Competitions

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize (writers over 55)

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize is an initiative arising out of the cultural partnership between Lancaster University and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster; it is supported by Lucy Briers. The Prize aims to discover new voices from a diverse range of backgrounds; each year, it has different entry criteria in order to reach underserved playwrights. For 2019, …

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Questors Theatre Student Playwriting Competition open for submissions

 As part of their 90th birthday celebrations, The Questors Theatre is seeking submissions for our student playwriting competition 2019. Do you have ideas whizzing around your head that you’d love to put to pen and paper? Are you itching to see your stories come to life? Or perhaps you’ve already written a promising play that …

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Wexford Literary Festival: Billy Roche International Short Play Competition (€10 entry fee)

Playwrights are invited to submit plays of up to 15 minutes in length and four finalists will have their pieces read by Enniscorthy Drama Group at this year’s festival. How to apply: the website to pay €10 submission fee and then submit your entry to drama@wexfordliteraryfestival.com Please state in SUBJECT line: SHORT PLAY SUBMISSION Deadline: …

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Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) Writing Competition for Off the Block #8

RBL, Reading’s multi-award-winning theatre company, are now taking entries for their annual new writing competition, Find a Reading Writer. Writers will be competing to be the fourth writer in RBL’s annual sell-out event, Off the Block and for the competition will have 6 hours to write a short play inspired by a stage direction given …

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Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot Contests.now open for submissions (entry fee $45-$60)

Shore Scripts have now opened their 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot Contest. They have re-invigorated their contests this year: The TV Pilot Contest now has separate categories for 1-hr and ½-hour projects and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded in each category Every writer that enters will receive a FREE copy of …

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Cast Iron Shorts Competition open for submissions of short stories on the theme of ‘sanctuary’

 Cast Iron Shorts Competition is now open! They are seeking short stories of 1,500 words. The winning 6 stories will be read live on stage at the Cast Iron Shorts event at Sweet Werks, Brighton in June. They are looking for fresh, exciting prose that explores the theme of ‘sanctuary’. Full rules (in their words):  1. The competition is …

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Thousand Films New Writers’ Contest open for submissions from female writers

Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered female television writers in the UK and Ireland. In their first year their focus is to find female writers for television. If you have a Script for a first episode of a drama or comedy and you don’t have agency representation, then you …

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Academy Arts Press short story competition (entry fee $15/$20)

Academy Arts Press is a small publishing company based in the United States, the are currently accepting submissions for their short story competition. Who can apply:  all writers, all countries if the story is in English.  Open to all genres of fiction. Previously unpublished, original works only. What to submit:  Open to all genres of fiction. …

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Pen to Print playwriting competition

Pen to Print is an exciting creative writing organisation established by The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Library service aimed at emerging novelists, short story writers, poets and playwrights. Pen to Print Playwriting Competition Are you a budding playwright? This year, as part of Pen to Print, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have launched a new one-act …

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The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019

Ahead of this year’s competition, the Bruntwood Prize will be offering 6 exciting brand-new livestreamed workshops for 2019.  Led by internationally recognised playwrights these six session are completely free to access and will augment a growing archive of workshops created for the Bruntwood Prize. All of which can be accessed on their Write a Play …

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