Don’t forget- The Bruntwood Prize 2022 deadline is June 6th

Submissions for the 2022 Prize are open until 6th June 2022 via this site only.

 

The 2022 Prize is split across four categories. They are:

  • The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting– £16,000
  • The Judges Award– £8000
  • The Bruntwood Prize International Award– £8,000. Introduced in 2019, this sister prize is open to international playwrights who can apply through our partners
    • Atlantic Theatre (New York, USA)
    • Berkeley Rep (Berkley, California, USA)
    • Australian Plays Transform (Carlton, New South Wales, Australia)
    • Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne, Australia)
    • Canada Banff Playwrights Laboratory (Banff, Canada)
  • The North West Original New Voice Award and Residency. In recognition of the Prize’s Manchester home and to enable us to work closely with the winning playwright, this year the winner must be based in the North West of England and have not had a full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue. In addition to winning £8,000, they will also access an additional £10,000 fund dedicated to their professional development at the Royal Exchange Theatre during a bespoke one year residency.

Each winner will enter into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre in an endeavour to bring their work to production.

 

Criteria

The Bruntwood Prize Award and Judges Award are open to anyone residing in the UK or Republic of Ireland or British Overseas Territory or with a British Forces Post Office address.

The Bruntwood Prize International Award is open to international playwrights invited to anonymously apply via our named international partners. We are afraid that no other international submissions can be considered at this time.

The North West Original New Voice Award and Residency is open to playwrights resident in the North-West of England* (where the Royal Exchange Theatre is based) We define the North West via the Arts Council England districts https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Map_area_boundaries.pdf

Those playwrights based in the North West who self declare on submission they have not had full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue are eligible. All scripts entered by these playwrights are also eligible for the Bruntwood Prize, and Judges Award.

Entrants must be sixteen or over. There is no upper age limit.

Scripts must be submitted anonymously with no information included on the script other than its title. Please do not include pseudonyms on your script, or agents’ details.

We can only accept one entry per person. We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Please ensure that only one entry is submitted with one set of contact details.

The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.

The submitted play must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any scripts that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.

*The ACE define the North West as the following regions. You are eligible for the North West Award and Residency if you are based in one of the following places, and have not had full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue:

Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Cheshire, Cumbria, Hatton, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan, Wirral

 

Scripts

The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. ∞

The play must be an hour long or more in playing time. The best way to judge this is to read your script out loud. There is no upper limit to the length of your script.

We do not accept translations, adaptations for the stage of other pieces of work written by others, pantomime or musicals. We also do not accept plays written exclusively for younger audiences.

The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.

Please ensure your submitted script has a cover page with the title of the play and no other personal or contact information.

Other than making sure the submitted script contains the title of the play and no other personal or contact information, there are no rules about how your play should be formatted or how any of it should be laid out.

The submitted play must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any scripts that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.

If you have won a prize in any previous Bruntwood competition, (excluding Commendations) you may not enter a script. However, you may enter if you have been shortlisted or longlisted in the past.

 

* We define resident through your ability to produce, if asked, proof of main address on a driving license, appropriate Inland Revenue document, or if not in possession of these, a phone bill with proof of address. A full list of British Overseas Territories can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Overseas_Territories

∞ Amateur performances do not apply. Unproduced means the play cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from up to two rehearsed readings

 

 

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Deadline 

6PM June 6th 2022

 

If you still have questions about the process, you may find the answer to your query in the Prize Guidelines and FAQ or contact the Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator, Chloe Smith, on bruntwood.prize@royalexchange.co.uk

 

Entering – The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (writeaplay.co.uk)

Published on:
6 Apr 2022
Opportunity deadline:
06 Jun 2022

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