Thursday, 6 March 2014

Theatre 503 Playwriting Award

Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It will build upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights, whilst broadening its opportunities to include more experienced, produced writers.

This biennial award has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust, Curtis Brown Creative and Arts Council England.
The winner of the award will receive a financial prize of £6000 and a guaranteed production of their winning play at Theatre503.
The 503Five is an eighteen month Resident Writer Training Programme for developing playwrights. It provides the five chosen writers with a full-length play commission, a personal industry mentor, workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals, practical opportunities to develop their work, varying public presentations, and the vital experience of working in a writer-centric new writing theatre.
Writers applying for the 503Five should have no full-length professional production credits, defined by a run of 3 weeks or more and which has received coverage from the national press.
Submission Process
There will be one submission process only for The 503 Playwriting Award and the 503Five. If you wish to be considered for the 503Five you must submit an application for this process.
The 2014 Theatre503 Playwriting Award/503Five will open for entries between 1st and 31st March 2014.
Applications can be made using an online form directly accessible via a one-click Award Button located below.
Writers will need to complete the application form in full, which will include submitting a 200 word biography, a 50 word synopsis of your play, and the full length play in PDF form only.
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 are accepted for the award. If the writers in question are then considered for the 503Five they will be asked to submit individual work.
Writers are free to submit for the process with a work that has previously been considered by this or another theatre.

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