The Toneelschrijfprijs 2023 awards the author of the best original Dutch-language play that premiered between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. The prize, which carries a sum of 10,000 euros, gives an author the opportunity to further develop their writing. The aim of the Toneelschrijfprijs is to highlight and stimulate the art of Dutch-language playwriting and the performance of Dutch-language plays.
The Toneelschrijfprijs is a collaboration between the Taalunie, Literatuur Vlaanderen, the Nederlands Letterenfonds and the Fonds Podiumkunsten and is supported by the Lira Fonds and deAuteurs. The practical organization falls alternately in the hands of Literatuur Vlaanderen and the Dutch Foundation for Literature, together with the Performing Arts Fund. In 2023 the organization will be in the hands of Literatuur Vlaanderen. More info on the previous editions of the prize and on the laureates can be found here.
This year, the jury of the Toneelschrijfprijs consists of Nyiragasigwa Hens, Rachida Lamrabet, Dennis Meyer and Els Van Steenberghe (chairman).
• Literatuur Vlaanderen supports the literary sector in Flanders – from author to reader – and plays an active role in bringing together the many players of the book sector.
• Taalunie develops and promotes policy for Dutch in the Netherlands, Flanders and Suriname, and supports Dutch in the world.
• Fonds Podiumkunsten is the cultural fund for music (theater), dance, theater and festivals in the Netherlands. The Fund gives support to all forms of professional performing arts on behalf of the central government.
• Nederlands Letterenfonds stimulates quality and diversity in literature and contributes to the distribution and promotion of Dutch and Frisian literature at home and abroad.
• deAuteurs manages copyrights or royalties for authors in Flanders active within the categories of literature, television and radio fiction, motion picture film, documentary, comics and illustration, theater, dance, scene music and multimedia fiction.
• Lira collectively manages copyrights and remuneration claims of writers, journalists and translators. Lira is committed to improving the position of creators of text by exercising, protecting and promoting copyright.