Win $8000 in the Noosa Arts Theatre One Act Play Festival 2021

Calling All Writers

Entries are now being accepted for The Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, which attracts entries from playwrights across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, and other countries.

2021 will mark its 44th year of providing a unique opportunity for the three finalist playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival.

Scripts are judged anonymously by a local panel to prepare a shortlist; the shortlisted scripts are sent to a professional panel of 3 industry experts, who will also judge the scripts anonymously, give written assessments which are sent to the playwrights, and decide the 3 finalists.

During the Festival, the audience is asked at each performance to vote for the ‘Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award’.  Presentations of Awards take place after the final performance.

This exciting playwriting competition offers a total prize pool of $8,000 cash. The winner of The Eleanor Nimmo Prize for Best Play will take home $5,000, 2nd place $2,000, and 3rd place $1,000. The winner of the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award wins a cash prize donated by the family of the late Nancy Cato.

Noosa’s rain forested headlands, bleached sand bays and winding river are the setting for the legendary Noosa Arts Theatre whose patron is David Williamson the most produced Playwright in the history of Australian Theatre.    The theatre usually stages five productions each year with a mix of drama, comedy and musicals as well as the Noosa Arts One Act Play Festival.


Entry Forms are available online at:
Entries close on 1st October 2020

The competition is open to residents of all countries, not just Australia. Download the rules and entry form online from website

2 thoughts on “Win $8000 in the Noosa Arts Theatre One Act Play Festival 2021

  • Please could you put me on your mailing list for next year . I am so sad to have missed your deadline. Thank you chelinay

  • Hi there

    I was wondering if it would be possible to write about the Qld Department of education from a comical point of view…

    Eg The Token Teacher?

    If there are no particular rules can you advise as to the length of the script

    Many thanks



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