Words and Women is launching ‘About,’ an exciting new writing commission to create 4 texts for performance and the page. The Arts Council funded project will help develop work which explores the life of women and their relationship to place within the East of England.
The commission means 4 women writers, selected through an open competition, will not only be given paid time to write but will be mentored by Words and Women as well as theatre director Adina Levay and performance poet Hannah Walker.
The resulting new work will be published in Words and Women’s second anthology and performed on International Women’s Day next year.
How to apply: For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for entry details.
Deadline: 26th September 2014 at midnight
Source: Arts Council Jobs Page
IdeasTap have launched their latest Editor’s Brief which as usual, is open to all ages and disciplines. There will be first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prizes in each category (audio/video, writing and visual art/photographs.
It’s a warm summer’s morning. Your green 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible is purring on the drive, and your best buddy is waiting in the passenger seat…
Dog-eared Great Britain A-Z? Check. Flask of squash? Check.
It’s the time of year for adventure, for throwing caution to the wind, and for making hip shot decisions. Fasten your seatbelt and head out onto the open road, this season’s Editor’s Brief theme is ROAD TRIP.
“We want your artistic work – whether that’s writing, visual art/photography, audio or video – about road trips. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity”.
There will be a first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories:
- Audio and video (no longer than two minutes)
- Writing (no longer than 1,000 words)
- Visual art/photographs (no more than two)
All first-prize winners will become part of the IdeasTap alumni. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.
How to apply: visit IdeasTap to register and upload material.
Deadline: 30 October 2014
Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs
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).
Skylight Theatre seeking plays for Postscript series at the Drayton Arms – Deadline: 10 August 2014
The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night in September – Deadline: 11 August 2014
Growing Stage seeking plays for young audiences for 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival (New Jersey, USA) – Deadline: 15 August 2014
London Horror Festival seeking radio drama submissions for Stage Fright Radio Horror Competition (£2 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 August 2014
Flourish new opera competition open to submissions – Deadline: 17 August 2014
17percent seeking submissions for She Writes (Chatham, Kent – women writers only), Theme: Vacations – Deadline: 18 August 2014
Stay Awake Theatre accepting submissions of 10 minute plays for Prism Festival (Colorado, USA) – Deadline: 20 August 2014
Hampshire County Council seeking Writer in Residence (paid) – Deadline: 22 August 2014
Freelance scriptwriters required for children’s educational project (paid) – Deadline: 22 August 2014
Writer in Residence, Plymouth University and Literature Works – Deadline: 26 August 2014
Golden Lane Films call for scripts, IdeasTap – Deadline: 29 August 2014
Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Power – Deadline: 30 August 2014
Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only) – Deadline: 31 August 2014
Fractured Lines accepting monologues – Deadline: 31 August 2014
Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:
31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)
T.S. Eliot Commissions open for submissions, Old Vic New Voices – Deadline: 1 September 2014
Live Theatre offering bursary for online course beaplaywright.com – Deadline: 1 September 2014
Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival seeking 15 minute plays – Deadline: 1 September 2014
Lion Tamers Theatre Company seeking full length scripts for 2015 tour – Deadline: 1 September 2014
Kitchen Sink Drama: the chance to put on a production in the home of a leading theatre producer/ artistic director- Deadline: 1 September 2014
Bush Theatre – Submissions window now open – Deadline: 1 September 2014
BAFTA Rocliffe launches competition for children’s writers (entry fee) – Deadline: early bird 21 July 2014/ final 1 September 2014
1st Annual Book Pipeline Contest ($50 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 September 2014
17percent seeking submissions for She Writes (Chatham, Kent – women writers only), Theme: Byron – Deadline: 15 September 2014
BBC Writersroom to open Scriptroom 8 (for stage and radio plays) & Writer’s Prize in September – Deadline: 29 September 2014
Little Brother Productions offering a writer £1000 to develop television idea – Deadline: 3 October 2014
Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Wealth – Deadline: 9 October 2014
Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio – Deadline: 13 October 2014
Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Forgiveness – Deadline: 12 November 2014
Mind the Gap seeking plays by British Writers for performance in NYC ($5 fee) – Deadline: None posted. Plays to be produced in November 2014
Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted
Criterion new writing programme open for submissions – Deadline: none posted (but the course commences on 9 September 2014
Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted
Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted
Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing
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
Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted
BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted
Thistledew Desert Theatre (USA) seeking monologues and radio plays – Deadline: Rolling
The TS Eliot Commissions are now in their second year and if you’ve got a story to tell they want to hear from you. In 2013 they commissioned plays that explored topics such as dystopian future governments, the big bang theory and monogamy in gay relationships. They want writers with big ideas who can tell stories with heart, humour and style.
This year we there are two categories of commission that you can apply for: A play for young people and two plays for adults. They are not looking for completed scripts, but want to hear your ideas for the play you would write should your application be successful.
What you get: All Commissions recipients will receive mentoring and dramaturgical support throughout the writing process. They will work with you to ensure that your work is of the highest possible quality and effectively conveys the message at the heart of your play. This is a unique opportunity to receive a paid commission from one of the world’s most prestigious theatres and is open to any emerging writer who is passionate about new writing and seeking to establish their career in the theatre industry.
How to apply: Applications are made through the online form on their website. (There are different forms required to apply for writing a play for adults and a play for young people.)
Before applying please read the brief. They also encourage you to read the FAQs.
Deadline: Monday 1 September 2014 at 6pm
Source: Word of mouth
Golden Lane Films (GLF) is looking for screenwriters to work on a unique film challenge.
GLF is asking writers to submit short scene ideas (anything from 10 seconds to four minutes). The theme of your script(s) should be SCENES IN DOORWAYS. GLF will select a minimum of two writers to create a collaborative team including and headed by GLF.
What you get: Winning writers will get the opportunity to take part in a screenwriter’s masterclass led by an industry professional and have the opportunity to workshop their scenes with actors. The winning entries will then be woven together by the GLF team into a complete film. The writers will then see their characters realised at a screening of the final film in a London cinema towards the end of 2014.
All workshops and filming will take place in London.
Throughout the development process GLF will experiment and develop the piece as a whole. Writers should therefore understand that as the script evolves it is very likely that there will be changes to all scripts that are submitted. Scripts are a springboard for the collaborative piece and applicants should be open to fully embracing this.
Script development will start mid-September 2014 and will continue over a three-week period. The schedule will be flexible, but applicants should bear in mind that they will need to be largely available during this time.
What to submit: This is a low budget and experimental project, so please keep this in mind when writing your short script.
The judges are looking for team players who keep it simple. GLF is experimenting with a new process and we need writers who are able to make bold choices whilst remaining flexible to the needs of the project.
You can submit as many scene ideas as you like. The GLF team is entirely open to ideas: scene length, number of characters (zero to five), location, dialogue (if any), decade, language, etc. are all up you. The only requirement is that the scene takes place in a doorway.
How to apply: Applications are made through the IdeasTap brief. (Note: You will need an IdeasTap profile to apply.)
Deadline: 29 August 2014
Source: Arts News e-newsletter
She Writes is an event featuring script-in-hand rehearsed readings of short plays and extracts from work in progress from female playwrights curated and run by 17Percent.
The new 4-weekly incarnation of She Writes, a regular night of new short plays by women starts on 4 August as part of Roundabout Nights (a regular live literature night) at the Alexandra Hotel in Chatham. The format is a script-in-hand performance, showcasing about 8-10 plays on a loose theme at each event. The night is programmed and produced by Sam Hall.
They are currently accepting submissions for the following dates/themes:
- 1 September 2014 – Vacations: Plays themed around holidays. Submission deadline: 18 August
- 29 September 2014 – Byron: To coincide with the Rochester Literature Festival, we will present a script-in-hand reading of plays inspired by the ‘Mad, Bad and Dangerous to know’, Lord Byron. Submission deadline: 15 September.
(Note: They are currently prioritizing plays from those who can attend the performances, to get the most out of the experience of seeing their play read.)
What to submit: Ideally they are looking for plays of 10-15 minutes maximum, but we accept shorter (and sometimes a couple of minutes longer). They don’t have a limit for how many characters, but with a shorter play a maximum of 4 or 5 seems to work best. They are also accepting extracts from work in progress. Please send a synopsis of the rest of the play, and describe how the piece fits in.
See full details of submissions guidelines for writers.
How to apply: Email your script to email@example.com.
Deadline: 18 August 2014 (Vacations Theme); 15 September 2014 (Byron Theme)
Source: Lane’s List, @Playwriting_UK
This exciting new project, supported by Plymouth University and Literature Works, is seeking a Writer in Residence with a track record in creative writing with experience of delivering talks/workshops to work with students as part of the English and Creative Writing department
Fee: Stipend payable is £3,300 for 12 days work between 1st October 2014 and 31st March 2015 with an expectation of delivering a minimum of 8 workshops/talks/events.
What to submit: Please send a letter of application outlining how your relevant skills and experience address the person specification, together with a CV. Referees’ names should be included but references will only be taken up in the event of your being selected.
Download the job pack:
How to apply: Please apply by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to: Kate Wilson, Literature Works, (Plymouth University), Roland Levinsky Building, Drakes Circus, Plymouth, PL1 8AA.
Deadline: Tuesday 26 August 2014
Source: Lane’s List
Etch is a brand new monthly theatre night held at one of South London’s most thriving new bars and arts venues, The Peckham Pelican. Their aim is to provide a platform for new writing from emerging artists in need of an outlet to do what they love most and to explore, develop, share and discuss their work in front of a relaxed, ‘pay what you can’ audience.
As well as finding temporary collaborators who are interested in using the Etch events as a platform to try out their own ideas and work, long term collaboration is also key to their plans. They hope to find artists to work with regularly and who will be interested in working to develop Etch further into the future.
They are currently collecting submissions for our event on September 8th. They are looking for short plays or extracts from both finished and unfinished plays but always from pieces still in development. They will provide suitable rehearsal space and the pieces will be directed and performed by professional directors and actors.
What to submit / How to apply: If you want to see your new/ half written/barely there ideas being performed or want to get your work out there and make new contacts then send a 5 – 20 min scene to email@example.com
Deadline: 11 August 2014
Source: Ideastap Jobs
The BBC Writersroom has announced announce that they will soon be opening for submissions for Scriptroom 8 (stage plays – comedy & drama) and this year’s Writer’s Prize, for which they are looking for original, surprising multi-character narrative drama scripts of 45-75 minutes in length for Radio 3 or 4 (not monologues or adaptations).
The submission windows for both opportunities will open on 15th September and close on Monday 29th September and submission links will be available via the opportunities page on their website when open.
Resources & Prep:
Deadline: 29 September 2014* (note: submissions do not open until 15 September)
Source: BBC Writersroom email