Submissions for the 2018 Lysicrates Prize have now closed. Finalists will be notified in February. 

Read further information about the Prize here.



The Lysicrates Prize requires the submission of the first act of a new play and a brief description of how you anticipate the story developing. The winning entry will receive a full commission to develop a draft of the work.


How the Prize will work:

  • Entry to the competition is open to any writer who has had two or more mainstage (professional) productions produced, or equivalent experience. A team of readers will produce a long list to give to the judging panel.

  • The panel will select a shortlist of three plays. 

  • These plays will receive several days’ rehearsal by professional actors and directors.

  • The first act of each of the three works will be performed at the Sydney Opera House before an audience of 500.

  • The audience will vote for the winning play.

    The winning playwright will receive a full commission from Griffin and the two runners-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each.

Before submitting a play, please read the eligibility details, terms and conditions and FAQs carefully.


To be eligible for The Lysicrates Prize plays must:

  • Be the first act of a full length play (approximately 15-20 pages or 20 minutes).

  • Be written for a maximum of 4 performers (may have more characters if cast doubling possible).

  • Be unproduced and unpublished.

  • Be unencumbered by agreements for future production or publication.

  • Not have won, or been shortlisted for, another Australian playwriting competition.

  • Be written by a playwright who is a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.


Entry terms and conditions:

  • Playwrights may submit only one (1) play for consideration.

    The decision of the judging panel and voting public is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • The work must be submitted electronically here.

  • Griffin shall have world-wide first right of refusal to produce the winning play for a period of 12 months following the completion of the commissioned draft.

  • Plays or performance texts submitted may be original ideas or adaptations from other forms providing that permission to adapt the material has been obtained from the copyright holder.


In sending us your play and entry form you assure us that you have read the conditions of entry for The Lysicrates Prize, declare your eligibility under the conditions and agreement to the terms listed.

Your entry must include the following:

1. An electronic copy of the script uploaded as a pdf. It should have a cover page featuring the title of the script and your full name. The pages should be numbered. There should be a character list indicating any necessary doubling.

2. A brief synopsis or description of how you anticipate the story developing (approximately 200 words). Please ensure your name and the title of your play is at the top of this page.


Q: My play has had a short self-produced, unfunded or independent season. Is it eligible for submission?

A: If your play has been publicly presented (meaning that it has been publicly marketed and/or advertised and the audience has paid for tickets), then it is not eligible for entry. Plays which have been presented for a creative development showing are eligible.


Q: I have previously submitted this play to the Griffin Award. Is it eligible for submission to The Lysicrates Prize?

A: No. However, plays submitted to The Lysicrates Prize may be entered into next year’s Griffin Award, with the exception of the winning entry.


Q: I have submitted my play to another playwriting competition (or I intend to in the future). Is it eligible for submission?

A: Yes, you may submit your play even if you have also submitted it to other playwriting competitions. You may also submit your play to other competitions between submitting it to The Lysicrates Prize and the announcement of the shortlist. However you may not submit a play which has already won or been shortlisted for another Australian playwriting competition.


If you have further questions about the submission process, please email or phone the Griffin Office on 02 9332 1052.



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