The 2022 Papatango New Writing Prize- OPEN until 30 Jan.

The Papatango New Writing Prize returns – with a bigger production, more money and international showcases!

The winning writer will receive £7000. Their script will be produced by Papatango in a month-long run in The Large theatre at Southwark Playhouse, London, with the writer receiving a royalty of 8% of the net box office. It will also be published by Nick Hern Books.

The four shortlisted writers will each receive £500 and the option to have their play presented as a reading by The Playwright Laboratory in association with Papatango. The readings will give each writer the chance to see their play professionally directed and performed. These readings will be filmed and then showcased on TPL’s private, members-only industry platform, reaching producers, programmers and theatres worldwide.

All entrants will be able to opt in to receive feedback if they wish; please indicate your choice by ticking the relevant box when submitting your script. It is not possible to opt out of feedback and then later to request it.


  • The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.
  • There is no age limit.
  • There is no minimum or maximum level of experience required to enter. All you need is a story.
  • The script must be an original, unpublished and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three public readings, showcases or performances. Any scripts that have been published or produced for any more than three performances, whether professionally or with an amateur company, will be automatically disqualified.
  • Translations, children’s plays, adaptations of classic plays or existing works in other media, music theatre, television or film scripts are not eligible.
  • Scripts submitted to the Prize in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted.
  • You may submit more than one script if you wish.
  • As the Prize offers production and publication, they are looking for complete, full-length scripts.


9pm (GMT) on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Published on:
13 Dec 2021
Opportunity deadline:
30 Jan 2022


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