Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries

Writers based in the North of England are invited to submit their work-in-progress to the Northern Writers’ Awards 2019.

The Northern Writers’ Awards are for work-in-progress and exist to recognise talent and support new work towards publication or broadcast. The awards are the largest of their kind in the UK and have a reputation for identifying some of the best unpublished writing in the country. There are awards for writers of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and television at different stages of their careers, including young people. Awards can include publication; mentoring; developmental support; and cash awards to buy time to write.

There are categories across novel writing, short story, poetry, non-fiction and scriptwriting.

For scriptwriters the categories include the Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards, with a mentoring placement on Hollyoaks, produced by Lime Pictures and the Television Drama Award with a mentoring placement at Bonafide Films.

How to apply: For full details and to enter visit the Northern Writers’ Awards website

Deadline; 7 February 2019 

Source: BBC Writersroom


Leeds Playhouse script window will be open on 1 January 2019

The next Leeds Playhouse script window will be open from 1st to 31st January 2019.

They want to hear from writers who are from or who are living in Yorkshire or who feel a particular connection to Leeds Playhouse and their programme.

They use the script window to meet playwrights and develop new relationships. Many of the writers currently engaged with their artist development activity have first made contact through the script window.

Submission guidelines:

  • Scripts are submitted via an online form which will open between 1 and 31 January 2019.
  • Please submit scripts in PDF or Word format.
  • They can read one play per writer, per calendar year.
  • They are happy to accept scripts of any length, written for audiences of any age.

They do not accept:

  • Scripts written for radio, television or film.
  • Plays that have had a previous production.
  • Plays that have been submitted to the West Yorkshire Playhouse previously.
  • Musicals, operas or operettas.

How to apply: for full submission criteria and details of how to submit a script please visit the Leeds Playhouse website

Deadline: 31 January 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

On a quarterly basis, we organise a get-together with our members. This a friendly, informal gathering that offers a chance to chat with like-minded writers and meet the LPW Team!

Our next meetup will take place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Old Diorama Studios, and we thought it, after #WrAP2019, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to share some of your work and get some feedback from other LPW members.

How does it work? members are invited to bring in 5 pages of their script  for sharing in the group and during the session, there will be plenty of opportunity to try out your ideas, discuss your work and get some tips for redrafting from the LPW team.

What time is it?  the session is planned to run from 2pm – 4pm but if there is high demand for the event, we may split the session in to two time slots – we want to make sure everyone gets the chance to share their work and we don’t want to turn members away! If this happens, we’ll start the first session at 1pm. We’ll confirm this in the new year, once we’ve got a better idea of numbers.After the session, we’ll head to the bar next door so you can carry on the conversation! 

Do I need to have participated in #WrAP2019 to attend? Nope, we’d love to catch up with as many of our members as possible, so if you didn’t take part in WrAP this time around, don’t let it put you off. Feel free to bring 5 pages with you from any script you’ve been working on!

What should I bring with me? Please bring enough copies of your 5 pages for the characters in your play to share 1 between 2.

How to book: members can book their free tickets here. Please note, booking is absolutely essential so that we can plan the session accordingly.

Not a member yet? You can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month and get access to events such as these, #WrAP2019 and many more exciting member benefits. Read more here. 

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 7 December 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:

#WrAP is back for 2019! Write a play this January!

Four tips on how to write a historical play that still feels contemporary

Festive Gift Guide 2018 – The Best Gifts For Writers

LPW Online Book Club: Girls by Theresa Ikoko


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

LPB Members’ Monologue Competition: Winning entries

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production

Pursued by a Bear:“Can I write characters from a background/culture I don’t share?” 

Opportunities with deadlines: 

The Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for The Public Address – Deadline: currently accepting expressions of interest

Wales Writer in Residence (National Theatre Wales BBC Cymru Wales) – Deadline: email now to express interest

32 Opportunities with December deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout December 2018

BITS new writing night accepting submissions – Deadline: 10 December 2018

Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production – Deadline: 10 December 2018

The Pleasance: London Associate Artists and Companies – open for applications – Deadline: 10 December 2018

Young Pleasance Edinburgh Residential 2019 (age 16-21) – Deadline: 12 December 2018 at 10am

RSL Christopher Bland Prize 2019 open for entries (over 50’s)– Deadline: 12 December 2018

New Writer Commission, Big Brum Theatre in Education Company Ltd (paid) – Deadline :14 December 2018

Shorts @ The Canal – Love Shots call out – Deadline: 14 December 2018

International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest open for entries (15-25 year olds) – Deadline: 15 December 2018

Breakwater Theatre Company new playwriting contest open for submissions – Deadline: 15 December 2018

Young Writers’ Group at the Bush Theatre (14-17 year olds) – Deadline: 17 December 2018

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

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

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company seeking shorts for playwriting competition (£10 entry fee/ £250 prize) – 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

Drip Action Theatre Company: Arundel Festival Theatre Trail open for submissions – Deadline: 31 January 2018

BBC Writersroom announces submission window for Script Room Drama 2019 – Deadline: 7 January 2018

Persistent and Nasty seeking submissions  on ‘hope for the future’ – Deadline: 7 January 2018 at 5pm

Free Spirit Theatre seeking original play for production in Spring 2019 – Deadline: 8 January 2019

UGC Writers’ Campus – Series Mania: accepting applications – Deadline: 9 January 2019

King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal seeking 10 minute plays for festival ($15 entry fee)- Deadline: 14 January 2019

Female Birmingham Writers/Artists, Near Neighbours & Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – Deadline: 18 January 2019

Optik Theatre: The Script Room – call out for scripts – Deadline: 31 January 2019

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 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

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

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

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 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

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

National Theatre – Playwriting Then and Now: 30 Years of Nick Hern Books – Date: 8 December 2018

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Drama Studio London: Writing For The Theatre – Playwriting Course 2019 – Dates: Starts 15 January 2018

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts) – Date: 22 January 2018

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester) – Date: 28 January 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 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

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

Ongoing submissions:

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre (Ohio) seeking one act plays for festival

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, a 90 year old community theatre near Cleveland Ohio, is seeking one-acts for next summer’s one-act festival. This will be the sixth biennial edition of the event, which features volunteer actors.

Submission guidelines:

  • Limited to 10-minute, non-musicals with 6 or fewer characters and minimal technical requirements.
  • Plays cannot have been previously staged in Ohio.
  • PDFs and Word files accepted.
  • No fees for submission.
  • One play per playwright, please.
  • Ten selected scripts will be staged June 21 – July 13, 2019
  • All playwrights will be notified by email when selections have been made.

How to apply:  find the submission form and details here.

Deadline:  15 March 2019

Source: direct contact

LPW Online Book Club: Girls by Theresa Ikoko

The LPW Online Book Club is just one of the things you can access if you become a member! Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

As a result of your feedback, we’ve changed the way we do book club, find out more here.

This month’s pick

For our December selection, we’re going to be reading Girls by Theresa Ikoko.

Why did we pick this?

Girls is a powerful play which won both the George Devine award and Alfred Fagon award in 2015. It received its world premiere in 2016 as part of HighTide’s annual festival, in a co-production between HighTide, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company.

The play follows three characters who have been kidnapped, and explores the impact of friendship, growing up and the stories that live behind the news headlines we see everyday. Girls delves into human nature, relationships and world circumstances in both a comical and deeply realistic way. We’re really excited about discussing the play with as many of you as possible.

Here’s a bit more information about the play: 

Tisana, Ruhab, and Haleema are three normal girls. They have a lot to say about family, faith, the world, growing up, their bodies, other people’s bodies, and much more. They’ve got plenty of time to talk. They’ve been kidnapped.

Girls explores enduring friendship, girlhood and the stories behind the headlines that quickly become yesterday’s news.

How it works

All you need to do is read the play then head on over to our Members Facebook Group from the 15th of the month to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion. Feel free to comment on existing threads or even start your own, the more discussion, the better!

Once the discussion is open  on our Facebook Group, it will stay there, so you can dip in and out throughout the rest of the month as much or as little as you like, whenever is convenient for you.

(Please note, to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t finished the play yet, any comments posted on our Facebook Group prior to 15th of each month will be deleted). 

Need a copy?

If you need to buy a copy, you can do so at the link below. (And if you buy through this Amazon Affiliate link, a small portion of the sale will go towards supporting LPW – at NO extra charge to you!)

Girls by Theresa Ikoko

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!

Image by Soho Theatre

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production

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: Matchstick Theatre seeking 1 hour plays for production

Description: Matchstick Theatre are a small independent theatre company, set up in late 2015 and based in South East London. They have produced new plays and adaptations in tunnel arches and festivals around London. They are now located in a new arts and theatre space, the Matchstick Piehouse in Deptford, and planning their 2019 Mainhouse season. They are looking for good stories, and new writing only!

What’s so great about it? If you’re looking for the opportunity  to have your play produced for a 3 week run in 2019 at London’s newest full time fringe theatre venue, then this is for you! Matchstick already have a great track record for producing new work around London and this time, they are looking for plays which run for around an hour and with the flexibility and space for original music and design to be added. Got a script you want to send in? Be quick, you’ve got until 10 December!

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 Matchstick Theatre 

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries

Green Stories are looking for Stage Plays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society.

They will consider all genres – rom-com, literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime etc. – but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

“Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We will consider all stories, but we encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your stories. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories by clicking here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story (found in the menu on the homepage. Each page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas and also ideas for how such ideas may be integrated into stories.”

The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, could be set in a society that replaces ownership with borrowing and the heroine goes to a clothes library to pick up a posh dress and borrow jewellery for her big date; or the hero in a crime drama could use a carbon credit card and hear the news in the background reporting on the wellbeing index instead of GDP; or the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste.

“Our short story competition (deadline April 2018) has resulted in an anthology of the 20 best stories called ‘Resurrection Trust’  which will be published 20th March 2019 and available on Amazon. This may well provide some inspiration.”

How to apply: find out more on the website ,

This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production. There is £500 for the winning play and a possibility of being produced by Live Your Values Ltd.

Deadline 30 June 2019

Source: direct contact

Free Spirit Theatre seeking original play for production in Spring 2019

Free Spirit Theatre are looking for an original play for their next production in May 2019, to be performed at the Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull.
Submission guidelines: 
1. The play must be your own original work and must not have been previously performed in the UK.
2. The play must be at least 1 hour in length and not exceed 1 hour 30 minutes in length.
3. The play must not require more than 10 actors (actors can double up, if there are more than 10 roles).
4. No musicals.
5. Minimal budget preferred (e.g. no flying on wires, or filling the stage with water)
6. Please indicate the 10 pages you would like them to read first, as the ‘best’ example from the script. If you do not indicate which pages, they will read the first 10 pages.
7. The play will be performed, but not published.
8. They are an amateur company. Although they have received Arts Council grants for previous productions, any payment to the author is reliant on another grant. Should they get a grant the author’s fee will not exceed £100.
9. They hope to provide feedback for every submission, but this cannot be guaranteed.
10. They may ask for a re-write/re-submission, but this does not mean your play has been selected and you are free to tell them to get lost, you’re not changing your play for anyone 😊
How to submit: submissions are free and must be made by email to
Deadline: 8 January 2019
Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival

Every summer Capital Stage (California)  presents professional staged readings of new works through their new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION. They are currently seeking new, full-length plays for the festival.

Submission guidelines: read the full guidelines and apply here. 

International applicants are encouraged! Only the first 350 entries will be considered. 

Deadline: 28 February 2018 

**UPDATE: Submissions now closed as they have received 350 entries**

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

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