Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).
Bridge Arts are looking for writers for their next project. The project will look at love in the 21st century : what happens if you’re the only one out of your mates to not have a girlfriend? Does internet dating really work? Is stalking an ex on Facebook taking up most of your time? They want to create stories about how love, and the age-old problem of finding it, have changed in the 21st century. Selected scenes and ideas will receive a workshop and the best three stories will be produced at a Central London Theatre (venue TBC).
How to apply: If you have an idea inspired by this theme, email email@example.com for more details about the project.
Deadline: Wednesday 4 September 2013.
Source: Playwriting UK (Twitter).
Lost Theatre is accepting submissions for their Five Minute Festival. During the festival, ten companies per night will battle it out with 5 minute plays designed to entertain a sell-out live audience, an industry panel and online viewers. Ten companies will make it to the Grand final and there can only be one winner!
They are looking for emerging playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actors who write their own material and physical performers who have something interesting to say. All submissions must be under 5 minutes in length, they must have a narrative thread, no more than 4 cast members and at least either the writer, director or cast must be under 27 years old. They will offer selected companies a five minute slot in the festival for performance so writers will need to assemble a company including cast and a director.
Additional information: There is an entry fee of £10 for this competition which is payable if your company is offered a slot for performance. In addition to this, companies must provide a £50 guarantee cheque which will be returned once the performance has taken place, this is to ensure that once companies accept a slot, they are unlikely to withdraw.
How to apply: Visit the website for a full list of rules and an application form.
Deadline: 20 October 2013.
Source: IdeasTap website.
HighTide are accepting submissions from IdeasTap members for their 2015 festival. Two selected writers will have their plays staged at the festival and will also receive a research and development week in 2014 with Steven Atkinson, HighTide Artistic Director, culminating in a readthrough of their play at IdeasTap. HighTide are looking for new, previously unproduced, full length plays. They accept scripts in English from writers around the world, aged 16 and over.
How to apply: Visit the IdeasTap website, where you’ll be given the opportunity to upload your play (you will also be able to sign up to IdeasTap, if you’re not already a member).
Additional information: If you are considering applying, free online advice will be available at the ‘Submit a Play to HighTide 2015 Application Advice Online Forum’ on IdeasTap from 1pm to 2pm on 11 September 2013.
Deadline: Monday 30 September 2013 at 5pm.
Source: IdeasTap website.
*This opportunity is not related to playwriting but it’s an interesting one!*
Ofgem are looking for an experienced Writer/Editor to work with the Head of the Great Written Communication Programme. The chosen candidate will be working to promote great writing throughout Ofgem by assisting stakeholders to plan, draft and revise their writing. In addition to this, the writer will also work within the Digital Communications team to create user-friendly web content, suggest improvements to publishing processes and deliver training to staff throughout the organisation. They are looking for a talented writer who has experience in drafting and editing content for different audiences, who truly loves language and has an infectious enthusiasm for great writing.
How to apply: visit the Guardian Jobs Website for full details and a link to the application form.
Salary: £31,500 – £38,600 per year.
Closing date: 9th September 2013.
Source: Guardian Jobs Website.
‘Love, Hate and Human Rights’ is a theatrical response to Russian Article 6.21 and other human rights concerns worldwide. They are looking for 20 minute plays that are inspired by current human rights issues; plays that ask questions and foster debate rather than verbatim pieces or those which directly re-tell what is being reported in the media. Whilst humour is encouraged, the vilification of any particular country is not. Shorter plays and plays from first time and international writers will also be considered.
Plays should have five actors or less and can take place in any time or place but props and set must be kept to a minimum.
Performances will take place at Barons Court Theatre, London – 17th -22nd September 2013.
How to submit: Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: 26th August at 12 noon.
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.
Carabosse theatre company, based in Milton Keynes, have now opened their August 2013 submission window. They are looking for new plays of between 5 and 20 minutes in length to be performed as part of a pub theatre night this November. They accept self contained pieces, scenes from longer plays or ‘works in progress’ from writers based anywhere in the UK.
Additional information – Carabosse cannot accept work that is:
- sent by post
- without a cover sheet
- Incorrect length for particular submission window
- previously produced
- from writers from outside of the UK and Ireland
How to apply: email scripts to email@example.com – please include a separate A4 cover sheet with a mini biog and synopsis of your piece .
Deadline: 31st August 2013
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page
As part of the Greenhorn Short Film Festival they are accepting script submissions for free one-on-one scriptwriting consultations on Sunday 6th October. The sessions will be run by London Film School‘s MA Scriptwriting tutor Jonathan Hourigan. This will be an opportunity for early-career scriptwriters to gain constructive feedback on their scripts, whether it be a script in early development or a completed script that needs polishing before filming. Spaces will be limited so submit early!
The Greenhorn Short Film Festival 2013 is also open for the submission of films. They are looking for films of any genre, as long as they are under 15 minutes in length. The selected films will be screened as part of the festival, which will take place on 6th – 7th October 2013.
How to submit for script consultations: email your short film script (20 pages max) along with you full name, contact email and script title to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for scripts: not specified – but they do recommend submitting early.
Films: for full submission details and an application form, visit the website.
Deadline for films: 15th September 2013.
Source: Arts Council e-newsletter.