Category Archives: Competitions

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

Quantum Frolic Theatre Company’s inaugural short play writing competition is called 20 Minute Frolics. They invite playwrights from across the globe to submit self-contained scripts of 20 minutes or less (no identifiable extracts from longer pieces).

Selected scripts will go forward for a rehearsed reading in front of a live audience and an industry panel and the winner could win up to £250!

There is an entry fee of £10 to cover readers, venue hire, rehearsal space and to put towards the prize fund.

How to apply: to find out more and to apply please go to the website.  

Deadline: 31 December 2018 at midnight

Source: direct contact

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries

The Carlo Annoni Award is for theatre plays on gay themes and on diversity in love.

“In the year of fifth centenary of Leonardo Da Vinci we dedicate the Carlo Annoni Prize 2019 to all those who in Italy and in the world fight for having recognized the right to love and against discrimination due to sexual orientation.

The prize is € 1000 for texts for each language (Italian and English).

How to apply: find out more about the competition here.

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Source: direct contact

Transition Stage company launch Enter Stage Right Competition (£10-£30 entry fee)

Every writer wants to see their story come to life – with Enter Stage Write you get just that chance! Along with a £1000 prize for the overall winner, a select number of scripts will be produced and performed at the prestigious Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on  1 December 2018

How it works: all you have to do is write an original and brilliant 7-10 minute script (have a read through with family and friends), and submit it for £10. Or, for £30, you can submit and have a 1-on-1 coaching session with an experienced and knowledgeable professionals Tim Stimpson and Anna Southgate (subject to availability). And, of course, you will be allowed to submit an updated version on your script based on these coaching sessions.

How to apply: for full details and to apply, visit the website. 

Deadline: 19 November 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Guinea Pig Lab seeking one-woman shows (Kansas)

The Guinea Pig Lab literary board would like to invite all playwrights to enter their 2018 search for plays. The board is looking specifically for scripts written as one-woman plays and plans to select THREE for staged readings in spring 2019 in Wichita, Kansas. The competition, named in honor of Guinea Pig Lab volunteer Stephanie Lehr, is open to all playwrights however,  two of the plays will be selected from Kansas playwrights. (This allows them to continue in their mission to support Kansas playwrights, but also allows them to bring in new playwrights so the winners can network and share experiences).

Call for entries:  The Guinea Pig Lab is calling for full-length or one-act plays.

Winner and runners-up will be notified in mid-January. The winner will also receive a staged reading from the Guinea Pig Lab in the spring of 2019, dates TBA. Winners of the competition are welcome to attend the event and will be acknowledged with certificates and a short ceremony – “as we want to ensure the playwright is in attendance so they can fully reap the benefits of a public reading. Prior to the reading, the winner will receive a session with our resident dramaturg, Dr. Dan Bacalzo, a former theatre critic and professor.”

What to submit:
-submit your play (minimum of 20-minute estimated run-time)
-you are welcome to select your own topic, no restrictions
-NO musicals, please
-please submit play in standard traditional play format, in English
-submissions must be original, unpublished plays
-translations and adaptations are not accepted
-no fee to enter
-one script per playwright each contest, please

How to apply: please send your script with a short author’s bio and contact information to, preferably as a pdf.

Deadline: 30 September 2018 at midnight.

Source: direct contact

Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests

It’s the last month to enter Shore Scripts Feature, TV Pilot & Short Screenplay Contests.
The details: 
* 37 Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy & Bafta Winning Judges
* 98 Prod Comps & Agents and 25 amazing Directors to read the winning screenplays.
* Oscar winning Alumni. We’ve helped 50+ Writers gain representation, sell, and have their screenplays produced.
* Over the course of 2018, we are giving away $35K in Cash & Prizes, including meetings with top managers & agents.
“Placing highly in our screenplay competition will help open doors and get your work read by the people who can make a difference.”
How to apply: for all the details and to submit your script go to the website. 
Deadline: 31 August 2018 (Midnight USA Pacific Time)
Source: direct contact

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest open for entries (entry fee, cash prizes)

The Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest is looking for the next great feature or pilot. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000 in CASH as well has have their script optioned by Producer Danny Roth (The Hurricane HeistLBJThe Year of Spectacular Men.). There are also additional prizes on offer for selected writers.

How to apply: via the website

Deadlines and entry fees: 

Early July 18th $29
 Regular Aug 15th $39
Final Oct 10th $59

Deadline: (final) 10 October 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Octagon Theatre accepting submissions for Best of Bolton competition

The Octagon is passionate about developing new writing. Every year they run a competition called Best of Bolton, that celebrates outstanding original work by writers of all different ages, backgrounds and experiences.

The next Best of Bolton will be Sat 10 November 2018.  Why not have a go at taking part?

You can submit your writing for Best of Bolton in any short form – story, poem, monologue, sketch, or a short extract from a novel or play, but it must be no more than 700 words in length or for poetry no more than 30 lines.

“Everything we receive will be read, and, although we cannot return manuscripts or feedback on work that isn’t selected, the forty best pieces will be read onstage in one of two performances by professional or trainee actors – (whilst our theatre across the road is being excitingly re-created) – in the beautiful Lecture Theatre at Bolton Library.”

How to apply:  visit the website to download the application form and find out more.

How to submit: 

* by (signed for) post to the following address: Best of Bolton, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 3SP

* or by email to the following email address:

Deadline: 27 July 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry)

Langham Court Theatre announces that it is inaugurating a major new playwriting competition, the world’s richest competition specifically for the writing of tragedy: the all-new 2019 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition. At stake is $10,000 in prize money.
The winning play will be workshopped in Victoria, BC. A travel stipend will be offered to the winning playwright. In addition, the winning play may be fully produced by Langham Court Theatre as a special event.
Entry costs $45.
How to apply: For more information visit the Risk Theatre website. 
Deadliune: 29 March 2019

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