Dubuque Fine Arts Players seeking submissions for 2014 one act playwriting competition (Iowa, USA; $20 entry fee)

Now in its 37th year, the Dubuque (Iowa) Fine Arts Players One-Act Playwriting Contest is accepting submissions for the 2014 season. Established in 1977, Dubuque Fine Arts Players’ one-act play contest is the oldest in the United States (according to their website). The contest now receives entries from around the country and around the world.

How to apply:  Submissions can be made using their online submission form.  (There are also guidelines for submitting by post, if that is your preference.)

What you pay:  The entry fee depends on how you choose to send your script.  $20 entry fee for online entries; $15 entry fee for submissions made by post.

What you get:  Each year, approximately 150 entries are reviewed and judged by local volunteers to select the best three. The three winning playwrights are awarded $600, $300, and $200 respectively, and the winning plays are produced and performed by the group each year in the Fall. Productions feature the talents of local actors and directors in the world premiere performances of winning plays.

All writers who submit to the competition will receive feedback from the competition readers.

Deadline:  31 January 2014

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Submissions open for James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014 (submissions only accepted from agents and producing theatres)

Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts to the University of Edinburgh Department of English Literature by 7 February 2014, for consideration for the James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2014.

The winner of the £10,000 annual award will be announced in August 2014.  The National Theatre of Scotland will present extracts of the shortlisted plays as a reading at The Traverse Theatre during the August festivals in Edinburgh.

Eligibility:  Eligible plays are those over sixty minutes in playing time, originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced between 1 January and 31 December 2013, and performed by a professional company for more than six performances.

A typed copy of the script must be sent with details of the first production, which should include venue, company and date. Where possible, proof of production should be sent such as a flyer, review etc.

The submissions must come from the producing company or the agent of the playwright.

The playwright must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry regulator within the country of production (e.g. in the UK, the Theatrical Management Association (TMA), Equity, Independent Theatre Council (ITC) or Federation of Scottish Theatre).

The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.

How to apply:  There are no application forms to complete.  Submissions must be made by hardcopy and electronically.  Hardcopies should be sent to:

The James Tait Black Prizes
English Literature
The University of Edinburgh David Hume Tower
George Square

Electronic copies should be sent to:

Nicola McCartney
Lecturer, English Literature

Deadline:  7 February 2014

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 27 December 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).

Dysthelexi seeking submissions for SundaySurgery (targeted at Dyslexic Writers, fee for participation) – Deadline:  None posted (event is 26 January 2014)

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

Kitchen Dog Theatre seeking full length plays for New Works Festival (Dallas, Texas) – Deadline:  1 January 2014

Stage Q Call for Scripts for Queer Shorts 9 (Madison, Wisconsin) – Deadline:  1 January 2014

Schreiber’s Shorts 2014 seeking 10 minute plays on theme of identity (New York) – Deadline:  1 January 2014

 Gadfly’s “Final Frontier Festival” is now accepting one-act play submissions (Minnesota, USA) – Deadline:  1 January 2014

Venus Theatre seeking full-length play submissions empowering women (Maryland, USA) – Deadline:  5 January 2014

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking script extracts for performance – Deadline: 6 January 2014

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

BAC inviting proposals for Freshly Scratched – Deadline: 8 January 2014

Applications open for Spring writing groups at the Royal Court – Deadline: 9 January 2014

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

Squint seeking submissions for Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms – Deadline: 11 January 2014

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

Call for Applications: The Camargo Foundation 2014-15 Fellowships for Scholars and Artists – Deadline: 13 January 2014

24:7 Theatre Festival accepting submissions (entry fee) – Deadline: 13 January 2014

IdeasTap Underbelly award 2014 – Deadline: 14 January 2014

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg seeking one act plays of 25-60 min (Virginia, USA) – Deadline:  15 January 2014

Small Fish Radio Theatre seeking 6-10 minute radio plays (Chicago, USA) – Deadline:  15 January 2014

Unspoken Theatre seeking submissions for Festival of Mythic Shorts (Toronto, Canada) – Deadline:  16 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

Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children – Deadline: 31 January 2014

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

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based – Deadline: 10 February 2014 at 9am

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

Short plays sought for ObamAmerica festival at Theatre503 – Deadline: 15 February 2014

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 February 2014

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

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

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief – Deadline: Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

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

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg seeking one act plays of 25-60 min (Virginia, USA)

Shakespeare in the ‘Burg is pleased to announce our inaugural one-act playwriting competition, in conjunction with our Shakespeare in the ‘Burg theater festival scheduled for April 4-6, 2014, in Middleburg, VA (USA).

There are two categories of plays that will be judged: Plays written by students ages 12-17, and plays written by adults, ages 18 and over. Please note that you can write in any style you choose; this is not a “Shakespeare” writing competition, so plays in any genre are welcome.

What you get:  There is no monetary prize for the competition, but the winning plays will receive a public reading with an audience. The winning plays will be performed the weekend of April 4-6, 2014 at a venue in Middleburg, VA.

What to submit: They are seeking a small to medium-sized cast, one-set show with running times of no less than 25 minutes and no more than one hour.

Scripts must be original and have not been performed in a professional staging. Musicals, monologues, adaptations, film scripts and television scripts are not eligible. Scripts may be performed in a workshop environment or have development readings, but may not have had a publicly staged, professional performance.  No more than one script can be submitted from a playwright.

How to format your script:  Name, address and telephone number of the author, along with the title of the play on a separate page. On all subsequent pages, only the title of the play should appear at the top of each numbered page. This will be a blind competition. Judges will not know the names of the authors while judging the plays.

Cast of characters with descriptions and a brief synopsis should be included as part of the play.

How to apply:  Email your script to: Genie Ford at genie@printmanagementinc.com.  In the subject line, please write: Shakespeare in the ‘Burg One-Act Play.

Deadline:  15 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper



Unspoken Theatre seeking submissions for Festival of Mythic Shorts (Toronto, Canada)

In 2014 Unspoken Theatre will host a festival of short new work adapted from classical, traditional, mythological or sacred stories. We invite playwrights to submit short theatre pieces to our Festival of Mythic Shorts by January 16, 2014 for consideration in the festival. Note that early submissions are encouraged.

Eligibility:  Work must not have been produced professionally (workshop, amateur, or student productions may be allowed – please send production history details).  Playwrights must hold the rights to work they submit.  Preference will be given to Toronto area playwrights, but admissions are open to all.

What to submit:  Submissions must be no longer than 6000 words and may be as short as desired. Monologues are welcome.  Multiple submissions from the same playwright are acceptable, but the total combined word count for all submissions must not exceed 6000 words.  Pieces must be adaptations of mythological, classical, traditional or sacred stories OR must feature characters drawn from these sources.

How to apply:  Files of the full script and playwright’s contact info should be submitted in word or pdf via email to unspokentheatrecompany@gmail.com.  Please list MYTHIC SHORTS SUBMISSION in the subject line.

What you get:  Successful applicants will receive a workshop, reading, or full-production in the festival. No monetary remuneration is offered.

Deadline:  16 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Small Fish Radio Theatre seeking 6-10 minute radio plays (Chicago, USA)

Small Fish Radio Theatre will be accepting radio plays, stories, original songs and poems for their spring show from now until January 15th.

The prompt:  “THEME: INTOXICATION.  Of any sort, don’t limit yourself. Anything from a scent, to a person, a place, a thing-is fair game. Of course things regarding intoxicating beverages are more than acceptable, but we encourage you to think outside the box.”

Script guidelines: 

  • Running Time – 6-10 Minute Radio Play (maximum 10 minutes)
  • Five Actors or Less – This does not mean five characters or less, it simply means your play must be able to be performed by a maximum of five actors.
  • Avoid Traditional Stage Directions – While this may seem obvious given our “radio” format, it is important to remember that your play is conveyed through the dialogue, music, and sound effects.
  • Theme/Genre – Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium encourages imaginative plays that transport the listener. Whimsy, fantasy (other than Sci-Fi), fable, fairy tale, melodrama, mystery are among the types of radio plays we look for.

How to apply:  Please send your submissions to: submissions@smallfishradio.com

Deadline:  15 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Venus Theatre seeking full-length play submissions empowering women (Maryland, USA)

Venus Theatre in Maryland, USA is accepting submissions for its 2014 season.

What to submit:  They prefer two act plays.  “All submissions must empower women.”  They are seeking dramas or comedies for adult audiences.  Submissions must feature no more than 7 actors.

How to apply:  Please submit an introductory paragraph, a synopsis and script to: submissionsofvenus@gmail.com.  Writers should include a biography and/or author’s history of the play, character breakdown, and brief description or synopsis of the play.

Entry fee:  First submission is free, a readers fee of $10 must be included in advance for each additional script submitted.

What you get:  If selected playwrights will receive a percentage of box office sales under the US Dramatists Guild contractual guidelines.

Deadline:  5 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Dysthelexi seeking submissions for SundaySurgery (targeted at Dyslexic Writers, fee for participation)

Dysthelexi’s SundaySurgery is a monthly development workshop for film, theatre and radio scripts, bringing together writers, actors and directors to work on new writing in a rehearsal room environment. It’s an opportunity for industry talent to work collaboratively and help writers progress their scripts. Culminating in a short showcase and post-performance discussion, writers, actors and directors can invite industry professionals to view their work and take away constructive feedback.

Since its inception in May 2010, several featured plays have gone on to full production.  Talk To Frank, Staffroom, Nuclear Winter, An Insomniac’s Guide to Ambulances and Heads, Bodies, Legs all enjoyed runs in the Camden Fringe Festival, whilst The Taliban Don’t Like My Knickers was critically acclaimed at this year’s Toronto International Fringe Festival and Hangovers was performed to rave reviews in Budapest.

SundaySurgery also looks to actively support Dyslexic writers, not only in our monthly workshops, but also the annual DYSPLA Festival, next taking place November 2014. Again, several plays developed at SundaySurgery have been performed as part of DYSPLA, with featured Dyslexic writers receiving exclusive exposure and promotion.

How to apply:  They are now seeking submissions for their next SundaySurgery, taking place 2.00-6.30pm, Sunday 26th January 2014. Writers should submit a scene or script extract of up to 15 minutes in length, which has specific aspects for development – entire scripts cannot be considered. Please send submissions to: sundaysurgery@gmail.com.

What you pay:  There is a fee of £14 per session if your script is selected.

Deadline:  None posted (However, note that the session will be taking place on 26 January 2014)

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

BBC Writersroom changing submissions policy for 2014

As we head into 2014, the BBC Writersroom will be modifying its submissions policy.  As announced on their blog, the BBC Wrtersroom will continue to accept unsolicited scripts.  However, each of the four scriptrooms they are running in 2014 will be focused on a different department:

Script room 1       March 2014                   Drama – TV & Film

Scriptroom 2        April/May 2014              Comedy – Radio/TV/Film

Scriptroom 3        June 2014                    Children’s – TV (comedy & drama)

Scriptroom 4        Sept/Oct 2014               Stage and Radio Drama

More details are to come as submissions open, but at least this is a heads up to get working on scripts now!

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Kitchen Dog Theatre seeking full length plays for New Works Festival (Dallas, Texas)

Kitchen Dog Theatre is seeking scripts for their 2014 New Works Festival.

What you get:  Each year, Kitchen Dog Theater selects one original script to receive:

  • A fully staged production (as part of our regular season – a five-week run)
  • Paid travel to Dallas, TX (if necessary) to work with the Director, Cast and Crew
  • Royalty stipend (amount TBD)
  • Seven other original scripts will be selected for staged readings as part of the Festival (travel not included).

What to submit:  Prospective scripts must meet the following guidelines:

  • Full-length plays only (preferably one hour or longer)
  • Submitted scripts must be type-written
  • Completed scripts only
  • Do not include a synopsis and/or reviews (if any) of the play
  • Ideally have between one and five actors (character doubling acceptable)
  • There are no restrictions on play content.
  • Only one script per playwright may be submitted.

How to apply:  Scripts must be sent in hardcopy.  Please send your script with cover letter to:

Attn: Tina Parker, Co-artistic Director
Kitchen Dog Theater
3120 McKinney Avenue, Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75204

Deadline:  1 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper