The Leah

Eligibility & How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in The Leah. We will begin to accept submissons for the next cycle beginning November 2024.

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 March 2024, and will have one week within which to submit their full play.

Please follow these steps to apply:

*Click on the image below. You will be re-directed to the website for the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

*Scroll down to the information about The Leah.

*Click on the APPLY ONLINE button.

*You will be taken to a new page where you will need to click on the CREATE NEW ACCOUNT button.

*Follow the steps to create and verify your account. Then you will be able to log in and submit your materials.

*Your submission is complete when you receive a confirmation email.

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