Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 22 March 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:

LPW: New Play Club Launching Next Week!


LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

LPB launch NEW Script Consulting Service

New members’ content for 2019!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

Opportunities with deadlines:


Play Submissions Helper: 41 opportunities with March deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout March 2019

Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency – Deadline: 24 March 2019

The Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now open! – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for XPOSED – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Introduction to Screenwriting Masterclass with the BFI Network Film, Hub North & Leeds Playhouse – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Pen to Print playwriting competition – Deadline: 28 March 2019

The Space: Scriptspace Now Accepting Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2019

All the Sins accepting submissions on the theme of ‘message in a bottle’ – Deadline: 28 March 2019

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

iFeatures accepting applications from emerging writers for development scheme – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2019 (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2019

The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition (£5 Entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Slackline Stories- Call for Submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (or when they receive 150 submissions, whichever is sooner)

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

Pleasance Reading Week – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Page2Stage Edinburgh accepting submissions – Deadline:5 April 2019

The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night – Deadline: 7 April 2019

BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative open for applications – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast – Deadline: 17 April 2019

Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project – Deadline: 20 April 2019

Cast Iron Shorts Competition open for submissions of short stories on the theme of ‘sanctuary’ – Deadline: 26 April 2019

Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) Writing Competition for Off the Block – Deadline: 26 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

Academy Arts Press short story competition (entry fee $15/$20) – Deadline: (early) 30 April 2019 (regular: 1 October 2019)

Thousand Films New Writers’ Contest open for submissions from female writers – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2019

Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot Contests.now open for submissions (entry fee $45-$60) – Deadline: 31 May 2019 (early) 31 August 2019 (final)

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications – Deadline: 1 June 2019

Applications open for Wales Writer in Residence scheme from the BBC and National Theatre Wales – Deadline: 3 June 2019 at 11am

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

The Writers Guild of Great Britain: Open Space D&D Event – Date: 28 March 2019

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab – Date: 23-28 April 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking – Starts 23 April 2019

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: Born to Write – An Introduction to Playwriting with Simon MacCallum – Date: 24 April 2019

The Inkubator: Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink – Dates: starts 24 April 2019

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee) – Dates: Starts 30 April 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.

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast

Lost Souls is  looking for monologues on the theme of ‘Lost Soul’ for a new storytelling podcast.

The premise is totally open to your interpretation, but it should address the idea that at some point in our lives – maybe briefly every day – we’re all a little bit lost in the world. The rest is up to you.

What they are looking for:

  • The monologue should be between five and twenty minutes long.
  • The monologues should be fictitious, but can be inspired by real life.
  • Please provide a brief paragraph of previous writing experience, if any (experience is not a prerequisite!).
  • Submissions are limited to one per writer until the next call out.
  • If writers are submitting a piece that they would also like to perform, please provide a link to your Spotlight CV and voice reel.
  • If selected, writers will receive £25 for their work. Copyright remains with the author. The fee covers usage for a maximum period of two years. Further details on the agreement are in the proposed contract.

Who they are looking for:

Any writer is welcome to submit, but priority will be given to writers who are only just starting out and/or have had limited professional exposure.

They would especially like to encourage late-career writers. That is, writers who have come to writing a few years into another career and are looking for a low-pressure environment in which to try something out.

Find out more on the website 

How to submit: Please send your monologue to hello@lostsoulsmonologues.com

Deadline: 17 April 2019

Source: direct contact

LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

To kick off our #PlayClub project, this month we’re reading….

Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s Far Away is a play that looks at conflict and its unsettling effect on our lives, and on our humanity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 24 November 2000 and is currently a set text for AS/A Level Drama (WJEC). It explores fear, humanity and the effects of war.


As we mentioned previously, we challenge you to write a short, 10 page play (12 font size, please!) in direct response to what you’ve read.

We will accept submissions from LPW members only, so if you’re not one yet but are wanting to submit – what’re you waiting for? It costs less than a cup of coffee a month and you get a whole host of exclusive benefits! Details of how to sign up can be found here.

Our submission window in response to Far Away will be open from
Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 28th April  so please don’t send us scripts before then!

An email will be sent your way once the window is open with full details of how to submit, including; where to send it, our format guidelines and some top tips.

But until then, happy reading for this month, and don’t forget to join the Facebook group discussion!

How to sign up

Play submissions for this project are 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!)

You’re also more than welcome to just read the plays and join in some discussion with us about them on the members Facebook group! We’ll open up a discussion forum on there at the same time we open for submissions, so don’t feel you have to write a play, you’re absolutely fine to just read too.

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

Image source: Nick Hern Books/Royal Court (Far Away Cover) 

Page2Stage Edinburgh accepting submissions

You are invited to submit a NEW 10-15 minute script (or excerpt) to be performed as a directed rehearsed reading in front of an industry panel and audience.

Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area with limited set/technical requirements.

The event will take place in Edinburgh on 7 May 2019 and you’ll need to be able to attend to apply!

How to apply: 
Email page2stage.ed@gmail.com with a copy of the scrip, they will then email you with a writers form to complete and submit.
NB: Application is by email only.

“Page2Stage Edinburgh aims to provide a platform to see your work performed, receive feedback, and to create working relationships with fellow theatre-makers in Scotland. For these reasons, you must be UK-based, and able to get to Edinburgh for the event.
We endeavour to announce the chosen pieces Tuesday 09 April at which point a call out for directors and a casting breakdown will be released.”

Deadline: 5 April 2019 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group


Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project

Public Display of Affection are looking for Writers and Producers to work on a series of 3 short formal drama projects in West Sussex.

If you are a writer and or producer living in WEST SUSSEX please do get in touch.

About the Project/s:

Leanne. An urban fantasy about a young girl accepting her friend is dying from Leukaemia – set against the concrete suburbia of a Newtown in the 1990’s.

Alien Kulture. A music-heavy dark comedy about a short-lived Punk Band who missed playing at the legendary Rock Against Racism gig in 1979.

Conquest. The year of his Nobel prize winning book, Bengali poet Tagore visits a bohemian seaside town and befriends a young actor.

What they  are looking for:

  • Producer – Experienced with Short form and/or feature films
  • Co-writer – Experience in TV/Film Drama and Theatre

How to apply:Please email your CV along with a short cover letter explaining your interest in the projects and what you can bring to the role.

Please put the name of role you are applying for clearly in the subject line.

These are paid positions however rate to be negotiable after successful application. They will be equal to or above the National Minimal Wage.


Deadline: 20 April 2019 

Source: Arts Jobs UK

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications

Are you interested in a career writing fiction for the television industry?

There are six scholarships available for the 2019/20 MA in TV Fiction Writing course at Glasgow Caledonian University.

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships covering full fee costs will be awarded to excellent applicants who show particular motivation and talent.

The scholarships are supported by industry partners including BBC Scotland. One scholarship, supported by MG Alba, is open to Gaelic speaking candidates. 

How to apply: 

Find out full details and apply on the Glasgow Caledonian University website

Deadline: 1 June 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Introduction to Screenwriting Masterclass with the BFI Network Film, Hub North & Leeds Playhouse

BFI NETWORKFilm Hub North and Leeds Playhouse are teaming up to help equip new writers based in the North of England with the essential tools and skills to write for the screen.

This day-long masterclass will be led by Script Consultant Ray Grewal and introduce storytelling in feature films, short films and include a practical exercise in cinematic storytelling.

They’re looking for talented new film writers and writers from different disciplines like theatre, poetry, stand-up, spoken word and novels to take part. It will take place on Saturday 13th April 2019 at Leeds Playhouse,

How to apply: find out more, including how to apply, on the Film Hub North website

Deadline: 25 March 2019 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom


BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative open for applications

The BBC is looking for the next generation of documentary film makers. Six candidates will be given the opportunity to produce and direct their first long-form documentary for BBC Three. 

Previous films made by new directors on the initiative include: Abused by My GirlfriendManchester Bomb: Our Story, and Grandad, Dementia and Me.

Successful applicants will be housed for the duration of the project at a leading production company, who will oversee the development, filming and post production of the idea. Please note that the initiative is funded for the duration of the project and this is not a staff role at the BBC.

Positions will mostly be based in London; opportunities outside of London are yet to be confirmed

The length of the contract will be dependent on the length of the production which could be anything from three to five months.

How to apply: 

Find full details including application criteria and apply on the BBC Careers website

Watch an introduction to the initiative and find out more about BBC Documentaries Commissioning on the BBC Commissioning website

Deadline: 7 April 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom


iFeatures accepting applications from emerging writers for development scheme

iFeatures is a premier UK filmmaking programme driving the development of low-budget, high-quality debut features from the most outstanding, daring and distinctive storytellers. The programme is run by Creative England and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery, BBC Films and the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

iFeatures is targeted at emerging writers, directors and writer/directors from across the UK who have yet to make a funded feature film, and at producers who are still at an emerging stage of their career. They look for creative talent whose work has already garnered positive industry and/or public attention in fields from short films, theatre, TV and documentaries, to online storytelling, art film and video, video gaming, commercials/advertising, graphic novels and music promos.

In addition to receiving development funding, up to 12 selected teams take part in an intensive, exploratory 10-month programme which includes residential Lab events, dedicated support and access to industry and networks, as well as mentoring and high-level training with established industry professionals. Following the programme, BFI and BBC Films have committed to ensuring that at least three of the projects progress to production.

How to apply: find full details of iFeatures and how to apply on the iFeatures website

Deadline: 29 March 2019 at 9am 

Source: BBC Writersroom