The WriteForTheStage Prize for New Writing

WriteForTheStage has been sponsoring The Greater Manchester Fringe Festival since 2015. 


Our involvement in the GMFringe is crucial to us because the fringe is the life-blood of any cultural city. And Manchester (and its surrounding regions) is rich in talent, aspiration, and entrepreneurialism. 


We set up The WriteForTheStage Prize for New Writing to celebrate the continual innovation and risk-taking that we see throughout the festival each year. And the quality of festival content increases year-by-year, so choosing a single winner can be difficult. Often, we've chosen more than one winner. 


What we look out for

We're looking for clear narrative (although some previous winners have broken many conventions), characters with clear objectives, and functional dialogue that drive the action. We're looking for new angles on familiar stories and familiar stories about new worlds. 


What is the prize?

First prize is a publication with WFTS Books. We make the script available through Amazon and associated sellers in paperback and Kindle formats. The playwright maintains all rights to the work under a non-exclusive agreement. That means that we don't own the work; we merely distribute it. 


In the past, winners of the WFTS Prize for New Writing have used the accolade to tour the work nationally and as a calling card for meetings with broadcasters and other publishers. 


Past winners


Alan Stockdill - Le Grand Return, performed at The Swan, Dobcross



John FK Hoyle - Trigonometry, performed at The Swan, Dobcross

Elliot Hughes & Hidden Track Theatre - Standard:Elite, performed at Nexus Arts Cafe, Manchester



Dan Ireland-Reeves - Bleach, performed at The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford



Jonathan Hall - How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, performed at The Kings Arms Theatre, Salford

Cody Daigle-Orians - 18 Victoria, performed at 53Two, Manchester



Laura Harper - A Quick Guide To Ruining Your Life, performed at The Kings Arms, Salford


We started publishing the prize-winning pieces in 2016. Watch this space for 2019's publication.


You can purchase copies of the prize-winning books from Amazon. Use our store below to find them.