Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions

Dwell Time is a newspaper published by Platform 1 for the Penistone Train Line in Yorkshire that seeks contributions concerning reflections on your own or someone else’s mental wellbeing.

What they are looking for:  drawings, illustrations, poetry and personal stories about real life, raw feelings and survival stories; more about the journeys more than the destinations.  Submissions should be around 750 words in length.

How to apply: email: avavprojects@yahoo.co.uk with high resolution images or text in editable format. Please include what name/pseudonym you wish to use or whether you would like your contribution to be anonymous. If you would like a link to your website or blog please also include this.

Read the full details here.

Deadline: 31 December 2018

Source: ArtsJobs e-newsletter

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced!

Mercury Theatre Colchester & Josef Weinberger Ltd are joining forces to discover the very best and most diverse new British theatre writing talent from across the UK.

The Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Prize will be looking for previously unperformed plays that have the ambition, appeal and theatricality to fill larger theatres, with the desire of getting the very best new work published and into production over the next few years.

Prizes: The winning entry will pick up a cash prize of £5,000, a publishing deal with Josef Weinberger Ltd and the possibility of a full production at the Mercury Theatre.

In addition to this, there will also be a Future Voice award which recognises talent for 16-25 year olds – the winner of this prize will win £500 and a rehearsed reading of their script.

How to apply: The online portal for entries will open here on 25 May 2018, the closing date is 20 July 2018 and winners will be announced week commencing 5 November 2018.

Deadline: 20 July 2018

Source: @WeinbergerPlays

RBL Theatre Company accepting submissions for Off The Block writing competition

Reading Between the Lines (RBL), Reading’s multi-award winning theatre company, are accepting submissions for their annual new writing competition, Find a Reading Writer.

The competition, which will take place on Sunday 13th May, will see entrants have 6 hours to write a short play inspired by a stage direction given to them by the company directors. All entries will be submitted by 4pm and read by RBL’s team of associates and the winner will join the team of Off the Block #7, performed on Friday 25th May.

The winner will then be writing one of four 20minute plays produced at Off the Block #7, the annual event that engages over 30 professional theatre makers from around the UK.

How to apply: If you would like to be considered for the competition, then please email RBL at writers@readingbetweenthelines.co.uk with a bit about you and a CV.

For tickets to Off the Block at South Street Arts Centre, on Friday 25th May, 7.30pm, please visit: www.readingbetweenthelines.co.uk

Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 6pm

Source: Direct contact


Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions

Audiojam have launched their ‘Flash Fiction’ Competition 2018.

“Flash fiction is a great medium for flexing your writing muscles, write a piece of up to 1,000 words and get it cast, recorded and promoted across the globe on our podcast site.”

How to apply: The entry fee is £1.99. Find out more here.

Read about previous Audiojam winners here.

Deadline: 31 July 2018 CANCELLED

Source: Direct contact

Applications open for the John Retallack Playwriting Course 2018-2019

The John Retallack Playwriting Course is based in central Oxford. 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.

The group will be restricted to 8 writers, ensuring close personal attention to each individual throughout the year.

Course details: 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. Find out more here.

Course dates: Starts 10 September 2018. Find the full list of dates here.

Deadline: 31 July 2018

Source: Direct contact

Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab open for bookings

Cyborphic is proud to announce the Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab, a workshop series on writing, performing and directing science fiction for the stage. The event will take place 21-24 May 2018 at the London Theatre Workshop in central London and will be the first workshop series of its kind.
“Little research has been done on science fiction theatre, and there is little guidance available for artists wishing to stage the genre. Cyborphic is determined to change that and to offer artists the opportunity to investigate the immense possibilities of theatrical sci-fi during the workshops of the Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab. We also want these workshops to become a networking opportunity for theatre artists passionate about science fiction to experiment, collaborate and collectively imagine the future of theatre.”
Workshop details: The workshops will take place in London Theatre Workshop (zone 1, close to Bank Station) on 21-24 May 2018.
These workshops explore all aspects of sf theatre and are addressed to actors, writers, directors and theatremakers from all backgrounds.
Cost: For Workshop Series (all 4 dates): £30/ for Individual Workshops: £10.
Workshop Schedule
Monday 21 May 2018 – 5.30-8pm: “Lecture-workshop: Introduction to Science Fiction Theatre & Adapting SF for the Stage” Christos Callow Jr (Playwright, Director, Artistic Director of Cyborphic)
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – 6-8pm“Worldbuilding for SF Theatre” Chloe Mashiter (Director, Writer, Maker of Digital and Live Games)
Wednesday 23 May 2018 – 6-8pm: “Devising Science Fiction Theatre” Dominic Allen (Actor, Writer, Artistic Director of Belt Up Theatre)
Thursday 24 May 2018 – 5-6pm: “Reflections on the Workshops so far.” (Writers can bring short scenes / monologues of sf theatre to explore with actors & directors.) Christos Callow Jr
Thursday 24 May 2018 –  6-8pm: “Directing & Writing Science Fiction Theatre” Edward Einhorn (Playwright and Theatre Director, Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #6)
How to book: For more information and to register for the workshops visit eventbrite
Deadline: None posted but workshops start on 21 May 2018
Source: Direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 27 April 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:

LPW – new members content for Spring/ Summer!

Why The Opportunities You Don’t Take Are Just As Important As The Ones You Do

How To React When Your Relatives Judge Your Creative Writing Degree

Why Do I Make Theatre? Reflections on World Theatre Day

A Writer’s Guide To Producing Your Own Work

LPW Online Book Club This Wide Night

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission)

Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 33 Opportunities with April deadlines – Deadline: various throughout April 2018




London Playwrights’ Lab accepting applications for 2018 programme – Deadline: 27 April 2018

Itchy Scratch Night seeking new work for performance – Deadline: None posted but the event takes place on 27 April 2018

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

New writing night at the Ship and Mitre seeking short plays (Liverpool) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Elicit Pictures seeking short film scripts – Deadline: 30 April 2018

The Millennials seeking submissions for Disconnected – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Manchester ADP seeking short plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

ADP Audio seeking submissions of 15 minute audio plays – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium) – Deadline: 30 April 2018

Play Submissions Helper: 46 Opportunities with May deadlines – Deadlines : various throughout May

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

BBC New Comedy Award (£1,000 prize) – Deadline: 3 May 2018 at midnight

ArtsEd Original Screenplay Project seeking short scripts – Deadline: 4 May 2018 at 5pm

Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission) – Deadline: 10 May 2018

Writing West Midlands seeking workshop leaders (paid and volunteer positions available) – Deadline: None posted but interviews take place 10/11 May 2018

Hence seeking scripts on ‘Redemption’ for new writing night –  Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 5pm

The Pleasance accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 13 May 2018

The Arden School of Theatre seeking shorts for The Arden Fringe – Deadline: 14 May 2018

Arts Council England – Development grants available for individuals – Deadline: 16 May 2018

Off the Cliff seeking shorts inspired by Metamorphoses – Deadline: 17 May 2018

Persistent and Nasty seeking 15-30 min scripts from female-identified artists (Glasgow) – Deadline: 18 May 2018 at 5pm

Actor Awareness seeking short plays on LGBTQ theme – Deadline: 19 May 2018

The Comedy Crowd seeking 2 minute videos for Chorts – Deadline: 21 May 2018

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2018 open for submissions of stage plays (£6000 prize) – Deadline: 21 May 2018

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

Manhattan Repertory Theatre seeking playwrights who want to self-produce/finance their work (fees $795-$6,000) – Deadline: 31 May 2018

Bread & Roses Playwriting Award 2018 open for submissions– Deadline: 31 May 2018

BBC Essex Playwright of the Year – open for entries – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Aberrant Theatre seeking short horror plays – Deadline: 1 June 2018

Clapham Fringe seeking submissions – Deadline: 3 June 2018, but slots may be filled before this date

Gloucester Library call out for contributors for Mischief Makers Circus Day – Deadline: 4 June 2018

The Lancaster Playwriting Prize open for submissions (BAMER writers/ North West)– Deadline: 22 June 2018

Carrot Napper Productions seeking 5 minute pieces for fundraiser in Derbyshire – Deadline: 30 June 2018

Open Call for Plays to be Staged in WRiTEON Festival- Deadline: 1 July 2018

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

Edgemar Center for the Arts seeking new plays for 2018 season – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Sterts one-act play competition (£8 entry/ £100 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2018

‘Write Here! Write Now!’ Contexture Theatre seeking 20 min plays for Herts & Essex Playwriting Festival – Deadline: 31 July 2018

Bench Theatre One Act play competition open for submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2018

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2018» (2000 ruble prize) – Deadline: 1 September 2018

The Book Pipeline seeking source material to adapt ($65 entry, $10,000 prize) – Deadline: 15 November 2018

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

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite – Dates: various

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit – Online resource

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

Have your work read at the South London Writers’ Group – 30 May & 2 June 2018

Write Theatre playwriting course – places available – 28/29 April & 12/13 May 2018

Writing for the stage – Consenting Adults at Arcola Theatre (£95) – 1 May – 12 June 2018

Spring workshops with Bryony Kimmings – 30 April – 4 May 2018 &  21 May – 25 May 2018

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

Machynlleth Comedy Festival: Breaking into Comedy with BBC Writersroom (FREE event) – Date: 6 May 2018

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline for applications: 7 May 2018/ Course takes place: 19 May 2018

‘Starting to write a play’ Arvon Course with Tanika Gupta (£720-£770) – 28 May – 2 June 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Liberian Girl – 30 May 2018

Unblock your Creativity: Writing workshop with Eirini Dermitzaki – Date: 3 June 2018

Squint Writers’ Group with Lee Anderson open for bookings (£90) – Starts 6 June 2018 (runs for 4 consecutive Wednesdays)

BBC announce TV Writers’ Festival– Date: 6 June 2018

Write a ONE act play in ONE week: Workshop with Kim Komljanec – 15-20 June 2018

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

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Portia Coughlan – 27 June 2018

Play in a Day Workshop with Royal Court #TakeUpSpace – 7 July 2018

#TakeUpSpace Script Club at Royal Court – Girl in the Machine – 25 July 2018

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

Ongoing submissions:

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

The Questors Theatre Ealing accepting submissions for staged readings – Deadline: None posted

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festival – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Out of Joint launches Writers Room for London Uni Students: Submit your work to the London Student Drama Festivalplaywrights – 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)

LPW – new members content for Spring/ Summer!

We’re thrilled to announce some exciting new content coming up for our members this Spring & Summer…

The Re-drafting Toolkit

Following on from the success of #WrAP2018, where a whopping 150 of you signed up to write a play in January, we figured it was high time to give you some killer resources to get your scripts polished to perfection.

The Re-drafting Toolkit will provide you with the essentials you need to tackle those editing problems: whether it’s picking apart your plot, sharpening your dialogue or getting your script submission ready.

The course starts in May and will be delivered in 10 bite-size weekly installments, which will be available over on our members site (and straight to your inbox too, if you so choose). Details on how to sign up will coming very soon!

Summer Sessions

When the sun comes out and the nights get longer, it’s easy for your writing to take a backseat – well who wants to be cooped up behind their laptop when they could be out enjoying some rare British sunshine? So, to help you keep up the writing momentum, we’ll be bringing you a series of mini-workshops throughout August: they’ll be short, fun and keep you inspired during the summer lull (and will also keep you occupied on those inevitable rainy days!) More details to follow, so watch this space!

As always, these resources come at no extra cost to our members. Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

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Unblock your Creativity: Writing workshop with Eirini Dermitzaki

Are you struggling with your writing? Have you started a story and don’t know how to move it on? Do you have an idea and don’t know where to start? Is it a novel, a script or a play? This one day workshop will help you understand your creative blocks and progress with your creative work.

The first part of the workshop will be focused on creative unblock writing exercises. The afternoon session will be focused on specific ideas or projects that participants would like to develop.

This workshop aims to:

1) Help you find your voice and get in touch with your creative self;

2) Coach you through problems, blocks, and doubts… or lack of confidence, time or motivation;

3) Explore your thoughts and ideas, help you creating order from chaos and making plans;

4) Review your projects with you, helping you get clear about what you are you trying to express through your writing.

Date: Sunday 3 June 2018, 10am – 5pm

Location: The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth StreetLondonNW8 8EH

Cost: General admission: £62/ Concessions: £48 (students and unemployed) /Couples/Friends: Two tickets for £90 – Use PayPal info@riraki.com to book discounted tickets.

How to book: Via eventbrite.To find out more, contact: info@riraki.com

Deadline: None posted but the course takes place on 3 June 2018
Source: Direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission)

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: Airplays developing radio dramas about Empire Windrush (£1,000 commission)


Airplays is a brand new collaboration between BBC Radio Leeds and West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with Leeds College of Music that puts radio drama centre stage.

Do you have a story to tell about migration? WYPH are looking for writers of all backgrounds and all levels of experience to send in ideas for original 15 minute-long fictional radio plays. The theme is a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in 1948.

What’s so great about it? If you want the chance to write about a topical brief, have your work developed by WYPH, performed live to an audience at Leeds College of Music and recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio Leeds – oh, and get paid £1000 too, then this opportunity is not to be missed!

Chosen writers get to work with WYPH developing their idea into a short play over the course of five months, working closely with West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Furnace artistic development programme.

They’re currently looking for proposals of original ideas on the the theme of the Empire Windrush but how you interpret that theme is up to you. You’ve got until 10 May at 6pm to get your ideas in, so get thinking!

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.

Photo courtesy of WYPH