Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

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: BBC Writersroom COMEDY Script Room 2017 open for submissions

Description: BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open and this time, they are accepting comedy scripts. They are asking writers to submit their scripts, specifying which consecutive 10 pages they would like to be read first.

What’s so great about it? Writersroom use their twice yearly script rooms to identify writers for development – and they are renown for supporting and developing the selected writers. This time, writers get to choose the 10 pages they’d like to be read first – so you can really show off your best work (although, you do need to submit a script of at least 30 pages)!

Better still, they are accepting scripts for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online  – just as long as it’s a comedy. They have plenty of guidelines on their website to show you what they’re looking for. One tip – don’t leave it until the last minute to apply, as you’ll need to set up an online account with the BBC’s e-submission service and answer a few application questions before you submit (and they are very firm about not accepting late applications!). You’ve got around a month until the deadline on 15th May at 5pm.

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: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho 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: Tamasha seeks diverse shorts for comedy scratch night at Soho Theatre

Description: applications are open for writers to submit short scripts for Tamasha’s next scratch night, a collaboration with Soho Theatre to find the best diverse new comedy writing talent.

Tamasha says: “We’re not looking for stand-up routines – but short plays, sketches or scenes for up to four actors. Scripts which fearlessly take on the extraordinary times we are living in through, scripts which explore and comment on the hidden fault lines in our society, but above all – scripts which make us double-up with laughter.

“They say death is easy, comedy is hard. But it is also the most potent weapon in any writers’ toolkit. This Tamasha scratch night is an opportunity to try your hand.”

What’s so great about it? Well, four winning writers will receive dramaturgical feedback from esteemed company Tamasha and have the opportunity to develop their piece in response. The selected four will also get a fee to have their work performed by professional actors at a script-in-hand reading at none other than the Soho Theatre on 12 Monday June at 7.30pm. So, what’s not to like? Nothing, as long as you fancy trying your hand at writing some comedy! They are accepting sketches or short standalone pieces for no more than four actors, and they are particularly encouraging submissions from writers from diverse backgrounds. You’ve got until 24th April at 12 noon to come up with something funny!

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 Tamasha

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Flux and Tristan Bates Theatre seek shorts for ‘Emerge’ Showcase

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:  Flux and Tristan Bates Theatre seek shorts for ‘Emerge’ Showcase

Description: After a sellout debut in 2016, Emerge returns. Emerge is a new platform that gives four emerging writers, directors and a company of actors the opportunity to collaborate/showcase their work and gain feedback from an industry panel. They are seeking 20 minute short plays or excerpts for a performance at the Tristan Bates Theatre in July.

What’s so great about it? We love an opportunity that gives writers the chance to gain that ever valuable feedback on their work. This one offers writers feedback from an industry panel, not to mention that the event will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre, no less. Also great, is that writers can submit either short plays or excerpts from a longer piece – so you don’t need to worry about writing something new if you are already working on a full length project. The only stipulation is that work must be previously unproduced, although do check the full guidelines out here before submitting. You’ve got until 30 April to get your submission 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 Tristan Bates Theatre

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

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: Nick Darke Award 2017 open for submissions (£6000 prize)

Description:  Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award is funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The 2017 category is a full stage play script with one page synopsis.

What’s so great about it? The big competition season is in full swing with the launch of the 2017 Nick Darke Award. Another well known award, this one offers the winner a £6000 to help fund their playwriting endeavours. Even better, this year, they are specifically looking for a full length stage play along with a one page synopsis – entries must be anonymous though! You’ve got until 31 May to get your scripts in for this one. 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 Falmouth University 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Verity Bargate Award 2017 launched (£7000 prize)

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: Verity Bargate Award 2017 launched (£7000  prize)

Description: The  Verity Bargate award was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions. The prestigious biennial Award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent with past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman. Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). The winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

 

What’s so great about it?  If you thought the Bruntwood was the only mega playwriting competition this year, think again – the other heavy-weight opportunity for emerging playwrights, the Verity Bargate Award,  has officially been launched. Winners of this highly commended prize get a whopping £7000 in respect of their play being produced by none other than the Soho Theatre.

This year, there’s an added bonus –  the award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. We wouldn’t want an opportunity like this to slip through the net for our readers, so we’ve been sure to give you ample warning: you’ve got until 5 July to get those scripts in – start polishing them  up now!

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 Soho Theatre 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Doughnut Productions accepting submissions for new writing night on ‘the seven deadly sins’

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: Doughnut Productions accepting submissions for new writing night on ‘the seven deadly sins’

Description: Doughnut Productions are looking for plays of no longer than 15 minutes for a new writing night which will take place at the Cockpit Theatre  in Marylebone in  September 2017. They are looking for plays with no more than 4 characters and they must be on the theme of the ‘seven deadly sins’.

What’s so great about it? Well, Doughnut Productions have already got one successful new writing night under their belt – their event ‘Trapped’ was a sell out show.; and this time, they’re going even bigger with three performances. Not only that, but Doughnut Productions work in a really unique way: using swivel chairs, they put their audience at the heart of the action, with the aim of obliterating the fourth wall (before applying, check the concept out in full on their website) That paired with the juicy theme of ‘the seven deadly sins’ makes for a really interesting playwriting opportunity and we reckon, if you’ve got time to write something great in the next couple of weeks (the deadline is 1 April) you should definitely give it a go!

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 Sebastian Dorris via Flickr Commons CC License

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Secret Hour Theatre seeks shorts on theme of ‘secrets’ for Camden Fringe

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:  Secret Hour Theatre seeks shorts on theme of ‘secrets’ for Camden Fringe

Description: Secret Hour Theatre are looking for 15 minute duologues and monologues for Secrets, a new writing night taking place at the Camden Fringe 2017.The duologues/monologues must respond to the theme: Secrets.

Secrets will showcase four unique pieces of new writing. Each piece should reveal an important secret about the character(s). How, when and why this is revealed is entirely up to you.

What’s so great about it? We think this is a great opportunity to be involved with a really exciting event; The Camden Fringe has been running for over a decade now; originally set up as an alternative to Edinburgh, its’ past events have included everything from opera to improvisation. Secret Hour Theatre are looking for 15 minute duologues or monologues s to take to the festival and the brief is to write something on the theme of ‘secrets’. We reckon this is great theme for writers to put their own spin on and if you’re interested in submitting,  you’ve got until the end of the month (31st) to write something. 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 Robert Bjorken via Flickr CC 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeks shorts on theme of ‘faith’

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 seeks shorts on theme of ‘faith’

Description:  Little Pieces of Gold is seeking  plays on the theme of “faith” for their 23 April production at Southwark Playhouse. They are looking for ten minute plays with no more than 4 characters.

What’s so great about it? We think writing to a brief can be great way to find some inspiration and get those creative juices flowing! The brief for this one is to write something on the theme of ‘faith’ for no more than 4 characters; so, specific enough to give you a starting point but broad enough not to limit your imagination. Little Pieces of Gold had gained a solid reputation over the last few years after several successful events and this one gives you the chance to have your work performed at the lovely Southwark Playhouse. If you fancy writing something, you’ve got until 15 March at midnight to email your script 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 Raphaelstrada via Flickr Commons CC License

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize


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: 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize

Description:  The Papatango New Writing Prize  offers a winning writer a four week production at Southwark Playhouse, publication by Nick Hern Books, 10% of the gross box office income and a £6000 commission and full developmental support for their next play. The prize has been successfully running for several years now and has fast become one of the ‘ones to watch’ in playwriting competitions. Entry to the Prize is anonymous. The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only. There is no age limit.

What’s so great about it? Erm, did you read the description?! The winner of this one gets produced, published and commissioned to write their next play! This prize speaks for itself, so as long as you’re in possession of an original, unproduced play which runs for at least 70 minutes, we think you should go for it! Take this as your two-week warning, you’ve got until 5 March at Midnight to get those scripts in. Before you submit, it’s worth checking out all the guidelines – the big one to note is that your script must be submitted anonymously.

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: From Page to Stage festival of new musical theatre seeks unproduced works

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:  From Page to Stage festival of new musical theatre seeks unproduced works

Description:  From Page to Stage is a festival of new musical theatre dedicated to showcasing unproduced work and work in development. The fifth annual festival will be held at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest theatre The Other Palace. From Page to Stage funds and arranges the inclusion of the selected pieces, endeavouring to pay a fair wage to contracted artists. The festival is not intended for profit but to allow new work a platform on which to be developed and exposed to new audiences.

What’s so great about it?  This an amazing opportunity for all you budding musical writers out there. If you want the chance of a fully staged rehearsed reading of your piece of musical theatre  at a London theatre, then we suggest get your submission in for this one quick sharp! One lucky writer will also get a full production of their show, with no less than three weeks rehearsal and 10-12 performances. You’ve got until 28 February to submit a 100 word summary of the show,  3 mp3 song files, a pdf of the first 20 pages of the libretto and1 sheet music example.

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 From Page to Stage.