How do I enter?
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting opened to submissions on January 21st 2019. The 2019 entry deadline will be 6pm, June 5th 2019.
All entries for The Bruntwood Prize are made online through this website, via the ENTER NOW button on this page. You will need:
- A pseudonym, or a name that’s not your own
- A contact email address
- An address in the UK or Republic of Ireland or British Overseas Territory or British Forces Post Office. OR an entry code shared with you for submission to the International Award.
- A title for your play
- Your finished play in a single document (PDF, DOC, or DOCX)
You’ll receive a confirmation email once the process is finished to let you know your entry has been successful.
All plays are submitted anonymously to the competition and will be read by an expert panel of readers appointed by the Royal Exchange Theatre. There is an extensive five stage process to the reading before creating the shortlist. The final panel of readers, including key artistic staff from the Royal Exchange Theatre, will compile a shortlist of 15 plays to the Judges to consider. The Judges will receive the shortlist of scripts by mid October 2019.
If you still have questions about the reading process, you may find the answer to your query in the Prize Guidelines and FAQ below or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For 2019 the Bruntwood Prize categories have evolved. From the shortlist, it is our intention that the Judges will award;
• The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting-a first prize of £16,000
• A Judges’ Awards of £8,000
• An Original New Voice Award of £8,000- available to playwrights who have not had full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue. All scripts entered by these playwrights are also eligible for the Bruntwood Prize, and Judges Award.
• An International Award of £8,000- open to international playwrights invited to anonymously apply via our named international partners: The BANFF Centre in Canada; Belvoir Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company in Australia; Berkeley Rep and Playwrights Horizons in the USA. We are afraid that no other international submissions can be considered at this time.
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