Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – The BRIT School and The Bridge company seeking playwright (paid)

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 BRIT School and The Bridge company seeking playwright (paid)

Description: This opportunity offers the playwright an opportunity spend 1 day per week workshopping or in rehearsals with students at the BRIT School, culminating in London run and Festival performances.  The writer will be paid in line with ITC recommendations for a 70 minute play.

So, what’s so great about it? If you’re interested in making new work – particularly with/for emerging artists – this is a fantastic opportunity to embed yourself with a talented performing company and get to work in depth on developing the play.  Not only will you be paid properly for your work, you’ll also get to see your show performed in  the equivalent of a month’s run in performance in London and around the UK.  You have until this Friday 26 June to get your application in, so get cracking if you’d like to be considered!

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week –Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015 Perfect Pitch Award for musical theatre writing

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: Theatre Royal Stratford East 2015 Perfect Pitch Award for musical theatre writing

Description: following last year’s success, the Perfect Pitch Award for musical theatre writing has now been launched for 2015, in partnership with the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Writers will be asked to apply as individuals and successful candidates will be paired up with a collaborator to begin working on a 10 minute ‘pitch’ of a new musical. The pitches will be presented to a panel of experienced judges from the musical theatre world at a finalist pitching day, where the winners will be chosen. Perfect Pitch and TRSE will provide cast, MD, director, rehearsal space and mentorship for the pitches. The winners will be tasked with writing a new show over a 12 month period and there is a cash award of £12,000.

So, what’s so great about it? If you fancy turning your hand to writing musical theatre and want to work with a big name like the Theatre Royal Stratford East, this one might be for you. You don’t need any experience of writing a musical and if selected, you’ll be paired with a collaborator who will write the songs. All you need is an idea of the musical you’d like to write and some samples of your writing (2 full length plays or screenplays). The winners receive a whopping £12,000 and the opportunity to develop a new show with support from the theatre over a 12 month period. Best of all, it’s free to enter, as long as you get your submission in by 10 July 2015. All is not lost if you do miss the deadline though, as you can pay 25 quid to submit by 20July 2015.

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – King’s Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 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: King’s Cross Award for New Writing from Courtyard Theatre (£10 fee, £5,000 prize)

Description: The 7th King’s Cross Award for New Writing is open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work, which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage. Scripts must be unpublished and currently unperformed. The winning playwright is awarded a £5,000 cash prize, as well as a staged, rehearsed reading. It costs £10 to enter (payable to the CTTC Ltd).

So, what’s so great about it? Well, if you don’t mind shelling out a tenner for the entry fee to this one, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a decent sized cash prize of £5000. Now in its’ 7th year, the award is well established in the world of playwriting competitions and the winner also gets a rehearsed reading at the reputable Courtyard Theatre. You’re allowed to enter up to two plays (although you’d have to pay the entry fee for both) so if you’re torn between two masterpieces, then you could double your chances by submitting both. There’s still a good three weeks before the deadline on 30 June 2015 for you to get your entry together.

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Writer in Residence sought by Putney High School

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: Writer in Residence sought by Putney High School

Description: This paid opportunity offers the Writer in Residence the opportunity to spend 10 days per term ‘in residence’ within Putney High School, and to serve as a creative writing champion.

So, what’s so great about it? Writing can be a lonely process, and this is a wonderful opportunity to embed yourself within a community and help inspire young people about creative writing.  You’ll also have the bonus opportunity to make use of the school’s brand new performing arts centre.  Additionally, the £5,000 per annum fee can provide an enormously helpful boost of support for an emerging writer. Applications close on 19 June 2015, so there’s still time to polish your portfolio and send in your details!

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Kevin Spacey Foundation £10,000 Grants for Artists of Choice

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: Kevin Spacey Foundation £10,000 Grants for Artists of Choice

Description: The Kevin Spacey Foundation is offering grants to one exciting project in each of the five categories: a play, a musical, a dance piece, a choir, a band or a short film.  (The foundation will also award $10,000 USD to five projects in the states.)

So, what’s so great about it? Funding is always an obstacle for emerging writers, and this is a great chance to get some serious funds to put into developing your play.  The Kevin Spacey Foundation will award up to £10,000 to the projects they select, and provide professional mentoring for grant recipients.  You’ll have to move quick to get your application submitted in time for the 29 May deadline – and be forewarned that the application requires that you address the practicalities (including putting together a timeline and budget) as well as the artistic components of your project –  but if you can tap into that entrepreneurial spirit, it’s an opportunity not to pass up.

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Send your script to West Yorkshire Playhouse

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: West Yorkshire Playhouse to open June script submission window

Description: The West Yorkshire Playhouse – which has a firm commitment to new writing and recently brought on board a new Literary Associate – will be opening for one of their twice-yearly submission windows from 1-26 June 2015.

So, what’s so great about it? This blog may be focused on London writers, but it would be a big mistake to overlook all the brilliant work being done outside the capital. This opportunity, which is open to all writers working in English, is a great chance to share your work  and be considered for production or future development opportunities.  (And you’d be in great company with other award-winning and daring new writers; currently playing: Chris Urch with ‘The Rolling Stone’, which won a Judges’ Prize in the Bruntwood Competition.)  There’s just over a month until the deadline, so time to really polish that script before you send it in.

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – GRIT at the Royal Court

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: GRIT: Royal Court seeking plays about resistance that can fit in the palm of your hand

Description: Since December 2014, the Royal Court has been collecting new plays about dissent – of a size to fit in the palm of a hand – and showcasing them online.  They’ve recently extended the deadline to 15 May 2015, and announced an accompanying scratch night on 2 June.

So, what’s so great about it? GRIT has drawn on submissions from the global playwriting community, and this is a cool opportunity to be part of a far-reaching project. Also, unlike most opportunities and competitions – where it may feel you’re casting your submission into a void – GRIT’s Tumblr site allows all submissions to be seen and shared, allowing a creative showcase for your work without having to be a ‘winner’.  The addition of a a scratch night is extra motivation to get involved – you may have your play shared, or you can join in the open mic night to share your work in progress.  There’s only a couple of days to get your submission in before the deadline, but with a play so small, there’s no excuse not to sit down and get writing now!

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – IdeasTap/Invertigo seeking playwrights for rehearsed reading

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: IdeasTap/ Invertigo seeking playwrights for rehearsed reading

Description: One playwright will get the chance to develop a play  on the theme of “family” over a four month period (May – September 2015) with dramaturgical support from the artistic directors of Invertigo, with a rehearsed reading at The Pleasance and a £350 fee.

So, what’s so great about it? Firstly, with IdeasTap due to close on 2nd June, this is one of the last creative competitions they’ll be running, so if you’ve already got a profile with them, this might be your last chance to make the most of it. To apply, you only need to fill out an application form (via IdeasTap) which includes a 150 word outline of your idea, 100 words on what ‘family’ means to you and your CV – so there’s not much work to be done in time for the deadline on 22nd May. The best bit though, is that the prize is pretty impressive: the winner gets £350, a rehearsed reading of their play at a respected venue (The Pleasance) plus dramaturgical support in developing the play from professional theatre company Invertigo.

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.

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Verity Bargate Award 2015

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: Verity Bargate Award 2015 (£6,000 prize)

Description: The Verity Bargate Award (VBA) was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions.  Past winners include: Vicky Jones, Thomas Eccleshare, Insook Chappell, Matt Charman, Shan Khan, Bonnie Greer, Toby Whithouse and Diane Samuels. The winner will receive £6000 in respect of an exclusive option to produce the winning play at Soho Theatre, directed by Artistic Director, Steve Marmion.

So, what’s so great about it? Regarded as one of the major players in the world of playwriting competitions, the VBA offers one lucky writer no less than a production at the Soho Theatre – and £6000 to boot! They accept full length plays on any theme as long as you’ve never submitted it to the Soho’s Literary Dept before and it is previously unproduced – so start perfecting that masterpiece  hiding on your laptop now! Haven’t got anything to send in? Well we’re flagging this one up early for you so you’ve still got 3 months to the deadline on 31st July. You can write the winning play by then, right…?

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.

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.

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.