Submissions for The Women’s Prize for Playwrighting 2021 are now open! The deadline for submissions is 12 July at 5pm.

The winning playwright receives £12,000 in respect of an exclusive option for Ellie Keel Productions and Paines Plough to co-produce the winning play.

The judges for this year’s Prize are…

Mel Kenyon (Chair)
Arifa Akbar
Lucy Kirkwood
Jasmine Lee-Jones
Winsome Pinnock
Indhu Rubasingham
Jenny Sealey
Nina Steiger
Nicola Walker

Jodie Whittaker.

Last year the prize was awarded to two plays: REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME by Amy Trigg and YOU BURY ME by Ahlam. Both were awarded the £12,000 prize and REASONS YOU SHOULD(N’T) LOVE ME will premiere at The Kiln 21 May – 12 June. Tickets are on sale now and you can book them right here.

We’re also delighted to announce today that Audible will produce an audio production of REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T LOVE ME.

Find out more about how to submit your play for the 2021 prize here.

You are eligible for the prize if you are over the age of 16, based in the UK or Ireland, and if you identify as female.

Good luck!

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting has been created by Ellie Keel Productions (EKP) and Paines Plough, with 45North and in association with Sonia Friedman Productions. Sponsored by Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals company, who are the official publishing partner of the prize. The founding sponsor of the Prize was PER People.