Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Playwriting Competition

Czech Republic
Term: Academic Year

Annual playwright competition were the recipient receives a two week trip to Prague which includes a residency and staged reading of their play at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and visits to Prague theaters. 

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in the United States to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of playwright, dissident and former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel. Each year, the Library Foundation together with the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) seeks undergraduate play submissions based on a theme drawn from a Vaclav Havel play.

The winner receives a two-week residency in Prague with classes at different DAMU departments; visits to Prague theaters; stage reading of the winning play prepared by DAMU and Vaclav Havel Library in Prague; a round-trip air ticket to Prague and accommodation. The schedule at DAMU will be prepared individually according to the winner’s study focus and interests. Date: November 2019 (around November 17th, the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution).

Contest Rules

  • The contest is open to students of drama and performance studies who submit an original play that has not been published and will not be published before the announcement of the contest results.
  • The contest is anonymous. Plays should be sent in pdf format without the author’s name on the script to The email subject line should be “Ferdinand Vanek Today“.
  • Authors should submit a separate sheet with all contact information.

Fact Sheet

Columbia Undergraduates
Fellowship Type:
Czech Republic
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 15, 2020
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