Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 29 November 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Pokfulham Rd Productions seeking playwright for collaboration (fluent Korean required) – No deadline posted

Bubble and Squeak Collective seeking plays to workshop – No deadline posted

IdeasTap: accepting creative writing submissions on theme of ‘boredom’ – Deadline: 29 November 2013

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 2013

Sussex Playwrights’ Club seeking plays of up to 60 min for Constance Cox Playwriting Competition (Entry fee: £7) – Deadline: 30 November 2013

New Musical Project at Leicester Square Theatre seeking new one act musicals – Deadline: 1 December 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required) – Deadline: 2 December 2013

West Avenue Theatre Company seeking plays for ‘Briefs’ scratch night – Deadline: 3 December 2013

Steyning Festival 2014 seeking new plays (45 minutes or less) for site-specific rehearsed readings – Deadline: 5 December 2013

Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 6 December 2013 at 5pm

£1000 bursaries available for Brighton Fringe projects (IdeasTap) – Deadline: 6 December 2013

Tell Tales 2014 – Submissions open – Deadline: applicants need to attend a meeting on 8 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

DVM Theatre accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 13 December 2013

Theatre Delicatessen launches opportunity for emerging theatre makers – open day on 15 December 2013  which all applicants must attend.

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for January showcase -Deadline: 15 December 2013

£1,000 for a horror treatment or draft Hopscotch Films – Deadline: 15 December 2013

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – Deadline: 11 December 2013 16 December 2013

BBC Writersroom open for submissions – Deadline: 16 December 2013

Screen Yorkshire inviting applications for National Film Talent Scheme – Triangle 2014 – Deadline: 16 December 2013

Bush Theatre open to proposals for new plays – Deadline: 20 December 2013

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

Red Planet Prize 2013 open to entries for television writing – Deadline: 6 January 2014

Undeb Theatre seeking Summer Festivals Script Submission – Deadline: 6 January 2014

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014

Jerwood/ Arvon mentoring sheme accepting applications – Deadline: 13 January 2014

IdeasTap Underbelly award 2014 – 14 January 2014

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30) – 7 February 2014

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February (submissions open on 6 January)

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Ongoing submissions:

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Tell Tales 2014 – Submissions open

Jackdaw are pleased to announce that their successful scratch night, Tell Tales will return in 2014.

A unique collection of short plays, poetry, music and art, written, created and performed by a range of playwrights, musicians, actors, directors and artists, Tell Tales encourages artists from different disciplines to work together to create exciting and challenging new work.

Dates: Tell Tales will take place  for 4-7 nights at the end of January 2014/ beginning of February – exact dates at venue TBC.

How to apply: those interested in applying will need to attend a meeting at 5pm on Sunday 8th December @ The Barbican Cinema Cafe
You don’t need to take a specific idea, just an interest in being involved and a willingness to tell them about your work.

Deadline: attend meeting on 8th December 2013 at 5pm.

Source: circular email from Jackdaw.

Jerwood/ Arvon mentoring sheme accepting applications

The Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Scheme is open for applications from writers who attended an Arvon course in 2013.  If this applies to you, read on…

This unique opportunity offers nine writers the chance to be guided for one year by a successful and established writer. Three writers will be selected in each of the genres of Poetry, Fiction and Playwriting. The scheme is designed for those interested in developing both their writing and professional practice, who have a clear idea of what they would like to achieve over a year long period.


Arvon is delighted to announce that the mentors for the 2014 programme are Poet Clare Pollard, Fiction writer Jenn Ashworth and Playwright David Eldridge. The mentors will take on 3 writers each in their category, supporting and guiding them in their work over the course of the year, from a week of intensive workshops, to preparing their work for publication in a group anthology.

Writing time

In addition to being mentored, the beginning and end of the year are each marked by a week away at The Hurst, the newly refurbished John Osborne Arvon Centre in Shropshire. Beginning with a tutored Masterclass Week in March 2014 with the three mentors, the year concludes with a Retreat Week, without the mentors in February 2015. These weeks will provide the scheme’s mentees with the time and space to focus on their writing, away from their everyday lives.

Professional development

Furthermore, throughout the year the mentees will be given a chance take part in a new media writing project with digital literature think-tank if:book, and advice sessions with literary agent Simon Trewin.

The nine writers’ development over the year will culminate in an anthology of works, in print and e-book format, and a book launch at the Free Word Centre in London.

How to apply: Apply through the website.

Deadline: 5pm on Monday 13 January 2014.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

IdeasTap Underbelly award 2014

IdeasTap are working with Underbelly and some of their performing arts partners to take a season of their members’ best work to next year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The scheme will offer funding and support for new plays or pieces of theatre to be produced at the fringe.

IdeasTap will be putting £25000 towards the scheme while Underbelly will be offering  prime venue slots, priority marketing and mentoring support. Although the budget is fixed, the number of projects they will support isn’t, this will depend upon the quality of submissions.

Before applying, here are some things you should know…

  • You can only submit a new play or piece of theatre
  • Ideally your play must be no longer than 60 minutes in duration
  • It must be “festival friendly”, i.e. taking into account the size and limitations of the venues and the quick turn around times.

How to apply: visit IdeasTap for full details and to apply.

Deadline: Tuesday 14 January 2014.

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs page.

£1000 bursaries available for Brighton Fringe projects (IdeasTap)

IdeasTap are offering four funds of £1000 for members taking work to next year’s Brighton Fringe. This could include cabaret, comedy, dance, music, theatre, literature and visual arts. They want to see ambitious projects with more than three performers and there should be at least five people in your company. So, although this is not a writing opportunity as such, it could be worth bearing in mind if you have a company to you could produce your work with.

How to apply: Applicants should read the terms and conditions and apply directly through IdeasTap.

Deadline: Friday 6th December at 10am.

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs page.

NEWS: Theatre 503 unveils new playwriting competition

Theatre503 has unveiled The Theatre503 Playwriting award, a new biennial competition which will be open to all writers over the age of 16 who have written an original unproduced full-length play. The winner will be awarded with £6000 and a production at Theatre503. All UK submissions will also be put forward for 503 Five, the 18 month mentorship programme for emerging playwrights.

The competition will open for entries on 1 February 2014.

Read the full article here.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group.



IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30)

Roll up, roll up! £500 for creative projects! 

Ideas Fund Innovators is an IdeasTap scheme open to all creative disciplines. They are giving away 20 lots of £500 – 10 for 16-22 year olds and 10 for 23-30 year olds.

The scheme has previously funded all kinds of projects, from dance and film projects to music videos and comedy collectives. Whatever the creative field, IdeasTap will consider all applications. They are looking for projects that are inspiring, original and innovative and there will be a panel of expert judges picking their favourites.

How to apply: You must be a member of IdeasTap to apply. You can join and find out more about the opportunity here.

Deadline: 7th February 2013

Source: Arts Jobs e-newletter


Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is inviting emerging and established writers in the UK to take part in Playwrights’ Progress, an inspiring new script development project, FREE to the chosen participants with all expenses paid. This is a major promotion run in partnership with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and Leicester Square Theatre.

Funded by the Arts Council England and The Writers’ Foundation (UK), with support from the RCSSD and Leicester Square Theatre, this project has been set up by the Guild to promote writing through education and training. The scheme is open to all writers, at any stage of their careers, to enable them to work on their unperformed plays with professional actors, directors and dramaturges of the highest calibre.

What to submit:  For their application, candidates should include the following:

  • Submit one hard copy plus an electronic copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be the first act only (drawn from a full-length script of maximum running time of 2 hours 30 minutes). The text should include a cast list, essential production notes plus a resume/ scenario of the whole piece. A shortlist of contenders will then be drawn up and these will be asked to submit their full scripts for the final selection.
  • Submit a brief biography of your experience and career to date, which must include at least one production for public performance or equivalent publication.
  • Include a letter of application, of no more than 500 words, setting out your reasons for wanting to develop this piece, its potential as a drama and your aspirations for it. And why this experience would be valuable in terms of your personal development as a writer. This letter should also include all your contact details plus a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish your script to be returned.

How to apply: All applications and hard copies should be sent to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RX, FAO Richard Pinner by the 11th December 2013. Electronic copies should be sent to admin@writersguild.org.uk

What you get: The project will give eight writers the opportunity to progress their career paths. Four will be chosen to attend a three day, intensive workshop to develop their exciting new scripts in progress. The best work from the workshops will be showcased by actors of the highest calibre, at Leicester Square Theatre to an audience of invited literary managers, directors and producers. Four other writers will be selected for the ‘potential’ of their draft plays, which will be given a read-through by Central’s alumni, again involving invited literary managers.

The initial read-through workshops will take place in the week beginning 3rd March 2014, followed by the three day workshops held from 1 – 4 April at the Bloomsbury Studios in London. The public showcasing at Leicester Square Theatre will take place in the week beginning 4th May.

Deadline:  11 December 2013 16 December 2013

Source:  bushgreen via Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre Delicatessen launches opportunity for emerging theatre makers

SPACED is an opportunity launched by Theatre Delicatessen for emerging theatre artists to develop their work in a free and creative environment. In February 2014, Theatre Delicatessen will offer 15 chosen companies and artists residencies at their pop-up creative hub at the former BBC London Headquarters at Marylebone High Street.

Working with the support of Theatre Delicatessen’s creative team, each of the selected companies will be given an exclusive studio space for which to develop a scratch performance or installation over a period of two weeks in response to the question “Is It Worth It?” The resulting work will be staged as part of a Souk Festival of new performances in March 2014.

They are seeking ‘vibrant artists and companies who create performance in a variety of forms, from site-specific work to immersive performance, physical theatre to one-on-one performances, and installation to text’.

How to apply and deadline:  Theatre Delicatessen will be hosting an open day on December 15 for those interested in applying and there will be an opportunity to discuss your ideas. Applicants will then have until 17th January 2014 to submit their pitch. You can register for the open day and download an application form here.

Source: Theatre Delicatessen e-newsletter

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights

The Cockpit Theatre is looking for work for ‘Theatre in the Pound’, an award winning evening of fifteen minute performances. Each month, they showcase new work from directors, writers and artists to provide a platform for new work as well as a great evening of exciting performances.

All tickets for the event are £1 and artists pay £1 per minute for theatre hire (£15 in total), hence the name, Theatre in the Pound!

The Cockpit welcomes work at all stages of development.

How to apply:  for more information and for an application form, click here or email Theresa at pound@thecockpit.org.uk

Deadline: None specified but the performances take place on the first Monday of every month from October to June so it is advisable to get applications in early to ensure you get a slot.