Ready to Publish Award

SETC and Stage Rights present a unique opportunity for playwrights! Established in 2016, the Ready to Publish Award is a program dedicated to developing, publishing, and licensing new works by members of the SETC community.

Two Readings at SETC 2019

The 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN, featured panel readings of the 2018 and 2019 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays: “Anthropology Lesson” by J. Harvey Stone and “Rev” by Rachel Bykowski.

Panel reading of the 2019 Ready to Publish Award-winning play "Rev" by Rachel Bykowski at the 70th annual SETC Convention. Photo by Caitie McMekin.
The 2016 and 2018 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays available for sale in Stage Rights' booth in the 2019 SETC Exhibit Hall. Playwright J. Harvey Stone signed copies of "Anthropology Lesson."
The 2016 and 2018 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays available for sale in Stage Rights' booth in the 2019 SETC Exhibit Hall. Playwright J. Harvey Stone signed copies of "Anthropology Lesson."

2019 Ready to Publish Award Winner

Thank you to everyone who submitted work to the 2019 SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award. After taking in nearly 300 submissions for this year’s contest, we are pleased to announce the winner:

Rev

by Rachel Bykowski

Rev follows a pair of sisters named Camaro and Aston struggling to keep their deceased fathers’ repair shop afloat until a 25-year old ex-marine with a unique connection to the family walks in through their garage door seeking employment.

Rachel Bykowski, a Chicago native, writes plays to explore the many facets of womanhood. Her full-length plays have been featured with The National New Play Network (NNPN) in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival. She was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival, received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award, and was the runner-up for the 2018 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award for her play. Her full-length plays have been featured in workshops across the United States. Her play, Tight End is currently in production at Majestic Rep Theatre in Las Vegas. Rachel is a playwriting alumna with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University.

As the winner, Rachel Bykowski and “Rev” receives:

  • Publication of the winning play in the Stage Rights catalog of plays and musicals
  • A panel reading of the play at SETC 2019, hosted by members of the SETC Playwriting committee
  • Prominent display of the final published play by Stage Rights at SETC 2020
  • 2019 SETC Convention Registration
  • $400 Royalty Advance

2019 Finalists

The Girl Who Would be King by Jen O’Connor
Chore Monkeys by Patrick Gabridge
Pillar of Salt by Samuel Levit
Neil Simon’s Last Hit by Jack Feldstein
If by Megg Ward
Open Meeting Closed by Michael Perlmutter
Greenville Tomorrow by Chris Widney
Casting the Beverlys by Jean Hartley Sidden
Disposable Necessities by Neil McGowan

Previous Winners

2018: Anthropology Lesson by J. Harvey Stone
2016: Independence Day at Happy Meadows by Laura King

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