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The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award is an $8,000 cash grant to be awarded to one (1) New York State-based playwright or screenwriter who self-identifies as LGBTQ+.  


Application Opens: Thursday, April 25 10:00 AM ET  
Application Closes: Tuesday, June 18 at 5:00 PM ET*
Applicants Notified: Fall 2024

*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.

2024 Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award Guidelines


The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award is open to New York State playwrights and screenwriters, including those who live within the five boroughs of New York City.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a working playwright or screenwriter. Acceptable forms of playwriting or screenwriting include stageplays, screenplays, teleplays, libretti, radio plays, and audio dramas. No audio is accepted. 
  • Must self-identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Must be a current full-time resident of New York State for a minimum of 12 months at the time applications close.
  • Must be at least 25 years of age at the time the application closes.
  • Cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind.
  • Can be past recipients of any NYFA grant or fellowship programs, except past recipients of the The Ryan Hudak LGBTQ+ Dramatic Writing Award.
  • Cannot be a NYFA employee, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the above.

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