Popcorn New Writing Award 2021 open for applications

28 April 2021


The award

Established in 2019 by the Popcorn Group, the Popcorn Writing Award celebrates fearless work that playfully and artistically addresses current affairs and societal trends and contributes positively to public debate.

The award champions brave and imaginative writing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s the only award of its kind, awarding a prize fund of £6,000 and a guaranteed slot at one of the award’s partner venues which we’re proud to be a part of alongside Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Summerhall, Traverse and Underbelly.

Each year the Popcorn Group assembles a committee that selects winners from a shortlist to award the prizes.

Due to the fact many elements of the 2021 Fringe are yet to be confirmed, the award will work slightly differently compared to previous years.


Eligibility criteria

All submitted entries will be considered if they are:

1. A new piece of writing which may have only been performed once before

2. Written by a writer or presented by a company, who have been part of the Assembly Festival programme in any year since 2015. If you have presented work at Gilded Balloon, Pleasance, Summerhall, Traverse and Underbelly contact them directly to apply.


Key dates

Applications open: 28 April 2021
Applications close: 28 June 2021 at 10:00am


To apply

Send your piece of new writing and a 50 word summary to [email protected] with the subject line:

Popcorn Writing Award 2021 // Title of Play // Writer’s Name // Assembly

Feel free to get in touch with the team if you have any questions about the award, and we’ll be happy to help.


Check out

The information pack to find out more about this year’s award.