Max Afford Playwrights' Award
The $30,000 Max Afford Playwrights Award, offered by Perpetual in association with PWA, is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, whose will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband.
The biennial award was created “to promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays.” For this award, young playwrights are between the ages of 18 and 40.
The award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 in prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors facilitated by Playwriting Australia.
The creative development workshop will be undertaken via video conferencing facilities between July and December 2020. If social distancing regulations allow for in-person activities later in the year, that option will be considered.
To be eligible for the award the play cannot be produced, or have been scheduled for production before December 2020. It must be over one hour in duration and must not have received support from PWA in the past.
The full guidelines and information about the award are available HERE.
Entries close 9:00AM Australian Eastern Standard Time Thursday 28 May 2020
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
Whale by Fleur Kilpatrick
2018 HIGHLY COMMENDED
Mate by Ang Collins
For Unknown Reasons by Zoe Cooper
Read our 2018 announcement here
Pedagogy by Chris Summers
2016 HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Bees are all Dead by Kit Brookman
The Silver Alps by Maxine Mellor
2014 HIGHLY COMMENDED
Sunshine by Tom Holloway
Kill Climate Deniers by David Finnigan
The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is offered by Perpetual as Trustee