Pentabus seeking 16-25 year old writers for 2015/16 Playwriting Group

Pentabus Theatre – the nation’s rural touring company – is on the lookout for 16-25 year old writers for their 2015 / 2016 Young Writers Group.

Who are Pentabus Theatre?

  • They develop and produce new plays about the contemporary rural world. They tour around the country, telling stories with local impact and national resonance.

About the Young Writers:

  • The group will take part in monthly sessions run by their writer in residence and guest writers from September 2015 – May 2016.
  • The young writers will each develop a short play, which will be professionally produced and performed in spring 2016.

Eligibility:  You don’t need to have any writing experience to join, just a keen interest in storytelling and a need to talk about how we live now.

Who they are looking for:

  • Writers aged 16-25, of any experience
  • Preferably from or based in the following counties/areas: Shropshire; Staffordshire; Warwickshire; Worcestershire; West Midlands; Herefordshire and East Wales
  • People who have something to say about the contemporary rural world

How to apply:

  • No writing is required, just send an email about you to
  • Please make sure you include a phone number

Deadline: Friday 14th August at 5pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

IdeasTap to continue opportunities through Hiive!

If you’ve joined us in despairing the end of IdeasTap, you’ll be thrilled to hear their partnership with Hiive will enable them to continue offering opportunities to emerging creative over the coming months.

Upcoming opportunities include continuing the IdeasTap Innovators Fund, opportunities to be a columnist, and a new initiative called the Old Vic 12 which will offer masterclasses to a range of creatives through Matthew Warchus’s first season.

Read full details and sign up here.


Winner of the Papatango New Writing Prize announced…

The winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize has been announced!  Playwright James Rushbrook has taken home the seventh annual prize for his play TOMCAT, which was chosen from over 600 entries.

A little teaser of the play can be found on the Papatango website:

“Oh, she’s dangerous. But not because of her genes. Because of you.”

In the not-too-distant future, the world is better than ever. Diseases and disorders have been wiped out. But Jess doesn’t belong. She slipped through the net and there’s something dangerous in her DNA, something that must be ‘cured’.

Charlie is watching Jess. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep society safe.

As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcat’s urgent vision questions the lengths to which we will go to keep humanity healthy.

When you can learn everything about a person on a computer screen, does that mean there’s nothing left to discover?

Congratulations, James!!!

Source:  The Stage, Papatango

2015 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5)

This annual writing competition is held in memory of T.F. Evans, longtime editor of the Shaw Society Journal.  The prize is offered for an additional scene to a play by Bernard Shaw.  It will be offered to the entry that most impresses the judges, who will be looking for that combination of features for which Shaw was famous: wit and wordplay within a social and political context.  The T.F. Evans Award is open to all.

Prize:  The winning entry will receive £500.  The winning entry will also be performed at a Shaw Society event.

What you pay:  The entry fee is £8, though a concession rate of £5 is offered to students.

What to submit:  Full entry guidelines can be found here.

  • Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish, but the fee must be paid for each entry.
  • Total length must be between 2,500 and 4,000 words.
  • The scene can be set in any time frame and can take place before, during, or after any other scene in any of Shaw’s plays.

Previous winners can be viewed on their website.

How to apply:  The name of the entrant must not appear anywhere on the play text but must appear on a separate title page.

Entries can be emailed to

Deadline:  30 November 2015

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 26 June 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: The BRIT School and The Bridge company seeking playwright (paid)

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 40 Playwright Submissions w/ July (and late June/early August) Deadlines


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

Theatre Royal Stratford East accepting submissions for Musical Theatre Initiative – 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)

The BRIT School and The Bridge company seeking playwright (paid) – Deadline: 26 June 2015

Ideastap editor’s brief: new beginnings – Deadline: 29 June 2015

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

The Northern Film School is looking for short film scripts for students to produce – Deadline: 30 June 2015

Bristol Old Vic call for scripts (South West Writers only) – Deadline: 30 June 2015

Storylining for continuing drama workshop with Kathleen Beedles – one free place for Ideastap winner – 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: 7 July 2015

Applications open for musical “RE:act – Songs For a New World” at St James Theatre – Deadline: 8 July 2015

Research & Development Residencies at ArtsDepot – Deadline: 8 July 2015

Theatre Royal Stratford East launches 2015 Perfect Pitch Award for musical theatre writing – Deadline: 10 July 2015 for free entry (final deadline: 20 July 2015 with £25 fee)

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

Two-hander for two women sought for London production – Deadline: 15 July 2015

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

Pint-sized seeking short plays for evening of new writing – Deadline: 23 July 2015

Little Pieces of Gold accepting submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline: 27 July 2015

Monkey wood Theatre seeking 5 minute plays from Manchester United football fans – Deadline: 27 July 2015

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

Short Plays sought for The Platform at The Bread & Roses Theatre – 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

Submissions sought for Supernova 7: A Festival of New One-Act Plays – Deadline: 31 August 2015

Open Theatre Project seeking 20-60 minute pieces for solo performers (Boston, USA) – Deadline: 1 September 2015

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

Bush Theatre Summer submissions window now open – Deadline: 11 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: 


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

Open Theatre Project seeking 20-60 minute pieces for solo performers (Boston, USA)

Open Theatre Project has opened a call for new scripts that feature Solo Performances for a new production series we are developing for 2015 or 2016. We are currently looking for work that steps outside of autobiography and instead uses the freedom of having 1 voice to bring big stories, journeys, ideas and events into brighter focus.

Eligibility:  They would love to hear voices from Jamaica Plain, Boston, New England AND across the globe, so please share widely! No fee for Submission.

What to submit:

  • Plays must feature 1 performer and run between 20-60 min
  • There is no guarantee of performance as we develop the production elements.
  • “Our mission is wide open and we encourage the work of all, especially  work for and by individuals of color, woman & those from the LGTBQ community.”
  • Plays must be sent in either a .pdf or word doc
  • You may submit multiple scripts

How to apply:  Submissions can be sent by CLICKING HERE with the subject line : OTP SOLO PERFORMANCE SUBMISSION.  Please include a brief synopsis & your full contact information.

Deadline:  1 September 2015 at 11:59 PM EST

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Applications open for musical “RE:act – Songs For a New World” at St James Theatre

RE:act – Songs For a New World brings together four emerging writers, directors and a group of actors to respond to the story, themes and characters within Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World

Written in 24 hours, rehearsed at quick fire speed and performed on the stage of St. James Studio, these impulsive pieces will then be followed by a conversation with an established theatre creative and there will be the opportunity for both emerging and established artists to meet post-show to further discuss ideas.

The evening is curated by Alastair Knights who directed the sell-out 2014 main house production, Putting it Together, and Matthew Keeler and Lauren McGee for St. James Theatre.

The aim is for RE:act to become a playground and networking event for young theatre makers, actors and creatives to meet, form creative partnerships and be part of future RE:act evenings.


“There was a different kind of anticipation, an excitement at seeing something so newly formed. The intimacy of the studio space and the presence of the creative team also heightened this sense of activity. As a regular theatregoer this difference was stimulating, and hearing the post-show discussion between the young playwrights, James Phillips and Creative Director James Albrecht only enriched the experience further.” Everything Theatre

How to apply:  Please download the application pack below, and return to by 12pm on Wednesday 8 July. If applying as a musical theatre partnerships, please complete one application per team.

St James Application Pack REact Songs For A New World

Deadline:  Wednesday 8 July 2015

Source:  @alaknights

Short Plays sought for The Platform at The Bread & Roses Theatre

The in-house Bread & Roses Theatre Company (BRTC) has been running regular new writing night  The Platform  since October 2012 in what was originally nothing more than the upstairs function room  at the Bread & Roses Pub. This was the project that inspired the transformation of the space and eventual launch of The Bread & Roses Theatre on the 1st of November 2014.

The Platform VIII will  take place on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd November 2015 and will also represent the First Year Anniversary Celebration of The Bread & Roses Theatre.

They are now accepting 5 to 20 minute short play submissions until  midnight on 31st July 2015. Winning scripts will receive  a professional performance on both nights and the winning writers will also get a guaranteed prize of £20 plus a share of profits made from ticket sales.

What to submit:  Submitted scripts should meet the following criteria:

  • A short play of 5-20 minutes in length.
  • Previously submitted scripts may be resubmitted, please note in the comments if you have also redrafted  it since. They
  •  accept up to two scripts per writer per submission round.
  • Please note they are not looking for submissions with directors or actors already attached.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via the form on their website.

Deadline:  31 July 2015 at midnight

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Play Submissions Helper – 40 Playwright Submissions w/ July (and late June/early August) Deadlines

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

Theatre Royal Stratford East accepting submissions for Musical Theatre Initiative

(Ed note: I did this programme in 2014 and can’t say enough good things about it – recommend wholeheartedly!)

Submissions are now open for Theatre Royal Stratford East’s summer Musical Theatre Initiative.

Successful applicants will be invited to an open day event on the first day of this year’s summer course: Saturday 11th July where you will hear more about Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE) and our Musical Theatre Initiative.  You will also get to work with Fred Carl and Robert Lee from the Tisch School in New York, Associate Artists of TRSE who lead our Summer Musical Theatre Summer Workshop.

On this day you will have the opportunity to ‘pitch’ an idea and if we feel it’s something for us, you will be invited to return over the next two weeks to work more closely with the TRSE team.  The dates and times for this will be co-ordinated in partnership with you.

The course ends on Sat 25th July. The course is a free event for all participants. Unfortunately we cannot pay your travel or other out of pocket expenses.

What to submit:  To apply for a place on the open day please email us and tell us a little about yourself, you and your work, by 5pm Friday 26th June.

You may want to send us something with you singing, rapping, sharing some of your poetry, playing in a band, or your script.

You can share by Dropbox in the following formats:

  • WAV
  • MP3

If you are sending in a script of your work:

  • Scripts must be written and submitted in English.
  • Please email to your script in Word or PDF format (font size 12, with a title page, and page numbers)

How to apply:  Send your application materials to  Please ensure that you enter MTI 2015 SUBMISSIONS in the subject line.

They will endeavour to reply to everyone.  However if you do not hear from us, you can assume that they were unable to work with you at this time.

What you get:

  • To work within a safe and creative environment with other writing teams
  • The chance to work with the Artistic team of Theatre Royal Stratford East
  • The chance to exchange ideas with other artists
  • An opportunity to develop your work and skills over a two week intensive workshop.
  • The opportunity to work with two leading specialist Tutors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Deadline:  26 June 2015

Source:  @StratfordEast via @PlaywritingUK