Griffin Award


Now in it’s twentieth year, the prestigious Griffin Award recognises an outstanding play or performance text that displays an authentic, inventive and contemporary Australian voice, with the winner receiving a $10,000 prize. The Award has a long history of recognising new talent and cementing the careers of Australian writers, as the Honour Board of Griffin Award winners attests.

This year, 95 entries were received. The plays were read anonymously by a panel of artists charged with the unenviable task of whittling them down to a shortlist of just five. Each play was read at least twice, with any conflicting opinions resolved by a third reader. This shortlist is put before a judging panel of industry leaders who choose the winner. 

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at a special event at Griffin on Sunday 4 June. This year’s finalists are:

Kit Brookman for The Bees Are All Dead
Ang Collins for Blueberry Play
David Finnigan for Kill Climate Deniers
Emme Hoy for Extinction of the Learned Response
Brooke Robinson for Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

The Griffin Award is generously supported by Copyright Agency Limited.


2016 Melissa Reeves The Zen of Table Tennis
 Stephen Carleton The Turquoise Elephant
2014 Angus Cerini The Bleeding Tree  
2013 Donna Abela Jump for Jordan
2012 Vivienne Walshe This is Where We Live
2011 Rick Viede A Hoax 
2010 Aidan Fennessy Brutopia
2009 Lachlan Philpott Silent Disco
2008 Rick Viede Whore
2007 Damien Millar Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures
2006 Mary Rachel Brown Australian Gothic
2005 Ian Wilding The Carnivores
2004 Debra Oswald Mr Bailey’s Minder
2003 Brendan Cowell Rabbit
2002 Noëlle Janaczewska Songket and Patrick Van der Werf Presence
2001 Verity Laughton Burning
2000 Ian Wilding Below
1999 Neil Cole Alive at Williamstown Pier
1998 Catherine Zimdahl Clark in Sarajevo

If you are a playwright and would like to be notified when applications for 2018 open, please fill out this form
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