Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit a one-act play. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Fringe Festival in October. One of the three scripts will be chosen as the overall winner and awarded a £500 prize. The plays will be judged purely on the writing before they are staged.                                                                     


  • Only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author will be accepted.
  • Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed.
  • Each play is to be between 25 – 35 minutes in length.
  • Each play to have a cast of no more than six actors.
  • Each play must be suitable for staging in a studio theatre.

For full details of the submission criteria, script guidelines, answers to frequently asked questions & payment details, please button below for a downloadable PDF.


Drama Writing Award Guidelines & FAQs press here:

Submission & Fee

  • TWO paper copies and one emailed copy to be submitted.
  • £10 submission fee plus an (optional) script printing fee (8p per page).
  • Fee payable by cheques payable to Windsor Fringe Festival. Or a payment by Paypal or Credit card via Paypal.

CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL (Paypal account not necessary)


Authors do not automatically receive feedback on readers’ assessment or comments about their play (unless their play makes it to the long list).

Scripts are evaluated anonymously by readers and the final short list by our two judges. The three finalists will be notified by mid-June 2022.

Results (including the ‘long’ and the ‘short’ list) will be announced via the Fringe website, social media and other related websites. Approximate dates arelong list – end April / May …short list – May … final 3 – mid June.

The winner of the £500 award (held in a sealed envelope) will be announced at the Awards Ceremony after ‘last night’ performances in October. 

Further queries, please email: [email protected]