Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme (age 18-25, £200 bursary)

The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, an opportunity for playwrights to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams.


  • No experience is necessary.
  • Anyone aged between 18 and 25 inclusive on 1 September 2017 is eligible to apply.

What you get:  Beginning in September 2017, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to submit drafts for feedback and to hold a reading of their work with professional actors at Hampstead Theatre. In September 2018, all drafts will be considered for presentation in the Downstairs studio, and the playwrights will meet with the Executive team to discuss their work.

The playwrights will be invited to see all Main Stage and Downstairs shows at Hampstead Theatre for free, to attend rehearsals and production meetings, and to meet with and learn from the Hampstead Theatre teams.

Fee:  The programme is completely free and Hampstead will offer a bursary of £200 towards travel throughout the year.

There is no entry fee.

What to submit / How to apply:  Writers are required to submit an application form, play proposal, and writing sample.

Information about the programme and the application form can be found here on their website.

Deadline:  Sunday 2 July 2017 at midnight

Source:  Direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Full Circle Theatre launch new online radio playwriting festival for 2017

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: Full Circle Theatre launch new online radio playwriting festival for 2017

Description: Following the success of their previously theatre based playwriting festivals, Full Circle Theatre have decided to move the festival online to reach a wider, international, audience.

Winning entries will be recorded as ‘radio’ plays and launched on their website where they will remain available to download free of charge for a year. They will be advertising the festival and the winning playwrights extensively on social media.

What’s so great about it? Have you written a play that might work well for radio? Or would you simply like the chance to have your play recorded for an online audience? This opportunity with Full Circle Theatre gives you the chance to have your play recorded and made available for download  on their website for a whole year. We think this is a great platform for promoting your work (and yourself!) and a valuable opportunity to get your play ‘produced’ by professionals. They are looking for plays of any genre (except musicals), all they ask is that scripts can be easily adapted for radio. You’ve got until 30 June to get those submissions in.

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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Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15 entry, $1500 prize)

ANPF’s flagship festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions by a cadre of volunteer readers.

This unique and much-loved five-day festival in Ashland, Oregon, features professional actors from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The event includes rehearsals and two staged readings of each winning play.

The winning playwrights receive a $1,500 stipend and local accommodations. There is a $15 submission fee.

Click here to view the complete list of criteria and to learn how to submit your work.

Here is a partial list of criteria:

  • Legibly typed in 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins; characters’ names centered above dialogue
  • Full-length drama or comedy, intermission preferred – 80 minutes minimum running time if no intermission; 95 – 120 minutes with one intermission
  • Previously unproduced (See our Definitions)
  • Maximum 8 characters; doubling allowed provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list
  • The submitting author is the sole owner of the copyright of the script
  • No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)
  • The ANPF 2018 Fall Festival will take place October 17-21, 2018.

Deadline: 31 December 2017 OR when 400 scripts are received, whichever comes first. A running tally of submissions will be shown on their website. 

Source: direct contact

LGBQT Arts Review seeking new work for ‘Raising our Voices’

Raising our Voices is  a new writing scheme to support LBTQ+ voices in getting to the staIt’s to bring more lesbian, trans, non-binary and intersectional LGBT+ voices to our stages, so they want to hear from people writing this work. It’s run by the LGBTQ Arts Review (lgbtqarts.com)

How to apply: writers need to download and complete anapplication form and send an extract of their work (all info on webpage)

Deadline: 5 June 2017

Source: direct contact


School For Poets seeking writers and educators (paid)

*Disclaimer: this one is aimed at those with an interest/ experience in poetry, but we hope it’s of use to some of our readers!

The school for Poets is a new learning platform for individuals looking to build careers as professional writers. We offer courses designed around a curriculum that is specifically designed to provide writers with practical tools for writing, editing and performance.

All courses are ran online via email and an online forum. Students will receive resources and exercises for each class via email. They based on 5 sessions ran over a 7 or 11 week period.

Students will have 1-2 weeks to complete the exercises and submit them to the teachers who will in turn have 1-2 weeks to provide feedback.

Students and teachers will also have access to an online forum for each specific course where they can discuss the activities and get feedback from their peers.

Person Specification: They’re looking for writers and educators with a proven track record in teaching poetry, writing, editing and performance to all age groups. You will have experience working as a professional writer and believe in developing quality in the craft.

If you have a passion for teaching and an idea for a course in one of the following areas, they want to hear from you:

  • Poetic Themes
  • Poetic Forms
  • Poetic Techniques
  • Poetry Editing
  • Poetry Performance
  • Teaching Poetry

How to apply: if this sounds like something you want to get involved in and you have an idea please send a course brief alongside a covering letting explaining why you want to be involved and a Writing CV to admin@schoolofpoetry.co.uk All educators work on a freelance basis and are responsible for their own Tax and National Insurance contributions.

Deadline: 1 July 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Red Dragonfly new playwriting competition 2017 open for submissions

After a successful launch in February 2017, Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist to the Mill are running Taking Flight Festival 2018 and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

Successful applicants will be invited to a free workshop and from that three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in their festival in July 2018.

There will be a £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival. Red Dragonfly and in-house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

Taking Flight New Writing Festival 2018 is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Deadline: 1 October 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Lancaster Words Festival short film competition open for entries (under 25’s)

Calling all budding film makers! As part of the Lancaster Words festival in July they are holding a short-film competition which invites entrants to make a 5-minute film responding to Paul Muldoon’s short poem ‘The Weepies’*

Entry to the competition is FREE and there will be a showing of the prize-winning films during the festival on Friday 7th July in the Storey Institute, Lancaster.

Entrants must be under 25 (on May 1st 2017)

How to apply: please send an email with a private link to a Vimeo or YouTube upload of your film. In the email you should include the following:

  • your name, age,
  • where you study (if still in education),
  • the title of your film
  • a sentence summary about how it responds to the Muldoon poem

All submissions for the competition should be headed ‘Film Festival submission’.

Prizes: 1st: £75, 2nd: £50, 3rd: £25

(Amazon vouchers)

Unfortunately, they will not be able to offer feedback to entrants. Submissions and any other enquiries should be sent to lancasterwords@lancaster.ac.uk. Copyright for all films remains with the filmmakers; by submitting your film, you assert that you are the copyright holder and you agree to the work being screened at Lancaster Words. Lancaster Words may approach you at a later about the possibility of using your footage in publicity materials.

*the poem can be found at https://smallwhales.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-weepies-from-paul-muldoons-why-brownlee-left/

Deadline: 19 June 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 26 May 2017

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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: Threadbare Theatre’s Playwriting Competition seeking plays set in a pub

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m struggling to finish my first play, should I just give up?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – Deadline: Various throughout May

Comedians Theatre Company call for duologues for Edinburgh slot Deadline: 26 May 2017

The After School Club looking for plays with young female protagonist for production – Deadline: 28 May 2017

Player-Playwrights seek 15-minute plays on ‘them and us’ theme – Deadline Monday 29 May 2017

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open for applications – Deadline: 30 May 2017

Little Fish Theatre seeks shorts for Pick of the Vine competition ($50 payment/production) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation seek LGBT historically inspired work ($500-3,000 prize) Deadline: 31 May 31, 2017

Pint-Sized Plays sought for pub performance in Tenby Festival Week – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Nick Darke Award 2017 (£2000 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Leytonstone Itch seeks 5-10 minute play for summer festival (£50 prize) – Deadline: 31 May 2017

Papatango Resident Playwright 2017 (£2000 seed commission) – Deadline:  1 June 2017 (submissions open on 22 May 2017)

Writers Avenue Theatre seeking plays for ‘The Gossip’ (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 1 June 2017

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

Kali war play season for South Asia women writers  – Deadline: Monday 5 June 2017 at 5pm

Fright Shorts: BBC Northern Ireland seeking comedy shorts with a Halloween theme – Deadline: 12 June 2017

BBC Comedy Commissioning: The Felix Dexter Bursary (BAME writers only) – Deadline: 12 June 2017 at 5pm

Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking a play set in a pub – Deadline: 16 June 2017

Ditchling Museum seeking writer in residence (paid) – Deadline: 19 June 2017

Creative Future Literary Awards open for applications (poetry and flash fiction) – Deadline: 26 June 2017

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for carnival podcast – Deadline: 27 June 2017

Ismena Collective now auditioning young playwrights for exciting project – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Green Curtain Theatre accepting submissions for London Irish Play Festival 2017 – Deadline: 30 June 2017

US New Works of Merit seeks scripts of social significance ($25 fee, $300 prize/professional reading) – Deadline: 30 June 2017

Full Circle Radio Theatre launch new online playwriting festival for 2017– Deadline: 30 June 2017

Alleyway Theatre seeks musicals/plays in memory of Maxim Mazumda for New York premiere – Deadline: 1 July 2017

Dionysian magazine accepting shorts from female-identifying playwrights – Deadline 1 July 2017

Verity Bargate Award 2017 – Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition 2017 (entry £7, prize £40) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

London Short Film Festival open for 2018 submissions (entry fee $6.50- $38) – Deadline: 21 April-21 August 2017

Miscellany Theatre Productions seeking love stories for My Irish Love Song project – Deadline: August (exact date TBC)

Soundwork call out for 15 minute monologues (Production and placement on website) – Deadline: 31 August 2017

Events and workshops:

Verity Bargate Award workshops – London workshops from 15 April-15 June 2017. Others around the country from Tue 18 April

Free writing workshop with Papatango winner Dawn King – Saturday 13 May 2017 and 27 May.

Bruntwood Prize 2017’s free online workshop programme –  20 and 24 May 2017

Bread and Roses Theatre Playwrights Circle meeting –  22 May from 7.30-9.30pm

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi at Bread and Roses   –   Friday 16 June 2017(10-6pm)

The Writers Club open for applications for July 2017 sessions (£75 a term) – no specified deadline/ sessions begin in July 2017

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500) – Deadline: 31 July 2017

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost) – Starts 21 August 2017

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15 – 19 October 2017

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

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 –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

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

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: 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 – Deadline: none  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

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500)

Applications are now open for a brand new playwriting course in central Oxford, taught by Olivier Award-winning playwright and director John Retallack.

It is a new professional course that covers every aspect of writing a play and, over 30 weekly 2-hour sessions and 3 day-long workshops between September and June, asks a selected group of promising writers to write three plays, starting with a 15 minute text in the first term and moving towards a full-length script in the third.

You might be a brand new writer, or someone who has written a great deal but has yet to break through fully on to the professional stage or radio – or you might have published and want to build up your skills as a playwright.

Course dates:11 September 2017 – 4 June 2018

Course fees: £2500

How to apply: admission is by interview, plus an two 20-page samples of the applicant’s written work. No academic qualification is required and the course is open to anyone over 18. for more information, including  course content and how to apply visit the website

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking plays set in a pub

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: Threadbare Theatre’s playwriting competition seeking plays set in a pub

Description: Threadbare Theatre is launching its playwriting competition and is looking for a play set in a pub.

Threadbare says: “We love working on new writing and on plays that fit our space perfectly. We are now launching a playwriting competition to find a brand new play that we will stage in the upstairs bar of The Crown Inn, Oxted. We are accepting scripts for production in our Autumn 2017/2018 season on the theme “The local”.

What’s so great about it? Well,  in the midst of the big competitions this year, sometimes it’s nice to write something just for plain old fun. And what could be more fun than drawing upon your experiences of, er, the pub? Unless of course all your memories are gin fuelled embarrassment, in which case, maybe you could come up with something fictional or write about your friends? The winner of this one actually gets their work performed in a pub so not only do you get to see your work on stage, in front of an audience, but it also sounds like a good night out. The brief is pretty open for this and they are accepting plays of anything from 30 minutes – 2 hours in length, all they ask is that the cast is no bigger than 3 actors. You’ve got until 16 June to submit.

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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