Breakwater Theatre Company new playwriting contest open for submissions

On Friday 22 February 2019, Breakwater Theatre Company will be holding a night of new writing for the stage in the Albert Room at Cleethorpes Library, entitled “Rough Cuts and Scratches”, in conjunction with Lincs Inspire.
Plays will be performed script in hand by local actors.
The evening will feature six new, short plays and will have a competitive edge as the audience will vote for the best play of the night. The winner and runner up will both receive a commission to develop the play into a 40-minute piece of theatre to be staged in October 2019 and will each receive a £300 fee.
The winning writers will be mentored by nationally renowned theatre company New Perspectives as they develop the script for performance by Breakwater Theatre Company. 
Although the contest is open to all, preference may be given to writers living in Lincolnshire.
Who can apply: writers can be at any stage of their writing career and of any age but must not have been a member of either Breakwater Theatre Company or New Perspectives.
What they are looking for:
  • The play can be on any theme but must feature no more than four actors, should be easy to stage and not require a wide range of props, sets or sound/lighting effects.
  • Monologues are also eligible.
  • The play must not exceed 15 minutes in duration.

Breakwater Theatre Company was established by writer Andy Evans and actress Sara Beasley to promote new writing for the stage in North East Lincolnshire in October 2012. They have worked with over 45 writers and are always looking for opportunities to develop new work.

How to apply: writers who wish to be considered for entry to this contest should submit their script in word or pdf format to
Deadline: 15 December  2018
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘

Are you a writer with a play you want to see realised?

Want your work performed on an international platform?

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel’s Education Programme are looking for four new, previously unperformed one act plays which will come together under the umbrella title Breaking the Rules

Submissions are open and playwrights are invited to interpret the umbrella title in any way they wish as Toi Toi develop a brand new platform created to showcase emerging and established theatrical talent both at home and abroad.

See your work staged by passionate up and coming professional theatre-makers, all of whom have worked with Teatru Manoel’s team who in turn have been mounting theatre productions in one of Europe’s oldest working theatres.

Submission criteria

  • Pieces can be of any genre: comedy, drama, contemporary, period, but must take the form of a theatrical script with dialogue.
  • Across the four pieces they are looking at casting around twenty young performers.
  • Characters within the piece can be of any gender but must be aged 15 – 30 years.
  • Pieces must be complete as we will not be offering a writers-workshop or re-write period.
  • Pieces must be between 20 – 25 minutes long.
  • Keep things technically minimal but feel free to set the piece in any period.

The successful submissions will be staged in June 2019 in Teatru Manoels’ Studio Theatre.

How to apply: submissions in Word Doc format only to Ian Moore (TMYT Director) at

Deadline:  1 February 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Purple Hut Cre8tive seeking feature film scripts based in the North West

Purple Hut Cre8tive is a new production company based in the North West looking for script writers to submit their scripts for consideration for their first feature film.

They are looking for scripts that are character focused which are based in Manchester or the North West of England or with scope for relocating. At this stage, they would ask that script submissions are limited in terms of SFX and VFX. Scripts can be of any length.

How to apply: email your treatment/draft script to: as attachments with a covering email explaining who you are and where you are from.

Deadline: Wednesday 24th October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts

University Women in the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced a series of new partnerships with leading arts and education organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts.

The year long project will help female arts students and recent graduates have their voices, experiences and views heard in the current discussions around bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

University Women In the Arts will also work with GenPol, the gender equality think tank based at the University of Cambridge, to produce a toolkit to help drama schools and university arts courses and departments equip their female and male students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts as they make their way into the arts industry.

The five initial partners being announced for the writing workshop series are Sphinx Theatre Company, one of the UK’s leading female theatre companies; Actor Awareness, which is leading the way campaigning for and supporting working class actors and writers; Kings College London in partnership with Pokfulam Rd Productions, which recently produced the anthology “Foreign Goods” of work by British East Asian playwrights published by Oberon Books, one of the UK’s leading performing arts publishers, and Papergang Theatre; the University of Cambridge via the Arts and Creativities Research Group and GenPol, the gender equality think tank based at the University of Cambridge; and Brush Stroke Order, which was developed in the North West of England via the National Theatres’ Step Change Programme. The overall project will be supported by the Creative Industries Federation and 5 more leading arts and education partners will be announced later this year.

Writing will be mentored by Titilola Dawudu, who has recently edited the forthcoming book of audition monologues created by and for diverse actors, “Hear Me Now”, to be published shortly by Oberon Books, Jingan Young, who was a BBC New Talent Hot List Writer in 2017, editor of the “Foreign Goods” anthology published by Oberon Books and is Artistic Director of Pokfulam Rd Productions, and Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and Co-Director of Art School, which manages the University Women in the Arts programme amongst other work.

How to submit: you can find all the submission details along with submission guidelines on the website. 

Deadline: 15 March 2019

Source: direct contact


RAODS ‘321’ Play Writing Competition 2019 open for entries for performance in Italy

Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) have launched their 321 Play Writing Competition 2019 and are looking for writers to submit entries which will be performed in Italy!

The competition comprises three separate categories: Physical, Monologue and One Act, each with a maximum of 3 performers Writers are invited to submit entries for any of the categories. The winning script in each category will be performed in May 2019 at Treviglio in Italy, by RAODS members.

The details of each category are as follows:

Physical – limited dialogue. Maximum of three performers. To include comedy. Duration 10-20 minutes. Cash prize of £75 for winning entry.

Monologue – up to three monologues in one piece. Performers may be on stage at the same time, but do not interact with each other. This piece to be translated into Italian, with the translation made available to the audience. Can be comedic and/or serious. Theme is being British. Total duration 15-30 minutes. Cash prize of £100 for winning entry.

One Act Play – maximum of three performers (though performers can be multi-role if required). No set theme, but it is to be borne in mind that this is to be performed to an audience whose first language is not English. Duration between 40 and 60 minutes. Cash prize of £125 for winning entry.

Entrants may enter multiple times in any or all categories.

How to submit: send your work and any questions – are to

Full Terms and Conditions are available here. 

Deadline: 30 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Grup

Untold Theatre seeking plays from emerging writers

Untold Theatre creates dynamic small-scale productions which are ‘original, imaginative and bold’ (Broadway Baby). Their ‘vivid, memorable, drama’ (Remote Goat) tours to theatres, rural venues, community spaces, and places of education.

What they are looking for: bold, new full-length plays which have not yet been staged professionally in the UK.

Applications are open to anybody – though they are especially interested in hearing from early-career playwrights, and those creating work which considers life in contemporary Britain.

Submissions are welcome from those of all genders, faiths, ethnicities, ages, abilities and sexual orientations. Fees and rights usage will be negotiated with successful applicants.

Submission criteria:

  • Full-length plays (9,000 words or more as a very rough guide).
  • Work which hasn’t already been professionally produced. Scratch nights, rehearsed readings and Fringe productions are acceptable.
  • Can be performed by five actors or fewer. They are particularly keen to read plays intended for two or three actors.

How to apply: 

Send a cover letter (maximum 500 words) outlining:

  • Previous experience
  • Information about the play – including a brief synopsis, and its development journey so far
  • How the play fits with the spirit and style of Untold Theatre
  • Links to any reviews/video clips/examples of other work

Alongside this, include:

Email applications to is an unmonitored email address and will remain unchecked until after the closing date, so any questions should be sent to You might also like to visit

Deadline: 19 October 2018 at 5pm

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Free theatre criticism workshop with Lyn Gardner (North East, Deadline 18 October)

Voted the most trusted reviewer in the UK earlier this year, Lyn Gardner is currently associate editor of The Stage and has written about theatre and performance for The Guardian and The Independent. Awards for her work include: the 2017 Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for her work on the Edinburgh Fringe, the 2017 UK Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Theatre, and a 2018 Tonic Award.

If you are based in the North East want to get into theatre criticism or develop your critical writing skills; if you’re a journalist or blogger and would value honest feedback on your writing from an experienced critic; if you already write reviews but are keen to hone your skills and get more experience; if you’re trying to increase your blog profile or reach a new audience; if you regularly go to the theatre but have never written a review and you’re not sure where to start; if you would like to be part of or help to develop a network of critics in the region; or if none of the above apply but you really love seeing shows and have opinions, then they want to help!

How to apply: find out more about how this opportunity works and details of how to apply here.

Deadline: 18 October 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Writerslam open for entries from TV writers

Are you a writer looking to break into the TV industry?

Building on the success of their MonologueSlam UK initiative for actors, WriterSlam UK is Triforce Creative Network‘s programme to help TV production companies and broadcasters access new and established writers from diverse backgrounds. These TV industry professionals then support the writers in their career development, providing tangible outcomes for participants.

They are looking for new voices for television, who come from all backgrounds. They champion diversity of experience with a philosophy that if you include everyone, you don’t need to exclude anyone.

For this new WriterSlam, they are partnering with drama business conference and festival Content London and the C21 WritersRoom initiative. The Content London International Drama Summit event, which takes place between November 26 and 30, sees 2000 of the world’s leading drama executives come into town to meet and plan their future scripted strategies.

Through the WriterSlam, Content London is looking to provide fresh, diverse talent an opportunity to share and develop their untold stories with help from industry experts. They’re looking for writers with exciting, original ideas for drama projects with an international appeal, across the breadth of the scripted drama genre, including thrillers, procedurals, one off dramas and comedy drama.

The winning writer will be selected by the C21 WritersRoom team, which includes showrunners responsible for series including Heroes, Spooks and Criminal Minds. Following their win, they will receive a £1500 option and work with the C21 WritersRoom team over 12 months to develop their idea into a full episode script, with the potential for further development into a series.

The five selected finalists will have extracts of their work performed at Content London’s International Drama Summit on Tuesday 27th November, when the winner will be selected by a panel of judges. The event will be attended by international TV execs as well as UK industry.

Submission Details:

  • You must submit a short synopsis of your series idea (no more than 200 words). This should include what scripted drama genre your idea is (thriller, comedy drama etc…), whether you think it will be half hour or one hour episodes, and an outline of what would happen over the first series.
  • Plus 10-15 pages of an episode of the drama series. This does not have to be the first episode, but it can be.
  • There must be a maximum of 6 speaking characters in the script extract you submit. There can be further characters that appear in the episode or series later on.
  • The five finalists must be available for a writers’ workshop on Saturday 17th November 2018
  • You must be available to be at Content London from 27th to 30th November.

The last WriterSlam winner was Katrina Smith-Jackson, who won with her drama Tilbury Rush. She developed the script with Sky and TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read and has since signed with literary agency Casarotto Ramsey and Associates.

WriterSlam is open to everyone and is free to enter – you do not have to have an agent or have written anything before.

How to apply: visit the website to find out more and apply.

Deadline: 26 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Open Vault Theatre seeking shorts for scratch night

Unfelt, Unheard, Unseen is a New Writing Scratch Night at London’s Drayton Arms Theatre on 2nd & 3rd December 2018.

They are currently taking submissions of short (up to 15 minute) plays about the relationships that shape our lives. Successful writers will get to see their scripts cast, produced and performed, a great chance to get your work in front of an audience.

They are particularly interested in hearing from BAME and female writers.

How to submit: please send all submissions to

Deadline: 5 November 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom


International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest open for entries (15-25 year olds)

The prize aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young audiences (suggested age 15-25).

Rules (summary):

  • Open to all writers worldwide and there is no age or nationality limit for the entrants.
  • They accept plays co-authored by more than one writer.
  • The play must be new, original and unpublished previously in any form.
  • The play must cater for a performance time of 60-120 mins (category A), or 30-60 mins (category B).
  • A collection of short plays may be submitted as it is in (A) or (B) play format, taking into account each play must be 15 min. long or more.
  • Up to three entries per person.
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Plays can be written in any official European language.

How to apply: find out more here

Deadline 15 December 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

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