Exilpreis 2018

Call for exile playwrights award 2022

An initiative to promote contemporary drama by the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN and the Schauspiel Leipzig in cooperation with Verein exil – zentrum für interkulturelle kunst und antirassismusarbeit.

We are looking for full-length plays that have not yet premiered and that deal with the topics of identity, integration and life between cultures in the widest possible way.

All texts must have been written in German by the playwrights themselves, regardless of their origin. Translations are not permitted. There is no age limit.

Submissions are requested in electronic AND postal form (single copy). Submissions by electronic means alone will not be considered. It is not possible to return the submitted texts.

The submission should also include: short biography and bibliography as well as address, telephone number and e-mail address of the author.

The exil playwrights award consists of prize money of € 3,000 and a premiere of the winning play in autumn 2023 at Schauspiel Leipzig.
The premiere fee is part of the total prize; the performance fees are contractually agreed separately between Schauspiel Leipzig and the author.

The closing date for entries was 30 April 2022.

The jury meeting will take place in September 2022. The winning play will be announced in November 2022.


Since 2007, the WIENER WORTSTAETTEN have awarded a playwright prize as part of the literary competition “schreiben zwischen den kulturen” (Writing between cultures). Since 2018, the award, endowed with € 3,000, has been awarded biennially in cooperation with Schauspiel Leipzig to a playwrights who submits a full-length play that has not yet premiered and deals in the broadest sense with the themes of identity, integration, interculturality and life between cultures.
The previous prize winners:
Semir Plivac (2007), Ana Bilic (2008), Marianna Salzmann (2009), Olga Grjasnowa (2010), Azar Mortazavi (2011), Valerie Melichar (2012), Susanne Ayoub (2013), Barbara K. Anderlič (2014), Christian Maly-Motta (2015), Mehdi Moradpour (2016), Amirabbas Gudarzi (2017), Alexandra Pâzgu (2018), Emre Akal (2020)