Igor Memic has won the 12th annual Papatango New Writing Prize for his play Old Bridge.
The play, set in Mostar, Bosnia, during the civil war, will receive a full production at London’s Bush Theatre.
Memic will also receive 10% of box office income from the production, publication of the play by Nick Hern Books and a £6,500 commission, with full developmental support for a follow-up play.
Old Bridge was jointly selected by Papatango and the Bush Theatre from a record number of 1,504 entries, which were judged anonymously.
Memic said: “When the phone call came, I was in disbelief. I never thought a play like this could make the shortlist, let alone win.
"Writing Old Bridge has been one of the most painful and important experiences of my life. This was my excavation. My attempt at healing old wounds. I never realised how much it said about our world today until that world stopped spinning."
Papatango also announced the other shortlisted writers, who included Jon Bradfield for Animal, Julia Grogan for Playfight, Sarah Connors for Pushing on Open Doors and Beru Tessema for Exile in North Weezy.
Artistic director of Papatango George Turvey said: “We’re thrilled to present such a fantastic, varied shortlist of brilliant writers from a record number of plays.
"The talent of these writers is a real fillip at this challenging time. In particular, Igor’s Old Bridge was the stand-out choice for our entire reading team. We can’t wait to share it with audiences at the Bush Theatre, the new home of the Papatango Prize."
Artistic director of the Bush Theatre, Lynette Linton, said: "Like us, the team at Papatango is passionate about developing and producing new playwrights so it is a joy to be partnering with them.
"We have already met a number of wonderful new writers through this partnership and look forward to reopening our doors and presenting Igor’s powerful new play as soon as we are able."
Dates for the production of Old Bridge at the Bush Theatre are to be confirmed.