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Olwen Wymark Awards open for entries

Olwen Wymark Awards 2018 winners


WGGB is accepting nominations for its 14th annual Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards.

Any WGGB member may nominate anyone who has given them exceptional encouragement for theatre writing during the past year. This is an award for personal encouragement. It is not in recognition of broader, institutional contributions to the writing sector, no matter how well-deserved.

Last year’s winners (pictured left) included artistic directors, actors, a dramaturg, playwright and freelance trainer.

Other past winners have included mentors, theatre companies, directors, subsidised theatres, literary managers, and even local business people who have funded productions.

An awards luncheon/presentation will be held for the winners and those who nominated them, at the Royal Court Theatre in London in November/ December 2018.

David James, a former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who organises the event, said:

“This a wonderful award, warmly appreciated by both the winners and the nominators: the chance to say ‘thank you’. It has also helped many of the winners to receive meaningful recognition from outside funders.”

The awards are in honour of playwright Olwen Wymark, lifelong supporter of WGGB and a former chair of its Theatre Committee, who died in 2013.

To nominate, please download, print off and fill in this form and return by post (no later than 31 August 2018) to Kate Glasspool, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 134 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TU. Any queries can be emailed to

You must be a WGGB member to nominate. If you would like to join WGGB, you can do so on this website.