Play Submissions Helper: 30 Opportunities with February deadlines

Play Submissions Helper have published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in February  2019. As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities. Deadline: various throughout February 2019 Source: Play Submissions Helper

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 February 2019

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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:

 #WriteHacks coming soon!

LPB launch new Script Consulting Service

New members’ content for 2019!

LPW: We’re looking for an Editor!

FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’

Pursued by a Bear: “How do I keep my day job from killing my writing?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

Radio 4 Extra seeking sketches and one liners for Newsjack: Deadline: Weekly from 4 February – 11 March 2019

The Kings Head accepting submissions for Playmill festival – Deadline: 15 February 2019 The Shaw Theatre seeking work on theme of ‘race’ for new writing night – Deadline: 15 February 2019 at 2pm Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse seeking North West Writers for scratch morning – Deadline: 16 February 2019

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019 AIAWTC seeking work on theme of gender equality for 50/50 night at the Pleasance – Deadline: 17 February 2019 Call for submissions for the JW3 Autumn 2019 Performance Programme – Deadline: 20 February 2019 WHQ seeking Writers’ Retreat Rep (paid, Carlisle)– Deadline: 20 February 2019 Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers open for applications – Deadline: not specified but the event takes place on 23-24 February 2019 Alto Comedy seeking stand up/ performers for scratch night (Midlands)- Deadline: 25 February 2019 Writer in Residence required for The D-Day Story (Portsmouth, paid) – Deadline: 27 February 2019

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

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Submissions for Horatio Productions’ Science Fiction Festival 2019 are open – Deadline: 28 February 2019 Down Stage Write seeking short plays from Devon and Cornwall writers – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019 The Millennials: #BattleOfPerspectives accepting submissions – Deadline: 1 March 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019 The London Library launch Emerging Writers Programme – Deadline: 4 March 2019 Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night – Deadline: 6 March 2019

KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 10 March 2019 The ETPEP Playwriting Prize open for entries (£8000 prize) – Deadline: 11 March 2019 Writer in Residence required for The Charles Causley Trust – Deadline: 11 March 2019 Aberdeen Performing Arts accepting submissions for Spring Awakening scratch night – Deadline: 11 March 2109

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019 Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night – Deadline: 17 March 2019 Pen to Print playwriting competition – Deadline: 28 March 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019 Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (NY) accepting submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Shore Scripts announce 2019 Short Film Fund ($40/$50 entry fee – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (late deadline: 2 May 2019)

Alpine Fellowship 2019 Drama Prize (£3000) open for entries – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019 Black Lives, Black Words accepting submissions for I AM…’Fest’ – Deadline: none posted but the event takes place on 27-29 April 2019

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019 Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2019

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries – 5 June 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019 Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room – Dates: various throughout 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019 Flux Theatre: Actor Writers Gym open for bookings – Date: 19 February 2019 The Writers’ Toolkit, with Cordelia Lynn & Lucy Kirkwood – Date: 22 February 2019

Paper Creatures workshop with Simon Stephens – Dates: 25 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019 Playwriting at the Pit Workshops return for 2019 – Dates: Starts 27 February 2019

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!Date: 2 March 2019 Sitcom and Comedy Writing Workshop by Bennett Arron – Date: 12 March 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018 New workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan – Deadline for applications: 30 March 2019 (workshop takes place 22-23 June 2019 CAMP residential: Playwriting with John Burgess – Dates: 7th –  12th August 2019 (level 1) 14th – 19th August 2019 (level 2

Online workshops and resources: 

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019) The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

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

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

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

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter -Deadline: none posted Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling Manhattan Rep’s Play Program seeking plays for production (fees apply) – Deadline: none posted

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

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

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

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

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

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – 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.

LPW: #WriteHacks coming soon!

As promised, we’ve got some exciting content coming up for our members this year and the of first our new initiatives will be making its’ way to you this March. 


As playwrights, juggling the whole writing thing with every day life is hands down one of our biggest challenges.  Often, by the time we tick off enough of our to-do lists to sit down and get some actual writing done, we’re then slapped in the face with a blank page, not knowing how to fill it.

It’s pretty easy to end up in a frustrating cycle where we hopelessly try to squeeze everything and then feel guilty when our creative brain doesn’t quite fire up in the way we want it to, when we want it to.

The truth is, there aren’t many writers who have time to sit in front of their laptop all day casually typing up their latest masterpiece without distraction. And even those who do aren’t immune to writers’ block , scrolling through Instragam or watching the kettle boil instead of writing. The trick with it all really is to make the writing time we do have, fully count. 

With that in mind, we’ve created #WriteHacks, a series of life hacks for writers which will land in your inbox every day throughout the month of March.

Each day, you’ll receive a different ‘hack’, designed to boost productivity, inspire you and give you the motivation to write more.

We’ve collected hacks from a really exciting bunch of people from playwrights to producers (and of course. the LPW team!) so you won’t want to miss out on getting these wise words thrown into your inbox during March!

How to sign up

This resource is exclusively for our members (you can sign up for less than 4 quid though and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do!)

Members, CLICK HERE to sign up to receive #WriteHack emails.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now and follow the link as above.


LPB launch new Script Consulting Service

We know how important feedback is for new and emerging writers and we also know that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to receiving it. Plays are all different, writers are all unique and have various requirements – from wanting structural advice on an early draft to getting their play submission ready!

So, we’ve decided to give our Script Consulting Service a good old overhaul to make sure we can help as wide a range of writers as possible with developing their work. 

It wasn’t that our old service wasn’t working. In fact, we’ve helped plenty of writers redraft their work this way and watched on proudly as they have gone on to have success with their plays (from rehearsed readings to full productions!). We still think that offering a 90 minute Skype chat along with written notes is a great way to deliver feedback and fuel the vibrant discussion that is invaluable in helping a writer to develop their work. So, this option is still on the table for those who want to use it!

We’ve also added in a few new options to meet the needs of  a wider range of writers. You’ll now be able to opt for a written report only which is perfect for those who would rather work through their notes alone and because it takes us less time, it’s cheaper.

We’re also offering feedback on the first 10 pages of script and the premise; this will help writers to find out if they’re on the right track with their idea and if they’re going to grab the attention of a reader in their opening scenes!

And, if none of these options suit your needs, we’re now offering Creative Development, where you can pay by the hour for individual feedback/ mentorship.

Whichever option you choose, you’ll get matched with one of our experienced script consultants who will work with you to get the very best out of your script!

We’ve also worked hard to keep the cost of our services down whilst ensuring we are able to pay a fair wage to those involved . And, LPW Members pay 20% less on all of these services. So, find out more about joining here

Find out more

Read the full details of our script consulting services here and feel free to get in touch at with any questions you might have.

We look forward to working with you!

Alto Comedy seeking stand up/ performers for scratch night (Midlands)

Stand up comedian/ comedic performer based in the Midlands?Alto Comedy have two 5 minute scratch slots available for regional acts with new material they’d like to try out in front of a crowd!

Taking place at Centrala on 16th March 2019, you will be part of Alto Comedy’s very first event, celebrating female talent within a mixed bill of comedians, bringing seasoned comics and some of the most exciting emerging acts.

How to apply: please send a 5 minute video/ written transcript of material to

A small fee will be granted to the successful acts.

Deadline: 25 February 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse seeking North West Writers for scratch morning

On a monthly basis, theatre-makers from across the North West are invited to present short extracts of new work and the audience get a chance to offer their thoughts on how these exciting new ideas might develop.

How to apply: if you have a piece of work in progress you would like to present something during Scratch morning, please email telling them about your work to date [400 words max] and a brief outline of what you’d like to share.

Include an outline of what it is, what you wish to achieve by scratching this performance extract and how the scratch will help you develop the piece [500 words max]. 

Submission guidelines: 

You must: 

-Be based in the North West region
-Be making new, original work for the stage
-Have a 15 minute extract to scratch
-Available to attend the event

In addition, please send any supporting material including videos, photography and/or links to websites. Please note, they cannot accept attachments.

Deadline: 16 February 2019 

Source: Arts Council Jobs Page


Writer in Residence required for The Charles Causley Trust

The Charles Causley Trust is pleased to announce two more residency opportunities at Cyprus Well, in Launceston, Cornwall (the poet’s former home owned by the Trust). These residencies, co-funded by Literature Works, will follow in the footsteps of such writers/poets as Alyson Hallett, Isobel Galleymore, Karen Hayes, Cahal Dallat and our most recent 2018 WIR’s, David Devanny and Jen Hadfield.

The two 2019 residencies, each of 3 months duration, are for writers interested in literary links to Charles Causley and Cornwall, as part of our larger, two year project entitled Fuelling the Flame. This project is grant aided by Arts Council England with significant support from Cornwall Council, Launceston Town Council, and the University of Plymouth.

Fuelling the Flame runs for two years from February 2018 and, in addition to the residencies programme, will support a wide range of events and activities to promote Causley’s legacy and engage with the local and wider community.

How to apply: for full details of the residency programme and how to apply, go to the website.

Deadline: 11 March 2019 

Source: Arts Council Jobs

WHQ seeking Writers’ Retreat Rep (paid, Carlisle)

WHQ NEEDS YOU! They are looking for someone to run their Carlisle Writers’ Retreat.  Their ideal candidate will be an early career writer who is looking to branch out into teaching/facilitating, who is approachable, professional, lively and fun, and has interesting things to say about writing.

You need to be:

  • An early career writer with a publishing history (doesn’t have to be a major publishing history. A handful of short stories here and there is fine).
  • Able to run one retreat every month on a Saturday or a Sunday.
  • Technologically literate enough to: exist on social media, update events in WordPress, use Slack, generally be aware of this new fangled Internet thing and how it works. This is essential.

Further details:                                                                     

  • This is a freelance position.
  • They pay £80 per retreat.
  • They expect you to participate in some marketing outside of retreat days. This mostly involves posting daft gifs on Facebook so hopefully they’re not unreasonable about that.
  • They will give you full training to set up and run one of our famous one-day, procrastination-busting writing retreats.

Important dates:

  • They’re going to launch the retreat in May.
  • If successful, you will need to attend a training day on 23 March in Edinburgh.
  • Skype interviews will take place from w/c 25 February.

How to apply: email for more information.

Deadline: 20 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Writer in Residence required for The D-Day Story (Portsmouth, paid)

The D-Day Story, Portsmouth’s newest museum, is seeking a Writer in Residence to create and write the story of Gustav the pigeon.  The story will be published as an illustrated children’s book aimed at six to eight year olds.

They anticipate that the residency will run over six to eight weeks between March and May 2019.

A fee of £2,250 is offered for nine days’ work.  A schedule of full or half days will be agreed at the start of the residency.  The fee is inclusive of travel expenses.

The residency is part of the museum’s HLF funded programme of events and activities that aim to engage and inspire visitors of all ages.

How to apply: for full details of the residency and how to apply visit the website.

Deadline: 27 February 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night

Little Pieces of Gold is staging another new writing night on the 28th April 2019 at Southwark Playhouse.

8 plays will be selected and then cast and rehearsed by Little Pieces of Gold’s directing team.

Plays should address some highly topical, ‘in the news’ theme that’s really keeping you awake at night. For example: global warming;  brexit;  far right/populist movements;  fake news;  social media addiction;  #metoo movement; the rise in loneliness; housing shortage; human/animal rights.

Submission guidelines: 

  • 4 character limit
  • No extracts from full length plays and no film/tv screenplays
  • UK playwrights only (please confirm in your email that you are a UK resident)
  • minimal effects
  • 10 minute running time

How to apply: Send your work to:

You don’t need to provide a CV, they are only interested in your plays and have produced the first plays of lots of writers. They are committed to discovering writers from all backgrounds, it’s the writing that matters.

​Deadline:  17 March 2019 at midnight. 

Source: BBC Writersroom