New Playwrights Awards - 2016

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

Applications are now closed and will reopen in the summer 2019.

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 plays produced e.g. A Play, A Pie and A Pint, or have produced your own work   
  • You are based in Scotland   
  • You will be available on Wednesday 12 December 2018 for the Playwrights Induction Day
  • 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 undertaking a part-time course of study.  However, this will depend on how it relates to your course   

Playwrights' Studio is open to all playwrights and works right across Scotland.  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 our programmes from playwrights:  

  • writing in Gaelic or Scots (please note, a dedicated Award for Gaelic writers is supported by Chomhairle nan  Leabhraichean/The Gaelic Books Council)
  • based outside the central belt of Scotland   
  • from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds   
  • with disabilities    

How does the selection process work for the New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic New Playwrights Award?

A limited number of places are available each year and we receive many more applications than we  are able to support. Your application will be assessed and considered by Playwrights' Studio staff, supported by previous recipients and other representatives from the arts and cultural sector. This year's selection panel  for the New Playwrights Awards  are  Fiona Sturgeon Shea (Creative Director, Playwrights' Studio,  Scotland),  Ben Harrison, Co-Artistic Director of Grid Iron,  Lesley Hart, actor, playwright and previous recipient of a New Playwrights Award and Mairi Kidd,  Interim Head of Literature, Languages & Publishing at Creative Scotland. In making its 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 creative ambitions  

Playwrights writing in Gaelic may submit their full application in Gaelic.  The Gaelic New Playwright Award panel will include a representative from the Gaelic Books Council.  

How do I apply?

We use the submissions management system 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

If you are unable to use Submittable, 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.

You will need to provide:  

  • Contact details (including name, address and mobile number)  

  • A supporting statement telling us how the New Playwrights 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  

  • 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 be from the same play). You can upload these samples as single or separate files  

  • Synopses for each play (approximately 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 12 December 2018

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

Deadline for applications: Applications are now closed

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission no later than  Wednesday 28 November 2018.  


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