SUBMISSIONS OPEN 11th NOV 2019

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

The first prize will be £12,000 offered in respect of an exclusive option for EKP and Paines Plough to produce the winning play (the option is valid for 12 months). Other awards will be announced in due course.

Full details of the prize, including information about how to enter, will be available on Monday 11 November.

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

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

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.

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is co-produced by EKP (Ellie Keel Productions) and Paines Plough.

The first prize will be £12,000 offered in respect of an exclusive option for EKP and Paines Plough to produce the winning play (the option is valid for 12 months). Other awards will be announced in due course.

Guidelines to entry – in brief

Any person over 16 who identifies as female and is resident in the UK or Ireland will be eligible to enter The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. The prize will be for a full-length original play (defined as over 60 minutes in length), written in English, of any length and any cast size. Musicals and pantomimes will not be eligible, but plays which include music and/or songs, and plays for younger audiences, will be eligible. Plays must be unproduced, but may have had a rehearsed reading. There is no upper age limit to entry.

Full details of the prize, including information about how to enter, and full terms and conditions, will be available on Monday 11 November.
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