Category Archives: Competitions

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 play competition.

Write a three handed one act play that is approximately 15 minutes long on the theme ‘The Activists’.

Shortlisted entries will be performed as part of an evening of script-in-hand readings at the Broadway Theatre, Barking on Thursday 23rd May 2019. The winning play will be announced on the night. First prize a tablet PC.

How to apply: visit the website for full criteria and to enter

The competition is open to UK entries only.

Deadline: 28 March 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom


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 website. This year’s sessions include…

Tuesday 19 February: David Eldridge – Telling story as dramatic action: making backstory active and other tips, notes and thoughts.

Thursday 7 March: Jo Clifford– on epic narratives and political (with a small “p”) metaphors and being political in your work.

Monday 25 March: Patricia Cornelius- Lovely, lovely, sometimes ugly dialogue with Playwriting Australia 

Thursday 18 April: Winsome Pinnock on the relationship between the epic and the intimate in writing for the stage.

Wednesday 22 May: Tanika Gupta on how you might explore your work to ensure that the story you want to tell is clear, dramatic and theatrical.

How to take part in the workshops: simply visit the site on the date listed! Workshops will be livestreamed from 6pm-8pm, then archived on the Bruntwood Prize Youtube and linked to their website. You can also see their archive of past livestream workshops in 2015 and 2017 here.

Deadline: (for the competition – 5 June 2019) but you can access the workshops from the dates listed above.

Source: Write a Play

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open to anyone who has a story to tell through the live medium of theatre.  They want to support anyone and everyone to try to complete a play before the deadline on 5th June, whatever your writing experience.

With this in mind, they have launched an online toolkit which will help you to get your play down on paper. 

How it works: they have commissioned 9 of the country’s most exciting playwrights, many of whom have either been shortlisted or won a Bruntwood Prize to share their experiences with you.

Every  week, they will post a new session to take you through the steps of writing a play.  From blank page to completed script and support for re-drafting, each session will have some exercises, questions to ask yourself about your work and examples from each playwright.

They have asked the playwrights to use examples from their own work to try and help you understand the process they have been through and how they have used some of the exercises and suggestions they are sharing to support their own work.

Read the full details of the initiative here

How to access the resources: you can find everything on the Bruntwood’s Write a Play website. We’ll also be posting links to each weekly session in this post, just to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these valuable resources in the run up to the competition.

Bruntwood Prize Toolkit (links to weekly sessions)

Week 1 – Getting started with Dramaturg Suzanne Bell

Check out the full range of forthcoming resources here. 

Deadline:  (for the competition) 5 June 2019 (resources available now) 

Source: direct contact

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries

The prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries.

The prize is a key part of Bruntwood’s continuing commitment to support the country’s most exciting and innovative creative talent.

It offers the opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays which are submitted anonymously and judged by a panel of leading theatre industry experts.

And with a prize fund totalling £40,000 across four categories including two new £8000 prizes for a debut play and international voices, it remains the biggest playwriting prize in Europe.

Since the biennial competition, which is run in collaboration with the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, was launched in 2005 it has awarded more than £250,000 in prize money to 28 writers.

Twenty-four winning productions have been staged in venues across the UK and abroad including Vivianne Franzmann’s Mogadishu, So Here We Are by actor and writer Luke Norris, and Anna Jordan’s Yen.

How to apply: visit the website to read the guidelines in full and apply.

Deadline: 5 June 2019 at 6pm

Source: direct contact

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company seeking shorts for playwriting competition (£10 entry fee/ £250 prize)

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company’s inaugural short play writing competition is called 20 Minute Frolics. They invite playwrights from across the globe to submit self-contained scripts of 20 minutes or less (no identifiable extracts from longer pieces).

Selected scripts will go forward for a rehearsed reading in front of a live audience and an industry panel and the winner could win up to £250!

There is an entry fee of £10 to cover readers, venue hire, rehearsal space and to put towards the prize fund.

How to apply: to find out more and to apply please go to the website.  

Deadline: 31 December 2018 at midnight

Source: direct contact

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries

The Carlo Annoni Award is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love.

“In the year of fifth centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci we dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The prize is € 1000 for texts for each language (Italian and English).

How to apply: find out more about the competition here.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Source: direct contact

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

The Guinea Pig Lab seeking one-woman shows (Kansas)

The Guinea Pig Lab literary board would like to invite all playwrights to enter their 2018 search for plays. The board is looking specifically for scripts written as one-woman plays and plans to select THREE for staged readings in spring 2019 in Wichita, Kansas. The competition, named in honor of Guinea Pig Lab volunteer Stephanie Lehr, is open to all playwrights however,  two of the plays will be selected from Kansas playwrights. (This allows them to continue in their mission to support Kansas playwrights, but also allows them to bring in new playwrights so the winners can network and share experiences).

Call for entries:  The Guinea Pig Lab is calling for full-length or one-act plays.

Winner and runners-up will be notified in mid-January. The winner will also receive a staged reading from the Guinea Pig Lab in the spring of 2019, dates TBA. Winners of the competition are welcome to attend the event and will be acknowledged with certificates and a short ceremony – “as we want to ensure the playwright is in attendance so they can fully reap the benefits of a public reading. Prior to the reading, the winner will receive a session with our resident dramaturg, Dr. Dan Bacalzo, a former theatre critic and professor.”

What to submit:
-submit your play (minimum of 20-minute estimated run-time)
-you are welcome to select your own topic, no restrictions
-NO musicals, please
-please submit play in standard traditional play format, in English
-submissions must be original, unpublished plays
-translations and adaptations are not accepted
-no fee to enter
-one script per playwright each contest, please

How to apply: please send your script with a short author’s bio and contact information to, preferably as a pdf.

Deadline: 30 September 2018 at midnight.

Source: direct contact

Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests

It’s the last month to enter Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests.
The details: 
* 37 Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy & Bafta Winning Judges
* 98 Prod Comps & Agents and 25 amazing Directors to read the winning screenplays.
* Oscar winning Alumni. We’ve helped 50+ Writers gain representation, sell, and have their screenplays produced.
* Over the course of 2018, we are giving away $35K in Cash & Prizes, including meetings with top managers & agents.
“Placing highly in our screenplay competition will help open doors and get your work read by the people who can make a difference.”
How to apply: for all the details and to submit your script go to the website. 
Deadline: 31 August 2018 (Midnight USA Pacific Time)
Source: direct contact

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest open for entries (entry fee, cash prizes)

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest is looking for the next great feature or pilot. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000 in CASH as well has have their script optioned by Producer Danny Roth (The Hurricane HeistLBJThe Year of Spectacular Men.). There are also additional prizes on offer for selected writers.

How to apply: via the website

Deadlines and entry fees: 

Early July 18th $29
 Regular Aug 15th $39
Final Oct 10th $59

Deadline: (final) 10 October 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group