The 2016/2017 Penn Plays Fellowship Competition

Monday, October 17, 2016

The fourth annual PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP competition (sponsored by Kelly Writers House in collaboration with the Theatre Arts program) is now underway! Are you looking for mentorship for a play you are writing or have tucked away in a drawer? This contest is for YOU! All details below.  PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP


The Theatre Arts Program and Kelly Writers House are pleased to announce the third year of the PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP, a collaborative playwriting project open to current students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pennsylvania. The PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP features a $500 award and the opportunity to develop the winner’s script through critical feedback by Penn faculty, professional writers, and dramaturgs. The Fellowship will culminate in a staged reading or workshop production of the winning work at the Bruce Montgomery theatre. 


Project Timeline:


Deadline for play submissions: Sunday, October 16 (midnight)


Winner announced: by Friday, November 18


First public reading of winning script: December date, tba (Kelly Writers House)


Period for critical feedback/play development: December 9 - production


Play readings/performances: TBA in the spring semester at Bruce Montgomery Theatre, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Play submission guidelines:


  1. Submission Deadline: OCTOBER 16 (midnight) 
  2. This competition is for any length play. (No screenplays, please.) 
  3. The script should submitted in English, with one inch margins all sides, in 12 point font. 
  4. Please submit your play ELECTRONICALLY, as a PDF, to Jessica Lowenthal (, with PENN PLAYS FELLOWSHIP  ENTRY as the subject line. Your name SHOULD NOT appear on the manuscript. Please include your contact information, including name, phone, email address, and title of submission in the body of the email.
  5. Please feel free to send any questions to

For information on the Penn Plays Fellowship, visit this feature about the 15/16 winner.