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:
- any cast size
- any genre and style, except musicals (though plays which contain songs are eligible)
- 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.