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BBC Studios: Writers’ Academy open for applications

Do you want to write for EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors and River City – and the opportunity to work for some of the UK’s best Television Drama Production Companies?

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy will give a minimum of eight writers a year’s paid training, with guaranteed commissions on the BBC’s flagship shows as well as the chance to develop an original project with a BBC Studios production company.  They want writers who are passionate about television drama, bursting with ideas and a love of popular drama.

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy is led by John Yorke, and over the year you will receive training and lectures from a range of leading industry practitioners.  You’ll learn all about television production, gain direct writing experience on at least three of the BBC’s Continuing Dramas alongside mentoring from the companies behind Les Misérables, McMafia, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Curfew, The End of The F***ing World,  and many more.

Previous graduates of the Writers’ Academy have written for or created over one thousand hours of TV, including The Man In The High Castle, Killing Eve, Pure, Father Brown, Doctor Who, Grantchester, Killed By My Debt as well as all the major continuing dramas.

Who can apply: The course begins in September 2019.  To be eligible you’ll need to have at least one professional drama commission in film, television, radio or theatre.  Writers with a literary agent but no professional credit are also eligible to apply. You’ll also need to send in a story idea and an original drama script in any medium, apart from novels, poems or short stories.

How to apply: To apply use this link to the BBC Writersroom e-submissions system

Deadline: 7 May 2019 at 12 noon

Source: BBC Writersroom


Spring News from LPW!

Spring has sprung and we thought it was high time we gave you an update on what we’ve been up to at London Playwrights’ Workshop. We’ve been super busy working on both current projects and exciting new ones so read on for the full lowdown…

2019 so far…

Almost 200 of you joined us in January for #WrAP2019, where you stepped up to the challenge of writing a play in a month! We had an amazing response and were lucky enough to hear some of your work at our first members’ meetup of the year, which took place last month. It was fantastic to see/ meet those who came along and get to share their brilliant and diverse ideas.

We then launched straight into #WriteHacks, where our members got a selection of game changing life hacks for writers sent straight to their inboxes every day throughout March.

Don’t worry if you missed any of this – you can catch up with it over on the members’ website. If you’re not a member yet, find out more here

Play Club

Recently, our Literary Projects Manager, George,  decided our online Book Club needed a rethink (of course he did!) and spurred on by the idea of creating opportunities for writers, he came up with Play Club

Every other month, we’ll be selecting a play which you can write a short piece in response to and submit to us. We’ll be selecting our favourites to be read by actors in an event which will take place at the end of the year! The submission window for the latest Play Club is now open, check out the details here.

Script Consulting

We’ve also given our Script Consulting Service a massive overhaul for 2019, including adding more options to make what we offer more accessible for a wider range of writers.  If you want some detailed, constructive feedback from script consultants who are passionate about supporting writers, then find out more here! (don’t forget members get 20% off!).

Coming up…

As promised we have lots of new members’s content coming up this year! Our next online course, the Play Submissions Checklist, will be going live next month and we’re also planning our next members’ meetup, which will, as promised, involve the chance to get some FREE feedback on your work.

But this is not all!

Drum roll please…

New website plans!

We’re really excited to tell you that within the next couple of months, we’ll be launching our brand new (and very snazzy) website!

We’re currently working really hard to make the redesign amazing- both sites are going to be easier to navigate and contain even more fantastic resources for writers.

We can’t give too much away right now but we’ll definitely be letting a few secrets slip on our Instagram so don’t forget to give us a follow! More details to come!

New Team members

Last but not least, we’ve got a couple of new team members working on the redesign with us and cooking up some amazing new projects. Jane Ryan has joined us as our Artistic Development Manager and George Bailey (who used to be our intern) has now taken on the role of Literary Projects Manager. Read more about the team here. 

Support us

As always, we’re extremely grateful for the support from all of you, put simply, it’s what allows us to keep going! Running the organisation and creating resources which help to support writers will always cost money so we really do appreciate every penny.

If you want to help us continue in our quest to support the next generation of playwrights, there are plenty of ways to help. The easiest way is to become a member, which you can do for as little as £3.63 per month and the bonus of this is that you also get access to our growing selection of exciting member benefits! Read more about signing up here!

You can also do your shopping using our Amazon Affiliate links, it doesn’t matter what you buy, if you head to Amazon via one of our links (like this one), we’ll get a little bit back from them at no extra cost to you!

And if neither of these are options, you can still help us massively by helping us to spread the word about the work we are doing to support playwrights! Tell all your friends about us and share our stuff on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. 

Twitter: @LDNPlaywrights       Instagram:  londonplaywrights

Here’s to an exciting few months at LPW!

Photo by Tama Leaver via Flickr CC

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 12 April 2019

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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).

Want to be sure you never miss an opportunity?  Sign up for our email list to get the weekly roundup direct to your inbox! 

Featured posts:

LPW Play Club – Submission Window Open

How do you change the location of a play you have already written?

Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

LPB launch NEW Script Consulting Service

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2!

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 30 opportunities with April deadlines– Deadline: various throughout April 2019

Who Writes the Future seeking Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator for summer school – Deadline: 15 April 2019

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking submissions for rehearsed readings at Theatre Deli– Deadline: 15 April 2019

Who Writes the Future seeking Illustrator/Graphic Recorder for Creative Writing Summer School – Deadline: 15 April 2019

Untold Collectiv – call out for Latinx writers – Deadline: 15 April 2019

Flux Theatre seeking excerpts and short plays for EMERGE 4 – Deadline: 15 April 2019

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast – Deadline: 17 April 2019

Worcester University seeking playwrights for Edinburgh 2020 show (paid) – 19 April 2019

Eclipse Theatre: Slate Playwrights’ Group 2019 Call out (writers living in North of England) – Deadline: 19 April 2019

Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project – Deadline: 20 April 2019

Live Theatre Bursary 2019 open for applications – Deadline: 22 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

The OSO seeking new plays for Barnes Fringe Festival – Deadline: 27 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

BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019 (submission window opens 1 April) – Deadline: 29 April 2019

Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2! – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity- Deadline: 30 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)

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications – Deadline: 1 June 2019

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

Royal Society of Literature – A Room of My Own: A Survey of What UK Writers Need to Work – Deadline: none posted/ results published 19 June 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Dark Unicorn Productions seeking stage plays – Deadline: 30 June 2019

The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 – Scriptwriting: open for entries (Cheshire writers) – Deadline: 1 July 2019

Dancing Bear Books seeking short story writers for anthology – Deadline: 1 July 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

BFI & Radio Times Film Festival – Date: 12-14 April 2019

Zenpens Silent Writing Retreat – Cardiff- Date: 20 April 2019

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting with Fin Kennedy – Date: 11 May 2019 but applications must be made by 26 April 2019

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab – Date: 23-28 April 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking –Starts 23 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

The Arcola: Writing for Stage: 5 week course with Lee Anderson – Starts 26 April 2019

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee) – Dates: Starts 30 April 2019

‘Writing Short Plays’ Saturday morning playwrights’ workshops with Caroline Summerfield (Cheltenham) – Starts: 4 May 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

Tamasha Masterclass: Writing for Radio – Deadline to apply: 14 June 2019/ workshop takes place on 29 June 2019

Tamasha Masterclass: Playwriting with Teenagers – Deadline to apply: 28 June 2019/ workshop takes place 13 July 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.

Lemon House Theatre seek short plays by mixed race/dual heritage writers on the theme of Identity

 In order to help tackle issues of representation in the arts, LHT are going to be hosting a night of rehearsed readings by writers who identify as mixed race/dual heritage.

This is an opportunity for writers to see their work staged through script-in-hand performances, with the chance to receive feedback by a live audience, and take part in the creative process. The readings will be taking place in July, with selected writers being contacted in late May.

“The theme is all about identity, but feel free to go crazy and write about anything you want! Whether it’s about your own identity as a mixed race/dual heritage person, or about the identity of a cactus living on Mars, we want to see your take. This is a chance to take risks and explore what identity really means to you.”

What you’ll receive:

  • Dramaturgical support on your script

  • A live performance of your work

  • Audience feedback

Pieces should:

  • involve 1-2 actors, but could be multi-rolled

  • be complete scripts of 10-15 minutes in length

  • be written in English (but may contain other languages)

How to apply:

Send your play along with a short bio about yourself to

(Please email the team if you wish to submit an extract of a longer piece or have any questions. Feedback on scripts will only be given to those selected.)

Deadline: 30 April 2019 at midnight 

Source: direct contact

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2!

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: Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2!

Description: Following the phenomenal success of Fight Like A Girl! in December, which raised over £1400 for Cancer Research UK, they are back at the King’s Arms theatre (Salford)  this August with FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2! Inspired by the fights of brave women are three more nights of new writing and poetry to raise money for an excellent cause. They are looking for 8 short plays approx 10-15 mins in length.

What’s so great about it? Want to help raise money for a good cause and have the chance to have your work performed on stage? Then this opportunity is for you! This is also a great opportunity for those living further north as the performance takes place in Salford (Manchester) – and we do know that there are lots of brilliant playwrights who live beyond London (as well as plenty of London playwrights who would appreciate a trip to Manchester to take part!) All in all, we think this looks like a worthwhile event so if you can write a 10-15 minute play by the deadline of 30th April, or you already have something unperformed and suitable up your sleeve – then what are you waiting for?

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 Fight Like A Girl, Kings Arms Theatre

The Arcola: Writing for Stage: 5 week course with Lee Anderson

Writing for the Stage will empower budding playwrights and equip them with the skills to write for live performance.

Over the course of 5 weeks, the course will focus on sharpening a different playwriting tool – from crafting dialogue and constructing characters, to structuring your play and experimenting with dramatic form. Each session will involve a mixture of practical writing exercises, script sharing and scene study.

Writers will have the opportunity to share their own work within a friendly and supportive environment. At the end of each workshop, writers will be given a playwriting exercise or stimulus to respond to throughout the following week. By the end of the course, participants will have assembled their own collection of original scenes and short plays.

Who’s it for: no previous experience of writing for theatre or live performance is necessary; all you require is an interest in dramatic writing and a desire to see your work brought to life through performance.

This workshop is led by playwright and dramaturg Lee Anderson.

Course dates: Friday 26th April – Friday 24th May, 8pm-10pm

Cost: £95 

How to book: find out more and book here

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Royal Society of Literature – A Room of My Own: A Survey of What UK Writers Need to Work

90 years ago, Virginia Woolf said that to be a writer, a woman needed money and a room of her own. In 2019, The Royal Society of Literature want to know what writers – at different stages of their careers, from different backgrounds, and from across the UK – require today in order to flourish professionally.

As writers’ incomes sharply decrease – from £18,000 in 2005 to £10,500 in 2018 in ALCS’s independent research into authors’ earnings – we want to know what you need to work: from money to mentoring, contract advice to the support of an agent, what do you need to have a career in writing?

The Royal Society of Literature is leading this research in consultation with writer development organisations, funders and supporters across the UK, including: Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, Literature Wales, Literature Works, National Centre for Writing, New Writing North, New Writing South, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library, Society of Authors, Spread the Word, The Literary Consultancy, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, Writing East Midlands and Writing West Midlands. The RSL will publish findings of this research on Dalloway Day, 19 June 2019.  This research is funded by ALCS.  

Writers can take the survey here:

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

‘Writing Short Plays’ Saturday morning playwrights’ workshops with Caroline Summerfield (Cheltenham)

These workshops are designed to provide a relaxed environment within which to read and discuss your work with a potential showcase before an invited audience.

By the end of these workshops you should aim to have completed a production quality script suitable for the many opportunities which now exist for 10-15 minute plays for the stage, radio or film.

Practical tuition applicable to all participants will be given by Caroline Summerfield at every workshop so everyone attending will benefit. Whilst you may join the workshops at anytime, please note that in Week One a quick guide to the structural elements in a play will be given.

Caroline Summerfield is the Artistic Director of Natura Contemporary Theatre.

Suitable for beginners and experienced writers.

Workshop dates: 4, 11, 18 and 25 May 2019, 10.30 to 12.30 p.m.

Cost: £20 per workshop

Venue: The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop

17 Suffolk Parade Cheltenham

How to book: Contact to reserve your place

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: direct contact

Submissions call out for FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2!

Following the phenomenal success of Fight Like A Girl! in December, which raised over £1400 for Cancer Research UK, they are back at the King’s Arms theatre this August with FIGHT LIKE A GIRL 2!

Inspired by the fights of brave women are three more nights of new writing and poetry to raise money for an excellent cause.

What they are looking for:  8 short plays approx 10-15 mins in length with fairly minimal tech. The plays can be drama, romance, raucous comedy, surrealist westerns, anything really! Only requirement is that they’re pieces that haven’t received a full performance before.

As all profits go to cancer research, this is  an unpaid opportunity. However, you will receive eternal gratitude and a lifetime of adorable puppies*.

A review of the first Fight Like A Girl! can be found at…/review-fight-like-girl….

*Lifetime of adorable puppies not guaranteed.

How to apply: please email your submission(s) (a maximum of 3 please) to

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Source: direct contact