Write by Numbers seeking writers for 48 hour playwriting project

Write by Numbers is seeking writers for its Cold Writing project.

Writers will need to attend a two hour workshop on Monday 18th March. They will then have just 48 hours to write a short piece which will be performed on the evening of Thursday 21st March and during the daytime on Saturday 23rd March.

Both workshops and performance shall take place in Jill, the Community Hub on Sydenham High Street, created as part of the SEE3 Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill Portas Pilot.

What to submit / How to apply: Writers should submit a two page sample of their work (sent as an email attachment) to literary@writebynumbers.co.uk.

The body of the email should include the following:

  • A little bit about you and any writing experience you’ve had.
  • Why you want to be a part of Cold Writing.
  • What connection, if any, you have to South East London in general or the Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill areas in particular (it isn’t imperative to have ever been south of the river. Or to London. Although, you will need to do both to be part of the project).

What you get: The opportunity to participate in this project and have your work performed.

Deadline: Sunday 10 March 2013


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Writing Platform Bursary from NALD – supporting collaboration between writers and technologists

The Writing Platform Bursary, supported by the NALD Futures Fund, is designed to support inter-disciplinary learning and collaboration between writers and technologists.

The fund will support two one-off bursaries of £3000. Each bursary will be allocated to a project team, consisting of one writer and one technologist, who will work on a jointly-conceived digital literature project for a period of three months.

It is possible to apply individually as a writer or technologist, or jointly in a team.  (There are different application forms for each of these categories.)

How to apply: Submissions are made through the online forms found on their website.

What to submit: Writers will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • Why do you want to participate? (100 words)
  • About your writing (200 words) – Tell us about the project (s) you are currently working on, and your publication history, if applicable
  • About your creative practice (200 words) – Provide examples of ways in which you have sought to extend your creative practice in new ways, these might include creative collaborations or experiments with form and media. If you have been involved in digital literature projects tell us about these here and include links to any live projects.
  • What is the one area you are particularly keen to explore in this project and why? (100 words)
  • A summary of your project idea (100 words)

Those applying as a team are asked to provide any details of previous collaborations.

About the project period: Projects will run for the three months from 1st April to 30th June 2013. Anyone applying for a bursary must be able to commit time to the project during this period.

At the end of the project each team will supply a piece of work or a prototype, along with a case study about their project and the experience of working together. Case studies will be published on The Writing Platform and The Literary Platform for the benefit of the wider writing and technology communities.

What you win: £3000 towards realising your project proposal.

Deadline: Tuesday 12 March 2013


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The Show What You Wrote – BBC Radio 4

The Show What You Wrote, BBC Radio 4’s new sketch show, is seeking submissions.

Each episode is themed around a specific genre, and it’s all written by you. This is a showcase for new comedy writing, an opportunity for you to get involved in creating a show that sounds different from any other sketch show out there. The themes for each episode are:

1) Thriller / Suspense
2) Kitchen Sink Drama
3) Science Fiction & Horror
4) Documentary
5) Historical / costume drama

Check out the full details on the BBC Writersroom.

What to submit: Writers are invited to submit sketches and/or one liners related to the episode topics.  Writers can submit up to ten sketches per episode.  They recommend your sketches run no longer than three pages.

They include detailed guidelines on both content and formatting, so be sure to read these carefully before submitting!

How to apply: Email your submission (following formatting guidelines) to swyw@bbc.co.uk.

What you get: Selected writers may be asked to edit their scripts, but this is not a guarantee their sketch will be selected for recording.  Writers whose material is aired will be paid for their work.  There is a flat fee for all non-commissioned material (regardless of the writer’s previous experience). This is:

• £36 per minute for sketches.
• £18 per 30 seconds for sketches.
• £18 for quickies and one liners.

This fee will be for taking all rights in the work on a non-exclusive basis

Deadline: Friday 29 March at noon


Source: BBC Writersroom

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre

Poleroid Theatre is seeking submissions for its next new writing event, Breakout, at the Cockpit Theatre on 7 and 8 May 2013.

What to submit: A short play of between 1 and 10 minutes in length.

Plays can be any subject/style, and they accept monologues, duologues, and small group scenes.  However, they ask that submitted plays reflect Poleroid’s style – clips of their previous work (for reference) can be found here.

A CV is also required.

How to submit:  Email your submission with a CV to breakout@poleroidtheatre.co.uk.

What you get: Your piece will be rehearsed and performed in their showing, and you will have the opportunity to build creative links with the other artists involved.

Deadline: 11 April 2013


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BBC Transcomedy Award

It’s not too late!  The BBC Writersoom is still accepting submissions for the Transcomedy Award until Friday.  They are looking for comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows that portray transgender people in a positive manner.

What to submit: An original, full-length comedy sitcom, comedy drama or sketch show script featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television.  Scripts should be approximately 30 minutes and should follow the BBC’s formatting guidelines.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

What you win: An award of up to £5000 to continue developing the script into a pilot.

Deadline: Thursday 28 February 2013 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Kali Theatre seeking writers for Talkback Readings development programme (South Asian women only)

Kali Theatre is looking for scripts for its 2013 Talkback Reading series.  Selected writers will participate in a ten-week development programme, and then have their work presented in a public reading.

Note: This opportunity is only available to South Asian Women.

What to submit: An original, unperformed script of between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours in length, written for a cast of five or fewer actors.  Plays can be about any subject, but they prioritise “plays about issues or with characters of relevance to the South Asian Diaspora.”

Two hardcopies must be submitted.

Submission details and formatting guidelines can be found on their website.

What you get: Selected writers will participate in Kali Theatre’s Writers Development Programme.  Writers will receive 10 fortnightly writing workshops in London, discussions with guest writers & dramaturgs and 1-1 dramaturgical support, culminating in a public reading of selected works. In 2012, the Talkback Readings were held at Soho Theatre.

Deadline: Wednesday 27 February 2013 (plays must be received by this date)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Miniscreen Pictures looking for scripts for smartphones and tablets

Miniscreen Pictures is a company that makes programmes exclusively for smartphones and tablets, and they are looking for scripts.  They are looking for high-impact scripts that grab the viewer from the first page.

They are particularly interested in the following genres:

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Comedy
  • Supernatural-Crime-Thriller

What to submit:  A script of 30 pages (~30 min running time).  You are requested to specify the genre of your script.  (Full details available on the BBC Writersroom website.)

What you get: The opportunity to develop your script with Miniscreen Pictures.

Deadline: 6 March 2013


Source: BBC Writersroom

In Battalions – Report from Fin Kennedy on the effect of arts cuts on playwrights

When Culture Minister Ed Vaizey claimed the arts funding cuts would have ‘no effect’ on new writing, playwright Fin Kennedy set out to find out.  On Friday, Fin published his findings in the report In Battalions.  The report details the number of cutbacks theatres have had to make, and how new writing has been disproportionately affected by these cuts.

Particularly interesting is the way the report charts commercial theatre’s dependence on subisidised theatre.  NT Director Nicholas Hytner discusses the importance of R&D to developing hits such as War Horse, and producer Sonia Friedman discusses the importance of providing of a training ground for artists who will later go on to commercial success, which can only happen through funding.

The report is well worth a read, not only for its content which is relevant to all London playwrights, but also to support Fin Kennedy for the way he has taken initiative to advocate for writers and UK theatre as a whole.  As of this writing, he was still waiting for a response from Ed Vaizey.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed he doesn’t have to wait long before his report gets the recognition it deserves.

You can find a link to the full report on Fin’s website: here.

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Ticket deal and (post-show discussion) at the Bush

An special ticket offer for writers from the Bush Theatre:

Join The Bush Associate Dramaturg Selma Dimitrijevic and playwright and Director Clare Duffy as they discuss Clare’s new play MONEY the game show. With a focus on writing for political theatre, they will examine the process of creating the show.

This event is free to all MONEY the game show Ticket holders.

Tickets are available for the performance on Thursday 21st February at a special writers’ rate of £15 (usually £19.50) and include the post show discussion. To reserve your place call 020 8743 5050, or book online, using the code BGMONEY.