BBC Writersroom to open Scriptroom 8 (for stage and radio plays) & Writer’s Prize in September

The BBC Writersroom has announced announce that they will soon be opening for submissions for Scriptroom 8 (stage plays – comedy & drama) and this year’s Writer’s Prize, for which they are looking for original, surprising multi-character narrative drama scripts of 45-75 minutes in length for Radio 3 or 4 (not monologues or adaptations).

The submission windows for both opportunities will open on 15th September and close on Monday 29th September and submission links will be available via the opportunities page on their website when open.

Resources & Prep:

Deadline:  29 September 2014* (note: submissions do not open until 15 September)

Source:  BBC Writersroom email

Short Back and Sides seeking short plays – last minute deadline!

After their first sell out show at the Tristan Bates theatre, Short Back and Sides is opening again for short play submissions.   The selected plays will be performed at the Tristan Bates in October.

This time the theme is:  “How English are you?”

What to submit:  The only rules are that the play is no longer than 20 minutes and that it doesn’t rely too heavily on props and setting.  “We’re after pieces that are imaginative, challenging and current. We’re also interested in plays of varying lengths – can your story be told in 5 minutes?”

How to apply:  Please enclose a brief summary along with your script. Send submissions along your name and email to

Deadline: 1 August 2014

Source: IdeasTap Jobs

Mind the Gap seeking plays by British Writers for performance in NYC ($5 fee)

Mind The Gap is now accepting submissions for consideration in its ongoing BRITBITS series.

What to submit:  These short plays must be:

  •  1-20 pages in length maximum
  • written by NATIVE UK playwrights
  • require simple set and technical elements
  • accompanied by a brief playwright biography

Note:  They are also accepting full-length plays that meet the following criteria:

  • written by NATIVE UK playwrights
  • cast size not to exceed eight
  • not to exceed two hours run time
  • simple set and technical elements
  • accompanied by brief playwright biography

Fee:  Scripts must be submitted by an agent OR by invitation OR accompanied by a $5 submission fee (for one full-length or up to five short plays) which can be paid via Paypal ( or by check made out to Mind The Gap Theatre.

How to apply:  Scripts may be submitted as a .DOC or .PDF

Deadline:  None posted.  Plays to be produced in November 2014.

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Flourish new opera competition open to submissions

Now in its third year, Flourish is a new opera competition launched by Olivier award-winning OperaUpClose in association with Eclectic Opera.

The competition aims to provide a platform for emerging and established composers and librettists, and to raise awareness of the wealth of contemporary opera being written.

A panel of industry judges choose a winner from five short-listed operas at a showcase performance. The team behind the winning opera then have a year to develop the piece, culminating in a full-length production, produced by OperaUpClose for a seven-performance season over four weeks in autumn the following year.

What to submit:  Composers and librettists are invited to submit up to 20 minutes worth of material of a new opera for up to seven performers (both musicians and singers are included in this seven). For more information, please read the Information Sheet carefully, which you can download from the link.

How to apply:  Submissions can be sent via email to or via post to:

Flourish Competition
King’s Head Theatre
115 Upper Street
London N1 1QN

Deadline:   Sunday 17 August 2014 at midnight

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

UMass Amherst Play Lab (Massachusetts, USA)

The Play Lab is a UMass Department of Theater mainstage production, running from March 23 – April 4, 2015. Two playwrights will be chosen for concurrent 10-day residencies during this period. These residencies are structured around a series of public staged readings directed and dramaturged by UMass graduate students and performed by undergraduate actors. The 10-day workshop term allows time for exploration in rehearsal and the generation of new material.

What you get:  The Play Lab, is, in essence, a writer’s playground: a stimulating and constructive artistic environment founded on three guiding principles of engagement, collaboration, and discovery.

They offer a $750 honorarium per playwright. Accommodations will be provided. Playwrights are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements, and will be reimbursed for a portion of the cost.

What to submit:  Plays must be full-length. Musicals are not accepted. Submissions may have had a previous reading, workshop, or production; as a rule, though, the Play Lab exists to develop relatively new work, so unproduced material will be given priority in our selection. The UMass New Play Lab seeks to develop plays that tell compelling stories about our world in bold and innovative ways. They encourage submissions from a broad spectrum of writers, from emerging to widely produced, and are particularly interested in works by underrepresented voices in American theater (e.g. women, LGBTQ, and playwrights of color). 

How to apply:  Submit manuscripts to All documents must be submitted in .pdf format; plays formatted otherwise will be disqualified. Please include a concise playwright’s bio and a short (max. 50 word) summary of how you think your play might benefit from a developmental reading. Submissions will be capped at 500 plays.

Deadline:  Friday 1 August 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

A Room of Her Own/Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship (women only, $10,000 award)

The Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for a female playwright to be supported by three extraordinary institutions over the course of a year while she writes and develops a new play.

What you get:  In addition to a cash prize of $10,000, the playwright will receive residencies at three geographically distinct institutions—AROHOHedgebrook, and the Lark Play Development Center—each one providing a different kind of support at successive stages in the playwright’s process. The fellowship seeks to make possible for the playwright a breakthrough into the kind of new work she would not have had the freedom or the resources to create otherwise.

Eligibility:  Writers must meet the following criteria:

  • In order to be eligible, the applicant must be a woman playwright (18 years or older) who has written at least one full-length play.  (A first round-applicant will submit 30 pages of a play that she will then submit in its entirety if she makes it into the second round.)
  • Applicants must be able to commit wholeheartedly to each stage of the fellowship, entailing four weeks of dedicated time over the course of the year, and must be willing to write an entirely new play. (This fellowship isn’t designed to refine existing work. The playwright must be open to what the process brings.)

How to apply:  Applications can be made through their online form.  (Please note that materials are read blind, so your identifying information should be removed from your submission.)

Deadline:  31 July 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with August and late July deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in August and late July 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

Z-Arts seeking writer-performers to create monologues about family life (£750 fee)

Z-arts are commissioning five writer-performers to create a monologue about family life.  Z-arts is Manchester’s venue for children and families.

The prompt:  In their own words:

We’re asking ourselves, what does a contemporary family look like now and how do we create theatre that reflects and caters for the modern family.

“Family Matters”, a series of 5 monologues, is the first platform that asks the question creatively, using artists’ voices as the principal provocation:  “How can theatre be more relevant to families in contemporary society?

Therefore we’re looking for family stories that are a bit unusual.  You might be, or want to write about being:

A teenage mum or dad
An adoptive gay parent
A ‘pretend family’ you have created
Part of a family separated by miles
A single parent
Growing Up in Care
Affected by divorce
Breaking out of your family as a young adult

About the event:  “Family Matters” will be directed by Susan Roberts and is delivered in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre and the national Family Arts Campaign.  The monologues will be performed at the Royal Exchange in turn as a lunchtime programme over the week of the national Family Arts Festival (20-24 October), ending with a performance of all five monologues at Z-arts on Saturday 1st November.  This event will also include a discussion on the nature of family in contemporary society. We are also working with the Family Arts Campaign to secure broadcast opportunities for the monologues to highlight the value of theatre for families.

Some monologues are in place, but in order to get the best, diverse balance they are now requesting submissions.  Each must be a piece of beautifully crafted writing, drawing on emotions and creating a window on the multiplicities of human existence in the modern world.

Ideally they are looking for writers who perform their own work. However, writers can apply independently but please note that the fee is set for writer/performers and would therefore be reduced by negotiation to accommodate performer fees.  Feel free to call Liz O’Neill on 0161 232 6076 if you’d like to discuss this opportunity.

How to apply:  To apply please send a copy of your cv plus one page of writing as an example of the kind of family experience you want to focus on to and a link to examples of your performance if appropriate.


  • Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 5th August.
  • Fee: £750 (payable in instalments)
  • First draft: early September
  • Final draft: end September
  • Performances: 20 Oct – 1st November

Deadline:  Tuesday 5 August 2014

Source:  Bruntwood Opportunities

Writer/Dramaturgs sought by Diverse Associates Ltd to give feedback to young people (CRB required, £50 fee) – last minute deadline!

Scriptwriting Bootcamp Panel Judges are needed on Friday 15th August from 11.30pm – 12.30pm. £50 fee (travel costs provided) and up to date CRB certificate needed.  Your role is to listen and give constructive feedback to children age 13- 16 who have taken part in a week long scriptwriting for theatre workshop.  To be held at Stratford Theatre Royal in Newham.  Contact Angela at for more information or call 07786381843.

Deadline: Monday 28 July 2014  – Today!

Source:  Arts Jobs via @Playwriting_UK 

Z-Arts offer Digital Writer Fellowship (BBC Performing Arts Fellowship) – deadline today!

Z-arts, Manchester’s venue for children and families, is offering a Digital Writer Fellowship, subject to Z-arts being successful in their application to the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship.

This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in an innovative interactive digital theatre piece.

Z-arts have built a reputation for creating contemporary theatre for families which all generations can enjoy, using modern technology and reflecting the delightful diversity of twenty-first century life.

Our CEO Liz O’Neill has recently been awarded funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund to research and develop a new kind of theatre that reflects, stimulates and challenges families in contemporary society.

This fellowship is connected with that journey.

Following on from Pinocchio, created in partnership with Breaking Cycles, and Duck!, their Christmas show for 2013, they are now developing a new version of the Snow Queen for 2015.  Taking the best elements of both previous productions we are working with writer Philip Osment and digital artists Albino Mosquito to bring a fresh new take on this classic tale.

Merging live performance with digital augmented reality they bring the two worlds of everyday city living and the magical land of the Snow Queen together, using distinct landscapes.  The digital landscape of the Snow Queen will also be used to create an interactive online world where potential audience members can engage with the characters and influence their journeys in the months leading up to the performance.

This is where you, our prospective Digital Writer Fellow, come in!

They are looking for a writer to help bring the characters to life on digital platforms.  Your role will be to respond to online audience interactions, as the characters in the play. You will use a variety of social media tools. You will proactively build the characters profiles across platforms and share links, comment on current topics and post about your characters’ lives. You will help develop  overarching plots that you follow throughout the campaign.


Details of Fellowship:

  • The fellowship will be offered to an emerging playwright with an aptitude for digital technology and social media.
  • You will gain mentoring from award-winning playwright Philip Osment and innovative digital artist, Richard Ramchurn as well as from Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund grantee, Liz O’Neill.    You will help with the conception of the campaign and take part in the creation of a new production of The Snow Queen which will take place simultaneously on stage and online.
  • This is an unpaid fellowship but all project costs, expenses, per diems, accommodation, travel, training and developmental support will be covered.
  • The fellowship will run from March 2015 to December 2015.  This is a part-time offer, which will be scoped to suit the successful candidate’s availability, but a more intense period towards the latter part of the year is anticipated.

To succeed you must be able to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to and some experience in writing for the stage
  • An aptitude for character development
  • An interest in and understanding of transmedia storytelling
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A contemporary knowledge and use of social media tools
  • A desire to work with a forward thinking venue creating live and digital performance for the newest generation of theatre goers.
  • An understanding of the creative vision of Z-arts
  • You are legally allowed to work in the UK
  • You have not previously undertaken paid work for  Z-arts

How to apply:  Please send a statement to stating:

  • How you fit the criteria as outlined above
  • What difference the fellowship would make to your career
  • Why and how you share the Z-arts vision.

Please also include:

  1. A short biography (300 words) relating your experience in this field.
  2. An example of your writing (no more than four pages A4)
  3. Any links to websites or other online sites that demonstrate your work

NB: This fellowship is subject to BBC Performing Arts Fund support.  We will know if we have been successful by November 2014.

Deadline:  Monday 28th July at 12pm

Source:  Bruntwood Opportunities