Launched in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize is the biggest playwriting award in the UK, attracting more annual entries than any other. Despite this, it is also unique in offering personal feedback, supporting new writers and generating new work for the entire sector.
The Prize has long led provision for emerging playwrights. The first - and still only annual - playwriting award to guarantee its winner a full production, publication, fee and royalties, it has changed the landscape for new writing.
Each year the Prize expands to offer even more to early-stage writers, championing people excluded from theatre.
The Papatango New Writing Prize was the first and remains the only annual award to guarantee its winner a full production as well as publication, £7500 fee and royalties. It accelerates brilliant new talent.
Feedback is also available to anyone who wants it, to help explain readers’ decisions and offer suggestions for next steps.
One-off, discreet grants of up to £750 to meet urgent need or enable you to access a career opportunity when lack of financial capital is holding you back. The awards will be prioritised to those who are experiencing the greatest need and have the least financial resilience.
Your work may have been in any behind-the-camera role, anywhere in the film, television, or cinema value chains in the UK. You will have had at least 40 days of paid work in the last 2 years or have worked at least 2 years in film and TV and are seeking funding to return to work after a career break.
Jack Petchey's flagship programme is the Achievement Award Scheme, which recognises outstanding young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex.
Each year the Jack Petchey Foundation recognises circa 12,000 Achievement Award winners and invest £3.5 million through the Achievement Awards scheme. The winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve - perhaps when others might fail.
Awards mean different things to different people. The Achievement Awards are not solely for academic achievement - they may be used to recognise a personal triumph for someone who has faced a challenge, a young person who has pushed themselves outside their comfort zone or it may be an opportunity to recognise the outstanding effort of a team player.
A young person is nominated by their peers in their school or youth organisation. An important part of the scheme is the involvement of young people in selecting the award winners for their work and efforts. The Jack Petchey Foundation want young people to recognise and celebrate the success of their peers.
Each winner will receive a certificate, pin badge and a book from Sir Jack himself. They will also choose how to spend a £300 grant to benefit their school or organisation.