Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries (£500 prize)

What is it?

Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays in English for the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2020. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged on the writing only.

Who can apply?

Only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author will be accepted. Each script must be an original work and not have been previously published or performed.


Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. 

Submission guidelines:

So that each script may be judged anonymously, the author’s name and contact details must appear on the cover page only (along with the title), not in the script. Writers applying who saw this opportunity on the BBC Writersroom website should quote “BBC Writersroom “ on the top right hand corner to waive the £10 reading fee.  Pages must be numbered.

Writers should submit by post two hard copies of their plays, printed on one side only of A4 paper with no binding or stapling.  In addition one copy should be emailed to by 12 noon on the deadline day. You will receive an automatic reply acknowledging receipt of the script. No scripts will be returned.

Please post to:

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award

Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road

Windsor, Berks, SL4 3BB, UK.

Selection process

Scripts will be evaluated by readers and the final nine shortlisted by two judges (names to be confirmed.) The three winning writers will be notified by the middle of June 2020. Results of the competition will be announced through the media, the Windsor Fringe web//Twitter/ Facebook sites. The winner of the £500 award will be announced after the last night performance.

For additional information telephone: 07771 757678 or email: Please include the word ‘Branagh’ in your email to avoid it being classed as Spam.

Deadline: 5th March 2020


Source: BBC Writers Room

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