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Submissions for the 2024 Relentless Award are now closed! Thanks to all who submitted--and thanks also for your patience as our dedicated team reads and considers each play. 


We expect to have details about winners and finalists by the early fall of 2024. We know the wait is long; we'll provide updates as soon as we have them.


Thank you again for sharing your work with us. 

The Relentless Award, established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.  

Eligibility/Criteria for Submission:  

  • Play must be unproduced. 

  • Author(s) must have either United States citizenship, possess a green card, or currently reside in the United States and have lived here for at least four years. 

  • Plays with a producer, producing organization, or theater attached for future production are not eligible. 

  • One-act plays, musicals and plays for children are not eligible. 

  • The author(s) must be at least 21 years old at time of submission.  

*Please note: the Relentless Award uses a blind submissions process (the names and identifying details about the authors are hidden from the judges.) It is imperative that all submitting writers create a draft of their submission with all identifying information (name, contact information, representation information if applicable, development history, any identity-describing author's note/dedication) redacted. Failure to do so may disqualify your script and render it ineligible for consideration.  

Our submission window will close automatically at 11:59pm EST on December 20th, 2023 and no late submissions will be accepted. Due to Submittable's 48 hour turn around time for user inquiries, we strongly urge you to allow yourself ample time before the deadline, in case of any technological or other difficulties. 

Please see our FAQ here for more information. We highly recommend reading the FAQ before submitting, as some of the details provided are relevant to the eligibility of your submission. 

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