The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018

The Papatango New writing Prize is now open for entries!

All scripts submitted to the Prize will receive personal feedback over summer 2018 (once the shortlist and winner have been announced).

The winner of the Prize will develop their play with Papatango over several months, building towards a four week production at Southwark Playhouse in autumn 2018. The script will be published by Nick Hern Books. The writer will receive a royalty of 10% of the gross box office income. Following the production, the writer will be paid a £6000 commission to create a new play with development support from Papatango.

Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.

There is no age limit.

There is no minimum or maximum level of experience required to enter. All you need is a story.

What to submit: The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.

Translations, children’s plays, adaptations of classic plays or existing works in other media, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible.

As the Prize offers a full production and publication, they are looking for full-length plays, not shorts or sketches. They are seeking plays with a minimum running time of 60 minutes.

Scripts should be submitted as email attachments in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only.  Please give the subject of your email as “[PLAY’S TITLE] Prize Entry”. Entry to the Prize is anonymous. It is completely acceptable to use your own, named email address to make a submission, as they detach scripts from the sender’s email. Please do not include your name, address or email address anywhere on the script itself, however, nor attach a synopsis or CV.

Please list at least one contact telephone number on the front page of the script itself.

All entries should include page numbers on every page.

Read full details here.

How to apply: All entries should be emailed to (Any entry made to Southwark Playhouse will be disqualified.)

Deadline: 28 February 2018 

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