Theatre503 has unveiled a new playwriting competition that will see the winning work staged at the London fringe venue.
The Theatre503 Playwriting Award, which will be open to all writers over the age of 16 for an original unproduced full-length play, will also provide the winner with £6,000.
A panel comprising writers Dennis Kelly and Roy Williams, directors Marianne Elliott and Erica Whyman, critic Henry Hitchings and Royal Court Theatre literary manager Chris Campbell, will judge the competition.
All UK submissions to the competition will also be put forward for the fringe venue’s 18-month mentorship programme for five emerging playwrights, called 503 Five.
Paul Robinson, artistic director of Theatre503, said: “We believe that the most rewarding experience for a writer is to have their show on, not being trapped in development for years or being palmed off with a rehearsed reading. We’re doing what many other venues and writing awards shy away from – we’re promising to produce the winning play and we’re also opening the doors of 503 even wider by using the process to find our next crop of resident writers.”
The biennial competition begins next year and will be open for entries from February 1 to 28, 2014.