The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is the oldest and largest playwriting prize honoring women+ writing for the English-speaking theatre.



2023 Finalists Anupama Chandrasekhar Francisca Da Silveira Maryam Hamidi Karen Hartman Katie Holly Kimber Lee Sarah Mantell a.k. payne Zadie Smith Ruby Thomas

Top row: Anupama Chandrasekhar, Francisca Da Silveira, Maryam Hamidi, Karen Hartman, Katie Holly
Bottom row: Kimber Lee, Sarah Mantell, a.k. payne, Zadie Smith, Ruby Thomas


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“The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has done more than any other single force to get plays by women collected and celebrated, but more importantly, produced.” - Marsha Norman, 1983 Winner for Night Mother

"The emergence of women playwrights over the history of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has spearheaded a change in the position of women in every realm of the theater." – Wendy Wasserstein, 1988 Winner for The Heidi Chronicles