Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Red Planet Prize 2018

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: Red Planet Prize 2018

Description:  The Red Planet Prize is run in collaboration between Red Planet Pictures (Dickensian, The Ark, Death in Paradise) and ITV Drama. It offers emerging talent the opportunity to create a new, original TV drama with a script commission and development opportunities from ITV.

What’s so great about it? If you’re looking to break into television, this is a priceless opportunity – and unusual in that it offers a chance to develop your own idea rather than write for an existing series. Even if you don’t win the prize, there’s still the opportunity to get quite a lot out of it. 10 finalists get to attend a pitching masterclass and write an excerpt of their idea, so these are rich opportunities to build your skills and network. The submission window is 1-9 February, so if you’d like to submit it’s a good plan to get writing!

Read full details here.

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

Image Credit: Red Planet Pictures

Red Planet Prize 2018

UK independent production company Red Planet Pictures have partnered with ITV Drama on The Red Planet Prize 2018, in the new search for emerging writing talent who can create fresh and inspiring popular TV drama content. The winner of The Red Planet Prize, initially launched in 2007, will get a script commission and development opportunities with ITV.

Red Planet Pictures is home to popular dramas including DickensianThe Ark to Death in Paradise (by a previous Prize finalist), whilst ITV has always played a vital part in the landscape of British drama with shows including Cracker and Band of Gold, to the more recent Liar, Cold Feet and Broadchurch.

The Red Planet Prize 2018 is looking for writers who can create characters that make audiences sit up and unmissable stories that demand to be watched. Writers will be asked to think big, think bold, think how they can make their idea stand out in a competitive marketplace.

Eligibility: Screenwriters must be based in the UK and the original TV idea should not be in development with another broadcaster or production company.

What to submit/How to apply:

  • an existing original spec script, full length and could be for any medium; TV, film, radio, theatre
  • a one/two-page pitch for an original TV serial/series idea for ITV
  • a short CV highlighting any previous writing credits (these are not essential to enter)

Up to ten shortlisted writers will then be invited to a pitching master-class with Red Planet Pictures CEO Tony Jordan (Life On Mars, Hustle, Dickensian) and ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill and Victoria Fea, ITV’s Senior Drama Commissioner, who, along with actor Adrian Lester OBE (Riviera, Hustle, and next year’s new ITV three-part drama, Trauma, alongside John Simm), make up the judging panel.

Hopefuls will then be asked to write the first ten pages of their original idea, and hone their pitch and series outline. The strongest ideas will have development input and up to four writers will be invited to final interview, from which the ultimate winner will be chosen. The successful writer will get a script commission and development opportunities with ITV.

Submissions are open from Thursday 1st February 2018 with deadline Friday 9th February 2018 via the Red Planet Pictures website.

Deadline: Friday 9 February 2018* (*Note: submissions window does not open until Thursday 1 February 2018)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Asphalt Jungle Shorts XIV seeking site-specific short plays (Canada)

Asphalt Jungle Shorts XIV has announced a call for plays to be performed on May 31, June 1, 2, 7, 8, 9th 2018.

What to submit: In their own words:

‘We need plays. Short plays. 1 minute to 5 minutes….if it’s set on the go – outside, up to 10 if it’s set in a bar – 13 minutes if it’s incredible and set in a bar.

This is site-specific theatre. 

We’re looking for plays that feel as if the audience is sneaking around downtown, spying on people…those are the ones that work the best…when people aren’t sure if it’s a play or not…and believe me, there’ve been a few that the audience crowded to watch that were not plays. 

We like the odd…well, odd absurd piece, but no period pieces. 

No plays set in apartments/condos/houses/front porches. Think of where and how long the audience has to stand to watch your piece.’

For more details on what they are looking for, options for where to set your play, and examples, please review the entire submission call.

How to apply: 

  • Send .doc or .pdf submissions@flushink.net
  • Send one copy blind, and another will all your contact info and name.
  • In the subject of your email put the name of your play and AJS XV
  • They also ask “Please like Flush Ink Productions on Facebook – Page, or join Flush Ink Productions – Group, to keep up with what we’re doing.”

Deadline: 1 March 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

‘Anything Goes’ scratch opportunity at VAULT Festival

“Anything Goes” is an open scratch opportunity, showcasing new writing from all walks of life at the Vault Festival.

Whether you’re 18, 108, or somewhere in between, they want to hear your stories and we want to see your work.

Anything Goes takes place at 9.30pm as part of the festival on 14th March.

What to submit/How to apply: If you’re in the process of developing a piece and want to scratch 5 minutes of it in front of a live audience, get in touch by sending the following toInfo@yolandamercy.com:

– Up to 50 words about your piece
– A section of your piece (up to one page)
– Any other relevant supporting material
– Relevant social media handles

Long listed applicants will be notified by 5th February and invited to meet the team on 8th February in London.

Please note all teams will need to provide their own actors.

Deadline: 31 January 2018 at 5pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Talawa seeking New Work Coordinator

Talawa Thatre company is recuiting for a New Work Coordinator.

Talawa is committed to supporting the development of Black emerging and established artists, and in particular we have been championing writers through their twice yearly script reading service, the annual showcase event Talawa Firsts, and through offering residencies and commissions, supported by the Orseis Trust and the John Ellerman Foundation.

The Literary Department has grown in recent years, and has developed a reputation for finding some of the most exciting Black writers from across the country.

They are looking for someone who is passionate about new writing, and interested in supporting the development of Black artists.

Purpose of the role: To provide administrative support to Talawa’s Literary Department and artist development programme, MAKE, ensuring that the departments run smoothly, and that all writers and theatre makers at Talawa are well supported.   See the full job description on the Talawa website.

How to apply: To apply, please complete an application form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form, both available on their website.

Talawa is an equal opportunities employer. They are committed to working towards a more diverse theatre and cultural industry. Their fees and salaries are at least ITC minimum.

Deadline: Friday 19 January 2018 at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Yellow Stockings seeking 50-60 minute plays for London and Edinburgh runs

Yellow Stockings theatre company is seeking play submissions to be produced in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

What to submit: 

  • Running time around 50-60 minutes
  • For a cast of 2-5 actors, at least 50% of the cast will be made up of women
  • They are particularly interested in comedies or comedy dramas

Regarding style, they are happy to receive:

  • naturalistic, stylised or surreal plays
  • scripts in which actors can play against type and cross-gender
  • plays with more than 5 characters if there is room for multi-roling
  • scripts with space for physical theatre or live music
  • musicals

Ideally they are looking for new writing but if you choose to submit a play that has been staged previously please attach a cover letter detailing its previous performance

How to apply: Please submit your scripts to yellowstockingsproductions@gmail.com.

Deadline: 31 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Tender opportunity for large scale installations with SO Festival

This is an opportunity targeted at companies rather than individual writers, so we’re keeping it brief but posting it for folks who have these links and are interested.

SO Festival is currently accepting tender bids to produce a large scale installation that will appeal to all ages.

What to submit: There is a detailed submission guide available on their website. Please note that companies are required to submit a detailed cost breakdown and images of the proposed installations.

How to apply: Please send your quotes to Matthew Archer (matthew.archer@mvtlc.org).

Deadline: 5 February 2018 at noon

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Stockport Garrick Theatre New Writing Festival seeking 45-90 min plays

Stockport Garrick Theatre is looking for 3 playwrights to help develop a 45-90 minute play that will get a rehearsed reading at their New Writing Festival.

What you get: Initially, development opportunities will be on a peer basis and will be lead by what the playwright needs. There’s the potential for professional mentoring and feedback but they are unable to guarantee this at this point. What they can provide is free space to workshop and rehearse, people with a passion for new writing and an excellent set of actors ready to help you develop your play (It’s worth noting that actors from outside their membership can be involved too.)

We’re unable to guarantee feedback to all plays but we will read every play. Any feedback given will be on a peer to peer basis, which we’ll aim to share in the way that is best for you. The Garrick and the festival is ran entirely by volunteers and this is an unpaid opportunity.

What to submit: Plays do not need to be finished right now but they should still show your capabilities as a playwright. If the play is unfinished please make it clear within the script, in a way that makes sense to you, how you plan to finish your play so they can gain an understanding of the story you’re trying to tell. They are unable to promise that synopsis only submissions will be considered.

They are unable to include musicals or adaptations and can’t consider film, television and radio scripts. It’s important that it was written for live performance. They would love to include plays that have been written specifically for young performers.

If you’ve got any questions shoot newwriting@stockportgarrick.co.uk an email.

How to apply: Alongside your script, please nclude a statemtn in 20 words what the play is fundamentally about. Make sure you also include a telephone number, just in case. They are happy for plays to be submitted anonymously (with a pseudonym) but this isn’t required.

Please send plays to newwriting@stockportgarrick.co.uk

Deadline: 22 January 2018 at 11am

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Audiojam playscript competition (£2.99 fee)

Audiojam runs competitions on a quarterly basis over a wide range of mediums from monologues to short stories, plays and audiobooks.

Their Spring 2018 competition is focused on playscripts.

Up to 5 plays will be accepted and produced in their studio using professional actors and broadcast across the world to an existing listener base.

This unique competition enables authors to create a lasting keepsake of their treasured work.

What you pay: There is an entry fee of £2.99 to submit.

What to submit:

  • Format: Please submit your play in a word document or PDF format.

  • Your play does not have to be written in a format that is suitable for radio, however please do bear in mind that if your play is overly visual, it may not be appropriate for this medium.

  • Genre: Your play can be from any genre and it doesn’t matter if it has been published previously.

How to apply: Entries can be submitted via the competition website: https://www.audiojam.co.uk/competitions

 

Deadline: 31 March 2018

Source: Direct contact