Submissions for the 2018 Martin Lysicrates Prize are now open. 

Read further information about the Prize here.



The Martin Lysicrates Prize requires the submission of the first 15 minutes of a new play for children aged 11-14 and a brief description (200 words) of how you anticipate the story developing. The winning entry will receive a full commission to develop a draft of the work.


To be eligible for The Martin Lysicrates Prize plays must:

  • Be approximately 15 minutes long. Please note that this includes any scripted action in addition to dialogue. Plays that are substantially longer than 15 minutes will be cut down before being given to the readers. 

  • For an audience of children aged 11-14. The audience on the day will be predominantly students from Years 7-8.

  • Be written for a maximum of 6 performers (further characters are fine if doubling is possible; please contact us if you want to discuss this).

  • Be unproduced and unpublished.

  • Be unencumbered by agreements for future productions or publication.

  • Not have won, or been shortlisted for, another Australian playwriting competition.

  • Be written by a playwright who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia. 


Entry terms and conditions:

  • Playwrights may submit only one (1) play for consideration.

  • The decision of the judging panel and voting public is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • The work must be submitted electronically here.

  • Griffin shall have world-wide first right of refusal to produce the winning play for a period of 12 months following the completion of the commissioned draft.

  • Plays or performance texts submitted may be original ideas or adaptations from other forms providing that permission to adapt the material has been obtained from the copyright holder.


In sending us your play and entry form you assure us that you have read the conditions of entry for The Martin Lysicrates Prize, declare your eligibility under the conditions and agreement to the terms listed.

Your entry must include the following:

1. An electronic copy of the script uploaded as a pdf. It should have a cover page featuring the title of the script and your full name. The pages should be numbered. There should be a character list indicating any necessary doubling.

2. A brief synopsis or description of how you anticipate the story developing (approximately 200 words). Please ensure your name and the title of your play is at the top of this page.



Q: My play has had a short self-produced, unfunded or independent season. Is it eligible for submission?

A: If your play has been publicly presented (meaning that it has been publicly marketed and/or advertised and the audience has paid for tickets), then it is not eligible for entry. Plays which have been presented for a creative development showing are eligible.


Q: I have previously submitted this play to the Griffin Award. Is it eligible for submission to The Martin Lysicrates Prize?

A: No. However, plays submitted to The Martin Lysicrates Prize may be entered into next year’s Griffin Award, with the exception of the winning entry.


Q: I have submitted my play to another playwriting competition (or I intend to in the future). Is it eligible for submission?

A: Yes, you may submit your play even if you have also submitted it to other playwriting competitions. You may also submit your play to other competitions between submitting it to The Martin Lysicrates Prize and the announcement of the shortlist. However you may not submit a play which has already won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition.


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



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