to ensure the Foundation’s ongoing sustainability and ability to fulfill their mission of supporting extraordinary emerging artists in theater, dance and film long into the future, the Foundation made the difficult short-term decision to suspend ALL of their grantmaking during 2020. Thankfully, they have resumed grantmaking for 2021. Please visit the Foundation's website for information on all of their grant programs and for a list resources available to artists: 

If you have an application pending, you will hear from us in June 2021. Information and updates about next year's application process will be posted on this site. In the meantime, you are welcome to reach out to our Awards Administrator, Connie Hall, at @email with any questions or concerns.

Playwrighting 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

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, you may not alter your application in any way.

If you have any questions, please email us.