Egbert-Rodden Awards offers $100 prize to encourage new work

LPB was contacted by the  Egbert-Rodden Writing Awards aimed at encouraging writers to create new work. You could win a a $100 prize through the Dan I Rodden Jr Play Award.

What to submit:  Plays must be at least 75 minutes in length. Subject matter is open but excessive violence, language, abusive or sexual content will be rejected. Submissions for the award must be unproduced or scheduled for production at the time of submission.

How to apply: Via this link.

Award Guidelines: The awards are not a publication or production award and no materials will be published or produced. Please understand the following before you submit.

1.      Each award carries a $100 prize.
2.      The award winner is responsible for any taxes.
3.      The author must supply a valid PayPal account for payment or the award.
4.      The award winner agrees to allow his or her name and likeness to be announced.
5.      The author of the submission affirms that s/he is the author of the piece submitted.
6.      The author affirms that the piece is unpublished or unproduced and not slated of publication or production at the time of submission.
7.      The Egbert-Rodden Writing Awards encourage the writer to pursue all avenues for publication and production while the submission is being considered. Post-submission publication or production has no effect on the award selection.
8.      Award winners who cannot be contacted or do not respond in a timely manner will be withdrawn from consideration.
9.      The judges decisions are final and they may reject a submission for any reason.

Deadline: 27 March 2017

Source: Direct contact

Applications open for Changing Face’s Dare to Dream evening

Applications are open from Brixton-based Changing Face theatre company for short 10-15 minute plays for its Dare to Dream evening.

The evening of new short plays will take place at the Arcola Theatre Studio 1 on  26 February 2017.

What to submit:  The company is looking for short plays/extracts about new adventures, hopes, dreams and our wildest fantasies.

It is  especially interested in plays about borders, barriers and boundaries; what it means to overcome these and to delve into a world of second chances, courage and wonder.

Stories can come in any form. This brief is open – it can be a direct response to the society we live in now – our work places, relationships, communities, politics or it can come from a more personal place. It’s up to you.

How to apply: Please send a 10-15 minute short play/extract to Lucy and Ellie by emailing

Deadline: 16 January 2017 

Source:  Changing Face

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 30 December 2016

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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 & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: 503Five Writers Residency Scheme

This Week in our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I finished my play. What do I do now?”

Featured Posts:

15 Best Gifts for Writers: 2016 Christmas/Holiday Gift Guide from London Playwrights Blog 

Spring 2017 Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 58 playwriting competitions with December+ deadlines

LGBT history month call out for historical drama proposals – Deadline: none posted, but time-sensitive

MA Directing student at Mountview Academy seeking 60-75 minute play for final showcase – Deadline: 30 December 2016

December 30th deadline for Blackshaw Theatre showcase at The Hen and Chickens – Deadline: 30 December 2016

Short film scripts with Jewish theme sought by producer (NFTS trained) – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Sussex Playwriting Competition seeking 30 minute radio thrillers (£7 fee) – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Shakespeare Shorts Competition– Deadline: 31 December 2016

The MMBF Trust offering £250 fund for creative projects – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Prime Cut announce The EU Collective Plays Playwriting competition (Belfast) – Deadline: 31 December 2016

First London Pub Theatre Festival companies to show 30 minutes of new work – Deadline: 31 December 2016

Polemic Theatre Company accepting submissions for festival – Deadline: 1 January 2017 at 12.01am

Bechdel Testing Life Scratch Night seeking conversation submissions – Deadline 3 January 2017

Graeae seeking part-time Literary Assistant – Deadline: 6 January 2017

Eurodram 2017 Competition for English Translations of contemporary European plays – Deadline: 6 January 2017

Talawa invites black theatre-makers to create work in Studio Firsts–  Deadline: 6 January 2017

The North Wall (Oxford) offers young writers a free Easter residency (ages 18-25) – Deadline: 6 January 2017

Actor Awareness seeks shows on working class theme for first scratch night of 2017 – Deadline: 7 January 2017

Call for Commissions for LightNight Liverpool 2017 with Open Culture (£1,000 commission) – Deadline: 8 January 2017

BBC Writersroom Script Room 12 opens soon for Drama submissions – Deadline: 9 January 2017

Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme open to writers who have attended Arvon course (free) – Deadline: 9 January 2017

Theatre 503 is open for submissions for the next intake of writers for the 503Five Writers’ Residency Scheme. Deadline: 11 January

King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays (Canada, $10 entry fee, $200 prize) – Deadline: 13 January 2017

‘Ouch! ‘BBC wants your true disability stories for live event – Deadline 15 January 2017

Changing Face’s Dare to Dream evening – Deadline 16 January

Barbican Open Lab 2017 – Deadline: 23 January 2017

Literary Manager at National Theatre of Scotland (12 mo. contract) – Deadline: 23 January 2017

Testlab New Writing Festival offering commissioned R&D – Deadline: 28 January 2017

Open Call Out for Didsbury Arts Festival Submissions – Deadline: 29 January 2017

Applications for Oxford’s fringe festival ‘Offbeat’ are now open – Deadline: 30 January 2017

2017 From Page To Stage Festival open for musical theatre submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2017

One-act plays sought for Kenneth Branagh Award at Windsor Fringe 2017 (£10 fee, £500 prize) – Deadline: 5 March 2017

2017 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 6 March 2017

Submissions open for Festival 47 at the King’s Head Theatre – Deadline: 6 March 2017

Events and workshops: 

Arundel Festival Theatre Writers Competition (£250 award) – 31 January 2017

The Playwright’s Journey (LPB Workshop) – 18 January – 8 March 2017 on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm (8 sessions)

Finding Your Voice – with A.C. Smith (LPW Workshop) – 9 February – 6 April 2017 on Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm (8 sessions, no class 9 March)

Unlocking Structure (LPB Workshop) Saturday 11 February 2017 from 10am-1pm

Pitch Like a Pro: How to Make Your Idea Stick (LPW Workshop) – Saturday 11 February 2017 from 2pm – 5pm

Your Self-Producing Toolkit: Intensive Workshop – Saturday 25 February 2017 from 10.30am – 5pm

Introduction to Writing for TV (LPW Workshop) – Saturday 11 March 2017 from 10am-1pm

The Arts Council & Beyond: Fundraising for your Play (LPB Workshop) – Saturday 11 March 2017 from 2-5pm

Ongoing submissions:

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people – various deadlines

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – no deadline

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – rolling

Writers’ Mutual writing group – Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Ongoing submissions

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – 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

Opportunities: Pick of the Week – 503Five Writers Residency Scheme

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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: 503Five Writers Residency Scheme

 Description: 503Five is an 18-month residency at Theatre503 that provides the selected writers with a seed commission, dramaturgical support, mentorship, and opportunities to have work staged. The scheme is aimed at writers who have developed their craft to a high standard but have yet to receive a professional production.

So, what’s so great about it? This scheme has it all: funding, staging, and support. This is a brilliant chance for emerging writers to develop their craft. It’s also focused on helping skilled writers make the leap to professional work, but targeting eligibility on writers who have not yet had a professional production. Theatre503 prides itself on its support for new writers, and this opportunity is a chance to benefit from that expertise in a supportive community. Applications are due 11 January – perfect timing for anyone making New Year’s resolutions about their writing!

Read the full details here.

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

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One-act plays sought for Kenneth Branagh Award at Windsor Fringe 2017 (£10 fee, £500 prize)

Amateur playwrights are invited to submit unpublished 30 minute  one-act plays for the Kenneth Branagh Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during the Windsor Fringe Festival in October 2017. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged on the writing only.

Scripts will be evaluated by readers and the final nine short listed by the  judges. The three winning writers will be notified by the middle of June 2017.

Eligibility: Only amateur playwrights are eligible and only one script per author will be accepted. Each script must be an original work and not have been previously published or performed.

How to submit:  Each play must have a cast of no more than six actors and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre. 

Formatting guidelines:

  • To be judged anonymously, the author’s name must appear on the cover page only, not in the script.
  • Writers should submit two copies of their plays, printed on one side only of A4 paper with no binding or stapling.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • No submissions will be accepted by email; and no scripts will be returned.
  • The cover page must show the name of the play and the author’s name, contact details and signature 

What you pay: There is a £10 application fee which can be paid by cheque (payable to ‘Windsor Fringe Festival’) with your submissions, or via Paypal on their website.

What you get:  Results of the competition will be announced through the media, the Windsor Fringe web//Twitter/ Facebook sites and the winner of the £500 award will be announced after the last night performance.

How to apply:  Scripts should be sent together with the reading fee to:

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award
Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB   U.K.

For additional information telephone: 07858 132941 or email: and visit the Windsor Fringe website 

Deadline: 5 March 2017

Source:  BBC WritersRoom

Bechdel Testing Life Scratch Night seeking conversation submissions

On 21 January 2017, Theatre Delicatessen chase away the post-Christmas blues with a festive drink or 2, at their Scratch Night of Conversations by Bechdel Theatre.

(Tickets to the event are available here.)

The confirmed Directors include:

  • Blythe Stewart (Southwark Playhouse, The Bunker Theatre)
  • Suzette Coon (Southwark Playhouse)
  • Floriana Dezou (Rewrite Theatre)
  • Nastazja Domaradzka (No Offence Theatre)

It’s not too late to be a part of this Scratch Night of Conversations.

What to submit:  Take some time to sit down and talk face-to-face with another woman who’s important to you (could be a family member, friend, frenemy, partner, inspiration, teacher – whoever springs to mind and is willing) and simply record the conversation.

The topic is your choice – whether it be dinner plans or family memories, just keep the tape rolling to capture a little slice of reality.

These recordings will be given to the writers and directors, who will take inspiration from their words and relationships to create an evening of theatre that combines verbatim conversations with original new writing.

You can choose the level of anonymity you are happy with for your submission.  Full details are available on their website.

How to apply:  The deadline for sending in your conversations is 3rd January, so make time over the festive season for a chat with your nearest and dearest and send it to

Deadline: 3 January 2017

Source: Theatre Delicatessen Newsletter

LGBT history month call out for historical drama proposals

LGBT History Month is putting out a call for proposals for OUTing The Past Festival Theatre for 2017-19.

It is looking for  creatives who can work with academics to create historical drama to be performed  at LGBT History Month festivals across the UK.

Stephen Hornby, LGBT History Month’s National Festival Theatre co-ordinator, says: “We’re building up a catalogue of unique LGBT+ historical drama that we’ve either directly commissioned, brokered or supported the development of.

“Our focus is on taking the stories of ordinary people’s lives, or the events that they become a part of, and dramatising them in a historically literate way, uncovering forgotten LGBT history.

“We want Festival Theatre to represent the full panoply of LGBT+ and the full geography of the UK. So, we are creating a mechanism for you to register people or events with us for consideration for future dramatisation.

“All you have to do is complete a short form and we’ll start to build up a bank of potential material for creatives to dramatise and of historical advisers to work with them.”

You can read about the last two years work at Stephen’s blog for the Arts Council England at:

How to apply:  Message Stephen M Hornby  with your email address and he will send more details.

Deadline: None posted

Source:   Stephen M Hornby in a  visitor post on Playwriting Network UK

‘Ouch! ‘BBC wants your true disability stories for live event

Ouch‘ runs the disability part of the BBC and a podcast with a focus on disabled people and diverse stories. It wants your stories of relationships for a live event.

It is looking for surprising, funny and engaging tales of friendship, dating and love – unrequited or otherwise – that you could tell on stage. You must be disabled, the story true, and it involves disability in some way.

For instance, you are blind and want to speak about the time you thought your partner was snogging someone else in front of you. Or, how your physical differences made intimacy a bit tricky. Or about the unwanted advances of people who assumed you might be easily pleased.

As well as performing it to a friendly crowd it was also be filmed for future use.

More details here  and there will be updates on a podcast.

Terms and Conditions

  • Please note that this is not a competition. The BBC is not offering prizes and guarantees no future opportunities.
  • The storytellers who tell their story on the night will not receive a fee but  will be able to offer some expenses for travel or accommodation and support costs by negotiation.
  • Contributors should be 18-years-old or more.
  • The final contributions will be curated and edited by the BBC Ouch production team. Copyright of the recordings and editorial control will rest with the BBC.
  • It is not guaranteed that all the storytellers on the night will come via this process.

How to apply:  Email or send a message on Facebook. Tell them about yourself and the tale you wish to share and they will be in touch to let you know the next step. If you have a great story, but need some “access” to tell it, they will work with you to make it happen.

Deadline: 15 January 2017

Source: Playwriting UK retweeted BBC WritersRoom post

Spring 2017 Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

**Please note: we are no longer taking bookings for our Spring Workshops**

Is 2017 the year you’ll finally crack that structure problem? Discover a whole new side of your voice as a writer? Or get the funding that will see your play produced?

At London Playwrights’ Blog, we’re already gearing up for 2017, and hope we can help make this your best writing year ever!

From the creative to the practical – and everything in between – we’re bringing back some of our most popular workshops and some brand new opportunities as well.

Career Development & Self-Producing

Your Self-Producing Toolkit: Intensive Workshop
Saturday 25 February 2017 from 10.30am – 5pm

Could 2017 be the year your play is produced? The answer is yes – if you’re willing to make it happen! This information-intensive (but fun) workshop will provide a detailed introduction to everything you need to know to produce your own work, empowering participants with the skills and confidence to get their work onstage. Participants say: “Was fantastic.  Packed with detail and constructive knowledge.” (All levels)

Introduction to Writing for TV
Saturday 11 March 2017 from 10am-1pm

Introduction to Writing for TV is the perfect primer for playwrights looking to expand their skillsets or screenwriters looking for real-life advice and industry pointers. Drawing on her personal experience, Sumerah Srivastav covers practical and creative aspects of how to build a career writing for the small screen. (All levels)

The Arts Council & Beyond: Fundraising for your Play
Saturday 11 March 2017 from 2-5pm

Fundraising For Your Play is a half-day workshop that will provide participants with the information they need to successfully raise the funds to create their artistic projects. Guest Workshop Leader Lynette Linton will cover the key steps that lead to a successful application, sharing tips and strategies from her own experience. If you’re thinking about producing your own work, this is a workshop not to be missed! (All levels)

Creative Development

Unlocking Structure (LPB Workshop)
Saturday 11 February 2017 from 10am-1pm

How do you know if you’re telling the very best version of your story? Learn how to make structure a tool to unlock the seed of your original idea. In this half day workshop, you will get grips with how structure works. Through practical creative exercises and group discussion you will unravel the basis of structure and discover how it can help you as a playwright. You’ll also have the chance to map a structure for your own idea and to gain valuable feedback from the group.  (Emerging writers, story idea required)

Pitch Like A Pro: How to Sell Your Idea
Saturday 11 February 2017 from 2pm – 5pm

If you want to be a professional writer – putting words on the page is only half the battle – you also need to be able to talk about your idea and convince others to  invest in it. This half day workshop combines practical exercises & real-life advice to help you build the skills and confidence to share your idea successfully in a variety of settings. (All levels, story idea required)

Ongoing Writing Workshops

The Playwright’s Journey – with Kimberley Andrews 
18 January – 8 March 2017 on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm (8 sessions)

This eight week course guides emerging writers in the process of developing their play. Delivered in a small-group format, The Playwright’s Journey provides a solid grounding in the fundamentals of playwriting (character, structure, etc) alongside the opportunity to share and get feedback on your work. (New and emerging writers)

Finding Your Voice – with A.C. Smith
9 February – 6 April 2017 on Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm (8 sessions, no class 9 March)

Finding Your Voice is an eight-week, intermediate-level course that uses exercises to unlock the imagination and challenges writers to identify and develop their strengths.  Participants say: “Wonderful”, “I really enjoyed the diversity of the task list”, “A great learning and sharing experience”. (Intermediate+ writers only, writing sample required.)

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Unlocking Structure (LPB Workshop)

*Please note: we are no longer taking bookings for this workshop**

Is structuring a play really as daunting as it’s made out to be? Is the five act structure the enemy of the free-thinking playwright? Should we map out the structure of a play before writing it? 

All too often, we see structure as something we need to impose on our work – a mechanical challenge that threatens to stifle our creativity. But what if we said structure is simply already there, in even the most basic of stories? They key to unlocking it is identifying the seeds that are already present, and bringing these out to make sure you tell the very best version of your story.

Course structure

In this half day workshop, you will get grips with how structure works. Through practical creative exercises and group discussion you will unravel the basis of structure and discover how it can help you as a playwright. You’ll also have the chance to structure your own idea and to gain valuable feedback from the group.

Who This Workshop is For

This workshop is designed for early career writers who are currently working on an idea but want to know more about developing the structure of their piece.

You’ll need to bring in a one page outline of your idea in order to participate in the exercises. More details will be sent in advance of the workshop (although if you want additional details before booking, you can contact

When and where

When: Saturday 11 February 2017 from 10am-1pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 30 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP (nearest tube: Canary Wharf)

Cost: £41

How to book

Please click the link below to book your place:

Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leader

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.

Photocredit: by eek the cat via Flickr Commons CC License 

Curious about our other workshops?  Check out the full listings here!