Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries

Opening in 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize was the first – and remains the only – annual playwriting award in the UK to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage. It provides a royalty of 10% of the gross box office and publication by Nick Hern Books, as well as a full commission to support a follow-up play.

As well as giving one brilliant writer an unrivalled opportunity, the Prize is unique in giving feedback to all entries. No other company makes such an investment in emerging playwrights.

The 2019 Prize will be open for entries from 6 December 2018 – 9pm, 17 February 2019. It is open to all residents of the UK or Ireland, free to enter, and assessed anonymously. Remember: all you need is a story.

How to apply: find out more here.

Deadline: 17 February 2019 at 9pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Bush Theatre script submission window now open

The Bush Theatre is committed to discovering the best new plays from playwrights who may be unknown to them and therefore seek unsolicited submissions from playwrights in dedicated script windows.

They are proud to be a champion of playwrights with a keen interest in those voices not often heard and reflecting the contemporary culture of our city, the UK and beyond.

If you are a playwright, are not currently represented by an agent, and have a play to share with them, The Bush would love to hear from you.

How to apply: find out more about the submission guidelines and how to apply here.

Deadline: 1 February 2019

Source: @Playwriting_UK

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship open for applications

The 2019 fellowship is now open for applications. Interviews will be held in the second week of February 2019.

About the Fellowship

IASH and the Traverse Theatre will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department.

The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2019.

The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work. You can find out more about IASH via the About page.

How to apply: visit the website for more information

Deadline: 31 Janauary 2019 at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Beacon Productions: Talented playwrights wanted for student production

Beacon Productions – set up by current Loughborough student Corinne Bills and alumnus Ben Welham – are looking for talented playwrights who are keen to see their plays debuted at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.

The company, which performed at the event earlier this year, focuses on new writing and experimental content, and are particularly keen to hear from those who feel they can work comfortably in a group environment as well as independently.

For those who are also interested in pursuing a directorial role, no previous experience is necessary, although good leadership and time management skills will be needed to direct a group of actors.

A co-director will also be provided to help those new to the company or those who wish to seek help to develop their ideas further and transition their work from the page to the stage.

How to apply: please email scripts to beaconproductioncompany@gmail.comalongside a proposal sheet which can be downloaded here: Play proposal sheet.docx

Deadline: 14 December 2018 at 12pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Broken Silence Theatre accepting applications for Young Writer in Residence 2019 (18-30)

One regional writer from the South East will be chosen to receive tailored career support, including a minimum of 2 x mentoring/feedback sessions, 1 x script workshop and 1 x rehearsed reading, culminating in the development of a new full-length play over a 12-month period.

Broken Silence’s 2018 Young Writer in Residence, Ella Dorman-Gajic, will become the company’s first Writer in Residence.

Submission guidelines: 

  • Open to writers aged 18-30
  • Writers must currently live, or originally come from, one of the following counties: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey or Sussex
  • Script Length: 8-12 pages
  • Scripts should be in the form of a complete scene or short play
  • Scripts should NOT have been previously staged/produced/published
  • Only one script can be submitted per writer

How to apply: please submit an 8-12 page script/extract and 200 words on why this opportunity would help your writing career. to

Deadline: 1 January 2019 at 8pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

ReWrite script development event with In Motion Theatre Company (Glasgow)

ReWrite is a script development event for playwrights from Glasgow-based In Motion Theatre Company. They will select four  short plays or script extracts (up to 15 pages in length) and give you space and guidance to develop your script, to grow your ideas and push your playwriting.

How it works: once selected, writers will be invited in for a chat. They will talk about your script, ask questions and discuss where you want to take the script next. Writers will then be given a fortnight to ReWrite. Each selected playwright will receive £50.00 towards their expenses.

On the day of the event, each writer will be joined by professional actors to stage a reading of their short play in a 1.5 hour rehearsal slot, directed by Beth Morton.

The day will culminate in staged readings of four plays to a public audience. They will help you to gather audience feedback and ready you for the next stage of your work’s development.

Key dates: the next ReWrite will take place across the following dates:

  • Submissions deadline: 5pm, Friday 11th January 2019
  • 1-1 Meetings: Week of 28th January – 1st February
  • Development Day + Event: Thursday 21st February

How to apply: to apply for ReWrite email your script extracts to with the subject ‘ReWrite February’.

Please complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form alongside your application. or visit the In Motion Theatre Company website for more info.

Deadline: 11 January 2019 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries

Writers based in the North of England are invited to submit their work-in-progress to the Northern Writers’ Awards 2019.

The Northern Writers’ Awards are for work-in-progress and exist to recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast. The awards are the largest of their kind in the UK and have a reputation for identifying some of the best unpublished writing in the country. There are awards for writers of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and television at different stages of their careers, including young people. Awards can include publication; mentoring; developmental support; and cash awards to buy time to write.

There are categories across novel writing, short story, poetry, non-fiction and scriptwriting.

For scriptwriters the categories include the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards, with a mentoring placement on Hollyoaks, produced by Lime Pictures and the Television Drama Award with a mentoring placement at Bonafide Films.

How to apply: For full details and to enter visit the Northern Writers’ Awards website

Deadline; 7 February 2019 

Source: BBC Writersroom


Leeds Playhouse script window will be open on 1 January 2019

The next Leeds Playhouse script window will be open from 1st to 31st January 2019.

They want to hear from writers who are from or who are living in Yorkshire or who feel a particular connection to Leeds Playhouse and their programme.

They use the script window to meet playwrights and develop new relationships. Many of the writers currently engaged with their artist development activity have first made contact through the script window.

Submission guidelines:

  • Scripts are submitted via an online form which will open between 1 and 31 January 2019.
  • Please submit scripts in PDF or Word format.
  • They can read one play per writer, per calendar year.
  • They are happy to accept scripts of any length, written for audiences of any age.

They do not accept:

  • Scripts written for radio, television or film.
  • Plays that have had a previous production.
  • Plays that have been submitted to the West Yorkshire Playhouse previously.
  • Musicals, operas or operettas.

How to apply: for full submission criteria and details of how to submit a script please visit the Leeds Playhouse website

Deadline: 31 January 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (Ohio) seeking one act plays for festival

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, a 90 year old community theatre near Cleveland Ohio, is seeking one-acts for next summer’s one-act festival. This will be the sixth biennial edition of the event, which features volunteer actors.

Submission guidelines:

  • Limited to 10-minute, non-musicals with 6 or fewer characters and minimal technical requirements.
  • Plays cannot have been previously staged in Ohio.
  • PDFs and Word files accepted.
  • No fees for submission.
  • One play per playwright, please.
  • Ten selected scripts will be staged June 21 – July 13, 2019
  • All playwrights will be notified by email when selections have been made.

How to apply:  find the submission form and details here.

Deadline:  15 March 2019

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production

Description: Matchstick Theatre are a small independent theatre company, set up in late 2015 and based in South East London. They have produced new plays and adaptations in tunnel arches and festivals around London. They are now located in a new arts and theatre space, the Matchstick Piehouse in Deptford, and planning their 2019 Mainhouse season. They are looking for good stories, and new writing only!

What’s so great about it? If you’re looking for the opportunity  to have your play produced for a 3 week run in 2019 at London’s newest full time fringe theatre venue, then this is for you! Matchstick already have a great track record for producing new work around London and this time, they are looking for plays which run for around an hour and with the flexibility and space for original music and design to be added. Got a script you want to send in? Be quick, you’ve got until 10 December!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Matchstick Theatre 

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