2021 Papatango Prize

We are delighted to announce the three winners of the 2021 Papatango Prize in partnership with ETT. Reimagined, at a time of unprecedented challenges, to support more artists and share new stories more accessibly than ever before, this year's Prize received a phenomenal standard of entries. We want to thank everyone who trusted us with their stories.

Selected from 1,410 entries, the winners are

Nkenna Akunna for Some Of Us Exist In The Future

Tom Powell for The Silence and The Noise

Tajinder Singh Hayer for Ghost Stories From An Old Country

By turns poignant, funny and captivating, these three plays represent the very best of new writing. They will be recorded as audio plays, digitally published by Nick Hern Books, and shared for free with audiences nationwide. Please click the title of each to find out more.

The three audio plays will be recorded and tour to 12 venues spanning the UK, including Bristol Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Leeds Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Laurels Whitley Bay, Theatr Clwyd, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Southwark Playhouse and Bush Theatre. Available for free, details on how to book to listen to the plays will be announced shortly.

Three casts and creative teams will be assembled to record the winning plays – Selected roles are available for open-entry applications including actors, directors and sound designers. Applications are open now, until 28 July. Click here for more information.

We are also delighted to announce this year's shortlisted writers:

Billie Collins, But The Heart Stayed Behind
Rebecca Jade Hammond, Hot Chicks
Emma Hemingford, Foreverland
Joe Ward Munrow, Home
Rían Smith, Endless

We will be sharing feedback with every writer who requested it over summer 2021. Please bear with us as writing personally to so many individuals takes our small team a considerable time. Thank you so much for the privilege of reading your work - and we hope you'll be able to enjoy one of these free audio plays at your local theatre later this year.