Any play or writer that does not meet the criteria set out below will be disqualified.
This Award aims to identify and champion debut and emerging writers. We cannot consider your submission if you have had another full-length play produced professionally in a subsidised London, or major regional/international venue for 4 weeks or more
You must submit this work yourself and not through a third party/agent
The reading process is anonymous. Please do not include your name or contact details anywhere in the text of your script. Your personal information will be held separately
The online portal will be open for submissions until 11.59pm 31st March 2018. Any entries received after this time will not enter the reading process
Only entries submitted online though theatre503.com/writers/submissions will be accepted. Please do not submit any material by any other means. E.g. on paper, email, CDs, digital media.
Please do not submit or include any other material, or include images in your script
Adaptations are not eligible.
Plays must be written in the English Language.
Plays must never have been professionally optioned, produced or published.
Only one script may be submitted by each writer.
Theatre503 must be informed immediately should you wish to withdraw your play at any point.
By submitting a script for consideration you agree that:
You are over 16 years of age.
You have not had a play produced professionally for a 4 week run or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.
The script does not contain any detail of your identity.
You are the writer of the play and exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the play.
The play is over 60 minutes in length.
The play is original, unperformed, unpublished work for the stage and has not been produced anywhere in the world.
The play is available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company.
If you are the winner you will receive £3,000 in prize money and £3,000 as an advance against 8% of the gross box office, to grant Theatre503 the exclusive license to produce the play for up to 18 months after the announcement of the award.
Nick Hern Books will have first refusal to publish the winning play in the UK.