New Playwrights Awards - 2016

Professional Workshop Programme - How to Apply

Am I eligible?

  • You are a mid-career or established professional playwright
  • Your main residence should be in Scotland. Occasionally we will be able to support playwrights from Scotland who are based elsewhere, if their activity is taking place in Scotland
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are undertaking a part-time course of study

Is the Professional Workshop Programme right for me?

The Professional Workshop Programme is for mid-career and established professional playwrights who meet the following criteria:

  • You have had at least one play professionally produced and performed by a professional company for more than six performances
  • You must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry body within the country of production (e.g. Scottish Society of Playwrights and Federation of Scottish Theatre, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, UK Theatre, Equity or Independent Theatre Council)
  • The company that commissioned you must be legally constituted and pay its creative staff

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

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

As they are currently under-represented, we strive to increase applications and representation within this Programme from:

  • Women playwrights
  • Playwrights writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • Playwrights based outside the central belt of Scotland  
  • Playwrights from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • Playwrights with disabilities. This can be a physical disability, learning disability or mental health condition

If you feel that this Programme would be a good match for you but you are not sure if you fully fit the criteria, please feel free to contact Emma McKee, General Manager via or on 0141 332 4403. Emma will be happy to chat with you about your needs.

How will we select which applications to support?

In selecting which applications to support we will consider, how:

  • The support will allow you to do something you wouldn't otherwise be able to
  • It will contribute to the development of your playwriting craft
  • It will meet your creative ambitions

Any activity supported through this Programme will always be writer-led, putting the playwright and your needs at the heart of the process. Your application will be assessed and considered by Playwrights' Studio staff.

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

How do I apply?

Before starting your applications, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.

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 Professional Workshop Programme, 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 a hard copy of the application form to you with a Stamped Addressed Envelope if that is helpful.

Our General Manager Emma McKee would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about any aspect of the application process e.g. budgeting, eligibility. Feel free to call her on 0141 332 4403 or e-mail


What do I need to include in my application? 

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)
  • A supporting statement explaining:
    - the activity you are applying for and why you would like to be considered
    - how the support will allow you to do something you wouldn't otherwise be able to
    - how the support will contribute to the development of your playwriting craft
    - how your creative ambitions will be met through this support
  • Your objectives if you are applying for a Supported Script Development Workshop
  • Preferred dates if you are applying for a Self-directed Writing Residency
  • Proposed costs if you are applying for Flexible Support. This does not have to be detailed but it needs to indicate how the money would be allocated
  • A CV detailing your writing career to date
  • Whether you will be writing in English, Gaelic or Scots

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

Before starting your applications, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.


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