The James Tait Black Prize is Britain’s oldest literary award. Last year, it was extended to include drama for the first time.
The prize for the best original new play written in English, Scots or Gaelic is organised by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and in association with the Traverse Theatre.
Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts by Friday 7th February to the University of Edinburgh (details below). The winner of the second £10,000 annual award will be announced in August 2014.
The prize is open to any new work by playwrights from any country, and at any stage in their career. Judges will award the accolade to a play which displays an original voice in theatre and one that they feel has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form.
The judges will include students and staff of the University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland and the Traverse Theatre.
Last year’s inaugural winner was The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price – a play that charts the true story of a US soldier convicted of espionage for leaking secrets. The award gained national and international media coverage and the prize-giving and reading at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre was attended by numerous industry leaders and journalists.
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 2013, and performed by a professional company for more than 6 performances.
How to enter:
- Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts to the Department of English Literature by 7 February 2014. Address: The James Tait Black Prizes, Dept. English Literature, The University of Edinburgh David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX. (There is no application form to complete)
- A digital copy of the script must also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- A typed copy of the script must be sent 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 TMA, Equity, ITC or Federation of Scottish Theatre).
- The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.
For further information: http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/events/tait-black