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April 16 2018, Original Playwriting

The 2018 Original Playwriting competition is now open! Authors from across the South-West are invited to submit their scripts to the Secretary of the SFD by noon on Wednesday 12 September. If you have always wanted to have a go at writing, then here is your chance. Remember ~ if you are a young author, under 25, then your entry will be judged in a separate category with its own winner. There will be cash prizes of £100 for the winners in both the general and young author category. There may also be up to two highly-commended runners-up who will receive cash prizes of £25. Other short-listed scripts receive certificates of commendation.

All the scripts that we receive are read by the competition’s panel: Pam plus Rod Hancox, well known to the SFD and theatre throughout Somerset, and Brenda Shrewsbury, a writer and director. A short list is then drawn up and SFD groups will be offered the opportunity to take one of the short-listed scripts and turn it into an original production for presentation at next year’s County Drama Festival.

Looking forward to reading your scripts – get busy with those pens and keyboards!