New Playwrights Awards - 2016

New Playwrights Awards - How to Apply

Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2020

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a New Playwrights Award, you will meet the following criteria:

  • You are an early-career playwright
  • You are based in Scotland   
  • You are available on Wednesday 4 December 2019 for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please contact us via before making 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 Programme.  Applications may be considered from individuals who are undertaking a part-time course of study.

Is a New Playwrights Award right for me?

New Playwrights Awards are for early career playwrights who might have one of more of the following:

  • Experience of developing your work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve your skills   
  • You might have had plays produced e.g. A Play, A Pie and A Pint, or have produced your own work   

Playwrights' Studio is open to all playwrights and works across Scotland. Therefore, we welcome applications from those living outside of the Central Belt.

We believe diversity is essential to a thriving cultural sector and aim to work actively with writers from a range of different backgrounds.  

As they are currently underrepresented, we strive to increase applications and representation within our Programmes from playwrights:

  • Writing in Gaelic or Scots (please note, the Gaelic Playwriting Award, which is supported by Chomhairle nan Leabhraichean/The Gaelic Books Council is also available for Gaelic writers)
  • Based outside the central belt of Scotland   
  • From Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Playwrights with disabilities. This can be a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition

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. Your application is assessed and considered by Playwrights' Studio staff, supported by previous recipients and other representatives from the arts and cultural sector. For 2019/20, the panel includes Vanessa Boyd (Interdisciplinary Performance Officer, Creative Scotland), Jonathan Lloyd (Creative Director/CEO, Solar Bear), Uma Nada-Rajah (playwright and former New Playwrights Award recipient) and Hayley Sinclair (Communications & Projects Coordinator, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland) The panel is chaired by Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland). In making its selection, the panel considers:  

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

Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots may submit their full application in Gaelic or Scots.  

How do I apply?

Before starting your application, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and Application Form Guide.

We use Submittable to streamline our application process. If you have any difficulties using Submittable, please get in touch with us via 0141 332 4403 or at

If you are unable to use Submittable, you can:

  • Email your submission to
  • Post your application to New Playwrights Awards, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

If applying by post or email you must include an Equalities Monitoring Form.

If you require the application form in a different format or require assistance completing the form, please get in touch with us on 0141 332 4403 or at

We can post you a hard copy of the application form with a Stamped Addressed Envelope if that is helpful.

If you have any questions at all regarding the application process, please feel free to contact us on 0141 332 4403 or at We are happy to help.


What do I need to include in my application?  

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)  
  • A supporting statement detailing how a New Playwrights Award will help you to develop your craft/benefit your progress as a playwright. 
  • Details of any script development you have previously been part of and how this has made a difference to the way you think about your writing. (maximum 1500 words)
  • A description of the idea for a script that you would like to focus on
  • Two 10-page samples of your writing (plays only, the samples must be from different plays)
  • Synopses for each play (maximum 50 words)  
  • A CV detailing your writing experience to date  
  • Whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots  
  • Confirmation that you are available on Wednesday 4 December 2019 for the Playwriting Programme Induction Day. If you are unable to make this date, please contact us via before making your application
  • Whether you would like to receive feedback on your application if you are shortlisted

You will receive an email confirming the submission of your application.

Deadline for applications: Applications are now closed and will reopen summer 2020

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than Wednesday 20 November 2019.

Before starting your applications, please read the Frequently Asked Questions and Application Form Guide.


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