Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

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 Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission seeking writing proposals ($15,000 commission)

Description: The Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. This round, they ask that you please consider the oeuvre of Caryl Churchill.

They are looking for play proposals inspired by the work of Caryl Churchill. The play should be split into three sections and contain a cast of mostly women. The full details of the proposals requirements can be found here.

The ask that you embrace economy of language, and specificity and fidelity of language to character. Consider if and when those rules explode.

The proposals will be read and adjudicated over the course of the fall, and the commission(s) awarded by the end of 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity to have your work read by industry professionals, and be within the chance of receiving a commission of up to $15, 000.

Unlike most opportunities, this one requires you to write within the guidelines and only submit proposals inspired by Churchill’s body of work. However, this means you can do your research and come up with a completely original idea based on the work of one of Britain’s most celebrated playwrights.

If chosen, you will then be able to go away and write the full piece with the help of a creative team. So, If you want to apply, you have until 11 November 2017 to do so.

If this seems like the perfect opportunity for you, be sure to check out our Online Book Club as this month we’ll be discussing Caryl Churchill’s Fen!

Read 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: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

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: Pokfulam Rd Productions seeks new Chinese/East Asian Stories for “Foreign Goods 3”

Description: To celebrate the publication of their first collection with Oberon Books and Pokfulam Rd’s 5th birthday, Pokfulam Rd Productions is looking for short plays based on Chinese/East Asian stories.

They are looking for short pieces (maximum 15 minutes in length) that in some way portray, discuss, or feature East Asian themes, stories, communities, histories, individuals…

As part of “Foreign Goods 3”, the plays will be part of a showcase, and will also be part of the launch of “Foreign Goods: A Collection of Writing from British East Asian Artists” curated by Pokfulam Rd Productions artistic director Jingan Young which will be published by Oberon Books in January 2018.

Writers can be of any background. (Unfortunately this will be unpaid as they are an unfunded company and their profits from the previous showcase will go towards booking the venue.)

What’s so great about it? Not only is this an opportunity to get your work produced, but it’s also a chance to get your work published by one of England’s most prestigious publishers!

If chosen, your work will be put on as part of a showcase with a panel discussion at the end, meaning you will be able to receive feedback from the audience as well as taking part in an active discussion of your play.

This is an incredible opportunity for new writers, producers, directors and performers to meet the network of creatives at Pokfulam, and to connect with others interested in furthering representation of East Asian artists on stage.

So, if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 10 November 2017 to apply.

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Pokfulam Rd Productions

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film

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 Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film

Description: The Female Gaze is an online film magazine run by playwright Sarah Gonnet, that features reviews and longer pieces
on film and TV.

They are currently seeking monologues of 5 minutes in length, written by women, about women in film. The idea is that the chosen monologues will be tied together to create a play that would be performed live, as well as publication of the script, and associated workshops about women in film.

You are asked to pick and write about one woman from the list provided, which can be found here. If there is a woman you would like to write about which can’t be found on the list, feel free to go for it.

Ten monologues will be chosen for the final play.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for female identifying writers to not only be produced, but to work collaboratively with other writers on undiscovered female stories.

You are asked to pick from a list of female figures throughout history, and then write a piece upon your discretion. This means you have the creative freedom to write however you like about a woman who is yet to have her story told to the world. You can also write about a woman not given on the list, meaning you have even more of an opportunity to tell an untold story.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, the deadline to apply is 8 January 2018.

Read 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: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre

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: Heretic Productions seeking monologues for production at the Arcola Theatre

Description: Heretic Productions have launched their new playwriting initiative Heretic Voices, and seek monologues from writers and writer-performers to be fully produced by professionals at the Arcola in January  2018. Plays will also be published in a collection.

Monologues can be of any genre and on any subject, and can feature more than one voice but must be performed by a single actor. Each piece must be between 15 – 45 minutes in length. Monologues must be in English and must not have been previously performed. Writer-performers may perform their own work if selected, at the discretion of Heretic Voices.

What’s so great about it? Not only is this a great opportunity to have your work produced, but it’s a chance to work with one of the most prestigious theatre’s in  London!

If selected, not only will your work be produced by the Arcola, but will also be given publication.

You have the freedom to write about anything you wish, meaning this is great for emerging writers to stretch their creative fingers, as well as being a great opportunity for more established writers to create a particular piece of theatre they want produced.

You also have the opportunity to perform your own work if you are also a writer-performer. So if this sounds like the opportunity for you, you have until 30 September 2017 to apply!

Read 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: Itch + Scratch theatre seeking shorts on theme of ‘Great’ Britain

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: Itch + Scratch theatre seeking shorts on theme of ‘Great’ Britain

Description: Itch + Scratch theatre are currently accepting submissions on the theme of ‘Great’ Britain for their upcoming shows at Hackney Showroom.

They are seeking plays that include themes such as nationalism, changes in the UK, regional differences and being British.

Submissions are being accepted from UK-based writers only, and should be 10-15 minutes in length.

What’s so great about it? Whether you’re an emerging writer seeking to get your work produced,  or a more established writer with something to say about the topical theme at hand, this is a great opportunity to explore the current issues of ‘Great’ Britain.

With the scratch night taking place at Hackney Showroom, you can have your say and see in on stage in one of London’s most prestigious venues.

You’ll get to work with the Itch and Scratch team to curate an evening of new work all on the themes you choose to write about.

Read 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: Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for new writing night XPOSED

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: Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for new writing night XPOSED

Description: Full Disclosure Theatre are now accepting submissions for XPOSED, a new writing night of short plays revealing the naked and entertaining truths about queer life. The company are passionate about discovering unheard voices within the community and showcasing LGBTQ+ stories.

XPOSED will feature a selection of plays from emerging writers looking to explore LGBTQ+ narratives on stage. The night will provide not only a platform for writers and actors to share original stories, but an opportunity to bring together a new community of artists and audiences alike.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for writers to explore stories within the LGBTQ+ community, and have their work performed over two nights at the Hen and Chickens Theatre, London, as well as being granted an extensive rehearsal period.

Whether you’re an emerging writer looking for a chance to have your work performed, or a established writer looking to tell a new story, this opportunity is great for all who wish to have their work produced within a community of like-minded people. They are looking for short scripts with a flare. So, if you’re a writer with a LGBTQ+ story to tell, you have until 2 October 2017 to get your scripts in.

Read 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: Bush Theatre accepting 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: Bush Theatre accepting scripts through open submission window

Description: The Bush Theatre have opened their 2017 script submission window, and are looking for your full-length unsolicited scripts. The Bush Theatre is committed to discovering the best new plays from playwrights who may be unknown to them and therefore seek unsolicited submissions from playwrights in dedicated script windows.

They advise that you do not send a first draft, and they are not accepting screenplay, proposals for adaptation, new musicals (which we would not develop outside of a commission), one act plays, more than one submission, work in translation or not written in English, and plays which have already received a production.  Find out more here.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for emerging playwrights to build a relationship with one of London’s most renowned theatres – and move a step closer to having their work produced. As champions of new writing, The Bush are supporting writers to take their work to the next level – and to secure a professional production. They are seeking innovative and provocative work that packs a punch. So, if you are a writer who has written a full-length play that does exactly that, this is an unmissable chance to get your work out there – this submission window usually only opens twice each year, so opportunities like this don’t come up every day! You’ve got until 31 October to get your scripts in.

Read 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: Women’s Comedy Festival accepting applications (£50 prizes)

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: Women’s Comedy Festival accepting applications (£50 prizes)

Description: The Women in Comedy Writing Festival have announced a new competition for comedy writers to have their work performed live.

The competition is broken up into two categories, the first being comedy sketches and monologues. They are looking for sketches and/or monologues of 3 minutes in length that feature a female voice/story. The second category is humorous short-stories of no more than 1000 words. All work must be of the comedy genre, and can be written by men but all submissions MUST feature women as the main characters.

There are prizes of £50 for first place winners, plus publication and performance opportunities in each category. Comedy related prizes will also be available for the runners up and a Women in Comedy memory stick will be given to all winners.

The Women in Comedy Festival will run 19 – 29 October 2017 in Manchester and Salford. The deadline to apply is 12 October, and there is a £3 entry fee.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for emerging comedy writers, female, male or those who are non-gender conforming, to get work about women on stage.

With two submission windows, one for comedic sketches, and the other for humorous short-stories, there are multiple chances for you to get involved. There is no structure to what you can submit, it just has to be funny, and has to focus on/include women as the main characters.

Although there is a £3 entry fee, this opportunity seemed too good to miss out on. If you’re chosen, not only will your work be performed to a live audience, but there is even a cash prize given to winners. So, if you’re a fan of writing female characters, or want to make female voices more prominent in the world of comedy, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Read 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: The DH Ensemble seeking D/deaf artists for scratch night at Battersea Arts Center

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 DH Ensemble seeking D/deaf artists for scratch night at Battersea Arts Center

Description: The DH Ensemble have put out an open call for artists from the D/deaf and hearing community for their Freshly Scratched night of new work in association with Battersea Arts Center.

They are looking for work that is from the D/deaf and hearing community, and for work that is also accessible to both D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Anything including poetry, stand-up comedy, spoken-word, multimedia, live art and cross-disciplinary work is being accepted. They encourage innovative work that acknowledges the presence of the audience.

Each piece can last up to 10 minutes, and 6-7 pieces will be picked to be performed in front of a live audience at Battersea Arts Center on 6 October 2017. For advice about making your work accessible, you are welcome to contact info@thedeafandhearingensemble.com with an email or a British Sign Language video. The deadline to apply is 4 September 2017. Please click here to find out how to apply.

What’s so great about it? If you’re an artist from the D/deaf and hearing community, or an emerging artist who focuses on work for the D/deaf and hearing community, this is a fantastic opportunity to get your work produced, and reach a whole new community of people.

With work not limited to one genre, you can be innovative in your approach, and if you’re an emerging writer, you can put your  creative skills to the test by creating a band new piece of theatre that is inclusive of those who may not find theatre as easily accessible.

So if you’re an artist from the D/deaf and hearing community looking to find a home for your work, this opportunity is well worth checking out!

Read 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: The Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

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 Old Vic accepting applications for the 3rd year of Old Vic 12

Description: The Old Vic 12 is a creative scheme that aims to support a range of artists. They are searching for 12 individuals who are ready to take the next step in their artistic careers. The scheme provides opportunities to expand networks, receive first class mentoring and benefit from a prestigious association with The Old Vic through an attachment to this iconic building. The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic.

They are looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between.

All applications should be made through your Hiive account. The Old Vic 12 post can be found here on the Hiive website.  The deadline to apply is 30 August 2017.

What’s so great about it? This is a great opportunity for a range of artists to get involved with one of London’s biggest theatre companies! The Old Vic 12 aims to support creatives in developing their careers and take their work to the next level, or in a new direction entirely. They are looking for people who are starting to establish themselves in the industry and want to take it that step further. So whether you’re a playwright or a DJ, if you’re someone who wants to develop their craft and work collaboratively with The Old Vic, then this is the opportunity for you!

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: The Old Vic