Presented by Inscription and proudly supported by the United States Studies Centre, the US Consul General, the Australia Council, Qantas, Griffin Theatre Company and Friends of Inscription.

Based on the resounding success of 2011’s scholarship, Inscription Director, Marcus West is pleased to announce the re-launch of this stunning opportunity for Australian playwrights, The Edward Albee Scholarship “We will offer the award every year for the next five years,” said West. “The award provides the winning playwright with the professional development opportunity of a lifetime.”

Spending a summer month in New York writing a new play, the Albee Scholar will be introduced to a range of US-based playwrights, literary managers, agents and artistic directors. The month is designed to be an opportunity to write and also “plug in” to the New York theatre “grid.”

Accommodation, flights and a stipend will be provided to the winner who will be required to present a full draft of his or her new play two months after returning from the US. The playwright retains all rights to their work and the award is open to any Australian resident.

Entries are due by 4 May 2012, the shortlist will be published on the website on May 21, then Edward Albee will choose the winning entry from the shortlist. The winner will be announced in June.