Thank you for your interest in the Valley Players' 

Vermont Playwrights Award. 


Established in 1982, the contest seeks to promote the theater arts and to encourage and support the creation of original plays by Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine residents.

The cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning playwright. Funding for the award is provided by the Audrey Mixer Endowment Fund. The Valley Players reserves the right not to give an award.

Plays will be judged by a panel of Valley Players members who have been actively involved in producing, directing, acting and/or technical aspects of productions.


The following is a list of rules governing the contest. Any entry not conforming to the rules will be ineligible. Judgment of eligibility is the sole discretion of the Valley Players.

Ø Any Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine resident is eligible to submit one or more original, full length, non-musical plays for consideration, providing the play has not been produced on stage before and has not been previously published. Plays which have had workshop readings are eligible.

Ø Plays which have won an award or prize in any other playwriting contest are not eligible.

Ø Playwrights must remain anonymous to the judges. Therefore the playwright's name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript except on the front title page which the Valley Players will remove for judging.

Ø Manuscripts must be typed on 8½ X 11 white paper in standard manuscript form. Manuscripts must be bound.. TWO (2) copies of the script must be submitted.

Ø Plays will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped manuscript envelope.

Ø All plays must be controlled exclusively by the playwright. By accepting the prize money, the playwright agrees to allow the Valley Players exclusive production rights free of charge until the close of their production or for one year, unless otherwise negotiated.

Ø Plays must be suitable for production by a community theater group for a varied audience.

Ø The Valley Players are under no obligation to select a winner, nor to produce the winning play.

Ø All entries must be postmarked no later than February 1. The winner will be announced to all entrants and judges' critiques may be provided.

Ø A copy of the Entry Form must be filled out and attached to one manuscript. Your signature on the form indicates that you understand and comply with the rules of this contest.


Thanks again for your interest. If you have questions, please write

Vermont Playwrights Award
The Valley Players
P.O. Box 441
Waitsfield, VT 05673


or call Sharon Kellermann (802) 793-8362 or  email