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We were delighted to receive 1002 submissions to the 2023 prize. Congratulations to all who entered, and we look forward to sharing the longlist, shortlist and Final Five playwrights in the autumn! 


The deadline was 5pm on Monday 17th April.



The Women’s Prize for Playwriting is open to writers who are:

  • female or non-binary
  • aged sixteen or older
  • resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or in a British Overseas Territory, or have a British Forces Post Office address.


Submitted scripts must:

  • be written in English
  • be written for stage
  • be an original work (i.e. not an adaptation)
  • last an hour or more in playing time
  • not have been professionally produced (i.e. no more than five ticketed performances, and no professional reviews)
  • not have received any other prizes or awards.

Submitted scripts may be:

  • co-written
  • any cast size
  • any genre and style, except musicals (though plays which contain songs are eligible)

Writers must:

  • own all copyright relating to the script
  • submit only one script
  • include their name(s) and contact details on the first page of the script.

Submit your script

Submissions for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2023 are now closed.

More questions

If you have any questions about the submission process that aren’t addressed on our FAQs page, please email