The Nick Darke Award 2018- Open to submissions for stage plays

The Nick Darke Award 2018 is now open for stage play submissions. With the opportunity to win £6,000, this competition is open to all writers aged 16 and over. Following writer Nick Darke’s death, the Nick Darke Award was conceived in 2006 by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

The Nick Darke Award is solely funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Writing & Journalism. The relationship between Falmouth and the Award recognises Nick Darke’s impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent.



1.1 The application must be made in English.

1.2 The competition is open to all national and international writers aged 16 and over.

1.3 The writer must be the sole original author. The competition is not open to collaborations.

1.4 No submissions that have previously been produced, had a rehearsed reading or won other competitions.

1.5 No submissions of scripts previously entered into the Nick Darke Award.

1.5 No musicals or adaptations.


How to apply

Please submit a full stage play script (minimum of 45 minutes in length, no maximum) and a one page synopsis about the play in PDF format to:

All submissions should be entered anonymously, do not include a name, address or email on the script. Please put contact details in the email with your submission.




17:00 (GMT) Monday 21 May 2018.


For more information, including the 2018 Judges and FAQ’s please go to


Published on:
7 Mar 2018


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