One award of $10,000 will be made to the winning script biannually. The award will be presented publicly at a west coast event. The award will be administered by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance which will establish a panel of noted theatre professionals to select the winning script. It is anticipated that the next William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting will be scheduled for 2010.
Plays must be based on an Armenian subject, although there are no restrictions on style, location, or time period. Authors need not be of Armenian ancestry. We welcome entries from non-Armenian writers as well as those of Armenian descent. Submissions must be full-length original works or adaptations, written in English (no translations). Submitted plays must have had a professional reading or production within the last three years. No scripts will be returned. The paper will be recycled. All Rules and Regulations must be followed and the material below submitted for eligibility.
<p align="center"><span class="style6">2008 William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting</span><br /><br /><br /><span class="style4">Finalists</span><br /><br /><span class="style3">NADIA, by Lilly Thomassian<br />About an Armenian family living in Iraq confronting the chaos of the war.<br /><br />FLESH AND TENDERNESS, by Kristen Lazarian<br />A fourth-generation Armenian American woman coming to terms with her family history.<br /><br />THE LIVING AND THE DEAD, by Matthew 'Yazo' Yaldezian<br />Recounting the early life, love and writings of William Saroyan. </span></p>