Tom Hendry Awards

2017 Submissions are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted! 2018 submissions will open in late January.


What are the Tom Hendry Awards?

PGC has an annual awards competition for Canadian playwrights with several categories: Lifetime Membership, Honorary Membership, The RBC Emerging Playwright Award, the Bra D'Or Award, Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights, Stage West Pechet Comedy Award, and Stage West Pechet Musical Award. The awards were recently named the Tom Hendry Awards after Tom Hendry, a founding member of PGC who died in 2012. The awards carry generous cash prizes and winners are recognized in a ceremony occurring in the fall each year. You can read about the individual awards below. 

The Story Behind the Tom Hendy Award Logo

During PGC’s 2010 conference at Theatre Passe Muraille, Tom Hendry was asked
to come on stage to deliver Playwrights Canada Press’ financial report. Tom had
been Playwrights Canada Press’ Treasurer for nine years, plus he spent one year as
director emeritus.
When Tom finished delivering his report he asked the membership if they had any
questions. They all seemed to stare blankly back at him until one enthusiastic arm
belonging to Melissa Major was raised. Prepared for any question pertaining to the
financials, he looked at her attentively as she said, “Tom, I love your red shoes.
They’re so cool”. Tom, quite seriously and with great wit, smoothly transitioned the
direction of the 15 minutes he had been allocated to speak into the story of how he
had acquired his shoes.
Tom Hendry will forever be remembered for all of the contributions that he made
to theatre in Canada. But at PGC, we will always remember Tom as a great
storyteller. The red shoes chosen for the award logo are a symbolic representation
of Tom’s spirit and of the many stories for the stage that this awards event
Red shoes (well, okay, ruby slippers) have long been a symbol of magic and the
power to go to any desired destination. Playwrights Guild of Canada provides the
gadgets and doohickeys necessary to give its members the power to take their
audiences on unforgettable journeys. At the same time, PGC (thanks to playwrights
such as Tom Hendry) is an organization that all playwrights can call home. 


Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights

The Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights is given annually to a member of PGC who has premiered an original play within the past year (July 1st 2016 - June 30th 2017)

A juried panel selects the winner from a number of submitted plays. The winner of the Carol Bolt Award for Playwrights receives $5,000 and the option to be published. A shortlist of the best three entries will be announced in September 2017. The winner will be announced during the Tom Hendry Awards in October 2017.

Funding for the award has been generously sponsored by Playwrights Canada Press, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, Playwrights' Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, PTC- Playwrights Theatre Centre, Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, and Playwrights Guild of Canada. 

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by May 16th 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions closed.

Past recipients of the Carol Bolt Award.


RBC Emerging Playwright Award

An award that will give up-and-coming playwrights the opportunity to win a 6-month mentorship with a professional playwright of their choice, from our 600+ playwrights roster as well as a $2000 cash prize. The award will be presented at the 2017 Tom Hendry Awards and the winner will be provided with a special event featuring a live reading of their work in their province of residence."

Submissions are open for any supporting or student member of Playwrights Guild of Canada who has never had a professional production and have never been full members of PGC. Must submit a full length play (see applications form for details)

Funding for the award was generously sponsored by the RBC Emerging Artists Fund.

DEADLINE: May 16th, 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions closed.

Past Recipients of the RBC Emerging Playwright Award.


Stage West Pechet Family Comedy Award

This award is given annually for a new comedy by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of June 30th, 2017. This award is worth $5000.

Sponsored by PGC and Stage West Restaurants.

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by May 16th 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions closed.

Past Recipients of the Stage West Comedy Award.


Stage West Pechet Family Musical Award

This award is given annually for a new musical work by a PGC-member, which has not yet had a premiere production as of June 30th, 2017. This award is worth $5000.

Sponsored by PGC and Stage West Restaurants.

DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted by May 16, 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions closed.

Past Recipients of the Stage West Musical Award.


The Robert Beardsley Award

The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto Foundation proudly announces The Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights. This award is to be granted to a full-time secondary or post-secondary student within the GTA for the creation of a one-act play script.

 An entrant to the competition will be a student, under the age of 25 at time of submission, who is enrolled as a full-time student in an educational institution recognized by the Ontario Department of Education (Secondary or Post-Secondary) within the Greater Toronto Area. The submission selected shall be awarded a monetary prize of $500.00. Applicants for this award DO NOT need to be PGC members. If you are applying for this award and are not a member, you will receive a PGC Student Membership once your submission has been received. 

Submissions are open. New Deadline to submit is June 30th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

Submissions are now closed.

Past recipients of the Robert Beardsley Award.


Bra D'Or Award

Every year, the Women's Caucus recognizes an individual for his/her efforts in supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights.

Past recipients: Brian Quirt, Hope McIntyre, Katrina Dunn, Eric Coates, Andy McKim, Philip Akin, Rachel Ditor, Robert Metcalfe, Mary Vingoe, Rebecca Burton, and Diane Brown.

Nominations are closed at this time. 


Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition

PGC's Post-Secondary Playwriting Competition is a free  competition open to all full-time post-secondary students across Canada. The first place winner of this competition is awarded $1,000 and $750 is given to the second place winner.

Past recipients: Meg Braem, Megan Coles, Jordan Hall, Jordan Tannahill, Sherryl Melnyk, Kyle Capstick, Leah Jane Esau  Maureen Gaultieri, Geoffrey Simon Brown, and Britney Tangedal.

This award is not currently accepting submissions.



Lifetime Membership

To be honoured as a Lifetime Member, a playwright must be nominated by members, brought before the National Forum, and approved by the PGC Board. Criteria include recognition for a body of work, and/or service to Playwrights Guild of Canada and the theatre community. Membership dues are waived.

All current members of Playwrights Guild of Canada are welcome to forward nominations for Lifetime Membership.

Past recipients: Shirley Barrie, Irene Watts, Tom Hendry, Anne Chislett, Gordon Pinsent, Joanna McClelland Glass, Wendy Lill, Dennis Foon, Aviva Ravel, Rex Deverell, John Murrell, Doug Curtis, David French, Norm Foster, and Linda Griffiths.

All recipients of the Lifetime Membership Award and the Honorary Award have a place in the Playwright Circle.

DEADLINE: All nominations must be submitted by May 16th 2017 at 11:59pm

Submissions closed.


Honorary Membership

Honorary members may not be a playwright. An individual or organization is awarded for their contribution to Canadian playwrights and must be nominated by PGC members and approved by the National Forum.

Past recipients: Angela Rebeiro, Joan Chalmers, Albert-Reiner Glaap, Toyoshi Yoshihara, Virginia Roncetti, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and Iris Turcotte.

This award is not accepting nominations at this time.