2018 Martin Lysicrates Prize


Help our youngest audiences have a say in the future of Australian theatre!

The Martin Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best new Australian writing for children.

If you’re a playwright who has had two or more professional productions produced—or equivalent experience—and you’re working on the first act of a brand new play for children aged 11-14, then we want to hear from you!

How the Prize works:

  • Playwrights submit the first 15 minutes of a new play for children aged 11-14

  • The top three plays receive a week’s rehearsal with a professional team

  • On Thursday 6 September the plays will be performed as a moved reading before an audience of children who will vote for the winning play (adults don’t get to vote!)

  • The winning playwright will receive a full commission to complete the play and the two runners-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each

Before submitting your play, please check the eligibility details, terms and conditions and FAQs here


Submissions for the 2018 Martin Lysicrates Prize are now open. 

Submit your play here by midnight, Monday 23 July

Read the eligibility details, terms and conditions and FAQs here

If you have further questions about the submission process, please email submissions@griffintheatre.com.au or phone the Griffin Office on 02 9332 1052


2017 Martin Lysicrates Prize

The winner of the inaugural Martin Lysicrates Prize was Katie Pollock for her play, Summerland. The runners-up were Dan Giovannoni for House and Verity Laughton for The Zookeeper’s Daughter


The Martin Lysicrates Prize is presented by The Lysicrates Foundation in association with Griffin Theatre Company and National Theatre of Parramatta.


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