What is Joining Sword & Pen?

When the Joining Sword & Pen competition opens, the Babes publish an image which becomes part of the submitted scripts.

These blind submissions are full length plays which are read by and voted on by the ensemble.

The winner will participate in the development process in Fighting Words and then go to full production by the Babes. The winning script’s playwright will also receive the Margaret Martin Award ($1000) sponsored by Babes’ longtime benefactor, David Woolley.

Submissions accepted only during the competition window.  Joining Sword & Pen 2019-2020 launches August 3, 2018.

Take a look at the full list of plays that came from Joining Sword & Pen.

If you are a playwright and want to know more about Joining Sword & Pen, email

Woman with sword looking out in front of a tree; 2 disguised women hiding behind the same tree, one holding their hand over the other's mouth