Judith Barlow Prize

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

THE PRIZE

The first place student winner will receive a $2500 award plus a $500 prize to their professor for introducing the material.
The second place student winner will receive a $1000 award. 


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

2017: Leaf by Kara Jobe, Otterbien University (inspired by The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman)
runner up: Water Strider/Jesus Bug by Alex Shannon, NYU (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, Unversity of Misouri (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 intead of participating in a One Play At A Time class. 

 

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINE

  • Download and complete the Application Form.
  • Submit the form with the one-act play (no longer than 30 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 directly from the professor.
  • The play, the completed application, and the recomendation letter should be emailed to historymattersbacktothefuture@gmail.com.
  • Submissions will be accepted between September 1, 2017 and December 30, 2017. 

 

[CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2018 JUDITH BARLOW PRIZE APPLICATION ]