The QWF Playwriting Prize

This prize is normally awarded in even-numbered years to a play published or produced during the two previous years. Because of the limited number of productions in 2020 and 2021, we have extended the opening date for eligibility back to 2018, provided that the play was not already submitted for the 2020 prize.

Click HERE to watch a Q&A session about this prize.

2022 submissions closed


The 2022 lists of submissions have been published. The shortlist will be announced in October.

Winners archive

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2020

Sponsored by Gabriel Safdie in conjunction with Infinithéâtre

Winner

Albumen (Arts Court Theatre) by  Mishka Lavigne

shortlisted

Sania the Destroyer (Theatre New Brunswick) by  Mona’a Malik
Instant (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Erin Shields

Jury

Pablo Felices-Luna
Jackie Maxwell
Djanet Sears

2018

Sponsored by Gabriel Safdie in conjunction with Infinithéâtre

Winner

Paradise Lost (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Erin Shields

shortlisted

Sperm Count (in Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas) (Playwrights Canada Press) by  Stephen Orlov
When Memories Have Us (Segal Centre for Performing Arts) Paul Van Dyck ((Based on the original script co-written by Paul Van Dyck and Caitlin Murphy.)
Truth and Treason (Mawenzi House) by  Rahul Varma

Jury

Carmen Aguirre
Alex Fallis
Blair Williams

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