The Popcorn Writing Award 2021


Established in 2019 by Popcorn Group, the Popcorn Writing Award celebrates fearless work which playfully and artistically questions and addresses current affairs, societal trends and contributes positively to public debate.

The award champions brave and imaginative writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It is the only award of its kind, awarding a prize fund of £6,000 and a guaranteed slot at one of the partnering venues.

Alongside Summerhall, Popcorn partners with Traverse Theatre, Assembly, Gilded Balloon, Pleasance and Underbelly.

Each year Popcorn puts together a committee that select the winners from our shortlist to award the prizes.

Past committees have included: Emmy-nominated Lena Headey, BAFTA-winning Wunmi Mosaku, Academy-award winning Gonzalo Maza, Golden-Globe winning Ruth Wilson and many others.

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding this year’s Edinburgh Festival, the award will work slightly differently for 2021. Find out more, including about this year’s panel, by visiting www.popcorngroup.co.uk.

HOW TO APPLY

Submissions open: 26th April 2021

Submissions close: Mon 28 June 2021, 10am

ELIGIBILITY

All plays submitted will be considered provided they are:

  1. A new piece of writing (only been performed once before) of at least approx 50 mins playing time.
  2. Written by a writer, or presented by a company, who have been programmed by one of the partner venues at the Fringe after and including Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
  3. Please note that only Summerhall affiliated artists/writers/companies can submit to us. If you have a previous affiliation with any of the other supporting venues, please apply directly to them.

TO SUBMIT

Please send your piece of new writing, and a 50 word summary of your play to programme@summerhall.co.uk with “Popcorn Writing Award 2021 // Title of Play // Writer’s Name” in the subject heading.

Please also list your previous Summerhall-affiliated show and year in the body of your email so we can confirm your eligibility.