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“In a play, from the beginning, you have to realize that you’re preparing something which is going into the hands of other people, unknown at the time you’re writing it.” T.S. Eliot

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The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting


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.

The 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting will receive its official launch on 29 January 2015 with a Panel Discussion at the National Theatre, which will also mark the Prize’s 10th anniversary. The competition, a unique partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and property company Bruntwood, will accept entries from 30 January 2015.

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting has supported the development and productions of a significant number of playwrights since its inception in 2005. Open to writers in the UK and Ireland aged 16 and over, so far there have been 17 winning playwrights who have been awarded a total of £160,000.  There have been 13 critically acclaimed productions of winning entries, as well as a number of productions of plays elsewhere that were identified through the judging process.

Over 9,000 entries have been generated from across the United Kingdom and winning playwrights have gone on to have work produced at the Royal Court Theatre, Almeida Theatre, on Broadway and in the West End.  It is a significant investment in playwrights and support for new work on stage.  More information about the Prize can be found here. For latest information about the prize, industry wide initiatives and news as well as details of opportunities to develop your playwriting skills, why not sign up to our newsletter mailing list.