Playwrights encouraged to enter the Martin-Lysicrates Prize 2023


The annual Martin-Lysicrates Prize, first awarded in 2017, celebrates the best new Australian writing in theatre for young people.

At the heart of the Martin Lysicrates Prize are young people and their worldview. Young people are the inspiration and intended audience of this unique commission; as well as key participants in the process of awarding the annual Prize.

The 2023 Prize:

Playwrights are invited to submit the first 10-12 minutes of a new play for young people aged 12 – 15 years. The play must be able to be performed by no more than four actors (actors can perform multiple roles). Actors can include adults and young people.

Following a short-listing process, three scripts are presented to a live and online audience of school students of the relevant age. It is the audience of young people who judge which play is awarded a full commission.

Prizes are awarded as follows:

  • On the day, the most votes from audience in the theatre plus votes of those watching via live streaming – $3,000 for the winner and $1,000 each for the runners-up.
  • Some weeks later, votes are counted from audiences who have watched the recorded performances on website from all over the world.
  • The combined votes from both the first and second dot points are counted and the overall winner receives a commission worth $12,000 and dramaturgical support to complete the play.
Students vote for the Martin-Lysicrates prize.

How to apply:

Applications are now open and will close on Friday, 18 August 2023 at 5pm. To submit, please email with the following information:

  1. Cover page with play title and contact details (name, email, phone number, address);
  2. A synopsis (max. 300 words);
  3. Proposed cast size and character information;
  4. The first 10-12 minutes of your play for young people aged 12 – 15 years (approx. 10-12 pages).

Please note that there should be no identifiable contact details on the actual script itself as the assessment process will be anonymous.

The shortlisted finalists will be announced by the end of September.




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