The Leslie Scalapino Award




In memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance. Read about Leslie here.

The Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance. Our first cycle's winner was Joyelle McSweeney, with her work Dead Youth, or The Leaks. Last cycle we received 400 submissions and a wonderful range of work.

In this second cycle, we are refining the award in the following ways: expansion of the prize; and being more specific about the kind of work we wish to encourage in Leslie's spirit.

The Prize:

The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, print publication of the winning text by Litmus Press, a staged reading of the piece this fall at the The New Ohio Theatre in New York, by Fiona Templeton's company The Relationship; and a full production of the work in the following year. The award will now be biennial.

The next call for submissions will be in 2016.

Leslie Scalapino

Read about Leslie Scalapino here:
Buffalo Authors/Leslie Scalapino


Announcing the 2014 WINNER


The award will presented, 
with a reading of the play directed by Fiona Templeton,  
on Monday November 17th at 8:00pm  
154 Christopher Street, New York NY 10014

We are thrilled to announce another fabulous winner, for the 2014 Award. The judges were unanimous in selecting Khadijah's play, Non-Sequitur.  We found it experimental in conception, language and performance approach, and by turns hilarious and moving.

Khadijah writes:  NON-SEQUITUR concerns a large group of abstract/conceptual characters and objects carrying on apparently unrelated conversations and making various observations about the larger world. The play explores the relationship between body and text/speech, how the body mediates thought, feeling and perception, enacting unconscious drives and performing /interacting with stereotypes in absurd, unexpected ways.

Uninhibitedly funny and raucously sharp, NON-SEQUITUR invites the audience to fill in the considerable gaps between rhetoric and truth, creating a space for them to draw their own conclusions and trust their own instincts regarding the play's wild demonstrations of the ridiculousness and pervasiveness of bias.

Khadijah Queen is the author of two poetry collections: Conduit (2008) and Black Peculiar (2011). Individual poems and essays appear in jubilat, Aufgabe, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Rattle, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem alum and curates the multigenre reading series, Courting Risk.

Short list:

We once again thoroughly enjoyed our reading experience of the hundreds of entries.  We were so impressed with our short list that we are announcing the whole list of nine works rather than a couple of runners-up.

Catherine Cafferty Perpetua Takes a Backseat

Maxe Crandall Together Men Make Paradigms

Dipika Guha PASSING


Adeena Karasick Salome: Woman of Valor

Karinne Syers The Lydian Gale Parr

Catherine Theis Medea

Mfoniso Udofia runboyrun


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