Through the Mill

Hope Mill Theatre is launching its first ever Playwrighting Prize, with the finalists getting the opportunity of mentorship with award winning writer Jonathan Harvey (Beautiful Thing, Hushabye Mountain).

Through the Mill is an exciting new opportunity for writers to have their work fully produced by and at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. We hope that this will become an annual event in our calendar and will be a great way to support and encourage the future talent of theatre writing.

Prize details

The winning writer will receive a monetary prize of £5,000

The winning play will be fully produced by and at Hope Mill Theatre The finalists will receive one to one mentoring with Jonathan Harvey


25th June 2020 Announcement/open for submissions
27th November 2020Deadline for submissions
End January 2021Shortlist announcement
February 2021Finalists announced
March 2021Finalists evening held at Hope Mill Theatre, with panel of judges and winning play chosen.

As part of the evening each finalist will have a scene from their play performed live, as well as a Q&A about the piece in front of an invited audience of industry leaders/professionals.

Autumn 2021Full production of the play at Hope Mill Theatre


The prize is open to all UK residing writers, age 16 years and over.

The play must not have received any previous professional productions and must not be contracted or committed to any other venue, producer or creative team and should be available for production.

The play must be an hour long or more in playing time and we do not accept unfinished scripts.

We do not accept film or TV scripts or musicals or exclusively written for children

The piece must be original; We do not accept adaptions or translations of established works.

The writers must hold all copyright and other related rights to the piece

Submission Process

Scripts must be sent by email to


  • Your full name and contact details in the body of the email.

You must also include the below details in one PDF attachment along side the full script.

– Up to 300 words about yourself, including any previous experience if necessary

– Brief synopsis of the play

– Character list


Extra Information

Only the shortlisted writers will receive feedback on their piece.

Our readers will be made up of industry professionals from Theatre, including directors, agents and theatre leaders.

The £5,000 Prize is a one off payment awarded to the winning writer. There will be a separate agreement regarding the producing of the play by Hope Mill Theatre, which will include a royalty payable to the writer.

Any future productions of this version will again include a re negotiation with the writers.

Hope Mill Theatre will be approved the rights to produce the winning play at the venue and will hold creative ownership of that individual production, marketing materials & imagery.