Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Director’s Club seeking shorts on theme of ‘Santa’s Secret…’

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 Director’s Club seeking shorts on theme of ‘Santa’s Secret…’

Description: The Director’s Club from Director’s Cut Theatre are looking for writers to respond to their latest brief ‘Santa’s Secret…’ which will be performed on Monday 17th December at Southwark Playhouse.  They are looking for 5-7 minute monologues, duologues or short plays for up to 4 characters  based on the theme of secrets being kept/hidden at Christmas.

What’s so great about it? Well it is November so that definitely means its’ ok to talk about Christmas, right? And if you feel like bringing a bit of Christmas cheer in to your writing, this opportunity is perfect for you. Feeling more Bah Humbug than Jingle Bells? That’s ok, as they are open to all types of stories – dark or funny – as long as your work responds to the brief of secrets being kept at Christmas!

Selected scripts get their work performed at the wonderful Southwark Playhouse so not only is this opportunity a  lot of fun, it’s also a great way to get your work up on a London stage and work with a professional company.  You’ve got until 22 November to submit, so get going. Now, who said its’ too early for a mince pie…

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: The Yard Theatre submissions window open

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 Yard Theatre submissions window open

Description: Twice a year The Yard opens up submissions for scripts, asking you to send in a 10 page sample of your writing and a single page telling us more about you and your piece. All of these will be read by their core team, as well as a small group of trusted readers. From there they will request full scripts from writers, whose ideas excite them and whose work they think could be a good fit for The Yard’s programme.

What’s so great about it? As The Yard only opens its’ submission window twice a year, we thought it was only right to flag it up! As a London theatre with a focus on providing a platform for writers, it’s really worth considering submitting to if you have a script you’re hoping to get noticed. Whilst there are no promises of production, this is a great way to make a connection with an established company – and who knows where it will lead? You’ve got until 3 December to send in your 10 page sample (but don’t forget to polish up the rest of the script in case they request it later!).

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: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

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 Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships open for applications (£10k bursary)

Description: The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Television production company have created three new Fellowships for writers already establishing a career. The fellowships will offer three writers a £10,000 bursary to support themselves in order to focus purely on their writing for six months.

What’s so great about it? It’s not often you get the chance of a £10,000 bursary to allow you to focus on your writing alongside an opportunity to work with two hugely renown companies (The Royal Court and Kudos).  For this one, the Royal Court and Kudos are specifically looking for writers who perceive that there are barriers to getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier – we think opening the doors for someone who has faced any of these barriers is a great thing! If you want to apply, you’ve got until the 16 November to send your full length scripts in, 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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Opportunties – Pick of the Week: The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award open for submissions from radio drama writers (North of England)

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 Alfred Bradley Bursary Award open for submissions from radio drama writers (North of England)

Description: The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is offering a £5,000 writing bursary and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission to Northern writers new to radio. You don’t need to write a radio drama to enter, but you do need to demonstrate a fresh and original writing voice.

What’s so great about it? This is a fantastic opportunity for all you budding radio writers living in the North of England. Not only does the winner get a £5000 bursary but they  also get the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission and a 12 month mentorship with a Radio Drama producer. If you’d like the chance to get your work on Radio 4’s afternoon drama slot then get submitting! You can send in any script (it doesn’t have to be for radio) as long as it’s original, so what are you waiting for? You’ve got until the 9 November 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 BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018 open for entries

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: Caroline Aherne Bursary 2018 open for entries

Description: the bursary, in the memory of the late Caroline Aherne was launched last year at the Salford Sitcom Showcase. Aimed at writer/performers, the bursary will award £5000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor.

What’s so great about it? This opportunity is one for all you comedy writer/ performers out there and as they are asking for something a little bit different, we thought it was worth flagging up! To apply, you’ll need to send in a film of you performing your own comedy character material but the great thing is, they’re not looking for fancy production skills, they just want to see your talent shine – so if you have an idea in mind, you can even film it on your mobile phone. Whilst they are looking for comedy, there is a serious prize on offer here, with a £5K bursary for the winner and support from the BBC in developing a sitcom idea. You’ve got until 5 September 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.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16 from writers representing the LGBTQ+ community

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: Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16 from writers representing the LGBTQ+ community

Description: Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing at Theatre N16 in Tottenham, North London. Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their November 6th night they are looking for stories and writers that represent the LGBTQ+ community. Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you!

What’s so great about it? Want your work performed at an exciting London venue? Do you have a 15 minute play up your sleeve that you’re dying to get out there? Do you want to try out your work in front of other creatives and professionals? If this sounds like you and you have a story or are a writer that represents the LGBTQ+ community then what are you waiting for? Submissions close on 18 October. 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.

Photo courtesy of Sharp Scratches

Opportunities -Pick of the Week: Unfolded accepting submissions for new writing night at Southwark Playhouse

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: Unfolded accepting submissions for new writing night at Southwark Playhouse

Description: Unfolded, a new-writing night with a focus on current affairs, is doing a show at the Southwark Playhouse, on 3rd December 2018.

They’re looking for eight, 10-15 minute pieces based on news from the most recent cycle of current affairs. They want stories that go beyond the headlines, that highlight how the news impacts regular people day-to-day.

What’s so great about it? Unfolded have already had four sold-out shows at the Bread and Roses Theatre so if you apply for this one, you’ll be joining a team who are well seasoned at putting on a new writing night. The performance will take place at the well known Southwark Playhouse so it’s a great way to get your work up on stage at a fantastic London venue! We also like the fact that the brief is to write about current affairs…after all, who doesn’t want to scribble furiously after watching the news? You’ve got until 15 October to submit!

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 Southwark Playhouse

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

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: Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

Description: Selected writers will be put together into teams to produce a 10 minute play in 24 hours for performance at the Old Red Lion.

What’s so great about it? It’s not often we come across an opportunity that challenges writers to come up with a play in 24 hours so we thought this one was worth a mention! We think this looks like a great way to flex those playwriting muscles and to a rise to writing challenge whilst getting the chance to meet other likeminded creatives. Not only that, the plays get a performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre so it’s also a good opportunity to see your work on the London stage.

Even the application process for this one is a little bit different – you’ll need to apply with your CV and respond to a stimulus they send to you in order to be considered. Why not go for it? You’ve got until 15 October to send in your CV and then you’ll have 72 hours to respond to the stimulus.

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 The Old Red Lion 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

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 Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Description: Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews,  this course will give you a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for editing your play.

What’s so great about it? With just over a month to go before the Redrafting Programme starts, we thought it was only right that we gave you a friendly nudge to book your place – after all, you really don’t want to miss out on this brilliant chance to redraft your play to perfection.

So, what is so great about it, then? Well, the Redrafting Programme is a redrafting course with a difference! Realising how important feedback is when editing your work, we’ve decided to combine practical workshops with receiving individual, tailored feedback from our Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews. Kimberley has worked with lots of writers both as a workshop leader and script consultant and has a passion (and a great track record!) for helping writers develop their work to its’ full potential.

Through the masterclasses, you’ll learn about the art of redrafting through practical exercises and you’ll be able to gain valuable feedback from your peers. You’ll then have a one-to-one session with Kimberley who will give you honest, insightful feedback and arm you with an action plan for writing your next draft.

The course starts on 13 October but due to the individual feedback element, places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended. This course is open to all levels, beginners welcome – all you need is a rough first draft at the ready!

*Members get 20% off! Read more here!*

Read the full details here

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting 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: Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting applications (from 7 September)

Description: The Channel 4 Screenwriting Course offers 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

What’s so great about it? This course has been running for several years now and is a must for anyone wanting to break into the world of writing television drama.

The course offers professional experience and gives writers the chance to write an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode.  Each writer will also  be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will also be paid for participating in the course and writing their scripts.

So, if you want a shot at writing for TV, what have you got to lose? You’ll need to send them a writing sample along with your application form by 28 September – and applications open this Friday 7 September.

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 Channel 4