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The Theatre503 International Playwright Award 2024/25

1 June 2024 - 30 June 2024

The Theatre503 International Playwright Award 2024

The Theatre503 International Playwright Award returns for 2024/25! The Award aims to identify and champion debut/early career playwrights.

You are an eligible writer if you have not already had a full-length play of more than 65 minutes produced for 3 to 4 weeks or more in any theatre, and two weeks or more in a major subsidised theatre.


  • The winner 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 tor produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.
  • Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, will have the exclusive right to publish the winning play in return of an advance to be negotiated in good faith.

Adaptations or musicals are not eligible. Plays must be written or translated into English and over 65 minutes in length. Plays (including translations) must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published at the point of submission.

Entrants should be over 16 years of age. The script must not contain any detail of your identity. Entrants must own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.

Only one script may be submitted by each writer. Co-written scripts can be accepted, provided both writers are eligible under the Award’s criteria – prize money will be shared in the eventuality of a co-written play.

Submissions will open on Saturday 1st June 2024 and close on the 30th of June 2024. Work must be submitted by the writer or the translator and not through a third party or agent. Only entries submitted online through theatre503.com/writers/submissions will be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email literary@theatre503.com.

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1 June 2024
30 June 2024
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