The International Playwriting Competition run by Trinity College will be running a free workshop at The Space on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August at 11:45pm.
This interactive workshop focuses on useful lessons and tips for when writing plays for children and young people. It will include excerpts performed from a selection of award-winning plays from Trinity’s International Playwriting Competition. Find out more about writing and producing a winning play along with how to get published and possibly even win £1000! The International Playwriting Competition aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world. A 2012 competition winner said ‘winning this competition has boosted my confidence and ambition to pursue a career in writing.’
Writers Bloc are inviting submissions for their second Writers Bloc Presents evening. (Note – there are currently two open opportunities from this company, with different submission deadlines.
Venue: The show will be taking place at The Kings Head Theatre in Angel
Dates: Monday 2nd September Time: 7:30pm
What to submit: As with their previous “Writers Bloc Presents” they are looking for longer pieces (short plays, excerpts from full length pieces etc) which must be around 50 minutes to 1 hour in length. Your piece can have any theme, go nuts! Pieces with director and cast already attached are preferred, but if you do not have a director and cast attached Writers Bloc will source them for you.
Writers Bloc are inviting submissions for their Triple Special Show. (Note – there are currently two open opportunities from this company, with different submission deadlines.
Venue: The show will be taking place at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel
Dates: Thursday 29th, Friday 30th, Saturday 31st, Time: 7:30pm every night
What to submit: They are looking for short scenes and sketches which must not exceed 20 minutes in length. Your piece can have any theme, go nuts! Pieces with director and cast already attached are preferred, but if you do not have a director and cast attached Writers Bloc will source them for you.
Changes are afoot with our unsolicited script reading service here at Hampstead Theatre as we attempt to make it easier to submit plays and to manage everything coming in to us. To that end we won’t be accepting any unsolicited plays after October 1st 2013. We will be open for submissions again from January when we will let you know the new submissions process.
Anything we have currently in the system will be read and considered as per usual along with anything we receieve before October 1st 2013. After that date unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your play and would ask that you wait until January 2014 to resubmit it under the new guidelines.
Hopefully this short hiatus from accepting unsolicited plays will be for the greater good come the new year, so watch this space for more on this soon…
It doesn’t look like this represents an end to unsolicited submissions at the Hampstead, but if you want them to read your play, best get it in now.
What to submit: Any length of play or genre is eligible. All work must be written in English, certified as original, and copyrighted by the playwright prior to submission. The Festival will not be responsible for any plagiarism or false submissions.
Entries must be submitted free of performance rights and fees as none will be paid by the Festival organisers. Instead playwrights get the chance to hear their work performed by professional actors in front of an audience.
Entries will be 8-15 pages maximum of a 30 minutes comedy script for television.
The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama, character monologue, anything really! But it must feel like it would work as a coherent whole across a 30 minute audience experience i.e. ten 3 minute web viral episodes stuck together is NOT a 30 minute script.
Sounds obvious, but please make sure your script is formatted properly. There is a whole load of free script writing software available online which can help make your writing look more like a script!
If you feel it necessary, you can add a short paragraph detailing any relevant/key story information that isn’t in the script sample (e.g. how the story started before the sample, how it will end after etc.)
How to apply:
Please save your writing award submission in PDF (preferred), .doc or rtf file formats, with the title of the work and your name in the script title.
Ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document.
Entrants must be registered for the Funny Women Awards in order to enter (link below). If you have already registered under a performance category (e.g. Main Award), you DO NOT need to register a second time.
What you get: £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.
A shortlist of six scripts will be presented to industry judges.* Three finalists will be invited to the Funny Women Awards Final on Monday 23rd September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.
The 31 Plays in 31 Days challenge is already underway, but it’s not too late to get involved! And even if you aren’t up to completing a play every day, the prompts might provide an excellent spur to those feeling blocked.
31 Plays in 31 Days is like a playwright’s version of NaNoWriMo. According to the founders:
The 31 Plays in 31 Days Project is based on the idea that to become a better writer, you must write. You must write a lot. And you need to practice experimenting with your writing form constantly. The pressure of this goal will allow you to set aside preconceived notions of what you should be writing and how you should be doing it. You will not have time to overanalyze your work, you will just have to write, write, write and be surprised by what comes out of you. You may love your work some days and wonder what happened on others, but by the end of the month, you will have amassed 31 new plays. Instead of waiting for the breeze of inspiration to blow your way, you will see that writing is a craft that can be called on at any time.
After a successful run at the Rosemary Branch theatre earlier this year, London Grey and Green Theatre is putting on another evening of short plays. They previous explored London through their City Shorts pieces, but this time we are expanding our horizons to include plays set anywhere in the UK.
What to submit:
Three are three golden rules for your submissions:
1. Pieces must be set in and/or have a specific connection to a UK location.
2. They must have at least 50% female characters.
3. They must be no longer than 15 minutes.
Apart from this, the artistic decisions are completely up to you.
How To Apply: Scripts must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format. You are welcome to submit more than one script.
What you get: If your piece is selected, it is guaranteed to be performed at a London fringe theatre this autumn.
It’s a chance to get involved with an ambitious and exciting new theatre company, an excellent opportunity to network with the potential of future collaborations. We are particularly interested in new writing and will support you in all ways that we can, from marketing and promotion to script development.