The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013


The Certainty of Chance Theatre Company in association with the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation are delighted to present the Ronald Duncan Prize 2013.

The Ronald Duncan playwriting competition is for new and up and coming writers. For the last two years the competition has been run by Encore drama and has produced two fantastic shows “Joe’s War” and “Rasputin’s Mother”.

The theme of this year’s contest is protest. The writer Ronald Duncan was a pacifist and advocate of peaceful protest which included successfully facing a Conscientious Objection tribunal in 1944. To celebrate his commitment to this cause, this year’s Ronald Duncan prize will showcase the best new play that tackles the subject of protest. This could be a peaceful protest, a violent protest or set against the backdrop of a historical protest, the choice is entirely up to you. What they want to hear is an original and interesting voice from a new or up and coming playwright.

The prize will go to the best small cast script that the panel feel addresses this topic.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. The scripts should feature “Protest” in some way. This can be thematic, a plot element or a character attribute.
  2. All plays should be full length scripts of a minimum of an hour in length (approx. 60 pages)
  3. Plays should be written for no more than four actors. There may be more than four characters but actors will be playing multiple roles.
  4. Entries should contain the following
    1. A 3-4 page extract of your script
    2. A full synopsis of the play
    3. Character breakdowns
    4. A short biography of yourself (max. 200 words)
  5. All entries must be double spaced.
  6. A maximum of three entries may be submitted by a single writer.
  7. Entries must be submitted to
  8. The closing date for submissions is November 30th 2013. No entries will be accepted after that time.

Deadline:  30 November 2013

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

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