Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award

Submissions for the 25th Annual Aurand Harris Playwriting Award are being accepted now by clicking the link below.

Harris Award Submissions

Submissions will ONLY be accepted through the link above, the deadline is May 1, 2022, and we will be capping at 200 submissions.

This award was created in 1997 to honor the late Aurand Harris (1915-1996) for his lifetime dedication to all aspects of professional theatre for young audiences.A panel of judges named by the NETC Executive Board will administer this award. A staged reading of the prize-winning scripts will be held along with the Annual Excellence in Theatre Awards ceremony.
  • The contest is open to all playwrights and is for new full-length plays for young audiences. No musicals nor plays targeted at adult audiences
  • Plays submitted to the contest must not have been
    • previously published
    • submitted to NETC’s Gassner Playwriting Contest
    • previously produced by a professional or Equity company
  • Plays submitted which have had workshop productions or staged readings are eligible and encouraged.
  • Plays submitted to this contest may have been submitted to another playwriting contest, and may have previously won a prize or an award in another contest. However, such plays must not have been published or professionally produced and must not be under option for publication or professional production.
  • Playwrights may submit only ONE play to the contest in one year.