Playwriting Contest

Kentucky New Play Series 2021

2021 Contest Winners!

The Kentucky Playwrights Workshop is excited to announce the winners of our 2021 Kentucky New Play Series contest.



Brave by Jennifer Davis *winner with distinction as the highest scored play

Kamasutra by Tom Coash

Legacies of War by John J. Kelly

Wilcox Prom by Cris Eli Blak

Status Update by Vince Gatton



The Woodworker’s Tools by Eric Thomas *winner with distinction as the highest scored monologue


The winning plays and monologue will be featured in a special online reading on Monday, August 9, at 7pm on Zoom. Additionally, they will be made available to producing Kentucky theatres and organizations. Watch Facebook, and our website for more information coming soon.


Congratulations to all of our winners!


Rules for Playwrights:

  1. Playwrights must be current or former residents of Kentucky.

  2. Playwrights may submit:

    1. A 10-minute play on a topic of their choice or

    2. A monologue of 5 minutes or less on a topic of their choice.

  3. Please include two attachments in your submission. The first attachment should be the cover page and should contain: the name of the play or monologue, the name of the playwright, and contact information including both email, phone number and a STATEMENT stating your connection to Kentucky.  This attachment will be separated from the rest of the script for blind judging.

  4. The second attachment should be the play or monologue, including the title of the play or monologue, a one or two sentence synopsis, list of the characters with gender and description of characteristics, time and setting followed by the play or monologue. The playwright’s name should not appear anywhere on this attachment.

  5. The actual play should be no longer than 10 pages and the monologue should not be longer than 5 minutes.

  6. Scripts should be in a standard playwriting format.

  7. Plays/monologues may be either dramas or comedies (written for children or adults).

  8. Musicals will not be considered.

  9. Submission should be emailed to between April 5, 2021 and May 5, 2021. Winners will be announced by July 5, 2021. Please include NEW PLAY SUBMISSION in the subject line.

  10. A donation of $10.00 per entry is suggested.  Donations should be made here:


Five winning plays and five winning monologues will be chosen and announced in this year’s Kentucky New Play Series. They will be read at a special Zoom play reading evening on August 9, 2021. They will also be made available to producing theatres and organizations.


If theaters would like to support and feature Kentucky playwrights, they may send inquiries concerning terms to


Playwrights who make submissions agree to accept both the rules and the results of the contest as determined by Kentucky Playwrights Workshop.  KPW judges shall determine the contest winning plays and their decisions are final.


HISTORY OF THE KENTUCKY NEW PLAY SERIES:  Kentucky New Play Series (KNPS), first sponsored by William McCann, Jr. and later, the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop (KPW), began in August 2012 with the production of two new plays at the Kentucky State Fair.  An additional 23 short plays were produced at the Kentucky State Fair. Playwrights produced during KNPS’ first few seasons came from Ashland, Corinth, Flatwoods, Ft Thomas, Georgetown, Louisville, Lexington, Morehead, Richmond, Russell Springs, Somerset, and Winchester.  KPW is again seeking to recognize playwrights from across the state and to encourage the production of their plays by theatres and other groups (colleges, high schools, tourism offices, religious institutions, and others).