London Writers’ Week 2018 – THIS WEEK!

It’s London Writers’ Week 2018!

We are super excited to be partners for the week for the third year running. This year’s theme is ‘film’ and profits from the week go to organisations which help promote diversity in the arts.

Not booked yet? Check out the full programme of London Writers’ Week events here. 

As always, LPB will be bringing you some exciting events as part of the week, check them out here – and don’t forget to book your spot!

From Stage to Screen

19 July 2018: 3pm – 5.30pm – £10

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. All levels welcome. Read the full details and book here.

Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea

21 July 2018: 3pm – 4.30pm – £5
In this upbeat and dynamic session with LPB’s Kimberley Andrews, you’ll explore different ways to find inspiration and generate ideas for scripts through practical exercises. You’ll then work on turning one of your ideas into a film premise, which you’ll get the chance to pitch within a small group for feedback. Read the full details and book here.

Social Meetup for Writers with London Playwright’s Blog

21 July 2018: 4.30pm- 6.30pm – Free

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about LPB! Find out more and book here.

Little Wonder Short Radio Plays competition open for entries

Little Wonder Radio Plays are a new anglophone full cast audio drama production company based in Paris. 

All their plays are free to listen to and download from iTunes.

They are running a free to enter competition to find new writers for their 2019 season.

What to submit: 

  • A radio script for a full cast audio drama between 1600 and 2000 words.
  • Requiring no more than four actors.
  • In English, although writers can be from anywhere in the world.
  • Written solo or in a group, but only one entry per person/group.

All longlisted entries will receive written feedback from their writing team and a window for revision, the 5 shortlisted plays will be recorded as part of a live performance in Paris, and the winner will be published as a full cast audio drama in 2019.

They will also be actively looking for writers who they think would make good team members for future projects. You don’t need to have written for radio before – this can be your first play – just find a great idea and the willingness to explore the advantages of sound.

How to apply: visit their website for full details

Entry is via this entry form from Friday 13th July 2018

Deadline: 30 August 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Shifft Script Lab open for applications (female and non-binary* screenwriters in Wales)

Shifft Script Lab is a writing lab for female and non-binary* screenwriters in Wales. It provides screenwriters with the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their work in development. They provide peer and mentor feedback and actor reading sessions in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking.

They aim to nuture writers and invest in female-driven stories and promote women as creators of content. They aim to support Welsh writers during the creation process.

They are currently accepting script submissions for their upcoming lab sessions.

To participate send your script and a short bio about yourself and your work. They accept scripts in all forms and genres for the screen (features, shorts, TV, documentary etc)

How to apply: email your script submission to

(*SCRIPT LAB uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and they encourage submissions from trans women and non-binary people. They aim to create a safe and welcoming environment for all screenwriters to share their stories.)

Deadline: 1 August 2018 f(or Lab #1 on 4th September at 7pm and Lab #2 on 2nd October at 7pm)

Deadline: 15 September 2018  (for Lab #3 on 6th November and Lab #4 on 4th December at 7pm)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Young Pleasance London: Playwriting Competition – open for monologue submissions (16-25)

The Young Pleasance London are looking for inspiring monologues from aspiring playwrights to enter their new playwriting competition.

From the submissions, they will select a shortlist of approximately 20 monologues that will be performed by the Young Pleasance London company at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, in December 2018 as their inaugural production. After this performance, 1 monologue will then be selected as the foundation of a new play to be devised, developed and performed by the same company in 2019.

The writer of this winning play will be invited to join the company as resident playwright – from research and development workshops, through to rehearsals, and finally to the production itself in spring 2019.

“There is no theme for these monologues, we want you to have complete freedom in how and what you write. We’re interested in hearing new voices telling us new stories about what matters to you, no matter what your background, no matter where you’re from – we are looking for writers the length and the breadth of the UK. There are only a few parameters that need to be considered.”

Your monologue must be:

  • About something you’re passionate about
  • 2 – 3 minutes in length
  • Written for a character aged 16 – 25
  • Based in the present i.e. today, 2018
  • Set where you live i.e. London, Edinburgh etc.
  • Your own original work

To apply, you must be aged 16 – 25.

How to apply: find out more and apply here.

Deadline: 31 July 2018 at midday 

Source: @YoungPleasance

Monobox Workshop: Creating memorable characters with Lisa Carroll

What makes a brilliant, memorable character? How can we create them on the page?

Flawed and compelling characters are the cornerstone of any powerful drama. But what is character? And how can we create characters that actors want to sink their teeth into, and truly speak to audiences?

This will be a session for writers of all experience levels to dive deep into creating brilliant characters, with a mixture of discussion, text work and practical exercises.

Date: 14 August 2018

Location: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG

Cost: £28

Book here. 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Black Writers Conference 2018

Cultureword’s 9th National Black Writers Conference will take place on Saturday, 13th October 2018. The Conference is for writers and publishers who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC. The conference will be covering: digital literature, afro-futurism, mental health, crime, developing audiences, self publishing and the Black Cultural Economy. Over Here Zine Fest, a festival of zines that showcase the work of creatives who identify as Black/Asian/BAME/POC, will also be taking place as part of the Conference.

Location: Sachas Hotel, Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1SH

Date: 13 October 2018

Cost: £13.52

Book here. 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Playwrights’ Programme open for applications (Liverpool Writers)

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Playwrights’ Programme is a free course for writers and theatre makers in the Liverpool City Region.

Each year, up to ten writers are invited to join the programme and work closely with their New Works team to hone their playwriting skills and knowledge, with a view to write a full length stage play.

How it works: the initial term explores the fundamentals of playwriting through a series of fortnightly workshops led by the New Works team, visiting writers, directors and other practitioners. The group receives a reading list, with access to their extensive script library and between workshops there are theatre visits (with free tickets to all the in-house productions).

Each writer submits the first draft of a full-length play in February.  The second term focuses on the redrafting process and each writer receives one-to-one dramaturgical support in addition to discussing their work within the group sessions.

The group meet every fortnight on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 8.30pm in the Writers’ Room at the Everyman.

The programme is completely free of charge.

Who can apply: applicants must be aged 18+ and have some experience of writing for the stage (not necessarily a full production). Talent, full commitment and passion, however, are more important than experience. They’re looking for innovative, original and exciting new voices from the Liverpool region: writers who are committed to playwriting and making theatre which will delight, engage and challenge audiences.

How to apply:  complete the online application form on their website telling them about your experience to date, why you wish to develop your playwriting craft, and how this opportunity to work with the Everyman & Playhouse appeals to you. You also need to send a sample of your stage writing, of no more than 10 pages.

For submission advice and guidance, please visit their website.

Applicants will be shortlisted, and then invited for an informal interview so that they can put together a group they think will work well together for the year.

Deadline: 3 August 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 6 July 2018

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Featured posts:

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Workshops & Events

LPW Online Book Club – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7 Playwrights On Why They Write

Working class voices: vibrancy, determination and finding inspiration in the ordinary

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s

Pursued by a bear: How to fix a boring protagonist

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 27 Opportunities with July deadlines – Deadline: various throughout July 2018

A Different Story of Rochdale: Playwriting Competition open for submissions (14-25 Rochdale writers) – Deadline: 6 July 2018

Plays Rough seeking submissions on theme of ‘Tabloids and Tentacles’. – Deadline: 7 July 2018

Writers call out: Lost in London – Deadline: 7 July 2018

BBC Hausa short story competition for women open for entries – Deadline: 8 July 2018

Penguin launches search for new writers and illustrators with WriteNow2018 – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Secondary Partnership Scheme: Emerging Playwrights opportunity with Oldham Coliseum (paid £200, 18-30) – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Worcestershire Arts seeking writers/ theatre companies – Deadline: 13 July 2018

BBC Radio Manchester and The Royal Exchange open call for monologues-Deadline: 15 July 2018

Redgates Theatre accepting submissions of three minute pieces for performance – Deadline: 15 July 2018 at midnight

Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s – Deadline: 15 July 2018

The Director’s Club at Director’s Cut seeking short plays – Deadline: 15 July 2018

The Bush Theatre Project 2036 open for applications (BAMER artists, £7.5k bursary) – Deadline: 16 July 2018

Sketchy: London 2018 seeking submissions – Deadline: 18 July 2018

Cuckoo Bang accepting submissions for BITS new writing night – Deadline: 18 July 2018

React 4 Scratch Night call out for submissions -Deadline: none but the performance takes place on 19 July 2018

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced! – Deadline: 20 July 2018

Playwrights Studio Scotland accepting applications for script surgery – Deadline: 20 July 2018

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeking new plays for 2018 season – Deadline: 22 July 2018

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries of comedy scripts – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Kali Theatre Discovery Programme open for applications (women writers of South Asian descent) – Deadline: 24 July 2018

Alfred Fagon Award 2018 open for submissions – Deadline: 27 July 2018

The Octagon Theatre accepting submissions for Best of Bolton competition -Deadline: 27 July 2018

Lost Chapters Theatre seeking shorts in response to their show, ‘Lies’ Deadline: 27 July 2018

The Felix Dexter Bursary (BBC Comedy Commissioning) accepting applications – Deadline: 30 July at 5pm

Sterts one-act play competition (£8 entry/ £100 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Wildclaw Theatre seeking 10 minute horror audio scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Eurodram seeking English translations of contemporary European plays – 31 July 2018  at 5pm

‘Write Here! Write Now!’ Contexture Theatre seeking 20 min plays for Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival – Deadline: 31 July 2018

London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 August 2018

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize open for submissions (BAMER writers/ North West)– Deadline: 22 June 2018 5 August 2018

Yale Drama Series seeking scripts for competition (submissions open 1 June!) – Deadline: 15 August 2018

Pheobus Fire call for scripts on theme of ‘women’s empowerment’ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for new writing night – Deadline: 10 August 2018

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2018

Angel on the Corner accepting submissions for new theatre project – Deadline: 17 August 2018

People’s Play Award open to writers from the North of England (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2018

Traverse Theatre submission window (opens 1 August)– Deadline: 1 September 2018

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2018» (2000 ruble prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2018

Chaos Theory seeking new plays for 2019 (under 25’s) – Deadline: 30 September 2018

LegalAliens seeking short plays on the theme of ‘Migrations: Harbour Europe – Deadline: 15 October 2018

Farnham Maltings accepting applications for grant scheme (18-25) – Deadline: 18 October 2018

Theatre Uncut and Young Vic launch UK’s first major political playwriting award – Deadline: 1 November (submissions open on 1 September)

Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only) – Deadline: 5 November 2018

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize) – Deadline: 15 November 2018

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for Pub Theatre Festival – Deadline: 1 December 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Ashland New Plays Festival: International Playwriting Competition ($20 entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline :31 December or when they reach 400 submissions, whichever is sooner

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Events and workshops:

David Lane’s Playpens feedback sessions – 15% off for July

Oplex Careers – Playwriting and Screenwriting Course (Online, £19) – Online

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk) – Online resource

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite – Dates: various

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit – Online resource

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia – Ongoing, sign up any time

Writers’ Support Group (Manchester)– Mondays 6pm-8pm

Pinter On Screen: Power, Sex and Politics – at the BFI Southbank this July & August – Dates: various in July & August

Play in a Day Workshop with Royal Court #TakeUpSpace – Date:  7 July 2018

W I L D C A R D presents: A Workshop With Luke Barnes – Date: 8 July 2018

Creative writing workshops with Unbound Theatre – Date: 15 July 2018

London Writers’ Week 2018 announces its’ programme – Date: 16- 21 July 2018

LPB at London Writers’ Week – From Stage to Screen with Freddie Machin – Date: 21 July 2018 at 3pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise – Date: 21 July 2018 at 3pm

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Social meetup for writers – Date: 21 July 2018 at 4.30pm

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine – 25 July 2018

Applications open for the John Retallack Playwriting Course 2018-2019 – Deadline: 31 July 2018 (for September start)

CAMP writing workshop with John Burgess (£1,119 – bursaries available) – Dates: 8-12 August 2018

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications – Starts 27 August 2018

COMMON GROUND event at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow – Date: 6 September 2018

Write Theatre playwriting course – Dates: 13-14 October 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

The Questors Theatre Ealing accepting submissions for staged readings – Deadline: None posted

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

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