Playwriting at the Pit at the Cockpit Theatre

The team behind the Omnibus Writer’s group return with a new workshop from October 10th – Playwriting at the Pit at London’s Cockpit Theatre.

The Playwriting at the Pit workshops are a sounding board for writers at all stages of development, a space for work in progress and a launch pad for new ideas.

Saffron Myers (Paines Plough, Hampstead Theatre) and Mike Carter (The Space, London Playwriting Lab, South London Writers’ Group) are delighted be working at the Cockpit Theatre studios this autumn to help develop more plays and support more new writing.
How it works: Playwriting at the Pit has been devised to support writers with new work. Whether you are established or just starting out, we can help you focus, get your ideas on paper and move forward with your drafts. The programme comprises six weekly sessions led by Saffron and Mike at the Cockpit with two writing weeks for you to work on your play in your own time.

Course details: sessions take place on Wednesday from 7-9pm from  10 October 2018. The Cockpit is a short walk from Marlybone Station.

Details and tickets can be found here.

Deadline: non applicable

Source: direct contact

At Sea Writers’ Residency open for applications from writers under 30

A twice-yearly writers’ residency based in Margate, Kent, designed to provide a thinking-friendly refuge for young writers. Recipients will have use of a historic two-bedroom seafront flat in Margate, as well as a £250 bursary towards expenses and £50 towards train travel.

Each iteration of the residency will have a different theme: the inaugural theme is novel-writing. Applicants should be in the midst of a novel and will need to submit 5,000 words plus a synopsis with their application.

If you are under 30 and you write, you are eligible to apply for At Sea. However, the theme of the residency will change each time: the first residency (in November 2018) is open to anyone under 30 who is working on a novel; the second (in March 2019) will be open to anyone under 30 who is working on a play. (Poets, memoirists, graphic novelists, screenwriters, biographers, essayists – your time will come!)

How to apply: find the full details and apply here

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: Twitter contact

RSL’s Literature Matters Awards call for proposals

The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation.  Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project.  Launched as part of the RSL’s Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters.

The proposals will be judged and the award-winners selected by a panel of writers who are Fellows of the RSL. The 2019 judges are Menna ElfynAbdulrazak Gurnah and Barney Norris.

They are open for submissions of proposals for writing, literary events or projects. An RSL Literature Matters Award must result in new, original writing or other literary activity of an excellent artistic standard, which will reach a substantial readership or audience.

Submissions may be: 

  • a piece or pieces of writing
  • a publication
  • an event
  • a production

on any subject and in any form, including (but not limited to) prose fiction or non-fiction, short stories, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic fiction, biography or travel-writing.

The money may be used to fund all or part of the activity, but may not be used for writing or any other activity which has already been completed.

How to apply: find out full details, download an application form and apply on the RSL website

Deadline: 5 December 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom


Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away’

2019  is an iconic year in the relationship between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Not only is it one hundred years since the beginning of the War of Independence in Ireland and seventy years since the Republic of Ireland left the British commonwealth.  It is also the year when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union.

Green Curtain Theatre are looking for one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes and maximum 4 actors that explore the theme of ‘breaking away’ with reference to the lives and experience of the Irish in multi-cultural Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This experience can be contemporary or historical, serious or comic.

All the plays will be judged anonymously so everyone has the same chance. The judges will be looking for work that says something about the experience of Irish women or men living in Britain. The competition is open to everyone who is Irish or part of the Irish Diaspora, no matter your age or level of education who is resident in the UK.

Until 7th October they can also offer feedback and guidance if you submit the summary of a plot plus a couple of pages of dialogue.

The winning play will be staged as part of the Breaking Away Festival in the summer and autumn of 2019 in London.

How to apply: find full entry details on the Green Curtain Theatre website

Deadline: 28 February 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

Cast Iron Theatre seeking scripts for short play night on the theme of ‘eleven’

Cast Iron Theatre‘s writing window is now open for their eleventh short play night in November.

They are looking for short plays (between 10 – 15mins) with a soft theme of ‘Eleven’ – interpret as you wish.

Preference will be given to playwrights from East Sussex although they will not exclude writers who reside in other locations.

Cast Iron Theatre are looking for are plays that are exciting, fresh and explore narratives which challenge the audience or make them see the ordinary in a different way. They get a lot of plays written for men. That’s fine but they have lots of fantastic female actors. As such, they are particularly interested in plays that allow for all those who identify as female to be cast in roles which are challenging and new. They are also particularly interested in writing and narratives from under-represented writers. While they believe writers must be free to write the stories they want to tell, they welcome plays which are as age/gender blind as possible.

Submission guidelines:

  • 1-4 characters. Ideally, less that 4.
  • Cast Iron Theatre only use adult actors for short play nights.
  • Scripts should be around ten minutes long. They’re prepared to be a bit relaxed about this, and have indeed accepted scripts that are shorter / longer, but ten minutes is an excellent guide.
  • Please consider carefully the relative restrictions both the small ‘black box’ space and that each play on a performance night will have a minute or so to get in / get out of their set!
  • You should avoid sets like tables, and too many chairs.
  • Avoid lots of props.
  • On a similar note, please remember that it is surprisingly difficult to have things like gunshots on stage – even having people make cups of tea on stage is often more trouble than it’s worth. Indeed try to avoid too much in the way of set and FX / LX at all. Think worst case scenario: can your script work by simply being performed on an empty stage?

How to apply: email your submission to

Deadline: 5 October 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Cast Iron Theatre seeking spooky tales for storytelling night at Brighton Horrorfest

Cast Iron Theatre are looking for spooky/scary stories for ‘Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls‘, their popular spooky storytelling night as part of Brighton Horrorfest. This year the storytelling night is on Friday 26 October.

Loosely inspired by the portmanteau Amicus stories of the seventies, the spooky stories are read by a selection of Cast Iron actors in a Jackanory style, and will have a linking theme ‘Bitter Sweets’. Make of that what you will! No, seriously – make of that what you will: please submit your spooky horror story of around 1,500 words, and allow the title to influence your narrative – you can be as loose with your interpretation as you wish.

Bear in mind that your story should probably be first person narrative (although the events don’t have to have happened directly to the person telling the story). The Amicus films they are taking inspiration from were largely made in the 70s and often influenced by folklore dating between 1870s and 1930s. That might inspire your story too.

Your stories can range from spooky fun to genuinely terrifying. It’s up to you. You don’t have to read your own stories, as they use their own actors. However, if you’d like to read, just let Cast Iron Theatre know in your email submission.

Preference will be given to writers based in East Sussex though they will not exclude writers in other locations.

How to apply: email your stories to

Deadline: 28 September 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

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: LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Description: Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews,  this course will give you a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for editing your play.

What’s so great about it? With just over a month to go before the Redrafting Programme starts, we thought it was only right that we gave you a friendly nudge to book your place – after all, you really don’t want to miss out on this brilliant chance to redraft your play to perfection.

So, what is so great about it, then? Well, the Redrafting Programme is a redrafting course with a difference! Realising how important feedback is when editing your work, we’ve decided to combine practical workshops with receiving individual, tailored feedback from our Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews. Kimberley has worked with lots of writers both as a workshop leader and script consultant and has a passion (and a great track record!) for helping writers develop their work to its’ full potential.

Through the masterclasses, you’ll learn about the art of redrafting through practical exercises and you’ll be able to gain valuable feedback from your peers. You’ll then have a one-to-one session with Kimberley who will give you honest, insightful feedback and arm you with an action plan for writing your next draft.

The course starts on 13 October but due to the individual feedback element, places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended. This course is open to all levels, beginners welcome – all you need is a rough first draft at the ready!

*Members get 20% off! Read more here!*

Read the full details here

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Newsjack open for submissions of radio sketches and one-liners

Newsjack the Radio 4 Extra topical news sketch show, which anyone can write for, is again looking for writers to submit sketches and one-liners for its 19th series.

Irreverent and satirical, Newsjack is the scrapbook sketch show written entirely by the Great British public, and then bought to life by a revolving cast of sketch performers.

Trying to make sense of it all is host, Angela Barnes. Read advice from Angela on the British Comedy Guide website

Read our Blog (submission dates relate to a previous series) for more information about how to submit sketches, plus loads of handy hints and examples or watch our Facebook Live Q&A below with the team behind Newsjack from 6th September 2018.

How to apply: go to Newsjack’s Submission Page on their website for full details, advice, script templates and details of fees for material which is used on air.

Deadlines: various – 

Sketches: Weekly deadline 12pm on Mondays from 10 September 2018 (last submission Monday 15 October 2018)

One-Liners: Weekly deadline 12pm Tuesdays from 11 September 2018 (last submission Tuesday 16 October 2018)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Down Stage Right: New Writing Night for Devon and Cornwall Based Writers

Down Stage Write are looking for 4 short plays for their upcoming event, ‘Down Stage Night’. The event will take place at Exeter Phoenix on Monday November 19th 2018 and is geared towards giving Devon and Cornwall based writers the chance to have their short-plays staged and performed by a team of local Directors and Actors.

All access requirements for writers will be met.

Submission guidelines:

  • Short-plays should be submitted to putting ‘DOWN STAGE NIGHT SUBMISSION’ as the e-mail subject. All writers will be sent an email acknowledging their submission.
  • They are looking for pieces that are 10–15 minutes long. These should be stand alone shorts, not extracts from a larger piece.
  • Down Stage Night has an open theme; your plays can be about anything and everything.
  • Plays should two-handers or monologues.
  • One submission per writer.
  • This is an opportunity for DEVON AND CORNWALL BASED WRITERS ONLY.

Every submission will receive feedback.

They are happy to support writers with the submission process. If you have any questions, contact them on

Deadline: 30 September 2018 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Take Back seeking 5 minute shorts from girls/young women aged 25 and under

The next Take Back event will be:
Take Back our Girls at Hope Mill on 3 October.
They’d  love to receive short 5 min submissions from people identifying as girls and young women, aged 25 and under.
If accepted, your piece will be performed, script in hand, as part of a curated evening. They would love to hear about the challenges and joys of being a girl in 2018, and are particularly interested in global, intersectional stories and voices from and about under-represented communities here and globally.
“We welcome submissions of spoken word, songs, and especially short scenes. Please understand that we won’t be able to include everyone’s final piece as we have a time limit and also a huge remit of subject matter, but we will collate all the submitted pieces into some sort of online resource with your permission too.”
How to submit: send work to (also best place to send any questions!)
Deadline: 15 September 2018
Source: @Playwriting_UK

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