James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2018 open to submissions from theatres and agents (£10,000 prize)

Submissions are now open for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

The £10,000 award is bestowed to the best original new play produced from 1 January – 31 December 2017.

Agents and producing companies are invited to submit plays to the Department of English Literature by 22 January 2018.

Judges will award the accolade to a play which displays an original voice in theatre and one that they feel has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held at The Traverse Theatre during the August 2018 Edinburgh Fringe, where extracts of the shortlisted plays will be performed.


Submissions must be made from agents or the original producing company, and the nominator must have permission from the playwright before making a submission.

If the play is shortlisted, the playwright must agree to co-operate with the organisers in the award ceremony and consent to give rights to Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland for a rehearsed reading of their work.

Eligible plays are those over sixty minutes in playing time, originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced between 1 January and 31 December 2017, and performed by a professional company for more than six performances.

A typed copy of the script must be sent by post and email with details of the first production, which should include venue, company and date. Where possible, proof of production should be sent such as a flyer, review etc.

The playwright must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry regulator within the country of production (e.g. in the UK, the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Equity, Independent Theatre Council (ITC) or Federation of Scottish Theatre).

The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.

How to apply: Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts by 22 January 2018.

Two copies must be submitted: one digital copy and one hard copy, along with a completed submission form, which can be dowloaded from the prize’s website.

Submissions should be sent to the Department of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. (Addresses available in the application information on the website.)

Deadline: 22 January 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

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