The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting

The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting will be offered for the outstanding student-written full-length comic play. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of memorable characters, Samuel Clemens - the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist also known as Mark Twain - was a fearless observer of society, who outraged many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly.

* 1st Place Cash Award of $1,000.

* Professional Development Fellowship.  The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will provide the award recipient with an all-expenses paid professional development opportunity. 

* 2nd Place Award of $500.

* Dramatists Guild Award.  The Dramatists Guild Award provides the playwrights with Active membership in the Guild.

All student who attend a college that participates in KCACTF by entering a production or productions for response at the Associate or Participating level may submit their plays for consideration for this award.  Entries do not need to be produced by their schools for consideration in this award category.  The play must comply with the guidelines for scripts entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Program.

Rules and Guidelines