Category Archives: Competitions

Seahorse Films seeking feature films

Seahorse Films is currently looking for feature film submissions for films that are currently at treatment stage. They are looking for fiction genre films that say something important about the world. Ideally the film would be set outside of London and preference is given to films with prominent female characters.

They are also looking for films that have a strong European connection, that need to be shot in multiple European countries or would be suitable for a European co-production.

How to apply: email writing script submission in the subject bar. *Please note at this stage only send a SHORT SYNOPSIS* Further material (eg treatment, first draft script) will be requested for projects that interest them. Beyond treatment stage further work will be paid.

For more information, visit the website

Deadline: 23 March 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize)

Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio.

Open to all national and international writers aged 16 or over, the £6,000 Award provides the time to write that financial support facilitates.

The 2018 category is stage play..

How to apply: Visit the Nick Darke Award website to apply and to find out more details including full entry eligibility and criteria, the submission and judging process and who is on the judging panel.

Applicants should submit a full script (minimum 45 minutes in duration) along with a one-page synopsis by the closing date. The writer must be the sole author and the submission must be in the English language. They do not accept musicals or adaptations or plays that have been previously produced, had a rehearsed reading, been previously entered into the Nick Darke Award or won other competitions. The script should be entered anonymously, please put your contact details on your submission email to which you attach the script and synopsis.

The winning entrant will receive £6,000.

For information or if you have any questions email

Deadline: 21 May 2018 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries

Have you ever wanted to be a playwright? Would you like to have your play broadcast on BBC Radio? Do you have what it takes to become a BBC Essex Playwright of the year?

They are looking for a 15 minute fictional radio play with an Essex connection to be recorded in their studios later this year for broadcast on BBC Essex. It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear your work on the radio.

How to apply: Find out full details including what they are looking for, terms and conditions and how to submit your entry

Deadline: 1 June 2018 

Source; BBC Writersroom

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions

The Bread & Roses Playwriting Award is a competition for full length theatre plays that have not previously been produced or published and feature at least half of female, non-binary or gender neutral roles. Submissions for the next award are now open.

Up to three winning plays will receive Professional production at The Bread & Roses Theatre and 10% of box office income (in 2019/2020) and publication by the Bread & Roses Theatre and royalty from all sales. Up to ten shortlisted plays will receive written feedback.

How to submit: Plays must have at least 60 minutes running time and must be submitted anonymously. Read the full guidelines and apply here.

Deadline: 31 May 2018 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions

Bench Theatre, an amateur company based at The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant (on the South Coast in Hampshire). This will be their  8th Supernova festival of new one act plays, and the selected pieces will be performed over a week in February 2019.

Plays will be selected by a panel who will read them anonymously. There is no charge for entry, though if a piece is selected Bench must be permitted to perform it as part of the festival without the payment of any performance rights, and they can only accept up to 4 plays from any one author.

How to submit: Submissions can be made via the website. where the full competition rules can also be found.  Any questions are welcome to

Deadline 17 August 2018 at midnight

Source: Direct contact

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 open for entries (£500 prize)

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 has now been launched in tandem with the Radius YouTube Channel. Judges of the competition are Neil McPherson and Sue Healy, Artistic Director and Literary Manager of London’s Finborough Theatre, and the winning script is guaranteed a reading in the Finborough’s prestigious Vibrant 2018 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. There will be a prize of £500. Entry is free.

Radius provides high-quality drama scripts to churches and community groups. In addition to a collection of original takes on the Christmas and Easter stories, we specialize in plays that ask searching questions about how life should be lived, and we avoid offering easy answers. Past winners of Radius playwriting competitions include Cell Talk by Dana Bagshaw, about the medieval women mystics Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, and Red Star by Les Ellison, exploring the astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s failure to cope with the pressures of celebrity.

Submissions should be emailed to by 5 pm on 1 May, 2018. The winner will be announced on 23 July 2018. Entries should last between one and two hours in performance and may be on any subject. Entrants should be UK residents and the winner will work with a dramaturg at the Finborough Theatre to develop the play for the Vibrant Festival in October 2018.

How to apply: More information about Radius’s playwriting competition, YouTube Channel, our unique script collection and other initiatives can be found on the website.

Deadline: 1 May 2018 at 5pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

KDC Theatre seeking writers for ‘Full Stack’ competition

KDC are looking for writers for this year’s “Full Stack” competition, to form an evening of short plays in June.

In their words: 

“We are looking to choose 12 pieces around the theme “Future imperfect”, that are no longer than 4 sides of A4, and need no more than 3 actors. They say restriction breeds creativity…

So if you’re an experienced writer who wants to experiment with what can be achieved in a short duration, or a brand new creative that hasn’t-got-around-to-writing-but-will-do-it’s-a-new-year’s-resolution-honest…. This is your opportunity – we want to hear your words!

You can submit as many pieces as you like, the deadline for submissions is 31st March, and we will let you know if you were successful in early April.”

How to submit: questions, and submissions, to Carl at

Visit the website for more details.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Source: Direct contact

International Theatre Institute/ Morecambe Fringe accepting 10 minute plays on theme of ‘Brexit?’

The UK Centre of the International Theatre Institute (UNESCO), based in Morecambe, is launching with a new 10-Minute Play Competition. The theme is “Brexit?”

Your play has to be a NEW play. It should contain from 1 to 4 characters.

The competition is open to anyone who has ever thought of writing a play. Your play should last no more than 10 minutes and there are two categories – Local (Morecambe & Heysham) and National.

One winner for each category, and each will receive £150.
The six finalist plays will all be performed in stage readings at the Alhambra Theatre during a special evening of events to celebrate World Theatre Day on Tuesday March 27.

Details of organisation at

How to apply: Send your 10 page plays to

Deadline 10 March 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018

The Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018 is now open for entries.

The winning plays will feature at Tata Literature Live! – The Mumbai LitFest in November 2018. There are also prizes available.

What to submit: An original, unpublished, unproduced play about Asian Indians (wherever they may be), in English, between 60 – 120 minutes duration.

How to apply:

1. Each submission requires two PDF soft copies (sent by email) – one with and one without the writer’s name anywhere on any of its pages. This is important as the judging is to be done anonymously.

2. All entries must be accompanied by:

  • a covering letter from the writer
  • A synopsis of the play (without the writer’s name)
  • The bio data, photograph and contact details of the writer

3. The entries with all relevant details should be emailed to Ayesha Sayani Please also use this email address for any questions you may have.

Deadline: 1st May 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018


The Theatre503 Playwriting Award is now open for submissions.

The Theatre503 Playwriting award is made possible by the long term support of The Richard Carne Trust. Nick Hern Books are returning as Publishing Partners and Award Ceremony Sponsors for the third time.

Eligibility:  Theatre503 supports debut and emerging writers. Submissions can be made by any writer who has not had a play professionally performed for 4 weeks or more in a subsidised London, major regional or international venue.

Co-written plays will be accepted for the award.

Writers are free to submit for the process with work that has previously been considered by this or another theatre.

What to submit: Writers may submit one full-length play (min 60 minutes stage time) only. This must be an original, unproduced work, unperformed anywhere in the world, apart from rehearsed/staged readings and workshops.

Writers will need to complete the application form in full, which will include submitting a synopsis of the play and the full length play in PDF form only, with no images or other material included.

How to apply:  Plays will be read anonymously and in order to do this all writers must ensure that their name or contact details DO NOT appear anywhere on the PDF of the play.

Applications can be made using an online directly accessible via the Theatre503 website.

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Source: Theatre503 Writers Newsletter