ADAA Unveils Kondazian Award for Armenian Stories

LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) recently unveiled the Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories that specifically honors stage plays on Armenian themes.

ADAA is accepting scripts for this award until April 24, 2016.

In keeping with ADAA’s mission to project the Armenian voice on the world stage, the $2,500 Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories ensures that Armenian and non-Armenian writers exploring Armenian themes are given important exposure at this key time in Armenia’s modern history. In addition, the $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize will honor plays with human rights/social justice themes of all kinds.

The Lillian and Varnum Paul Fund, longtime supporter of ADAA’s writing competitions, will fund the prize. Inaugurated by actress and ADAA Board of Directors member Karen Kondazian, who is the daughter of Lillian and Varnum Paul, the Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories fills an important need for Armenian and non-Armenian artists and audiences.

“The Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories encourages playwrights of any nationality to explore the Armenian heart and soul,” said Kondazian. “This is a passion of mine and I am thrilled to see the award helping writers around the world to get their voice heard.”

The $10,000 Saroyan/Paul Prize for Playwriting in Human Rights/Social Justice and the $2,500 Kondazian Playwriting Award for Armenian Stories will be awarded in December 2016, in honor of Human Rights Day, at ADAA’s annual awards event in Los Angeles.

For submission guidelines, visit ADAA’s newly redesigned website, Submissions for the prize must be e-mailed to by April 24.
Source: Armenian Weekly

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