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

SUBMIT HERE

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

2018 WINNER
Whale by Fleur Kilpatrick

2018 HIGHLY COMMENDED
Mate by Ang Collins
For Unknown Reasons by Zoe Cooper

Read our 2018 announcement here

2016 WINNER
Pedagogy by Chris Summers

2016 HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Bees are all Dead by Kit Brookman

2014 WINNER
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

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