Writing tutors required for City Academy, Manchester

City Academy are seeking enthusiastic, creative and personable Writing tutors to teach across our Writing courses for adults in Manchester.

City Academy is a creative and performing arts academies. They run adult evening and weekend short courses in dance, acting, singing, creative writing, and more.

Their writing tutors are industry professionals that work closely with us to deliver exceptional service and experiences for their students.

How to apply:

  • Please send a CV and Cover Letter to the Head of Writing, Jon Barton by 19 October 2018.
  • For more information about City Academy and the courses they offer, please visit the website.

Deadline: 19 October 2018

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 28 September 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:

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme – **LAST FEW PLACES REMAINING – BOOK NOW**

LPW Online Book Club: Look Back in Anger

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge

Pursued by a Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with September deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout September

Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting applications (from 7 September 2018)– Deadline: 28 September 2018 at 5pm

Blackshaw Theatre Company accepting submissions for The Scare Slam (deadline this Friday! – Deadline: 28 September 2018

Applications now open for Year 5 of Tamasha Playwrights – Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midday

Pentabus Theatre Young Writers’ Programme (16-25) – Deadline: 28 September 2018

Chaos Theory seeking new plays for 2019 (under 25’s) – Deadline: 30 September 2018

The Questors Theatre seeking short plays on theme of ‘online revenge‘ – Deadline: 30 September 2018

Robin Hood Theatre announce new script submission window -Deadline: 30 September 2018

The Guinea Pig Lab seeking one-woman shows (Kansas) -Deadline: 30 September 2018

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

Down Stage Right: New Writing Night for Devon and Cornwall Based Writers – Deadline: 30 September 2018

The Bruntwood Prize launches search for People’s Judge from the North West – Deadline: 1 October 2018

Noosa Arts Theatre Playwriting Competition open for entries – Deadline: 1 October 2018

Cast Iron Theatre seeking scripts for short play night on the theme of ‘eleven’ – Deadline: 5 October 2018

Cast Iron Theatre seeking scripts for short play night on the theme of ‘eleven’ – Deadline: 5 October 2018

Page to Stage Edinburgh open for submissions – Deadline: 5 October 2018

5 day Residential Arvon Playwriting Course: Two free places for young writers (18-29)  – Deadline: 5 October 2018

Rollem seeking young writers aged 18-27 based in the North of England – Deadline: 5 October 2018 at 23.59

Shorts @ The Canal seeking shorts for ‘The Twilight Hour’ season 2 – Deadline: 7 October 2018

Square Peg Scripts: playwriting opportunity for neurodivergent writers – Deadline: 10 October 2018

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest open for entries (entry fee, cash prizes) – Deadline: 10 October 2018

Mikrom Theatre Company Writers’ Scheme open for applications – Deadline: 12 October 2018

Writing East Midlands seeking lead writers for ‘The Elder Tree’ project (paid) – Deadline: 14 October 2018

Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!– Deadline: 14 October 2018 at 10pm

Unfolded accepting submissions for new writing night at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 15 October 2018

Dancing Ledge Productions accepting applications for 2019 Writer in Residence (writers with one production credit & agency representation) – Deadline: 15 October 2018

LegalAliens seeking short plays on the theme of ‘Migrations: Harbour Europe – Deadline: 15 October 2018

At Sea Writers’ Residency open for applications from writers under 30 – Deadline: 15 October 2018

Newsjack open for submissions of radio sketches and one-liners – Deadline: various until 16 October 2018

Farnham Maltings accepting applications for grant scheme (18-25) – Deadline: 18 October 2018

Sharp Scratches seeking new writing for performance at Theatre N16 – Deadline: 18 October 2018

The Bi’an Award open for submissions from UK based writers of Chinese Heritage– Deadline: 26 October 2018

Deadman new writing night at The Mockingbird, Birmingham open for submisisons – Deadline: 26 October 2018

New Plays for Young Audiences seeking new scripts for 2019 season– Deadline: 31 October 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

Transition Stage company launch Enter Stage Right Competition (£10-£30 entry fee) – Deadline: 19 November 2018

Theatrefullstop accepting submissions for Pub Theatre Festival – Deadline: 1 December 2018

RSL’s Literature Matters Awards call for proposals– Deadline 5 December 2018

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

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

Ashland New Plays Festival: International Playwriting Competition ($20 entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline :31 December or when they reach 400 submissions, whichever is sooner

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Events and workshops:

BBC Writersroom Workshop at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Hull – open for bookings – 29 September 2018

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen – Date: 29 September 2018

Playwriting at the Pit at the Cockpit Theatre – Starts 10 October 2018

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme – Starts 13 October 2018

Black Writers Conference 2018 – Date: 13 October 2018

Write Theatre playwriting course – Dates: 13-14 October 2018

Online workshops and resources: 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

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

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

Ongoing submissions:

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

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)

Playwriting Workshop with Jingan Young and Clarissa Widya (Papergang Theatre) University Women in the Arts

*Please note, this event is only for female students currently studying or recently graduated from a UK university. You will need to provide a university ID / alumni card in order to access the premises. Please specify when booking that you are a student or graduate*

“Part of the University Women in the Arts’ new project on abuse and harrassment in the arts (as seen in The Guardian) this is an exclusive opportunity for female students (or those who have recently graduated) to join us for the first in a series of playwriting workshops throughout the year.”

This first workshop will be held at King’s College London on October 25. Hosted by award-winning playwright Jingan Young (editor of ‘Foreign Goods’ published by Oberon Books, Contributor The Guardian) and led by special guest, founder and artistic director of critically-acclaimed British East Asian theatre company Papergang Theatre, Clarissa Widya.

They will cover a range of topics to writing your first play to networking/industry and dramaturgy.

There are only 15 places available! Book now to avoid disappointment!

How to book: to find out more and book your place here. 

Date: 25 October 2018

Cost: £15

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: direct contact

Rollem seeking young writers aged 18-27 based in the North of England

Rollem are looking for enthusiastic young aspiring writers aged 18-27 based in the North of England to take part in a “think-tank” for an exciting new show that will showcase the unique voice of today’s youth.

This is a chance for you to put your ideas forward and have a say in what TV for young people should be, while seeing the inner workings of a story conference and contributing to the development of a brand new series. You’ll also have the opportunity to be taken on as a writer on the series, should it be taken into further development.

Who can apply: applicants need no previous official writing credits but should have some experience within stage, radio, television, or film/short film and have a passion for story and storytelling.

How to apply: if you think this opportunity is for you please send the below supporting material in a single PDF document to info@rollemproductions.co.uk

Please also put ROLLEM YOUNG WRITERS SUBMISSION in the subject line, followed by your name.

Any submissions sent after this time will be disregarded. All applicants will be notified by 17th October. If successful, you will need to be available for a full day story session on Friday 26th October in Leeds – Location TBC.

Please send the following with your application: 

  • Name, Age, Address, Email and Contact Number.
  • Short Bio outlining your experience to date.

Please also answer the follow questions:

1. What’s your favourite or least favourite show of the last 5 years and why? What worked for you about the story or what didn’t, and what would you change? (300 words maximum.)

2. What’s something you would want to see depicted on screen that speaks to the youth of today? This should be something that you haven’t previously seen on TV or feel there is a more effective way of showing it. (300 words maximum).

Find out more about Rollem Productions and their shows on their website

More details on the Rollem website

Deadline: 5 October 2018 at 23.59

Source: BB Writersroom

Mikrom Theatre Company Writers’ Scheme open for applications

The Mikron Theatre Company are the leading theatre company that tours the inland waterways of Britain by narrowboat. Their talented casts of four (always two women and two men) have at least one instrument and strong singing capabilities. They also comprise their own stage management team so sets, props and costume have to be easy to carry and compact enough to travel onboard the boat. Lighting is basic with no effects, changes or blackouts. Music is integral to everything they do and is always and only ever live.

The Mikron Theatre Writers’ Scheme was set up in 2014 to widen their pool of writing talent in order to meet the specific demands of the theatre company.

The scheme is unpaid but travel expenses to Marsden, West Yorkshire will be covered (standard class off-peak rail fare). Participation in the scheme places you on a shortlist for fully paid commission and offers a development opportunity.

What you get: 

  • Briefing at their base including meeting the team including their composer/lyricist
  • A short task with feedback from which a shortlist of candidates will be drawn up
  • Shortlisted candidates are set a development task to see how you respond to notes
  • Half-day workshop with actors
  • Final exercise
  • Final feedback
  • Commission offer for successful candidates

How to apply: find out more including details of all dates and deadlines, how to apply and the type of writers they are looking for by downloading the full brief from the Mikron Theatre website

On their website you can also find out more about the company and see examples of their work.

If you can write a good gag, a gripping plot, use song to tell stories, elicit a tear, undertake research then impart it through drama, this could be the job for you!

Deadline: 12 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Dancing Ledge Productions accepting applications for 2019 Writer in Residence (writers with one production credit & agency representation)

Applications are open for agency-represented writers who would like to become Dancing Ledge Productions’ 2019 Writer in Residence.

The selected writer receives a £6,000 bursary, a desk, computer and phone at their offices in London’s Notting Hill, as well as regular feedback on their work, access to writers associated with the company and invites to industry events and in-house development meetings.

Find out more information on the residency, and previous writers in residence on the Dancing Ledge Productions website

Who can apply: 

  • The writer should have at least one script produced in theatre or radio or short film
  • A maximum of one script produced on TV or in film
  • Agency representation


  • The deadline for submissions is Monday 15th October 2018
  • A shortlist will be announced by Friday 16th November and meetings held with the shortlisted writers at the end of November.
  • A winner will be announced on Wednesday 5th December.

During the residency the writer will be free to work on whatever they choose, and to come into the office as much or as little as they wish, but they must commit to writing and developing a pilot episode script for a TV Series (drama or comedy).

Dancing Ledge Productions will have a first look to option the script on terms to be agreed in good faith.

The first look will expire at the end of the residency.

How to apply: Please send your CV and up to two writing samples to beth@dancingledgeproductions.co.uk

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Square Peg Scripts: playwriting opportunity for neurodivergent writers

Square Peg Scripts is an exciting new playwriting opportunity for neurodivergent writers. If you’re passionate about theatre and want to gain experience and develop your skills in writing for performance, they want to hear from you!

How it works: between November 2018 and April 2019, six neurodivergent participants will take part in a series of writing workshops led by established playwrights, and will each work on an original short play. Each participant will be matched with a mentor, and will receive one-to-one support and feedback throughout the writing process. All participants’ individual needs will be met, and they’ll cover travel and accommodation costs.

The finished scripts will be performed by professional actors in a public showcase in April 2019.

Who can apply: to be eligible to apply, you must identify as neurodivergent, be aged 18 or over and live in England or Wales. As we want our opportunities to benefit as many different people as possible, Square Peg Scripts is only open to people who have never taken part in a Mainspring Arts project before. Dates and times are listed in the application form (click above or below to download) andthey can answer any questions you might have – hello@mainspringarts.org.uk.

How to apply: send –

  1.  A completed application form – you can download the application form here.
  2.  An example of your work. This should be a piece of writing for performance between five and ten minutes in length. It can be a complete short play or an extract from a longer piece of work, a film script or any piece of writing designed to be performed. It can be on any subject at all. Please save the file as [FIRSTNAME LASTNAME] SQUARE PEG SCRIPTS. Please don’t put your name anywhere on your writing submission, other than in the filename. All submissions will be anonymised prior to reading.
  3. A completed equal opportunities form – you can download the form here.

Please send your application form, writing submission and equal opportunities form to hello@mainspringarts.org.uk

If you have any questions at all or need help with your application, please get in touch on the above email address.

Deadline: 10 October 2018 at midnight

Source: @Playwriting_UK


Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

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: Plays Rough seeking writers for 24 hour play challenge!

Description: Selected writers will be put together into teams to produce a 10 minute play in 24 hours for performance at the Old Red Lion.

What’s so great about it? It’s not often we come across an opportunity that challenges writers to come up with a play in 24 hours so we thought this one was worth a mention! We think this looks like a great way to flex those playwriting muscles and to a rise to writing challenge whilst getting the chance to meet other likeminded creatives. Not only that, the plays get a performance at the Old Red Lion Theatre so it’s also a good opportunity to see your work on the London stage.

Even the application process for this one is a little bit different – you’ll need to apply with your CV and respond to a stimulus they send to you in order to be considered. Why not go for it? You’ve got until 15 October to send in your CV and then you’ll have 72 hours to respond to the stimulus.

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 The Old Red Lion 

Blackshaw Theatre Company accepting submissions for The Scare Slam (deadline this Friday!)

The Scare Slam  is a night of chilling storytelling
Produced by Blackshaw Theatre Company.. It takes place on 12 October, 9.30pm at the Old Red Lion Theatre as part of the London Horror Festival.

Got a scary story to tell? They’d love to hear it.

What they are looking for: solo readings of scary stories/anecdotes/monologues (format can be anything – poetry, comedy, fiction, prose, music…)

Submission guidelines: 

• – 5 mins max per piece
• – Notes can be used
• – These are solo readings of scary stories/anecdotes/monologues (format can be anything – poetry, comedy, fiction, prose, music…)
• – You can only submit your own writing
• – They encourage writers to read their own work (but writers can work with an actor if they prefer)
• – No tech – they will provide the spooky atmosphere…

How to apply: Download a submission form  here. 

Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midnight
Source: direct contact