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Drama submissions

We are no longer accepting submissions for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama for works first produced in 2015. Submissions for works produced in 2016 will open shortly.

Producing companies were invited to submit plays first produced during 2015. Submissions needed be sent to the Department of English Literature by 12 February 2016.

The winner of the £10,000 award will be announced in August.


Eligible plays are those over sixty minutes in playing time, originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced between 1 January and 31 December 2015, and performed by a professional company for more than six performances.

A typed copy of the script must be sent by post and email with details of the first production, which should include venue, company and date. Where possible, proof of production should be sent such as a flyer, review etc.

The submissions must come from the producing company or the agent of the playwright.

The playwright must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry regulator within the country of production (e.g. in the UK, the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Equity, Independent Theatre Council (ITC) or Federation of Scottish Theatre).

The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.

Submission format and address

Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts by 12 February 2016.

Two copies must be submitted: one digital copy and one hard copy, along with a completed submission form.

Submissions should be sent to Natalie Carthy in the Department of English Literature.

The James Tait Black Prize for Drama

Natalie Carthy

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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