About the organisation

The Yale Drama Series is an annual international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner receives the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press and a professional staged reading. Ayad Akhtar is the judge for the 2018-2019 competitions.

About the competition

The Yale Drama Series is an annual competition for emerging playwrights. Worldwide submissions are accepted. The competition is organized by the David Charles Horn Foundation.


Worldwide submissions are accepted, above 18 years of age.


The theme is kept open.


The winner will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not accepted. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible.

Playwrights may submit only one manuscript.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

Electronic submissions for the 2019 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2018, and no later than August 15, 2018. The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.

Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go here.

For rules, go through the guidelines given here.

There is no entry fee.


Email: yaledramaseries@yale.edu

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