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Tom Hendry Awards

Each year we host an annual awards competition honoring Canadian playwrights in a wide range of categories, including the RBC Emerging Playwright Award, Carol Bolt Award, Bra D’Or Award, Stage West Pechet Comedy and Musical Awards, and Lifetime and Honorary Membership Awards. 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.

The 2018 award submissions are now open! 

Carol Bolt Award

The Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights is given annually to a member of PGC who has premiered an original play within the past year (July 1st 2017 – June 30th 2018).

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 2018. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2018.

Funding for the award is generously sponsored by Playwrights Canada Press, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, PTC- Playwrights Theatre Centre, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, and Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

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 works with the winner to host with a special event featuring a live reading of their work in their province of residence. 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.

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

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

Stage West Pechet Family 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 June 30, 2018. This award is worth $5,000.

Funding for this award has been generously sponsored by Stage West Restaurants.

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

Stage West Pechet Family 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 June 30, 2018. This award is worth $5,000.

Funding for this award has been generously sponsored by Stage West Restaurants.

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

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.

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

The Theatre for Young Audiences Award for Playwrights

The Theatre for Young Audiences Award for Playwrights is given annually to a member of PGC who has a brand new or recently premiered theatre for young audiences (TYA) play. If premiered, production dates must be between July 1st 2017 and June 30th 2018.

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 2018. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2018.

Funding for the award has been generously sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada with the support of Business for the Arts’ ArtsVest program.

Submission Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

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.

Past recipients include: Angela Rebeiro, Joan Chalmers, Albert-Reiner Glaap, Toyoshi Yoshihara, Virginia Roncetti, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and Iris Turcotte.

Nomination Deadline:

May 16th, 2018 at 11:59pm

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. This award is not accepting nominations in 2018.

Past recipients include: Brian Quirt, Hope McIntyre, Katrina Dunn, Eric Coates, Andy McKim, Philip Akin, Rachel Ditor, Robert Metcalfe, Mary Vingoe, Rebecca Burton, and Diane Brown.

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 2018.

Past recipients include: Shirley Barrie, Irene Watts, Tom Hendry, Anne Chislett, Gordon Pinsent, Joanna McClelland Glass, Wendy Lill, Dennis Foon, Aviva Ravel, Rex Deverell, John Murrell, Doug Curtis, David French, Norm Foster, and Linda Griffiths.

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