The Nick Darke Award 2016

Nick Darke Writers' Award 2016

Due to an increased amount of submissions this year, shortlisted applicants will be notified by Thursday 8 September 2016 instead of the previously stated date of Friday 26 August 2016. If you have not heard by this time, please assume your work has not been shortlisted.

The Nick Darke Writers' Award 2016 is now closed to submissions.

Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers' Award is funded by Falmouth University's Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

This year's category is stage play.

The closing date for entries is 17:00 (GMT) Monday 30 May 2016.

How to apply

  • Please read our submission information carefully and follow the submission procedure on page 6
  • Applicants should email their submission in two PDF documents, one containing their CV and the other containing their synopsis and script to:


  • Margaret Matheson Producer of dramatic fiction for both cinema and television; credits include Original Scum, Abigail's Party, and the Oscar winning Antonia's Line
  • Jeremy Howe Drama Commissioning Editor for Radio 4, UK
  • Molly Dineen BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning UK television documentary director, cinematographer and producer
  • Roger Michell Theatre, television and film director whose work includes Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory
  • Carl Grose Writer, director, actor and the first winner of the Nick Darke Award, who has written for organisations including Kneehigh, Told By An Idiot, National Theatre, Soho Theatre, and BBC TV and radio
  • Henry Darke Writer-director


Kerry Taylor
The Nick Darke Writers' Award 
Falmouth University 
Penryn Campus 
TR10 9FE
Tel: 01326 253751