Deadline: September 30, 2024
Special Interests: New England
Accepts Submissions of: Plays /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Musicals / Young Audience material / Radio/Film/TV material /



For over three decades, the Clauder Competition has been New England’s most prestigious playwriting award. Created in 1981 by Jeb Brooks, who continues to underwrite the program, the Clauder Competition celebrates the distinctive voices of our region’s playwrights and brings their work to the attention of the greater theatrical community. The Clauder Competition generates over 200 submissions each cycle. Each play receives at least two evaluations and all writers are sent a letter including an individualized response from readers. Plays by the three Clauder winners are included in the Little Festival of the Unexpected (see below). The Grand Prize winner will go on to receive a production and cash prize.

The goal of the Clauder Competition for New England playwrights is to provide exposure, encouragement, and critical feedback to promising playwrights who typically receive little more than a return postcard for material they send to theaters and producers.

Clauder Grand Prize: a $3,000 cash award, and a workshop production followed by a full production the following season.

Two Gold Prizes: $1,500 cash awards each.

Additional prizes will also be awarded to the best play from each of the six New England states.

No updates as of October 2023. Using past info to predict new submission date.

Comments from NMI Staff:

Due to current commitments with playwrights the 2021 Little Festival of the Unexpected will not open for submissions this summer. Playwrights may submit in 2023.


Submissions for LFU are accepted every other year (2023, 2025, etc) July 1st through September 30th for consideration the following May. Only scripts and samples of full-length plays are considered for the Festival.

CONTACT PHONE: 207.774.1043
        Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights
        Box 1458
        Portland, ME 04104
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