Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 29 May 2015

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).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Pick of the Week:

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week is:  Kevin Spacey Foundation £10,000 Grants for Artists of Choice

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 43 Playwriting Contests with June (and early July) 2015 Deadlines – Various in June and July

Kevin Spacey Foundation soon to open to applications for £10,000 Artists of Choice programme – Deadline: 29 May 2015

West Yorkshire Playhouse seeking Script Readers (paid) – Deadline: 29 May 2015

2015 Pint-sized Plays competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 May 2015

Little Fish Theatre accepting short play submissions for Pick of the Vine production – Deadline: 31 May 2015

Theatre6 looking for playwrights to develop relationships – Deadline: 1 June 2015

From Page to Stage showcase for musical theatre in development – Deadline: 1 June 2015

‘Monsters on Stage’ A Call for Monologues and Short Plays (Kentucky, USA) – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Player-Playwrights Short Play Competition open for submissions (£300 prize)– Deadline: 1 June 2015

‘And Then She Said A Funny Thing…’ comedy podcast seeking submissions – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Theatre Royal Stratford East seeking New Writing Manager (Musical Theatre Initiative) – Part-Time Role – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Wanted: music/art/writing/film/anything – Deadline: 2 June 2015

2015 Bruntwood Prize Competition open to submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (USA) – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Bare Fiction magazine open to submissions for Issue 6 – Deadline: 6 June 2015

2nd Annual Stories of SW1 Writing Competition seeking submissions (£3 entry fee, £50 prize) – Deadline: 16 June 2015

RAWR seeking Screenwriters/Script Submissions – Deadline: 18 June 2015

Writer in Residence sought by Putney High School – Deadline: 19 June 2015

New York Television Festival accepting pilot scripts – Deadline: 26 June 2015

West Yorkshire Playhouse to open June script submission window – Deadline:  26 June 2015  (*Note: submissions do not open until 1 June 2015)

King’s Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2015

Roister Doister Publishing launch competition to find plays for young people – Deadline: 3 July 2015

The Ashton Group seeking 60-min one act play for ‘Finding Words’ (writers age 25 and under) – Deadline: 6 July 2015

Make Space Summer Project 2015 offering free workshops for 18-24 year olds – Deadline: 6 July 2015

Story Editor sought for BBC’s Eastenders – Deadline: 7July 2015

Award for Most Promising Playwright (East Midlands writers only) – Deadline: 15 July 2015

NMI’s ‘Search for New Musicals’ Seeks Submissions ($195 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2015

Verity Bargate Award 2015 (£6,000 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Three Leaches Play Competition ($10 submission fee) – Deadline: 1 August 2015

Alfred Fagon Award 2015 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline 1 August 2015

Yale Drama Series Competition 2015 – Deadline: 15 August 2015

Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters ($5,000 USD prize) – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama – Deadline: 1 September 2015

StageWrite seeking 30-40 min. scripts for Bedford’s annual New Writing Festival – Deadline: 30 September 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Events and workshops: 

Writers’ Guild Event: Meet the Agents – 1 June 2015 – 7pm

Podium.me running drama initiative for writers aged 18-25 – 7pm-9pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of June

Painting Pictures With Words Workshop at the Soho Theatre (£30) – 8 June 2015 from 2-5pm

IdeasTap Spa event on writing Standup Poetry and Lyrics – 11 June 2015 from 10.30am to 12.30pm

Workshop from Talawa Firsts: How to Write a Play (£6) – 11 June 2015 from 17-8.30pm

Sheer Drop running Playwriting Workshop (£30) – 20 June 2015 from 10am to 6pm

Tutored Playwriting Retreat with Arvon (£685-£720) –  – 

Ongoing submissions:

Oxford based filmmakers seeking short film scripts – Deadline: none posted

TreePress seeking playwrights to upload scripts for Beta Testing – Deadline: none posted

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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.

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

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

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted

Workshop from Talawa Firsts: How to Write a Play (£6)

Talawa Firsts: How to Write a Play
11 June 2015, 7-8.30pm
Talawa Theatre

Workshop description: “Ever thought about writing a play? Come along to this practical session led by Jane Fallowfield (Literary Associate, Talawa Theatre Company) and Nina Steiger (Associate Director, Soho Theatre). Writing exercises and games will help draw out ideas from your head and onto the page. Aimed at new writers no experience necessary.”

Fee:  The workshop costs £6 to attend.

How to book:  Bookings can be made through the workshop page.

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities

Painting Pictures With Words Workshop at the Soho Theatre (£30)

Painting Pictures With Words
8 June 2015, 2-5pm
Soho Theatre

Workshop description:  “Inua is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer who crept into theatre after writing a long one-man show/poem called The 14th Tale. His highly lyrical and visual style of writing grows from a love of language, visual art and communication. At all times, he attempts to paint pictures with words and for these pictures to present a narrative before a character utters a word.

The workshop will focus on using the monologue as a tool for creating atmosphere and tension and exploring how to orchestrate a world that is primed for drama, before the drama begins.

Inua is Writer in Residence for Soho Theatre and for Talawa’s Writer’s Programme (Paul Hamlyn Foundation).”

Fee:  The workshop costs £30 to attend (£25 concessions).

How to book:  Bookings can be made through the workshop page.

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities

IdeasTap Spa event on writing Standup Poetry and Lyrics

Poetry & Lyrics
11 June 2015 from 10.30am-12.30pm
IdeasTap 52 Bermondsey St., London

IdeasTap will be running a masterclass with Laurie Bolger on writing poetry and lyrics.

Laurie performs her unique style of stand-up poetry to audiences across the UK. Last year she hit Edinburgh Fringe & various UK festival stages as well as performances on radio and television. Laurie hosts popular stand-up poetry night “BANG Said the Gun”.

Laurie currently facilitates creative writing workshops in schools, universities and youth centres around the UK. She was recently poet in residence for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where she held creative workshops with the public.

How to book:  Bookings can be made via the IdeasTap page.

Source:  IdeasTap Spa

Play Submissions Helper – 43 Playwriting Contests with June (and early July) 2015 Deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in June and early July 2015.

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

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Kevin Spacey Foundation £10,000 Grants for Artists of Choice

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Kevin Spacey Foundation £10,000 Grants for Artists of Choice

Description: The Kevin Spacey Foundation is offering grants to one exciting project in each of the five categories: a play, a musical, a dance piece, a choir, a band or a short film.  (The foundation will also award $10,000 USD to five projects in the states.)

So, what’s so great about it? Funding is always an obstacle for emerging writers, and this is a great chance to get some serious funds to put into developing your play.  The Kevin Spacey Foundation will award up to £10,000 to the projects they select, and provide professional mentoring for grant recipients.  You’ll have to move quick to get your application submitted in time for the 29 May deadline – and be forewarned that the application requires that you address the practicalities (including putting together a timeline and budget) as well as the artistic components of your project –  but if you can tap into that entrepreneurial spirit, it’s an opportunity not to pass up.

Check out the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

Sheer Drop running Playwriting Workshop (£30)

Playwriting Workshop with Sheer Drop 
Saturday 20th June 2015 from 10am-6pm
6 Frederick’s Place, EC2R 8BT
(very close to Bank Underground Station)

Got an idea for a play but not sure where to start? Working on a new play and looking for inspiration? Want to step up from writing short plays to tackling a full-length piece? Or want to boost your understanding of playwriting and discover new approaches and techniques?

Sheer Drop are running a one-day workshop, perfect for aspiring playwrights, and also suitable for actors-who-write, directors of new writing or anyone interested in how plays are created.

The workshop will provide an overview of the key elements of playwriting: story structure; how scenes work; character and dialogue; themes; stagecraft and more.  You will be introduced to practical exercises to encourage writing, learn how to turn your ideas into dramatic action and to approach redrafting a play, and get tips on the various opportunities for staging your work. For those with a specific idea for a play, the workshop will include the opportunity to get one-to-one advice on how to move it forward.

As a company Sheer Drop specialises in developing and producing writer’s first plays. Of the 10 plays they have produced since 2010, 7 have been the writer’s first play.

The workshop will be lead by Tom Latter, who has 6 years experience working on new plays by early-career playwrights of all ages. He is co-Artistic Director of Sheer Drop, and is a Senior Reader and Literary Coordinator (Projects) at award-winning new writing venue Theatre503. His work there includes reading script submissions, running workshops, dramaturgy and directing on new plays, and curating Rapid Write Response nights, which have seen dozens of writers stage work in front of audiences for the first time. He has taught playwriting for students and community groups.

Fee: £30 per person

How to book:  Please email sheerdroptheatre@gmail.com with the subject line WRITER WORKSHOP.

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Writer in Residence sought by Putney High School

Applications are invited for the post of Writer in Residence at Putney High School, with effect from September 2015.

This is a new post which will enable the successful candidate to take creative writing to a new level in the school. The English Department is a very strong department, consistently sending girls to Oxbridge, with many other girls going on to study English at university. Our students have a real appetite for learning and a can-do approach, and creative writing is already incredibly strong in the school, with girls eager to have even more opportunities to develop their writing. This is an exciting time at Putney as September 2015 will see the opening of a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Centre.

Job Details: The post will involve 10 days per term (this time could comprise a mixture of full days/ after school depending on what is mutually convenient).

This is a fixed one year post with a salary of £5,000 per annum. The successful applicant will be able to take free school meals whilst in school.

The writer in residence will

  • Work across the entire school, Junior and Senior, supporting creative writing in lessons and beyond
  • Lead creative writing clubs/ workshops for students
  • Maximise use of our new Performing Arts Centre
  • Be ‘resident’ for approx. 10 days per term (this time could comprise a mixture of full days/ after school depending on what is mutually convenient)
  • Run a one-off writing workshop for parents/ the community
  • Be a champion of creative writing in our school
  • Develop close working relationships with members of the English, Drama departments, and Junior School, developing writing initiatives
  • Be present at relevant evening events (Poetry Festival, Junior writing showcase)

Applications are invited from practitioners in any field of writing.

How to apply:  Full details of the post and how to apply may be obtained from the school website: http://www.putneyhigh.gdst.net/425/work-with-us

To apply for this post please complete and return an application form found below, along with a letter of application addressed to the Headmistress, to recruitment@put.gdst.net.

Please also submit with your application a portfolio of around 3000 words of prose, or a selection of 10 poems

Deadline:  Friday 19 June 2015

Source:  Arts Jobs

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 22 May 2015

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).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox!

Pick of the Week:

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week is:  Send your script to West Yorkshire Playhouse

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 40 Playwriting Contests with May (and early June) 2015 Deadlines – Various in May and June

 

ArtsEd seeking 10-12 min short film scripts – Deadline: 22 May 2015

WriterSlam accepting drama series submissions (synopsis & extract only) – Deadline: 22 May 2015

IdeasTap/ Invertigo seeking playwrights for rehearsed reading – Deadline: 22 May 2015

BAFTA Rocliffe Comedy Showcase – last call! (entry fee) – Deadline: 23 May 2015

Writers wanted for Stitchin’ Fiction – Deadline: 25 May 2015

B3 TalentLab 2015 seeking minority ethnic creatives – Deadline: 26 May 2015

Kevin Spacey Foundation soon to open to applications for £10,000 Artists of Choice programme – Deadline: 29 May 2015

West Yorkshire Playhouse seeking Script Readers (paid) – Deadline: 29 May 2015

2015 Pint-sized Plays competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 May 2015

Little Fish Theatre accepting short play submissions for Pick of the Vine production – Deadline: 31 May 2015

Theatre6 looking for playwrights to develop relationships – Deadline: 1 June 2015

From Page to Stage showcase for musical theatre in development – Deadline: 1 June 2015

‘Monsters on Stage’ A Call for Monologues and Short Plays (Kentucky, USA) – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Player-Playwrights Short Play Competition open for submissions (£300 prize)– Deadline: 1 June 2015

‘And Then She Said A Funny Thing…’ comedy podcast seeking submissions – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Theatre Royal Stratford East seeking New Writing Manager (Musical Theatre Initiative) – Part-Time Role – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Wanted: music/art/writing/film/anything – Deadline: 2 June 2015

2015 Bruntwood Prize Competition open to submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Writer’s Digest Writing Competition (USA) – Deadline: 5 June 2015

Bare Fiction magazine open to submissions for Issue 6 – Deadline: 6 June 2015

2nd Annual Stories of SW1 Writing Competition seeking submissions (£3 entry fee, £50 prize) – Deadline: 16 June 2015

RAWR seeking Screenwriters/Script Submissions – Deadline: 18 June 2015

New York Television Festival accepting pilot scripts – Deadline: 26 June 2015

West Yorkshire Playhouse to open June script submission window – Deadline:  26 June 2015  (*Note: submissions do not open until 1 June 2015)

King’s Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2015

Roister Doister Publishing launch competition to find plays for young people – Deadline: 3 July 2015

The Ashton Group seeking 60-min one act play for ‘Finding Words’ (writers age 25 and under) – Deadline: 6 July 2015

Make Space Summer Project 2015 offering free workshops for 18-24 year olds – Deadline: 6 July 2015

Story Editor sought for BBC’s Eastenders – Deadline: 7July 2015

Award for Most Promising Playwright (East Midlands writers only) – Deadline: 15 July 2015

NMI’s ‘Search for New Musicals’ Seeks Submissions ($195 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2015

Verity Bargate Award 2015 (£6,000 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Three Leaches Play Competition ($10 submission fee) – Deadline: 1 August 2015

Alfred Fagon Award 2015 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline 1 August 2015

Yale Drama Series Competition 2015 – Deadline: 15 August 2015

Global Playwriting Contest 2015 on Confronting Climate Change and Defying Disasters ($5,000 USD prize) – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Gillian Hush Award for Radio Drama – Deadline: 1 September 2015

StageWrite seeking 30-40 min. scripts for Bedford’s annual New Writing Festival – Deadline: 30 September 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Events and workshops: 

Stephen Jeffreys Weekend Playwriting Masterclass (£300 / £100 concessions) – 22-24 May 2015

Structuring Our Stories Workshop at the Soho Theatre (£30) – 26 May 2015, 2-5pm

Writers’ Guild Event: Meet the Agents – 1 June 2015 – 7pm

Podium.me running drama initiative for writers aged 18-25 – 7pm-9pm on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of June

Tutored Playwriting Retreat with Arvon (£685-£720) –  – 

Ongoing submissions:

Oxford based filmmakers seeking short film scripts – Deadline: none posted

TreePress seeking playwrights to upload scripts for Beta Testing – Deadline: none posted

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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.

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

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

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted