The James Tait Black Prize for Drama is awarded annually for the best original play written in English, Scots or Gaelic and first performed by a professional company in the previous year.
The £10,000 prize is open to any new work by playwrights from any country, and at any stage in their career.
The judging panel includes students and staff of the University's School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures and representatives from the Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, The Traverse Theatre and leading members of the UK theatre industry.
Judges award the accolade to a play that displays an original voice in theatre and one that they feel has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form.
The 2016, Gary Owen’s one-woman monologue, Iphigenia in Splott, was the fourth play to win the £10,000 prize.
Previous winners include Gordon Dahlquist’s sci-fi thriller Tomorrow Come Today (2015), Rory Mullarkey’s first full-length play, Cannibals (2014) and acclaimed drama The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (2013) by Tim Price.
The winner is announced at an event at The Traverse Theatre, during the August festivals in Edinburgh.
The event is supported by National Theatre Scotland and includes extracts of the shortlisted plays performed as rehearsed readings.
The James Tait Black Prize for Drama is presented in association with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and the Traverse Theatre.