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Playing On Air Podcast Announces James Stevenson Prize winners

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins was among the judges.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins is one of the judges for Playing On Air's James Stevenson Prize.
(© David Gordon)

The podcast Playing On Air has announced the winners of the inaugural James Stevenson Prize for comedic short plays.

The first prize winner is Hate Baby by Gracie Gardner, who will receive $7,500 plus a recording of the play on the podcast. Second prize ($2,000) goes to Lily Akerman's Hedgehog, with Elizabeth Logun's Horse Latitudes (Who Wants to be an Equine Extra?) coming in third place ($1,000).

The James Stevenson Prize was created to bring the finest American comedic writing to a nationwide audience for free. Winners were selected by playwrights Willy Holtzman, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Paul Rudnick, as well as Playing on Air staffers Claudia Catania (founder and producing artistic director) and Bonnie Antosh (literary manager), and Stevenson's wife, Josie Merck.

Playing on Air produces short contemporary audio plays by acclaimed and rising-star playwrights.