Three emerging playwriting talents join poets and novelists in the $50,000 honor.
The $25,000 prize goes to a play about gender expectations, to have its premiere next spring at Playwrights Horizons.
The award, created in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman, will split its $45,000 purse between the two.
In our new monthly Role Call feature, we shine a light on theatre professionals across the country who deserve a bigger national profile.
Nominees for the women-only playwright honor include Lisa D’Amour, Clare Barron, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Lindsey Ferrentino, Heidi Schreck and Ruby Rae Spiegel.
Barron is the eighth recipient of the Vineyard Theatre award for emerging playwrights.