Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £150 prize)

Sussex Playwrights are delighted to announce a playwriting competition to launch their 81st year. They invite all aspiring, new and working playwrights, including writers of stage, screen, radio and online drama [no age limit] to submit.

Eligibility: The competition is open to members and non-members, and you don’t have to live in Sussex or even in the UK to enter.

What to submit: Your submission should meet the following criteria

  • A 30-minute radio drama
  • Thriller / Mystery genre
  • For two to six actors


  • They don’t accept monologues or musicals
  • All plays must be written in English
  • All plays must be the original work of the writer and not an adaptation
  • Plays must not have been staged before a paying audience, broadcast or published, nor previously been given a reading at Sussex Playwrights
  • Your script must be suitable for general audiences

Shortlisted entries will be read by a radio producer, with the possibility of further commissions.

What you get: Prizes are as follows

  • First prize £150
  • Second prize £75
  • Third prize £50

All three winners also receive:

  • A rehearsed ‘script-in-hand’ reading with a discussion before an audience of members, writers’ family and friends, with the winners as special guests
  • A recording of your reading
  • A prize certificate

How to apply: Email each script entry in a separate email to  Your email subject line: Constance Cox / play’s title / writer’s pseudonym

Include in the text of your email:

  • Play’s title
  • Writer’s real name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone
  • E-mail contact

Formatting guidelines:

Attach your script as a PDF with all pages clearly numbered

They do not accept print copies

The title page must contain the play’s title and writer’s pseudonym

The real name and contact details of the writer must not appear anywhere on the script

How to pay

Current Sussex Playwrights members receive one free entry each, with a £7 fee for each additional entry

Non-members’ entry fee: £7 per script

Send a cheque for £7, made out to The Sussex Playwrights’ Club. Please include your play title, pseudonym, real name, address, telephone and e-mail contact in your letter to:

The Constance Cox Playwriting Competition
c/o 42 Abbey Road
West Sussex
BN15 0AB

Deadline: 31 October 2016

Source: @PlaywrightsClub


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