Category Archives: Competitions

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


Deadline: 4 May 2019 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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 to them by the company directors. All entries are submitted by 4pm of the same day and shall then be read by RBL’s team of discerning professionals. The winner then joins the professional team of writers, whose plays are performed on Friday 24th May at South Street Arts Centre.

The annual event, which engages over 30 professional theatre makers from around the UK, is now in it’s 8th year and has proven a great way for the company to meet new local aspiring professionals.

How to apply: If you would like to be considered for the competition, then please email RBL at with a bit about you and a CV.

For tickets to Off the Block at South Street Arts Centre, on Friday 24th May, 7.30pm, please visit the website.

Deadline: 26  April 2019 at 6pm 

Source: direct contact

Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot 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 their new guide on How To Get Your Screenplay Produced
  • All finalists will win free Festival Tickets to one of these amazing events around the world: Edinburgh Short Film Festival The Macoproject Festival, Moscow Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Series Mania Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Tampere International Short Film Festival.

How to apply: find all the details on their website

Deadline: early 31 May 2019 ($45), regular 31 July 2019 ($50), late 31 August 2019 ($60) 

Source: direct contact


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 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 open to anyone aged 18 and over.
2. Stories should use the theme of Sanctuary – take that anyway you wish. Feel free to surprise us. Indeed, the more surprising angle on the theme, the better.
3. All stories should be written on pdf or Word.
4. All stories should be written in English.
5. The entry fee for submissions is £5.50 made via PayPal – a link will be emailed to you on receipt of your story.
6. Entrants can submit as many stories as they wish as long as the entry fee is paid on each one.
7. The author’s name should not appear on anywhere on the story document.
8. The decisions of Cast Iron Theatre are final and we are unable to give feedback on unsuccessful entries.
9. The entry deadline is Friday 26th April 2019 at 5pm.
10. The six winning stories will be read (script in hand) live at the Cast Iron Shorts event, 14th June 2019.
11. Winners will be celebrated together and can each claim the title:  ‘Winner – Cast Iron Shorts: Sanctuary – June 2019’
12. Copyright of each story remains with the author. Authors will grant Cast Iron Theatre the right to read their winning entry at the Cast Iron Shorts event, 14th June 2019.
13. The information you give us will be held on a database so that we can manage entries only and will not be used for communication or given to a third party. If you would like us to contact you about future Cast Iron events and opportunities please sign up for a newsletter.
How to apply:  emails your submission to
They will l email you a link PayPal to pay the £5.50 entry fee (via PayPal or card) to complete your submission.Or  you can pay via the link:
Deadline: 26 April 2019
Source: direct contact

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 are eligible to apply.

Every Script submitted will be read by a qualified Script developer. Shortlisted Scripts will be judged by a panel of TV industry experts. Thousand Films will offer to option selected Scripts and the offer will incorporate a prize package including:

  • The chance to work with “Killing Eve” producer Sid Gentle Films on a writer’s original ideas or other Sid Gentle projects.
  • An intensive TV industry ‘boot-camp’ hosted by the National Film and Television School.
  • An all expenses paid trip to the Edinburgh TV Festival including accommodation and full delegate passes.
  • A tailored development process to take Scripts through a new draft and give writers experience of working with a producer.

Their mission mission is to find new writers who can take their projects into development and kick-start writing careers.

How to apply: Submit your TV script for free via their website.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Source; Playwriting UK Website

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. Previously unpublished, original works only. No adaptations of other people’s work will be accepted.  All submissions must be double-spaced, and between 3 and 27 pages in length. Overt pornography, or stories that advocate or encourage violence toward any ethnicity, nationality or political group will not be considered.  No limit to the number of stories each author may submit. However, each submission must be accompanied by a separate Submission Fee. Stories submitted must be attached as a .pdf or Word document. No links, Google docs, or other format will be accepted.
How to apply:  there is a link on the website to pay the
to pay the submission fee.  Once the fee is paid, all stories should be emailed to
The following paragraph must appear in the body of your email, along with your story attached as a .pdf or Microsoft Word document only.
I and am submitting the attached story for the Academy Arts Press 2019 Short Story
Contest. I assert that I am the sole originator of this story, and that no other person or entity has any claims or rights to this story, for which I will retain complete ownership rights. I also acknowledge that Academy Arts Entertainment, Academy Arts Press and their personnel have a long history of creative storytelling, with hundreds of works across various formats, and that it is possible they may have developed, or are developing a similar idea or concept to my story. I therefore agree to hold them harmless in the event of any dispute that may arise. If my story is selected for inclusion in the Best of 2019 Anthology, I will grant one-time publishing rights for that publication only. All other rights to the story will remain with me as the author, and I agree to inform Academy Arts Press immediately, if any other publishing offers arise before this anthology goes into publication.
Author’s Full Name:
Phone Number:
Story Title
Number of Pages:
Don’t miss your chance to be published!
Entry fee:  $15 if submitted by the early deadline of April 30, and $20 if submitted by the regular deadline of October 1, 2019
Deadline: early deadline is 30 April 2019.  Regular deadline is 1 October 2019

Source: direct contact

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

Week 2 – Character by Kendall Feaver

Week 3 – Getting Your Characters Talking, Interacting With Each Other, and Creating a Scene- Simon Longman

Week 4 -Dramatic Action and Driving The Story with In-Sook Chappell

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