A record number of entries have now been received for this year’s Windsor Fringe Festival Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Awards.

It will be the 15th year the awards have been presented at the fringe festival which is itself now in its 47th year.

A total of 301 scripts have been received from 24 countries ranging from the USA to Norway, Colombia, France, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan and Russia.

The competition – which has Sir Kenneth Branagh as its patron – invites aspiring amateur playwrights to send 30 minute plays which could be produced in a studio theatre environment.

Over the next few months these 301 scripts will be reduced to a long list of nine – which will be evaluated by two specialist judges. The judges will select a final short list of three scripts which will be staged as part of the finale of the Windsor Fringe in early October. The winner will then receive £500 and the accolade of winning the prestigious award.

The Windsor Fringe is always keen to hear from producers and actors who would be interested in staging these productions in October.

The Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Awards are a key focal point of the Windsor Fringe, the UK’s second longest running fringe which runs every year at the end of September with a broad range of activities across the arts.

Further information visit http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk/drama-writing-awards-2018.html