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© 2019 Platform Presents.

2020 Playwright's Prize

An open call for distinctive, dynamic plays.

2019 Winning Playwright

Leah Gasson

Date for 2020

9th December 2019

Closing Date

9th February 2020

Requirements of the Playwright's Prize.

The Platform Presents Playwright’s Prize was founded to nurture and provide more opportunities for playwrights.

Submissions open on December 9th 2019. Plays of up to 10,000 words should be sent to by 12pm on February 9th 2020.


The winner will be announced in March 2020.

Judges include Amy Gardner (Producer), David Eldridge (writer, Beginning, National Theatre), Dianna Agron (Actor, Heroes, Glee), Francesca Gardiner (producer, Killing Eve, screenwriter, His Dark Materials), Gala Gordon (Co-Founder, Platform Presents), Isabella Macpherson (Co-Founder, Platform Presents), Iwan Rheon (Actor, Misfits, Games of Thrones), Jessica Ronane (Casting Director, CDG CSA), Ness Evans (Agent, 42 Management), Sam Yates (Director, The Starry Messenger, The Curse of Ishtar) and Tuppence Middleton (Actor, Downtown Abbey, The Current War, writer, Four).

Last year’s winner of the prize, playwright Leah Gasson said;

“Winning the prize was a life changing moment. It wasn’t just a title – it was an absolute sisterhood. Gala and Bella have been full of knowledge and encouragement, sharing their ideas and experiences and working tirelessly to push me into the light. I now have an amazing agent, a great pool of wise and wonderful fellow writers to learn from and have had meetings with production companies beyond my wildest dream.”

Leah Gasson received £5,000 in prize money raised at the Platform Presents Poetry Gala for her play That Awful Sound. Platform Presents is developing Leah’s play for stage and screen. On 11 July 2019 they produced a play reading of That Awful Sound supported by the Ambassadors Theatre Group starring; Jessie Buckley, Luke Treadaway, Erin Doherty, Aimee Lou Wood, Haydn Gwynne, Pearce Quigley and Karl Queensborough. In October 2019, Leah signed on to be represented by Alec Drysdale at Independent.