Submission Details

Please note: The competition is now closed.

Anonymous Submission

Scripts (in PDF or Microsoft Word format) should be uploaded to the Liverpool Hope University Online Store at

Scripts will be printed and bound by the University Secretary’s Office, assigned a code number and forwarded to the reading team. The code number will be the only identification available to the readers and judging panel.

N.B. It is vital that play scripts do not contain any means of personal identification; there should be nothing in the header or footer sections apart from page numbers and the first page should contain the title and nothing else. For the avoidance of doubt, the title page must not include the name of the playwright. If the script is deemed to reveal the identity of the playwright, that play submission will be withdrawn from the competition.

However, a cover sheet must be included as page 1 of the file and contain the following:

The cover sheet will be removed by the University Secretary's Office before the script is forwarded to the reading team. 

Elevator Pitch

As part of your submission you will be required to include an elevator pitch. This is your chance to pitch your script in 75-100 words. Use the elevator pitch as a quick audience teaser, giving us a succinct summary of your play.

Submission Fees

The fee for entry is £20.

This payment must be made by debit or credit card via the Liverpool Hope University Online Store. A receipt will be issued. 

The University Secretary’s Office will also send an email confirming the script has been received.

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize opens on Thursday 18th February and closes at 11.59pm on Tuesday 31st May. No submissions will be considered after this time. 


Watch our film for Top Tips from last year's judges for an insiders view on what makes a winning play script.

Judging Process

First Round

The reading team will read the first act or the first 40 pages (whichever is shorter) of all submissions. They will then recommend one of three actions:


Second Round

The reading team will read all scripts in full. They will then recommend one of three actions:


Third Round

The reading team will then consider the ‘long list’ and reduce this to 20.


Final 20

All 20 scripts will be read by two members of the reading team who will confer. They will then recommend one of two actions:



The judging panel will read all ten short-listed scripts. Identities of the playwrights will remain unknown at this point. They will then recommend the following actions:

Once the judging has taken place, the identifying codes will be translated into playwright names and the successful authors will be contacted by the University Secretary’s office.

The titles of the final ten plays will then be announced in The Stage, the Liverpool Echo and on this website. 

All three winning scripts will be considered to be under option by the management of the Royal Court Liverpool. 


The Liverpool Playwriting Prize reserves the right to make changes to the reading process at any point and without notice, in terms of the number of rounds and number of readings each script has. This will not affect the anonymity of the process, which will be protected.