Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘Rotterdam’

Theatre503 will be holding a  Writer’s Night for its upcoming production of Rotterdam  on Wednesday 28 October 2015.

Theatre 503 Writer’s Nights are a great night out – they give writers the opportunity to:

  1. See the show at a discounted rate
  2. Meet and talk to the lovely team at Theatre503
  3. Prepare to submit to a Theatre503 Rapid Write Response

The Rapid Write Response gives writers a chance to write a short response to the full-length play.  Theatre503 selects their favourite entries, which they produce in a one-off evening performance.  (More information here.)  The Rapid Write Response nights for this show will take place on 15 and 16 November 2015.

To get the Writers’ Night promo code and keep up to date on these events, sign up for their Writers Newsletter by contacting literary@theatre503.com.

Source: Theatre503

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘Valhalla’

Theatre503 will be holding a  Writer’s Night for its upcoming production of Valhalla on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Theatre 503 Writer’s Nights are a great night out – they give writers the opportunity to:

  1. See the show at a discounted rate
  2. Meet and talk to the lovely team at Theatre503
  3. Prepare to submit to a Theatre503 Rapid Write Response

The Rapid Write Response gives writers a chance to write a short response to the full-length play.  Theatre503 selects their favourite entries, which they produce in a one-off evening performance.  (More information here.)  The Rapid Write Response nights for this show will take place on 18 and 19 October 2015.

To get the Writers’ Night promo code and keep up to date on these events, sign up for their Writers Newsletter by contacting literary@theatre503.com.

Source: Theatre503

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 August 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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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week is: Freshly Scratched at the Battersea Arts Centre

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 54 Playwright Submissions w/ September Deadlines – Deadlines ongoing

 

Berkery Casting seeking 60-90 minute play for profit-share production – Deadline:  28 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

Soggy Brass @ Southwark Playhouse open for submissions – Deadline: 30 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

Cofilmic seeking comedy sketch submissions from writers in the North of England – Deadline: 31 August 2015 at 12 noon

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)

IdeasTap presents…Old Vic 12 – open for applications – Deadline: 2 September 2015

TheatreFest15 seeking one act plays on the theme of slavery (£10 entry fee) – 4 September 2015

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

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 7 September 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 8 September 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

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

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

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 14 September 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 15 September 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Rose Unfolds Scratch Nights at Rose Playhouse Bankside – Deadline: 18 September 2015

10 Minutes to… Light the Fuse in November open for submissions (Live Theatre, Newcastle) – Deadline: 21 September 2015 at 10am

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 21 September 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 22 September 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

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

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 28 September 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 29 September 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

R&D By The Sea – Weeklong Funded Residency at Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis – Deadline: 30 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

Less is More Productions seeking new plays from writers in the North East– Deadline: 5 October 2015

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 5 October 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 6 October 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

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

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches (paid) – Deadline: 12 October 2015 (weekly MONDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking one-liners (paid) – Deadline: 13 October 2015 (weekly TUESDAY deadline for six consecutive weeks)

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

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2016 – Deadline: 30 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

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is Now Open – Deadline: 1 December 2015

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

Events and workshops: 

 

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

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘And Then Come The Nightjars’ – 4 September 2015

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

Royal Society of Literature Event: Tennessee Williams and the out-crying heart – 9 September 2015

Free September writing workshop with Papatango – 9 September 2015

Playwriting course with Jennifer Farmer at Bishopsgate Institute – 14 September – 19 October 2015

Taster Session with London Playwriting Lab – 15 September 2015

Free September writing workshop with Papatango – 23 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:

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

Winners announced for Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards

Today, the winners of the first Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards were announced.

Winners include playwright Anna Jordan (previous winner of the Bruntwood Prize) and musical theatre writers Matthew Winkworth and Chris Bush (previous winners of the Perfect Pitch Award), as well as artists working in dance and music.

Check out the full list at The Stage.

Congratulations, everyone!

Source:  The Stage

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘And Then Come The Nightjars’

Theatre503 will be holding a  Writer’s Night for its upcoming production of And Then Come The Nightjars on Friday 4 September 2015.

Theatre 503 Writer’s Nights are a great night out – they give writers the opportunity to:

  1. See the show at a discounted rate
  2. Meet and talk to the lovely team at Theatre503
  3. Prepare to submit to a Theatre503 Rapid Write Response

The Rapid Write Response gives writers a chance to write a short response to the full-length play.  Theatre503 selects their favourite entries, which they produce in a one-off evening performance.  (More information here.)  The Rapid Write Response nights for this show will take place on 20 and 21 September 2015.

To get the Writers’ Night promo code and keep up to date on these events, sign up for their Writers Newsletter by contacting literary@theatre503.com.

Source: Theatre503

Newsjack on BBC Radio 4 seeking sketches and one-liners (paid)

Newsjack the Radio 4 Extra topical news sketch show, which anyone can write for, is again looking for writers to submit sketches and one-liners for the series.

Read the Blog for more information about how to submit sketches, plus loads of handy hints and examples.

How to apply:  Make sure you read the full rules before you start sending your material…

  1. Download the template(s)
  2. Write your name and email address in the header
  3. Write in your sketches or one-liners
  4. Attach your sketches or one-liners in an email and send to: newsjacksubmissions@bbc.co.uk

Fees:  There is a flat fee for all non-commissioned material (regardless of the writer’s previous experience):

  • £42/minute for sketches. (£21/30 seconds for sketches.)
  • £21 for quickies and one liners.
  • This fee will be for taking all rights in the work on a non-exclusive basis.

Deadlines:

Sketches: 12.00pm Mondays from 7th September (last submission Monday 12th October)

One-Liners: 12.00pm Tuesdays from 8th September (last submission Tuesday 13th October)

Source:  BBC Writersroom

James Tait Black prize awarded to Gordon Dahlquist for ‘Tomorrow Come Today’

As announced in The Stage, this year’s James Tait Black Prize has been awarded for sci-fi work which “portrays a future when the super-rich can switch bodies to younger, healthier ones, allowing them to live for hundreds of years.”

The James Tait Black Prize is awarded to a full length play that has received a professional production, and is selected by representatives from The University of Edinburgh, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, and the Traverse Theatre.  The prize recognizes the best new play in English, Scots or Gaelic, which “demonstrates an original theatrical voice and makes a significant contribution to the art form”, and was selected out of 180 submissions this year.

Congratulations, Gordon!

Source:  The Stage

10 Minutes to… Light the Fuse in November open for submissions (Live Theatre, Newcastle)

10 Minutes to… is the latest addition to Live Theatre’s Live Lab programme, giving writers and directors the opportunity to forge new creative partnerships, be showcased at Live Theatre and bring their work to a new audience.

Out of the submissions received, five plays will be selected for inclusion in the November edition of 10 Minutes to… which takes place on Sunday 1 November at 8pm in the Main Theatre.

The chosen writers will be matched with five directors. Writers and directors will then work together to complete the piece, cast it and be ready for an intensive rehearsal weekend on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.

What to submit:  Writers are invited to submit 10 minute plays to the Literary Team that respond to the theme Light the Fuse

  • Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes
  • No more than 4 characters
  • Be able to be performed with minimal staging and technical support

How to apply:  Email your 10 Minutes to… submissions to Creative Producer Graeme Thompson: graeme@live.org.uk

Deadline:  Monday 21 September at 10am.

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Freshly Scratched at the Battersea Arts Centre

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: Freshly Scratched at the Battersea Arts Centre

Description: Freshly Scratched gives emerging artists the opportunity to present 10 minutes of a work in development to an audience, with the goal of supporting work that ‘pushes the boundary of the art form.’

So, what’s so great about it?  One of the most exciting developments in contemporary playwriting is the freedom writers have felt to cross-fertilize with other art forms, and Battersea Arts Centre are keen to support experimental, risk taking work.  If you’ve got an unconventional idea, this is an amazing opportunity to R&D with an amazing venue, and get immediate feedback on developing your piece.  The deadline for submissions is 9 September – and remember that you’ll need to be prepared to stage the work yourself, not just submit a script.  (If you need pointers on this, check out Kimberley Andrews’s series on How To Produce Your Own Work.)

See 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.