How to enter

All you need to know about submitting your entry for consideration.

How to enter

Scripts should be submitted to:

Submissions are open from 3pm on Wednesday 7 April 2021 until 5pm on Monday 12 July 2021. Any scripts received after 5pm on Monday 12 July 2021 will not be considered.

Scripts should be submitted as an attachment to your email, as a single PDF or Microsoft Word document, with numbered pages.

There is no fee to enter the Prize.

You will receive an automated email reply which will act as acknowledgement that we have received your script.

Prize entry guidelines

Who is eligible to enter The Women’s Prize for Playwriting?

  1. The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is open to all writers who identify as female.
  2. You must be resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland to enter the Prize.
  3. You must be sixteen years of age or older to enter the Prize. There is no upper age limit.


  1. Scripts should be an hour or more in playing time. This usually equates to about 60 pages, but if your play takes a different form then this might be much shorter. There is no upper limit on length.
  2. Scripts may be written for any cast size.
  3. Scripts written by more than one author are eligible.
  4. Musicals and pantomimes are not eligible, but there is otherwise no restriction on genre. Plays which contain some music or songs as part of the script are eligible.
  5. Your play must be unproduced and unperformed. ‘Unproduced’ is defined as having both (a) had no more than 6 performances for which people could buy tickets and (b) not having received a professional review.
  6. You must own all copyright relating to your script.
  7. Scripts which have been submitted for other competitions are eligible. However, scripts which have won other competitions are not eligible. Scripts which have reached the shortlist in other competitions are eligible.
  8. Please identify your name in the submission email, along with a contact email and phone number.
  9. You may only submit one script.
  10. Please attach a covering letter as the final page of your script.
  11. Scripts and supporting letters must not be submitted anonymously, and should include a full name contact, on the front page of each document.

More questions? check out our FAQs page

Optional further information to accompany your script

Thank you very much for sharing your work with The Women’s Prize for Playwriting. If you’d like to give us any information about the play and your process with it, please send us some answers to the questions below. Please keep your answers to one side of A4 in total and attach it as the final page of your script. There’s no obligation or expectation for you to do this – please only do so if it feels useful for you. It isn’t an application – it’s just for us to get to know you and your work.

    1. Please share with us your reason(s) for writing this play.
    2. We understand that writing a play is a journey. The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is open to plays at all stages of development, from the first to the final draft. If you were to develop your play further, what would you hope to work on?
    3. What would you like an audience to take away from this play?


  1. The writer of the script which is awarded the First Prize by the judging panel will receive £12,000 on or around the day of the awards ceremony in January 2022.
  2. The prize money comprises £12,000 as a fee in respect of an exclusive option for Paines Plough and EKP to co-produce the winning script. Pursuant to the option, a decision will be taken whether to produce the script within 12 months of the awards ceremony. In the absence of a decision being taken to produce the play within the 12 months, all professional rights will revert to the writer.
  3. If the winning play is produced by Paines Plough and EKP then royalties and other arrangements will be negotiated separately.

If you have any questions about the submissions process, please email

Publishing Partner

We are delighted that the official publishing and licensing partner of The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals company.

The winners of the first, second and third prizes will be published by Samuel French and Samuel French will license the amateur performing rights for these plays.

About Samuel French

Samuel French has been one of the world’s leading publishers and licensors of plays and musicals for over 180 years. The company’s catalogue features some of the most acclaimed work ever written for the stage and titles by writers at the forefront of contemporary drama. In December 2018, Samuel French became part of Concord Theatricals. With a growing staff of unparalleled experts and unprecedented international reach, Concord Theatricals will support and grow Samuel French’s ethos of championing playwrights, innovating in the industry, and celebrating all those who create theatre around the world.

About Concord Theatricals

Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical agency, comprised of R&H Theatricals, Tams-Witmark and Samuel French. Concord Theatricals is the only firm that provides truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals under a single banner, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.

The reading process

Your play will be read by an expert team of readers working across the theatre industry. There will be 8-9 rounds of reading, with each script being read by different readers within and across each round. The supporting letter you submit will be read each time ahead of the readers reaching your script to understand you and your process as best we can.

We aim to announce a longlist on the 8th November 2021, followed by a shortlist on 19th November 2020. These scripts will be read and discussed by the judging panel. See all dates here.

If you have further questions about the reading process, please email

More questions?

If you have any further questions then check out out FAQs page and if you still need help, then please email