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For more than 50 years, Queensland Theatre has created collective experiences that change lives, presenting an annual season of the best classic, contemporary, international and Australian works. The company is committed to championing new voices on Australian stages including supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to develop and share their stories, and encouraging a love of theatre through education and youth participation across Queensland.

Since 2002, Queensland Theatre, in partnership with the Queensland Government, has been inviting playwrights to put a new Australian work on our 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 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2022–23 is now the richest playwriting prize in the country.

he Award provides both recognition for excellence in playwriting, as well as offering finalists a rigorous script development program. It is open to playwrights with an unproduced play they believe will speak to Queensland audiences today.

The winner of the 2022–23 Award will receive:

  • $30,000 cash prize from Prize Sponsor Griffith University
  • $16,000 commission fee to develop their play throughout 2022–23
  • A world premiere production of their play as part of Queensland Theatre’s 2023 Season.

Writers and performance makers from all backgrounds and lived experiences are invited to enter completed scripts for a new play that Queensland Theatre audiences need to see on our stage.

Please review the Conditions of Entry before you submit your script. If you have any particular queries in this regard, please

contact Queensland Theatre here

Entries close 3 September.



Proudly supported by the Queensland Government and Griffith University.

Still (pictured above) from a production of Stage Whispers in 2012.