The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – which seeks scripts from established, emerging and debut writers to develop for the stage – will return in 2022. Submissions will open in late January 2022 along with the announcement of the judging panel, before closing on 6th June.
The biennial prize is a partnership between property company Bruntwood, a major supporter of the arts, and world-class producing theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester. Launched in 2005, it is now recognised as a launch-pad for some of the country’s most respected and produced playwrights and screenwriters, including Anna Jordan, Laurie Nunn, Duncan Macmillan, Janice Okoh and Kendal Fever.
The Prize received a record-breaking 2,561 entries during its last cycle, which culminated in Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s play, SHED: EXPLODED VIEW, being named overall winner in November 2019. Winning plays are selected across four categories, with each winner entering into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre in an endeavour to bring their work to production.
The Bruntwood Prize categories are always evolving based on our evaluation of how best to support writers of all abilities, writing for the stage now. We have announced the 2022 dates early to be transparent about our process, and to allow writers to start to prepare. We’ll be working hard on further details – including the 2022 prize categories, events and new learning resources – and will make all updates and announcements here on this site for the Jan 2022 launch.
A bit more on 2021 and our work on developing the Prize here: https://www.writeaplay.co.uk/the-bruntwood-prize-for-playwriting-isnt-going-anywhere/
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, compile a shortlist for the Judges to consider. The Judges will received the shortlist of scripts mid October 2022.
If you still have questions about the process, you may find the answer to your query in the Prize Guidelines and FAQ below or contact the Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator, Chloe Smith, on firstname.lastname@example.org