St Andrews Playwriting Award

Byre Theatre in partnership with Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and Perth Theatre

Supported by the University of St Andrews MLitt in Playwriting and Screenwriting


The Byre Theatre in St Andrews in partnership with Playwrights' Studio, Scotland and Perth Theatre are launching a new Playwriting Award to encourage and support the next generation of playwrights living in Scotland. The award will provide a key opportunity for an emerging playwright's career development.

The St Andrews Playwriting Award is a playwriting competition with the selected playwright receiving a commission and a professional production, produced by Perth Theatre, to be performed in the main auditorium of The Byre Theatre and in Perth Theatre's Joan Knight Studio in January 2023. 

As well as a commission fee of £7,800, the selected playwright will be supported throughout the writing process with a residency, mentoring, script development workshops and dramaturgy. An additional two shortlisted writers will receive script development workshops.


Applicants must be:

  • Resident in Scotland
  • Playwrights who have not had their first professional commission of a full-length play

It is expected that the commissioned play will be for a maximum of four performers and between 60 - 90 minutes.

Applications are now open.

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Monday 17 January 2022


What Happens Next

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

All writers will be informed on Friday 11 March whether they have been shortlisted. The shortlisted writers will then be informed of the final outcome by Monday 11 April.  Further information about the event on Thursday 21 April will be provided at this time to the playwright who has been selected for the St Andrews Playwriting Prize, along with the two additional shortlisted writers who will receive script development workshops.

The selected playwrights will be announced at an event at the Byre Theatre on 21 April 2022.


Generously supported by Francesca and Steven Molinari. 

St Andrews Playwriting

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