2016 Terence Rattigan Society Award (£10 entry fee, £2,500 prize)

The Terence Rattigan Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a new playwriting award, which will be formally launched in an event on 26 January 2016 at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

The award’s judges will include actor David Suchet, writer Julian Fellowes, director Thea Sharrock, and Professor Dan Rebellato.

Prize:  The award winner will receive £2,500 and is guaranteed a professional production at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Kent in Summer 2017. Second prize will receive £1,000 and a rehearsed reading of their play.

What to submit:

  1. The play shall have a running time of not less than 75 minutes and preferably with an interval.
  2. It shall be performable by no more than six actors with doubling allowed.
  3. In making the award the judges will take the following into account:

(i) suitability for commercial production (e.g. in the West End of London)
(ii) reasonable production costs
(iii) care and skill of dramatic construction
(iv) originality of the playwright’s voice.

  1. Plays that have already won any other prize or award or have had a public performance other than workshops or readings in the course of development shall not be eligible for the award.

What you pay:  An entry fee of £10 per script must be submitted with each entry.  (Up to two entries per writer will be accepted.)

How to apply:  Each writer may submit up to two entries and each entry must be submitted in both a clearly typed hard copy and an electronic copy.  Entries must also include:

  • a list of characters,
  • a description of the setting
  • a one page summary of the action
  • a completed entry form (downloadable from their website)
  • a fee of £10 per script made payable to The Terence Rattigan Society.

Entries will be judged anonymously.  Only the title of the play should appear on the script itself without the name of the writer or any other form of identification.

How to apply:  The application pack will be available on the website following the announcement on 26 January.

Deadline:  31 August 2016

Source:  The Terence Rattigan Society (direct contact)

4 thoughts on “2016 Terence Rattigan Society Award (£10 entry fee, £2,500 prize)”

  1. I have entered a three act play in another competition but as the result won’t be announced until next spring, and being inexperienced in the field of competitions, I’m wondering if it might be permissible to enter yours as well. Also I’m puzzled by the fact that the ‘originality of the playwright’s Voice’ is taken into account. If you could explain I would be most grateful, Thank you, the altogether inexperienced Allan Barham.

    1. Hi Allan, we just repost these opportunities, so you should contact the competition organisers directly with any questions. Thanks!

    1. Kimberley Andrews


      We’d recommend contacting the organisers directly as we only re-post these opportunities.

      Best wishes

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