Chris Kayser and Bart Hansard in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Greg Mooney.

Past winners & finalists

2016/17

Winner:

Jiréh HolderToo Heavy for Your Pocket, Yale School of Drama

Finalists:

Emily FeldmanLover in Tableau, University of California San Diego
Lindsey FerrentinoMoonlight on the Bayou, Yale School of Drama
Ben FisherBorealis, University of California San Diego
Mora HarrisSpace Girl, Carnegie Mellon

2015/16

Winner:

Eleanor BurgessStart Down, NYU Dramatic Writing

Finalists:

Will ArberyConfession, Northwestern University
Hilary BettisGhost of Lote Bravo, The Juilliard School
Nina BraddockWishbone, NYU Dramatic Writing
Jen SilvermanAll the Roads Home, The Juilliard School

2014/15

Winner:

Tsehaye Gesalyn HébertThe C.A. Lyons Project, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Finalists:

Kimberly BarranteAn Alien in Inwood, NYU Dramatic Writing
Michael Yates CrowleyEvanston: A Rare Comedy, The Juilliard School
Emily DendingerPocketful of Sand, University of Iowa
Georgette KellyBallast, Hunter College

2013/14

Winner:

Madhuri ShekarIn Love and Warcraft, University of Southern California 

Finalists:

Lindsey FerrentinoMagic Man, Hunter College
Andrew HinderakerColossal, University of Texas at Austin
Jacob JuntunenIn the Shadow of His Language, Ohio University
Christina QuintanaScissoring, Columbia University School of the Arts

2012/13

Winner:

Mike LewBike America, The Juilliard School

Finalists:

Janine NabersAnnie Bosh is Missing, The Juilliard School
Diana GrisantiRiver City, University of Texas at Austin
Peter FloydAbsence, Boston University
Neeley GossetRoman Candle Summer, Hollins University

2011/12

Winner:

Meg MiroshnikThe Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Yale School of Drama

Finalists:

Bob BartlettWhales, Catholic University of America
Timothy J. GuillotWe Fight We Die, Catholic University of America
Alexander MaggioLost Cause; University of California, Los Angeles
Ben SnyderShoe Story, University of Texas at Austin

2010/11

Winner:

David RobinsonCarapace, Ohio University

Finalists:

Joe Luis CedilloNoche y Mourning, University of Iowa
Will FancherThe River was Whiskey, Boston University
Shane SakhraniThe Doctor is Indian, University of Southern California
Martín ZimmermanWhite Tie Ball, University of Texas at Austin

2009/10

Winner:

Ismail KhalidiTennis in Nablus, NYU-Tisch Dramatic Writing

Finalists:

Dana Lynn FormbyThe Small of Her Back, Ohio University
Virginia Grisblu, California Institute of the Arts
Emily SchwendSplinters, The Juilliard School
Paul David YoungNo One But You, The New School for Drama

2008/09

Winner:

Julia BrownellSmart Cookie, NYU-Tisch Dramatic Writing

Finalists:

Randall ColburnLamp and Moth, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Zayd DohrnSick, The Juilliard School
Sarah GubbinsFair Use, Northwestern University
Alex LewinThe Near East; University of California, San Diego

2007/08

Winner:

Tarell Alvin McCraneyIn the Red and Brown Water, Yale School of Drama

Finalists:

Merri BiechlerConfessions of a Reluctant Caregiver, Ohio University
Bekah BrunstetterGreen, The New School for Drama
Ross MaxwellBlind, Bleeding, Drugged & Drunk; NYU-Tisch Dramatic Writing
Josh TobiessenElection Day; University of California, San Diego

2006/07

Winner:

Darren CanadyFalse Creeds, NYU-Tisch Dramatic Writing

Finalists:

Elizabeth Brandongirls, Florida State University
Chris LeyvaSolamente Una Vez, University of Iowa
Carson KreitzerFlesh and the Desert, University of Texas at Austin
Ruth McKeeThe Nightshade Family; University of California, San Diego

2005/06

Winner:

Ken Lin...," said Saïd, Yale School of Drama

Finalists:

Michael L. Cooper and Hyeyoung KimSunfish, NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program
Lynne KuemmelThe Monongahela House, Carnegie Mellon
Brian TuckerSins of the Father, The Juilliard School
William WhitehurstHe Who Outruns Rainstorms, University of Southern California

2004/05

Winner:

Daphne GravesDay of the Kings, The Juilliard School

Finalists:

Andrew BarrettRainy Days and Mondays, University of Iowa
Marcus Gardleydance the holy ghost: a play on memory, Yale School of Drama
Megan GogertyLove Jerry, University of Texas at Austin
Mat SmartHand Foot Arm and Face; University of California, San Diego

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