Falling Pennies call out for ‘lost and found’ new writing night

Falling Pennies is holding its fourth new writing show ”On The Night” and is looking for writers to submit a 10-15 minute scene on the theme of “lost & found”,

The night will be at 7.30pm on a Sunday this March (TBC) at The Arcola Theat

What to submit: A 10-15 minute scene on the theme of “lost & found”. It can be comedy, tragedy, farce. Falling Pennies says: “We’re not fancy about style. We just ask that you keep your characters between 2 and 4 and your scene is no more than 15 pages. Don’t worry about having a director or actors attached; we’ll arrange that for you.”

How to apply: Email your script to submission@fallingpennies.co.uk. You will receive an acknowledgement.

Deadline: 10 February 2017 at noon

Source: Falling Pennies website

The Significant Other Festival open for submissions

The Significant Other Festival is an annual festival of 10, 10 minute plays created in just 10 days.  The festival runs in London and Manchester.

This year the 6th Significant Other Festival is at The Vaults Theatre in London with performances from 14-18 March 2017.

Applications are now open for writers, actors and directors. 10 writers will create their 10 minute masterpiece, joined by 10 directors and 30 actors – all in 10 days. 10 original works will be created around the theme “significant other”.

If you are chosen for the project, you will be asked to write a 10 minute play for 3 actors in the course of 5 days (4th – 9th March ). The theme is the “significant other” however there will be other elements and limitations which will be allocated at the Inspiration Session on Saturday 4th March. The play must be written for 3 actors – gender and age will be determined at the Inspiration Session on 4th March. During the 5 days of writing, you will be asked to submit your writing as you proceed. Please note that there will be some feedback and dramaturgy required during your process with the producers.

Applications from all ages, abilities and experience are welcome but you must be available on the dates listed on the website.

What to submit: You must supply an excerpt of a piece of your writing (plays are preferred, maximum 4 pages) as well as a cover letter/statement (maximum 1 page) with details as to why you would like to be involved and if you have any previous theatrical experience.

How to apply:  Download an application form from the website and send it to info@pensivefederation.com

Deadline: 10 February 2017

Source: BBC Writers Room


Applications open for membership of The Writers Club ( £75 termly fee)

The Writers Club is a unique club for playwrights, where writers come together to develop their scripts, learn, share and inspire. In association with Directors Cut Theatre Company.

Workshops are run by artistic director Heather Ward who has an MA in Theatre Directing, studied playwriting in her BA degree and was the co-artistic director of Writers Avenue.

When is it? Starting in March 2017. Sessions are fortnightly on Saturdays 11am-1pm or Monday evenings from 6pm-8pm at Calder Bookshop & Theatre, Waterloo, London.

How much? Membership is £75 a term (every 4 months).

What you get: 

  • Established playwrights within the industry will be hired to run workshops sharing their experience, tips and advice in script development and life as a writer within the theatre industry.
  • Writers in The Writers Club will also receive guidance and feedback on what  Heather Ward and dramaturg Jessica Mayne are looking for when choosing successful scripts for The Directors Club Showcase, in which writers are invited to apply.
  • There will be opportunities to have your work read out by professional actors from The Actors Club at rehearsed readings Write to Right, and table readings where you will gain feedback in order to develop your work to its potential.

What to submit: Two samples of your work (no more than 10 minutes each).

How to apply: Email info@directorscuttheatre.co.uk.

Deadline: None posted.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Play Submissions Helper – 37 playwriting competitions with February deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in February 2017.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: Various throughout February

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Omnibus Literary Festival seeks novel adaptions for night of new work

Omnibus are looking for submissions for the annual Omnibus Literary Festival.

Taking as inspiration the site’s former life as the Old Library, Omnibus are looking for playwrights who have an adaptation of a novel to be part of an evening showcasing new work.

What you get: Selected pieces will receive rehearsal time with professional actors and directors, culminating in a performance at Omnibus Clapham on Sunday 21 May  2017.

Eligibility: This opportunity is preferably for experienced writers.

What to submit: Excerpts can be anywhere up to 20 minutes long.

How to apply: Please submit all responses, and any queries, to literary@omnibus-clapham.org

Deadline: 12 February 2017

Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-Up: 27 January 2017

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week:  Soggy Brass at Southwark Playhouse

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “Should I be offended the actors are suggesting edits to my rehearsed reading?”

Featured Posts:

Gifts & Gear: The Best Stuff for Writers in January 2017

Taking matters into her own hands: Tamara von Werthern on putting women’s voices onstage

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 41 playwriting competitions with January+ deadlines

Women Redressed open for Act II submissions – Deadline Friday 27 January 2017, midnight

First call out for Hastings Fringe Festival – Deadline: Saturday 28 January 2017 from 2-4pm

28 Plays Later: Take The Space’s February daily writing challenge – Deadline: 28 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

Game-writing opportunity for trainees on Zombies, Run! (paid) – Deadline 31 January 2017

Monday Club hosting new writing night at the Old Red Lion – Deadline 31 January 2017

‘Crossing boundaries’ theme for Instinct Theatre’s scratch night  – Deadline: 5 February 2017

Soggy Brass open for comedy submissions at Southwark Playhouse (paid) – Deadline 5 February 2017

Irish Green Curtain Theatre’s ‘Shows from the Songs Night’ – Deadline: Monday 6 February 2017

Win Bafta industry showcase for TV drama (£45 entry fee) – Deadline:  8 February 2017, 10am

Write, cast and perform in one night with Stitchin’ Fiction  Deadline: Saturday 11 February at noon

Stranger Tales’ sought for Skint Theatre Festival (Bristol) – Deadline: Monday 13 February 2017

Young writers 10-25 sought for Harts/Lyric Hammersmith Writing Festival Deadline: 17 February 2017

Arts Depot paid summer research and development residencies – Deadline: Mon 20 Feb 2017, 10am

St John’s call for Waterloo Festival 2017 monologues (£2 entry fee, £30 prize) -Deadline: 24 February 2017

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

Writers Avenue Theatre Company seeks scripts from 18-30 year oldsDeadline: 1 March 2017

£8,000 commission with Writers in Theatre inaugural award – Deadline 2 March 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

Rabbit’s Riot Theatre’s call out for first LGBT+ festival scripts – Deadline: Monday 20 March 2017

Brave New World seeks shorts on theme of Legacy for ‘Slam’ new writing night – Deadline: Monday 20 March 2017

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000)- Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 at 10am

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 6pm

Events and workshops: 

Ten week writing course  Omnibus Writer’s Workshop, Clapham Common (£150)  – 30 January 2017

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

Art of Redrafting Your Play – National Theatre course  – Saturday 4 February and Sunday  5 February, 10.30am-4.30pm


One day workshop with Jennifer Farmer at Bishopsgate Institute Saturday 11 February 2017 (10am-4pm)      

Yellow Earth launches 2-year professional playwriting programme Deadline:  Friday 17 February 2017 at 5pm

Verbatim technique workshop  at Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham (£50) – Sunday 4 March (10-6) and Sunday 5 March 2017(11-4)

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

Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –Saturday, 13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers Deadline: ongoing

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

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development)

The Bruntwood Prize – the biggest playwriting competition in the UK, both in terms of number of submissions and prize money – has been launched, so time to get your scripts ready before the June deadline.

The biennial Bruntwood Prize is organised by The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and property company Bruntwood.  It is open to all playwrights aged 16 and over across the UK.

The prize has a comprehensive website, featuring everything from submission guidelines, to writing inspiration, to FAQ, to pointers from past winners.  Check out this resource before submitting.

Michael Oglesby, chairman of Bruntwood, said: “We are delighted to be launching the sixth edition of the Bruntwood Prize. It provides a unique opportunity for aspiring playwrights to have access to a network of opportunities which help them to bring their plays to the stage.”

Broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Lang will chair the  judging panel. Her fellow judges include Dr Who screenwriter Russell T. Davies, previous Bruntwood Prize winner Phil Porter and actor Don Warrington.

What you get:  Their a prize money pot of £40,000 to be divided according to the decision of the judges.  Traditionally, this has been awarded as a £16,000 prize to the winner, with three Judges Awards of £8,000.

Each of the winners will enter into a development process with the Royal Exchange Theatre. The winning scripts, will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester this November.

What to submit: An original, unperformed full-length play.  Only one submission per writer will be accepted. The play must be an hour long or more in playing time. They do not accept translations, adaptations of other pieces of work or musicals. They also do not accept plays written exclusively for younger audiences.

The play must not be under consideration by any other theatre or part of an active production process.*  Note that plays must be submitted under a pseudonym – see website for full details before applying.

*Please note: you can send in a play that you’ve submitted to other competitions but if your play wins or gets commissioned for production, you’d need to withdraw it from the Bruntwood Prize. See below, taken from their FAQ’s:

We would actively encourage you to enter your script into any Prizes and competitions for which it is eligible.  However, if your script wins or is commissioned / optioned for production by another company during the process of Judging for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, you will need to contact us as soon as possible to withdraw from the competition.  At that point, the script would become ineligible for this competition.”


How to apply:  Scripts can be submitted via an online form.

What you win: The prize fund is £40,000 for the judges to distribute at their discretion.  No production is guaranteed, but all winners will have the opportunity to begin a relationship with the Royal Exchange, with a view to production.

Deadline:  Monday 5 June 2017 at 6pm

Source: Bruntwood Prize Website

Brave New World seeks shorts on theme of Legacy for ‘Slam’ new writing night

Brave New World is open for submissions for five minute pieces for a new writing night on the theme of Legacy on Friday 31 March at Slam in King’s Cross.

Theme:  Brave New World says after a year of high-profile deaths in 2016 Legacy will explore the aftermath. In their own words:

“Having waved goodbye to Obama from the White House and with Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and George Michael all pushing up the daisies, we’ll be wiping our eyes, blowing our noses and conducting our own kind of autopsy.

“As well as examining the things left behind, we’re interested in what (or, more importantly, who) will succeed them.

“We’ve noticed that death can cause even the harshest of critics to grow sentimental, and that the way people are remembered after death can be very different to the way they were perceived while alive. Do we know, and can we influence the things we’ll be remembered for? Sure, Bowie wrote his death into his Blackstar album, but is it actually possible to determine our own legacies?

“We’re looking for 5-minute pieces of new writing on the theme of legacy, which, amidst all the ch-ch-changes, will help us turn and face the strange.”

What to sumbit: 5-minute pieces of any form, including drama, poetry and prose.  If your piece is a script, please send it in clear, standardised formatting, including only character names, stage directions and dialogue. (Brave New World recommends Celtx software for this, which can be downloaded for free from this link: http://celtx.en.softonic.com/)

How to apply: Send all submissions to bravenewwordfest@gmail.com in either Word or PDF format as an email attachment.

Deadline: Monday 20 February 2017 at midnight

Source: Direct contact

Art of Redrafting your play: 2-day National Theatre course (£100/£80)

Playwriting The Art of Redrafting with Jemma Kennedy and Tanya Ronder
Saturday 4 February and Sunday  5 February, 10.30am-4.30pm
John Lyon Education Studio,  National Theatre Studio,  83 -101 The Cut,  London, SE1 8LL.

About the course: This two-day course with playwrights Tanya Ronder and Jemma Kennedy will set out a practical approach to redrafting your play.

What you get: A selection of writing workshops will give you ideas and strategies to help you work through challenges in your new draft and clarify your intentions with your play overall.

Course applicants should be working on a draft of a play and be prepared to use their story ideas and characters in group exercises.

Please note: no one-to-one feedback will be given on students’ plays during the course.

Cost:  £100/£80

How to apply: Book here

Source: Direct contact

Writers Avenue Theatre Company wants six degrees of separation scripts (writers aged 18-30)

The Writers Avenue Theatre Company is open to writers aged 18-30 who would like the opportunity to develop work and showcase it in front of an audience including top industry professionals.

It is looking for scripts on the theme: Six degrees: It’s a small world. The playwright, Frigyes Karinthy, was the first to bring forth the 6 degrees of separation theory which refers to the idea that everyone on this earth is approximately six or less steps away from introduction to each other.​

Once the writers are selected each writer shall write a loose synopsis for their idea and attend workshops to develop scripts that are connected with each other. ​

Eligibility: Age 18-30.

What to submit: The opening 10 pages of a script.

How to enter: Please submit your script to: info@writersavenue.co.uk with the subject line 6 DEGREES followed by the title of your play. Include your full name, number, email and address on the title page, use size 12 font and number the pages.

Deadline: 1 March 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom