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Prize: $5,000

Funding for the award is generously sponsored by Alberta Playwrights’ Network, Playwrights Canada Press, Manitoba Association of Playwrights (MAP),  Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC), Playwrights Theatre Centre, and Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Award Submission Guidelines:

  • The playwright must be a full member of Playwrights Guild of Canada in good standing.
  • Be a minimum of 60 minutes in length.
  • The play will have had a premiere production by a professional theatre company between May 1st, 2019 and May 16th, 2020.
  • Be written in English or be the first Canadian production of a play translated in to English.
  • An original work
  • Permission for any copyrighted material has been obtained
  • Theatre for Young Audiences plays are not accepted. There is a separate award for TYA applications.
  • Adaptations are accepted, but must involve substantial changes in form and/or expression. If the adapted work is not in the public domain, the playwright must include written permission from the original creator.
  • If there is more than one author (including co-writer, composer, etc) all authors must be included on the application form, but only one must be a full member of PGC.
  • If you are submitting a musical, provide a recording of at least 5 different song excerpts.
  • A blind submission is not necessary for this award. The creator’s name should be visible on the script.

The recordings do not need to be professionally recorded (piano & vocals will suffice). This is to give the jury an idea of tone. Each song selection should be under a minute and in .wav format.

Please note: This form cannot accept files larger than 10 MB. If your .wav files are larger than 10MB (and most are) please send via Google Drive to

Questions? Contact Mindy Doherty Griffiths, Tom Hendry Awards Manager for Playwrights Guild of Canada at 416-703-0201, or email

DEADLINE: Complete application forms must be submitted by June 17th 2020 at 11:59pm.

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $21.50 per title entered. No Refunds for incorrect submissions.

Submissions have now closed. If you need to contact someone about your submission, please email

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