Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for submissions for The Relentless Award for Musical Theater?

Please stay tuned. 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 composer/lyricist?

Yes. One submission per year.

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 winners 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 composers/lyricists if scripts are not advancing.APF does not 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.

The application asks "Anything you want us to know about your musical?" 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 musical—do you think it's finished? What are you working on with the current draft? What motivated you to write this msucial? Resist the urge to use impressive vocabulary or to list development opportunities that the musical 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, musicalsproduced in an educational context are considered unproduced, and therefore eligible for the Relentless Award. If you're unsure whether your musical received a full production, please email david@americanplaywritingfoundation.org, and the American Playwriting Foundation staff will determine whether the script is eligible.



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 musical a one-act versus a full-length musical. 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 musical 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.


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 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.