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News (Alberta): Alberta Playwriting Competition Honours Sharon Pollock, Announces 2021 Finalists

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News (Alberta): Alberta Playwriting Competition Honours Sharon Pollock, Announces 2021 Finalists

Alberta Playwriting Competition

The Alberta Playwriting Competition, presented by Alberta Playwrights’ Network in association with Theatre Alberta, is the longest running provincial playwriting competition and offers the largest cash prize of any playwriting contest in Canada. We are happy to announce that with the blessing of the Pollock family, we are renaming the “Grand Prize” to “The Sharon Pollock Award” – in recognition of the Most Outstanding Un-produced Play written by an Alberta Playwright. Sharon was a great champion of Alberta Playwrights’ Network and anyone who devoted themselves to the craft of playmaking. Thank you to the Pollock family.

Congratulations to Collin Doyle recipient of the inaugural Sharon Pollock Award for his play The Takeoff. Collin receives a $5000.00 cash prize.

The jury featuring playwright Mark Crawford, director/dramaturg Valerie Planche, and dramaturg/playwright Jenna Turk also chose to award the Novitiate Prize (outstanding play by an un-produced Alberta playwright) to Holly Lewis for her play The Fiancée.

Shortlisted Plays for the 2021 Alberta Playwriting Competition included:

  • The Resurrectionists by Meg Braem
  • Amber Hope Porter by Beth Graham
  • The Extractionist by Michaela Jeffery
  • Riverkeeper by Katherine Koller
  • How To Make A Métis by Tereasa Maillie


Sharon was a gift to Alberta Playwrights’ Network that kept on giving. In the late 90’s she took over as board president and then stepped into the role of Executive Director. During that time, the organization was challenged by a lack of funding and Sharon worked diligently, and in some cases for free, to make sure that the bulk of funding that the organization received was spent on the development of playwrights and their work. She taught classes, oversaw Playwrights’ Circles, and helped anybody and everybody no matter their experience. She was instrumental in creating Fresh Ink, a conference about all things playwriting that brought together writers and artists from all over Alberta. For the past 7 years, Sharon was a mentor in our RBC Mentorship Program and she loved nothing better than working with emerging writers and providing all of her talent and wisdom towards their growth. It would be impossible to count the number of plays, playwrights, and artists that Sharon has had a hand in developing, but we know she left a swath as wide as Alberta.

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