Judith Barlow Prize

The Judith Barlow Prize is a student award given annually for an original one-act play that has been inspired by the work of a historic woman playwright. 

THE APPLICATION IS NOW LIVE FOR THE 2020 JUDITH BARLOW PRIZE! (see below)

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS DECEMBER 31, 2019 11:59PM EST. 

 

THE PRIZE

The first place student winner will receive a $2500 award and a reading of the play in New York City. The sponsoring professor will also recieve a $500 prize for introducing the material.


ABOUT JUDITH E. BARLOW

Judith E. Barlow is a Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY; received her B.A. from Cornell University and her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania; editor of Plays By American Women 1900-1930, Plays By American Women 1930-1960, and Women Writers of the Provincetown Playhouse; author of Final Acts: The Creation of Three Late O’Neill Plays, as well as numerous essays on American Drama. 


PAST RECIPIENTS

2019: earth's most customer-centric company by Hanna Manikowski, Carnegie Mellon University (inspired by Fefu and her Friends by María Irene Fornés)
Runner-up: The Choice is Yours by Upasna Barath, North Central College (inspired by A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry)

2018: The Only Hills We've Ever Had by Audrey Webb, Texas State University (inspired by A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry)
Runner-up: Compensation by Hannah Manikowski, Carnegie Mellon University (inspired by House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz)

2017: Leaf by Kara Jobe, Otterbien University (inspired by The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman)
Runner-up: Water Strider/Jesus Bug by Alex Shannon, New York University (inspired by Trifles by Susan Glaspell)

2016: Her Own Devices by Lindsay Adams, Catholic University of America (inspired by Harvey by Mary Chase)
Runner-up: Doctor Scott by Aaron Scully, University of Missouri (inspired by Plumes by Georgia Douglas Johnson)

2015: Three Landings and a Fire Escape by Selina Fillinger (inspired by Machinal by Sophie Treadwell)
Runner-up: Glad on 42nd Between Bruce B Downs and Fletcher Avenue by Jaime O’Brien, University of South Florida (inspired by A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry)

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to apply, a student must be currently enrolled in (or have completed in the past 12 months) a class that is participating in History Matters/Back to the Future’s One Play At A Time: Historic Women Playwrights Initiative.

Or, for graduate students ONLY - with a professor's permission and guidance - they may commit to reading and studying six plays by historic women playwrights independently to be eligible for the prize. Students selecting this option should indicate the six plays studied in their Application Narrative.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE

  • Download and complete the Application Form.
  • Submit the form with the one-act play (no longer than 50 pages). The play itself must be submitted WITHOUT the playwright's name anywhere on the document.
  • A brief recommendation letter from your participating professor is required. It can be submitted by the student with their application or sent directly by the professor.
  • The play, the completed application, and the recomendation letter should be emailed to historymattersbacktothefuture@gmail.com no later than 11:59pm EST on December 31st, 2019. 
  • See the Application Form for complete details. 

 

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM