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Lancaster playwriting prize switches focus

The 2023 Lancaster Playwriting Prize - the fourth - has shifted focus to deaf, disabled, and neurodiverse writers.

Anyone from the north who identifies as disabled can apply for the competition, and there is no age limit.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,500, a staged public reading of their play and mentoring to improve it.

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is run by the Dukes theatre in partnership with Lancaster University.

Each year the prize has shifted focus to invite submissions from different, generally under-repesented, groups. There has been new work from BAMER playwrights, unproduced playwrights over 55, and LGBTQIA+.

The theatre's director, Karen O’Neill, explained: “The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is a great opportunity for playwrights in the north. The prize is very important for the Dukes as we strive for creativity for all.”

The deadline for applications is November 30, and the winner will be announced in December.

More information on submissions here

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