Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers ($2,500 prize)

This award is offered in memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance.  Read about Leslie here.

The Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance.

Eligibility:  Applicants should have had no more than 3 productions of their work, as the award is intended to open up opportunities, although it is not limited to emerging writers.  The Award for Innovative Women Playwrights intends to support new writing by female-identified people, inclusive of transwomen.  The prize is open to international submissions in English

The Prize: The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, print publication of the winning text by Litmus Press, a staged reading of the piece in New York this fall, by Fiona Templeton’s company The Relationship; and a full production of the work in the following year.  The award is biennial.

What to submit:  They are looking for a full-length work for live performance by a woman writer with an inquiring approach to language and content. The poetic practice of Leslie Scalapino was interdisciplinary, including photography, plays, performance, and collaboration with dance and music. They would like to honor this aspect of her work in the award.

While the principal focus for the award is on innovative writing for performance, competitive submissions may consider a range of approaches to innovation in performance, including but not limited to integrated experimentations with language, gesture, movement, sound, visual art / vision, site / location and/or activist practice. The writer should demonstrate some experience in the discipline, materials or medium involved.  The submitted work should not have been produced or published prior to the Award production and publication in fall 2017.

How to apply:  Applications are made online via their website through Submittable software.

You will be asked for:

1.  A 10-page excerpt from a completed work.

2.  Your CV.

3. A further single page of work statement, to include a)  a summary of the work, and b) a description of your approach. Please be brief and to the point.

Deadline: 1 June 2016

Source:  Word of mouth

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