Category Archives: Opportunities

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’

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: Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night

Description: submit a play for Plays Rough London’s twelfth new-writing night – ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.They are staging six 5-15 minute plays: three for a blindfolded audience and three without any sound. The chosen plays will be performed on the 14th and 15th of April at The Old Red Lion Theatre. Participants will receive feedback, as well as photos and a video of their play.

What’s so great about it? Every now and then, we come across an opportunity that is completely different and this one of those that we couldn’t resist flagging up! ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’ is not something us writers tend to have on a radar so why not ramp things up and give the challenge of writing to this unusual brief a go? Selected plays get a performance at well known fringe venue, The Old Red Lion and Plays Rough have already premiered 55 short plays, so you’ll be in good hands!  You have until 6 March to submit.

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 Plays Rough

Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee)

One of the leading international competitions for short (5-10 minute) plays, Pint-sized Plays is now in its eleventh year, and over 100 winners have seen their plays performed in the Tenby Arts Festival and at the Script Slam in September where the audience vote for the overall Best Script each year.

On top of which, winning plays will be considered for publication – four books of scripts have already been published and a fifth is due this year. This has led to dozens of the plays being performed, and receiving royalties, worldwide. Indeed, many of their writers have gone on to write longer successful pieces too and cite Pint-sized Plays as a springboard to launching their playwriting careers.

How to enter: via the website

Entry fee: £5.50 

Deadline:  31 May 2019

Source: direct contact

Playwriting at the Pit Workshops return for 2019

The Playwriting at the Pit workshops return for 2019. They are a sounding board for writers at all stages of development, a space for work in progress and a launch pad for new ideas.

Saffron Myers (Paines Plough, Hampstead Theatre) and Mike Carter (The Space, London Playwriting Lab, South London Writers’ Group) are delighted be working at the Cockpit Theatre studios this Spring to help develop more plays and support more new writing.

How it works: Playwriting at the Pit has been devised to support writers with new work. Whether you are established or just starting out, we can help you focus, get your ideas on paper and move forward with your drafts. The programme comprises nine weekly sessions led by Saffron and Mike at the Cockpit with a writing week for you to work on your play in your own time.

When and where: Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 730-930pm as below. The Cockpit is a short walk from Marlybone Station.

  • 27th February 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 6th March 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 13th March 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 20th March 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 27th March Writing Week (No session)
  • 3rd Apriil 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 10th April 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 17th April 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 24th April 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theate
  • 1st May 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre

What you get: ​You will be given a series of exercises tailored to your goals and tried and tested tools to develop your skills. You will also have the chance to work with professional actors too see your words come to life. You will benefit from mentoring throughout and a one to one session on a completed draft once you’ve finished.

How to book: here, places cost £135-£180

Deadline: not applicable but the course starts on 27 February 2019 

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 8 February 2019

Want to support LPB? Become a member!

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: New members’ content for 2019!

LPW: We’re looking for an Editor!

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Guest Post: Induced Structural Collapse – Writing a Text From Inside the Skin of its Forebear

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: The Bruntwood Prize online toolkit for writers

Pursued by a Bear: “How do I redraft a play?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

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

The Old Sorting Office Barnes seeking new work for Dispatches scratch night– Deadline: 10 February 2019

The Lyric Theatre Belfast accepting submissions for New Playwrights’ Programme – Deadline: 11 February 2019

The Kings Head accepting submissions for Playmill festival – Deadline: 15 February 2019

The Shaw Theatre seeking work on theme of ‘race’ for new writing night – Deadline: 15 February 2019 at 2pm

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019

AIAWTC seeking work on theme of gender equality for 50/50 night at the Pleasance – Deadline: 17 February 2019

Call for submissions for the JW3 Autumn 2019 Performance Programme – Deadline: 20 February 2019

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers open for applications – Deadline: not specified but the event takes place on 23-24 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Submissions for Horatio Productions’ Science Fiction Festival 2019 are open – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Millennials: #BattleOfPerspectives accepting submissions – Deadline: 1 March 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019

The London Library launch Emerging Writers Programme – Deadline: 4 March 2019

Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night – Deadline: 6 March 2019

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

The ETPEP Playwriting Prize open for entries (£8000 prize) – 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

Pen to Print playwriting competition – 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

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

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

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 2019

Playwriting in Movement workshop with Coleen MacPherson – Dates: 9 & 10 February 2019

Flux Theatre: Actor Writers Gym open for bookings – Date: 19 February 2019

The Writers’ Toolkit, with Cordelia Lynn & Lucy Kirkwood – Date: 22 February 2019

Paper Creatures workshop with Simon Stephens – Dates: 25 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 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

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.  

Call for submissions for the JW3 Autumn 2019 Performance Programme

JW3 are pleased to present the third installation of JW3’s new seasonal scratch night Kvell* Your Darlings.

On Sunday 27 October 2019, 3 writers, theatre-makers or companies will perform 15-20 minutes of new material in a studio space at JW3. The performances will be followed by an informal chance for the artists to kibbitz* with the audience over wine and nosh*.

What they are looking for: the theme for Kvell Your Darlings will be the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They are looking for theatre, performance and comedy (sketch and stand up) that responds to any number of the following themes:

  • The Cold War
  • Borders and walls
  • Partition
  • Reunion
  • Disruption
  • Transgression
  • Reunification
  • The Eastern Bloc
  • The Soviet Union
  • Espionage
  • Political satire
  • Mid-to-late 20th century Europe
  • Layers (geographical, architectural, spatial)

What you get: 

  • 2 days of rehearsal space at JW3
  • 2 hours of tech support on the day
  • an operator for the performance
  • marketing support
  • dramaturgical support

“We also ask that you consider the programming at JW3, as well as our values and objectives when writing your proposal. The aim of JW3 is broaden the understanding of Jewish culture and history. The performance programme aims to promote new work for audiences of all backgrounds. We produce work that offers a unique and interesting response to Jewish culture particularly, but also reflect a broader range of themes such as identity, faith, culture, diaspora and others. We seek to develop a programme that is socially and politically engaged, represents a plurality of voices and demonstrates a willingness to push creative boundaries. Find out more about us at https://www.jw3.org.uk/”

How to apply: to be considered, please submit a one-page proposal for a new project to present at Kvell Your Darlings as well as a one-page CV for you and/or your company. You are welcome to include any supporting material you like.

Please send all proposals to presenting@jw3.org.uk

Deadline: 20 February 2019 at 6pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (NY) accepting submissions

Only 20 plays will be selected to receive three performances in the 88-seat Lion Theatre in the renowned Off Broadway performance center, Theatre Row. Right on 42nd Street in the heart of the theater district, this space is the choice of many professional Off Broadway premieres.

How to apply: find out all the details and apply via the website 

Deadline: 31 March 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Bruntwood Prize online toolkit for writers

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: The Bruntwood Prize free resources for writers 

Description: Ahead of this year’s competition, The Bruntwood prize will be offering free resources for writers on their Write a Play website. 

What’s so great about it? The Bruntwood Prize is a big competition and making sure your submission is the best it can be is always a big challenge.  We think it’s fantastic that they are supporting writers along the way and encouraging writers to enter, whatever their level of experience.

The first of an online toolkit packed with tips from playwrights was released last week and there will also be a series of livestreamed workshops coming up.  designed to help you to write your play.  We’ll be sure to keep you posted about the new resources as they are released. And if you are planning on submitting, the deadline is 5 June 2019, so get stuck into these resources now and make your submission stand out from the crowd!

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 Write a Play

The Shaw Theatre seeking work on theme of ‘race’ for new writing night

The Shaw Theatre has launched a themed new writing night which will showcase six new pieces of writing in an evening showcase. The new writing night will run 4 times a year and each evening will have a different theme.

Theme: For this first evening they welcome submissions from all writers exploring the term ‘race’ (in the human sense).

Who can apply: they welcome submissions from all writers. Your play, monologue or spoken word piece should be between 15-20 minutes in length with simple technical requirements.

How to apply: please email your script, technical requirements, and synopsis to Wayne Glover-Stuart with ‘New Writing’ in the subject line to info@shaw-theatre.com

Performance Date: 17th March 2019 @ 19.00

Find full information on the Shaw Theatre website

Deadline: 15 February 2019 at 2pm 

Source: BBC Writersoom

Pen to Print playwriting competition

Pen to Print is an exciting creative writing organisation established by The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s Library service aimed at emerging novelists, short story writers, poets and playwrights.

Pen to Print Playwriting Competition

Are you a budding playwright?

This year, as part of Pen to Print, the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have launched a new one-act play competition.

Write a three handed one act play that is approximately 15 minutes long on the theme ‘The Activists’.

Shortlisted entries will be performed as part of an evening of script-in-hand readings at the Broadway Theatre, Barking on Thursday 23rd May 2019. The winning play will be announced on the night. First prize a tablet PC.

How to apply: visit the website for full criteria and to enter

The competition is open to UK entries only.

Deadline: 28 March 2019

Source: BBC Writersroom

 

The London Library launch Emerging Writers Programme

The London Library has launched an Emerging Writers Programme, offering one years’ free membership of The London Library for up to 40 writers.

Who can apply: the scheme is designed to support writers at the start of their careers, the Emerging Writers Programme is open to writers who haven’t yet had a full-length work of fiction, non-fiction or a collection of poems published or had a full-length work professionally produced for mainstream film, TV or the stage.

Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, and have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim.

As well as membership, the Emerging Writers Programme includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources.

The Programme has been established with the help of Library supporters including literary agency AM Heath, The Garrick Charitable Trust, The Golden Bottle Trust, and the Julio and Maria Marta Núñez Memorial Fund.

Applicants will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges which includes London Library Trustee and writer Daisy Goodwin (chair); Paula Johnson, Head of Prizes and Awards at the Society of Authors; novelist Nikita Lalwani and an agent from A M Heath.

How to apply: the Programme runs from 2 May 2019 to 1 May 2020. Successful applicants will be invited to the Programme Launch at The Library on 2 May 2019.For all information about how to apply visit The London Library website 

Deadline: 4 March 2019 at 12pm 

Source: BBC Writersroom