African Human  Rights Playwriting  Prize invites inspiring, original one-act plays in English with a maximum playing time of 10 minutes that focus on Human Rights  issues in Africa. A ten-minute play is generally around 10 pages long.

The plays can explore any of the following human rights themes: Freedom of Expression, Government Violations, Police Brutality, corruption, forced Eviction, terrorism, Gender Inequality, LGBT Rights, Child Labour, Child Marriage, Domestic Violence, violence and discrimination against women; child abuse; female genital mutilation, ethnic, regional, and religious discrimination, child trafficking etc.

African  Human Rights Playwriting Prize  aims to elevate public consciousness and understanding of human rights values through plays in order to guarantee the safeguarding of people’s rights in Africa.

Also, there will be 10 shortlisted plays (to be published in the e-book), and five winners.


  1. Only (Five) 5 selected outstanding plays will receive live, professional production of their works online during IHRAF’s Evening of Theatre at 2PM NYC time and 8PM in Africa in a later date that will be announced.
  2. Issuance of Certificate of Merit signed by the Founder and Executive Producer of IHRAF, Tom Block



  • Original one-act plays in English with a maximum playing time of 10 minutes long only
  • No monetary prize
  • The play must be a new and original piece of work. The play must not have been published in any form or awarded previously.
  • Entries are welcomed from anywhere in the world
  • Entrants must adhere strictly to standard playwriting format.
  • Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production will be considered
  • Only one play per entrant
  • Plays must have Human Rights at heart.
  • Plays that have been previously produced or published are not eligible;
  • Entries will be judged based on set, cast, technical requirements, dialogue, story development, style and conformity to contest rules. Participants also have the flexibility to use any type of play, however, the scope of the submission must directly relate to this year’s topic or it will be disqualified.
  • Deadline for submissions is 31st of July, 2021
  • Winners will be announced on the 31st of August 2021.
  • All entrants must give IHRAF permission to produce their plays. Please note that only 5 outstanding plays will receive live, professional production of their works online at 2PM NYC time and 8PM in Africa in a later date that will be announced.
  • The proposed productions are subject to the playwrights agreeing to the terms of IHRAF Production Team.
  • Any signs of plagiarism will disqualify the entrant.
  • Organizers’ decision is final
  • All entries must be submitted to: ihrafnigeria@gmail.comand also copy
  • Title of your mail should be addressed as “AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS PLAYWRITING PRIZE
  • Entrants are advised to send the following information alongside their entries
  1. Name
  2. Age

iii. Gender

  1. Country
  2. Address
  3. Phone Number

vii. Where you heard about the Call for entries

viii. Short Profile about yourself.

  1. Name of school or university if any

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