The Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright

This award run in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse seeks to uncover new playwriting talent across the East Midlands. The Award is a unique partnership between one of the region’s leading producing theatres and a new writing touring company and is supported by Arts Council England. The competition gives writers the opportunity to begin a relationship with Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse which both have a proud history of staging new writing.

We look for original, compelling pieces written specifically for the stage that have contemporary relevance.

The competition is for early career writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced.

The winner of the competition receives:

  • A Rehearsed Reading of their play as part of a celebration event at Nottingham Playhouse
  • A 12 month attachment with Fifth Word based at Nottingham Playhouse
  • Development money
  • A Mentor to provide support to write a new play whilst on attachment
  • ‘Go and see budget’
  • Shadowing opportunities in productions with Fifth Word and Nottingham Playhouse

All entries will be read by a panel of artists and industry professionals .

For more details and the online entry form, please visit our minisite

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