September 19, 2017


Playmarket and the New Zealand Writers Guild joint Brown Ink development programme is looking for Māori and Pasifika writers with the best new, exciting and original screenplays and plays.

Submissions now open

Plays selected for development for Brown Ink programme that have gone on to professional productions include Hīkoi by Nancy Brunning (Auckland Arts Festival 2015), The Mooncake and the Kumara by Mei Lin Hansen (Auckland Arts Festival 2015), Girl on a Corner by Victor Rodger (Auckland Fringe Festival 2015), Officer 27 by Aroha Awarau and I Ain’t Mad At Cha by Turene Jones.

Sister, Please by Kenneth Chapman was the first screenplay selected for a development under the Brown Ink scheme in 2016.


Selected plays and screenplays will win a day-long script clinic with a professional director, cast and script advisor.

How to Enter

TO SUBMIT A PLAY: Visit the Playmarket website here:  

Complete the submission form and send your play to

TO SUBMIT A SCREENPLAY:  Visit the NZWG website here:

Complete the submission form and send your play to

The Fine Print

Submissions are open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident of Maori or Pasifika heritage regardless of age or experience.

Screenplays must not yet have ADF and/or Production Financing and haven’t been filmed.

Plays must not have had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine).

There are no limits on length, style or theme.

Submissions close 29 September 2017

More Questions?

If you have any further questions please email NZWG –

or Playmarket –

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