Philip Seymour Hoffman has been remembered a year after his death with the launch of a theatre award in his name.

The Oscar-winning actor was found dead at his home in New York City on 2 February (14) after a drug overdose, and his writer friend David Bar Katz subsequently set up the American Playwriting Foundation as a tribute.

The organisation has now launched a prize for aspiring playwrights in Hoffman's memory 12 months on from his death.

The winner of the award will receive a $45,000 (£28,125) cash prize, as well as the chance to have their play published.

Katz will be among the judges, along with playwright Lynn Nottage, actor John Ortiz and John Patrick Shanley, the screenwriter behind Hoffman's acclaimed 208 film Doubt.

The deadline for submissions is 10 July (15) and the winner will be announced on 2 October (15).

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