The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing 2024

We apologise for the delay in announcing the Top Twenty (Long List) Scripts. We received many more scripts than expected and consequently the process has taking longer.

We are very pleased to announce the Top Twenty Scripts!


  • Die Trying
  • Seven Times
  • Troy
  • Copernicus, Darwin and Freud
  • Invisible
  • Candles
  • Pennies, Spectacles and Nevertheless
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Schrodinger
  • The Minstrel Boy
  • Treesitter
  • A Necessary End
  • Star Light in a Jar
  • The Tale of Setsumi and Her Beloved Nobu
  • Cassiopeia
  • The Exit
  • The Gate
  • Anne Sexton Had a Band
  • The Meltdown
  • Naked Truths

The Top Nine Scripts will be announced within the next two weeks ...

Script Submission Dates

Monday 15th January - Friday 15th March 2024


Amateur Playwrights worldwide are invited to submit a one-act play. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2024. One of the three scripts will be chosen as the overall winner and awarded the £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 to be up to 30 minutes in length.

  • Each play to have a cast of no more than 6 actors.

  • Each play must be suitable for staging in a studio theatre.

  • One digital copy to be uploaded to the KBDA website as part of the submission process.

  • Entry Fee is £15.