Digital Adams Prize for Musical Theatre

Sponsored by the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts

Singing and Zoom – they don’t always go well together. But what if they could? What if you’re the person to solve this riddle? We want to hear from the aspiring Lin Manuel Mirandas in our community and pose the challenge: can a musical thrive on a digital platform? 

We encourage artists to submit scripts for musicals that can be performed live, online. You may use the application form to tell us more about how you would pull this off and you may propose the online platform that works best for you. However, we will also consider innovative proposals for pre-recorded pieces.

What it is: This contest for composers/playwrights guarantees the winner a free spot in the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival, as well as prize money of $3000. The winning script will be offered at least one performance date.

Who it’s for: Anyone with a new musical that has not been previously produced, in-person or online.

Applications: Are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.

Cost to apply: Pay What You Can. New this year, Fringe has waived the $35 application fee to this contest. Applicants may decide to select a donation level when applying. Funds collected will be used to administer the programs.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Open to all playwrights/composers who are permanent residents of Canada.
  2. More than one entry per playwright is permitted.
  3. All entries must be original musicals that have not been produced in-person or online. Musicals that have been workshopped are eligible.
  4. Scripts must be submitted as a PDF document, and include embedded links to songs accessible for the jury to listen to (i.e. Google Drive, SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, or similar). Please note, as the adjudication is anonymous, please ensure all identifying information is removed from the script and the song links. 
  5. All musicals must have a performance time of 45-90 minutes.
  6. Playwrights/composers who enter the contest may also enter the Digital Fringe Lottery later this spring.
  7. If successful, the winner must produce the musical that was submitted to the contest as part of the Fringe Primetime series of the 2021 Digital Toronto Fringe Festival. It is understood that the musical will be subject to revisions/dramaturgical changes in the usual course of continued development.
  8. The winning production will also be required to recognize the Toronto Fringe and Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts on all their marketing materials (program, posters, brochures, press release, website, etc). Specific details of this recognition to follow.
  9. The winner must provide a short post-festival report on the contest, production, and festival experience.

How to Apply: Applications are now closed.

The Toronto Fringe is committed to equality, diversity, and prioritizing accessibility. We warmly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities, 2SLGBTQ+ identified persons as well as Deaf, Mad and disability-identified persons.

If you require any accommodations please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne at 

Past winners include: "The Break-Up Diet" by Tamara Williamson (2019), "The Preposterous Predicament of Polly Peel" by Kevin Wong and Julie Tepperman (2018), "Seeking Refuge" by Rick Jones (2017), "Life After" by Britta Johnson (2016). Previously named the Paul O’Sullivan Prize.