In Opportunities

Applications are now open for the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award for young writers of stage, TV or film plays.

Initiated by the late Thelma May Afford in memory of her husband, the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award provides writers with the incentive to improve their creative writing and aims to increase the public’s appreciation of Australian theatre.

In 2014, the award value has increased to $30,000, including a $15,000 cash prize plus a fortnight of creative development through Playwriting Australia’s National Script Workshop. The selected play will be announced in August 2014.

Closing date
Monday 26 May 2014, 5pm

How to apply

For further conditions about the submitted scripts, please read the full terms and conditions and follow the submissions guidelines.

To enter the award, applicants must be:

  • Aged between 18 and 40 inclusive at the close of entries
  • A resident of Australia for the four years preceding the closing date for entries

Applications for the Max Afford Playwrights’ Award should be completed online, with copies of the script posted to The Trust Company by Monday 26 May 2014, 5pm.

Access the online application form here

Further questions
Any queries about this Award should be directed to

Trust Company


2012 Winner

Eight Gigabyte of Hardcore Pornography by Declan Greene

The play was developed at the National Script Workshops in 2012 and presented at the National Play Festival 2013 in Perth. Don’t miss this award-winning play on a stage near you in 2014:

Griffin Theatre Company
2 May – 14 June 2014
More info & tickets

Perth Theatre Company 
2 – 12 July 2014
More info & tickets

The Street Theatre  
17 – 21 June 2014
More info & tickets 

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