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Submissions are now open for the Popcorn Writing Award 2024

Submissions for the Popcorn Writing Award, run by the Popcorn Group in partnership with BBC Writers, are now open for 2024. This one-of-a-kind award has a prize fund of £6,000 which goes directly to the writers. Championing brave and imaginative writing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playwrights can submit their plays until 10am on 21st June 2024. Set up in 2019 by the Popcorn Group, a film and theatre production company, the Popcorn Writing Award celebrates fearless work which playfully and artistically addresses current affairs, questions societal trends, and contributes positively to public debate.

It’s wonderful to be back in Edinburgh with BBC Writers for this year’s Popcorn Writing Award. The Fringe is all about new writing, taking risks, being bold and being able to fail. It’s an inclusive, imaginative, creative and unbelievably inspiring festival and gathering says Popcorn Group’s founder, filmmaker Charlotte Colbert. To be considered, plays must be a new piece of writing that has not had more than seven performances in advance of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe and must be staged at one of the award’s partner venues.

Past winners include Bryony Kimmings who went on to pen Last Christmas with Emma Thompson, Karim Khan now in writers’ rooms with Riz Ahmed, and Sabrina Ali who won last year with her play Dugsi Dayz.

The best new writing is selected by an eminent and diverse committee put together by the Popcorn Group and the BBC Writers team. Notable past award committee members include: Golden Globe winning Ruth Wilson, Tony-winning Enda Walsh, Oscar-winning Gonzalo Maza & BAFTA winning Wunmi Mosaku.

Submissions are OPEN until 10am on 21st June.

Further Information including eligibility criteria: Popcorn Group