Verity Bargate Award Open for Submissions 1st July 2015

The search is on. Soho Theatre is looking for the best new writing talent from the UK and Ireland. Do you have the distinct new voice we’re looking for?

‘Give us the script we’ve never seen before. Say something, in the way that only you can.‘
Steve Marmion, Artistic Director, Soho Theatre (March 2015).

Submissions open on 1 July 2015 and close on 31 July 2015 (6pm). Scripts submitted outside of this period will not be considered.

The award is open to writers resident in the UK or Ireland.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

The winner of this year’s award will be expected to attend a ceremony later in the year.

The judges’ decision is final and we cannot enter into correspondence concerning the result.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners, plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.


The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in Word or PDFformats, other formats cannot be accepted. We are not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

Please email your submission to, within the dates stated above.

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