The Hugh Leonard Award 2009

17th June 2009 by Maura McHugh

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is looking for submissions for The Hugh Leonard Award 2009.

The award is open to mid-career scriptwriters who are residents or citizens of Ireland. The award consists of a bursary of €5,000 and the production of a rehearsed reading of one of the writer’s scripts at From the Mountains to the Sea, DLR Literary Festival in September 2009.

A budget of €5,000 will cover the production of the rehearsed reading, which will be managed by DLR Arts with significant input from the selected recipient of the award. The successful applicant will need to be available from the 8th – 12th September for the rehearsed reading.

Selection will be made by way of an open submission competition.

Applicants will submit 3 copies of the following:

  • A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
  • Publications, programmes or published articles
  • Typed expression of interest to include
  • A short paragraph stating reasons for applying
  • A short description of the benefits of the award to his/her stage of development as a scriptwriter
  • Details of which script the writer would like to nominate for the rehearsed reading (this can be a new or previously published/performed work)

Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the writer’s name.

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday 17th July.

Interviews may be held in early August for short-listed applicants if deemed necessary by the selection panel.

Criteria for selection

  • Artistic merit and distinctiveness of proposal
  • Quality of previous work
  • Suitability of the script for a rehearsed reading

Applications to be submitted to:
Carolyn Brown,
Senior Arts Administrator,
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
Moran Park House,
Queen’s Road,
Dun Laoghaire,
Co Dublin.

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