Joining Sword & Pen

Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18 Is Now Closed!

The winner: Arthur M. Jolly’s

Mr. Jolly also won two previous Joining Sword & Pen competitions:

2009-10: BWBTC premiered A GULAG MOUSE at the Trap Door Theatre: it opened 3/29/10 and ran through 5/1/10. It has since been published by Next Stage Press, and produced in Seattle, WA; Anchorage, AK; London, England; and Los Angeles, CA.

2011-12: BWBTC premiered TRASH, featuring two rotating casts, at The Side Project Theatre: it opened 4/1&2/12 and ran through 5/5/12. It has since been published by Next Stage Press, and produced in London, England.

We’re thrilled to welcome him back to the BWBTC stage!

Joining Sword & Pen is BWBTC’s international playwriting competition, founded in 2005 to increase the number of quality scripts featuring fighting roles for women.  Since its inception, JS&P has been sponsored by Fight Master David Woolley, SAFD.

The winner receives the Margaret W. Martin Award: the play undergoes development via BWBTC’s Fighting Words program prior to premiering as part of an upcoming BWBTC season, and the playwright receives a $1,000 cash prize.

The winner is chosen through a blind selection process: company members find out the identity of the playwright only after voting in the piece to be produced.

Contestants were asked to use either one of the images below (or, if they were feeling particularly art-y, both) as the basis for a new play that 1) features complex roles for women, and 2) explores staged violence as a storytelling tool.

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Visit our archived SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for information on WHAT to submit, HOW to submit, helpful hints, a tentative workshop & production schedule, FAQs, and more!

Submissions were due NO LATER than March 9, 2017.

SPECIAL THANKS: Photographer Steven Townshend and Graphic Artist Amy Bashara

History of Joining Sword & Pen
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…Fortius Stylus Gladio, Sed Prudens Ambos Portat…
…the pen is mightier than the sword, but a wise woman carries both…

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