Eligibility for this annual playwriting contest is limited to students in the eleventh grade in the U.S. (or international equivalent of the eleventh grade). Each year the jury consists of members of the Princeton University Program in Theater faculty.
Applicants may submit only one play – 10 pages maximum/1 page equals 1 minute. Please note that we cannot provide critical feedback on submissions. Due to the volume of entries, only the winners will be notified.
2021-22 Contest Information
This year’s judges include past Hodder Fellows and playwrights Dipika Guha and Anya Pearson. The contest is made possible with funding from the Charles John Morris Gwinn and Alfred Hodder Memorial Fund.
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Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100
21-22 Prize Winners
1, 2, 3 by Rayan Afif
A Loi Ah by Audrey Lim
The Butterfly in an Electrocuting Moth Grid by Lok Yiu Cheung
Abraham, Isaac and Steve by Daniel Slater
Beyond the Belly by Celia Irving
A Jungle by Dylan Sherman
Lord, Give Me Strength by Annabelle Smith
This is Water by Clara Passarinho
Their Stories by Daria Volkova
A Deeply Disturbing Dive into the Family Dynamics of a Teen Rom-Com by Anka Chiorini