Are you a budding playwright? Griffin Theatre wants to give you $10,000

A Hoax - La Boite Theatre
A Hoax by Rick Viede won the 2011 Griffin Award.

It's that time of the year again! Griffin Theatre Company is now accepting submissions for the 2013 Griffin Award, an annual prize worth $10,000 offered for an outstanding new Australian play.

Griffin Theatre's incoming Artistic Director Lee Lewis is keenly aware of the significance of this award, which has supported and highlighted Australian writers since 1998 (including Debra Oswald, Brendan Cowell and Rick Viede), and will oversee the award's sixteenth year with a view to discovering a new work with an authentic, inventive and contemporary voice.

“The Griffin Award is the engine room o

f this company” she said.

“It is an extraordinary chance for the company to see the breadth and depth of Australian writing. Each year it gives us a snapshot of how our writers are looking at the world and allows us to find great, fresh, immediate and urgent plays to bring to our audience.”

All submissions of original plays or performance texts will be assessed by a panel of industry leaders to nominate a shortlist. In addition to the main award, all shortlisted playwrights receive $1,000 each to further help their development and recognise their efforts.

Selections from all shortlisted plays will be read at Griffin’s annual Festival of New Writing in June 2013, where the winner will then be announced.

The deadline for submissions is 4pm Tuesday 1 January – but make sure you get your entries in before the silly season begins! (Wouldn't want to wake up New Year's Day and miss the deadline!)

Work must be submitted by email only to [email protected]

More information about entering plays can be found at


Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James