Awards & Competitions

WGGB Musical Theatre Bookwriting Award

The WGGB Theatre Committee are delighted to announce the launch of the Musical Theatre Bookwriting Award.

We invite you to submit nominations, which are open until midnight on Friday 26 October 2018.

To qualify, writers must be British citizens or residents. Work is eligible for nomination if first produced between 1 October 2017 and 29 September 2018.

The Musical Theatre Bookwriting category does not require professional performers: youth and community theatre productions are eligible if led by a professional production team, and for a minimum of three public performances.

‘Musical theatre book’ is defined as the overall structure of the show, which can be sung-through. Everyone identified by the writing team as ‘bookwriter’ or ‘librettist’ meets the criteria for nomination, regardless of percentage contribution.

Nominations must be made via the online form on the WGGB website, which has additional eligibility criteria:

We’re excited to see a broad range of nominations in style and form, and can’t wait to get reading.

Please do share this information with your networks: writers can nominate their own work as long as it meets the criteria.

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Stiles + Drewe Prize

The Stiles and Drewe Prize is an unprecedented scheme for the development and showcasing of British Musical Theatre Writers.

In 1985, Stiles and Drewe were the recipients of the inaugural Vivian Ellis Prize for Just So. Winning the prize introduced them to many leading lights of the musical theatre world, whose advice and support in championing new writing became so important to them.

Since 2008, Stiles and Drewe have recognised new musical theatre writing via their annual prize for ‘Best New Song’. This is for members of Mercury Musical Developments (MMD), of which George and Anthony are founding board members. MMD is the UK’s only membership organisation dedicated to new musical theatre writing. From 2016, the broadening of the Stiles + Drewe Prize to include the new ‘Mentorship Award’ has offered the musical theatre writing community greater financial and in-kind support via its two distinct arms:

1. The ‘MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award’ – an award given to a MMD writer or writing team, centred around a one week writing retreat and culminating in an industry showcase presentation the following year.

2. ‘Best New Song’ – recognising an outstanding song from a new musical written by a member of MMD, offered in conjunction with the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Award.

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