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The 2021 Martin- Lysicrates Prize

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is proud to be partnering once again with The Lysicrates Foundation and Riverside Theatres to present The Martin-Lysicrates Prize.

The Martin-Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best new Australian writing for young people. For more information on the history of the prize and the amazing people who created it (The Lysicrates Foundation) visit their website by CLICKING HERE.

The Martin-Lysicrates Prize recognises great ideas from exceptional playwrights from around the country. The Lysicrates Foundation particularly recommends playwrights who usually write for adult audiences to try their hand at writing for young people!

Playwrights submit the first 10-15 minutes of a new play for young people aged 11-14. The top three plays each receive a day’s rehearsal with a professional team of artists and are then performed on stage and via live stream before an audience of children who will vote for the winning play (adults don’t get to vote!)

The play must be able to be performed by no more than 4 actors (actors can perform multiple roles). Actors can include adults and young people.

The winning playwright will receive a full commission of $12,000 to complete the play (up to one hour in length) and the two runners-up will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each.

Email your application to by 11:59pm Sunday 21 March 2021.

For more info visit The Australian Theatre for Young People