Mercury Theatre Colchester & Josef Weinberger Ltd are joining forces to discover the very best and most diverse new theatre writing talent from across the UK via a new national playwriting competition, launching this year.
The Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Prize will be looking for previously unperformed plays that have the ambition, appeal and theatricality to fill larger theatres, with the aim of getting the very best new work published and into production over the next few years.
The winning entry will pick up a cash prize of £5,000, a publishing deal with Josef Weinberger Ltd and the possibility of a full production at the Mercury Theatre.
A panel of high profile industry judges will be announced in September.
The online portal for entries will open on 25 May 2018, the closing date is 20 July 2018 and winners will be announced week commencing 5 November 2018.