The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the UK’s biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers. We look for scripts that are original and unperformed, by writers of any experience.

To write drama is to leave a can of Coke by the side of the road. Then, sit on that can of Coke. Where’s the can of Coke now? Stephen Adly Guirgis
I really do genuinely think theatre can change the world. I think it does on a small scale by changing the lives of people who come into contact with it. Dennis Kelly
Theatre is life heightened. Peter Brook
Imagination is the wide-open eye which leads us always to see truth more vividly. Christopher Fry
Although I don’t act any more, I know how to give actors space; I trust I don’t have to spell things out. I can be spare. I know how much an actor can do with a sentence as opposed to a paragraph. Rebecca Lenkiewicz
The most important playwright’s gift is to hit your time and speak to your time. David Hare
Language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. Derek Walcott
Every artistic expression is either influenced by or adds something to politics. Dario Fo
When I write, I am not giving a lecture, I am speculating on behaviour. Sometimes this is dangerous but it should be. Howard Barker
I think listening – listening to one another and our planet – is critical now. David Rambo
I admit it – there’s a rather dirty thrill when 700 people laugh at a joke you’ve written. Laura Wade
For me the thing the writer really needs to grope towards is the truth. Dennis Kelly
The real reason for comedy is to hide the pain. Wendy Wasserstein
If the sole gesture of a play is to convince someone of a view, to change their mind on something, I’d question whether theatre is the best place for that. Nick Payne
When characters are really alive before their author, the latter does nothing but follow them in their action, in their words, in the situations which they suggest to him. Luigi Pirandello
Youth is a cruel thing to praise an artist for. It is the one thing they can take no credit for and know they are destined to lose. Lucy Prebble
What fascinates me is ordinary people making massive moral decisions. Richard Bean
The best theatre I have seen has managed to achieve the most extraordinary images with some of the simplest ideas. Mark Espiner
A play produces ideas, ideas do not produce a play. Sam Shepard
Story is what happens and plot is how it happens. Tim Firth
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