Page to Stage Edinburgh open for submissions

You are invited to submit a NEW 10-15 minute script (or excerpt) to be performed as a directed rehearsed reading in front of an industry panel and audience.

Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area with limited set/technical requirements.

How to apply: email with the following:

  •  A copy of the script
  • Casting breakdown and summary of the piece
  •  A short bio
  • Contact details (name, email, contact number and where you are based)
  • NB: Application is by email only.

Page2Stage Edinburgh aims to provide a platform to see your work performed, receive feedback, and to create working relationships with fellow theatre-makers in Scotland. For these reasons, you must be UK-based, and able to get to Edinburgh for the event.

They endeavour to announce the chosen pieces Friday 12 October at which point a call out for directors and a casting breakdown will be released.

Deadline: 5 October 2018 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Unfolded accepting submissions for new writing night at Southwark Playhouse

Following four sold-out shows at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Unfolded, a new-writing night with a focus on current affairs, is doing a show at the Southwark Playhouse, on 3rd December 2018.

They’re looking for eight, 10-15 minute pieces based on news from the most recent cycle of current affairs. We want stories that go beyond the headlines, that highlight how the news impacts regular people day-to-day.

Plays have previously covered issues as broad as LGBT asylum claims, homelessness in Cardiff, the impact of Brexit on dating, and domestic slavery in India. This set of plays could include pieces highlighting life in Maduro’s Venezuela, the rise of “emotional-support goldfish” on airlines, or new prostitution zones in Leeds. Our goal is to raise awareness of less-told stories at a time when magazines and newspapers are unable to do so due to cuts.

What they are looking for:

  • Stand alone shorts or extracts that need no further explanation as part of a longer play.
  • Have a maximum of four characters.
  • Absolutely no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Humour is as welcome as tragedy.
  • Entertaining with a nod to, rather than deep dive into current affairs.

Things they are not looking for:

  • Long, rambling diatribes about the pros and cons of Brexit/Corbyn/Trump.

They  hope to promote voices of those rarely heard and would love to hear from playwrights originally from countries where news is particularly interesting right now (e.g. Zambia, China, Ireland).

Writers should be in a position to source their own actors and directors, and to facilitate rehearsals, but they can help with finding actors if needed. Writers should be able to attend the show and dress rehearsal, both on Monday 3 December.

How to apply:  email Eleanor Ross at

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Transition Stage company launch Enter Stage Right Competition (£10-£30 entry fee)

Every writer wants to see their story come to life – with Enter Stage Write you get just that chance! Along with a £1000 prize for the overall winner, a select number of scripts will be produced and performed at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on  1 December 2018

How it works: all you have to do is write an original and brilliant 7-10 minute script (have a read through with family and friends), and submit it for £10. Or, for £30, you can submit and have a 1-on-1 coaching session with an experienced and knowledgeable professionals Tim Stimpson and Anna Southgate (subject to availability). And, of course, you will be allowed to submit an updated version on your script based on these coaching sessions.

How to apply: for full details and to apply, visit the website. 

Deadline: 19 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

“Come play with us! We are seeking writers, directors and actors to take part in our 24 hour play challenge!”

How it works: 

  • You will be put into teams and must produce a 10 minute play in 24 hours.
  • Writers need to be available on the 18 and 19 November, directors and actors on the 19 only.
  • Sunday 18th November – 19.45: Writers receive stimulus at The Old Red Lion.
  • Monday 19th November – 08.00: Writers send finished scripts to directors. 10.00 – 17.00: Rehearsals at Theatre Deli. 17:00 – 19:30: Tech at The Old Red Lion. 19:45: Showtime at The Old Red Lion.

How to apply:  email your CV to – Submit your CV. They will reply with a stimulus. Inspired by what they provide, write 1 – 3 pages in 72 hours.

Deadline: 14 October 2018 at 10pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16

Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing at Theatre N16 in Tottenham, North London.

Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their November 6th night they are looking for stories and writers that represent the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you.

What they are looking for: 

  • Pieces of theatre or extracts no longer than 15 minutes in duration. If you are submitting an entire longer script you need to specify the extract you want to submit for performance as they do not have the readers to read entire full-length scripts.
  • Maximum 4 characters unless actors playing multiple roles is possible. If so please specify in your email.

How to apply: scripts should be emailed to with the title of your play in the subject. You must also include a short synopsis, including cast list and a little bit about yourself as a writer. Submissions without this information in the body of the email will be disregarded.

A group of readers will shortlist the 6 chosen pieces and they will be then be cast and directed for performance. Writers are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Deadline: 18 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Global Black Voices at the Arcola open for submissions

Global Voices Theatre is a new platform for international theatre, presenting rehearsed readings of unheard stories from often under represented playwrights.

After three very successful editions of Global Queer and Global Female Voices  and following audience and creatives’ feedback, they are organising a Global Black Voices on 28th October 2018 at Arcola Theatre.

Global Black Voices will showcase 5 plays by Black playwrights based outside the UK, specially focusing on those writers whose first language is not English. They are looking for plays from contexts beyond the Western world; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.

Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters and must be in, or translated into, English.

How to apply: To submit a play please go to the online submission form(google doc requires a login)

Visit the Arcola Theatre website for more details

Deadline: 25 September 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Bi’an Award open for submissions from UK based writers of Chinese Heritage

The Bi’an Award is a new writing competition open to UK-based writers of Chinese heritage and supported by Arts Council England, Arvon and Stand magazine.

Writers may submit poems of up to 20 lines, a short story of up to 1000 words, or a five-minute script, in English.

Prizes will be awarded for poetry, short fiction or script and include free places on a five-day Arvon residential writing course at Lumb Bank in April 2019 and publication in Stand Magazine. The editors of Stand, Elaine Glover, John Whale and Jon Glover, and writer, Yan Ge, are the judges.

How to apply: find full details including Terms and Conditions and how to enter on the Bi’an website

Deadline: 26 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Shorts @ The Canal seeking shorts for ‘The Twilight Hour’ season 2

After their successful runs of Shorts @ The Canal and The Twilight Hour at Canal Cafe Theatre, Union Theatre and Etcetera Theatre, writers are invited to submit a play no longer than
15-minutes for “The Twilight Hour” season 2.

The show will be based on The Twilight Zone TV series to be performed at the award-winning Canal Cafe
Theatre a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.
How it works:
  • A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will be assigned to an emerging director. Plays will then be rehearsed and thenstaged for 4 nights.
  • Performance dates are  21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th November.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for writers to see their work come to life in front of an audience.
Things to bear in mind:
  • Twilight Zone theme – fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, psychological thriller often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist and usually with a moral.
  • No character limit.
  • Minimal set
  • Up to 15-minute running time

How to apply: please send your short plays to Header: Play

Deadline: 7 October 2018

Source: direct contact


Pentabus Theatre Young Writers’ Programme (16-25)

Are you aged 16-25? Are you interested in telling or writing stories? Do you write plays, theatre projects or films? Do you write lyrics, librettos or songs? Do you know anyone who does?

Pentabus Theatre – the nation’s rural touring company – is on the lookout for 16-25 year old writers for their Pentabus Young Writers Programme for 2018/19. The course starts in October 2018 in Hereford and Shrewsbury, leading up to a professional production of your work in Summer 2019.

There will be two groups running in parallel, one on a Wednesday evening at Hereford College of Arts and one on a Thursday evening at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. Each group will have 10 sessions in total, one a month starting on 3 & 4 October

The sessions are open to anyone who has an interest in creative writing, storytelling, film making, and writing for performance or theatre, regardless of their curriculum study choices. There’s no need to have any writing experience to join, just a keen interest in storytelling and a need to talk about how we live. Joining this group is for the purpose of developing new skills and confidence, honing talents and being given a platform to have their work professionally produced.

Through a series of FREE workshops they will teach you the principles of great playwriting, and how production elements like acting, writing and design can make a story come to life onstage. You’ll work with professional playwrights, actors, directors and designers, writing a short play or project for professional production at the end of the course.

Course dates: the first sessions on 3rd/4th October will be run as taster sessions to give potential participants an idea of what the course will entail.

For more infomation please contact: Andrew Sterry or by telephone 01584 856564.

How to applyfind full details on the Pentabus Theatre website

Deadline: 28 September 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Stagedoor App have released a podcast of an interview between  Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office.

Bridget and Chris chat through the particulars of how writers get their work commissioned by the Court, what they’re looking for, how the department develops relationships with writers – and in particular how the unsolicited submissions system works, dispelling a few myths in the process

If you’d like to give it a listen, you can do so here.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

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