Arts & Letters Prize for Drama

Judge: Iona Sun

Iona Sun is the co-founder and Literary Manager of Birdhouse Theater in Milledgeville, Georgia. She has been directing for nearly fifteen years and has a passion for new works. In addition to serving as the judge and director of the Arts & Letters prizewinning play for seven years, she also judges screenplays for the ME Film Festival as well as the International Playwriting Festival EdgeFest. Her own plays, in addition to several productions in Georgia, have been produced in L.A. (Acting Out INK Fest 2016, 2018), Edmonds Driftwood Festival of Shorts in Washington State, and Washington Women in Theatre Festival in D.C., and have been recognized by the Neil LaBute Theatre Festival in St. Louis.

The prize-winning one-act play winner receives a $500 prize and travel support to attend the prize play production at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) 


Submit a one-act play of 30-60 pages, typed in standard modern stage play format. The full production will be produced in the spring of the following year at Milledgeville’s Birdhouse Theatre. Scripts with minimal set/design requirements are preferred, so that we can focus on the story and acting in performance.

Previously produced scripts are acceptable.

Please do NOT include your name on any part of the uploaded file you submit to any genre.  We accept most file formats (Word, .rtf, PDF).

We prefer, for the drama prize, that your work not be simultaneously submitted. This helps us preserve the integrity of the contest. Our judge’s decisions are usually made by August.

All playwrights writing in English are eligible to enter, excepting friends, relatives, or current and former students of the judge.

The submission period for our drama prize is May 1 – June 30. The entry fee is $10.

All submissions are through our Submittable site:


Drama Prize 2021
Iona Sun
Heloise Thual, “Mummy Is A Tree”
Angela J. Davis, “Griswold”
Catalina Florina Florescu, “La tiza”
John Gregory McCleland, “Marina Del Rey”
Michael Harding, “First Date”
Alexis Morgan, “Repast”
Olivia Stogner, “I Will Stand on the Moon and Watch You Circle the Globe”

Images from the 2017 Drama Prize Winner “The Lantern Bearers” by Marc Aronoff

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