2018 AITAF Playwriting Award Winner!


WAR STORIES by Vinnie Lyman

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The Bridge Award was established in honor of our upcoming tenth anniversary with the purpose of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the United States military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF produced reading of the winning work. The head judge will be Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This Award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran artist important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities.

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The Final Selecting Judge will be Suzan-Lori Parks.

Suzan-Lori Parks
Named among Time magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next Wave,” Suzan-Lori Parks is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in American drama today. She is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, is a MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient, and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Other grants and awards include those from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also a recipient of a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Award, a CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, and a Guggenheim Foundation Grant. She is an alum of New Dramatists and of Mount Holyoke College.

The Awarded Playwright will Receive:

  • $10,000 prize.

  • An AITAF produced reading of the winning play in the fall of 2018, in NYC or on base (if the winning playwright is in active duty) with a professional director and cast.

  • A reception and feedback session following the reading.


  • Author must currently serve or have served in the United States military. All selected finalists will be required to provide proof of service.

  • All submissions must be full-length, completed plays.

  • Musicals, screenplays, or one-act plays are ineligible.

  • All submissions must be unpublished.

  • The submitted play may not have received a professional, reviewed production.

  • The submitted play may address any subject matter or theme; military settings or content are not given any extra consideration.

  • Each author may submit one play per year; multiple submissions are not allowed.

  • Once a play has been submitted, no further revisions or new drafts may be entered.

  • Plays with a producer, producing organization or theater attached are not eligible.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions will be accepted December 1st 2017 through March 1st 2018.
  • Please submit your play in PDF form with the title: Title of Play.pdf
  • Please include a brief accompanying statement, including a description of your service (dates, military branch, foreign countries served in, if applicable.) This description may be 250 words or fewer.
  • Only finalists will be notified of their status.
  • When the winning playwright is named, finalists will also be announced.
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