Mustapha Matura Award

The Alfred Fagon Award have been working with the Estate of Mustapha Matura to create a lasting legacy to writing pioneer Mustapha who passed away in October 2019.

They are delighted to announce an exciting new competition – the Mustapha Matura Award and Mentoring Programme.

The competition is open to newly emerging and young black playwrights of Caribbean and African descendant up to the age of 25 and includes a cash prize of £3,000 and a 9 month mentoring programme with a leading Black British playwright.

The establishment of the Mustapha Matura Award provides a final link in a chain which includes Roland Rees Bursary and Alfred Fagon Award. Roland Rees staged Mustapha’s very first plays and Mustapha encouraged Alfred Fagon to begin writing plays and helped to found the creation of the Alfred Fagon Award.



  • The competition is open to any new emerging young black playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African and Caribbean descent.
  • Entrants must be 25 years or under at the time of submission. The AFA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the age criteria at the time of submission.
  • The play does not need to have been produced. However, if it has, only plays produced since August 2020 will be considered.
  • Each entrant can submit only one play. A play may also be nominated by a third party with the writer’s consent (e.g. via an agent).
  • Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered



5pm, Friday, 30 July 2021

All applicants will be notified by email of their entry’s safe arrival. No correspondence will be entered into between the judges and applicants.

Only shortlisted writers will be contacted in early November 2021.

The writer of the winning play will be announced at The Alfred Fagon Award ceremony in November 2021.

Published on:
4 May 2021


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