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Manhattan Repertory Theatre seeking playwrights who want to self-produce/finance their work (fees $795-$6,000)

In the past year, Manhattan Repertory Theatre has produced over 40 plays in Midtown Manhattan as part of this new Program from playwrights across the country and around the World.

They are currently accepting new projects.

Slots available:

  • June through September for Short Plays and 10 Minute Plays
  • August through December for Full-Length Plays


  • For a 10 minute play with 1 to 3 characters: For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events for two performances the fee will be $795.00
  • For a 11 – 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters: For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events for two performances the fee will be $995.00
  • For a 21 – 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters: For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events for two performances the fee will be $1295.00
  • For a Full – Length play with up to 6 characters: Fee based on the play and the play’s production requirements.  Fee ranges from $4000.00 to $6000.00 and up depending upon the play length, and the requirements for your production, and how many performances you wish to have.

What to submit:  Please include:

  • the complete play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play,
  • the approx. running time,
  • set and lighting requirements,
  • your contact email address,
  • your mailing address,
  • and your contact phone number

How to apply:  Please email your submission to: with “Play Production Program” in the subject heading.

Deadline: 31 May 2018

Source:  Direct contact

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize)

The 5th Annual Book Pipeline Competition seeks material for film or television adaptation. Open to writers worldwide, the contest accepts any genre, fiction or non-fiction. Published and unpublished works are both acceptable. Every entrant will receive general feedback on their submission, specifically on the material’s adaptation potential, comments are emailed after final judging is completed in March 2019.

What to submit:  Acceptable entries include:

  • Novels
  • Non-fiction
  • Plays
  • Graphic Novels and comics
  • Book proposals or pitches (fiction or non-fiction)
  • Short stories

Process and Requirements:

  • For novels, novellas, and other full-length books: approximately the first 5,000 words + full synopsis (1-3 pages)
  • For plays, graphic novels, proposals, and short stories: the complete manuscript + full synopsis (1-3 pages)
  • Material may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available.
  • Book Pipeline does not take a percentage of any future option or sale of your work, and all rights remain with the author, regardless of their final placement in the competition.
  • Any genre accepted, including children’s books and projects intended for animation.
  • Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) are optional.

Entry fees:

  • Exclusive Deadline: April 15th, 2018 – $40/entry
  • Regular Deadline: November 15th, 2018 – $65/entry


Grand Prize Winner

  • $10,000
  • Immediate and long-term circulation to top companies in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network (see list below for companies receiving first look at the winner)
  • Development assistance from Book Pipeline execs to help adapt the material into a screenplay, TV pilot, or pitch
  • Additional review of other material for potential industry circulation
  • Editorial write-up from Book Pipeline covering the winning submission

Finalists (2-8) and Winner

  • Immediate and long-term circulation to top production companies and execs in the Book Pipeline and Script Pipeline network
  • Additional review of other material and potential for industry circulation

Semifinalists (10-20)

  • Consideration for industry circulation and personal development assistance from Script Pipeline executives

How to apply:  For more information and to submit please go to

Deadline:  15 November 2018

Source:  Bruntwood Opportunities


The Comedy Crowd seeking 2 minute videos for Chorts

Chorts are 2 minute comedies that show potential to be developed into a series of superb episodes or sketches.

It’s free to enter, and shortlisted entries will be reviewed by an industry judging panel including top producers.

The winners will embark on a unique journey where Team Comedy Crowd, Chorts sponsors Bath Spa University, and expert comedy coach Chris Head will provide you with the advice and resources you need to turn your Chort! into a series and grow your audience.

Comedy Crowd Co-founders Jon Jayson and Peter Wright say: ‘The way new comedy finds its audience is changing, and this is creating exciting opportunities for new writers and performers. Shows like ‘People Just do Nothing‘ and the ‘The Ladventures of Thomas Gray‘ got off the ground when their creators, who at the time were unknowns in comedy, picked up a camera and showed off their characters.

We’ve created Chorts! so writers and performers can showcase their potential, make funny content quickly, and engage an audience.’

Filming support:  If you are a writer who doesn’t want to get in front of the camera, or a performer who doesn’t have a camera, you can find creators with the skills to help you out in the Comedy Crowd’s Facebook Group.

The Comedy Crowd is a community that helps writers and performers turn ideas into comedy shows. If you have any questions please email

How to apply:  To see the Chorts! and submit your own visit visit their website.

Deadline: 21 May 2018 

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission)

Airplays is a brand new collaboration between BBC Radio Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Leeds College of Music that puts radio drama centre stage.

Do you have a story to tell about migration? WYPH are looking for writers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience to send in ideas for original 15 minute-long fictional radio plays. The theme is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948. Plays will be produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse, performed live to an audience at Leeds College of Music and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds as part of the first ever Airplays event in October 2018.

Ideas will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from the BBC, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds College of Music and members of the Playhouse’s Theatre of Sanctuary programme for refugee and asylum seekers.

What to submit:  You don’t need any previous writing experience to send in a proposal. All proposals must be for an original piece of dramatic fiction that hasn’t been previously published or performed. You can send in an idea as an individual writer or as a group, but you can only send a proposal once.

They’re looking for stories around the theme of migration, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landing of the Empire Windrush and the arrival of the first West Indian immigrants to the UK in 1948. They’re excited for writers to interpret the brief however they like – exploring modern migration stories as well as revisiting the stories of the past.

They actively encourage proposals to be sent to them by writers of colour; writers who identify as LGBTQ+; writers who are D/deaf and/or disabled; writers who are also refugees or asylum seekers and any other writers who are currently underrepresented on UK stages.

Process:  All proposals will be read by West Yorkshire Playhouse’s experienced script reading team who will create a shortlist for the panel. The panel will select four proposals that will go on to be developed into full, 15 minute-long plays.

The four writers will develop their proposals into short plays over the course of five months, working closely with West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace artistic development programme.

This development process will include a full day working with actors and with musicians from Leeds College of Music to test their dialogue out and redraft.

The four plays will be produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse and presented at Leeds College of Music in October 2018.

Fee:  Each writer will be paid a fee of £1000 to develop their idea into a short play.

How to apply:  For full details and how to apply please visit the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.

Deadline:  Thursday 10 May 2018 at 6pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Persistent and Nasty seeking 15-30 min scripts from female-identified artists (Glasgow)

Persistent and Nasty is a script reading and debate series for the female identified voice in stage and screen. It was born from the frustration and anger of four actresses/writers with the business.

Male, male-identified, and gender fluid audience members are also very welcome. They are now accepting submissions from writers for their next live event, taking place on Thursday 28th June at the CCA in Glasgow For this third Persistent and Nasty rehearsed reading they will be exploring themes and topics around the gender spectrum and queer culture.

Find out more information and watch their previous event on the Civil Disobediance website.

Eligibility:  For this submission window they want to hear from female, female-identified, trans and non-binary voices. Although they are accepting submissions from across the UK, they are particularly keen to hear from writers based in Scotland.

What to submit:

  • 15-30 minutes in length (approximately 20-30 pages).
  • The script can be written for theatre, film, TV or radio.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that explore themes of gender equality, challenge traditional gender roles and explore feminist issues.
  • Priority will be given to scripts that have more than one female character.
  • Casting will be age, ethnicity and disability blind.
  • If the submitted script is an excerpt from a longer piece, the excerpt should be able to stand alone and be understood.
  • Please use as close to industry standard formatting as possible. Minimum requirement is 12pt font size, double line spacing and page numbers.
  • Alongside the script itself, please provide the following:
    • a brief synopsis
    • character descriptions
    • a few words on what inspired you to write this particular piece
    • a short biography

How to apply:  Please send the above information to Louise Oliver at:

Deadline: Friday 18 May 2018 at 5pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 13 April 2018

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Featured posts:

How To React When Your Relatives Judge Your Creative Writing Degree

Why Do I Make Theatre? Reflections on World Theatre Day

A Writer’s Guide To Producing Your Own Work

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute plays

Pursued By A Bear: “Any tips on getting into musical theatre?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 33 Opportunities with April deadlines – Deadline: various throughout April 2018


Dramaturg(e)/Contributors needed for OVERHEARD at RADA Festival 2018 (paid) – Deadline: 14 April 2018

The Dot Collective seeking playwrights for community collaboration One Hundred Trillion (paid) – Deadline: 15 April 2018

Attune Theatre CIC seeking plays that have had a short run (Glasgow City) – Deadline: 31 March 2018  15 April 2018

SOLO2 seeking new writing for Swindon Fringe – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 15 April 2018

Workshop Leader sought for Sci-Fi Theatre Workshops (£80 fee) – Deadline: 15 April 2018

BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018  – Deadline: 16 April 2018

Melanin Box Festival (Black British theatremakers, £400 prize) – Deadline: 17 April 2018

BAFTA Rocliffe accepting submissions for TV Comedy Competition – Deadline: 18 April 2018 at 5pm

Kevin Elyot Award for Writer-in-Residence 2018 (£3,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19 (£20,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Loquitur seeking submissions for ‘Femage a Trois’ – Deadline: 20 April 2018

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking 10-15 minute scripts – Deadline: 21 April 2018

Coracle and Alphabetti seeking plays about the Suffragette Movement (paid, Newcastle) – Deadline: 22 April 2018 at midnight

Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline: 23 April 2018

Director seeking scripts for production – Deadline: 25 April 2018

Itchy Scratch Night seeking new work for performance – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 27 April 2018

‘Sheatre’ seeking plays/extracts with all female/non-binary casts (non-male writers only) – Deadline: 29 April 2018

New writing night at the Ship and Mitre seeking short plays (Liverpool) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Elicit Pictures seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Manchester ADP seeking short plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

ADP Audio seeking submissions of 15 minute audio plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018 – Deadline: 1 May 2018

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 open for entries (£500 prize) – Deadline: 1 May 2018 at 5pm

BBC New Comedy Award (£1,000 prize) – Deadline: 3 May 2018 at midnight

ArtsEd Original Screenplay Project seeking short scripts – Deadline: 4 May 2018 at 5pm

Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night –  Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 5pm

The Arden School of Theatre seeking shorts for The Arden Fringe – Deadline: 14 May 2018

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize) – Deadline: 21 May 2018

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions– Deadline: 31 May 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Aberrant Theatre seeking short horror plays – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Clapham Fringe seeking submissions – Deadline: 3 June 2018, but slots may be filled before this date

Carrot Napper Productions seeking 5 minute pieces for fundraiser in Derbyshire – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Open Call for Plays to be Staged in WRiTEON Festival- Deadline: 1 July 2018

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

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

BFI Southbank – Woodfall: A Revolution in British Cinema – 2-4-1 Ticket offer for LPB readers! – Throughout April 2018

100 Years Workshop with Royal Court for #TakeUpSpace – 16 & 18 April 2018

Applications open Entrepreneurship skills for performing artists, Guildhall School of Music & Drama – 21-22 April 2018

The Library of Ideas Workshop: Creative Use of the British Library (free) – 22 April 2018

Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350) – 24 -26 April 2018

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge – 24 April 6.30pm-8.30pm

Redrafting Your Script Workshop at Lyceum Theatre (£45) – 27 April 2018 from 10.30am-5pm

Papatango free workshop – Story and Theme on Screen – 27 April 2018 from 11am-1pm

Free livestream with Methuen and Bloomsbury on ‘How to publish your play’ – 27 April 2018 from 12.15-12.45pm

Write Theatre playwriting course – places available – 28/29 April & 12/13 May 2018

Writing for the stage – Consenting Adults at Arcola Theatre (£95) – 1 May – 12 June 2018

Spring workshops with Bryony Kimmings – 30 April – 4 May 2018 &  21 May – 25 May 2018

Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess in Poitiers, France – 4-8 May 2018

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline for applications: 7 May 2018/ Course takes place: 19 May 2018

‘Starting to write a play’ Arvon Course with Tanika Gupta (£720-£770) – 28 May – 2 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Liberian Girl – 30 May 2018

Write a ONE act play in ONE week: Workshop with Kim Komljanec – 15-20 June 2018

Workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (£150) – 16-17 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan – 27 June 2018

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

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

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

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

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

London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festival – 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

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

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

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

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

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – 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)

BBC New Comedy Award (£1,000 prize)

The BBC New Comedy Award is a talent search organised by BBC Studios Comedy to find the next generation of comedy (including stand-up, sketch, musical and character comedy) stars.

Eligibility:  Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 or over as at 9 April 2018.

What to submit:  To enter you need to complete an application form and upload a 5 minute audio piece of your own original previously unbroadcast comedy material. Successful applicants will be judged through various rounds (heats, semi-finals and finals).

Prize:  The overall winner will receive £1,000 and a 15 minute script commission.

All five finalists will be offered development support from BBC Studios Comedy with the opportunity to present to networks across the BBC to consider for broadcast, as well as development advice and guidance from the BBC Comedy department and a chance to appear in other slots across the BBC.

How to apply: To send in an application, be sure to read the full entry terms and conditions and apply online.

Deadline:  3 May 2018 at midnight

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Carrot Napper Productions seeking 5 minute pieces for fundraiser in Derbyshire

Opportunity for writers of short plays, sketches or monologues.

Each selected piece will be performed for two consecutive nights of Friday 19th October and Saturday 20th October 2018 as part of a new writing night at Shardlow Village Hall in Derbyshire. The evening is part of a community spirit event to support the village hall’s restoration fund.

Sponsored by Carrot Napper Productions, each selected writer will receive two complimentary tickets per evening.

What to submit:  Writers should submit a 5 minute piece that is either a short play, sketch or monologue on any subject.

How to apply:  Submissions should be sent in the body of an e-mail to

Deadline:  Saturday 30 June 2018

Source: Direct contact