Play Submissions Helper: 30 Opportunities with February deadlines

Play Submissions Helper have published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in February  2019. As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities. Deadline: various throughout February 2019 Source: Play Submissions Helper

Alto Comedy seeking stand up/ performers for scratch night (Midlands)

Stand up comedian/ comedic performer based in the Midlands?Alto Comedy have two 5 minute scratch slots available for regional acts with new material they’d like to try out in front of a crowd!

Taking place at Centrala on 16th March 2019, you will be part of Alto Comedy’s very first event, celebrating female talent within a mixed bill of comedians, bringing seasoned comics and some of the most exciting emerging acts.

How to apply: please send a 5 minute video/ written transcript of material to

A small fee will be granted to the successful acts.

Deadline: 25 February 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse seeking North West Writers for scratch morning

On a monthly basis, theatre-makers from across the North West are invited to present short extracts of new work and the audience get a chance to offer their thoughts on how these exciting new ideas might develop.

How to apply: if you have a piece of work in progress you would like to present something during Scratch morning, please email telling them about your work to date [400 words max] and a brief outline of what you’d like to share.

Include an outline of what it is, what you wish to achieve by scratching this performance extract and how the scratch will help you develop the piece [500 words max]. 

Submission guidelines: 

You must: 

-Be based in the North West region
-Be making new, original work for the stage
-Have a 15 minute extract to scratch
-Available to attend the event

In addition, please send any supporting material including videos, photography and/or links to websites. Please note, they cannot accept attachments.

Deadline: 16 February 2019 

Source: Arts Council Jobs Page


Writer in Residence required for The Charles Causley Trust

The Charles Causley Trust is pleased to announce two more residency opportunities at Cyprus Well, in Launceston, Cornwall (the poet’s former home owned by the Trust). These residencies, co-funded by Literature Works, will follow in the footsteps of such writers/poets as Alyson Hallett, Isobel Galleymore, Karen Hayes, Cahal Dallat and our most recent 2018 WIR’s, David Devanny and Jen Hadfield.

The two 2019 residencies, each of 3 months duration, are for writers interested in literary links to Charles Causley and Cornwall, as part of our larger, two year project entitled Fuelling the Flame. This project is grant aided by Arts Council England with significant support from Cornwall Council, Launceston Town Council, and the University of Plymouth.

Fuelling the Flame runs for two years from February 2018 and, in addition to the residencies programme, will support a wide range of events and activities to promote Causley’s legacy and engage with the local and wider community.

How to apply: for full details of the residency programme and how to apply, go to the website.

Deadline: 11 March 2019 

Source: Arts Council Jobs

WHQ seeking Writers’ Retreat Rep (paid, Carlisle)

WHQ NEEDS YOU! They are looking for someone to run their Carlisle Writers’ Retreat.  Their ideal candidate will be an early career writer who is looking to branch out into teaching/facilitating, who is approachable, professional, lively and fun, and has interesting things to say about writing.

You need to be:

  • An early career writer with a publishing history (doesn’t have to be a major publishing history. A handful of short stories here and there is fine).
  • Able to run one retreat every month on a Saturday or a Sunday.
  • Technologically literate enough to: exist on social media, update events in WordPress, use Slack, generally be aware of this new fangled Internet thing and how it works. This is essential.

Further details:                                                                     

  • This is a freelance position.
  • They pay £80 per retreat.
  • They expect you to participate in some marketing outside of retreat days. This mostly involves posting daft gifs on Facebook so hopefully they’re not unreasonable about that.
  • They will give you full training to set up and run one of our famous one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats.

Important dates:

  • They’re going to launch the retreat in May.
  • If successful, you will need to attend a training day on 23 March in Edinburgh.
  • Skype interviews will take place from w/c 25 February.

How to apply: email for more information.

Deadline: 20 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Writer in Residence required for The D-Day Story (Portsmouth, paid)

The D-Day Story, Portsmouth’s newest museum, is seeking a Writer in Residence to create and write the story of Gustav the pigeon.  The story will be published as an illustrated children’s book aimed at six to eight year olds.

They anticipate that the residency will run over six to eight weeks between March and May 2019.

A fee of £2,250 is offered for nine days’ work.  A schedule of full or half days will be agreed at the start of the residency.  The fee is inclusive of travel expenses.

The residency is part of the museum’s HLF funded programme of events and activities that aim to engage and inspire visitors of all ages.

How to apply: for full details of the residency and how to apply visit the website.

Deadline: 27 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night

Little Pieces of Gold is staging another new writing night on the 28th April 2019 at Southwark Playhouse.

8 plays will be selected and then cast and rehearsed by Little Pieces of Gold’s directing team.

Plays should address some highly topical, ‘in the news’ theme that’s really keeping you awake at night. For example: global warming;  brexit;  far right/populist movements;  fake news;  social media addiction;  #metoo movement; the rise in loneliness; housing shortage; human/animal rights.

Submission guidelines: 

  • 4 character limit
  • No extracts from full length plays and no film/tv screenplays
  • UK playwrights only (please confirm in your email that you are a UK resident)
  • minimal effects
  • 10 minute running time

How to apply: Send your work to:

You don’t need to provide a CV, they are only interested in your plays and have produced the first plays of lots of writers. They are committed to discovering writers from all backgrounds, it’s the writing that matters.

​Deadline:  17 March 2019 at midnight. 

Source: BBC Writersroom

The International Moving Image Society seeking script submissions for table reading

The International Moving Image Society is seeking script submissions for their Table Read on the 21st February at Zero One, Soho in London.

The event will feature a table read of short screenplays and extract and give a voice to your characters.

What they are looking for: scripts or extracts of no more than 10 pages. Writers and/or representatives of selected works MUST attend. Failure to do so will disqualify the script.

How to apply: submit your work on their website and take a shot at being picked for reading or simply join them on the evening and support your colleagues. Submissions and attendance to this event are free.

Find full details and the link to register on their website

Submit your script via their website using this link

Successful Submissions will be announced on their social media:


Twitter @IMISWriters

Instagram imiswriters

Deadline: 14 February 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Down Stage Write seeking short plays from Devon and Cornwall writers

Down Stage Write are looking for Devon and Cornwall based writers to submit scripts for their latest short play production.

Down Stage Night: Astor 100 is an evening of four new short plays written in response to the one hundred year anniversary of Nancy Astor becoming the first sitting female member of Parliament.

These brand new pieces will be directed and performed by professionals from the region.

Performances will be at The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth on April the 12th and at Exeter Phoenix on May the 12th.

Submission guidelines: 

  • Written in response to Astor 100
  • 10-20 minutes long (as a guide 1 page = 1.5 minutes)
  • Written for the stage
  • For one or two actors
  • In a recognised theatre script format
  • A complete short play NOT an extract
  • Please only one submission per writer
  • You must be a writer based in Devon or Cornwall.

Plays will be read and shortlisted by their artistic and Directors team. Each writer will receive a short paragraph of feedback.

What you get: the final selected writers will get to develop the script with the support of their team before going into rehearsal for the performances and be paid a commission fee of £150 each.

The project is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

How to apply: for more information or to receive their call out pack email them on

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee)

One of the leading international competitions for short (5-10 minute) plays, Pint-sized Plays is now in its eleventh year, and over 100 winners have seen their plays performed in the Tenby Arts Festival and at the Script Slam in September where the audience vote for the overall Best Script each year.

On top of which, winning plays will be considered for publication – four books of scripts have already been published and a fifth is due this year. This has led to dozens of the plays being performed, and receiving royalties, worldwide. Indeed, many of their writers have gone on to write longer successful pieces too and cite Pint-sized Plays as a springboard to launching their playwriting careers.

How to enter: via the website

Entry fee: £5.50 

Deadline:  31 May 2019

Source: direct contact

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