skip to Main Content

Tom Hendry Awards

Submission are now closed for the 2020 Tom Hendry Awards!

Each year we host an annual awards competition honouring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories, including the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, Carol Bolt Award, TYA Award, Playwrights Guild Comedy and Musical Awards, Lifetime and Honorary Membership Awards, and the Bra D’Or Award. The awards are named after Tom Hendry, a founding member of PGC who passed away in 2012. The awards offer generous cash prizes and winners are recognized in a ceremony that takes place in the fall each year.

Carol Bolt Award

The Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights is given annually to a member of PGC who has premiered an original play between May 1st, 2019 – May 16th, 2020.

A juried panel selects the winner from a number of submitted plays. The winner of the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights receives $5,000 and the option to be published. A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

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

RBC Emerging Playwright Award

The RBC Emerging Playwright award gives up-and-coming playwrights the opportunity to win a six-month mentorship with a professional playwright of their choice, from our 800+ playwrights roster as well as a $2,000 cash prize. PGC offers a second and third place prize as well! Readings of the shortlisted plays will be presented in the fall of 2020. Submissions are open for any supporting or student member of Playwrights Guild of Canada who has never had a professional production and have never been a full member of PGC. Submitted work must be a full length play.

A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

Funding for the award has been generously sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Fund.

Playwrights Guild Comedy Award

This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of May 16th, 2020. This award is worth $5,000.

A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

Funding for this award has been generously sponsored by the Playwrights Guild.

Playwrights Guild Musical Award

This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of May 16th, 2020. This award is worth $5,000.

A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

Funding for this award has been generously sponsored by Playwrights Guild.

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation's Robert Beardsley Award

Funded and presented by the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation, the Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights is granted to a young playwright within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script.

The entrant to the competition must be a playwright under the age of 30 at time of submission, residing within the Greater Toronto Area, who is pursuing post secondary education. The winner is awarded a monetary prize of $500.

Applicants for this award do not need to be PGC members. If you are applying for this award and not a member, you will receive a PGC Student Membership once your submission has been received.

A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award

The Sharon Enkin Plays for Young People Award is given annually to a member of PGC who has a new or recently premiered theatre for young audiences (TYA) play. If premiered, production dates must be between May 1st, 2019 and May 16th, 2020.

A juried panel selects the winner from a number of submitted plays. The winner of the TYA Award for Playwrights receives $5,000. A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2020. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

Funding for the award has been generously sponsored by the Enkin Family.

Lifetime Membership

To be honoured as a Lifetime Member, a playwright must be nominated by members, brought before the National Forum, and approved by the PGC Board. Criteria include recognition for a body of work, and/or service to Playwrights Guild of Canada and the theatre community. Membership dues are waived.

All current members of Playwrights Guild of Canada are welcome to forward nominations for Lifetime Membership.

All recipients of the Lifetime Membership Award and the Honorary Award have a place in the Playwright Circle.

This award is not accepting nominations in 2020.

Bra d'Or Award

Presented by PGC’s Women’s Caucus, the Bra d’Or Award recognizes an individual for his/her/their efforts in supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights.

The Bra d’Or Award will be open for nominations on February 13th, 2020.

The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2020.

Nominations are now closed.

Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is awarded to an individual or organization for their contribution to the Canadian playwright community, and must be nominated by PGC members and approved by the National Forum. An honorary member need not be a playwright.

This award is open for nominations February 13th, 2020.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Back To Top
Cancel
Accessibility