Thank you to everyone who submitted work to our 2017 contest! One winner will receive a $1,000 cash award during the banquet gala and an all-expense paid trip to SETC’s 68th Annual Convention in Lexington, KY, where both a critique and staged reading of the winning play will be held. The winning play will also be considered for publication in Southern Theatre magazine.
Entries are accepted between March 1 and June 1, annually. Please review the guidelines before filling out and submitting your application.
2017 Winner ~ [Miss] by W.L. Newkirk
W.L. Newkirk’s [Miss] was chosen from a field of 43 submissions. A panel of readers who are established in professional and/or academic theatre evaluated the plays.
Based on true events, [Miss] tells the explosive story of Dr. Frances Kelsey’s epic battle with the William S. Merrell Company over the introduction of thalidomide into the United States. New to the FDA, Dr. Kelsey, only admitted to graduate school because she was thought to be a man, is tasked with approving the drug. Concerned about the drug’s potential effect on pregnant women, she refuses. Merrell attacks Dr. Kelsey to force her to back down. [Miss] is about the challenges women face in science, medical malfeasance, pharmaceutical company greed, and the ability of one uncompromising woman to change history.
About the Playwright:
W. L. Newkirk’s recent award-winning stage plays include: East Lansing (Best Play, 2014 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival), 5 to 4 (Best Play, 2015 4 X 6 Fest), In Me(2015 Vigoda Award, Best Dramedy), Suffocation (Grand Prize, 2016 Emerald Theatre Company New Play Festival), and My Strange Journey (Nominee, Best Production, 2016 Pittsburgh New Works Festival). He holds degrees from the Ohio State University and Harvard where he was a John Harvard Scholar and Lecturer. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild.
The Southeastern Theatre Conference advocates experience and education. The annual staged reading of the winning play is followed by an in-depth response session.
Staged reading of 2015 Getchell-winning Helvetica by Will Coleman at the 66th annual convention.
|2016||Ben Gierhart||Another Man’s Treasure|
|2014||Robert Plowman||The Missing Link|
|2011||Eddie Zipperer||Nicolas the Worm|
|2007||Don LaPlant||Two Body Problems|
|2003||David Blakely||Tales of Shoogilly|
|2002||William Hayes||Going South with Phil and Margaret|
|2001||Alison Pruitt||The Trial of Susan B. Anthony|
|2000||Linda Nell Cooper||April Morning|
|1998||Sheryle Criswell||…Where Late the Sweet Birds Sing|
|1997||David Davis||Five Exits|
|1996 (Tie)||Kenneth Robins||Atomic Field|
|1996 (Tie)||Thomas W. Stephens||Miserere, Passing Through|
|1995||Jason Milligan||Walking on the Moon|
|1994||Bob King||Dry Thunder|
|1993||Jett Parsley||Locked Doors and Lightning Bugs|
|1992||Richard Zinober||The House at the Edge of the World|
|1991||Adam Kraar||A Twist of Faith|
|1989||Bernard Sabath||Father and Daughter|
|1988||Jan Henson Dow & Robert Shroeder||The Golden Dawn|
|1987||Eddie DeSantis||American Subway|
|1986||Bobbi Evors||Another Dimension|
|1985||Beverly Shatto||Song of the parakeet|
|1984||Pat Kaufman||Cookie Jar|