Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award

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.
  • All pages of the script must be numbered in sequence, along with title of play, in upper right hand corner.
  • In the case of an adaptation from a book or any other source, permission from the original author is the responsibility of the playwright.



  • Will I receive a response that you received my submission?
    • An automatic confirmation will be sent. Individual emails about submissions will NOT be returned.
  • Can the play contain music?
    • All submissions MUST be plays. If your play contains 1-2 songs or snippets of songs, it will be accepted. If your play is written with music, it will NOT be accepted.
  • Can it be an adaptation of a book?
    • Yes
  • What format should it be uploaded in?
    • All submissions should be in PDF format ONLY
  • How should my play be labeled?
    • Name of play, name of playwright, email address, and contact phone number.
  • How many scripts can I submit?
    • You may submit ONE script per contest year.