OPEN DATE: 29 November, 2021
CLOSE DATE: 6 February, 2022
PROGRAM DATES: Commission and development activity to be completed within 12 months of contract.
OPEN TO: National, playwrights aged 18 to 40 years old.

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award is an initiative of the late Thelma May Afford, whose will established a fund to offer a periodical prize in memory of her husband. The Awards are offered by Perpetual, as Trustee, and Australian Plays Transform.

The biennial award was created “to promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays.” For this award, young playwrights are between the ages of 18 and 40.

The award is $30,000, which includes $15,000 in prize money to the playwright and up to $15,000 towards creative development with a director, dramaturg and a cast of actors facilitated by Australian Plays Transform. The creative development workshop will be scheduled between April and November 2022.

To be eligible for the award the play cannot have been produced or performed in public, or scheduled for production before December 2022. It must be over one hour in duration and must not have received support from Australian Plays Transform in the past.

The full eligibility guidelines and information about the award are available here. Entries open at 9:00am AEDT Monday 29th of November 2021 and close11:59pm AEDT Sunday 6 February 2022.