As a part of their new partnership, PLAY LA, Center Theatre Group (CTG) and Humanitas will accept submissions June 1-30 for the Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize, which supports Southern California playwrights. Three finalists will be notified in mid-December 2015, and the winner will be announced at the 41st annual Humanitas Prize Awards luncheon in February 2016. This is the first year Humanitas and CTG are awarding this annual prize.

The annual Humanitas/CTG Playwriting prize will be awarded to the best new unproduced play written by a Southern California-based emerging or mid-career writer. The playwright will receive a $5,000 cash prize, and an additional $5,000 will be given to a local theater to subsidize the play’s world-premiere production. Two runners-up will each be awarded a cash prize of $2,000.

The winning and runner-up plays will be developed with CTG’s literary staff, led by the director of new play development, Pier Carlo Talenti, and presented in professional readings in the spring of 2016 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of a weekend celebration of new plays headlined by “Thanksgiving,” written by Humanitas board of directors member John Sacret Young (“China Beach,” “The West Wing”).

To submit an entry, visit: http://humanitasprize. info/welcome/?page_id=1324 to complete the application and upload a script.