The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is an initiative arising out of the cultural partnership between Lancaster University and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster; it is supported by Lucy Briers. The Prize aims to discover new voices from a diverse range of backgrounds; each year, it has different entry criteria in order to reach underserved playwrights.
For 2019, the Prize is focused on unproduced writers aged over 55 who are based in North West England. The winner will receive £1,500. The Prize shortlist and winner will be announced in Autumn 2019.
What is being looked for:
- The Lancaster Playwriting Prize are looking for theatre scripts from writers over the age of 55 who live or work in North West England
- All writers submitting must have no prior full-length professional theatre work produced
- The Lancaster Playwriting Prize are eager to read new work which throws light on how we live now, expands the horizons, explores current issues, or reveals a previously untold story
- The Lancaster Playwriting Prize are happy to consider scripts for family and young audiences, as well as scripts for adult audiences; however, it must be an original story, not an adaptation of an existing text, film or novel
The competition is open to writers over 55 years old who are resident or work in the North West of England. For the purposes of this prize, the North West consists of Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. Writers must be 55 or over on 19 August 2019 (all shortlisted writers will be asked to provide proof of age).
Deadline: 27 September 2019, 12:00