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Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 18 May 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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Featured posts:

LPW Members: Online Workshop – The Re-drafting Toolkit

A Writer’s Guide To Producing Your Own Work

Detangling power, money and privilege: finding your path as a playwright

How To Put On A Scratch Night: A Chat With The AD of Little Pieces of Gold

LPW Online Book Club – A Doll’s House

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Nouveau Riche seeking shorts for a The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill themed scratch night

Pursued By A Bear: “My fringe show failed. What next?

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 46 Opportunities with May deadlines – Deadlines : various throughout May

Persistent and Nasty seeking 15-30 min scripts from female-identified artists (Glasgow) – Deadline: 18 May 2018 at 5pm

Actor Awareness seeking short plays on LGBTQ theme – Deadline: 19 May 2018

The After School Club seeking new plays – Deadline: 20 May 2018

The 2018 Hodgkiss Award open for submissions (writers from the North of England) – Deadline: 20 May 2018

The Comedy Crowd seeking 2 minute videos for Chorts – Deadline: 21 May 2018

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize) – Deadline: 21 May 2018

How to Pitch for TV: Networking event for disabled writers – Deadline: 21 May 2018

University of Worcester seeking playwright for commission (paid)- Deadline: 23 May 2018

Metamorph Theatre call for writers/ artists for showcase – Deadline: 24 May 2018

Nouveau Riche seeking shorts for a The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill themed scratch night – Deadline: 24 May 2018

irSpace Gallery seeking creative writers (paid) – Deadline: 25 May 2018

The Hope Theatre accepting submissions for Ink or Swim – Deadline: 26 May 2018

Buxton Museum seeking artists and writers for commission (paid) – Deadline: 28 May 2018

Introductory Groups at the Royal Court open for applications – Deadline: 29 May 2018

Brainchild seeking submissions for Hatch #8 at Southwark Playhouse– Deadline: 30 May 2018 at 10am

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Manhattan Repertory Theatre seeking playwrights who want to self-produce/finance their work (fees $795-$6,000) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions– Deadline: 31 May 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ashwin Singh on his new collection ‘Durban Dialogues: Then and Now’: Event – Date: 18 May 2018

Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab open for bookings – Course starts 21 May 2018

Redrafting and Structure Workshop with Papercut Theatre (£60) – Date: 26 May 2018

‘Starting to write a play’ Arvon Course with Tanika Gupta (£720-£770) – 28 May – 2 June 2018

Have your work read at the South London Writers’ Group – 30 May & 2 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Liberian Girl – 30 May 2018

Bloomsbury Institute event: Julius Caesar and Me with Paterson Joseph- Date: 31 May 2018 at 6pm

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

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: Nouveau Riche seeking shorts for a The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill themed scratch 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: Nouveau Riche seeking shorts for a The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill themed scratch night

Description: To celebrate Nouveau Richés new residency at the CLF art Cafe Peckham, they are kicking off with their new flagship scratch night Nouveau Nights.  Nouveau Nights will focus on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, taking the themes of this iconic album to the stage.

They want to hear from talented writers to write 5 to 10 minute monologues or short scenes around the themes of the album.The scratch night will take place on the 14th of June at the CLF art café Peckham at 7pm.

What’s so great about it? Every now and then, we come across an opportunity unlike one we’ve seen before – and we’ve yet to see a scratch night inspired by an album! The album in question, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, is 20 years old this year (say what?!!) so revisiting it might spark a bit of nostalgia for times gone by or your misspent youth! (and if you’re one of our younger readers and have never heard of it, it’s worth checking out).

This opportunity isn’t just a bit of fun though, it’s actually a great opportunity to allow yourself to be inspired by a brief and to have your work performed at a London venue by an exciting, new, creative movement, headed by a team of professional artists! You’ve got until 24 May to send your work to them.

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 Nouveau Riche via Facebook

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£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 Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£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.

What’s so great about it? This is one of the more well known playwriting competitions and offers a prize of £6000 to help support the chosen writer in taking the time to write their play. The panel of judges includes a wealth of industry professionals, including  plays publisher Nick Hern Books, so not only is this the chance to gain financial support for your writing, but also a way to get some industry recognition. Submissions must be stage plays over 45 minutes in length and you’ve got until 21 May at 5pm 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 Nick Darke Award

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC: The Biggest Weekend seeking comedy monologues

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: The Biggest Weekend seeking comedy monologues

Description: BBC Writersroom and The Biggest Weekend are joining forces to develop and produce four short films across the four nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), written by you, as part of The Biggest Weekend’s Fringe. They are asking writers to respond to a specific brief about musical festivals by writing a short monologue.

What’s so great about it? This opportunity not only seems like great fun but it also gives the chosen writers the chance to get a BBC credit for their work!

The brief is very specific – they want 60 monologues inspired by their festival cities and you also have to choose from a selection of soundtracks to go with it – so do make sure you read the full guidelines before entering. However, if you’re looking to push yourself to write in a different way or want to take a break from an ongoing project by doing something fun – this one’s for you.

You’ve got until 8 May to submit those one minute monologues, so if you’ve got some spare time this bank holiday weekend, you know what to do!

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: Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 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: Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission)

Description: 

Airplays is a brand new collaboration between BBC Radio Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Leeds College of Music that puts radio drama centre stage.

Do you have a story to tell about migration? WYPH are looking for writers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience to send in ideas for original 15 minute-long fictional radio plays. The theme is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948.

What’s so great about it? If you want the chance to write about a topical brief, have your work developed by WYPH, performed live to an audience at Leeds College of Music and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds – oh, and get paid £1000 too, then this opportunity is not to be missed!

Chosen writers get to work with WYPH developing their idea into a short play over the course of five months, working closely with West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace artistic development programme.

They’re currently looking for proposals of original ideas on the the theme of the Empire Windrush but how you interpret that theme is up to you. You’ve got until 10 May at 6pm to get your ideas in, so get thinking!

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 WYPH

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ 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: Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night

Description: Hence is an emerging theatre company specialising in new writing and they are looking for 6 scripts for the next Dice Showcase. The theme for the showcase is ‘redemption’ and they are looking for 10 minute monologues with non-binary characters.

The showcase will take place at The Old Red Lion Theatre on Sunday 24th And Monday 25th June 2018.

What’s so great about it? If you’re looking for something a bit different, this opportunity fits the bill – it’s a new writing night with a twist, where the audience chooses the order of the performances by rolling a dice. Whilst this sounds like a fun event in itself, it’s also a great opportunity to work with a new writing company and get your work up on stage at well known London fringe venue, The Old Red Lion. Not only that, but it’s also a good way to flex those creative muscles by writing to a specific brief. You’ve got until 11 May 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 Jacqui Brown via Flickr CC

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute 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: Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 minute plays

Description: Little Pieces of Gold is an initiative run by Suzette Coon that focuses specifically on bringing brilliant short plays to life. Their next showing will be at the Southwark Playhouse on 10 June 2018.

What’s so great about it?  Short plays are an amazing opportunity to hone your craft and make new connections with directors and other industry folks.  Little Pieces of Gold has established a reputation for quality over a number of years.  Often they solicit plays on a particular theme, but this time the prompt is wide open – to ‘write from your heart’ about the world right now.  Whether you’ve got an existing script to brush off and edit, or if you’re inspired to write something new before the 23 April deadline, there’s no better time to get involved.

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

Image via Little Pieces of Gold website

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

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: Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19

Description: Live Theatre and Northumbria University are partnering to offer a £20,000 stipend to an experienced playwright for their twelve-month Writer in Residence opportunity.  This will involve working with programmes at both institutions, and will be tailored around the selected writer’s needs and interests.

What’s so great about it?  Essentially, this opportunity offers a year-long salary to be a playwright – a pretty fantastic setup in our view! And equally importantly for what can be a rather lonely process, it offers a community of collaborators to work with and learn from. If you’re keen to apply, make sure to get that application in before the deadline on 20 April!

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

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 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: BBC Writersroom Comedy Script Room 2018

Description: The BBC is reopening its submission window, this time focusing on comedy. You can submit a script written for any performance medium (film, TV, stage, radio, online), and can select 10 pages from anywhere in the script to nominate for the BBC to look at during their first pass. (Just remember to leave yourself enough time to setup and use their online submission service.)

What’s so great about it?  So many playwrights are now crossing into TV, and if you have an interest in making work for the screen, this is a great opportunity to get your work seen. This opens the door to building a relationship with the BBC and being considered for forthcoming development opportunities, so if you’re a funny person with a distinctive voice, polish up that script and be sure to get it in before the 16 April deadline!

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 call out for new short plays for scratch 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: Tamasha call out for new short plays for scratch night

Description: Tamasha is accepting 15 minute plays or extracts for a scratch performance. Plays can be on any subject as long as they can be performed by no more than 4 actors. They plan on selecting four scripts for the event.

Given the nature of their work, they are particularly interested in submissions from BAMER writers. All applicants must demonstrate a proven and strong interest in culturally specific work. As a touring company, they are also particularly keen in ideas set with universal, non-London centric theme.

What’s so great about it? Tamasha is a well established new writing company that has been developing cutting edge theatre for 27 years; they are well known for their development of work from culturally diverse artists.

If you feel frustrated about what you currently see on stage and feel that some worlds and communities are underrepresented – this is your chance to create change!  This is also a great opportunity to try out your work in front of a public audience as the four chosen writers will have their plays performed in front of a public audience, script-in-hand, at Rich Mix.

If you’ve got something to say and want to make contact with an exciting and diverse theatre company, you should give this one a go – you’ve got until 8 April to send them your scripts.

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

Photo courtesy of Tamasha