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We’re committed to access and excellence and so our submission, assessment and selection processes are designed to support both. Most importantly, submitting to our programmes is free of charge for playwrights. And you can be confident that the script you include with your application will be read in full by one of our qualified assessors.

Successful applications are chosen through our rigorous selection process and assessed against a range of criteria, primarily the quality or potential of the work, and fit within the programme and our broader goals.

Here are some helpful tips for playwrights applying to our programmes:

1.     Be sure to read through all the information and guidelines about the programme you’re applying to. These documents are available on-line (usually on the relevant programme page) for each submission round and will give you all the information you need top put together an application.

2.    Attach all the required supporting statements (like your CV, clean copies or development notes) as these are crucial in helping our selection panel know more about what you want to do. Check the glossary page for explanations of whats required.

3.   Submit your script in a clear format. Preferred format notes are in the guidelines and in our FAQs. Remember that the script is being assessed as read so if the layout is confusing, if the font is tiny or if it’s generally a mess on the page, that will affect your chances.

4.   Be aware of the closing date. Generally our submissions need to be e-mailed or submitted on-line, but if you’re posting yours in, you need to have it sent on the due date. To be fair to everyone, we are not able to accept late applications.

5.   Always ask us if you are not sure. Playwriting Australia’s staff can help you decide whether your project fits within our programme and how you can make your submission competitive – feel free to contact us with your questions, or Facebook or Tweet us even.

6.   Keep an eye on our updates for our up-coming opportunities, you don’t want to miss the closing dates! The best way to keep in touch with us is by subscribing to our E-News, which we send out roughly every month. For more frequent updates, our Facebook or Twitter streams have all the PWA updates, plus info on other opportunities that might be useful to you.


More information

Selection process – Find out how scripts are assessed by Playwriting Australia

Glossary – What is considered a full-length play? What are we looking for when we say ‘clean copy’ or ‘development notes’ are required.

Frequently Asked Questions – Worth browsing through these answers before you contact us with your query, you might find what you are looking for and quickly.

Other Opportunities – If you can’t find the information or services you are looking for here, there are a range of other brilliant service organisations, websites, groups and development options you can follow up on.