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.

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:

2019 Ready to Publish Award Winner


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” will receive:

  • 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

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Join Us for Two Readings at SETC 2019

The 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN, will feature panel readings of the 2018 and 2019 Ready to Publish Award-winning plays.

“Anthropology Lesson” by J. Harvey Stone

Thurs., Feb. 28  |  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.*
Enjoy a reading of SETC and Stage Right’s 2018 Ready to Publish Award winner. See play synopsis and playwright bio below. Be sure to visit Stage Rights in the SETC Exhibit Hall where the published version of the play will be available for sale.

“Rev” by Rachel Bykowski

Fri., Mar. 1  |  4:30 – 6:30 p.m.*
Enjoy a reading of SETC and Stage Right’s 2019 Ready to Publish Award winner. See play synopsis and playwright bio above.

* Dates and times subject to change. Check the convention program and mobile app for final scheduling details and locations.

2018 Ready to Publish Award Winner

Anthropology Lesson

by J. Harvey Stone

J. Harvey Stone is a career teacher having taught students from preK- adult learners in subjects from Shakespeare to swimming, and Plutarch to pedagogy. In addition to his teaching public school for almost 20 years, Harvey has taught at the University of Richmond, Christopher Newport University, and the Center for Teacher Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is proud to be the Theatre Arts teacher and drama director at Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, VA. In 2018 Harvey’s cast of Jamestown students was selected by the Virginia Theatre Association to perform his original one-act play Immersed at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Convention in Mobile, AL.  Harvey’s current writing interests include the power of place, Southern characters and Appalachia, and he maintains an interest in writing for ensembles.

Synopsis: While the streets outside the Stonewall Inn are set ablaze, a small Appalachian mining town goes through its own quieter turmoil. Anthropology Lesson explores the lives of “roommates” Thomas and Douglas during the summer of 1969. The men have spent the last 13 years building a life together, until an unexpected late-night visitor interrupts Douglas’ first night home after a weekend away. As the play unfolds, the two mens’ lives are turned upside down while a principal, a mother, and a student all come to terms with their own sets of truths.

Previous Winners

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