Windsor Fringe - Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

 Full details 

Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2021. (Due to Covid in 2020, the performances were only available online). One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged purely on the writing. 


Only amateur playwrights* are eligible and only one script per author accepted. Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed. 


Each play is to be between 25 - 35 minutes in length* to have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. Plays outside these limits will not be eligible, so please check before submitting. 

Submission guidelines

So that each script may be judged anonymously, ONLY the cover page must show the title, author’s name and contact details and this page is removed before the script is given to the readers. The rest of the document should just contain the play’s title and script. Equally, the electronic submission should be in two separate files – the cover sheet plus the main script*. Please also ensure that a full cast list is included with the play.

If BBC Writersroom is written on the top right hand corner of contact sheet, no submission fee will be needed. 


Two hard copies are to be submitted to the address below, printed on one side only on A4 or US letter paper* with no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered + one digital copy e-mailed to by the deadline date and an automatic email reply will be sent confirming receipt.

No hard copy scripts will be returned. The paper scripts should be sent to: 

Windsor Fringe

Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award

Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road





Items above marked with an * and full guidelines and other frequently asked questions are covered in detail in a separate PDF document

Please read and review the full guidelines by clicking here

Selection process

Scripts are evaluated by readers and the final short list by our two judges. The three finalists will be notified by mid-June 2021 Results will be announced via the Windsor Fringe website, social media and sites advertised on.

The winner of the £500 award (judged mid-June and held in a sealed envelope) will be announced at the Awards Ceremony after the final performance. 

Any queries, telephone 07771 757678 or email Please note that any e-mails should include the word ‘branagh’ to isolate them from the enormous amount of SPAM mail received at this address. Otherwise they may not be logged/recorded.

Submission deadline: March 5th 2021*

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