The Women’s Prize For Playwriting Shortlist

We are very excited to announce the shortlist of writers for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

We were delighted to receive 1,169 submissions to the Prize.  70 plays were longlisted, and below are the 35 plays that have made it to the shortlist. We will be announcing the 6-8 finalists and winners in the autumn.


…blackbird hour by Babirye Bukilwa

A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates

Colostrum by Olivia Hennessy

Contact Centre by Victoria Barclay    

Core by Jennifer Lunn

Deepa the Saint by Sonali Bhattacharyya

Everything Must Go by Caitlin McEwan

EZRA by Stella Green

Fly Home Butterfly by Tife Kusoro

Full English by Silva Semerciyan

Giddyup’s Way by Ciara Cassoni

happy sad virginia! By Deborah Acheampong

How the Dodo Died and Other Stories by Jenny Knotts

Kelp by Gaia Sorcha Fenn

Leaving Eden by Sophia Chetin-Leuner

My Brother’s Keeper by Kim Taylor

PARADISE STREET by Chinonyerem Odimba

Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me by Amy Trigg

Red Sky at Night by Eve Leigh

Savage by Jane Bodie

Smethwick by Yolanda Mercy             

Static by Saskia Livingstone

SUPER BLOOD WOLF MAN by Alice Allemano

The Credibility Assessment by Amanda Wilkin

THE ESTATE by Shaan Sahota

The Good People by Camilla Whitehill

The Sub-Let Next to Heaven by Madeleine Accalia

The Swell by Isley Lynn

The Virgins by Miriam Battye

This Might Not Be It by Sophia Leuner

We’ll Be Who We Are by Naomi Obeng

WHAT YOU DO WITH THE DEAD IS YOU BURY THEM by Selma Dimitrijevic

When the Sea Swallows Us Whole by Natasha Collie

White Tuesday by Eve Leigh

YOU BURY ME by Ahlam

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