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The Heermans-McCalmon annual awards were established at the bequest of Forbes Heermans (Class of 1878) and in memory of the late George McCalmon, professor of Speech and Drama. The awards are given for the best playwriting and screenwriting produced by students. There are two cash prizes for each category: $250 for first-place entries and $100 for second-place entries. First-place winners will also be given a copy of Final Draft software and either a yearlong subscription to a relevant professional publication or a yearlong membership in a relevant professional organization.

The 2018 winners are:

SCREENPLAY

1st place: In the Cold by Sarah Nixon

2nd place: The Absence of No by Madeleine Gray

Honorable mention: Love Trumps Hate by Janilya Baizack

STAGE PLAY

1st place: I Did Something by Basak Akman

2nd place: The Forever War by Gloria Oladipo

Honorable mention: Black Sheep by Jonvi Rollins

A film of the winning screenplay and a staged reading of the winning stage play will be presented to the public on Friday, March 23, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in SB10, Schwartz Center, followed by a panel discussion with industry guests. In addition to awarding the prizes for the contest, we will also award the Drama Book Shop award to a Cornell senior who has made an outstanding contribution to theatre.  
 
Contact Pam Lillard at pam.lillard@cornell.edu or 607-254-2703 for more information.