The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting was founded to champion and produce work by female and non-binary playwrights, agitating to bring about and sustain a more equitable sector. The winner receive £12,000 and the guarantee of a production and publication


The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is open to writers who are:

  • female or non-binary
  • aged sixteen or older
  • resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or in a British Overseas Territory, or have a British Forces Post Office address.

Submitted scripts must:

  • be written in English
  • be written for stage
  • be an original work (i.e. not an adaptation)
  • last an hour or more in playing time
  • not have been professionally produced (i.e. no more than five ticketed performances, and no professional reviews)
  • not have received any other prizes or awards.

Submitted scripts may be:

  • co-written
  • any cast size
  • any genre and style, except musicals (though plays which contain songs are eligible)

Writers must:

  • own all copyright relating to the script
  • submit only one script
  • include their name(s) and contact details on the first page of the script.


As in previous years, you have the option to include a supporting statement, giving additional context about your play.

It’s not compulsory, but can help the reading team and judges make more informed decisions about your submission – particularly in later rounds.

Some areas to touch on might include:

  • why you wrote the play, or your intentions for it
  • where it is in its development, or anything you’d want to work on if you were to develop it further.

This doesn’t have to be an essay – bullet points are fine – and if you’d prefer to submit a voice recording or video instead, you can.

It should be a maximum of 500 words if written, or 3mins if recorded.



5pm on Monday 17th April.


How to enter – The Women’s Prize for Playwriting (

Published on:
30 Mar 2023
Opportunity deadline:
17 Apr 2023


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