Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award

Submissions for the 55th Annual John Gassner Memorial Playwriting award are NOW CLOSED.

Please try back next year during our submission period March 1, 2023- May 1, 2023 (or until we reach capacity).

Winners will be announced in November 2022!

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 Harris 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.