Making Manchester an exciting hub for new writing in the UK.


The Bruntwood Prize is our biennial playwriting competition, open to anyone who has written a play and lives in the UK. An innovative and ambitious partnership between the Royal Exchange Theatre and property company, Bruntwood, the competition was inspired by two mutual aspirations: to encourage and uncover new writing, and to build a national platform for exciting new talent.

Since its launch in 2005, the Prize has grown into a nationally recognised competition, with over 7,000 entries, 15 prize winners and £160,000 of prize money helping to make it the largest playwriting competition in the UK.

'The competition is a fantastic opportunity that can change your life and the deadline is brilliant, because it forces you to get on with it.' Vivienne Franzmann, Winner of the 2008 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

As the competition grew in size and stature, the Bruntwood Prize Roadshow was introduced in 2012 to engage and support writers across the UK, from Belfast and Bristol to Edinburgh and Hull.

The anonymous nature of the Bruntwood Prize means that all writers - whether established or first-time playwrights - are judged solely on the merit of their submissions. Winning scripts have not only been staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre but across the country, showing at the Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre and Soho Theatre, and in cities including Newcastle, Liverpool and Northampton.

With each competition we are delighted to welcome a prestigious judging panel, with past judges including Richard Wilson, Brenda Blethyn, Simon Stephens, Michael Sheen, Maxine Peake and Dame Jenni Murray.

The 2015 Bruntwood Prize will mark the 10th anniversary of the prize. It’s time to start writing! For more information, please visit