Alfred Fagon Award 2015 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent

The 2015 Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation, is now open for applications. The winner will receive £6000.

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • The award is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK.
  • The play does not need to have been produced, but if it has, only plays produced since August 2014 will be considered
  • Each entrant can only submit one play. Plays may be nominated by a third party (ie, agent) with the writer’s consent.
  • TV and film scripts will not be considered.

How to apply:  Send in your 2 copies of your play, accompanied by a CV confirming your Caribbean and or African heritage and residency in the UK along with a brief synopsis of the play.  CV’s must include email, address and contact number) to:

Pauline Walker
The Alfred Fagon Award, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, N1 6AH

Along with an electronic copy of your play to

Deadline: 1 August 2015 at 12 noon

Source: @BushGreenLive via @Playwriting_UK








Bare Fiction magazine open to submissions for Issue 6

Bare Fiction magazine is now open to submissions of poetry, fiction and plays for their next issue.

What they are looking for:  

“We want our readers to discover genre-defying boldness from exciting writers in poetry, fiction and plays, literary review, interviews and commentary. To that end, we need prose, poetry and play texts that instantly grab our minds and take us on extraordinary literary journeys. If your work is competently written but doesn’t have the kind of depth that makes the readers work just that little bit harder, then it’s probably not for us. We want you to make peoples eyes open wider and their minds race with excitement as they feast on your words.”

What to submit:  Submissions for short plays of around 15 minutes in length or approximately 10 pages of text are preferred. Please give a brief synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

PLEASE ONLY MAKE A SINGLE SUBMISSION FOR ANY DEADLINE.  Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf.

They do not accept translations or work that has been previously published in print or online. Only original unpublished work submitted by the author will be considered. No submissions by publishers, presses or agents please.

How to apply:  Ensure that your name does NOT appear on the uploaded documents. They operate a blind submission policy so that we can truly appraise your work on merit alone, with at least 2 or 3 different editors reviewing all submissions before passing comments to the editor. Uploaded file/s are electronically tagged so that the submissions team knows who they’re from.

Applications can be made via their website (scroll to the theatre submissions section).

Deadline:  6 June 2015

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Kevin Spacey Foundation soon to open to applications for £10,000 Artists of Choice programme

KSF Artists of Choice are open to US and UK based artists who are forging a career in the arts with an exciting, innovative idea for: a play, a musical, a dance piece, a choir, a band or a short film. KSF Artists of Choice will receive a grant of up to £10,000 or $10,000 if based in the USA as well as mentoring from a high level industry professional and year round support from KSF.

They will open to receive applications on our website from May 01  –  May 29, 2015

You will be not able to apply via their website during this timeframe so please check back again soon. Sign up to the mailing list and follow on social media to keep up to date with our latest opportunities.

Before you apply they strongly encourage you to visit the FAQ’s section on KSF Artists of Choice.

Interviews:  Shortlisted applicants for KSF Artists of Choice will be invited to present their project idea to a panel of industry professionals on the following dates:

UK-based artists | London, Week of 8 June

US-based artists | New York City, Week of 15 June

They are unable to see shortlisted applicants outside of this timeframe or location. If you are a US or UK based artist who works outside of London or New York, we may be able to provide travel bursaries. You can provide details when you apply.

The KSF Grants will be allocated in July 2015. Successful applicants will receive mentoring from an industry professional as part of the KSF Grant, which will be available to them until December 2015.

(This opportunity is open to permanent UK and US residents only at present although KSF is exploring how it might fund projects outside of the UK and US in the future.)

Deadline:  29 May 2015  (*Note: applications not accepted before 1 May 2015)

Source:  @BushGreenLive

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 24 April 2015

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; 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!

Pick of the Week:

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week is the 2015 Bruntwood Prize competition.

Opportunities with deadlines:


Scripts Editor & Scripts Assistant roles – Hollyoaks, 12 month fixed term contract – Deadline:  24 April 2015

Artists Anonymous seeking 10-minute submissions for Page to Stage (selected scripts pay £10 fee) – Deadline:  24 April 2015

Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays – Deadline:  27 April 2015

Greener Sky Productions seeking film scripts (paid) – Deadline: 29 April 2015

Applications open to 24-hour responses for RE:act at the St. James Theatre – Deadline:  30 April 2015

Channel 4 Seeking Script Editor for Hollyoaks – Deadline:  30 April 2015

The Walter Swan Playwriting Award 2015 seeking 20-30 minute plays – Deadline:  30 April 2015

The Bread & Roses 2015 Playwriting Competition (£50 prize) – Deadline:  30 April 2015

Play Submissions Helper – 40 Playwriting Contests with May (and early June) 2015 Deadlines – Various in May and June

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Programs open for submissions – Deadline: 1 May 2015

Wellcome Trust Arts Awards funding opportunity – Deadline: 1 May 2015

Paint Dry Theatre accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 1 May 2015

24:7 Theatre Festival seeking monologues performance in Manchester – Deadline: 4 May 2015

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) accepting submissions for scratch night – Theme: BETRAYAL – Deadline: 7 May 2015

IdeasTap Editor’s Brief accepting submissions on the theme of ‘Endings’- Deadline: 8 May 2015

Ghost Dog productions seeking 10min plays for Playground – Theme: Food – Deadline: 10 May 2015

BBC Radio 2 seeking official Artist in Residence for £20,000 bursary – Deadline: 10 May 2015

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Spring 2015 – Deadline: 15 May 2015

ArtsEd seeking 10-12 min short film scripts – Deadline: 22 May 2015

Kevin Spacey Foundation soon to open to applications for £10,000 Artists of Choice programme – Deadline: 29 May 2015

2015 Pint-sized Plays competition open for submissions -Deadline: 31 May 2015

Little Fish Theatre accepting short play submissions for Pick of the Vine production – Deadline: 31 May 2015

Theatre6 looking for playwrights to develop relationships – Deadline: 1 June 2015

From Page to Stage showcase for musical theatre in development – Deadline: 1 June 2015

‘Monsters on Stage’ A Call for Monologues and Short Plays (Kentucky, USA) – Deadline: 1 June 2015

Wanted: music/art/writing/film/anything – Deadline: 2 June 2015

2015 Bruntwood Prize Competition open to submissions – Deadline: 5 June 2015

King’s Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2015

Roister Doister Publishing launch competition to find plays for young people – Deadline: 3 July 2015

Verity Bargate Award 2015 (£6,000 prize) – Deadline: 31 July 2015

The Three Leaches Play Competition ($10 submission fee) – Deadline: 1 August 2015

Yale Drama Series Competition 2015 – Deadline: 15 August 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Events and workshops: 

Live Online Workshop with Dawn Walton offered by the Bruntwood Prize – Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Central Saint Martins hosts New Writing Platform on the arts and politics – 30 April 2015, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Stephen Jeffreys Weekend Playwriting Masterclass (£300 / £100 concessions) – 22-24 May 2015

Ongoing submissions:

Oxford based filmmakers seeking short film scripts – Deadline: none posted

TreePress seeking playwrights to upload scripts for Beta Testing – Deadline: none posted

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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.

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

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted


Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Spring 2015

The Royal Society of Literature is accepting applications for Brookleaze Grants for Writers.  The purpose of these grants is to buy time for novelists, short-story writers, poets or playwrights with pieces of work in hand. The Council of the RSL, who will be responsible for awarding the grants, will be particularly interested in applications from writers who wish to buy time away from their normal lives – who need to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or who need to travel abroad for the purpose of research.

A total of £5,000 will be available annually, and this may be awarded either as two grants of £2,500 or one grant of £5,000.

Eligibility:  To be eligible to apply, a writer must have had work previously published, or have been newly commissioned, by a trade publisher in the UK.   Works must be written by a citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or a writer who has been resident in the UK for at least three years.

What to submit:  If you wish to make an application, please write a short (one side of A4) letter, describing the project on which you are engaged, detailing your previous work, explaining how you would plan to use a grant, and giving a brief outline of your financial circumstances. Two references should also be submitted as part of your application.  Applicants are welcome to re-submit previous applications, but unsuccessful applications will not be automatically carried forward.

How to apply:  Applications should be sent by email to Lucy Shaw or by post to Lucy Shaw, The Royal Society of Literature, Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA, marking your envelope ‘Brookleaze application’.

For more information, including details of how to apply please visit:

Deadline:  Friday 15 May 2015

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Programs open for submissions

The Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency is for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, and visual artists who share in the Foundation’s mission of promoting the well-being of humankind and whose work is inspired by or relates to global or social issues.  The residency is for artists seeking quiet time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement with a diverse community of academics, practitioners, and artists.  The center typically offers stays of 2-4 weeks long, in a community of 15 fellows that typically includes 3-5 arts resident fellows.  Artists of significant achievement from any country are welcome to apply.

Arts & Literary Arts Residencies last between two to four weeks.

The Center also welcomes collaborative residencies for up to four people working on the same project. The Bellagio Center prefers team projects that bring residents together from different geographies, institutions, or disciplines, since this reinforces the Center’s goal of establishing new connections.

The competition opens on 1 March 2015 with a deadline of 1 May 2015, for a possible residency between 8 February and 8 August 2016.

Applicants are not allowed to re-submit any unsuccessful proposals, but they are permitted to submit revised versions. Applicants may apply up to a total of three times. However, those who have held residencies (or spouses who accompanied residents for more than one week) must wait five years before reapplying. There is a lifetime limit of two residencies.

What to submit:  Please do not submit additional material beyond what is requested; it will not be reviewed. In addition, application materials submitted as PDF (preferred) or Word attachments through the online application system must be prepared in 12-point type with 1″ margins.

The application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Project Description / Phase Question
  • Project Proposal Questions
  • Abbreviated CV
  • Work Samples
  • Statement from Previous Bellagio Residents
  • Project Draft/Outline (optional but highly recommended)
  • Published Reviews (optional but highly recommended)
  • A Note on Translation and Non-English Projects

How to apply:  Applications can be made online through their website’s application resource.

The application form is available at the start of each competition round, generally October 1 and March 1. If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an online application, please contact us the organizers After you start your application, a unique application number and link will be sent to your e-mail address. Please be sure to check your spam box in case it is not delivered to your inbox. Applications do not need to be finished in one session; the online form allows you to save it and return to revise, edit, or add additional information later. Please make sure to hit the “Submit” button once you complete your application. Doing so will generate a confirmation email.

Deadline:  1 May 2015

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Play Submissions Helper – 40 Playwriting Contests with May (and early June) 2015 Deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in May and early June 2015.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but if you’d like to peruse the whole list you can find it here.

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Yale Drama Series Competition 2015

The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading. The reading of the 2013 winning play will take place at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

Winners are chosen by the preeminent playwrights of our time. Edward Albee served as the Series’ inaugural judge (2007-2008), followed by Sir David Hare (2009-2010), John Guare (2011-2012), Marsha Norman (2013-2014) and Nicholas Wright (2015-2016).

What to submit:  A full-length play in English (worldwide submissions accepted).  Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.  No application form is required beyond the play itself.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play,  a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.

A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

Full submission details can be found on their website.

How to apply:  They encourage electronic submissions, which can be made at the following address:

If you wish to apply in hardcopy, scripts can be sent to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

What you get:  The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

Deadline: 15 August 2015 (entries not accepted until 1 June 2015)

Channel 4 Seeking Script Editor for Hollyoaks

Channel 4 is seeking a Script Editor for Hollyoaks.  The role is principally required to support the Commissioning Editor in ensuring delivery and quality control across all Hollyoaks scripts and storylines.

Key Responsibilities:

• To ensure that all script and storyline materials are read and responded to within an appropriate amount of time.
• To attend script and story conferences.
• To prepare clear notes on scripts, storylines and shooting scripts and to ensure that they are effectively and sensitively communicated to the production company’s editorial team.
• To ensure that all scripts, storylines and finished episodes are compliant with C4 editorial policy and the Ofcom code.
• To compile notes on fine cuts of episodes to ensure that the integrity of storylines and compliance notes are observed and to exercise overall quality control where required.
• To find and develop new writing and directing talent and to ensure that C4’s policies on diversity are observed in these endeavours.
• To maintain a clear and good working relationship with Lime Pictures and the Hollyoaks production through a regular telephone dialogue and frequent visits to the production.

Essential requirements (Knowledge/Skills/Experience):

• Previous experience of drama production and script editing in television, ideally on a soap or drama series.
• Experience of script reading and writing script notes at speed – with an ability to demonstrate sound editorial judgement and sensitivity, both verbally and on paper.
• Resilience and stamina to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules, deadlines and conflicting priorities.
• A sympathetic understanding of script writers and the script writing process.
• The ability to interpret editorial intentions, and to contribute to the generation of ideas and the resolution of script problems.
• The ability to communicate information effectively to a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to Channel 4.
• Experience of handling confidential and/or controversial information with tact and sensitivity.
• A high degree of motivation and the ability to set own priorities and be self-directing.
• Effective time-management and organisational skills and the ability to exercise initiative and work independently.
• The ability to adopt a flexible approach, manage a variable workload and adapt to the different styles of the various writers and the production team.

How to apply:  Applications can be made online through this website.

Deadline:  30 April 2015

Source: IdeasTap Jobs

Applications open to 24-hour responses for RE:act at the St. James Theatre

The St. James Theatre is delighted to announce its new initiative designed to support emerging theatre talent and to start a creative conversation with its audiences, St. James RE:act.

They are inviting applications from writers, directors and theatre makers in the early stages of their career, to respond to the story, themes and characters within McQueen for the inaugural St. James RE:act evening.

St. James RE:act brings together four emerging writers, directors and a group of actors wanting to create a new piece of theatre. Written/devised in 24 hours, rehearsed at quick fire speed and performed on the stage of St. James Studio on Saturday 16th May in front of a paying audience, these impulsive pieces will be a perfect companion for James Phillip’s McQueen.

How to apply:  The application form can be downloaded from the initiative’s website.  Please email your completed application form to with the subject line, RE:act – McQueen.

Deadline:  Thursday 30 April 2015 at midday

Source:  The Stage