What an honour it’s been to read so many beautiful, captivating, compelling and courageous scripts. We were blown away by the number and quality of submissions this year, making this years long listing harder than ever, and further proof of the wealth female identifying, playwriting talent. A huge thank you to every writer who submitted, we are deeply indebted to you for sharing your work, and a massive congratulations to this year’s long list.
We cannot wait to see how the next stages unfold.
The longlist in full:
The Prize is for a full-length play (defined as over 60 minutes in length), written in English, and the winning playwright wins £12,000 in respect of an option for Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play. The Prize is sponsored by Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, who are the official publishing partner of the prize, and by commercial theatre producers Fiery Angel. The Founding Sponsor is the leading recruitment agency, PER.
The judges for this year’s Prize, chaired by Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre Indhu Rubasingham, are journalist Samira Ahmed, playwrights April de Angelis and Chris Bush, actor Noma Dumezweni, literary agent Mel Kenyon, journalist and critic Anya Ryan, Head of Play Development at the National Theatre, Nina Steiger, and Guardian Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner.
The shortlist will be announced in late November, followed by the finalist plays in December. The winner(s) will be announced at a ceremony in London in January 2024.