Sydney Theatre Company

Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship

The Fellowship exists to honour an established writer for her or his body of work, rather than for a single script. It is an acknowledgement of excellence which also provides a writer with an opportunity to continue to progress their career.

Awarded annually to a writer whose work has been produced professionally in Australia in the last four years, the prize consists of a total prize package of $25,000 which includes a year-long Fellowship in recognition of their excellent body of work, and a commission to write a new play.

The Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship winner will be announced at an event in May 2019.

The successful candidate will meet the following criteria: 

  • Be committed to and passionate about new Australian writing. 
  • Have had a play produced professionally in Australia within the last four years. 
  • Have had at least two professional productions produced in Australia. 
  • Be an experienced playwright whose career would benefit from receiving the Fellowship. 
  • Be prepared to accept and fulfil a commission worth $15,000 as part of their prize as well as the nominal duties outlined below.

During the year of the Fellowship (April 2020 to May 2021), the Fellow will:  

  • Undertake a mentorship role with Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers Group. The details and commitments of the mentor role will be agreed between the successful Fellow and Sydney Theatre Company.
  • If specifically required to do so, attend STC events (e.g. opening nights).
  • Work with the Literary Manager to develop a commissioned play to be considered for programming in March 2021.

Entries for the Patrick White Playwrights Fellowship close 5pm AEDT Monday 18 November 2019.

Enquiries: (02) 9250 1700 or

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19 Nov 2019
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