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Page to Stage Edinburgh open for submissions

You are invited to submit a NEW 10-15 minute script (or excerpt) to be performed as a directed rehearsed reading in front of an industry panel and audience.

Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area with limited set/technical requirements.

How to apply: email with the following:

  •  A copy of the script
  • Casting breakdown and summary of the piece
  •  A short bio
  • Contact details (name, email, contact number and where you are based)
  • NB: Application is by email only.

Page2Stage Edinburgh aims to provide a platform to see your work performed, receive feedback, and to create working relationships with fellow theatre-makers in Scotland. For these reasons, you must be UK-based, and able to get to Edinburgh for the event.

They endeavour to announce the chosen pieces Friday 12 October at which point a call out for directors and a casting breakdown will be released.

Deadline: 5 October 2018 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Unfolded accepting submissions for new writing night at Southwark Playhouse

Following four sold-out shows at the Bread and Roses Theatre, Unfolded, a new-writing night with a focus on current affairs, is doing a show at the Southwark Playhouse, on 3rd December 2018.

They’re looking for eight, 10-15 minute pieces based on news from the most recent cycle of current affairs. We want stories that go beyond the headlines, that highlight how the news impacts regular people day-to-day.

Plays have previously covered issues as broad as LGBT asylum claims, homelessness in Cardiff, the impact of Brexit on dating, and domestic slavery in India. This set of plays could include pieces highlighting life in Maduro’s Venezuela, the rise of “emotional-support goldfish” on airlines, or new prostitution zones in Leeds. Our goal is to raise awareness of less-told stories at a time when magazines and newspapers are unable to do so due to cuts.

What they are looking for:

  • Stand alone shorts or extracts that need no further explanation as part of a longer play.
  • Have a maximum of four characters.
  • Absolutely no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Humour is as welcome as tragedy.
  • Entertaining with a nod to, rather than deep dive into current affairs.

Things they are not looking for:

  • Long, rambling diatribes about the pros and cons of Brexit/Corbyn/Trump.

They  hope to promote voices of those rarely heard and would love to hear from playwrights originally from countries where news is particularly interesting right now (e.g. Zambia, China, Ireland).

Writers should be in a position to source their own actors and directors, and to facilitate rehearsals, but they can help with finding actors if needed. Writers should be able to attend the show and dress rehearsal, both on Monday 3 December.

How to apply:  email Eleanor Ross at

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Transition Stage company launch Enter Stage Right Competition (£10-£30 entry fee)

Every writer wants to see their story come to life – with Enter Stage Write you get just that chance! Along with a £1000 prize for the overall winner, a select number of scripts will be produced and performed at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on  1 December 2018

How it works: all you have to do is write an original and brilliant 7-10 minute script (have a read through with family and friends), and submit it for £10. Or, for £30, you can submit and have a 1-on-1 coaching session with an experienced and knowledgeable professionals Tim Stimpson and Anna Southgate (subject to availability). And, of course, you will be allowed to submit an updated version on your script based on these coaching sessions.

How to apply: for full details and to apply, visit the website. 

Deadline: 19 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 21 September 2018

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Featured posts:

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme – NOW BOOKING

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen – NOW BOOKING

LPW Online Book Club: Look Back in Anger

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights

Pursued by a Bear: “My partner hates it when I write”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with September deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout September

OSO Arts Centre Barnes seeking work for scratch night– Deadline: 21 September 2018

The Space: Spring Season 2019 open call – theatre companies and producers wanted – Deadline: 21 September 2018

Eastern Angles Young Writers’ Group (16-25) – Deadline: 25 September 2018

Global Black Voices at the Arcola open for submissions– Deadline: 25 September 2018

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting applications (from 7 September 2018)– Deadline: 28 September 2018 at 5pm

Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights – Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midday

Pentabus Theatre Young Writers’ Programme (16-25) – Deadline: 28 September 2018

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

The Questors Theatre seeking short plays on theme of ‘online revenge‘ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Robin Hood Theatre announce new script submission window -Deadline: 30 September 2018

The Guinea Pig Lab seeking one-woman shows (Kansas) -Deadline: 30 September 2018

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

Down Stage Right: New Writing Night for Devon and Cornwall Based Writers – Deadline: 30 September 2018

The Bruntwood Prize launches search for People’s Judge from the North West – Deadline: 1 October 2018

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition open for entries – Deadline: 1 October 2018

Cast Iron Theatre seeking scripts for short play night on the theme of ‘eleven’ – Deadline: 5 October 2018

Cast Iron Theatre seeking scripts for short play night on the theme of ‘eleven’ – Deadline: 5 October 2018

Shorts @ The Canal seeking shorts for ‘The Twilight Hour’ season 2 – Deadline: 7 October 2018

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest open for entries (entry fee, cash prizes) – Deadline: 10 October 2018

Shorts @ The Canal seeking shorts for ‘The Twilight Hour’ season 2 – Deadline: 7 October 2018

Writing East Midlands seeking lead writers for ‘The Elder Tree’ project (paid) – Deadline: 14 October 2018

Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!– Deadline: 14 October 2018 at 10pm

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

At Sea Writers’ Residency open for applications from writers under 30 – Deadline: 15 October 2018

Newsjack open for submissions of radio sketches and one-liners – Deadline: various until 16 October 2018

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

Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16 – Deadline: 18 October 2018

The Bi’an Award open for submissions from UK based writers of Chinese Heritage– Deadline: 26 October 2018

New Plays for Young Audiences seeking new scripts for 2019 season– Deadline: 31 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

RSL’s Literature Matters Awards call for proposals– Deadline 5 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

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

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

Events and workshops:

LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe – Dates: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks from 20 September 2018

Get Playwriting! course with Chichester Festival Theatre – Dates: starts 25 September 2018

BBC Writersroom Workshop at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Hull – open for bookings – 29 September 2018

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen – Date: 29 September 2018

Playwriting at the Pit at the Cockpit Theatre – Starts 10 October 2018

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme – Starts 13 October 2018

Black Writers Conference 2018 – Date: 13 October 2018

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

Online workshops and resources: 


Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

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

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

Ongoing submissions:

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

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)

Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

“Come play with us! We are seeking writers, directors and actors to take part in our 24 hour play challenge!”

How it works: 

  • You will be put into teams and must produce a 10 minute play in 24 hours.
  • Writers need to be available on the 18 and 19 November, directors and actors on the 19 only.
  • Sunday 18th November – 19.45: Writers receive stimulus at The Old Red Lion.
  • Monday 19th November – 08.00: Writers send finished scripts to directors. 10.00 – 17.00: Rehearsals at Theatre Deli. 17:00 – 19:30: Tech at The Old Red Lion. 19:45: Showtime at The Old Red Lion.

How to apply:  email your CV to – Submit your CV. They will reply with a stimulus. Inspired by what they provide, write 1 – 3 pages in 72 hours.

Deadline: 14 October 2018 at 10pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16

Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing at Theatre N16 in Tottenham, North London.

Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their November 6th night they are looking for stories and writers that represent the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you.

What they are looking for: 

  • Pieces of theatre or extracts no longer than 15 minutes in duration. If you are submitting an entire longer script you need to specify the extract you want to submit for performance as they do not have the readers to read entire full-length scripts.
  • Maximum 4 characters unless actors playing multiple roles is possible. If so please specify in your email.

How to apply: scripts should be emailed to with the title of your play in the subject. You must also include a short synopsis, including cast list and a little bit about yourself as a writer. Submissions without this information in the body of the email will be disregarded.

A group of readers will shortlist the 6 chosen pieces and they will be then be cast and directed for performance. Writers are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Deadline: 18 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Global Black Voices at the Arcola open for submissions

Global Voices Theatre is a new platform for international theatre, presenting rehearsed readings of unheard stories from often under represented playwrights.

After three very successful editions of Global Queer and Global Female Voices  and following audience and creatives’ feedback, they are organising a Global Black Voices on 28th October 2018 at Arcola Theatre.

Global Black Voices will showcase 5 plays by Black playwrights based outside the UK, specially focusing on those writers whose first language is not English. They are looking for plays from contexts beyond the Western world; exploring issues and settings that audiences might not otherwise see in London theatres.

Plays can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters and must be in, or translated into, English.

How to apply: To submit a play please go to the online submission form(google doc requires a login)

Visit the Arcola Theatre website for more details

Deadline: 25 September 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Bi’an Award open for submissions from UK based writers of Chinese Heritage

The Bi’an Award is a new writing competition open to UK-based writers of Chinese heritage and supported by Arts Council England, Arvon and Stand magazine.

Writers may submit poems of up to 20 lines, a short story of up to 1000 words, or a five-minute script, in English.

Prizes will be awarded for poetry, short fiction or script and include free places on a five-day Arvon residential writing course at Lumb Bank in April 2019 and publication in Stand Magazine. The editors of Stand, Elaine Glover, John Whale and Jon Glover, and writer, Yan Ge, are the judges.

How to apply: find full details including Terms and Conditions and how to enter on the Bi’an website

Deadline: 26 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Shorts @ The Canal seeking shorts for ‘The Twilight Hour’ season 2

After their successful runs of Shorts @ The Canal and The Twilight Hour at Canal Cafe Theatre, Union Theatre and Etcetera Theatre, writers are invited to submit a play no longer than
15-minutes for “The Twilight Hour” season 2.

The show will be based on The Twilight Zone TV series to be performed at the award-winning Canal Cafe
Theatre a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.
How it works:
  • A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will be assigned to an emerging director. Plays will then be rehearsed and thenstaged for 4 nights.
  • Performance dates are  21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th November.
  • This is an excellent opportunity for writers to see their work come to life in front of an audience.
Things to bear in mind:
  • Twilight Zone theme – fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, psychological thriller often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist and usually with a moral.
  • No character limit.
  • Minimal set
  • Up to 15-minute running time

How to apply: please send your short plays to Header: Play

Deadline: 7 October 2018

Source: direct contact


Opportunities Pick of the Week: Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights

Description: Tamasha Playwrights is a writer-led collective of emerging playwrights from diverse cultural backgrounds. Writers meet for weekly sessions in Tamasha’s office from October to July.

Now in its’ fifth year, Tamasha Playwrights is a scheme which aims to offer long-term career development in a supportive environment to emerging playwrights from culturally diverse backgrounds.

What’s so great about it? This programme puts professional development at its’ heart and empowers writers to take the lead on their own projects and to make a living as artists.

During the sessions, participants will explore all aspects of creating their own theatre projects, from playwriting to self-producing to fundraising and more.

We think this programme sounds like an invaluable way for new writers to gain the professional experience they need. If you think so too, you’ve got until 28 September to apply and you’ll need to send them a full length play to do so!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Tamasha