Entries are now open for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2022–23, one of the most expansive opportunities for Australian playwrights.

Since 2002, Queensland Theatre, in partnership with the Queensland Government, has been inviting playwrights to put a new Australian work on its stage through this unique competition which culminates in a world premiere season of the winning entry.

Every two years the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award discovers, develops and produces outstanding Australian plays. The award recognises excellence in playwriting and is open to writers across Australia with stories that will connect with Queensland audiences today.

Thanks to new sponsor Griffith University, the winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2022–23 will receive a $30,000 cash prize. The winner will also be commissioned by Queensland Theatre to develop their script ready for production. The award continues to guarantee the winning play a season on the Queensland Theatre stage — a unique and highly sought-after opportunity for Australian playwrights.

Queensland Theatre encourages writers of all backgrounds and lived experiences to enter their unproduced scripts into the 2022–23 award.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 September 2021, with finalists to be announced in January 2022. The winning entry will be revealed in April 2022. Entry information is available at queenslandtheatre.com.au.