September 13-16, 2018
Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky Women Writers Conference Welcomes 'Bad Behavior' Author Mary Gaitskill

February 1, 2018
By Whitney Hale


Praise for the 2017 Conference

Thank you so much for the opportunity to attend the Kentucky  Women Writers Conference as a recipient of a postgraduate scholarship. I gained a great deal from the workshop with Camille Dungy. These are things that will help to carry me through my final year of graduate school. I also want to thank you for assembling a group of instructors who reflect the diversity of women’s voices. It was truly a breath of fresh air to be present in the space created.  —Sincerely, Philana Omorotionmwan

World Premiere of 'Timeless,' Play on Stem Cells and Fountain of Youth

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  • Timeless: A Scientific Comedy, by Raegan Payne
  • Winner of the Kentucky Women Writers Biennial Prize for Women Playwrights
  • Produced by Eric Seale and Jessica York, in cooperation with the University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences
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Guest Judge, Finalists Announced for 2017 Prize for Women Playwrights

By Whitney Hale June 8, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2017) — Five playwrights have been named finalists for the 2017 Prize for Women Playwrights presented by the Kentucky Women Writers Conference (KWWC). Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok will guest judge this year’s competition, as well as present a workshop at the conference, slated for Sept. 15-16.

Biennial Prize for Women Playwrights

(Jan. 16, 2017) — Thanks to everyone who submitted to our biennial Prize for Women Playwrights during the most recent submission period of December 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017. We received over 150 scripts from around the country and overseas. These will be reviewed and finalists selected by a panel of Lexington-area theater professionals, and a guest judge, a nationally renowned playwright tba, will choose the winning script. Eric Seale will produce and direct the winning script for a world premiere performance in Kentucky, tba.

Poet Sonia Sanchez Returns to Ky. Women Writers Conference

By Whitney Hale

Finalists Announced for Prize for Women Playwrights

Prize for Women Playwrights Submission Form

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Script must be "blind," with all personal identifying information removed.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
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  1. I attest that my submission is an original piece, and that I am its author.
  2. I attest that my play has not been not been staged in full production for a paying audience.
  3. I understand that the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Inc.(KWWC) reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason including, but not limited to, length, quality, content, or failure to meet any submission requirement.
  4. I give KWWC non-exclusive permission to produce my play as part of its Playwriting Prize, as well as to record any performance of my play for archival purposes (not for resale or profit).
  5. If the adapted work of fiction is not in the public domain, it is my responsibility as the playwright to obtain necessary permissions and copyright clearance. KWWC will be indemnified from any responsibilities concerning the copyright laws domestically or internationally.
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