My new play #bros was a finalist for the Relentless Award, the first year of this amazing new prize in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The script made it from a pool of 2,000 to the top four.
Additionally, the play was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize in the UK. The Bruntwood is the UK's biggest playwriting competition. They also receive about 2,000 submissions.
Both contests were blind, which means readers didn't know the name of the author. I was eligible for both because we moved between the US and the UK during the submission window.
While the money from winning would have been a substantial boost to this writer's livelihood, knowing that the script resonates with readers on both sides of the pond helps renew my energy as I dive into another round of rewrites.
Up next for the play is a workshop at Soho Theatre in early December.
- J xx