The Nick Darke Writing Award 2017

Publish Date: May 11, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017


The Nick Darke Award was conceived by his wife, the artist and film-maker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

With the opportunity to win £6,000 and open to all writers, this competition provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

Applicants should submit a full stage play script along with a one-page synopsis by Wednesday 31 May 2017. The submissions will be read by a group of readers who will produce a longlist for the Longlist Committee. The Longlist Committee will reduce the submissions to a final shortlist of eight for the judges. Announcement of the winner will take place in autumn 2017 at an Award Ceremony in Falmouth.

The Nick Darke Award is solely funded by Falmouth University through the Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) and the School of Writing & Journalism. The relationship between Falmouth and the Award recognises Nick Darke’s impact across the arts and endeavours to continue his legacy through the promotion of talent.


  • The application must be made in English.
  • The competition is open to all national and international writers aged 16 and over.
  • The writer must be the sole original author. The competition is not open to collaborations.
  • We do not accept submissions that have previously been produced, had a rehearsed reading or won other competitions. 1.5 We do not accept submissions of scripts previously entered into the Nick Darke Award.
  • We do not accept musicals or adaptations.

Submission procedure

  • Please submit a full stage play script (minimum of 45 minutes in length, no maximum) and a one page synopsis about the play in PDF format to:
  • All submissions should be entered anonymously, do not include a name, address or email on the script. Please put contact details in the email with your submission.
  • Confirmation of receipt of entry will be sent by email.
  • Late or incomplete entries will not be considered.
  • The deadline for submissions is 17:00 (GMT) Wednesday 31 May 2017

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