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.
I am passionate about new writing and particularly giving opportunities to people trying to break into the profession. I love the egalitarian nature of the process: the anonymous entries, and widely diverse readership at all stages. It is an amazing opportunity for writers at all stages of their careers, and an opportunity to hear exciting new voices Julie Hesmondhalgh- 2022 Judge
We’re incredibly passionate about supporting creative projects that encourage participation and uphold the cultural vitality of the UK’s cities. A dynamic arts and cultural scene is a huge part of that, giving communities the chance to learn, to debate, to discover ideas and new ways of thinking, and ultimately providing the opportunity for people to get their voice heard. Kate Vokes- 2022 Judge
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is extraordinary. It is a brilliant vehicle for storytellers and storytelling. It encourages anyone, regardless of experience or background, to share their story with us. Regardless of where they begin; over 2000 new stories will be brought to life. That feels so exciting. I cannot wait to read these scripts Roy Alexander Weise, Joint AD Royal Exchange
Supporting the development of new work and creating space for new voices and a home for writers is vital to both our growth as a producing theatre and our industry as a whole. With the launch of the North West Residency Award this year, we will be able to create a significant opportunity for a writer from our region. To relaunch the Prize in 2022, from our home in the heart of Manchester and with our brilliant partners Bruntwood, feels more important than ever. Roy Alexander Weise, Joint AD Royal Exchange
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