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Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award

This prestigious Award, established in memory of former Company Chair Jill Blewett, is granted biennially and includes a full fee paid to the winner, along with a week-long creative development program.

The call for entries closed on 30 June 2017 and the winner will be announced at a special event on Saturday 3 March as part of Writers’ Week at the 2018 Adelaide Festival.

Finalists for the 2018 Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award are:
Prodigal Jones by Duncan Graham
19 Weeks by Emily Steel
Strata by Peter Beaglehole

Previous winners have included Nicki Bloom (Vale) and Phillip Kavanagh (Tartuffe). The 2016 Jill Blewett award winners were commissioned to write new productions for the State Theatre Company’s 2018 season: Fleur Kilpatrick’s Terrestrial, and Duncan Graham’s Creditors.

Supported by:

Government of South Australia through Arts South Australia
Jill Blewett Playwright’s Award Endowment Fund donors:

Hon John Bannon AO
Hon Dr Neal Blewett AC
Colin Brewer
Rob Brookman AM & Verity Laughton
Prof John Chalmers AC
Creative Partnerships Australia
Alex Diamantis
Malcolm Gray & Laura Healy
Peter & Elizabeth Hambly
Lady Patricia Harewood
Hon Chris Hurford AO
Hon Anne Levy AO
Tony Llewellyn-Jones
Wilfred Prest
Guy Ross & Ellen Poyner
Diané Ranck
Leonie Scrivener
Silsbury Family
Pat & Hugh Stretton AC
Megan Stoyles
Thyne Reid Foundation
Kim Williams AM
Trevor & Jane Wilson


  • The Flinders University Young Playwrights Award supports rewards emerging writers from high school – age 25. Click here to learn more.


At State Theatre Company, our vision is that the Company will, alongside its work with reinvigorated classics and extant Australian repertoire, be a powerhouse for the development of outstanding new work. At the heart of that process is our commissioning program.

The 2018 Season will feature several new commissions, including:

In The Club – Patricia Cornelius – 23 February – 18 March

Terrestrial – Fleur Kilpatrick – 23 May – 2 June

Creditors – Duncan Graham – 20 July – 5 August

The Gods Of Strangers – Elena Carapetis – 9 November – 2 December

Writers currently under commission include:
Alexis West
Phillip Kavanagh
Emily Steel
Glenn Shea


  • The Kreutzer Sonata – Sue Smith
    Hedda Gabler – Joanna Murray Smith
    Maggie Stone – Caleb Lewis
    The Seagull – Hilary Bell
    Jesikah – Phillip Kavanagh
    Little Bird – Nicki Bloom, with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant
    GorgonElena Carapetis
    Things I Know To Be TrueAndrew Bovell
    TartuffePhillip Kavanagh

    Since 2013 we’ve shepherded a massive number of new works through our best practice development model achieving over an 85% ‘page to stage’ success rate.


  • We do not receive unsolicited submissions from unproduced writers.

    If you would like a written assessment of your work we refer you to the Australian Writers Guild.
    Information on their script assessment services can be found here.

    You can also seek further resources and assistance from Playwriting Australia or the SA Writers Centre.

    Professionally produced playwrights and agents should contact our Resident Artist Elena Carapetis