Nick Darke Award 2018

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 Monday 30 May 2018. Full details on this year’s competition are available from the Falmouth University website.

How to apply

  • Please read our submission information on the Nick Dark Awards Submission criteria PDF carefully and follow the submission procedure on page 6.
  • Applicants should submit a full script along with a one-page synopsis and a short writing CV by the closing date. Please email your entry in one PDF file to


  • Margaret Matheson, producer of dramatic fiction for both cinema and television. Her credits include the 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 the films Notting Hill, Changing Lanes and Morning Glory
  • Carl Grose, writer, director, actor, and first winner of the Nick Darke Award, who has written for organisations including Kneehigh, Told By An Idiot, the National Theatre, Soho Theatre, and BBC TV and radio