Established in 1992, the award was presented by the Queensland Theatre Company in association with the Courier-Mail. Recipients were young playwrights, whose work was then usually workshopped and staged by the Queensland Theatre Company.
The award was reviewed in 1994, after which it was decided to present the award biannually, beginning in 1995. No awards were presented in either 1994 or 1996, when the award was again reviewed, and reinstated as an annual award.
The award was ultimately terminated in 2006, when it was replaced with a revamped Young Playwrights Program.
There were no winners in 1994, 1996 and 2001.
Set in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers the action takes place over one day in 1957 - the day on which the world's first artificial satellite (the Sputnik) and a symbol of the possibilities of the future is to be seen in the sky over the town. It is also the day during which most of the characters will have to deal with significant and sometimes painful change. The main character, Clivvy, is thirty seven years old and is battling with the past and her inability to leave the town. Having won a sponsorship to go overseas to study piano at age nineteen the war intervened. In the following years many other occurrences deny her a life of her own. It is, however, her sense of being a composer - with her music coming 'out of the underbrush' which gives her the strength she needs.