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Please read our Award criteria carefully, as any play or writer that does not meet what we have set out below will be unable to be considered for the award. If you are a translator or collaborating with a translator, there is further information at the bottom of the page to take into account.

Entry condition

  • The 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award aims to identify and champion debut and emerging writers. We therefore cannot consider any submission if the writer has had another full-length play of more than 65 minutes produced professionally for 4 weeks or more in any theatre
  • Work must be submitted by the writer or the translator 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 from 10am on February 1 until 11.59pm (GMT) February 29 2020. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible
  • Only entries submitted online though 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/translated into the English Language
  • Plays (including translations) must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published at the point of submission
  • Only one script may be submitted by each writer
  • Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point

For Translators

  • While we are very keen to encourage first time translators, we are aware that a degree of experience may also help the realisation of the original writers script, so we are open to a wider pool of translation experience.
  • Please ensure permission of the original writer has been secured before submitting the translation (and vice versa)
  • Should a translated play win the award, the prize money and advance shall be split equally between both parties
  • Both parties shall also be credited as winning writer and translator (or as finalists) in all subsequent award information and publicity
  • More than one translation can be submitted but each must have a different original writer

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 in any theatre
  • 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 (and the translator owns and controls the rights to the translation)
  • The play is over 65 minutes in length
  • The play is original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world. In the case of a translation, this applies to both the English language translation and the work in its original language.
  • 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
  • Our publishing partner will have first refusal to publish the winning play in the UK, with other territories to be negotiated with them and the writer

A note about access
We have an ongoing commitment to make our space as accessible as possible. Whilst we are unable to currently overcome our venue’s structural challenges, we always seek solutions to broaden ways of making our work seen more widely. In the interests of welcoming play submissions from writers who may have access issues with our theatre, should a play by such a writer win the Award, Theatre503 will seek a production opportunity in an accessible venue as part of the play’s run in Autumn 2021.

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