Windsor Fringe – Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2021. (Due to Covid in 2020, the performances were only available online). One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged purely on the writing.

Only amateur playwrights* are eligible and only one script per author accepted. Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed.

Each play is to be between 25 – 35 minutes in length* to have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. Plays outside these limits will not be eligible, so please check before submitting.



March 5th 2021

Scripts are evaluated by readers and the final short list by two judges. The three finalists will be notified by mid-June 2021 Results will be announced via the Windsor Fringe website, social media and sites advertised on.

The winner of the £500 award (judged mid-June and held in a sealed envelope) will be announced at the Awards Ceremony after the final performance.

Any queries, telephone 07771 757678 or email Please note that any e-mails should include the word ‘branagh’ to isolate them from the enormous amount of SPAM mail received at this address. Otherwise they may not be logged/recorded.



Please read and review the full guidelines by clicking here


Published on:
5 Jan 2021
Opportunity deadline:
05 Mar 2021


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