BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee)

BAFTA have announced a call for scripts for emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events.  The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals: in August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year; in October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.

Applications are open to British UK-based comedy screenwriters who have not yet had a television series commissioned, although they may have broadcast writing credits. The successful entries will be selected by an industry jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US. In 2013 the jury included Jennifer Saunders, Jessica Hynes, Caryn Mandabach, Andrew Newman, Margot Gavan Duffy, Jill Offman, Saskia Schuster, Matt King, Kevin Cecil and Kenton Allen.

How to apply: applicants must submit a ten page extract from their sit-com or sketch show for consideration for the schemes. Each script will be considered for both events albeit different writers may be selected for each event. In addition to the script, writers must submit an application form and supporting material including a synopsis and character breakdown, details of which can be found here.

Deadline: early bird entries 14th April 2014 (£32 entry fee)/  final deadline – 19th May2014 (£42 entry fee)

Source: BAFTA website


Opportunities weekly round-up: 28 March 2014

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).

Character Invasion Day with BBC Radio 4 – Deadline: workshop takes place on 29th March 2014 but you need to book in advance

Sky Blue Theatre accepting one-act plays for Cambridge Theatre Challenge (£15 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2014

Guiding Lights 2014 film mentoring programme open to applications – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Euroscript Screenwriting Competition 2014 (£35 fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Page to Stage Festival 2014 accepting one-act plays (£30 entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2014

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tottenham based writer required – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Tobacco Factory (Bristol) Script Space Competition 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

BBC Writersroom to open for submissions of TV & Film Drama scripts, 17-31 March 2014 – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with April deadlines – Deadline: various

MT Pockets Theatre seeking submissions for 10 Minute Play Festival (West Virginia) – Deadline: 4 April 2014

Channel 4 seeking writers for ‘Coming Up’ talent development scheme with Touchpaper – Deadline: 3 April 2014

Applications now open for the Live Theatre Playwriting course – Deadline: 6 April 2014

Theatre 503 playwriting award opens for submissions on 1st March – Deadline: 31 March 2014  7 April 2014

Burbage New Writing Prize – open for submissions – Deadline: 7 April 2014

Site-Specific Commission for InTRANSIT FESTIVAL, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – Deadline: 7 April 2014

Tiny Dog Productions seeking short plays for next Theatre Breaks Festival – Deadline: 8 April 2014

NEWSBOY seeking short plays about colonisation – Deadline: 11 April 2014

Putney Theatre Company accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 13 April 2014

Free Masterclass with BBC Writersroom at Curve Theatre, Leicester’s Inside Out Festival – Deadline: workshop takes place on 12 April 2014 but you need to book in advance

The Nick Darke Award 2014 is open for submissions for £6000 prize – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Encompass Productions seeking 5-20min plays for ‘Bare Essentials’ – Deadline: 14 April 2014

Ticket to Write seeking one act plays about the Beatles (£20 fee) – Deadline: 18 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

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

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted

Free e-book from BBC on Writing for Radio Comedy

If you’re interested in writing for Radio Comedy, the BBC has just released a free e-book with interactive features that provides a guide to both the practical and interactive aspects of Writing Radio Comedy.  (And just in time to prep for their next submissions window, which will focus on comedy!)

If you’re interested, you can find it here:

Source:  Playwriting_UK Facebook Group

News: Rory Mullarkey wins Harold Pinter Prize for playwriting

As reported in The Stage:

Rory Mullarkey has won the 2014 Pinter Commission playwriting award, which sees a new work by the winner supported by London’s Royal Court Theatre.  The prize is now in its third year and is given to any playwright, whether they be established or unpublished.  Previous recipients of the prize – which used to be called the Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award – include Nick Payne and Anders Lustgarten.

Mullarkey’s credits include Cannibals, which was his first full-length play and opened at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2013. The show saw him become the youngest playwright to have their work performed on the venue’s main stage.  He was also the Royal Court’s writer on attachment in 2010 and has translated Russian and Ukrainian plays, including Aleksey Scherbak’s Remembrance Day and And I Don’t Care How You’re Doing Anymore by Oksana Savchenko, for the theatre in the past.

More details at the link.

Congrats, Rory!

MT Pockets Theatre seeking submissions for 10 Minute Play Festival (West Virginia)

Submissions sought for the 2nd Annual M. T. Pockets Theatre 10-Minute Play Contest, celebrating playwrights–emerging and professional– and culminating in a bare bones production of the top 6 to 8 submissions.

What to submit: 

  • Limit of TWO entries per playwright.
  • Only original plays, never before produced, are eligible.
  • Each play should require two to four
    (2-4) characters and minimal props and costumes.  Only black boxes will used
    for set pieces.
  • The play, exclusive of title and cast
    pages, may be no more than ten pages.

How to apply:  Submissions can be made through their website:

About the judging process:

  • A panel of judges will read and judge
    the submissions.
  • Six to eight (6-8) finalists will be chosen  for production.
  • Winning playwrights agree to permit
    M. T. Pockets Theatre to produce their contest entry play without compensation.   Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

Deadline: 4 April 2014

Source: Playwriting_UK Facebook Group

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced

ArtsEd is consolidating its reputation for innovation by producing eight new short films in which their students will be cast.  Submit your script for the chance to have your short-film made by a professional director and director of photography.

Successful scripts will be filmed by a professional director and director of photography and the subsequent film will be edited to broadcast standard. Writers will be fully credited for their work and receive a professional standard showreel of the film.

What to submit:  Each script should meet the following criteria:

  • Be of 10 to 12 minutes duration
  • Tackle contemporary subject matter
  • Be suitable for a cast who are predominately in their 20s
  • Feature 3/4 strong roles with additional supporting roles if required.
  • Be suitable for filming on a limited budget
  • Require a limited number of older cast members
  • Avoid any extreme violence or explicit sexual content

How to apply:  Writers interested in submitting a script should email Kas Braganza, ArtsEd’s Film and TV Producer.

Deadline:  23 May 2014

Source: BBC Writersroom

Q&A with Abi Morgan at Tricycle Theatre (and special rate for under 26’s)

The Tricycle Theatre will be holding a special screening of Abi Morgan’s latest project ‘The Invisible Woman’, which will feature a Q&A with her afterwards.  This is a brilliant chance to hear one of the most prolific and successful writers for stage and screen talk about the process of making this film.

The screening will take place on Wednesday 2 April 2014 at 8.00pm.  Tickets are normally £15, but if you’re under 26 it’s only £6!

How to book:  You can book your ticket through the Tricycle website.

Source:  Tricycle Theatre e-newsletter