New Playwrights Awards - 2016

New Playwrights Awards & Gaelic New Playwrights Awards - How to Apply

Applications are now closed and will reopen in early summer 2017.

The New Playwrights Awards are an exciting opportunity for five early career playwrights living in Scotland with a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre.

We are delighted that Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean (The Gaelic Books Council) will continue to support one of the  Awards for a new Gaelic playwright. Special attention will also be given to playwrights writing in Scots but an award cannot be guaranteed.

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland will work with five new writers giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and help further their careers by focusing on a particular script. 

Each playwright selected will receive:

  • A £2,000 cash bursary
  • Three mentoring sessions, over the course of a year, with a professional playwright to help them move their work forward
  • A week-long retreat at Cove Park or equivalent venue (includes travel expenses and per diems, but no additional fee)
  • A day of script development and table reading with a professional director and actors

The selected playwrights will also be invited to attend theatre events or workshops with other Playwrights' Studio New Playwrights, Mentored Playwrights and Associate Playwrights.

Am I eligible?

  • You are an early-career playwright with experience of developing your work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve your skills.  You may have had work produced e.g. A Play, a Pie and a Pint or have self-produced your own work.
  • You are based in Scotland
  • You can demonstrate a genuine commitment to playwriting in your application
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the New Playwrights Awards/Gaelic New Playwrights Award programme.  Applications may be considered from individuals who are working at a professional level within the arts and film sector or undertaking a part-time course of study.  However, this will depend on how it relates to your course.

How does the selection process work for the New Playwrights Awards?

A limited number of places are available each year and we receive many more applications than we are able to support. In making our selection, the panel considers:

  • The originality and potential of your idea and your voice
  • Your commitment to developing your playwriting skills and experience
  • Your ability to receive feedback on your work, act on this feedback, and work independently on a project for a year
  • How the New Playwrights Award will contribute to the development of your writing and your career 

How do I apply?

We are using Submittable to streamline our application process. If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at Alternatively, you can post your application to:
New Playwrights Awards, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD. If applying by post you will need to include an Equalities Monitoring Form.


Submittable will ask you to create an account (or sign in to your existing account). To create an account, you will need to fill in your name and email address and choose a password.

You will need to fill in:

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement telling us how this Award will benefit your progress as a playwright. Please tell us about any script development you have been part of and how this has made a difference to the way you think about your writing. This should not be more than 1,500 words.
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots
  • Whether you would like to receive Playwrights' Studio's E-News

You will need to upload the following files (in pdf or word):

  • A description of an idea for a script that you would like to focus on. 
  • Two 10-page samples of your writing (plays only, the samples should not both be from the same play). You can upload these samples as single or separate files.
  • A CV detailing your writing experience to date

Equalities Monitoring

You will then be asked to provide some demographic information about yourself. This is for equalities monitoring and is anonymous. This information will be separated from your application. 

Once you have completed all questions, click the final Submit  button. You should then receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Applications are now closed and will reopen in early summer 2017.

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