The Leah

How to Apply

All women, trans, and non-binary playwrights who consider themselves emerging (as distinct from fledgling or mid-career playwrights) are eligible to apply for The Leah.

Playwrights from all over the world are encouraged to apply, but the play must be written in English. Eligibility does not require that a submitted work adhere to the traditional three-act structure. One-acts, two-acts (even four-, five-, six- acts), monologues, adaptations, and any other wild (or deceptively tame) format will be considered with equal seriousness. The only absolute requirement is that the submitted text be a completed full-length work for theater.

Applications will open on Monday, December 12, 2022 and the application deadline is 11:59pm on Monday, January 16, 2023. There is no fee to apply. (A link to submitting an application is forthcoming, so please check back.)

The winner will be chosen by readers selected by the board members of the Leah Ryan Fund. They will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a public reading and summer workshop as part of the Powerhouse Theater Program at Vassar College.

Finalists will be contacted in mid-March and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

We look forward to receiving your application! If you have any questions please contact Project Coordinator Dev Bondarin at