The Fred Ebb Award 2014 is currently open for submissions. Details about the award and previous winners can be found on the Fred Ebb Foundation website.
Eligibility: Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.
How to apply: Full details of how to submit can be found in the competition guidelines. Applicants are required to submit up to four songs and an application form.
Deadline: 30 June 2014
Source: Play Submissions Helper
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).
Enterprise Theatre seeking 10-min plays on bullying (San Diego, CA) – Deadline: 30 May 2014
Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014
Theatre Royal Stratford East launches Musical Theatre Initiative – Deadline: 30 May 2014
BBC Writersroom/ IdeasTap writing workshop – Deadline: 30 May 2014
Stella Adler School of Acting seeking 10-min plays on gender equity/violence and/or global warming (New York, NY) – Deadline: 30 May 2014
Stella Adler School of Acting seeking full length ensemble play for actors 16-25 (New York, NY) – Deadline: 30 May 2014
Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014
Pint-sized Plays 2014 – open for submissions (entry fee)- Deadline: 31 May 2014
Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline: 31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)
9Thirty Theatre seeking works on environmental themes (New York) – Deadline: 31 May 2014
Next Act New Play Summit at Capital Theatre seeking submissions (Albany, NY) – Deadline: 1 June 2014
Ghost Dog Productions accepting 10 minute plays – Deadline: 2 June 2014
Time Zone Theatre Company seeking proposals for full-length plays inspired by Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind (£1000 fee for writer) – Deadline: 4 June 2014
MAC Birmingham Performing Arts Fellowship – call for Expressions of Interest – Deadline: 5 June 2014 at 10am
Cro Magnon Theatre accepting scripts on the theme ‘SCREAM’ – Deadline: 6 June 2014
The Scenic Route accepting submissions for musical theatre cabaret – Deadline: 6 June 2014
Live Theatre seeking playwrights for “10 Minutes To…” (Newcastle) – Deadline: 9 June 2014
Tron Theatre seeking 15 minute plays in response to the Commonwealth Games – Deadline: 9 June 2014
B3 Talentlab open for applications (BAME artists) – Deadline: 9 June 2014
Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014 – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm
IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm
StoneCrabs Theatre company looking for short plays about Brazilian culture – Deadline: 16 June 2014
Newsboy seeking scripts for ‘Commonwealth Edition’ – Deadline: 20 June 2014
Nottingham Playhouse inviting writers to take part in ‘Time and Memory’ season – Deadline: 27 June 2014
Roundhouse seeking radio plays (age 16-25, paid) – Deadline: 27 June 2014
Arch and Bruce Foundation 2014 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2014
The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014
Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award (Pennsylvania USA, $1000 prize, $17 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2014
2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014
The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night – Deadline: 11 July 2014
2014 William Saroyan Prize for Human Rights / Social Justice ($10,000 prize, $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2014
Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014
Mardibooks accepting one-act plays for e-book – Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 5pm
Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline: 15 August 2014
London Horror Festival seeking radio drama submissions for Stage Fright Radio Horror Competition (£2 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 August 2014
Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only) – Deadline: 31 August 2014
Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:
31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)
Little Brother Productions offering a writer £1000 to develop television idea – Deadline: 3 October 2014
Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio – Deadline: 13 October 2014
Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted
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
The London Horror Festival, the UK’s festival of horror in the performing arts, are once again teaming up with award-winning audio drama producers The Wireless Theatre Company to produce the Stage Fright horror radio competition.
They are accepting submissions from writers at all levels of experience, from veteran scriptwriters to first time scribes, challenging you to create a spine-tingling short drama to be performed and recorded live on the opening night of the London Horror Festival 2014.
What you pay: There is an application fee of £2, which can be paid online via Paypal as part of the application process.
What you get: Three shortlisted entries will be produced and performed live by a team of professional actors from the Wireless Theatre Company, for one-night only as part of the STAGE FRIGHT 2014 event on the opening night of the London Horror Festival. The professionally produced recording of the evening will then be available for download from wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk, which receives over 3 million hits per year and offers a great platform for your work to reach a global audience of listeners.
What to submit: Entries must be no more than 15 minutes long (approximately 10 typed pages) and in what could be broadly defined as the horror or thriller genre. Psychodrama, horror comedy, genre mash-up, pastiche and monologue forms all considered, but your objective should be to send a shiver down the spine… Entries should be appropriate for performance by a cast of no more than five and written with the radio in mind. Complex sound effects will not be possible, but they strongly encourage the use of effects which can be performed live.
Full details can be found in the competition terms and conditions.
How to apply: Applications can be made via their online submission form.
Deadline: 15 August 2014
Source: Playwrights Calendar
The Arch and Bruce Foundation is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 Playwriting Competition.
What to submit: All works must concern LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art or event. See What Is Historical? for more information.
All works submitted (full–length dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) must be original and in English. One work per author, please. There is no entry fee. Prizewinners will be chosen before the end of the year. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500.
How to apply: The following guidelines are for electronic submissions, which are preferred (although hardcopy guidelines can also be found on their website0.
- Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx or PDF.
- The first page must include the title, your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.
- If the work you are submitting has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, full production), please include a brief production history. On a separate page, explain briefly how the work relates to LGBT life, describing its historical inspiration.
- Page numbers should appear on every page.
- In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.
Email submissions to: email@example.com
Deadline: 30 June 2014 at midnight
Source: Play Submissions Helper
For the second year Arvon is pleased to present The Gillian Hush Award for writers of radio drama. The winner of the award will receive a free place on the Writing for Radio course taking place in November at The Hurst, with tutors Simon Brett and Shelley Silas.
The award is given in honour of the late Gillian Hush who was one of the BBC’s most distinguished and appreciated radio producers and was a generous supporter of Arvon.
Read more about the Writing for Radio course here.
How to apply: To apply for this fully funded place please download a grant pack here, complete it requesting the full course fee (£700) and mark it with ‘Gillian Hush Award’.
Deadline: 13 October 2014
The Nottingham Playhouse is inviting writers to submit proposals to take part in their upcoming ‘Time and Memory’ season:
“As we mark the centenary of the start of World War One, Nottingham Playhouse is taking this opportunity to explore the political and social consequences of that event throughout 2014. The season examines nostalgia and regret, how history is constructed and the process of ageing. It explores the extent to which we control the future, and how much the future is already determined by the past.”
They will be complementing our three main stage plays with a programme of work by emerging artists and are encouraging new and established writers, performance artists, visual artists and performance poets to submit work on the subject of Time and Memory.
What to submit: Fiona Buffini, Associate Director, Nottingham Playhouse said: “Time and Memory is an interesting and broad theme, with so many possibilities. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to artists across the country, and will be excited to see how people respond. There are no word limits on submissions. We would rather you didn’t send outlines of ideas; we would like to see finished/almost finished work so that we get a real flavour of the piece.”
How to apply: Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 27 June 2014
Source: Play Submissions Helper
The Comedy Unit and Huffington Post are now accepting entries for the 2014 Funny Women Comedy Writing Awards. This is an opportunity to develop a half-hour comedy series for television.
Eligibility: This opportunity is open to female writers only. As part of Funny Women’s dedication to new talent, only those who have not previously had a paid script commission are eligible to enter.
What to submit:
- Before you begin, please take a gander at The Comedy Unit’s useful tips for Comedy Writing HERE.
- Short synopsis of the idea- maximum one page.
- Entries will be 8-15 pages maximum of a 30 minutes comedy script for television.
- The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama, character monologue, anything really! But it must feel like it would work as a coherent whole across a 30 minute audience experience i.e. ten 3 minute web viral episodes stuck together is NOT a 30 minute script.
- Sounds obvious, but please make sure your script is formatted properly. There is a whole load of free script writing software available online which can help make your writing look more like a script!
- If you feel it necessary, you can add a short paragraph detailing any relevant/key story information that isn’t in the script sample (e.g. how the story started before the sample, how it will end after etc.)
How to apply:
- Please save your writing award submission in PDF (preferred), .doc or rtf file formats, with the title of the work and your name in the script title.
- Ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document.
- Please send entries to email@example.com with ‘Comedy Writing Award’ in the subject bar.
- Entrants must be registered for the Funny Women Awards in order to enter (link below). If you have already registered under a performance category (e.g. Main Award), you DO NOT need to register a second time.
What you get: £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.
A shortlist of six scripts will be presented to industry judges.* Three finalists will be invited to the Funny Women Awards Final on 20 September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.
Deadline: 31 August 2013
Source: Playwrights’ Calendar
Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in late-May and June 2014.
As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but if you’d like to peruse the whole list you can find it here.
Source: Play Submissions Helper
NEXT ACT! is an expansion of Capital Repertory Theatre’s commitment to the development of new work, and is designed to complement the Upper Hudson Valley’s recent and future growth explosion in the fields of research and technology. The summit will directly reflect the theatre’s mission, “to create meaningful theatre generated from an authentic link to the community.” The NEXT ACT! New Play Summit 3 takes place November 1– 3, 2014 and will feature readings of two never-before produced plays, and special events throughout the weekend.
What to submit: theREP is particularly interested in scripts that showcase world events as they impact the individual and society, highlighting the common threads that bind the American culture together in a world that is defined more and more by diversity. The theatre will give preference to character driven scripts that showcase technology’s impact on humanity.
Eligible plays cannot have been previously produced, though previous readings are allowed. No more than 7 characters. Please do not submit works in which actors play multiple roles, unless it is a device used to illuminate generations.
Accepting full length plays only. Multi-cultural and ethnically diverse pieces welcome. Comedy and Drama welcome! Plays previously submitted to NEXT ACT! will not be considered for this years’ Summit.
How to apply: Playwrights should submit a synopsis, character descriptions and the first 10 pages of their play with a photo/resume and bio.
Email your submission to Margaret Hall, Assistant to the Artistic Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org with NEXT ACT SUBMISSION in the subject line. A small stipend and limited travel is available for playwrights selected.
What you get: Two plays will be selected to have readings (with an eye towards a potential future production) during the annual 3-day summit, which takes place November 1 – 3, 2014. Like last years How Water Behaves is being produced as part of Capital Repertory Theatre’s 2014-15 Season.
Deadline: Sunday 1 June 2014
Source: Play Submissions Helper
9TTC produces works that incorporate environmental issues as part of the part, characters, or theme. We are uniquely dedicated to Eco Theatre, connecting humanity and nature, in various forms.
What to submit: They accept original one acts, and full length plays and musicals.
They do not accept one-person shows, children’s shows, screenplays, or works without environmental themes. 9Thirty Theatre Company also does not produce works that have already been produced in New York City.
How to apply: To have your work considered, please submit the following as one file:
- cover letter, including your contact information
- brief synopsis of piece (500 words or less)
- character descriptions
- 20 page dialogue sample
- brief production history of the work (if applicable)
- bio for yourself and any other collaborators
- If submitting a musical, please include at least 3 recorded demo tracks
Deadline: 31 May 2014 at midnight
Source: Play Submissions Helper