Sketching seeking contributors for multi-authored show at Wilton’s Musical Hall

The new show Sketching will be a a multi-authored modern take on Charles Dickens’ chronicle of London life ‘Sketches By Boz’. Led by the playwright James Graham, they are now crowd-sourcing ideas and stories from writers for an autumn production at Wilton’s Music Hall in east London.

What they are looking for: writers to contribute strands, to help them work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.

hey are deliberately, though not exclusively, seeking out stories and voices from underrepresented communities and people. This might include racially, regionally, socio-economically under-represented writers..

Oh, and you don’t have to be from London. James isn’t.

What you get: If successful you’ll be paid a commission of £1000 for your story, and then expenses to attend a masterclass week with professional artists and writers.

How to apply: find out full information on who and what they are looking for, examples of submissions and other criteria and submit your story on the Sketching website

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Sci-fi Theatre Networking Event with Cyborphic

Following their recent theatre festival, Talos IICyborphic have organised a networking event for creatives interested in science fiction theatre to exchange ideas, form collaborations and discuss the future of theatre in the UK and beyond. They welcome people who are into Genre Theatre more broadly, including Horror Theatre, Fantasy and the Weird.

Event details: the meeting will take place at the Barracks room of the Artillery Arms pub on Bunhill Row in the City of London, 7-9pm on the 25th of May 2018. The meeting is free to attend.

How to bookfind out more information and register here. 

Deadline: Not applicable 

Source: BBC Writersroom

HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

HighTide’s aim is to produce new theatre works by artists who are yet to receive their first commission. HighTide produces well-resourced debut productions with substantial research and development periods, which benefit from development with HighTide associates and audience feedback. HighTide’s artists are new, adventurous and diverse in terms of ethnicity, political philosophy and socio-economic backgrounds.

First Commissions is HighTide’s attachment programme for writers and theatre makers. Every year, they work with a number of emerging writers who have never received a full length play commission. Over an 18 month period they then aid them to:

  • Create a new theatre piece.
  • Make an application to Arts Council England’s Project Grants to cover a full commission fee and development budget.
  • Produce two rehearsed readings, showings or workshops in professional theatres or cultural organisations.
  • Collaborate with a wider creative team, usually in the form of a director or facilitator.
  • Engage an established theatre artist to act as a mentor and dramaturg.

This year they are excited to be working with 3 diverse and innovative partner organisations; ConeyEastern Anglesand Tamasha for the First Commissions programme.

How to apply: read the full guidelines and apply here.

Deadline: 14 June 2018

Source: Script Consultant e-newsletter

BAFTA Elevate Programme open for applications

Are you a writer? Are you trying to progress your career in film or television but you feel held back by your disability, gender, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background?

BAFTA is seeking 15 writers from areas of under-representation within our industries, including but not limited to the above, who must have at least one on-screen credit or commission for its latest BAFTA Elevate programme.

If selected by our panel of industry experts, you will receive a bespoke 12-month programme of support including networking opportunities, introductions, mentoring, tailored panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops focused on professional development.

How to apply: read the full guidelines and apply here.

Deadline: 25 May 2018

Source: Script Consultant e-newletter

Shorts @ The Canal seeking ‘Twilight Zone’ themed scripts

The team that brought you Shorts @ The Canal are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than
15-minute, for their next enterprise, “The Twilight Hour”.

The show will be based on The Twilight Zone TV series to be performed at the award-winning Canal Cafe Theatre a renowned comedy and theatre venue in London.

A selection process will follow and if your play is chosen, it will be assigned to an emerging director. Plays will then be rehearsed and then
staged for 2/3 nights. Dates 29th, 30th and 31st July.
This is an excellent opportunity for writers to see their work come to life in front of an audience.


  • Twilight Zone theme – fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, psychological thriller often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist and usually with a moral.
  • No character limit.
  • Minimal set.
  • Up to 15-minutes running time.
How to submit: Please send your short plays to with the header: Play.
Deadline: 15 June 2018
Source: Direct contact

WritePride seeking writer for workshop on LGBT themes (paid)

They are looking for an experienced writer who has written theatre pieces with LGBTQIA themes to lead a 3 hour master class at Nottingham Playhouse as part of Write Pride, an LGBT writing festival taking place in Nottingham in July 2018.

The master class should give participants techniques and prompts for writing on LGBT themes in the playwriting form including script structure and development ideas.

The writer will also have the opportunity to show an extract from a theatre piece they have written or that they are developing as part of an evening scratch theatre event.

Write Pride will take place in Nottingham during Pride month (July) 2018. The project will include a series of master classes and events exploring and celebrating the work of LGBTQIA writers from 5 writing disciplines: poetry, prose, film, song writing and theatre.

How to apply: Send a CV,  a personal statement including experience, accomplishments and outlining why you’d like to be involved (no more than 1 side of A4 to

Fee: £300

Location: Nottingham Playhouse

Deadline: 30 June 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

BBC Hausa short story competition for women open for entries

The 2018 edition of the BBC Hausa short story writing competition is now open for entries from all women writing in Hausa, irrespective of their nationality or experience.

Entries must be engaging works of fiction on any topic and should be between 1000 to 1500 words.

How to apply: details of how to enter and the full terms and conditions are available on

Deadline: 8 July 2018

Source: Write a Play

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is now open for entries of comedy scripts

£10,000 could be yours! Do you have the winning comedy script?

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the second largest national playwriting competition, and provides a great platform for new comedy writing across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Scripts must be original and unperformed, and they encourage writers of varying experience – from novice first-timers to professional playwrights – to enter their work.

The Prize is judged anonymously, meaning the reading and judging panels do not know the identities of the writers until a winner has been chosen.

Since 2015, The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize success stories include winners and highly commended writers who go on to have their plays commissioned at theatres and auditoriums across the UK. You can read more about previous Prize winners here.

How to apply: visit the website

Deadline: 22 July 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Alfred Fagon Award 2018 open for submissions

Entries are now open for the 22nd Alfred Fagon Award which is supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Last year’s award for Best New Play of the Year was won by Mufaro Makubika who won £6,000 for his play ShebeenShebeen is at Nottingham Playhouse  1 – 16 June and Theatre Royal Stratford East 20 June – 7 July.  Shebeen stars Karl Collins and Martina Laird.

Entry Criteria: 

  • The competition is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best original, new stage play in English.
  • Plays must be full length.
  • The play does not need to have been produced.  However, if it has, only plays produced since August 2017 will be considered.
  • Each submitted play must be accompanied by a CV, confirming the writer’s Caribbean and/or African heritage and residency in the UK along with a brief synopsis of the play. (CV must also include your address,  email address and a contact telephone number).
  • Each entrant can submit only one play. A play may also be nominated by a third party with the writer’s consent (e.g. via an agent)
  • Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered.
  • New as well as established writers are encouraged to enter.

How to apply: 

  • Two hard copies of your script should be sent to: Pauline Walker, The Alfred Fagon Award, c/o Talawa Theatre Company, Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.
  • An electronic copy of the play should also be sent by email to

Deadline: 27 July 2018 at 5pm

Source: Write a Play

Yale Drama Series seeking scripts for competition (submissions open 1 June!)

The Yale Drama Series is an annual international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner receives the David Charles Horn prize of $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press and a professional staged reading at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater. Ayad Akhtar is the judge for the 2018-2019 competitions. They are looking for full length plays written in English.

How to apply: find out more information here. 

Deadline: 15 August 2018 (opens 1 June 2018) 

Source: Write a Play

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