SUBMISSIONS CLOSE 2nd MARCH 2020

Hello.

Welcome to The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, the very first playwriting prize open to all UK and Ireland-based women.

EKP and Paines Plough present

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020

Founding sponsor: PER People
Official publishing and licensing partner: Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals company

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is an open invitation to all writers who identify as female in the UK and Ireland to create vivid, exciting, and brave new work for the stage.

The aim of the Prize is to celebrate and support women playwrights and to discover the best new work from writers at all levels of experience. We are interested in plays that rejoice in the depth and range of your imagination, that feast on dramatic possibility and are ambitious on all scales and subjects. We’ve designed the criteria of the Prize to allow you to write exactly the play you want, unhampered by restrictions or limitations.

Whoever you are and however much or little you have written in the past, the team at The Women’s Prize for Playwriting wants to read your work. Good luck!

Dates

Submissions open

Monday 11 November 2019

We're ready and waiting in the wings.

Submissions close

Monday 2 March 2020

Put the date in your diary. Don't miss it!

Winner announced

June 2020

The winners and other awards are announced.

Awards ceremony

July 2020

Join us to celebrate all women playwrights.

Ella Hickson

Playwright

Mel Kenyon,

Chair of the Judges | Senior agent, Casarotto Ramsay

Indhu Rubasingham

Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre

Monica Dolan

Actress and Playwright

Kate Pakenham

Producer and former Executive Producer of the Donmar Warehouse

Sarah Frankcom

Artistic Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Also incoming Director of LAMDA

Maxine Peake

Actress and Playwright

Tanika Gupta

Playwright and Screenwriter

Celebrating and inspiring

women playwrights,

in the UK and Ireland

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting was founded in 2019 by a group of people passionate about celebrating and supporting plays written by women, and dedicated to increasing the number of these plays being presented on major stages in the UK and Ireland.

Ellie Keel

Founder and Director

Ellie is Founder and Director at The Women's Prize for Playwriting and Executive Producer at EKP

Katie Posner

Co-Artistic Director

Katie is Co-Artistic Director at The Women's Prize for Playwriting and Joint Artistic Director at Paines Plough

Gabrielle Leadbeater

Producer

Gabrielle is Producer at The Women's Prize for Playwriting, Producer at Theatre503, and Associate Producer at EKP

Charlotte Bennett

Co-Artistic Director

Charlotte is Co-Artistic Director at The Women's Prize for Playwriting and Joint Artistic Director at Paines Plough

At this juncture in history it is of paramount importance that women support other talented women to excel and I hope this prize will do just that. For everyone's sake we need to level the playing field. And I hope that whomever is the first recipient of this award will be given the confidence and the opportunity to go on to great things. There should be no turning back.

Mel KenyonChair of the Judges
For further information, please contact
info@womensprizeforplaywriting.co.uk
Press enquiries: kate@katemorleypr.com 

To discuss support for The Women’s Prize for Playwriting, please email
ellie@womensprizeforplaywriting.co.uk