Papatango discover brilliant playwrights, launching the best new talent with maximum impact. Our unmatched commitment to staging new writers inspires artists and audiences at all levels that all you need is a story.
Our discoveries have won BAFTAs, Alfred Fagon, Off West End and RNT Foundation Playwright awards, and premiered worldwide. We run playwriting events for thousands of participants each year.
Our opportunities are anonymous, open to anyone in the UK and Ireland, and completely free.
Opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize was the first – and remains the only – annual award in the UK to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage with box office royalties and publication by Nick Hern Books. In 2016 a full commission to support a follow-up play was added to the Prize.
Entries to the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize will be accepted between 1 December 2017 – 28 February 2018. Read our literary guidelines for full information.
“Winning the 2017 Papatango Prize has already transformed my career. It has provided me with a real launching pad as a writer, led to an award nomination, meetings with major TV production companies, and even a Danish translation of the play! The entire process from the moment Chris phoned to tell me the news, through to raising a glass or two after the final performance, has been an absolute joy, and also a real demonstration of a highly professional theatre company working on all cylinders. From dramaturgy through marketing to production and the sheer care and attention paid to their writers, Papatango have been spectacular. I can’t thank them enough, and I’d urge every playwright to consider sending something in to the 2018 Prize. It’s the smartest decision I think I’ve ever made.” Stewart Pringle, 2017 Prize-winner