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Phillips’ Mill Juried Emerging Playwright Competition accepting submissions


Are you a playwright who has written a new short play you think is ready for an audience? Are you anxious to see your work presented in public for the very first time?

Consider submitting your work to the 5th annual Juried Emerging Playwright Competition (EPC) presented by the Phillips’ Mill Community Association. The submission period is open now through Aug. 31.

The competition is open to all aspiring playwrights 18 and older as well as seasoned writers who have new short plays to present. These works must not have been previously performed except in workshops or in educational settings.

Three esteemed jurists will read up to 50 blind submissions and choose six of the best to be read on stage by actors for a live audience at Phillips’ Mill in Solebury on Nov. 19. Winning playwrights will also receive a $100 prize. After the readings, the playwrights will entertain questions and comments from the audience.

Twenty-four exciting new works have been read so far in front of discerning audiences in the history of the competition. A total of six rotating jurors have chosen these winning plays. Playwrights run the gamut of novice writers to seasoned playwrights with new work ready to bring to the stage.

Winning playwright Dominique Cieri described her experience, saying “The plays were complex and wonderful, the performances more than honored each play.

“I loved hearing all the playwrights speak about their processes and plays.”

The Emerging Playwright Competition is funded by donations from sponsors who encourage budding artists to create new work for the stage and provide the opportunity to put it before the all-important audience. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at where you can learn more about the Mill’s drama programs.

To learn more about the Emerging Playwright Competition and to submit your work, visit

Phillips’ Mill Community Association, has been serving the local arts community at its historic landmark mill on River Road since 1929. To learn more about its history and to become a member, visit

Phillips’ Mill Community Association