The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK – has been launched, so time to get your scripts ready before the June deadline!
The Bruntwood Prize is a competition managed by The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. It’s open to playwrights across the UK. The prize has a comprehensive website, featuring everything from submission guidelines, to writing inspiration, to FAQ, to pointers from past winners. Be sure to make use of this resource before submitting!
What to submit: An original, unperformed full-length play. Only one submission per writer will be accepted. The play must not be under consideration by any other theatre (or under consideration by another competition). Note that plays MUST be submitted under a pseudonym – see website for full details.
What you win* [UPDATED]: The prize fund is £40,000 for the judges to distribute at their discretion. (We contacted the organisers of the prize to check!) Normally, the winner receives £16,000, and there are also be three Judges’ Awards of £8,000 each, however it could be broken into four equal prizes of £10,000, it’s up to the judges! No production is guaranteed, but all winners will have the opportunity to begin a relationship with the Royal Exchange, with a view to production. In past years, the top 100 plays have received a feedback report, but this has not been confirmed for this year.
Deadline: 5 June 2015 at 6pm (*Note: one place on the website says 5pm, but this seems to be old information)
Source: Bruntwood Prize Website