Radius 2020 Playwriting Competition- OPEN!

Radius 2020 Playwriting Competition has now been announced in association with the Finborough Theatre. There will be a prize of £500 and the winning script is guaranteed a reading at the Finborough Theatre on 28 June 2020. The shortlist will be judged by the theatre’s Artistic Director, Neil McPherson, together with the Literary Manager, Sue Healy.

This is a superb opportunity for both first-time and experienced playwrights. The 2018 winner, Hannah Morley, a first-time playwright, went on to a prestigious Channel 4 residency at the Finborough Theatre.



  • Entries should last between one and two hours in performance and may be on any subject.
  • The competition is open to all, but is restricted to UK residents.
  • The competitor’s name and contact details must not appear anywhere on the script. Names will not be revealed to the judges until after the final adjudication.
  • Entries must consist of original and previously unpublished works. The script should not have been performed within a professional theatre context nor published in any other way than personally by the author e.g. shared by email or included on a blog or writer’s forum.
  • Scripts entered for a previous Radius Playwriting Competition are not eligible.
  • Competitors may submit one script only
  • Entrants should bear in mind the aims and objectives of Radius. This includes;
    • the encouragement of all drama which throws light on the human condition, especially from a Christian understanding. Religious themes need not be mentioned explicitly, and a play about the transformative power of love, for instance, would fall within Radius’s remit.


30 March 2020.
The winner will be announced on 18 May 2020.





Published on:
5 Feb 2020


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  1. How many pages should the script be between, I have a 15 minute play and a 30 minute play, I understand I can only enter 1, but are both too short?

    by JAY LALLY
    1:32 pm, 31 Mar 2020
    1. Hi Jay

      I don’t run the Radius Prize- I’m just highlighting it here are an opportunity. Please click through the link and contact the organizers directly


      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      2:16 pm, 31 Mar 2020