Joining Sword & Pen

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.

Joining Sword & Pen 2017-18 Is Now Closed!

The winner will be announced at the 3/31 performance of Henry V.

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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