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



2022 Finalists Amanda Wilkin Chiara Atik Benedict Lombe Daniella De Jesús Lauren Whitehead Kae Tempest Sonya Kelly Zora Howard Joanna Murray-Smith Sarah Hanly

2021-2022 Finalists:
Top row: Amanda Wilkin, Chiara Atik, Benedict Lombe, Daniella De Jesús, & Lauren Whitehead
Bottom row: Kae Tempest, Sonya Kelly, Zora Howard, Joanna Murray-Smith, & Sarah Hanly



Willem de Kooning limited edition, signed print created especially for the Prize.

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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