The Leah

Eligibility & 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. (We are not able to accept musicals submissions at this time.) There is no fee to apply.

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.

Applications for the 2024 The Leah will open in November. 

If you have any questions please contact Project Coordinator Dev Bondarin at