Hope play prize springs eternal

Published: 18 April 2021
Reporter: David Upton

2019 winner Colin Dowland

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize has re-opened for submissions—ten months after it was forced to pause because of the pandemic.

Once more, there’s a £10,000 prize for aspiring writers, in the second largest national playwriting competition, jointly-run by Hope and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.

The rules are simple: writers must submit an original and unperformed script for a comedy play.

After entries have been pored over by judges—who include Moving On and Coronation Street actor Les Dennis—£10,000 will go to the writer of the winning script, with a further cash prize available for other scripts that commendations.

The final award ceremony will now take place in May 2022.

Since 2015, those recognised have gone on to have their plays commissioned across the UK.