A.E. Hotchner Competition: 2020 Submission Instructions

About the Competition

Endowed by alumnus, novelist, poet and playwright A.E. Hotchner, this annual playwriting competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Washington University. Many past "Hotch" plays have gone on to full production in the PAD season and around the country. Two of our playwrights have won Kevin Kline Awards, and most recently Marisa Wegrzyn, a three-time Hotch participant, was awarded the prestigious national Wendy Wasserstein Award 2009 for her play Hickorydickory--which had its world premiere in our studio theater in 2005.

All selected plays will be workshopped over a two-week period with a professional guest dramaturg, Wash U. actors and a PAD faculty director in Fall 2019. The workshop process will culminate in public readings of each play during two days of presentations. All plays selected will receive a cash award (full-lengths, $100; short plays, $25). 

The Performing Arts Department will produce a World Premiere play by student writer(s) in the 2020-2021 season. That play will be selected from Hotchner submissions from the 2019 & 2020 A. E. Hotchner Playwriting Competitions.

Submission Procedure

  1. Scripts must be unproduced and unpublished. Full-length plays, one-acts and ten-minute plays ARE ALL ELIGIBLE.
  2. All plays must be typed and secured together in a folder or by a bull clip (no binding).
  3. Title page must include author phone, address and email.
  4. Scripts must be turned into the Performing Arts Department: 312 Mallinckrodt Center by 4pm Friday, January 17, 2020.
  5. The winning playwrights will be announced in March 2020.
  6. Scripts will not be returned. 

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