A COMPETITION to find strong, original and inventive writing for young people

Do you have an original and inventive play written for young people, whether you are new or experienced in writing for the young? We are seeking the best of all plays that have been written for the young and also those written by the young. 
There are 3 categories and a winner will be awarded in each category.

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Do you have a complete draft of a new play ready and waiting for some attention?

Do you know someone who does?

Playmarket’s Asian Ink is looking for New Zealand Asian Playwrights from throughout the country with exciting and original work to show.

Offering the chance to workshop with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play.

For more details see our Asian Ink Page or contact Script Advisor Stuart Hoar here.

Submissions have closed for 2015



Do you have a complete draft of a new play ready and waiting for some attention?

Do you know someone who does?

Playmarket’s Brown Ink is looking for Maori and Pasifika Playwrights from throughout New Zealand with exciting and original work to show.

Offering the chance to workshop with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play.

For more details see our Brown Ink Page or contact Script Advisor Stuart Hoar here.

Submissions have closed for 2015



Change the world - write a play!  For this competition we are interested in young writers who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about anything you like that matters to you in any way you like, for any kind of audience you like.

Submissions have now closed for 2015.

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PLAYMARKET presents this award for the best new New Zealand play.

This is a competition open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident. To be eligible, plays must not have had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine). Visit here for more information

Submissions have closed for 2015. Submisisons for 2016 open 7 August 2015.



Robert Lord's worker's cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

To date, playwrights who have lived and worked there include Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar and Paul Rothwell.

Read more here



Set and realise your playwriting goals.

Rebecca Mason (theatre critic, dramaturg, script assessor, executive coach), the daughter of playwright Bruce Mason, offers an executive life coaching scholarship to playwrights who would benefit from setting and realising their goals. Rebecca is based in Nelson but is happy to work with playwrights remotely.

If you’re interested in recieving this coaching, please apply in writing to Murray Lynch with your C.V and a one-page submission outlining your vision for playwriting and why you would benefit from the coaching. 


The next Retreat is scheduled for 2016

The Retreat is a chance to focus on your writing in a distraction free, comfortable and inspiring environment. There will be no cooking or cleaning to do, no television or internet to distract, nothing to organise or prepare and no deadlines to meet.

It is just a time to write.

Meals and accommodation are provided at no charge to you. If travel to the retreat is an issue for you please let us know as we may be able to help, both with costs or arranging lifts.

The meals will be healthy and made from local produce and you will have your own room.




We have some senior client playwrights offering tutoring services, both online and in person. They are happy to consider all sorts of requests - from beginners wanting a short 'how to start' course, to veterans wanting brief feedback, to screenplay writers wanting assistance to adapt their work for the stage.  

If you think you might like to explore this, contact us describing your area of interest and we will put you in touch with some appropriate tutors to discuss your needs.



Does a small booklet entitled Group-Devised Work; The Rights of Co-Writers, Devisers, Co-Creators, Actor/Writers & Co sound like it might interest you? If so, email for a free copy (paper or ecopy). Highly recommended for all those embarking on collaborative ventures, and looking for advice on how to avoid the pitfalls. 




Playmarket and the New Zealand Film Commission’s Development team have been brainstorming ways to bridge the gap between stage and screen for working writers.  The team conveyed a strong desire to work with more playwrights to develop complementary screenwriting careers, whether through creating new work specifically for screen or adapting existing plays for cinema. The NZFC is excited by the potential to work more closely with Playmarket and see this as win-win for writers and encourages writers interested in developing projects for cinema to review the NZFC Development guidelines on their website.  

Read more here



Do you have an original and engaging idea for a play?

Young & Hungry Arts Trust is currently accepting idea submissions for plays for their Festival of New Theatre. They are looking for fresh New Zealand voices to write plays for 15-25 year olds.

The playwrights accepted into the programme will develop their scripts throughout with the assistance of professional script advisors, a play-reading and directed workshops. This is a great opportunity for emerging writers to learn within a professional theatre environment.

See their website here for more information.

Submissions have closed for 2015



You can pitch a show to BATS at any time. If you have a brilliant, risky, or exciting idea and a team ready to put that idea on stage, send an email to Cherie for more information about putting on a show at the new venue.

Write for Radio New Zealand


The Radio New Zealand drama department commissions new writing and seeks to work with New Zealand’s best writers. Each year, up to 30 hours of new drama are produced.

Their priority is to feature New Zealand writers and performers. They look for projects that will delight, surprise, entertain and inform their listeners and for projects that sometimes treat controversial subjects in ways that stimulate discussion. Check out their website here all the info on writing for and submitting to radio.



The annual guide on how to apply for Creative New Zealand contestable funding is now available on their website.


international OPPORTUNITIES

We ensure that all international opportunities NZ playwrights are eligible for are included in our regular ebulletin - make sure you sign up for this if you are interested. Below are some examples of what's available (not all have been updated, but keep an eye on them till they are); we will add other ideas as they arrive.

Write Local. Play Global is the ASSITEJ playwrights' network connecting playwrights for the young worldwride. Find out more here

Sundance Theatre Lab

Edward F. Albee Foundation

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

Write Now One Act Play Festival

Royal Court Theatre International Playwriting Residency

Royal Court Theatre International Play Development

International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation

Trinity College International Playwriting Competition

Katydid by Lucy O'Brien
Tu by Hone Kouka

Two Fish 'n' a Scoop by Carl Nixon

Well Hung by Robert Lord

Flipside by Ken Duncum

The Lead Wait by Jo Randerson and Trouble

Pollyhood in Mumuland by Lauren Jackson

Sheep by Arthur Meek

Songs of the Sea by Peter Wilson

Skin Tight by Gary Henderson

The Pohutukawa Tree by Bruce Mason

Me and Robert McKee by Greg McGee

Meet The Churchills by Paul Baker

Daughters of Heaven by Michelanne Forster

Lovepuke by Duncan Sarkies

The Secret of Dong Ting Lake by Michelanne Forster

The Tinderbox by The Playground Collective

He Reo Aroha by Miria George and Jamie McCaskill