Playwriting Australia is the national new play development organisation.

We welcome citizens or permanent residents of Australia, of all levels of experience and backgrounds, to submit to our programs.

Please read the guidelines for each open program before submitting by clicking on 'More' below. Visit our website (click our logo above) for full details of our programs.

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For mid career and established playwrights- DUOLOGUE

  Duologue supports collaborative relationships and new work development for mid-career and established playwrights over an eight-month period. 

Playwrights choose a collaborator, and PWA provides for face-to-face or direct working time, with both playwright and collaborator supported for three, paid hours per month between May and December 2020. $150 in expenses is also available to each duo. The structure is self-determined, and focus can be on a single work or multiple works.

We expect that participating artists will initially use digital methods of communication.

Up to 8 duos will be chosen by a panel of three artists. 

Submissions close 9.00AM AEST Thursday 30 April 2020.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Company Manager, Michelle Kotevski   e. michelle@pwa.org.au






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For emerging regional and remote playwrights:

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund 

The Erin Thomas Playwright Fund will be offered differently in 2020.  

This fund seeks to commemorate playwright Erin Thomas’ optimism, her creative talent and further her generous contribution to the arts by helping emerging writers to pursue their dreams. The Fund ordinarily supports travel for the career development of emerging regional playwrights. 

In 2020, up to six emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas will be supported to work with a dramaturg or director through telecommunications on a new work, for a total period of 8 hours. Both the playwright and the collaborating artist will be paid for the period.

Submissions due 11:59pm AEST Sunday 31 May 2020

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Company Manager, Michelle Kotevski   e. michelle@pwa.org.au






 

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Submissions close 9.00AM AEST Thursday 30 April 2020.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Company Manager, Michelle Kotevski   e. michelle@pwa.org.au






 

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For young playwrights- The Max Afford Playwrights Award

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia. It was created “to promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays.” The award is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, who in her will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. He was renowned for his stage scripts and radio plays which explored Australian settings and subjects through a macabre style of drama. He was survived by his wife Thelma May Afford who established this award to foster and support playwrights, while improving the public appreciation of young writing talent of Australia.
 
The total value of the biennial award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 cash to the writer and  $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors.
 
To be eligible for the award the play cannot be produced, or scheduled for production before December 2020. It must be over one hour in duration. Plays that have previously received support from Playwriting Australia are not eligible, but you may resubmit a work. 


The Max Afford Estate have created this award to be given to a young playwright, to enable them to further their education in the field of drama, to improve their creative writing and, to improve the general public’s appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. 

We have defined young playwrights to be between the ages of 18 and 40. It is also a requirement that applicants be a citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

The creative development workshop will be undertaken via video conferencing facilities between July and December 2020. If in the latter half of the year, if government advises that it is safe to undertake in-person activities, that option will be considered.

Please begin your application through this page. Please read the full guidelines NEED HYPERLINK before applying. 

Contact our Company Manager Michelle Kotevski e. michelle@pwa.org.au if you have any questions.
 
 All applications must be received by 11.59pm AEST Monday 4 May  2020






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For CALD Playwrights - Rapid Fire

Open to submissions from culturally and linguistically diverse playwrights across the country, Rapid Fire is a one-day workshop or round table discussion and analysis for a new play, involving a team of artists, actors, thinkers and other professionals of the playwright’s choice. 

In recognition of the challenges of virtual workshopping and roundtables, playwrights will receive 1.5 days of financial support. The workshops can also be broken up into 2 four-hours sessions.

After a Rapid Fire, each playwright will have time with a PWA staff member or affiliated professional to discuss the future needs of their work and potential pathways to production.

Up to 10 plays will be selected by a panel of artists and workshops will be scheduled between June and December 2020. 

If you'd like to discuss anything about Rapid Fire, contact Michelle Kotevski e michelle@pwa.org.au

Submissions close 9AM AEST Tuesday 5 May 2020
 

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To be eligible to submit to the Ignition Program, your company, the play and/or the playwright you are nominating must meet the criteria below, otherwise we cannot consider the nomination.

Ignition 2020- Nominations by Companies

Ignition sets out to increase the ambition, diversity and quality of Australian playwriting by creating landmark works by resourcing significant play development in partnership with producing companies.

Now more than ever, there’s a need to dream. We cannot succumb to reductivism. For the long game that will not be healthy for the sector. This project is an invitation into practical dreaming.

In 2020, PWA will commission seven major new works, with the intention to develop each work and see the work through to production, in partnership with companies. This close relationship with producing companies is also a long term goal of the new entity we are envisioning with Australian Plays. 

PWA will provide each of the seven selected playwrights with a commissioning fee of $15,000 and a development/living stipend of $10,000 to help ‘buy time’ as they work on the development of the new play. This will put significant money straight into the pockets of freelance artists.

Partner companies will be expected to invest in creative development, and in production costs in the future.

PWA will invite producing companies to each nominate up to two playwrights and their works. Individual playwrights who meet the eligibility requirements can also nominate and have the option of indicating an ideal producing company. 

The nominations will be considered by two independent playwrights, company Artistic Directors, and the PWA team.

To be eligible for consideration under this program, either self-nominated or nominated by a producing company: 

• the playwright must identify as a First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse person; and/or

• The new work is specifically for young or regional audiences; and/or

• The work is an ambitious work of scale (we know this is ambiguous, but we invite you to think big). 

Any creative development normally undertaken as part of this project will take place online via Zoom or similar platform. Face-to-face activity will resume when it is safe to do so.

Closing Date 11:5PM AEST Thursday 7 May 2020




 

IMPORTANT! Please make sure read the information below before starting your submission. Also important, please make sure your web browser is up to date to avoid gremlins.

To be eligible to submit to the Ignition Program, you and/or your play must meet the criteria below, otherwise we cannot consider the nomination.
 

Ignition 2020- Playwright Self Nominations
Ignition sets out to increase the ambition, diversity and quality of Australian playwriting by creating landmark works by resourcing significant play development in partnership with producing companies. 

Now more than ever, there’s a need to dream. We cannot succumb to reductivism. For the long game that will not be healthy for the sector. This project is an invitation into practical dreaming.

 In 2020 PWA, in partnership with companies, will commission and develop seven major new works with an intention to see each work through to production.


PWA will provide each selected playwright with a commissioning fee of $15,000 and a development/living stipend of $10,000 to help ‘buy time ’as they work on the development of the new play. Partner companies are also required to invest development and production costs.
PWA will invite producing companies to each nominate up to two playwrights and their works. Individual playwrights who meet the eligibility requirements can also nominate and have the option of also indicating an ideal producing company. 


The nominations will be considered by two independent playwrights, company Artistic Directors, and the PWA team.
To be eligible for consideration under this program, either self-nominated or nominated by a producing company:
• The playwright must identify as a First Nations or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse person; and/or
• The new work is specifically for young or regional audiences; and/or
• The work is an ambitious work of scale (we know this is ambiguous, but we invite you to think big). 

Any creative development normally undertaken as part of this project will take place online via Zoom or similar platform. Face-to-face activity will resume when it is safe to do so. We have adjusted our budgets accordingly.

Nominations close 11:5PM Australian Eastern Standard Time Thursday 7 May 2020
 

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