British playwright Chloe Moss has been awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Playwriting Prize for her play This Wide Night. The award is given annually to recognize women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theater. She was awarded $20,000 and a signed and numbered print by artist Willem de Kooning.

A special commendation was given to Britain's Lucinda Coxon for her play Happy Now?. She received $5,000.

The other eight finalists, who each received $1,000, were: Anupama Chandrasekhar-Free Outgoing (India); Ann Marie Healy-What Once We Felt (U.S.); Michele Lowe-Inana (U.S.); Elizabeth Meriwether-Oliver! (U.S.);Lynn Nottage-Ruined (U.S.); Kaite O'Reilly-The Almond and the Seahorse(Wales); Amy Rosenthal-On The Rocks (England); and Esther Wilson-Ten Tiny Toes(England).

The 2009 international panel of judges for the awards included Edward Albee, Peter Gill, Jenny Jules, Emily Mann, Genista McIntosh, and Sigourney Weaver.

For more information, visit www.blackburnprize.org.