About the Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition

Offering a total prize pool of $8,000 cash.

The winner of The Nimmo Prize for Best Play will take home $5,000, 2nd place $2,000, and 3rd place $1,000. The winner of the Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award wins a cash prize donated by the family of the late Nancy Cato.

The Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition attracts entries from playwrights across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA, and other countries.

This playwriting competition offers a unique opportunity for the three finalist playwrights to see their new work performed on stage at the Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival, for an 11 performance season over 3 weeks in July, including the final performances as part of the 10-day Noosa Long Weekend Festival - fast becoming one of the nation’s top regional cultural events.

Scripts are judged anonymously by a local panel to prepare a shortlist; the shortlisted scripts are sent to a professional panel of 3 industry experts, who will also judge the scripts anonymously, give written assessments which are sent to the playwrights, and decide the 3 finalists. During the Festival, the audience is asked at each performance to vote for the ‘Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award'.  Presentations of Awards take place after the final performance.

For the Rules and Entry Form click [here]

Of the 66 entries received -

Congratulations to the 2016 finalists:

The Nimmo Prize for Best Play - Dead Loss by Richard Harris from Papua New Guinea


2nd Best Play - Harry’s Bounty by Pauline Low from Western Australia


3rd Best Play - A Poet Passes by Allan Mackay from New South Wales


Nancy Cato Audience Choice Award - Dead Loss by Richard Harris from Papua New Guinea


Adjudicator Dr Kate Foy awarded the following:

  • Adjudicators Certificate - for Acting - Leona Kirby - A Poet Passes
  • Adjudicators Certificate - for Ensemble - the cast of A Poet Passes
  • Best Actor - Steve Mitchell - Dead Loss
  • Best Actress - Sandy Luscombe - Dead Loss
  • Best Director - Tania Nash - Dead Loss


We would like to thank our Major Sponsor, Dr and Mrs Nimmo for the support of this initiative.

NOTE: This competition is not restricted to Australian residents.
Payment options include electronic funds transfer and PayPal, please contact the convenor if you wish to use these facilities.

For more information, please email oapcomp@noosaartstheatre.org.au or phone 61 (0)7 5449 9343.