Brown Ink & Asian Ink

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Playmarket and NZWG joint development programmes Brown Ink & Asian Ink look for Māori, Pasifika and Asian writers with the best new, exciting and original screenplays and plays.

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.

Nathan Joe, Benjamin Teh and Arun Subramanian are just three of the new writers whose work has been assisted under the Asian Ink programme.

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

BROWN INK NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! Deadline 11:59pm on 29 September 2017

How to Enter
Visit the NZWG website HERE and download the submission form
Complete the submission form and send your screenplay to

Visit the Playmarket website HERE
Complete the submission form and send your play to

The Fine Print
Submissions for Brown Ink are open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident of Maori or Pasifika heritage regardless of age or experience.
Submissions for Asian Ink are open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident of Asian 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.

More Questions?
If you have any further questions please email NZWG –
or Playmarket –

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