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Shorts @ The Canal open for submissions

After the successful run of “Shorts @ the Canal” back in May and with “The Twilight Hour” currently in production,  Canal Shorts are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than
20-minute, to be performed at the award-winning Canal CafeTheatre,  a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.
How it works:
A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will beassigned to an emerging director. Play will then be rehearsed and then
staged for 2/3 nights. Dates: 13th, 14th and 15th September.

Submission guidelines:

  • Open Theme
  • No character limit
  • Minimal set
  • Up to 20-minute running time

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

Deadline: 6 August 2018

Source: direct contact

The Salon: Collective inviting writers to partner for ACE funding

The salon:collective is inviting connections from playwrights who are preparing to apply for an ACE project grant and seeking a professional development partner.

What they offer:

A professional partner with experience in producing, directing and dramaturgy, to support you through your development process.

Initially, we they provide free support and mentoring to see you through the application process, with no obligation if your application is unsuccessful.

This initial support will include the development of a bespoke collaboration plan, at a reduced fee for them, which you will include in your application budget, with the discount contributing to your overall in-kind support.

Their collaboration is likely to include script development, mentoring on production processes, and support with staging a reading for feedback.


They will select a shortlist of projects that seem to be a good match for what they an offer, and will arrange to meet or Skype with those shortlisted artists for approximately half an hour in late September to exchange ideas on their project.

We launched a similar process to Open Door last year and a rehearsed reading for our partner playwright Richard Chilver’s play Hold will be staged at Theatre 503 in November.”

LGBTQ+ and BAME applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to apply: via the link

Details of their writer development track record here

Deadline: 10 August 2018 at 11am

Source: direct contact





Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production

Just Some Theatre are looking for new play scripts. After successful Arts Council funded tours and London runs including Coward (2013) and The Doppel Gang (2015/17), they are looking for fresh projects with a view to produce in 2019.

“We focus on new writing, and strive for high production values and immersive design. We are looking for submissions with casts of 2-4, full length plays, preferably with an interval. Scripts that have already been performed on a small scale will be considered, however we are primarily interested in developing work that will be new to audiences.

We are a ‘young’ company and have 3 mid-20’s actors at the ready, but are open to casting if required. Alternatively if you have a great idea for a show, or have recently started writing an idea then please feel free to pitch this, as we are also open to working on developments”

What to submit: 
1. A script/extract/concept
2. A short synopsis of the piece
3. Your CV

Please send all submissions to with the subject header, ‘Writer Call Out’.

They read all submissions and will endeavour to reply to all applications.

Deadline: 12 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Cuckoo Bang accepting submissions for BITS new writing night

Cuckoo Bang have just opened their latest submissions for 10-20 min pieces or extracts (scripted, devised or anything in between!) for their new writing night BITS which is continuing at The White Bear in Kennington on July 16th and September 10th. They are also launching at new venue, Streatham Space Project on September 24th and are accepting submissions for this too.

What they are looking for:

For The White Bear shows they are looking for 10-20 minute pieces, max cast size of 4, and they attach directors and casts to the pieces where needed.

For the Streatham show, they are looking for pieces from theatre-makers / companies (max cast size of 8) with work to showcase / develop.

How to apply: for questions and submissions, email


6 June 2018 (for 16 July show at the White Bear)

18 July 2018 (for 10 September show at the White Bear) 

4 July 2018 (for 24 September Streatham show)

Source: Playwriting UK

irSpace Gallery seeking creative writers (paid)

irSpace Gallery is inviting applications from writers for a creative writing commission, to create a new piece of work, on the subject of The Brownfield

There is no bar to the form of creative writing the submitted piece may take – the only stipulation is that it should be no more than 1500 words.

The commissioned work will be featured within The Brownfield Research Centre exhibition, running at AirSpace Gallery from 15th June to 22nd July, 2017. The work will also be exhibited on the Gallery’s website.

The successful applicant will receive £150 for their work.

How to apply: Applicants should submit the following in electronic form:

• A CV detailing your writing experience
• 2 samples of creative work (3 pages max each)
• An outline proposal for the commission

These should be sent to no later than midnight, May 25th, 2018.

Further details: 

  • The application will be considered by a panel drawn from the Gallery’s directors and Board.
  • All applicants will be informed of their decision by June 1st 2018.
  • ***The completed work will need to be submitted no later than June 21st, 2018***
  • Please note that unfortunately, this opportunity is not open to anyone currently in full-time education.

Deadline: 25 May 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Specifiq: Writers Retreat at Wilton’s Music Hall

Site-specific specialists SPECIFQ, along with new-writing company First Sight, will be hosting a free creative retreat at Wilton’s Music Hall.
In their words:
We are inviting a small group of writers and theatre makers who will spend the week exploring the lives and legacies of the nation-changing suffragettes held at Holloway Prison.
The retreat will run between 18-21 October and will comprise a selection of talks from expert guests (including the author of East London Suffragettes), guided discussions and writing sessions. The experts will give talks on Holloway Prison itself, on the suffragette movement and its contemporary perception, and on changing legal conditions for women’s rights over the last hundred years.
The week is scheduled as follows: 
Tuesday and Wednesday – talks by experts followed by discussions and workshop-type sessions. Participants will be invited to write short responses to the material raised. These responses can take any form, from scenes or monologues to poems or even songs.
Thursday – Following off-site writing time on Thursday, an evening session will be held to workshop the responses.
Friday – Pieces will be rehearsed during the day, using a small company of actors. All the responses will then be shared at a free gathering for participants and invited audience members on the evening of Friday, 21st October.
We’d love for you to attend as much of the week as possible, but understand the pressures of a busy schedule.
All research will be freely available to all participants throughout and after the week, and writers retain ownership of any work generated.
We hope this week will inspire writers and theatre makers to create their own work influenced by the stories of these extraordinary women, and intend to persevere with this source material over the following year, hopefully moving towards a full production before Christmas 2017.
There is limited space for this week. Please send an expression of interest to Becky Brown at
Deadline: none, but the retreat runs from 18 – 21 October 2016
Source: direct contact

Talawa script submission window open (Black writers in the UK)

Talawa have up to three script submission windows per year and the latest one has just opened. They welcome submissions from Black writers in the UK (people of African and Caribbean origin).

The script submission window is open from Saturday 1 October to Monday 31 October (midnight). Please submit one electronic copy of your play either in Word or pdf format, with a covering letter.

Please note, they can only accept one script per person, per window.

The Process: They will confirm that they have received your script and it will be read by one of their team of script readers, who will report back to their Literary Associate in their Readers’ Meeting.

“You will either receive a detailed script report or, if your script is selected for further development, you will be invited to come in and meet with us.

This process takes three months.

Please note it can take slightly longer if your script has been shortlisted and recommended for a full read by our Literary Associate.

We are looking for writers and plays for Talawa Firsts and the Talawa Writers’ Programme. Your script will be considered for these opportunities and more”.

Deadline: 31 October 2016

Source: @TalawaTheatreCo

Park Theatre Script Accelerator Programme

Are you a budding theatre maker or novice in the field looking for the opportunity to develop your skills and gain experience in developing and delivering a professional theatre production?


Are you a producer/producing company? Or a writer who knows a producer and production team who you would like to work with? Do you have a new script which would benefit from space for research, development and rehearsal, feedback from industry professionals and the chance to present your work in aprofessional London theatre in front of a live audience?

If so – keep reading! The Script Accelerator Programme could be the perfect fit!


Script Accelerator is a yearly programme designed to support emerging practitioners.

Each year producers, or theatre companies, are invited to pitch a particular play they would like to develop – and six are selected into the programme.

Each producer is responsible for selecting their actors and director and, over four weeks, is granted slots in a number of spaces within the building in order to develop their work. The process culminates with a 20 minute showing of each piece to an audience in Park200, our larger auditorium.

Pieces are selected on the merit of the script and, vitally, on future life potential. A number have previously gone on to our Park90 stage.

Script Accelerator is led by Creative Director Melli Bond with the opportunity for feedback from Artistic Director Jez Bond. Each producer will be appointed a mentee to assist their team.  

What to submit: Please visit and download the application guidelines for Producers and Mentees.

Deadline:  The Submission Deadline for Producers is September 7th 2016. The Submission Deadline for Mentees is October 3rd 2016

Source: Direct contact.


Theatre503 Rapid Write Response & Writers’ Christmas Party

Theatre503 will be holding its  Writer’s Christmas Party on the same night as the Rapid Write Response to Cinderella and the Beanstalk on 14 December 2015.

The Rapid Write Response gives writers a chance to write a short response to the full-length play.  Theatre503 selects their favourite entries, which they produce in a one-off evening performance.  (More information here.)

To get the Writers’ Night promo code and keep up to date on these events, sign up for their Writers Newsletter by contacting

Source: Theatre503 Newsletter

Orange Tree Theatre accepting script submissions & applications for Writers’ Collective

The Orange Tree aims to challenge, move and amaze with a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays in their unique in-the-round space.

They have presented new plays by writers in formative moments of their careers, and provoked radical re-evaluations of others by revisiting earlier work. Martin Crimp, Vaclav Havel and Alistair McDowall have sat alongside rediscoveries of Doris Lessing, Harley Granville Barker, Susan Glaspell and Githa Sowerby, amongst many others. They are committed to providing a home for establishing playwrights by offering opportunities to develop, make connections and have their work seen through our Writers Collective, and workshops and readings where possible.

Their current script submission window will run until 25 September 2015.

How it works:  Your play will be read by one of the artistic team and considered for production or development at the theatre. Unfortunately they cannot offer feedback on all work received, although they may correspond directly with writers whose work has promise but which needs development or might be better suited to another organisation.

They regret that we cannot respond to writers whose work we are unable to pursue, and if you have not heard  within three months of submitting your play please assume you have been unsuccessful.

What to submit:  In their own words:

“We’d like to read work which might ignite our unique, intimate, in-the-round space. Writers should have some idea of the kind of work we have programmed in the past. We advise you not to send the very first draft of your play. We can only accept one play per writer.”

How to apply:  Please send your play as a PDF or Word document to, and include a brief covering letter, a synopsis and your writing CV.

If you have had at least one play professionally produced and would like to be considered for the Writers Collective please indicate this clearly, and include details of a referee who knows your work.

Deadline: 25 September 2015

Source:  Talawa via @Playwriting_UK