Sparks is HighTide’s new script submission process. Here’s how it works:
“We want to get better at keeping writers in the loop with our reading process. We’re a small team and the volume of submissions we get through our open call-out make it hard for us to respond individually and quickly to writers. We realise that this can make the submissions process feel impenetrable at times, and we want to do something about it, so we’re trialling a new way to read plays: Sparks.”
During the week members of HighTide’s small but passionate team will spend a designated day reading any play submissions that come through to the literary email account that day.
If the team read your play, they’ll send feedback the very same day! At the end of the day, if they still haven’t managed to get to your piece and you don’t hear from them, you can resubmit the next reading day.
“We’re hoping this will allow us to respond directly to submissions, keep things live so you know if we’ve read your play or not rather than waiting, and for us to let you know immediately if we feel you’re right for us.”
How to apply: Keep an eye on their Twitter account for the days they’ll be reading each week, or if you don’t have Twitter send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org! You’ll need to send in an equal opps form along with your script, which can be downloaded here.
Deadline: Rolling/ weekly