Bruntwood Prize

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How do I enter?

Submissions for the 2022 Prize are open until 6th June 2022 via this site only. The 2022 Prize is split across four categories. They are: 

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting– £16,000

The Judges Award– £8000

The Bruntwood Prize International Award- £8,000. Introduced in 2019, this sister prize is open to international playwrights who can apply through our partners

    • Atlantic Theatre (New York, USA)

    • Berkeley Rep (Berkley, California, USA)

    • Australian Plays Transform (Carlton, New South Wales, Australia)

    • Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne, Australia)

    • Canada Banff Playwrights Laboratory (Banff, Canada) 

This year also sees the introduction of a new category: The North West Original New Voice Award and Residency. In recognition of the Prize’s Manchester home and to enable us to work closely with the winning playwright, this year the winner must be based in the North West of England and have not had a full-length play professionally produced for 12 performances or more in a professional venue. 

In addition to winning £8,000, they will also access an additional £10,000 fund dedicated to their professional development at the Royal Exchange Theatre during a bespoke one year residency. 

Each winner will enter into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre in an endeavour to bring their work to production. 


All plays are submitted anonymously to the competition and will be read by an expert panel of readers appointed by the Royal Exchange Theatre. There is an extensive five stage process to the reading before creating the shortlist. The final panel of readers, including key artistic staff from the Royal Exchange Theatre, compile a shortlist for the Judges to consider. The Judges will received the shortlist of scripts mid October 2022. A shortlist of 15 plays, ten from the UK and five international, will be announced on 24th October 2022, and the winner of the 2022 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, on 14th November 2022


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If you still have questions about the process, you may find the answer to your query in the Prize Guidelines and FAQ below or contact the Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator, Chloe Smith, on

To enter- all you need is a script containing no identifying details saved as a pdf, word or doc.x format. The entry form will ask for some contact details, and a confirmation of your eligibility for the North West Original New Voice Award- you need to answer these questions to be considered for the Prize and proceed with the form.  At no point do we ask for your real name.

We also include an anonymous Equal Opportunities form to understand who is applying for the Prize. Answers to these questions are optional.

The form will not allow you to proceed without an attached script- but if you are concerned please email with the Title of your script to confirm.

This entry form should take you no more than 5 minutes.



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