BBC Radio Solent Search for New Playwrights

Have you ever wanted to be a Playwright? Would you like to have your work broadcast on BBC radio? Do you have what it takes to become a BBC Radio Solent Playwright?

They are looking for 15 minute fictional radio plays with a connection to Hampshire, Dorset or the Isle of Wight, to be recorded at a special performance later in the year for broadcast on BBC Radio Solent and on the website. It’s a fantastic opportunity to hear your work on the radio and online.

Chosen by a panel of experts, the writers of the best three plays will be invited along to a workshop to help refine their scripts ready for recording by actors in front of a live audience.

Submissions will be judged on:

  • Originality
  • Plot
  • Storytelling
  • Suitability for radio listening
  • Creative use of location
  • Writing technique
  • Enjoyment

Who is eligible? You don’t need any previous writing experience. All entries need to be an original piece of fiction not previously published or performed. You can enter on your own or as a group, but you can only enter once.

How to apply: Visit the BBC Radio Solent website for full details and make sure you read the full terms and conditions before entering.

Deadline: 4 March 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Applications open Entrepreneurship skills for performing artists, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

The Guildhall School has just opened applications to a new short course: ‘Entrepreneurship skills for performing artists’. The course will take place over the weekend of 21 – 22 April, and has been specifically developed for performing artists, by performing artists here at the Guildhall School. Its aim is to equip artists with the entrepreneurial skills, business knowledge and mindset that will help them thrive in today’s competitive industry.

If you’re a student or recent graduate trying to advance your career as you build your portfolio, then this course is for you. Talent and brilliant craft are only part of the skills you’ll need to succeed professionally, so we’ll help you start tackling the rest.

From running your own ensemble to developing your profile as a teacher, and from staging and promoting original work to building your brand as an artist, the subjects covered in this course will be relevant to you whatever your line of work!

Cost: The course fee is £215, with concessionary places priced at £195 for students and professional artists working in a performing arts discipline.

Course Dates: 21-22 April 2018

How to apply: For further information on the course, and to apply, visit the website.

Deadline: None specified, but the course starts on 21 Arpril 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festival

London Uni. Students – this is your last chance to submit a piece of new-writing on behalf of your University to perform in the London Student Drama Festival – all submissions perform at the semi finals ( on 13 or 15 March 2018.  They are looking for 25 minute submissions, written, performed and directed by members of your Uni.

Currently on the line up are UCL, KCL, Imperial, SOAS, Regent’s, Goldsmiths, LSE and Royal Holloway. The top 5 shows will perform at the Duchess Theatre in the finals 19 March-

How to apply: simply fill in this google form ASAP! They want this to be the biggest LSDF so far:

Deadline: None posted, but they are looking for submissions ASAP.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Seed Commission Call-Out, Camden People’s Theatre

With the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Camden People’s Theatre offers six seed commissions annually to artists from BAME backgrounds, to support the development of innovative new theatre projects.

Two of these will be offered in Spring 2018: successful candidates will receive £750, one week’s rehearsal space, and the opportunity to present a ‘scratch’ performance (up to 25 minutes long) as part of our artistic programme.

These commissions are being offered to artists of colour in recognition of the fact these artists are currently underrepresented in contemporary theatre.

How to apply: please head to

Deadline: 26 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Proposals for New Projects Exploring Class and Post-Truth, Camden People’s Theatre

In spring 2018, Camden People’s Theatre stages two short seasons of work exploring working-class experience, identity and representation (Common People, April 16 – 28); and the ‘post-truth’ landscape (All Is True, June 4 – 9). At each event, alongside the main programme of work, they will showcase new works-in-development addressing these themes.

They are now seeking proposals for new projects to take part in these ‘scratch’ platforms, and can offer seed commissions of £500 to successful applicants.

How to apply: For information on what we’re looking for and what they’re offering, please click here. You’ll need to apply using their  online application form.

Deadline: 26 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

The Actors Centre: John Thaw Initiative open for submissions (deadline 23 Feb!)

Submissions are now open for the next season of the John Thaw Initiative, exploring mental health distress in all its’ forms and the Actors Centre is offering you a FREE platform to perform and get feedback on your work-in-progress shows!

They want to curate the evenings around your needs and support you in daring to create your own work.  This can be anything from plays to musicals, from comedy to poetry.  They will be using  the John Thaw Studio – a 50-seat studio space – as the main home for this initiative.

“We are on the lookout for innovative work, genre-pushing and risky, trying something new and looking to challenge audience and participants'”

Submission guidelines: plays must be no longer than 90 minutes and must have an educational engagement element; there is a full description of the guidelines in their website and we’d recommend reading it in full before you submit.

How to apply: via the website.

Deadline: 23 February 2018 at

Source: Word of mouth

Secret Hour Theatre seeking plays to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

Secret Hour Theatre seeks 20-30 minute plays with a strong female narrative to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

Following the success of their sell-out 5 star new writing night at the Camden Fringe last year, Secret Hour Theatre are looking for plays that explore the untold and forgotten stories of women. BAME and LGBTQIA+ entries are highly encouraged.

Submission guidelines:
  • Plays must not have been staged before (rehearsed reading is fine)
  • Minimal tech and lighting requirements
  • Maximum cast of 4
  • 20 minutes minimum length (maximum 30)
  • Entries from all genders accepted
How to apply: Please send all submissions to All submissions will be read.
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 16 February 2018

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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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Featured posts:

Six top tips for aspiring female playwrights

LPW Online Book Club – born bad

Has LPB impacted your writing? Share your story!

How to stage a reading of your work to improve your writing

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Stage Front: A Night Celebrating Older Women in Theatre – call out for short plays

Pursued By A Bear: “My political play feels like talking heads”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 28 Opportunities with February deadlines – various

Newsjack seeking submissions of sketches and one-liners (paid) – Weekly until 13 March 2018

Theatre Centre open call-out to playwrights: The Brian Way Award -Deadline: 16 February 2018

Theatr Clwyd announce third year of Writer In Residence Scheme – Deadline: 16 February 2018

Young Harts Writing Festival 2018 – Deadline: 16 February 2018

Taal Himalayan residency open to applications (£449) – Deadline: 16 February 2018

Ink or Swim at the Hope Theatre – Deadline: 16 February 2018

Lotus Lee Foundation New Work Initiative – Deadline: 18 February 2018

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking writers for rehearsed reading performance – Deadline: 18 February 2018

Parallel Praxis Cross-Disciplinary Artist Discussion Group – Deadline: 19 February 2018

Director’s Cut seeking submissions on ‘What is love?’ – Deadline: 21 February 2018

Nick Hern Books seeking Publishing Assistant – Deadline: 22 February 2018

The Scenic Route seeking playwriting tutors – Deadline: 23 February 2018

Paperclip Theatre seeking shorts on theme ‘Echoes of the Past’ – Deadline: 23 February 2018 at 12pm

Night of Small Things seeking 15 minute scripts responding to #HeForShe – Deadline: 23 February 2018

Stage Front: A Night Celebrating Older Women in Theatre – call out for short plays – Deadline: 25 February 2018

Yard Theatre seeking submissions for Live Drafts – Deadline: 26 February 2018

Stockport Garrick Theatre New Writing Festival seeking 45-90 min plays – Deadline: 26 February 2018

Aberdeen Performing Arts seeking submissions for Climate Action scratch night – Deadline: 26 February 2018

Starbound Theatre seeking female led plays with diverse casts – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Persistent and Nasty seeking submissions from female-identified voices – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Theatre Royal Haymarket Pitch Your Play 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

One Eyed Dog Films open submission window – 28 February 2018

Second Circle Theatre accepting submissions for script reading night – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Asphalt Jungle Shorts XIV seeking site-specific short plays (Canada) – Deadline: 1 March 2018

Elicit Pictures seeking short screenplays – Deadline: 1 March 2018

Get Over It Productions seeking submissions for female-centric scratch night – Deadline: 1 March 2018

CultureClash Theatre seeking 10-20 min submissions for Voices in the Dark – Deadline: 2 March 2018

Broken Silence Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from Home’ (female writers from South East)-  Deadline: 3 March 2018 at 8pm

Has LPB impacted your writing? Share your story! – Deadline: 5 March 2018

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing at Windsor Fringe (£500 prize) – Deadline: 5 March 2018

International Theatre Institute/ Morecambe Fringe accepting 10 minute plays on theme of ‘Brexit?’ – Deadline: 10 March 2018#

Actor Awareness seeking submissions for scratch night on the theme of ‘Women’s Night’ – Deadline: 11 March 2018

Live Theatre ‘Live Lab’ open for submissions for £2000 bursary– Deadline: 16 March 2018 at 5pm

Chesil Theatre seeking plays on ‘Hidden Worlds’ for 10×10 Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 30 March 2018

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2018 (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2018

Theatre503 Playwriting Award 2018 – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Faversham Fringe 2018 open to applications – Deadline: 31 March 2018, but slots filled on rolling basis

Audiojam playscript competition (£2.99 fee) – Deadline: 31 March 2018

KDC Theatre seeking writers for ‘Full Stack’ competition – Deadline: 31 March 2018

Waterloo Festival Publishing Competition – Deadline: 31 March 2018

LOST Theatre One Act Festival at Stockwell Playhouse (£70 if selected, £500 prize) – Deadline: 1 April 2018

Kevin Elyot Award for Writer-in-Residence 2018 (£3,000) – Deadline: 20 April 2018

‘Sheatre’ seeking plays/extracts with all female/non-binary casts (non-male writers only) – Deadline: 29 April 2018

Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2018 – Deadline: 1 May 2018

Radius Playwriting Competition 2018 open for entries (£500 prize) – Deadline: 1 May 2018 at 5pm

Punk Monkey Productions seeking one-act plays for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest open for submissions ($25 entry fee) – Deadline: 2 July 2018

365 Women a Year Playwriting Project – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Events and workshops:

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia – (Ongoing, sign up any time)

Writers’ Support Group (Manchester)– Mondays 6pm-8pm

‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ workshop at the Hampstead – 17 February 2018

Media Plays at the NT: workshop – 20 February 2018

Creating Compelling Characters – online workshop with Playpenn (Starts 7 March 2018)

Papatango workshop on opening scenes with Sharon Clark – Monday 12 March 2018 from 2.30-4.30pm

Playwriting Workshop with John Burgess in Poitiers, France – 4-8 May 2018

Workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (£150) – 16-17 June 2018

CAMP writing workshop with John Burgess (£1,119 – bursaries available) – 8-12 August 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for playwrights – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– 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

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)

Paperclip Theatre seeking shorts on theme ‘Echoes of the Past’

After a successful run at the Vaults (Jan-Feb) with ‘Double Infemnity’ a co-production between ‘Little But Fierce’ and Paperclip- all female theatre company Paperclip are looking for pieces of 15-20 minutes responding to the theme ‘Echoes of the Past’.
They are looking for pieces that make reference to the way in which politics has a weirdly cyclical nature.
Comedy/Drama/ Black Comedy all welcome!
Submission guidelines:
  • Pieces should have strong female focus- note male roles will be played by females (LGBT and BAME focus very much welcome).
  • Pieces should require limited props/tech.
  • No more than 5 characters in a piece.
  • Looking to perform this over 2-3 nights. Venue to be confirmed (will be london based).
  • Submissions will only be accepted by female writers.

(This is an unpaid opportunity.)

Date of performance: End of March early April- depending on venue.
How to submit: Please send in scripts and a bit about why you are entering to:

Deadline: 23 February 2018 at 12pm

Source: Direct contact

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking writers for rehearsed reading performance

Stitchin’ Fiction is a free rehearsed reading performance where creatives are invited to come and stretch their theatre muscles in an informal workshop setting.

What are they are looking for:  Like-minded creatives who seek a platform for collaborative theatre-making opportunities. That’s it! Whether you’re fresh out of your thesis or seasoned with scripts, SF’s doors are open for all the apply.

“The great thing about SF is that there is never any one type of role or submission we are looking for – you are free to register as many times as you like!”

How to apply: For more information, please visit

Deadline: 18 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs