The Lysicrates Prize 2020

Submissions are now open for The Lysicrates Prize 2020.

We are looking for the first 15 minutes of a new play. Actually, this year, we’re looking specifically for comedies!

So if you’ve got an idea for a smashing new farce, a cracking family dramady, an absurdist romp, a pitch black comedy, a political satire or a sci-fi rom-com (or anything else you think will get people chuckling) then we want to read it!

You will need to submit the first 15 minutes (approximately 15 pages) to The Lysicrates Prize and your play will be assessed by a team of professional readers.

Submit your entry via the entry form below by 5pm Monday 7 October or contact [email protected] if you’d like to discuss your submission. Please read the full terms and conditions before submitting your entry.

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

Past winners

The winner of the 2019 Lysicrates Prize was playwright Jane Bodie for Tell Me You Love Me. The two runners-up were Julian Larnach for Leviathan and Katy Warner for Appropriate. 

The 2018 winner 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 PartyRunners-up were Jennifer Compton for The Goose in the Bottle and Nick Coyle for The Feather in the Web, which later featured in our 2018 season. 

Mary Rachel Brown received the 2016 prize for her play Approximate BalanceThis play re-titled Dead Cat Bounce featured in the 2019 Griffin program. Runners-up were playwrights Elise Hearst and Campion Decent.

Steve Rodgers won the inaugural Lysicrates Prize for his play Jesus Wants Me for a SunbeamRunners-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.