Funding Opportunity

Papatango New Writing Prize

The winning writer will receive £7000. Their script will be produced by Papatango in a month-long run in The Large theatre at Southwark Playhouse, London, with the writer receiving a royalty of 8% of the net box office. It will also be published by Nick Hern Books.

The four shortlisted writers will each receive £500 and the option to have their play presented as a reading by The Playwright Laboratory in association with Papatango. The readings will give each writer the chance to see their play professionally directed and performed. These readings will be filmed and then showcased on TPL’s private, members-only industry platform, reaching producers, programmers and theatres worldwide.

All entrants will be able to opt in to receive feedback if they wish; please indicate your choice by ticking the relevant box when submitting your script. It is not possible to opt out of feedback and then later to request it.

The 2022 Prize will be open for entries until 9pm (GMT) on Sunday 30 January 2022.

Please make sure you submit with some time to spare in case of any technical problems. No extension will be possible for any reason.


As the Prize offers production and publication, we are looking for complete, full-length scripts.

We recognise that ‘full-length’ is a contested term. We would suggest, as a minimum, that to qualify as full-length, a script should have a running time of at least 60 minutes OR be at least 9000 words OR be at least 40 pages.

We strive to be as flexible as possible in accommodating different formats and different styles in order to empower writers to explore theatrical form however they want, so these parameters are guidelines rather than rigid requirements. Nonetheless, please endeavour to ensure your script is of a substance to justify full production.


The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only.

There is no age limit.

There is no minimum or maximum level of experience required to enter. All you need is a story.

The script must be an original, unpublished and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three public readings, showcases or performances. Any scripts that have been published or produced for any more than three performances, whether professionally or with an amateur company, will be automatically disqualified.

Translations, children’s plays, adaptations of classic plays or existing works in other media, musicals, music theatre, television or film scripts are not eligible.

Scripts submitted to the Prize in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted.

You may submit more than one script if you wish.