Queen's University
THE HERMAN VOADEN NATIONAL PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
This biennial nation-wide open competition, named to honor the Canadian pioneer playwright Herman Voaden, is judged “blind”. The judges select the Winners and Honorable Mentions without knowing the names of the playwrights.

Herman Voaden (1903-1991), Canadian playwright, director and theatrical innovator, was a lifelong champion of Canadian culture.
       
"It gives some satisfaction to know that the crusade I have helped to lead has made it possible for the dreamers and innovators of today’s theatre to follow their dreams and continue their innovations.”

This competition, made possible by a generous bequest from Mr. Voaden’s estate, is dedicated to his memory and honors his goals to develop a distinctively Canadian art of the theatre and to encourage the writing of Canadian drama.
 
OPEN for submissions -  November 15, 2016 - January 15, 2017
2015

First Prize - Norman Yeung for Theory

2013

First Prize - Jordan Tannahill for Late Company
 

2011

First Prize - David Brock for WET

2009

First Prize - David Egan for Tom's a Cold

2007

First Prize - Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman for Scratch

2005

First Prize - Florence Gibson MacDonald for Missing

2003

First Prize - Jason Hall for Eyes Catch Fire

2001

First Prize - Michael Lewis Maclennan for The Last Romantics

1999

First Prize - Greg Nelson for North

1997

First Prize - Brian Drader for The Norbals