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Ella Hickson and Debbie Tucker Green among shortlisted writers for 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Ella Hickson. Photo: Peter Hickson
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Ella Hickson, Debbie Tucker Green, Nina Raine and Ella Road are the British playwrights nominated for this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

They are each nominated for the annual award, which celebrates a new play by a British or American woman.

The winner will be announced on March 4 at an event held at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Hickson is nominated for The Writer, which ran at the Almeida, Tucker Green for Ear for Eye, at the Royal Court, and Raine for Stories at the National Theatre.

The Writer review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘formally inventive and vividly written’

Ella Road made the shortlist for The Phlebotomist at Hampstead Theatre.

US finalists include Hillary Bettis for 72 Miles to Go…, Jackie Sibblies Drury for Fairview, Martyna Majok for Sanctuary City and Lily Padilla for How to Defend Yourself.

The other US writers on the shortlist are Heidi Schreck for What the Constitution Means To Me and Lauren Yee for Cambodian Rock Band.

Both Yee and Raine were also nominated last year.

Awarded annually since 1977, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize offers the winner $25,000 (£19,132) and a signed print by artist Willem de Kooning.

Each of the additional finalists will receive $5,000 (£3,826).

This year, the judges include Talawa artistic director Michael Buffong, director Marianne Elliott and actor Tamsin Greig. Maria Goyanes, who is artistic director of Washington DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre, playwright Jennifer Haley and actor Marin Ireland will also sit on the panel.

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