Stage Q Call for Scripts for Queer Shorts 9 (Madison, Wisconsin)

StageQ invites you to submit a short play for our ninth annual festival of short queer plays, Queer Shorts 9.  Queer Shorts 1 – 8 were sold-out smash hits, and you could be part of the fun during their 2014 playfest.  Queer Shorts 9 will be performed June 13-21, 2014 at the Bartell Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin, with possible teaser performances as part of other events in the spring and summer of 2014.

What to submit:  Plays should be no longer than 15 minutes in length, “but 5 or 10 minutes would be even better”.  Musicals are welcome.

Please send no more than 3 scripts. And please don’t re-submit scripts that you have sent in the past.

In addition to your script, please include a one-page précis, including:

  • One-paragraph description of the plot
  • Casting requirements (number of actors, gender, ages, special requirements, if any)
  • Set requirements (remember, this is a playfest with 10 – 12 plays in one evening; we use cubes to create the sets; simple is better!)
  • Running time (no more than 15 minutes!)
  • Special technical requirements, if any
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is there lesbian, gay or other queer content? (Required)
  • Is there nudity? Adult language?
  • If a musical, is there a written score?
  • If a musical, what are the instrumental requirements? Vocal requirements?

How to apply:  Email your script and précis to

Deadline:  1 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Schreiber’s Shorts 2014 seeking 10 minute plays on theme of identity (New York)

In April 2014, Schreiber’s Shorts: “Beyond Our Backyard” will present an evening of new 10 minute plays that deal with the theme of identity.  Examples of this include immigrant experiences, cultural differences and clashes, nationalism and national identity.

The goal of the evening is “to honour the art of the 10 minute play, provide more opportunities for playwrights, and to extend more casting opportunities to T. Schreiber students and alumni.”

How to apply:  Submit your script to with “Schreiber’s Shorts” in the subject line.

Deadline: 1 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Gadfly’s “Final Frontier Festival” is now accepting one-act play submissions (Minnesota, USA)

Scripts are now being accepted for Gadfly Theatre Productions’ first annual Final Frontier Festival. The Final Frontier Festival is a new one-act play festival exploring the intersection of queer, feminist, and geek culture.

What to submit:  Scripts should be no longer than forty five minutes, contain queer and/or feminist themes in a sci-fi/fantasy genre, and have minimal technical demands. We are seeking eight one-acts to be performed in repertory over a two week run in the summer of 2014. Each show will receive four performances.

How to apply:  Interested parties should send an electronic copy of the script to

Deadline:  1 January 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Fluff Productions seeking submissions for ‘No More Page 3’ writing competition (Last minute opportunity!)

Fluff Productions is seeking submissions for their ‘No More Page 3’ writing competition.

The task is to write a short play 30-40 minutes in length based on the No More Page Three campaign. This can be is literal or as abstract as you would like, you may want to write directly about the campaign or maybe you have been inspired by some of the amazing stories to come out of it over the last year. It is totally up to you, as long as the inspiration has come from the campaign itself then it will fit the bill!

The competition is open to both sexes and all ages. Fluff usually produce plays with all female casts but for this project your play can include men and women or even all men if you choose!

How to apply:  Please submit your script for Fluff Shorts sending them to along with a brief description of the ideas behind your piece by the 23rd December. We will then announce the winners and the winning writers will be allocated a director and a cast, and will rehearse the piece to be performed in the new year at The Morris Space at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park.

Deadline: 23 December 2013

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 20 December 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Bush Theatre open to proposals for new plays – Deadline: 20 December 2013

Ghost Dog Productions seeking 10 minute plays – Deadline: 23 December 2013

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking script extracts for performance – Deadline: 6 January 2014

Red Planet Prize 2013 open to entries for television writing – Deadline: 6 January 2014

Undeb Theatre seeking Summer Festivals Script Submission – Deadline: 6 January 2014

BAC inviting proposals for Freshly Scratched – Deadline: 8 January 2014

Applications open for Spring writing groups at the Royal Court – Deadline: 9 January 2014

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014

Squint seeking submissions for Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms – Deadline: 11 January 2014

Jerwood/ Arvon mentoring sheme accepting applications – Deadline: 13 January 2014

Call for Applications: The Camargo Foundation 2014-15 Fellowships for Scholars and Artists – Deadline: 13 January 2014

24:7 Theatre Festival accepting submissions (entry fee) – Deadline: 13 January 2014

IdeasTap Underbelly award 2014 – 14 January 2014

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children – Deadline: 31 January 2014

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30) – Deadline: 7 February 2014

Creative Learning Manager (maternity cover) – part time, Brighton-based – Deadline: 10 February 2014 at 9am

BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines – Deadline: 14 February (submissions open on 6 January)

Short plays sought for ObamAmerica festival at Theatre503 – Deadline: 15 February 2014

First Break Monologue Writing Competition – Deadline: 21 February 2014

Theatre503 launches new Playwriting Award for 2014 – Deadline: 28 February 2014

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014

Creative competition on the theme of LOVE (£250 prize), IdeasTap Editors Brief – Deadline: Friday 7 March 2014 at 5pm

2014 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 31 March 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Opportunities for writers with Salon:lab 2014

Image via Salon:lab

Salon:lab 2014 will offer even more opportunities and exposure to writers as they take our writer development programme forward and draw audiences and support from a wider network.

After four successful events at the Cockpit and Conway Hall in 2013, they are working towards three salon:lab showings of work in April, June and October, almost certainly on Monday evenings. Every event will be preceded by weeks of development work for writers. They will then receive instant audience feedback after a reading of their work in progress by actors from the salon:collective’s network.

What to submit/How to apply:  “The pieces we have worked with this year have embraced themes including the London riots, post-nuclear devastation, the loss of community, alcoholism, mental illness: strangely, more than half of them are comedies (at least some of the time). Several salon actors have used the programme to create their own work for performance.

If you think this could be you, email for more information or simply send us up to 20 pages of a script that has not been previously performed by January 31.”

Deadline: 31 January 2014

Source: Salon Collective e-newsletter

Applications open for Spring writing groups at the Royal Court

In Spring 2014, The Royal Court Theatre will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, both of them intended to help playwrights at an early stage of their career to develop their skills.

The groups are small in number and are a friendly and supportive environment in which playwrights can engage with their peers, develop their craft, and benefit from the tutelage of Leo Butler, the playwright tutor. At the end of the group, writers will submit a full length play and receive detailed feedback on it.

One group is for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other is for writers aged 26 and over. The groups will be run on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+) for twelve weeks from 17th/18th February.

How to apply:  Applications for this group are now open. To apply for the Introduction to Playwriting course, you will need to complete the application form available on their website and also send ten pages of writing for the stage: this can either be ten pages of an existing play of any length, or ten pages of work you have written specially.  Submissions should be sent to

Please attach to one email both your writing sample and the completed application form, (taking care to include your own name in each file name): they will discard any incomplete submissions without reading them.  If there is anything else you think we should know about you and your writing, you can include it in the body of your email.

Course dates:  The closing date for submissions is Friday 9th January 2014 at 6pm. The courses will begin on the 17th and 18th February and run until May 2014 one evening a week. If you are accepted onto the group, we will aim to let you know by Friday 7th February at the latest. If you have not heard from us by the 12th of February, unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

Some important points to note:
• Your extract can be of any genre and feature any number of characters, but must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium
• Do not include any other materials (photographs, CVs etc)
• You can send us an application if you’ve applied before, but please do not apply for this group if you have taken part in an introductory group at the Royal Court since 2005 – the course will repeat material from the Young Writers’ Programme
• They will not be able to send you feedback on your submission
• You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your script by email or post
• If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s title
• Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format
• Due to the volume of submissions we receive, unfortunately they will only be able to contact you if you are successful in gaining a place.

Deadline:  Friday 9 January 2014 at 6pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Squint seeking submissions for Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms

Squint has put out a call for submissions for their March 2014 performance of Scratchbook: Great Reckonings in Little Rooms.

About Squint:  Squint create bold, ensemble-driven theatre that explores epic modern themes through visual storytelling. We stage work that asks questions of the world we live in and exhilarate audiences with a visceral cocktail of explosive movement, original music and theatricality. Since 2009, Squint have continued to unite the most auspicious theatrical talent with audiences through rich, relevant and exciting theatre.

The prompt:  Our fingertips have never been so powerful; we chat to celebrities, meet lifelong partners and can even launch a nuclear strike from the comfort of our darkened rooms. In February 2004, a Harvard student changed the world from his college dorm room. In February 2014, on the tenth anniversary of Facebook, Squint present a theatrical event that charts a century of ‘great reckonings in little rooms’, illuminating the human beginnings of world-changing events. Artistic Director, Andrew Whyment will direct this epic patchwork of topical short stories.

Scratchbook: Great Reckonings In Little Rooms will play a short run of performances at a reputable London fringe venue. All box office return will go towards funding Squint’s 2014 projects. We are seeking script submissions from writers of any age and experience in response to the brief below. Between five and ten scripts will be selected for development, rehearsal and performance in February/March 2014. In close collaboration with selected writers, a dramaturgical process will intertwine the individual scripts into a stimulating 75-minute performance that debates invention, innovation and how we have arrived at the digital age we find ourselves in today.

What to submit:  All scripts must:

  • Respond to the title theme, ‘Great Reckonings In Little Rooms’.
  • Be inspired by a major news story from real world history.
  • Have a runtime of 5-15 minutes.
  • Feature no more than three characters.
  • Be closed time, closed space (one scene in one location).
  • Be set in a decade from 1870-2020 (since the invention of the telephone)…

Any interpretations of this brief are welcome.

How to apply:  Please send your script (in Word or PDF format), CV and a short covering message to  All submissions will be read in full and selections will be made shortly after the deadline. All writers will receive a response email and detailed feedback will be available upon request. This is an unpaid opportunity. Selected writers will receive complimentary seats for industry guests.

For more information visit

Deadline:  Saturday 11 January 2014

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking script extracts for performance

Theatre Exchange Birmingham is inviting writers to submit extracts for their next scratch showcase at Theatre Absolute Shopfront Theatre in Coventry city centre, taking place on Monday 20th January 2014.

What to submit:  This is an open brief, however the piece must be intended for Theatre.

They can under certain circumstances (musical pieces, for instance) accept submissions with actors or directors already attached, but please email at before submitting.

What you get:  Writers are given opportunity to sit in on a two hour rehearsal of your piece with actors and a director followed by a rehearsed reading in front of a supportive audience who will provide written feedback.

In addition, if chosen for the 20th January you’ll be automatically put in the mix for The Best of Theatre Exchange, a new writing showcase planned for Summer 2014.  One piece from the Theatre Absolute event will be selected along with pieces from our last event in November at The Old Joint Stock and our next one in April at Birmingham Rep

What to submit:  You will need to include:

  • your chosen extract which is no longer than 10 minutes (8-10 pages)
  • brief synopsis
  • character breakdown
  • your CV

How to apply:  Applications are made via their online submission form.

Deadline:  Monday 6th January 2014 at 00:01

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre-Rites accepting proposals for Mentoring and Development Programme in making work for children

Theatre-Rites is accepting proposals for their Mentoring and Development Programme to support and protect experimentation and risk-taking in the creation of work for children.

They are looking for an artist or company, from any discipline, to embark on a programme of mentoring and development by and with Theatre-Rites.  This would result in the co-creation of a new piece of work for children (for ages up to 18), which will involve puppetry or a strong visual language as an integral part of the production. The programme of mentoring and development would run from 12 to 24 months, depending on the chosen artist or company.

Eligibility:  This Scheme has been designed for either: emerging artists or companies who have received recognition for the work they have created for children OR established artists or companies who wish to create work for children.

What you get:  Theatre-Rites would deliver both artistic and managerial mentoring throughout the programme, advise on funding proposals and partnerships, and fund one week of research and development.  Sue Buckmaster would provide one to one artistic development sessions.  The focus of these sessions would depend upon your specific interests in their areas of expertise:

  • puppetry direction/design
  • creating site-specific or pop-up work
  • creating work for children
  • expanding the visual elements of your work
  • exploring casting processes
  • creating devised work
  • dramaturgy
  • supporting script writing for visual theatre

 How to Apply:  Please submit a proposal (ideally one side of A4, no more than 2) by Friday 31st January 2014 to (or by post to Unit 612, Erlang House, 128 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8EQ).  Please include the following information:

  • description of the germ of your idea for a new piece of work for children
  • why you want to co-create with Theatre-Rites
  • what age range you would like to create work for and why
  • a description of your process
  • (for emerging artists/companies) a quote of recommendation from an industry professional

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a coffee and conversation, when we will discuss ideas in more detail and may ask for further information.  The chosen artist or company will be announced in June 2014.

Deadline: Friday 31st January 2014

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter