The Playwrights Award

The Vermont Playwrights Award was established in 1982 by The Valley Players, a community theater group in Waitsfield, Vermont. The intent of the award is to promote the theater arts and to encourage and support the creation of original plays by residents of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning playwright. Funding for the award is provided by The Audrey Mixer Endowment Fund, a memorial to the late Audrey Mixer, a devoted actress and Valley Player, by her husband Richard Mixer. The Valley Players reserves the right not to award a prize.


The winning play also may be produced by the Valley Players, a volunteer, non-profit production company located in Vermont's beautiful Mad River Valley. Celebrating over 20 years of successful theater, the Players own the theater which seats 200 and is located on Route 100 in Waitsfield, Vermont, part of the beautiful Mad River Valley.


The company produces and supports a variety of theatrical and performing arts each year including such shows as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Oliver, The Cemetery Club, Same Time Next Year and Young Frankenstein, an annual community variety show, Cabin Fever Follies and presentations by other performing arts and theater groups.

Award submissions must be a full-length, non-musical play suitable for production by a community theater company.


The contest is open only to residents of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The play must not have been previously published or produced. Entrants must request the entry form and rules by mail (see below) or by reading the rules and downloading the entry form.