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Playwriting Prize

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the second largest national playwriting competition and provides a great platform for new comedy plays and writers across the UK. To qualify for the prize, scripts must be original, unperformed and funny!

The Prize is judged anonymously, meaning the reading and judging panels do not know the identities of the writers until a winner has been chosen.

Since 2015, The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize success stories include winners and highly commended writers who go on to have their plays commissioned at theatres and auditoriums across the UK.

The 2019 Playwriting Prize

Colin Dowland, a primary school headteacher from London, was selected from over 200 entrants to win the third playwriting prize. Dowland scooped the prestigious £10,000 prize for his comic tale of a disastrous school Ofsted inspection with his script ‘Headless’.

The competition is a collaboration between the University and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, and the ceremony took place at Liverpool’s Royal Court on the evening of Monday 13th May. View photos from the event here.


The winner's story