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Polka Playwriting Award

The Polka Playwriting Award will champion exceptional playwriting and the important creation of new work for Young Audiences.

Through this award we want to draw attention to the quality, rigour and imagination needed to write for and inspire such an exciting audience base, who are so often overlooked, and the wonderful rewards that can come from this process. We want to celebrate writers, discover bold stories and new voices, and we encourage writers at any stage of their career to apply.


• Full play commission under Writers’ Guild rates and associated Royalty.
• Script published with our Award Partners, Methuen Drama.
• Production staged at Polka Theatre, in Polka’s Adventure Theatre, within 2 years of the script being selected.


• All writers must be over the age of 16, and live in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
• There is no upper age limit on applicants.
• Play of no longer than 70 minutes.
• Can be written by someone who has no experience in the TYA writing sector – we are looking for stories that have not been told before, and encourage people who may not have seen their experiences on stage as children to apply.
• For any age range between 7-13

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