Set up in 2019 by Popcorn Group, the Popcorn Writing Award celebrates fearless work which playfully and artistically questions and addresses current affairs, societal trends and contributes positively to public debate.
The award champions brave and imaginative writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is the only award of its kind, awarding a prize fund of £6,000 and a guaranteed slot at one of the partnering venues. Popcorn partners with Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Summerhall, Traverse and the Underbelly.
Each year Popcorn puts together a committee which select the winners from our shortlist to award the prizes. Due to the uncertainty surrounding this year’s Edinburgh Festival, the award shall work slightly differently for 2021.
HOW IT WORKS
SUBMISSIONS OPEN: 26TH APRIL 2021
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: 10AM, 28TH JUNE 2021
All plays submitted will be considered provided they are:
- A new piece of writing (only been performed once before) of atleast approx 50 mins playing time.
- Written by a writer, or presented by a company, who have been programmed by one of the above venues at the fringe after and including Edinburgh Fringe 2015.*
- Please note: only Pleasance affiliated artists/writers/companies can submit to us. If you have a previous affiliation with any of the other supporting venues, please apply directly to them.
*You are eligible to enter a new play if you (or your company) have written, performed, directed or produced a show at Pleasance Edinburgh from 2015 onwards.
Please send your piece of new writing, and a 50 word summary of your play to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Popcorn Writing Award 2021 // Title of Play // Writer’s Name” in the subject heading. Please also list your previous Pleasance-affiliated show and year in the body of your email so we can confirm your eligibility.
Find out more including about this years panel by visiting www.popcorngroup.co.uk
The Popcorn Writing Award 2021 APPLICANTS 22.04.21.pdf
Find out more here.
Deadline: 28 June 2021