Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – The Bruntwood Prize

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 2015 Bruntwood Prize

Description: We couldn’t run ‘Pick of the Week’ without mentioning this opportunity! The Bruntwood Prize, run by the Manchester Royal Exchange, is the biggest playwriting competition in the UK, both in terms of number of submissions and prize money.  The competition runs every other year, so you’ll have to wait until 2017 for another shot at the prize.

So, what’s so great about it? As you’ll know if you’ve already read our Guide to Playwriting Competitions in 2015, the Bruntwood Prize provides phenomenal exposure for emerging writers, and a hefty monetary reward, with the winner normally taking home £16,000, and three Judges’ Awards winning £8,000 each.  It’s fiercely competitive, but even if you don’t win, you’ll receive feedback if you make it to the top 100 plays, and there are online playwriting seminars and resources available to all writers at the competition website, writeaplay.co.uk.  The deadline is on 5 June, so now is the time to focus on getting your script ready to go!

Check out the full details here.

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Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays

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: Little Pieces of Gold open for submissions of 10 minute plays

Description: Little Pieces of Gold was set up in 2010 by Artistic Director Suzette Coon, and since then has produced the plays of over 100 playwrights at leading new writing venues.  They are currently seeking 10 minute plays for their upcoming showcase, to accompany Theatre503’s production of Sarah Hehir’s Child Z.

So, what’s so great about it?  Little Pieces of Gold has a great reputation for quality.  While writers come from a range of backgrounds, many have won awards or had attachments or productions, and there’s a sense of excitement and ‘buzz’ around the emerging playwrights they showcase.  The company also works to build relationships with writers, connecting them with directors, introducing them to literary agents, and even facilitating long-term creative collaboration.  (For instance, Sarah Hehir worked with Little Pieces of Gold on a short play and in development workshops for Child Z prior to this production.)  So if you’re selected, it’s a great way not only to get your work seen, but also to build links with other emerging practitioners in the new writing scene.  There’s two weeks until the deadline on 27 April, so better get writing!

Check out the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

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Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Etch seeking submissions for Scratch Night #6 at the Peckham Pelican

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: Etch seeking submissions for Scratch Night #6 at the Peckham Pelican

Description: Etch is a new writing space which aims to discover, nurture and support new writing in theatre whilst encouraging collaboration amongst emerging artists. At the moment, they’re accepting submissions for their monthly scratch night at the Peckham Pelican and they are looking for 5-15 minute scripts that the writer considers to still be in development.

So, what’s so great about it? Well, firstly, winners get their work performed in London, a professional director to work with and help with casting. The event has been running for a while and they say it consistently attracts audiences of over 150 – in the past this has included creative staff from the RSC, Royal Court and The Young Vic. We think it sounds like a great way to get your work out there and make some new contacts at the same time. They’re only looking for 5-15 minute pieces of work that is still in development so we reckon you’ve got just enough time to pull something together before the deadline on 17 April.

Check out the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

We’re trying something new to make the site easier to browse, let us know if you like Pick of the Week and we might make it a full time thing.