The Writers Guild of Great Britain: Open Space D&D Event

The Writers Guild of Great Britain invites you to an Open Space, Devoted & Disgruntled event on 28 March 2019 in London, where you can work on the question: what do you need, and what can you share?

The event is free and open to all writers, whether WGGB members or not.

Whether you write for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, comedy, animation or videogames, or would like to have a go at any of those, no matter what experience you have, do come along and hang out, get some support, and help someone else. Be prepared to be surprised by what you get out of the event!

For full details of the day can be found on D&D’s website:


The Space: Scriptspace Now Accepting Submissions

The Space are looking for early drafts of one act or full length plays, accepting work that hasn’t been previously read (to an audience), workshopped or performed. They are open for submissions until 28th March and we will select a number of plays for readings taking place in July and August.

They are particularly looking for original, exciting and relevant work that shows strong writing ability, has clarity of purpose and the potential to be a successful stage production. 

If your piece is selected for a reading you would be required to attend at your own expense (dates to be arranged). For this reason, they are currently only accepting applications from UK-based playwrights.

How to submit: 

Submit scripts as an attachment (either .pdf or .doc) in an email to ScriptSpace with “submission” as the subject title. They can only accept one play submission per playwright.

Also let them know a bit about your background and experience as a writer. This doesn’t have to be a formal CV or cover letter (although those are fine if you have them!) – they’d just like to know a bit more about you, why and how you write and what your work’s been like so far.

Deadline: 28th March at 5pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

RoundPeg accepting script submissions on theme of TABOO for Hatch new writing night

RoundPeg are looking for script submissions which explore the theme of TABOO for their new writing night, HATCH. Performances will be on the 15th and 16th April at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town.

What they are looking for:

  • Pieces which explore the theme of TABOO.
  • 10-15 minute standalone plays, excerpts of a full-length plays or monologues.
  • 2-4 handers
  • Looking for a range of comedy and drama.

What you get: 

  • Time in a rehearsal room with actors and a director
  • Your script performed for an audience
  • Written audience feedback collected on the evening

How to submit:  please email scripts to:

Deadline:  17  March 2019

Source: direct contact


Slackline Stories- Call for Submissions

Slackline Productions is now accepting submissions for Slackline Stories, a new writing night to be held in London (at an exciting location soon to be announced!!) on 26 May, 2019.

Slackline wants to redress the balance in the stories being told and who’s telling them- working with female-identifying writers to offer new-writing plays that have female characters at their heart, focusing most specifically on stories of women aged 35+.

What they are looking for:

  • – Playwrights who identify as female
  • – 10-15 minute plays or excerpts of plays
  • – 2-3 handers
  • At least one strong female character aged 35+
  • – Great stories- the plays don’t have to be political, nor do they have to be female-only. We love an uplifting story, even if the content is sad/dramatic/difficult. We also love things a bit edgy!
What you get:
  • – Time in a rehearsal room with actors and a director
  • – Your script performed for an audience (with the chance to ask for audience feedback on the night if you choose)
  • – Written audience feedback to be collected by Slackline on the evening
  • – An established industry mentor (they have some amazing ones on board and will announce them soon!)

How to submit: 

Please send submissions to Subject: Slackline Stories Submission with your name, but please leave your name off of the actual script. 

Deadline: 31 March or until they have 150 scripts, whichever comes first, so don’t delay! 

Source: direct contact

The Director’s Club from Director’s Cut Theatre are looking for short scripts for ‘Home’ showcase

The Director’s Club from Director’s Cut Theatre are looking for short scripts for The Director’s Club Showcase; ‘Home’ which will take place at Southwark Playhouse, 7pm on Sunday 7 April 2019.

Home… Have you found it? Has it found you?..

What is home? Is it a place? A building? A person? A community? A feeling?

Ever felt familiar in the unfamiliar? Or unfamiliar in the familiar…?

How many of us are searching for home?

Are you?

Are we all?

What they are looking for:

  • Stories that explore the theme and idea of home, and what home is and means to the characters. Have they found it? Are they searching for it?
  • 5-7 minute monologues, duologues or short plays for up to 5 characters
  • They are interested in stories where characters are exploring and exposing personal questions, ideas and life circumstances, so that this play ‘Home’ reflects a diverse range of stories and voices on what home is. What journey are the characters on and how will our audience be challenged and moved by their story?
  • They encourage writers to think outside of the box and to think about our current political and social climate.
  • As a company they are drawn to theatre and stories that move audiences, evoke emotion, be that through laughter or tears…
  • They are looking for a range of comedy and drama.
  • They also do love a good twist (but this is not essential).

How to apply: scripts will be read as they are sent in. Please send scripts in PDF format to

More info can be found on the website.

Deadline: 20 March 2019 at 11pm 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2019 (£16 fee)

Sky Blue choose five plays to be produced in a London venue. One of the winning plays will also be chosen to be made into a short film. This year’s performance will take place in October at the Lost Theatre.

What you get: 

  • Given a full performance at the Lost Theatre, London
  • Developed by professional directors
  • Performed by professional actors
  • Given written assessments by theatre professionals
  • Considered for publication by two or more publishers
  • Filmed in performance by Mini Mammoth Films
  • A public audience will vote for their favourite
  • Mini Mammoth film award, 1 play turned into a short film
  • Up to 30 plays will be shortlisted

What you pay: There is a non-refundable entry fee of £16.

Rules/What to submit/How to apply:

  1. Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.
  2. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
  3. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time no more than 30 minutes.
  4. By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.
  5. The author’s name and contact details must be removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
  6. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
  7. Entries must be submitted with full payment of £16 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
  8. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
  9. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.
  10. Play submissions that do not comply with all competition rules will be read in their entirety but may be discounted from the competition without notification to the writer or refund of entry fee.

The entry form can be found on their website.

Deadline: 30 March 2019

Source: direct contact


Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

503five is an 18 month residency that offers writers the opportunity to find their creative home at Theatre503, developing work and experiencing being at the heart of a new writing theatre. This scheme is designed for writers who have already developed their craft to a high standard but are yet to be professionally produced.

This is defined as a full-length play that has been professionally produced for four weeks or more in a subsidised/commercial  London venue and/or a major regional or international venue. 

What you get: The residency will offer writers a seed commission of £2,000 a series of masterclass workshops, peer to peer support, industry connections, R&D processes, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to have work staged.

Please be aware that although this opportunity is open nationally, 503 is London based and will require all writers to regularly be at Theatre503.

How to apply: applications should be made via the website, where you will be asked to send in an idea for a play along with a 10 page sample of your work.

Deadline: 24 March 2019 

Source: direct contact



The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night

The Upsetters is a short play night featuring plays written by writers of colour, directed by directors of colour and performed by actors of colour in all roles unless the script specifies otherwise.
What they are looking for:  scripts (15 mins) by writers of colour for their short play night on 9th June 2019 at the Bunker Theatre UK.
  • There is no theme or genre.
  • Casts should be limited to four actors with limited props and staging requirements.
  • They only accept scripts from writers of colour.
How to apply:  plays should be emailed to They do not require a CV or synopsis. Full script call out including large print and audio versions:
This is a PAID opportunity. All writers will be paid £50.00 for their script which will be performed in a matinee and evening performance at the Bunker Theatre UK. 
To find out more about The Upsetters, please visit their website.

Deadline: 7 April 2019 
Source: direct contact
Deadline: 7th April 2019.

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 8 March 2019

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Featured posts:


LPB launch NEW Script Consulting Service

New members’ content for 2019!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now open!

Pursued by a Bear: “How do I escape the tyranny of boring British naturalism?”

Opportunities with deadlines:


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

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

Punchdrunk seeking writer (paid) – Deadline: 11 March 2019

KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 10 March 2019

Sharp Scratches accepting shorts for E-United night – 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

Broken Silence Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from Home’ (South East writers) – Deadline: 16 March 2019

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts on theme of ‘in the news’ for new writing night – Deadline: 17 March 2019

Actor Awareness seeking shorts on theme of ‘class’ for next new writing night – Deadline: 17 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

Pen to Print playwriting competition – 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

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

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 open for submissions (entry fee $45-$60) – Deadline: 31 May 2019 (early) 31 August 2019 (final)

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

Playwriting at the Pit Workshops return for 2019 – Dates: Starts 27 February 2019

Wales Writer in Residence – Roadshow – Dates: various starting 28 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

Dragons and Writing Visually – An Evening with Writer in Residence Oliver Emanuel – Date: 12 March 2019

Live Theatre: Future of playwriting discussion – Date: 21 March 2019

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

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.

Sharp Scratches accepting shorts for E-United night

Sharp Scratches is an evening of new writing, for their next show this will be at Theatre Deli, The Old Library, London SE5.

Each night of new writing has a theme and edition. For their 31st March night they are looking for short scripts, extracts and spoken word that tackle the current state of British Politics, whatever this means to you. Submissions from BAME and LGBTQIA+ writers are strongly encouraged.

Whether it’s your first script or your 100th they want to hear from you.

What they want:

  • Pieces of theatre or extracts or spoken word no longer than 15 minutes in duration. If you are submitting an entire longer script you need to specify the extract you want to submit for performance as they do not have the readers to read entire full-length scripts.
  • Maximum 3 characters unless actors playing multiple roles is possible. If so please specify in your email.
  • You must be a UK resident.

Scripts should be emailed to with the title of your play in the subject. You must also include a short synopsis, including cast list and a little bit about yourself as a writer. Submissions without this information in the body of the email will be disregarded.

A group of readers will shortlist the chosen pieces and they will be then be cast and directed for performance. Writers are welcome to attend rehearsals.

Deadline: 10 March 2019 at 4pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

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