Submit your entries now for Most Promising Playwright Competition

Thursday 25th June 2015

We are delighted to launch a brand new one-act play competition in partnership with Fifth Word Theatre Company. Fifth Word is an award winning Theatre Company that produces bold and provocative new plays made in the East Midlands that tour across the UK. Supported by Arts Council England, the award seeks to uncover new playwriting talent across the East Midlands.

This competition gives upcoming writers the exciting opportunity to begin a relationship with us at Nottingham Playhouse and with Fifth Word, as we continue our proud history of staging new writing.

We are looking for original, compelling pieces that are written specifically for the stage and have contemporary relevance. Please note that this competition is exclusively for early career writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced.

The winner will receive:

• A rehearsed reading of their play as part of a celebration event here at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2015
• A 12 month attachment with Fifth Word based at Nottingham Playhouse
• £2000 development money
• A Mentor to provide support to write a new play whilst on attachment
• ‘Go and see theatre 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 about the competition please visit

How to enter

Do you have potential as a promising playwright? Then we want to hear from you! Submit your entry at

Submission closes on 15 July 2015