Festival of Reading of New Writing – Scriptwriting Competition


The Performing Arts network of Southern Africa (PANSA) is pleased to announce the return of the Festival of Reading of New Writing – the scriptwriting competition for new, emerging or experienced writers. The 2017 competition was made possible by a grant of R1.8 million from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).

The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intentionnlc-logo-low-res of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations.  Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development. Visit the National Lotteries Commission website (www.nlcsa.org.za) to find out about other projects supported by the NLC.

The competition is open to all South African based writers. The work must be an original script for stage, not previously produced in any shape or form.

The submission deadline for finished scripts is 12 February 2017. Successful regional candidates will be announced at the end of February 2017. If you have not heard from us by the 15 March 2017, please consider your script to not have made it to the next round.

Please read the Competition Rules carefully and ensure that you understand them. Failure to comply with the Competition Rules will result in the entry being disqualified. Scripts are only to be submitted electronically, with a completed Script Entry Form, to info@pansa.org.za


To assist writers to develop their craft, PANSA will arrange and run scriptwriting workshops prior to the competition submission cut-off date. If you would like to attend a workshop, complete and submit a Workshop Application Form by 23 January 2017. Completed forms are to be sent to info@pansa.org.za.

Please note that the workshops are free to paid-up members of PANSA. For details and membership forms, go to:

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Workshops are planned for the end of January 2017, but exact dates will depend on responses and will be announced in due course.

> Download Competition Rules

> Download Workshop Application Form

> Download Script Entry Form