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Adam NZ Play Award 2022

Job details

1 Dec 2022
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Literature & Publishing, Performing Arts


The Adam NZ Play Award is open to all plays that have not had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine). 

We are very grateful for the generosity of the Adam Foundation who enable us to offer a total of $8,000 in prizes.

Scripts may only be submitted to this competition once. There are no limits on length, style, theme or cast size. You may submit as many as you like. The competition is open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident.

Awards may be given in the following categories:

  • Best Play 
  • Best Play by a Māori Playwright  
  • Best Play by a Pasifika Playwright  
  • Best Play by a Woman Playwright

Submissions from South Island residents may also be considered for the McNaughton South Island Play Award, which has a prize of $2,000. See our website here for eligibility.

The Dean Parker Adaptation or Non-fiction award.
This award, in the memory of playwright Dean Parker, is offered to a play adapted from a work of fiction, or a docudrama or verbatim work when there is an appropriate entry. The award has a prize of $1,000.

How to apply

See our website here for further details and submissions.

How to apply

See our website here for further details and submissions.

Written by


6 Oct 2022

Interests New Zealand Playwrights’ Agent. Advisor. Bookshop.