Funding Opportunity

Mustapha Matura Award 2024

The winning writer will receive £3,000 and a 9-month mentoring programme with a leading Black British playwright.

The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English. Entrants must confirm on their CV that that they are of African or Caribbean descent.

Entries are online only and must be received no later than 5pm, Wednesday, 31 July 2024.


Entrants must be 25 years or under at the time of submission. The AFA reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not meet the age criteria at the time of submission.

The play does not need to have been produced. However, if it has, only plays produced since August 2023 will be considered.

Each entrant can submit only one play. A play may also be nominated by a third party with the writer’s consent (e.g. via an agent).

Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered.

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