The Other Prize

The Other Prize is a writing prize open to current students of the University of Cambridge. The Prize is £500 (put up by the John Kinsella/Tracy Ryan Trust), though a shared prize may be awarded in the event of two equally appropriate candidates, or no prize given based on the standard of entries. Plays will be accepted that are original, have been only workshopped or given rehearsed readings; and also plays extracts from which had been performed, but not plays which will have already had a full complete production.


Adjudication will be in two stages. A shortlist will be selected by a panel consisting of one appointed by Churchill College, one by a member of the Education Studies with Drama staff, one by the Marlowe Society. Final adjudication will be by the commissioning editor of Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury Publishing).


Candidates must send four copies of their entry which should be in typescript and in loose-leaf form, and must not bear the author’s name. They should be sent, with a covering note of the author’s name, College and home address to the Senior Tutor, Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS. They should arrive by the last day of Lent Full Term, which is always a Friday. This year’s winner will be announced in Easter Term 2020.


Past winners of The Other Prize:

2017: Bromley Bedlam Bethlehem, by Rachel Tookey

2016: Tweet no Evil, by Lilly Posnett, and Dominion, by Gregory Forrest

2015: Living Quarters, by William Hutton and Jamie Rycroft

2014: war war brand war, by Thom May

2013: Occupied, by Harry Buckoke

2012: Kind, by Isobel Cohen

2011: Bird Pie, by Simon Ryle

2010: Fired Up, by Annabel Banks

2006: 1,2,3…, by Luke Roberts

2005: Camera Obscura, by Ned Beauman

2004: Rostov’s House, by James Topham

2003: Off Limits, by Emily Critchley

2002: Wanting to Laugh Best, by Jack Thorne

2000: August, by David Humphries

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