Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Creative Inspiration Workshop & Writers’ Meetup

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB at London Writers’ Week – Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise and Writers’ Meetup

Description: It’s London Writers’ Week 2018 and we’re pleased to be partners for the week. This year’s theme is film and as well as the fantastic line-up of events for the week, LPB will be bringing you some exciting workshops and a social meetup. 

**If you’re quick, you can still nab a ticket to Freddie Machin’s workshop from Page to Stage, which takes place Thursday 19 July at 3pm. **

Otherwise, on Saturday 21 July, we’ll be bringing you a Creative Inspiration workshop and a writers’ meetup. 

What’s so great about it? Ok, this week’s Pick of the Week is a shameless plug for our London Writers’ Week events. But what can we say? We really want to see you there!  Plus, it would be a shame for any writer to miss out on the opportunity to find inspiration for new ideas and to network with other writers.

This Saturday, LPB’s Kimberley Andrews will be bringing you Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise – a fun-filled and dynamic 90 minutes of coming up with ideas and using them to build a premise for a script. No previous writing experience is necessary for this one, everyone is welcome and the atmosphere will be supportive rather than scary! Tickets are just a fiver and the workshop takes place at the Diorama Arts Centre near Kings’ Cross.

Following the workshop, we’ll be meeting in the bar for a social event, where you can chat to other writers (and network without the awkwardness). It’s free to come along to this one and if you can’t make the workshop beforehand, don’t let that put you off.

Hope to see you there! And if London is too far, don’t worry, we’ll be following up by posting some blog content about our events very soon.

Read the full details here. 

 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for entries of comedy scripts

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for entries of comedy scripts

Description: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the second largest national playwriting competition, and provides a great platform for new comedy writing across the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are currently accepting submissions of previously unproduced comedy scripts.

What’s so great about it? This is one of the big playwriting competitions and one of the only ones targeted at comedy writers. The prize for the winner is a whopping £10K and if that’s not enough to convince you, the winner also gets the opportunity to have their play considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre, while up to two Highly Commended awards of £1,500 are also on offer. Judging is anonymous and you’ve got until 22 July to get those scripts in, so still time for some last minute polishing!

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Liverpool Hope University 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Actor Awareness accepting submissions for new writing night from over 30’s

Description: For their next event, Actor Awareness is seeking short plays for their ‘intergenerational night’. They are accepting work from writers who are over 30 and plays must contain at least one character who is 40+. The event will take place in partnership with Spotlight in their West End studios and will also be paid.

What’s so great about it? We often feature opportunities aimed at younger writers but it’s rare we find one targeted at writers who are over 30, so we couldn’t miss flagging this up! Actor Awareness already has a great track record for their events and their recent LGBTQ+ Night was a huge success. They are partnered with Spotlight and the 4 selected writers will have their work performed in their West End Studios and get paid. If you’re over 30, this one really does tick all the boxes, so get writing! You’ve got until the 15 July 2018 to submit your 15 minute plays.

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Actor Awareness

Opportunities Pick of the Week: London Writers’ Week 2018!

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick:  London Writers’ Week 2018!

Description: London Writers’ Week is back for 2018 and for the third year running, London Playwrights’ Blog is a partner – meaning we’ll be bringing you some exciting events!

London Writers’ Week is the annual week providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

Having successfully raised money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, supported by the Tabernacle Theatre and Bush Theatre, London Writers’ Week 2018 is dedicated to supporting organizations promoting diversity in the arts.

What’s so great about it? The new writing equivalent to London Fashion Week, London Writers’ Week is the week for writers. This years’ theme is ‘film’ so if you’re a playwright who wants to find out more about writing for the big screen, you won’t want to miss the brilliant line-up. The week will include sessions on playwriting and film, digital media and film, television and film, and other practical areas such as how to get and keep an agent.

Not only this, but as partners of London Writers’ Week, we’ll be bringing you some events of our own including workshops with screenwriter, Freddie Machin and LPB’s Kimberley Andrews. We’ll also be hosting a social meetup for writers and we’d love to see as many of you there as possible!

The week takes place on 16 -21 July 2018 and you can check out the full programme of events here. 

Read the full details here.

Photo courtesy of London Writers’ Week & London Playwrights’ Workshop

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new plays

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Reboot Theatre Company seeking new plays

Description: Hot on the trail of their recent show at The Bunker London, Reboot Theatre Company are looking for new writing for their Autumn production. Reboot will choose 4-6 plays to perform at a central London Theatre on 2-3 evenings in October 2018. A £50 fee will be paid to each writer whose work is chosen.

What’s so great about it? With several successful projects under their belt, Reboot are looking for 15-20 minute plays for their next event at the Bunker Theatre. This is an excellent opportunity to get your work performed at a London venue and to work with an exciting and dynamic theatre company. There’s no theme for this one but they are looking for work that plays that will showcase interesting, novel, or experimental theatre. You’ve still got a few days left to submit your short play as submissions close on 24 June at midnight!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Reboot Theatre

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced!

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced!

Description: Mercury Theatre Colchester & Josef Weinberger Ltd are joining forces to discover the very best and most diverse new British theatre writing talent from across the UK.

The Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Prize will be looking for previously unperformed plays that have the ambition, appeal and theatricality to fill larger theatres, with the desire of getting the very best new work published and into production over the next few years.

What’s so great about it? This one has a pretty hefty prize for the winner – a cash prize of £5,000, a publishing deal with Josef Weinberger Ltd and the possibility of a full production at the Mercury Theatre. In addition to this, there will also be a Future Voice award which recognises talent for 16-25 year olds – the winner of this prize will win £500 and a rehearsed reading of their script. Not only that, but Lyn Gardner has been confirmed as one of the judges! If you fancy giving this a go, you’ve got until 20 July to enter – good luck!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Pint-Sized call out for shorts and extracts

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Pint-Sized call out for shorts and extracts

Description: Pint-Sized is looking for submissions for their first week-long festival at The Bunker Theatre, London in October 2018. Each Pint-Sized showcases 5 pieces of new writing from the best in emerging talent, wrapped up with a live band playing tailor-made tracks written about the pieces involved, all with a sold-out audience and discounts at the bar. This will be the first of their annual week-long festivals, with high-profile events and speakers during the day, and five brilliant pieces of writing performed every night!

What’s so great about it? Pint-Sized already has a brilliant track record for producing successful events, but what we really love is their commitment to supporting emerging writers.

The chosen writers for this one won’t ‘just’ get their work performed at The Bunker Theatre in front of industry professionals (regular attendees include Royal Court, Young Vic, Bush, Soho, Curtis Brown and Casarotto), they’ll also get feedback from a mentor (by the way, previous mentors have included: Timberlake Wertenbaker, Simon Stephen, James Graham, Roy Williams, Polly Stenham, Alice Birch, Tim Crouch, April De Angelis). 

To add to this, all longlisted writers and all writers who identify as artists of colour, working class, LGBTQIA*, D/deaf, disabled, or learning disabled/neurodivergent will be given feedback from Pint-Sized on their work. 

They are looking for 10-15 extracts or shorts on any theme and you’ve got until 1 July to apply!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Pint-Sized

Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 1 June 2018

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production

Pursued By A Bear: “Should I limit scene changes to get my play produced?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with June deadlines – Deadline: various throughout June 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Blazing Hyena seeking submissions for Send, Scene, Deliver – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Aberrant Theatre seeking short horror plays – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Clapham Fringe seeking submissions – Deadline: 3 June 2018, but slots may be filled before this date

Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16 – Deadline: 4 june 2018

Gloucester Library call out for contributors for Mischief Makers Circus Day – Deadline: 4 June 2018

Sketching seeking contributors for multi-authored show at Wilton’s Musical Hall – Deadline: 4 June 2018

Expressingwordz seeking writer and producer for new theatre company – Deadline: 4 June 2018

Creative Futures: opportunity for 16-25 year olds with Creative Youth Network – Deadline: 5 June 2018

Exit Strategies – A Ten-Minute International Play Festival: open for submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2018

Artist required for Winter Event at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (paid) – Deadline: 5 June 2018

Eastside Screenwriting workshops and mentoring opportunities for Project 50 50 (18-24 year olds) – Deadline: 6 June 2018 at 6pm

The Hidden Theatre Company looking for writer/performers for scratch night at The Nell – Deadline: None, but performance takes place on 6 June 2018

Cuckoo Bang accepting submissions for BITS new writing night – Deadline: Various – 6 June 2018/ 4 July 2018/ 18 July 2018

Sparkhaus Theatre seeking shorts for Ignite#3 scratch night – Deadline: 8 June 2018

Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production- Deadline: 12 June 2018

Brainchild seeking submissions for Hatch #9 at Brainchild Festival – Deadline: 13 June 2018

HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications – Deadline: 14 June 2018

Bloom Theatre and Film search for new playwrights – Deadline: 14 June 2018

Shorts @ The Canal seeking ‘Twilight Zone’ themed scripts – Deadline: 15 June 2018

The Chelsea Theatre accepting submissions for new writing evening (£50 commission fee) – Deadline: 17 June 2018

BBC Ouch: ‘Going Out’ Live storytelling event at Edinburgh Fringe accepting submissions – Deadline: 18 June 2018

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – New Writers’ Group: open for applications – Deadline: 18 June 2018

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize open for submissions (BAMER writers/ North West)– Deadline: 22 June 2018

Reboot Theatre Company seeking new plays – Deadline: 24 June 2018

Carrot Napper Productions seeking 5 minute pieces for fundraiser in Derbyshire – Deadline: 30 June 2018

WritePride seeking writer for workshop on LGBT themes (paid) – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Open Call for Plays to be Staged in WRiTEON Festival- Deadline: 1 July 2018

Play LA Awards open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 1  July 2018

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

Playhouse Playmaker: Oxford Playhouse writers attachment programme open for applications – Deadline: 2 July 2018 at 10am

The New Bridge Project call for applications for graduate programme, ‘The Collective Studio’ (paid) – 2 July 2018 at 10am

Saw It Here First Productions seeking shorts for scratch night – Deadline: 4 July 2018

BBC Hausa short story competition for women open for entries – Deadline: 8 July 2018

Penguin launches search for new writers and illustrators with WriteNow2018 – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced! – Deadline: 20 July 2018

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeking new plays for 2018 season – Deadline: 22 July 2018

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries of comedy scripts – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Kali Theatre Discovery Programme open for applications (women writers of South Asian descent) – Deadline: 24 July 2018

Alfred Fagon Award 2018 open for submissions – Deadline: 27 July 2018

Sterts one-act play competition (£8 entry/ £100 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Wildclaw Theatre seeking 10 minute horror audio scripts – Deadline: 31 July 2018

‘Write Here! Write Now!’ Contexture Theatre seeking 20 min plays for Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival – Deadline: 31 July 2018

London Horror Festival Playwriting Competition – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 August 2018

Yale Drama Series seeking scripts for competition (submissions open 1 June!) – Deadline: 15 August 2018

Pheobus Fire call for scripts on theme of ‘women’s empowerment’ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2018

Angel on the Corner accepting submissions for new theatre project – Deadline: 17 August 2018

People’s Play Award open to writers from the North of England (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2018

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2018» (2000 ruble prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2018

Theatre Uncut and Young Vic launch UK’s first major political playwriting award – Deadline: 1 November (submissions open on 1 September)

Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only) – Deadline: 5 November 2018

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize) – Deadline: 15 November 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk) – Online resource

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite – Dates: various

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit – Online resource

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia – Ongoing, sign up any time

Writers’ Support Group (Manchester)– Mondays 6pm-8pm

Sci-fi Theatre Networking Event with Cyborphic – Date: 25 May 2018

Free workshop with Adriana Domouzi: Reconstructing & Adapting Fragmentary Ancient Greek Tragedy – Date: 2 June 2018 at 11am

Unblock your Creativity: Writing workshop with Eirini Dermitzaki – Date: 3 June 2018

‘The Need To Knows’ Workshops with Theatre Deli – Date: 4 June 2018 at 6.30pm

Omnibus Writers Group open for bookings – Date: Monday evenings, 4 June 2018 – 9 July 2018

Squint Writers’ Group with Lee Anderson open for bookings (£90) – Starts 6 June 2018 (runs for 4 consecutive Wednesdays)

BBC announce TV Writers’ Festival– Date: 6 June 2018

ScriptDawg Crash Course for the Procrastinator: Free Workshop – Date: 15 June 2018

Write a ONE act play in ONE week: Workshop with Kim Komljanec – 15-20 June 2018

Workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (£150) – 16-17 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan – 27 June 2018

Play in a Day Workshop with Royal Court #TakeUpSpace – 7 July 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine – 25 July 2018

Applications open for the John Retallack Playwriting Course 2018-2019 – Deadline: 31 July 2018 (for September start)

CAMP writing workshop with John Burgess (£1,119 – bursaries available) – 8-12 August 2018

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications – Starts 27 August 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

The Questors Theatre Ealing accepting submissions for staged readings – Deadline: None posted

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

 

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production

Description: 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.

What’s so great about it? As much as we value call outs for short scripts for scratch nights, it’s really great to see an opportunity for writers to get a professional run of their full length play.

This is an opportunity to work with a theatre company whose focus is on new writing (they also strive for high production values and immersive design) – and  with a couple of successful Arts Council funded tours and London runs already behind them, we reckon your play will be in good hands.

They are looking for plays with casts of 2-4, preferably with an interval and you can send them either the full script, an extract or even a concept. You’ve got until 12 June to send them your ideas! Good luck – and we’re excited to find out what gets produced.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Just Some Theatre

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

Description: First Commissions is HighTide’s attachment programme for writers and theatre makers. Every year, they work with a number of emerging writers who have never received a full length play commission. Over an 18 month period they then aid them to create a piece of theatre.

What’s so great about it? This is an excellent opportunity for all the writers out there who have yet to receive a full length play commission. The programme will not only support the chosen writer in developing a piece of theatre but also aid them in making an application to Arts Council England’s Project Grants, to produce two rehearsed readings, to collaborate with a wider creative team, usually in the form of a director or facilitator, and to engage an established theatre artist to act as a mentor and dramaturg.

So, if you are yet to get that break you’ve been looking for and you want to benefit from this bumper opportunity, get your applications in by 14 June 2018!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of HighTide.