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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Theatre503 Playwriting Award

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The Theatre503 Playwriting award is made possible by the long term support of Carne Trust. We are also grateful to Nick Hern Books who are returning as Publishing Partners and Award Ceremony Sponsors for the third time.
The 2018 Theatre503 Playwriting Award is now open for entries until 31st March 2018. Before applying please see below for more submission information and full terms and conditions.
 Theatre503 supports debut and emerging writers. Submissions can be made by any writer who has not had a play professionally performed for 4 weeks or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.

Applications can be made using an online directly accessible via the Theatre503 website.
Writers will need to complete the application form in full, which will include submitting a synopsis of the play and the full length play in PDF form only, with no images or other material included.
Plays will be read anonymously and in order to do this all writers must ensure that their name or contact details DO NOT appear anywhere on the PDF of the play.

Writers may submit one full-length play (min 60 minutes stage time) only. This must be an original, unproduced work, unperformed anywhere in the world, apart from rehearsed/staged readings and workshops.

Co-written plays will be accepted for the award.

Writers are free to submit for the process with work that has previously been considered by this or another theatre.

In line with Theatre503’s commitment to equality and diversity of storytelling, we would be most grateful if you filled out the Equality Monitoring Form. You will also be helping create a picture of debut and emerging writers from all over the world.

Post Submission Process
All writers will be notified as to the outcome of their submission at specific stages in the process. The first will be the long-list, followed later by the short-list. This contact will be a standard email and Theatre503 will be unable to provide feedback or enter into discussion about those decisions on an individual basis. The winner of the Playwriting Award will be announced in November 2018.
  • This Award aims to identify and champion debut and emerging writers. We cannot consider your submission if you have had another full-length play produced professionally in a subsidised London, or major regional/international venue for 4 weeks or more
  • You must submit this work yourself and not through a third party/agent
  • The reading process is anonymous. Please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the text of your script. Your personal information will be held separately
  • The online portal will be open for submissions until 11.59pm 31st March 2018. Any entries received after this time will not enter the reading process
  • Only entries submitted online though theatre503.com/writers/submissions will be accepted. Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media.
  • Please do not submit or include any other material, or include images in your script
  • Adaptations are not eligible.
  • Plays must be written in the English Language.
  • Plays must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published.
  • Only script may be submitted by each writer.
  • Plays may be submitted to other playwriting competitions, however points 15, 16 and 17 below must be observed at all times.
  • Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point.
  • By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
  • You are over 16 years of age.
  • You have not had a play produced professionally for a 4 week run or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.
  • The script does not contain any detail of your identity.
  • You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.
  • The play is over 60 minutes in length.
  • The play is original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world.
  • The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company.
  • If you are the winner you will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.
  • Nick Hern Books will have first refusal to publish the winning play in the UK.

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