Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 31 July 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: Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 47 Playwright Submissions w/ August (and late July/early September) Deadlines – Deadlines ongoing


Talawa Theatre Company – open to submissions from Black British writers – Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Hijabi Monologues Story Contest 2015 (for Muslim women) – Deadline: 31 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

Gems Players seeking submissions for ‘Take Ten’ 10 Minute Play Writer’s Season for performance and publication (Australia, $5 AUD entry fee) – Deadline: 31 July 2015

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 July 2015

Shore Screenwriting Competition (up to £2,000 cash prize, £25-£35 entry fee) – Deadline:  31 July 2015 (regular deadline); 31 August 2015 (final deadline)

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

Proscenium Theatre Journal seeking submissions – Deadline 1 August 2015

West Avenue seeking short plays for ‘Briefs 10’ at Waterloo East Theatre – Deadline 2 August 2015

The Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Groups open for submissions – Deadline: 4 August 2015

British Council accepting submissions for Lagos Theatre Festival (18-35’s only) – Deadline: 9 August 2015

Pentabus seeking 16-25 year old writers for 2015/16 Playwriting Group – Deadline: 14 August 2015

London Horror Festival 2015 competition – Deadline 15 August 2015

Talos Science Fiction Theatre Festival Call for Scripts– Deadline 15 August 2015

Yale Drama Series Competition 2015 – Deadline: 15 August 2015

Crooked Heart Theatre seeking short plays about women, violence and the home (Los Angeles, only first 100 submissions read) – Deadline: 15 August 2015

Postcard Theatre accepting 60-90 minute scripts in new playwriting competition – Deadline: 21 August 2015

The Progressive Playwright Award – Tron Theatre (Scottish writers only) – Deadline: 21 August 2015

Carabosse seeking 5-20 minute submissions on theme of ‘Winter’ (Milton Keynes, open to London writers) – Deadline: 24 August 2015

The Incubator 2016 at Theatre Royal Bath – Deadline: 28 August 2015

Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest (paid £100) – Deadline: 28 August 2015

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

Velvet Trumpet seeking 10-15 min comedic pieces for ‘Soggy Brass’ at Southwark Playhouse  – Deadline: 30 August 2015

Shore Screenwriting Competition (up to £2,000 cash prize, £25-£35 entry fee) – Deadline:  31 July 2015 (regular deadline); 31 August 2015 (final deadline)

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

Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series seeking plays (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 August 2015

CastleKeep Productions seeking 10 minute plays for competition (Ireland, £5 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 August 2015

TimeZone Theatre Company seeking short political plays for ‘State of Fear. Responsibility To…?’  – 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

TheatreFest15 seeking short plays on theme of slavery to perform on Isle of Man (£10 entry fee) – Deadline: 1 September 2015

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short screenplays ($40 entry fee, $10,000 grand prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2015 (early bird fee); 15 November 2015 (final deadline fee)

‘Brave New Ending’ Writing Challenge – Deadline:  7 September 2015 (to be considered for performance); 31 December 2015 (final deadline)

Battersea Arts Centre open to applications for Freshly Scratched  – Deadline: 9 September 2015

Bush Theatre Summer submissions window now open – Deadline: 11 September 2015

BBC Script Room – Drama scripts submission dates released – Deadline: 24 September 2015 (submissions accepted from 7 September 2015)

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

IdeasTap Innovators Fund – now open through Hiive – Deadline: 30 September 2015

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award launched for new radio drama writers based in the North – Deadline: 8 October 2015

BBC Launches Screenplay First Award (£10,000 prize) – Deadline: 22 October 2015

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

2015 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Hampstead Theatre submissions window now open for plays – Deadline: 31 December 2015

Events and workshops: 

International Festival Encounters Summer School in Edinburgh (£450 course fee) – 21-25 August 2015

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

Writing For Forum Theatre with Cardboard Citizens (£384 for week-long course) – 7-11 September 2015

Omnibus writers group sessions starting in September (£84 for 8 sessions) – From 7 September 2015

Free Online Digital Storytelling Course with BBC Academy/ Future Learn – course starts on 28 September 2015

Playwrights’ Residential weekend in Stonehenge Youth Hostel (£250) – 16-18 October 2015

Guardian Masterclasses: writing a script for TV – 31 October 2015 & 1 November 2015

Ongoing submissions:

Plain Paper Productions seeking new work from writers- 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

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.

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

West Avenue seeking short plays for ‘Briefs 10’ at Waterloo East Theatre

Two more days to submit for West Avenue’s next Briefs event at Waterloo East Theatre on September 2nd (might be able to nudge up to 15-mins depending on the rest of the line-up).

What to submit:  5-10-minute pieces. No set theme requirements, just not too tricky to stage!  One submission per writer please.

How to apply:  Send to shaun@west-avenue.co.uk.

Deadline:  Sunday 2 August 2015

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Battersea Arts Centre open to applications for Freshly Scratched

Battersea Arts Centre’s have announced that applications are now open for Freshly Scratched, which will take place between the 19th – 24th October.

Freshly Scratched offers a real opportunity for emerging artists who have never worked with BAC to get involved in a vital aspect of our programme. The Freshly Scratched evenings enable artists to present bite size pieces of work in its early stages, to meet other emerging artists, and to receive feedback on their work from audiences and BAC producers.

They are interested in artists who want to reach out to audiences who are new to theatre – and they are interested in theatre that looks and feels new – and that explores cross-over with other art forms. They are also interested in artists who have something to say, something they care about, and are always interested in risk-taking in performance.

What to submit:  They are looking for pieces of no longer than 10 minutes that ‘push the boundaries of the art form.’  (Please note that this is a scratch performance, and they are looking for performances of works in progress, not script submissions.)

How to apply:  More information about this opportunity and details of how to apply can be found on the website here: freshly scratched call out.  The application link is here.

Deadline:  Wednesday 9 September at 10am

Source: Arts Jobs

The Incubator 2016 at Theatre Royal Bath

The Incubator is the egg’s pioneering new work programme, developing world-class theatre for young audiences. Funded by The Leverhulme Trust and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation between 2014 – 2017, The Incubator programme selects artists and theatre companies from across the British Isles and provide optimal conditions for them to experiment in and create new plays.

The aim of the programme is to encourage more talented artists to write and make for young audiences and ensure this work is the best it can be.

About the programme:  You do not need to have a producer on board to apply, but your proposal will be stronger if you can provide support from either;

  • A co-producing partner
  • An independent producer committed to supporting the ongoing development of this piece, including the acquisition of necessary funds from funding bodies and other co-producers.

Appointed artists or companies will access funding (cash and in kind) to cover: a bursary direct to the scholar, travel, accommodation, access to training, research and development time and human resources,  creative team for the R&D.

What they want to support:  They are accepting applications from non-venue based artists or theatre companies with an idea for one of the following works:

  • An adaptation of a  well-known, early years picture / story book
  • An innovative and accessible take on a classic secondary school set text
  • A new work for under 8’s with an international partner

What to submit/How to apply:  The full (detailed) submissions guidelines are on their website.  Completed applications can be returned to: lindsay.baker@theatreroyal.org.uk.

Deadline: Friday 28 August 2015

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest

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: Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest

Description: Attic Theatre Company is currently seeking submissions of unperformed plays or extracts of 15-20 minutes, which will be performed at the New Wimbledon Studio on 2-3 October 2015.  Submissions are accepted anonymously by post (using phone numbers to identify scripts).

So, what’s so great about it? While there are lots of opportunities out there for short plays (or extracts) to be performed, it’s quite rare to find one that pays.  This opportunity really stands out from the crowd because all participating writers will be paid a £100 fee for the use of their script.  The anonymous script submissions ensures an open door to all applicants.  If you’re selected for performance, this will be a great chance to develop your work on stage in a rehearsed reading and meet other theatremakers.  Get your script in by 28 August if you want to be considered!

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.

Velvet Trumpet seeking 10-15 min comedic pieces for ‘Soggy Brass’ at Southwark Playhouse

Sellout new writing night Soggy Brass returns to the mighty Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 11th October.

“As such, and with much fanfare, we do royally declare ourselves open for submissions.”

What to submit:

  • All pieces must be comedic new writing.
  • Running time of 10-15 minutes.
  • Please submit only one piece per submission window.
  • Submissions must work as stand-alone theatre pieces. We are not looking for sketches.
  • Your submitted piece must not have been performed in London within the last three months.
  • It is preferable for you to have a cast and director attached however they can help you find creative counterparts should you need assistance.

How to apply:  Send your funny stuff to submissions@velvettrumpet.co.uk and visit their website for more information on the matter velvettrumpet.co.uk/soggybrass.

Deadline:  Sunday 30 August 2015

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Playwrights’ Residential weekend in Stonehenge Youth Hostel (£250)

Playwrights’ Residential Weekend
16-18 October 2015
Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel.

About the course:  Does your writing need pzazz and pzing? This weekend is ideal for kickstarting new dramas and kickboxing writers’ blocks. Using a secret melange of stimulating writing tasks and exploration of the surrounding rare breeds’ farm as a source of inspiration, participants can write, relax, and bounce ideas around in a dynamic yet supportive stratosphere. Here you can get away for some dedicated writing time in a peaceful environment where Roman, Iron and Bronze Age settlements lurk just below the surface.

Quote: ‘Now that my creativity and confidence has been freed again I am moving on towards my goal of a 90 minute play with renewed energy and clarity.’

Course Leader:  Angie Street is an experienced writing tutor and accredited writing coach (NAWE/Arvon/RD1st) with an MA in Scriptwriting. She runs playwriting workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and throughout the South West. She actively encourages playfulness and risk-taking in the use of language, form and content. www.angelastreetwriter.wordpress.com

Schedule:  Arrive Friday 16th October early evening and leave midday on Sunday 18 October.

Fee:  £250 pp includes Tuition, Accommodation (2 nights) and all Meals, teas/coffees.

• Cholderton Stonehenge is a large and newly converted Youth Hostel, with a lounge, conservatory and gardens, on an old drove road close to Stonehenge and other ancient archaeological features on Salisbury plain.
• Writing sessions will take place in the Education Room.
• There is a separate licensed bar adjoining the hostel.
• You’re welcome to walk in the surrounding woods and coppices and you’ll have the run of the farm outside public opening hours.

• Accommodation is in shared rooms but you can ask to upgrade to single occupancy when booking but there will be an extra charge for this.
• State when booking if you want to share with a friend.
• Most rooms are ensuite.
• There is one wheelchair accessible room with ensuite.
• Please phone the hostel to discuss any special requirements 01980 629379.

How to book:  Email choldertonstonehenge@yha.org.uk stating WRITERS WORKSHOP in the subject line and giving a contact number.

Max 15 places available. (When the course is full they will keep a waiting list)

Because of the popularity of the venue, they are unable to hold places on reserve.  Payment by credit card, BACS or cheque made out to Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

No refunds after 30 August. Refunds up to August 30, minus 10% for administrative costs.   They are unable to give any refunds after the 30 August 2015.

Travel:  Nearest station is Grateley on the Waterloo – Exeter line
Local Taxis: Griff’s Taxi’s Tel: (01980) 594411 Ace Cabs Tel: (01980) 622219
By car – off the A303 near Andover. See

Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostel
Beacon House
Amesbury Road
Wiltshire SP4 0EW

tel. 01980 629379

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

First Draft Theatre seeking 10-30 min submissions for Summer Showers at the Hope Theatre

First Draft Theatre are looking for submissions of short plays 10 – 30 minutes in length for the relaunch of FIRST DRAFT this August, Summer Showers.

Summer Showers will be produced at The Hope Theatre, a 50-seat venue above the world famous Hope and Anchor pub on Islington’s Upper Street in London.

If you are a writer and want to try out some new material then get in touch! If selected, your writing will be directed by Matthew Parker and will be rehearsed with a professional cast over three days to produce two scratch performances. With just three rehearsal days, First Draft aims to create the ultimate ‘scratch’ performance.

About First Draft:  First Draft affords the opportunity for writers to see their idea at an early stage, to receive feedback, to invite industry professionals and review the work for further development on the London fringe and beyond. For the audience the result is an exciting, energetic and compelling piece of fresh work and a glimpse into the genesis of a theatrical idea. First Draft has produced over 20 productions since 2010, including the annual short play festival, April Showers which inspired Summer Showers.

What to submit:  The writing MUST be your original material and it cannot have been previously produced, scratch or otherwise.  They can only except a maximum of 3 play submissions from each writer

How to apply:  Please send your submissions to contact@firstdrafttheatre.com.

Deadline: Thursday 30 July 2015

Source:  BBC Writersroom via @KateScottWriter


Crooked Heart Theatre seeking short plays about women, violence and the home (Los Angeles, only first 100 submissions read)

Crooked Heart Theatre have put out a call for scripts:

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To celebrate the success we’ve had with recent productions and upcoming projects, we’re putting together a weekend of one-act and short plays centered around the confluence of women, violence and the home.

Though we’d like to acknowledge that men comprise about 15% of domestic violence victims, we’ll be focusing on the intersection of women/children and violence this year.

What to submit:  They encourage you to consider other possible interpretations of these criteria:

• Violence Against the Self (Our Bodies & Homes We Live In)
• Violence within the Physical Home
• Violence at the Hands of Police & Other Authority Figures
• Dispossession & How We Look for Home
• The Domestic “Home” of Our Town, City, State or Country
• Shelters as Temporary Homes
• Other “Homes” We Adopt During Our Lives
• Healing & The Homes We Imagine for Ourselves
• Jealousy, Control, Isolation, Sabotage, Blame & Anger

There is no fee to submit. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Futures Without Violence, an organization advancing the health, stability, education, and security of women, men, girls, and boys worldwide. This organization helped to pass the Violence Against Woman Act in 1994, and continues to influence policy and train professionals (doctors, nurses, athletic coaches, and judges) to improve responses to domestic violence and educate the public about healthy relationships.

1. Plays may be between 1-30 pages in length, in standard playwriting format.
2. Playwrights retain all rights to their work, but grant to Crooked Heart Theater the rights to produce 1-2 performances of the work in Los Angeles only during the weekend of October 9-11, 2015 royalty-free. “Please know that we would not ask for the waiver of royalties in any other event than a charitable donation. We believe in paying playwrights a fair rate for their work, but feel that this cause more than warrants this request.”
3. In keeping with Dramatists Guild rules, no changes will be made to scripts without first consulting the playwright.
4. Since they’re a small company, only the first 100 submissions will be read.

How to apply:  Please email submissions with query letter and 100-word synopsis to kate@crookedhearttheater.org. If your script doesn’t already have character descriptions included, please also include that with your submission.

Deadline:  15 August 2015

Source:  Official Playwrights of Facebook

Attic Theatre Company seeking pieces for Playfest (paid £100)

Attic Theatre Company  presents its annual festival of new writing, Playfest, at the New Wimbledon Studio on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October.  Playfest features staged readings of 4 new short plays or extracts from longer works for the stage.  

Four plays will be chosen for presentation as rehearsed readings at the New Wimbledon Studio on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 October 2015.

Payment:  Selected playwrights will receive a fee of £100.

What to submit:  Attic seeks submissions of short (15-20 minute) plays which have not previously been performed or read in public and/or stand-alone scenes of a similar length from full length plays.

How to apply:  Do not include your name or email address. The only contact details to be included on the front of the script are up to two phone numbers which will still be active in September 2015.

In the interest of fairness, Attic accepts Playfest submissions on an anonymous basis only, so please only submit scripts by post to:

 Attic Theatre Company
Mitcham Library
157 London Road
Mitcham CR4 2YR

Deadline:  Friday 28 August 2015

Source:  Direct submission