Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for submissions (comedy)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for submissions (comedy)

Description: The second Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries. One comedy writer will walk away with £10,000 and the opportunity to have their play considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court, while up to two Highly Commended awards of £1,500 will also be on offer. New judges for this year include comedian and actor Les Dennis, playwright Amanda Whittington, editor of The Stage Alistair Smith and last year’s winner Katie Mulgrew. Budding playwrights have until May 31st 2016 to submit their comedy stage play. This year’s competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 in any UK territory or the Republic of Ireland.

So, what’s so great about it?  Well, we have to admit that this one is a bit controversial because they do charge a £20 entry fee. Whilst we appreciate that entry fees (rightly) spark debate amongst writers, we though it was a worth flagging this one up because it’s a fairly prestigious award and the prizes are great! One writer will win a whopping £10K and their play will be considered for production at the Liverpool Royal Court. There are some high profile judges involved and the competition is well covered in the press. We’re speculating here but since the entry criteria is limited to comedy, there may be slightly fewer entrants than some of the more general playwriting competitions  so that will only increase your chances, right? We’ve given you plenty of notice with this one, the deadline is 31 May, so you’ve got time to get that comedy you’ve been writing up to scratch!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

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