New Play Development Program

New Play Development Program

Submissions for the New Play Development Program are now open.

They will close on 24 July at 11.59pm.EST

This is the final submission for works to be in consideration for the 2018 National Play Festival


How to apply

  • Online applications through our submission manager, Submittable. Click here to begin your application. We strongly recommend applying online to ensure we receive your submission in time.
  • Mailed applications download and fill out the PDF Application Form. Mail it along with all the relevant attachments to: Playwriting Australia Level 3, 10 Hickson Road Sydney NSW 2000.

         Please note; mailed applications must be post-marked on or before the closing date.

Please make sure you read the full guidelines before submitting. For FAQs and formatting guides click here.


About the program

The New Play Development Program offers the widest range of opportunities for the creative development of new scripts.

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.

We offer a tailored approach to the way we support new plays through three different development programs.

LONGFORM: six months of individual sessions with a PWA dramaturg

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RAPID FIRE: a day-long workshop with actors and creatives

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NATIONAL SCRIPT WORKSHOP: an intensive development workshop of one or two weeks

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We encourage writers to take ownership of their creative process and tell us honestly what you think you need moving forward; this is the start of a conversation between you and PWA about your play and the most effective ways to advance it.  Don’t worry if you don’t know what program best suits your play, our expert panel will make a starting recommendation. We invite submissions of unproduced drafts at any stage of their development with a view to providing a crucial and timely investment in the work.

We strongly welcome and encourage applications from playwrights of all cultural backgrounds, identities, abilities, genders and geographic locations in Australia. We are committed to supporting an Australian theatre environment that reflects our contemporary society.

The Diversity Pledge

Playwriting Australia is a proud supporter of the #CreateDiversity pledge. We strongly encourage all playwrights to include a statement, where appropriate, alongside the character descriptions, to promote diverse casting. Suggested pledges include:

1] I encourage the producer to collaborate the artists from diverse backgrounds in the realisation and presentation of this work.

2] I encourage anyone producing and casting this work to consider performers from diverse backgrounds, including for roles where a character’s ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, sexuality or disability need not be specified.

3] The cast should reflect the diversity of Sydney, Australia.

Find out more about the #CreateDiversity pledge, an initiative of MEAA Equity Diversity Committee, and sign it today here.

Script Submission Calendar for the remainder of 2017

APPLICATIONS Closing date Eligibility
Play Development Submissions close #2 Monday 24th July All playwrights
Ignition submissions close Monday 1st August Producing companies

In 2017 we will reserve development opportunities for Western Australian playwrights, in partnership with the Department for Culture and the Arts, WA. This does not disadvantage any applicant due to their state.

The National Play Festival

 All plays developed through PWA’s script development programs will be automatically considered for the National Play Festival each year, alongside work from other PWA programsSee for more information.