The Etel Adnan Award

The Etel Adnan Award for Women Playwrights

The Etel Adnan Award competition provides an opportunity for winning women writers residing in Arabic-speaking countries to have their plays presented as a reading at the 2012 Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The Al-Madina Theatre of Beirut and the Swedish National Touring Theatre (Riksteatern) now announce an open call for play submissions.

Deadline for submitting your play is Tuesday July 10th.

Winner of the 2011 award was Jordanian playwright Lana Nasser, who will be attending the 2012 conference to perform her winning play In the Lost and Found (The Red Suitcase).

Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan is a Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist born in Beirut in 1925. She is the daughter of a Greek mother and a Syrian father. She grew up speaking Greek and Turkish in her home, in a primarily Arabic-speaking society. Yet, she was educated at French convent schools, thus French became the language of her early work. Most of her later work has been written in English. At the age of 24, Adnan traveled to Paris where she received a degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne University. She continued her graduate studies in the United States, where she has taught philosophy of art at the universities throughout the country.

The Etel Adnan Award for Women Playwrights aspires to increase the number of plays penned by women writers residing in the Arabic-speaking countries. The mission is to disseminate submitted plays in the Arab-speaking region, also elsewhere, particularly in Sweden, which hosts a wide-spread Diaspora from the Middle East.

» More information about Etel Adnan and the award (pdf)
» Newsletter#4 2012, containing updated information about the award and deadline (pdf)
» Etel Adnan – official web page