Play Competition



Enquiries and submissions to:



  • Jo Randerson (Short Play)
  •  Lori Leigh (Long Play)


  1. Only members of PANZ may enter the competition. Membership is open to any person who is a long-term resident of New Zealand or is residing in the country for the whole of 2019. The annual membership fee is $25. To join, see: or email
  2. There is no additional entry fee for the competition; paying your membership subscription entitles you to enter without further payment.
  3. A member may submit one Short Play (5,000 to 11,999 words) and/or one Long Play (12,000 to 20,000 words).
  4. Scripts must be suitable for performing on stage.
  5. Scripts should contain the title, word count, a list of characters and the setting but no synopsis. The dialogue should be clearly laid out and easily distinguishable from stage directions.
  6. The name of the author(s) and/or their contact details must not appear anywhere on the script.
  7. The script must be original work. We advise that you check copyright if quoting previously published work.
  8. The play must not have been performed in front of a paying audience before 1 May 2019.
  9. Entries open 1 May 2019 and close 30 June 2019.
  10. Entries must be submitted by email to attaching the script as a Word file.In the body of the email, include the script title(s) and the name you would like to be known as (for publicity).
  11. Results will be announced by the end of September 2019.
  12. Short Plays will be judged separately from Long Plays and will have a different Adjudicator.
  13. The Long Play Adjudicator will select a First Place (cash prize of $400), a Second Place (cash prize of $200). The Short Play Adjudicator will select a First Place (cash prize of $250), a Second Place (cash prize of $150). Each Adjudicator may commend any number of other entries. All winners will receive a certificate.
  14. Those placed first and second place in both categories will receive written assessments from Playmarket.
  15. All rights of each play will remain with the author.