THE PRIZE TAKES PLACE EVERY OTHER YEAR, SO IS ON HIATUS TO DEVELOP WINNING SCRIPTS TOWARDS THE STAGE IN 2020.
The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting opened to submissions on January 21st 2019. The 2019 entry deadline was 6pm, June 5th 2019. We are astonished to have received 2,561 entries to this year’s Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – our biggest number of submissions ever.
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 of 15 plays to the Judges to consider. The Judges will received the shortlist of scripts 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
In 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.
Voiceover: Don Warrington