The Nick Darke Writer’s Award 2020 is now open for entries

What is it?

Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Communication. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, following his death with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

Open to all UK and European writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates. The 2020 category is stage play.

How to apply: 

  • Please submit a full stage play script (minimum of 45 minutes in length, no maximum) and a one-page synopsis about the play in PDF format to: Confirmation of receipt of entry will be sent by email.
  • All submissions should be entered anonymously. Do not include a name, address or email on the script. Please provide contact details in the email with your submission.
  • The application must be made in English.
  • The competition is open to all UK and European writers aged 16 and over.
  • The writer must be the sole original author. The competition is not open to collaborations.
  • They do not accept submissions of scripts that have previously been produced or won other competitions.
  • They do not accept submissions of scripts previously entered into the Nick Darke Award.
  • Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.


Visit the Nick Darke Award website for further information, full terms and conditions, judging information, FAQs etc


Deadline: 4 May 2020 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writers Room

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