Category Archives: Competitions

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

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

The 2018 Hodgkiss Award open for submissions (writers from the North of England)

ARC is very excited to be working with The Royal Exchange Theatre, Susan Hodgkiss and The Yard, London on this year’s Hodgkiss Award 2018. The prize, which was last awarded in 2016, will support the realisation of a brand new piece of ambitious theatre made by an artist or company from the North of England.

“Building on the legacy of the 2016 Prize and in direct response from artists feedback, The Royal Exchange have invited us together with The Yard in London to work with them on the 2018 Prize. We will be key partners during the selection process and the winning production will transfer to both venues following its premiere at the Exchange, allowing the work further development, audience and critical reach.”

The Award is for an exceptional artist or company based in the North of England who has a bold, original idea for a piece of live performance-based work.

The winning idea will be inventive, urgent and unconstrained by pre-existing notions of what theatre can be. It will premiere at the Royal Exchange Studio in 2019, and therefore should be original, unperformed and unattached.

The recipient of the 2018 Hodgkiss Award will receive:

– A £4,000 prize
– A year of supported development of the work with paid R&D opportunities at the Royal Exchange and ARC Stockton
– Budget and support to realise the production at the Royal Exchange’s Studio Theatre in Spring/Summer 2019
– A supported transfer of the work to The Yard and ARC Stockton in Spring/Summer 2019
– An artistic mentor
– Producing support throughout from the Royal Exchange and the support and guidance of the Exchange’s marketing, development, dramaturgical making and technical departments

How to apply: visit the website for more details

Deadline: 20 May 2018

Source: Write a Play

Mercury/ Weinberger Playwriting Prize 2018 announced!

Mercury Theatre Colchester & Josef Weinberger Ltd are joining forces to discover the very best and most diverse new British theatre writing talent from across the UK.

The Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Prize will be looking for previously unperformed plays that have the ambition, appeal and theatricality to fill larger theatres, with the desire of getting the very best new work published and into production over the next few years.

Prizes: The winning entry will pick up a cash prize of £5,000, a publishing deal with Josef Weinberger Ltd and the possibility of a full production at the Mercury Theatre.

In addition to this, there will also be a Future Voice award which recognises talent for 16-25 year olds – the winner of this prize will win £500 and a rehearsed reading of their script.

How to apply: The online portal for entries will open here on 25 May 2018, the closing date is 20 July 2018 and winners will be announced week commencing 5 November 2018.

Deadline: 20 July 2018

Source: @WeinbergerPlays

RBL Theatre Company accepting submissions for Off The Block writing competition

Reading Between the Lines (RBL), Reading’s multi-award winning theatre company, are accepting submissions for their annual new writing competition, Find a Reading Writer.

The competition, which will take place on Sunday 13th May, will see entrants have 6 hours to write a short play inspired by a stage direction given to them by the company directors. All entries will be submitted by 4pm and read by RBL’s team of associates and the winner will join the team of Off the Block #7, performed on Friday 25th May.

The winner will then be writing one of four 20minute plays produced at Off the Block #7, the annual event that engages over 30 professional theatre makers from around the UK.

How to apply: If you would like to be considered for the competition, then please email RBL at with a bit about you and a CV.

For tickets to Off the Block at South Street Arts Centre, on Friday 25th May, 7.30pm, please visit:

Deadline: 11 May 2018 at 6pm

Source: Direct contact


Audiojam Flash Fiction Competition open for submissions

Audiojam have launched their ‘Flash Fiction’ Competition 2018.

“Flash fiction is a great medium for flexing your writing muscles, write a piece of up to 1,000 words and get it cast, recorded and promoted across the globe on our podcast site.”

How to apply: The entry fee is £1.99. Find out more here.

Read about previous Audiojam winners here.

Deadline: 31 July 2018 CANCELLED

Source: Direct contact