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Shelagh Delaney New Writing Award

Since 2014, we have been celebrating the life and work of Salford born writer Shelagh Delaney every year on her birthday the 25th of November.

We have done this in a variety of ways; we have produced Shelagh’s work, read her short stories and shown her screen plays as well as worked with several writers to support and showcase new writing.

Going forward, we think supporting new writing should be the legacy of Shelagh Delaney and therefore we would like to announce for 2021 the Shelagh Delaney New Writing Award.

It will support new writing by giving mentorship from professional writers, in kind rehearsal and performance space at Salford Arts Theatre and a cash award.


The winning writer will receive a cash award of £3000.00

The winning play will be fully produced and performed at Salford Arts Theatre alongside the professional mentorship.


The award is open to those who identify as female are aged between 16 – 25 and are living in or from Greater Manchester

We are looking for new writing that is not connected, contracted, or committed to any other venue, creative team or producer. The new work should not have had any previous professional productions

The finished play must be an hour long or more playing time however for submissions we will allow unfinished scripts.

We are only accepting scripts for stage plays and are not looking for adaptations or translations of established works. Original and new pieces of writing only.

The writers must hold all copyright and other related rights to the piece