Playwrights Theatre Centre


Call for Submissions: Fringe New Play Prize


The Vancouver Fringe Festival and Playwrights Theatre Centre are calling for applications for the sixth year of the Fringe New Play Prize. Through the Fringe New Play Prize, PTC and the Vancouver Fringe offer BC artists a leg up in the process of creating and producing a new play. BC writers and producing teams with a project underway for the 2018 Fringe season are encouraged to submit.

The program offers:

  • Eight months of dramaturgy with PTC Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel
  • Some free creation and rehearsal space
  • A free spot in PTC’s how-to-produce-theatre seminar series, Block P
  • A free and guaranteed space on the Fringe Mainstage, September 2018.

All told, the Fringe New Play Prize is a juicy package with a $5000 value: ($800 Fringe application fee + $1000 in studio space + $3000 of dramaturgy + script copying + promotion). The production costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

The application asks for:

  • A script idea, outline, fragment or draft
  • The resumes of artists involved in the creation
  • A production plan
  • A letter of intent – telling us what you plan to do with your idea

The decision is made by a jury of readers based primarily on the artistic potential of the idea/script supported by evidence that it has a realistic chance of succeeding.

Please watch our video Tips for Submitting to the Fringe New Play Prize with Project Dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel

Applications must be received no later than October 2, 2017 and the winner will be notified in early December. Candidates who are not selected will be notified in time to apply by the regular deadline.

To apply, go to

The 2017 winners of the Prize, lee williams boudakian, Anoushka Ratnarajah and Kamee Abrahamian have been working with PTC’s Associate Dramaturg mia amir on their Fringe play Setting Bones using studio sessions combined with research sessions and script meetings. This first Fringe version of Setting Bones opens on the Revue Stage at the 2017 Vancouver Fringe on September 9.

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