Calling all playwrights aged 21-30 in the West!


EOIs close Sunday 2 July 2023

We are proud to announce our very first writing commission for one playwright to develop a new work over six months in 2023. From July to December the playwright will be supported in the writing, development and staged reading of an original play.  

We’re so excited to have this opportunity to champion our stories in the West. If you have an idea ready to be written, in need of development or want the support of mentors and a creative team – we invite you to submit an EOI. 

The selected playwright will receive: 

  • A 10k writing commission 
  • Mentorship from established writers/dramaturgs 
  • Monthly check-in and development sessions 
  • A week-long development with a focused creative team including a director and actors
  • A staged reading of their work in December 

We will work with you to set and develop the timeline and creative process that best supports you and your vision.  

Come and share your story – we can’t wait to work with you. 

10k Commission for one playwright aged 21-30 from or based in Naarm’s West, to write an original play from June – December 2023

Key Dates

EOI Deadline: Sunday the 2nd of July 2023
Shortlist Interviews: Friday the 14th of July 2023
Commission Commences: Monday the 17th of July
Staged Reading: Friday the 8th of December 2023 

This program is led by Western Edge Artistic Associate and writer Amarachi Logo (, alongside co-Artistic Director and writer Chanella Macri ( Please reach out if you have any questions or want to have a yarn about the commission. 

New Voices for the West has been made possible with the generous support of Creative Victoria as a part of the Go West initiative. 

Key Information

As part of your submission, please include:

  • A synopsis of your proposed play or idea
    (attach 1 page max) 
  • The proposed cast size, age group and character breakdown
    (attach ½ page max) 
  • A writer’s statement on the inspiration for the work, who it’s for (target audience), and its importance now
    (attach ½ page max) 
  • A statement on why this commission is important to you at this stage in your artistic practice / professional career development
    (attach ½ page max) 
  • Example/s of your existing written work. Be sure to include material that is indicative of the style of writing you are proposing.
    (attach up to 4 pages)

We can only accept one application per person.