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

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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

BBC Alba Children’s Short Drama Scheme open for submissions from Gaelic writers

BBC Alba are looking for vibrant, compelling ideas from Gaelic writers for the 2019 EBU (European Broadcasting Union) children’s short drama scheme.


  • Theme: “Tell Me a Secret”
  • Broadcast duration: 15 minutes
  • Target audience: 6-9 year olds
  • Casting: child actor/s at the heart of the story
  • Style: cinematic with minimal dialogue
  • Rights to writers’ ideas need to be freely available to be purchased by MG ALBA or an independent production company
  • Format: idea to be submitted in an outline form (not a full script), maximum 2 pages

The EBU has its own Exec Producer that works alongside the writers and Channel Execs in each territory.  BBC ALBA will also have an Exec Producer.  Further information on the scheme and examples of dramas and scripts from previous years are available – please contact Bill MacLeod direct at or on 07900 217 302 for further information.

Deadline: 16 November 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018 open for entries

BBC Comedy Commissioning in partnership with BBC Writersroom and BBC North are delighted to announce the Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018. The inaugural bursary scheme in the memory of the late Caroline Aherne was launched last year at the Salford Sitcom Showcase. Aimed at writer/performers, the bursary will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

Sophie Willan, 2018 Bursary winner, says:

“Winning the Caroline Aherne Bursary has opened up so many doors and put me on the map not only as a stand up, but as a comedy writer and actress as well. I’ve met some amazing people, worked on some incredible TV and radio projects and I’m now developing my own sitcom script!  It’s a brilliant scheme that honours Caroline and truly supports new talent.”

Shane Allen, Controller BBC Comedy Commissioning, says:

“The first year has worked so well with Sophie in seeing her profile and experience rapidly grow to the point where we’re on course for a sitcom project. The Caroline Aherne Bursary is an extremely effective way to fast track a career in comedy for someone and a special way to remember and celebrate the legacy of someone audiences cherish very dearly.”

What they are looking for: 

“in the spirit of Caroline’s work we are on the lookout for the next generation of character comedians. We want to find, develop and support great comedy talent who have the ability to speak to the whole nation.  If you can invent characters that make us laugh out loud and can tease an audience to come back for more, then we want to hear from you!  We’re looking for dynamic characters that radiate a northern authenticity – writer-performers who reflect modern Britain with voices that have not yet been heard; original comedy talent that’s just bursting to get on our screens. “

What you get: 

  • A £5,000 bursary from BBC North and BBC Comedy to support development of your work
  • A mentorship with a BBC Comedy commissioning editor  to develop a comedy script
  • Support and access to comedy training sessions with BBC Writersroom.
  • You’ll get to perform at the Salford Sitcom Showcase 2019!

What to submit: you will need to submit a link to filmed content of either 1 minute of one comedy character; or 2 minutes of multiple characters, along with a brief biography of your work to date.  Your character(s) must have the potential to develop in to or be linked to a sitcom idea.

They are not looking for high production values! The content can be filmed on a mobile phone as they will be judging this purely on the strength of the character and quality and humour of the writing and performance.

If you have a great idea for an original sitcom or short form idea then they would also like you to submit a synopsis (2 pages max).  This is however optional.

How to apply: please submit via the Writersroom E-submission system. Read the full terms and conditions of entry before applying. 

Deadline: 5 November 2018 at 10am

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award open for submissions from radio drama writers (North of England)

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is looking for fresh new radio drama writers living in the North of England.

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is offering a £5,000 writing bursary and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission to Northern writers new to radio. You don’t need to write a radio drama to enter, but you do need to demonstrate a fresh and original writing voice.

Radio Drama North in conjunction with BBC Writersroom are pleased to launch the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018-19. The Award was established in 1992 to commemorate the life and work of Alfred Bradley, the distinguished BBC Radio Drama Producer. Previous winners include Lee Hall, Peter Straughan, Cat Jones, Furquan Akhtar and most recently Piers Black Hawkins. You can read all about Piers’ winning experience here 

The aim of the Award is to encourage new radio drama writing in the North of England. The award winner will be offered a £5,000 writing bursary, the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission and a 12 month mentorship with a Radio Drama producer.

The judging panel for entries will include Alison Hindell (Radio Drama Commissioner); Sue Roberts (Editor, Radio Drama North and The Verb): Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom); Rachel Dixon (daughter of Alfred Bradley) and experienced industry professionals.

What they are looking for: Original, compelling and imaginative storytelling, in a script suitable for broadcast in the Radio 4 Mon-Fri 2.15-3pm drama slot. The Judges are particularly interested in scripts which focus on stories from the Northern community.

For inspiration, check out some recent examples of scripts on the Writersroom’s script library

Who can apply: the award is open to writers who currently reside in the North of England on a permanent/full time basis. This opportunity is not open to writers who have previously had a drama broadcast on BBC radio.

How to enter: they invite writers to submit an original script, in any format. The script can be for radio, TV, stage or film but must be at least 30 pages in length. Up to 5 shortlisted writers will then be invited to take part in a three month development process with BBC Radio Drama North to work on their submission, or a new script, for the final judging process. Please refer to clause 14 of the T&Cs for further details.

Submit your script using the BBC’s  E-Submissions system.

Before entering, please read the full Terms and Conditions for the award.

Deadline: 9 November 2018 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

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