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Prize: $5,000

Generously sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC).

Award Submission Guidelines:

  • The playwright must be a full or supporting member of PGC in good standing.
  • The submitted play must be at least 60-minutes in length.
  • The play has not yet had a professional premiere production as of March 1st 2024. The play may have been workshopped, but it hasn’t received a full production. If the work has been produced for a Fringe Festival, it is considered eligible. Please contact PGC for plays that have been selected for further production (e.g. Toronto Fringe’s Next Stage Festival or juried festivals such as SummerWorks).
  • The play has not been published.
  • The play must be written in English or be a play translated into English. Please note: If the winning play is an English translation and both creators are PGC members, the playwright and translator will split the award.
  • Theatre for Young Audience plays, Musicals, Comedies, and anything submitted to the RBC Emerging Playwright Award will not be accepted. Please look at those separate awards if one of them is more suited for your play.
  • The play must be an original work.
  • Permission for any copyrighted material included in the play must be obtained.
  • 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(s).
  • If music, of which the playwright submitting is not the creator, written permission(s)  must be provided for the use of the music in their script.
  • There can be no hyperlinks to music or hyperlinks to anything else in your script.  

Please note: This form cannot accept files larger than 10 MB. If your files are larger than 10MB, please send through WeTransfer to

Please note: All scripts are read blind. Please remove the playwright’s/creator’s name(s) from the script as well as any identifying information. Scripts submitted with creator’s names will not be accepted into the competition.

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

Please note that our staff does not work on Saturday or Sunday and cannot respond to your questions during that time.

DEADLINE: Complete application forms must be submitted by March 21st, 2024 at 11:59pm PST.

Entry Fee
The entry fee is $24.50 per title entered. No Refunds for incorrect submissions.

PGC cannot provide feedback for plays submitted to this award.


There are two steps for the submission process this year.  

Step 1: Please click on the link to access the registration form with details pertaining to your submission. Once your membership has been verified, you will then move onto step two.  

Step 2:  You will receive a link to the email address you provided in your submission form for uploading your play and paying the submission application fee.  

Submissions open February 5th, 2024 and close March 21st, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific time.  

Late applications will not be accepted. 

Incomplete submissions will not be considered for an award. Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be changed, updated, or otherwise altered in any way. Entrants seeking to correct errors or provide updates must re-submit again using the same process as the first entry (including the fee). 


If this form does not meet your visual or accessibility needs, or if you require a different format, we are happy to assist with a different process.  Please call our office at 416-703-0201, or email 


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