About the Prize
The Nick Enright Prize ($30,000) is offered for a play or a work of music drama given its first production in Australia between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020. The production may be given by a professional or amateur theatre company, but it must involve a season of several performances before a general audience.
Plays written by more than four authors are not eligible for the Play Award. Assessment will be made entirely on the literary merit of the written text, and not on the merits of a particular production. The prize money will be paid to the playwright/s. In the case of a work of music drama, the judges may decide that the award should be shared by the writer and the composer. In this instance, the composer must be a living Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status.
Please note that for the 2021 Nick Enright Prize, the guidelines have been amended. A play or work of music drama that had a scheduled first production in Australia between 1 October 2019 and 30 September 2020 but has been cancelled or deferred due to COVID-19 restrictions or had an online reading only, is eligible for entry. Please contact us via email prior to submitting your script if it is submitted under these amendments.