Winning writers have received their Award for Best New Play of the Year from a sterling list of presenters which includes playwrights Mustapha Matura and Roy Williams, broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, politicians: Lord Smith of Finsbury, Baroness Valerie Amos and politician Diane Abbot MP, writer and broadcaster Bonnie Greer, actors Clive Rowe and Hugh Quarshie, writer and editor Diana Athill, academic and broadcaster Professor Stuart Hall, campaigner for justice Baroness Doreen Lawrence, educationalist Professor Gus JohnReverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa, BAFTA award winning writer/director, Amma Assante MBE,  director Dawn Walton OBE and Roy Alexander Weise MBE, Artistic Director, Royal Exchange

In 2014 Yvonne Brewster OBE presented the inaugural Outstanding Contribution to Writing Award to Mustapha Matura.

The Audience Award has been presented by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (2015), Martina Laird (2016), Susan Wokoma (2017).

The Roland Rees Bursary has been presented by Yvonne Brewster (2015), producer David Aukin (2016), writer Mark Norfolk (2017), writer Beverley Andrews (2018), writer Rex Obano (2019).