The Amethyst Award



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T h e    A M E T H Y S T    A W A R D


An annual playwriting award offered by

M e l b o u r n e   W r i t e r s’   T h e a t r e

for a new, unproduced, full-length play of outstanding quality, integrity and originality



T h e   P r i z e

The winning play will be performed in a two-week theatrical season to be produced by MWT.

In 2023, this season will be presented in the Studio Theatre at Gasworks Arts Park from 3rd – 13th May.



Submissions open
Monday 16th January @ 9am


Submissions close



S U B M I S S I O N    G U I D E L I N E S

  1. Submitting playwrights must be residents of Victoria, and Full or Associate Members of Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.   Click here to join MWT.
  2. The submitted entry must be an original, full-length play of 50+ minutes. It may have received development via workshopping or script readings, but must not have received a production.
  3. Each playwright may submit one entry.
  4. Your play may be on any theme. Monologue and short play collections are ineligible for entry.
  5. Your name may NOT appear anywhere on the script. Scripts containing the writer’s name or contact details cannot be considered.
  6. Scripts must be presented in standard Play format.  Script_format_example
  7. The winning playwright will develop skills as an independent producer. In the lead-up to the season, they will be required to provide in-kind marketing support and assist with a range of production tasks, as requested by the Producer.
  8. The winning playwright may be required to make changes to their script or undertake redrafting of their script, in order to bring it to strong performance standard. They will commit to responding to critical feedback from a dramaturge following selection, and again from the director and actors at the rehearsal stage. MWT is a Writers’ theatre – great plays are what we do.
  9. No payment will be offered to the winning playwright, and no payment by the playwright will be sought. All production expenses, including remuneration of crew and cast, will be met by MWT.
  10. All submitting playwrights will be advised of the selection outcome by 13th February 2023.



Please click HERE for the Entry Form.

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The Amethyst Award is proudly offered by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre.