Lysicrates Prize 2019

Submissions are now open for The Lysicrates Prize 2019. For more information and to submit your entry, please click here. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 11 January 2019.

About the Prize

Playwrights submit the first 15 – 20 minutes (approximately 20 pages) of a new play for The Lysicrates Prize, where it is assessed by a team of professional readers.

The three finalists receive a week’s rehearsal with a professional director and cast, before a staged reading is held in front of a live audience. The audience votes for the winner, who receives a full $15,000 commission to finish the play. The runners-up each receive a cash prize of $1,000.

The competition is now in its fifth year and is only open to writers who’ve had two or more mainstage plays produced, or equivalent experience. In contrast to the Griffin Award, which is open to writers at every stage of their career, The Lysicrates Prize is intended to support more experienced artists, recognising the significant challenges facing any writer, regardless of experience. Traditionally the prize attracts approximately 20 entries from some of our most exciting and innovative writers.

The Lysicrates Prize is a philanthropic initiative presented by The Lysicrates Foundation and produced by Griffin Theatre Company.

Past winners

The winner of the 2018 Lysicrates Prize was playwright Travis Cotton for his new play Starfish. The two runners-up were Christine Evans for GALILEE and H Lawrence Sumner for The Hollow Queen.

Melissa Bubnic received the 2017 prize for Ghosting the Party. Runners-up were Jennifer Compton for The Goose in the Bottle and Nick Coyle for The Feather in the Web.

Mary Rachel Brown received the 2016 prize for her play Approximate Balance. Runners-up were playwrights Elise Hearst and Campion Decent.

Steve Rodgers won the inaugural Lysicrates Prize for his play Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam. Runners-up were Lally Katz and Justin Fleming. The audience’s response to Justin’s play The Literati was so enthusiastic that the play was selected to be co-produced by Bell Shakespeare and Griffin in 2016, where it enjoyed a sell-out season at the Stables Theatre.