What is the deadline for submissions for The Relentless Award, 2020?

Please stay tuned, as we are figuring out the 2020 submissions season. We will post information about dates here and on our facebook page page as we know them. Thanks for your patience.

Is there a limit to the number of submissions per playwright?

Yes. We ask that playwrights limit submissions to one script per year. We also do not allow scripts that have been submitted in previous years to be resubmitted.

Will I receive any notification, a rejection letter, and/or feedback about my script?

Once you submit, you'll receive email confirmation from Foundation staff that your script and accompanying materials have been received. Please allow some time for this confirmation to arrive, as submissions are processed manually. Semifinalist and Honorable Mention authors are contacted in the fall, just prior to award announcements, that are usually released in November or December. The foundation will no longer provide notification to authors if scripts are not advancing, nor does the APF provide script feedback.

If I submit, and then make revisions to my script, can I submit again and provide an updated draft?

No. As soon as your script is submitted, it is distributed and our readers begin evaluating it. We unfortunately cannot allow new drafts to be submitted, as we cannot disrupt processing once it's underway.

The application asks "Anything you want us to know about your play?" Is this a request for an Artist Statement?

No. Feel free to use it that way, but we don't require formal language, or a statement about your body of work. The American Playwriting Foundation champions raw and unfinished work. With this question, we simply hope to learn more about the play—do you think it's finished? What are you working on with the current draft? What motivated you to write this play? Resist the urge to use impressive vocabulary or to list development opportunities that the play has received. Instead, use this question as an opportunity to speak candidly about the piece, in your own voice. Please leave out identifying information like your name, contact or agent info, education, or name-specific dedications.

The award specifies that scripts must be “unproduced.” My script received a workshop/reading/production but I’m not sure whether it’s eligible. How does the APF define “unproduced”?

Developmental readings and workshops do not limit a script's eligibility. The American Playwriting Foundation defines the difference between workshops and full productions based on the following factors: union affiliation and/or contract level, number of performances, tech elements, press coverage, and professional versus amateur artists involved. Generally speaking, plays produced in an educational context are considered unproduced, and therefore eligible for the Relentless Award. If you're unsure whether your play received a full production, please email laura@americanplaywritingfoundation.org, and the American Playwriting Foundation staff will determine whether the script is eligible.

My play has original songs, but it is not a musical. Can I submit?

Yes. As stated in the guidelines, musicals are not eligible for the Relentless Award. However, if original music is an element of your piece, within the context of a straight play (for example, it's a play about a band), it is eligible for consideration. If music is justified as part of the action of a straight play, or “play with music”, as opposed to a “musical”, we’ll absolutely consider it.

Some institutions define "one-act" versus "full-length" differently. What does the APF consider a "full-length" piece?

We do not have a minimum page requirement, or exact specifications as to what makes a play a one-act versus a full-length play. A defined act break is not required. We hope that the general definition of “full-length” speaks for itself. About an hour minimum runtime is a rough, general rule of thumb. If you feel that your play is a complete, full-length piece, we'll consider it.

Am I sacrificing rights to production or publication by applying for the Relentless Award?

No. The award money distributed to winners is not a payment being made in exchange for production rights—the author of the winning script will be presented with the option to have their work developed at various theatrical institutions, but these are opportunities, not obligations. The winner is free to use award money as they see fit.

I am not available for the residency offered at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Does this disqualify me?

If you aren't available for the residency, you are still eligible for the award. As noted above, the opportunities that the APF provides to playwrights are just that— opportunities, not requirements.

Are adaptations eligible for consideration?

Yes. However, if the work you are adapting is not in the public domain, you may want to research copyright info and/or investigate how to go about optioning the piece if necessary, and if you haven’t already. We strongly encourage all playwrights working on adaptations to make sure their work is legal and authorized.

I am an agent or mentor to a writer that would like to submit. Can I do so on the writer's behalf?

No. We ask that all writers submit their own materials directly, and provide their own contact information on the submission form. There is no fee to submit.

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