Young Scholars Competition: Theatre/Drama

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Black Theatre Network
contact email: 

S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition

In recognition of Black Theatre scholar and educator, S. Randolph Edmonds, The Black Theatre Network instituted the S. Randolph Edmonds Young Scholars Competition in 1988.

This competition seeks to encourage research and scholarship in Black Theatre. The competition supports the overall mission of BTN: to expose the beauty and complexity of the inherited theatre work of our African American ancestors as well as preserve and develop Black Theatre’s unique art form. 



• Papers must be typed, double-spaced, and in MLA format with a bibliography page. If applicable, it must also include endnotes that demonstrate awareness of formal methods of documentation.

• Papers should be between 10 - 20 pages in length. This does NOT include endnotes and bibliography pages (If a submission longer than 10 pages is selected as a winning entry, the author will need to condense the paper to a focused 10 pages for presentation purposes).

• Please include: 1) cover letter stating the entrant’s name, university affiliation, class rank, current and permanent address (if not the same), telephone number, email address and a one paragraph biography, 2) a 250-word abstract, and 3) a headshot. The biography and headshot will be used to feature the winners on the BTN webpage. 

• There may only be ONE submission per student. Students should submit their own work; a professor cannot submit on the student’s behalf

• Students cannot send for the conference planner’s consideration a proposal that represents the same paper that they have entered (or will enter) into this contest.



•Winners will be announced by June 1, 2019, and will be invited to deliver their papers at the 2019 Black Theatre Network Conference in Winston-Salem, NC to be held July 25-29, 2019.

• A first-place prize of $500.00 and a second-place prize of $250.00 will be awarded in both Division I (Undergraduate) and II (Graduate) PLUS a two-night stay in the conference hotel to facilitate the winners’ attendance at the Young Scholars awards ceremony;

• Winners will participate in a special reception in their honor at the conference; 

• Winners will be announced on the BTN website; and 

• Winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Black Theatre Network and a complimentary conference registration should he/she choose to attend the entire conference. 



Papers must be received no later than May 15, 2019, and should be sent via e-mail to:

La Tanya L. Rogers, PhD, at Please feel free to contact Dr. Rogers by phone on (202-807-6303) or email (link above) with questions or for more information.