The George Taylor Memorial Award was instituted in 1979 and is dedicated to the memory of the founder of Amateur Stage magazine. Its object is to stimulate new writing for the theatre. It is administered by the National Drama Festivals Association (NDFA) of which the Lighthorne Festival of One-Act Plays is a member. The award is decided by a panel of judges appointed by the NDFA Council.
It is open to any piece of theatre accepted by and performed at any NDFA-affiliated Festival between July 1 and June 30 of the year immediately preceding each NDFA British All-Winners Finals which are held each July. The play, not the production, must be recommended jointly by the member-Festival organiser and by its adjudicator.
The winner receives a certificate, a cash prize of £100 and a trophy which is presented on stage at the BAWF event (last year, 2014, in the Isle of Man, this year, 2015, in Woking). The award is held for one-year.
The NDFA Rules state that it must have received fewer than five public performances and be unpublished at the time of entry. Should it be accepted for publication prior to the announcement of the awards, it will be automatically disqualified. The judges have the right to withhold the award. The entry fee is £10.