Three finalists for 2023 Prize Event announced!

Thank you Playwrights! We had an unprecedented number of submissions. Our three finalists have been chosen, find out more below!Read more

We would love to see you there! Entry is free.

The 2023 Lysicrates Prize will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday 29th April 2023.

Tickets are now available to see these three brilliant pieces come to life in a moved reading on Saturday 29 April at 2pm!

Tickets are FREE, but registration is essential, so visit:

The Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best new Australian writing by mid-career writers. Past winners of the prize include Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam by Steve Rodgers and The Literati by Justin Fleming, and both have gone onto mainstage productions.

Thank you to all those playwrights that made submissions.

The Lysicrates Prize awards $15,000 to a playwright to commission the winning play. This year, further support will be provided to ensure that the commissioned work receives a professional development.

Playwrights submitted the first 15 minutes (no more than 20 pages) of a play that is yet to be written. The submissions were read by a panel of industry leaders to determine the three finalists.

The three finalists will have their submissions performed by a professional director and cast at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where the audience will vote for the winner. Click here to find out more about our 3 finalists.


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The annual Lysicrates Prize

Discover all the Lysicrates Prize events and learn more about the previous winners.

The 2015 Event

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The 2020 Event


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The 2015 Event


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The 2016 Event


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The history of Lysicrates

The origin and inspiration behind the annual playwriting competition Lysicrates Prize.


The Martin-Lysicrates Prize Event 2022 has an overall winner!

The Martin-Lysicrates Prize celebrates the best of Australian playwriting for children and they get to vote for the winner! Donna Hughes for "Click to Undo" receives a Lysicrates commission of $12,000 and the help of a dramaturg to get the play fully ready for performance.

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