Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 25 May 2018 (Last before GDPR!)

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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: HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

Pursued By A Bear: “I’m trying to write my biog and it sucks”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

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

irSpace Gallery seeking creative writers (paid) – Deadline: 25 May 2018

BAFTA Elevate Programme open for applications – Deadline: 25 May 2018

The Hope Theatre accepting submissions for Ink or Swim – Deadline: 26 May 2018

Buxton Museum seeking artists and writers for commission (paid) – Deadline: 28 May 2018

Introductory Groups at the Royal Court open for applications – Deadline: 29 May 2018

Brainchild seeking submissions for Hatch #8 at Southwark Playhouse– Deadline: 30 May 2018 at 10am

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

Blazing Hyena seeking submissions for Send, Scene, Deliver – 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

Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16 – Deadline: 4 june 2018

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

Sketching seeking contributors for multi-authored show at Wilton’s Musical Hall – Deadline: 4 June 2018

Expressingwordz seeking writer and producer for new theatre company – Deadline: 4 June 2018

Exit Strategies – A Ten-Minute International Play Festival: open for submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2018

Eastside Screenwriting workshops and mentoring opportunities for Project 50 50 (18-24 year olds) – Deadline: 6 June 2018 at 6pm

Cuckoo Bang accepting submissions for BITS new writing night – Deadline: Various – 6 June 2018/ 4 July 2018/ 18 July 2018

Sparkhaus Theatre seeking shorts for Ignite#3 scratch night – Deadline: 8 June 2018

Just Some Theatre accepting submissions for 2019 production- Deadline: 12 June 2018

Brainchild seeking submissions for Hatch #9 at Brainchild Festival – Deadline: 13 June 2018

HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications – Deadline: 14 June 2018

Shorts @ The Canal seeking ‘Twilight Zone’ themed scripts – Deadline: 15 June 2018

The Chelsea Theatre accepting submissions for new writing evening (£50 commission fee) – Deadline: 17 June 2018

BBC Ouch: ‘Going Out’ Live storytelling event at Edinburgh Fringe accepting submissions – Deadline: 18 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

WritePride seeking writer for workshop on LGBT themes (paid) – 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

The New Bridge Project call for applications for graduate programme, ‘The Collective Studio’ (paid) – 2 July 2018 at 10am

Saw It Here First Productions seeking shorts for scratch night – Deadline: 4 July 2018

BBC Hausa short story competition for women open for entries – Deadline: 8 July 2018

Penguin launches search for new writers and illustrators with WriteNow2018 – Deadline: 9 July 2018

Angel on the Corner accepting submissions for new theatre project – Deadline: 17 August 2018

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced! – Deadline: 20 July 2018

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

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries of comedy scripts – Deadline: 22 July 2018

Kali Theatre Discovery Programme open for applications (women writers of South Asian descent) – Deadline: 24 July 2018

Alfred Fagon Award 2018 open for submissions – Deadline: 27 July 2018

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

Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions – Deadline: 31 July 2018

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

Yale Drama Series seeking scripts for competition (submissions open 1 June!) – Deadline: 15 August 2018

Pheobus Fire call for scripts on theme of ‘women’s empowerment’ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

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

People’s Play Award open to writers from the North of England (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 31 August 2018

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

Theatre Uncut and Young Vic launch UK’s first major political playwriting award – Deadline: 1 November (submissions open on 1 September)

Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only) – Deadline: 5 November 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

Dwell Time – Penistone Train Line Newspaper: seeking submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2018

Events and workshops:

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women – Dates TBC

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk) – Online resource

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

Sci-fi Theatre Networking Event with Cyborphic – Date: 25 May 2018

Write a 10-minute play – workshop with Martin Malcolm at Hackney Arts Centre – Date: 26 May 2018

Redrafting and Structure Workshop with Papercut Theatre (£60) – Date: 26 May 2018

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

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

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

Bloomsbury Institute event: Julius Caesar and Me with Paterson Joseph- Date: 31 May 2018 at 6pm

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

‘The Need To Knows’ Workshops with Theatre Deli – Date: 4 June 2018 at 6.30pm

Omnibus Writers Group open for bookings – Date: Monday evenings, 4 June 2018 – 9 July 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

ScriptDawg Crash Course for the Procrastinator: Free Workshop – Date: 15 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

Applications open for the John Retallack Playwriting Course 2018-2019 – Deadline: 31 July 2018 (for September start)

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

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications – Starts 27 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

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

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


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

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)

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Ink19 festival accepting submissions (East Anglia writers only)

Submissions are now being accepting for Ink Festival 2019. They are accepting entries from East Anglia writers (from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex).

There are various categories for entrants, including: musical theatre, short plays, a short play on the theme of ‘it’s the same moon’, radio plays and plays from young writers.

How to apply: read the full guidelines for each category and apply here.

Deadline: 5 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Sparkhaus Theatre seeking shorts for Ignite#3 scratch night

Sparkhaus Theatre are looking for writers and theatre makers who have brand new ideas to try out as part of their first scratch night, IGNITE. The group are interested in; presenting a space for new ideas to grow, encouraging writers to take risks in a safe space and bringing together writers, directors and actors to form new collaborations. They hope to hear from writers and theatre makers who are interested in work that responds to the here and now.

What they offer:

• A 4 hour rehearsal space

• They can match writers up with directors and actors

• They can offer dramaturgical support to scripts

Submission rules: 

• No more than 3 actors – they  have limited space

• No tech

• 10 minutes MAX

How to apply: if you have an idea for a theatre piece or a script that needs airtime then send them your proposal (no more than 500 words), or your 10-minute script to sparkhaustheatre@gmail.com. Please put IGNITE as the subject.

Deadline: 8 June at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

The Chelsea Theatre accepting submissions for new writing evening (£50 commission fee)

Submissions at The Chelsea Theatre are now open for their next new writing evening. After their SOLD OUT shows in October they are BACK and looking for short pieces, this time inspired by the themes of: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT/SEXUALITY/CONSENT.
“In light of the events and throughout our industry we want to combat the feelings of mutual dredge and frustration with compassion and positivity. Scripts, skits, comedy, poetry and word vomit all from 1-9 mins long with up to 5 characters.”
All pieces chosen receive £50 commission fee.
Submission guidelines: 
• The piece needs to be completely original and having never been performed at another venue.
• It needs to be stand alone and not an extract from a longer play.
• Avoid things that require specific set or anything prop heavy.
• You only have a short window so make in punchy and get your point across.
How to apply: email everything to info@chelseatheatre.org.uk
*Actors and Directors wanting to get involved also get in touch!
Deadline: 17 June at midday
Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

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: HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

Description: First Commissions is HighTide’s attachment programme for writers and theatre makers. Every year, they work with a number of emerging writers who have never received a full length play commission. Over an 18 month period they then aid them to create a piece of theatre.

What’s so great about it? This is an excellent opportunity for all the writers out there who have yet to receive a full length play commission. The programme will not only support the chosen writer in developing a piece of theatre but also aid them in making an application to Arts Council England’s Project Grants, to produce two rehearsed readings, to collaborate with a wider creative team, usually in the form of a director or facilitator, and to engage an established theatre artist to act as a mentor and dramaturg.

So, if you are yet to get that break you’ve been looking for and you want to benefit from this bumper opportunity, get your applications in by 14 June 2018!

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 HighTide. 

BBC Ouch: ‘Going Out’ Live storytelling event at Edinburgh Fringe accepting submissions

Ouch runs the disability part of the BBC website and a podcast on the BBC with a focus on disabled people and diverse stories.

Your disability tales are wanted for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! They are looking for unusual, complicated and humorous stories just waiting to be told … and they are here to help you tell them.

They are holding their third BBC Ouch storytelling event at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The theme this year is Going Out – interpret that at your will.

All they ask is that the story is true, you are disabled or have a mental health difficulty, and that your story incorporates this. If chosen, you’ll get to work with a top comedy script producer and perform it in front of an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August.

How to apply: Find out full details, how to apply and watch some of the stories from previous live storytelling events

Deadline: 18 June 2018 at 9am

Source: BBC Writersroom

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab- open for applications

As part of their platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.

Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music. 

The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from the combined expertise of respected practitioners, whilst practically applying their shared experience in a working ensemble. 

Participants will take away a wealth of resources to build upon in future work, along with increased skill, confidence and understanding working in this form, plus connections with other artists.

Details:  The Lab runs from Monday 27th August – Sunday 2nd September 2018, 10am – 6pm and takes place at Stockwell Playhouse, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 2JU

Cost:  (To make the opportunity as accessible as they can, costs have been subsidised by The Scenic Route).

Early bird offer (book by June 15th!) £250

From June 16th £275      (25% discount for previous participants)

How to apply: The lab is open to both experienced and new artists alike – at any life stage – whether coming from a performance perspective, composition / musical direction, or playwriting. (There is no requirement for all participants to perform). Applications should be made directly through their website. 

Deadline: none posted

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Blazing Hyena seeking submissions for Send, Scene, Deliver

 A new monthly playwright development day in Edinburgh. Send, Scene Deliver provides writers with space, a director and actors to develop a scene and answer any questions they may have over the course of a day. Followed by a sharing at:

The Mad Hatter
8 Torphichen Pl, Edinburgh EH3 8DU

There will be a short post-show discussion of each piece.
It is a safe place for writers, actors and directors to exercise those creative muscles, network and support each other.

Featuring a Script Swap Shop of published plays increasing accessibility for emerging playwrights to develop through reading scripts. This is a free service where people will swap their old play scripts for something they have not read before. 

They are currently accepting submissions for June and July 2018.

What they are looking for:

  • A ten minute scene from an existing play or a play you are looking to develop.
  • A short character breakdown.
  • A brief writers bio.

Submissions guidelines: 

  • The extract must be no longer than 10 minutes. 
  • It can be any genre however, they are unable to accept musicals.
  • It should be formatted in 12pt font, double spaced and sent as a PDF.

How to apply: send extracts to blazinghyenatheatrecompany@gmail.com

If you are interested in working as a guest director for Send. Scene. Deliver please contact


Sharing Dates 
Thursday 14th June
Thursday 19th July

Deadline 1 June 2018 at 5pm

Source: Playwriting_UK

Sheffield Theatres: Utopia Theatre – Writer’s Masterclass (free)

Utopia Theatre and award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje are thrilled to offer a free Writers Masterclass day aimed at aspiring playwrights on Thursday 24 May from 11.00am – 6pm.

This masterclass aims to build your confidence, begin to hone your skills as a playwright and send you away full of ideas about what to write next and how to do it; working through a variety of exercises both individually and as a group.

How to book: places are free but limited, book here.

Date: 24 May 2018 at 11am

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK