Deadline: August 15, 2024
Accepts Submissions of: Plays /
Does NOT Accept Submissions of: Musicals / Young Audience material / Edgy material / Radio/Film/TV material /



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.

The Yale Drama Series is taking a hiatus for the upcoming 2021 competition due to unanticipated changes in our judge’s schedule. We look forward to receiving submissions from emerging playwrights next year, from June 1, 2021 – August 15, 2021.

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

Comments from NMI Staff:

Electronic submissions for the 2022 competition must be submitted no earlier than June 1, 2021 and no later than August 15, 2021.  The submission window closes at midnight EST.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript and submission file name. 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.

CONTACT NAME: Alison MacKeen
CONTACT PHONE: 203.432.0975
        David C. Horn Prize
        Alison MacKeen
        PO Box 209040
        New Haven, CT 06520
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