Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

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: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

Description: 503five is an 18 month residency that offers writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, developing work and experiencing being at the heart of a new writing theatre.

What’s so great about it? This is a fantastic opportunity for an emerging writer to gain hands on experience with a theatre renown for its’ work with new playwrights. The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000 a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged. If you want to apply, you’ll need to be quick as the deadline is this Sunday 24th March, but the good news is you don’t need to write anything new – they are asking for a 10 page sample of your work along with an idea for a play that you’d like to develop if chosen for the scheme.

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 Theatre503

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for 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 XPOSED

Description: Full Disclosure Theatre are now accepting submissions for special PRIDE edition of XPOSED, which will be staged at Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 30th June.

What’s so great about it? This new writing night of short plays has  already enjoyed sold out audiences with its’ previous events.  Featuring 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 community of artists and audiences alike. This sounds like a great opportunity to us, so if you want to submit, get your short plays or monologues in by 25 March!

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 Full Disclosure Theatre

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now 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 Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now open!

Description: Hello, my name is… festival is a week-long theatre festival for the socially and politically underrepresented, which will be produced by The Search For the  Blue in June 2019. The festival is produced in conjunction with CentrE17, located in Waltham Forest, London’s Borough of Culture for 2019.

They are currently looking for straight plays, comedies, devised pieces about urgent and under-represented work in contemporary society with a running time of 55-70 minutes to include in the festival.

What’s so great about it?  We’re keen on opportunities which are inclusive and accessible for all and this festival is about championing the absent voices in London theatre and shedding a  light on deep-seated problems or side-lined issues in today’s society.

Not only is it a brilliant opportunity for the underrepresented to get their work performed at an exciting London venue (in the London borough of culture 2019, no less), selected writers also get a box office split, a production fee to subsidise costs , half a day of technical rehearsal, 2 performance dates and times, free marketing, complimentary industry night networking event invites with free refreshments, and a dramaturgy session.   So, this is definitely an opportunity which puts supporting playwrights at its’ heart and we reckon you should get your work into them quick sharp (you’ve got until 25th March!) 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 CentrE17

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: #WriteHacks

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: #WriteHacks kicks off this Friday!

Description: Our latest members’ initiative comes in the form of  #WriteHacks, a series of life hacks for writers which, if sign up for it, will land in your inbox every day throughout the month of March. Each day, you’ll receive a different ‘hack’, designed to boost productivity, inspire you and give you the motivation to write more.

What’s so great about it? Ok, we appreciate that this week’s POTW is a shameless plug for our latest project but we really wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it! We know how hard it can be juggling being a writer with every day life and with that in mind, we’ve put together #WriteHacks, a series of brilliant tips for writers which will boost your creativity and keep you motivated as we spring into Spring! We’ve collected hacks from a really exciting bunch of people from playwrights to producers (and of course. the LPW team!) so you won’t want to miss out on getting these wise words thrown into your inbox during March!

#WriteHacks is available for our members only – but don’t let that put you off, it only costs £3.63 to join and you’ll helping us to support the next generation of playwrights by signing up!

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: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night

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: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night

Description: Little Pieces of Gold is staging another new writing night on the 28th April 2019 at Southwark Playhouse. 8 plays will be selected and then cast and rehearsed by Little Pieces of Gold’s directing team. Plays should address some highly topical, ‘in the news’ theme that’s really keeping you awake at night.

What’s so great about it? Here’s your chance to write about something that’s really bothering you! Whether it’s global warming, the #metoo movement or brexit – if it’s in the news and playing on your mind, get down on the page and send it in to Little Pieces of Gold for a chance to be included in their next new writing night.

Little Pieces of Gold has a great name for itself on the new writing circuit and this is a brilliant opportunity to have your work performed by an experienced team at a well known London venue. Send your short play in by 17 March to be in with a chance!

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 Little Pieces of Gold 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’

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 London accepting submissions for new writing night

Description: submit a play for Plays Rough London’s twelfth new-writing night – ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.They are staging six 5-15 minute plays: three for a blindfolded audience and three without any sound. The chosen plays will be performed on the 14th and 15th of April at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Participants will receive feedback, as well as photos and a video of their play.

What’s so great about it? Every now and then, we come across an opportunity that is completely different and this one of those that we couldn’t resist flagging up! ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’ is not something us writers tend to have on a radar so why not ramp things up and give the challenge of writing to this unusual brief a go? Selected plays get a performance at well known fringe venue, The Old Red Lion and Plays Rough have already premiered 55 short plays, so you’ll be in good hands!  You have until 6 March 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 Plays Rough

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Bruntwood Prize online toolkit for writers

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 Bruntwood Prize free resources for writers 

Description: Ahead of this year’s competition, The Bruntwood prize will be offering free resources for writers on their Write a Play website. 

What’s so great about it? The Bruntwood Prize is a big competition and making sure your submission is the best it can be is always a big challenge.  We think it’s fantastic that they are supporting writers along the way and encouraging writers to enter, whatever their level of experience.

The first of an online toolkit packed with tips from playwrights was released last week and there will also be a series of livestreamed workshops coming up.  designed to help you to write your play.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted about the new resources as they are released. And if you are planning on submitting, the deadline is 5 June 2019, so get stuck into these resources now and make your submission stand out from the crowd!

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 Write a Play

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: KDC Full Stack Writing Competition 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: KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries

Description: KDC’s writing competition, Full Stack, is open once more. Over the past few years they have given the opportunities for writers old and new to get a chance to have their work put on stage at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre in London.

What’s so great about it? We love the fact that the aim of this project, is (in KDC’s words) to get everyone writing.  Whether you’re a complete beginner or more experienced, if you apply to this you’re in with a chance of getting your work performed on the London Stage (got to be in it to win it, right?).

They’re looking for scripts no longer than 4 pages which respond to the theme of ‘Carried Away’ and we think this is a great way to get your creative juices flowing without the demands of writing a longer piece. (Plus, if you’ve just taken part in #WrAP2019, this might be a welcome relief from the script you’ve been working on. You’ve got until 9 March to get your submissions in and they’ll let you know in April if you’ve been successful.

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 KDC

Opportunities Pick of the Week: Sharp Scratches seeking shorts which tackle theme of mental health

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 shorts which tackle theme of mental health

Description: Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing, for their next show this will be at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, London SE5and this time they are looking for short plays, extracts or spoken word which tackle the theme of mental health.

What’s so great about it? Sometimes, writing to a brief can really help to give you a creative boost and we think the theme of mental health is such a worthwhile subject to explore. Not only this, but Sharp Scratches already have plenty of new writing events under their belts so this one, which takes place at Theatre Deli, will no doubt be as successful as the others! They are really keen to hear from writers of all experience levels and they’re also keen to hear from BAME and LGBTQ+ writers. So if you have a short play, an extract or even some spoken word that you can send in, or even an idea you can write from scratch (see what we did there!), you’ve got until 2 February to get your scripts in!

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: Swings And Roundabouts: An inclusive night of new theatre in aid of Shelter

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: Swings And Roundabouts: An inclusive night of new theatre in aid of Shelter

Description:Old meets New: your favourite narratives turned upside down! Swings & Roundabouts is hosting an inclusive night of new theatre in aid of Shelter..They are  looking for submissions to join their showcase for Shelter England on 24 March 2019 at Southwark Playhouse.

What’s so great about it? Not only is one for a great cause as its’ in aid of the charity, Shelter, but it’s also a really interesting brief. The are asking for short plays based on your favourite stories – fairytale, fable, moral, myth- or even play and set in the modern day. If you’re not sure what to write about, you can even email them for a prompt. The chosen scripts will be performed at Southwark Playhouse. We reckon you could have some great fun with this brief, with the chance of having your work staged at a London theatre to boot! You’ve got until 28 January to get your submissions in.

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 Swings and Roundabouts