Fractured Lines seeking plays for new writing night

Fractured Lines are looking for writers that have a play or an excerpt of one of a play for four actors, of no longer than 25 minutes. Their new writing show ‘Blaggards’ presents a lively collection of plays from selected emerging, up and coming writers in this fast paced, cabaret style night. Ranging from comedy, to drama, to horror, to romance.

London is full of lonely artists weary of having play’s stuck in drawers, tired of dealing with unanswered emails, overlooked CVs and theatre schedules that appear to be already full. Blaggards has been set up by Fractured Lines and in partnership with COG ARTSpace, and is a seedbed for great art, where artists get the chance to find collaborators, building projects from the ground up. They also get immediate feedback on their work and a sense of continuity and progress.

What they are looking for: plays or excerpts of 25 minutes or less, with a maximum of 4 characters (although, if you have more, they will double up).

How to apply:  send your script, which can be no longer than 25 minutes long, it can be a full play or an excerpt of one of your plays. 
A maximum of 50 words outlining what the play is about. 
Send with the subject title ‘writers opportunities’ to

Deadline: Blaggards takes place twice a month, so check out the website for latest submission date

Source: IdeasTap Jobs Page

Northern Film School/ IdeasTap – accepting short film scripts

IdeasTap and Northern Film School are looking for strong, original short film scripts that can be made on a budget of £4,000. There will be 12 winners of this brief. The winners will be invited to take part in a development day in London on 29 November to work on their script. Six scripts will eventually be selected for production.

In January 2015, IdeasTap will then run a brief looking for producers for each of the six projects, and after attaching a producer to each script, they will then run briefs for directors.

IdeasTap are working in partnership with the Northern Film School, at Leeds Beckett University. Together, they will introduce members to industry standards in script development and offer support and mentoring from industry professionals. Creative teams (writer, director, producer) will also have ongoing access to the Northern Film School’s expertise and advice.

Your script can be for an animation, documentary, or fiction film. IdeasTap will be donating no more than £4,000 to each of the final winning six scripts, so try to not write in exotic foreign travel, masses of explosions or vast amounts of special effects. You’ll be free to raise more money for your production; but the idea needs to be something that can be successfully realised for a small budget.

About the Northern Film School 

The Northern Film School is part of the Leeds Beckett University’s faculty of Film, Television and Performing Arts. It is one of the largest full-time film schools in the UK with both bachelors and masters degrees, and it is situated in the city centre of Leeds. The School has close working relationships with the national and international funding and skills agencies and student films are regularly screened in festivals.

How to apply: visit IdeasTap to register and apply

Deadline: 27 October 2014 at 5pm

Source: Arts Council Jobs Website

Mordue Pictures seeking writers for film project

Mordue Pictures are looking for 3 writers for a new film project. In 2015, they will be shooting their third feature film ‘Midnight Sky’ which follows two people in three parallel universes, where three separate choices set in motion three contrasting lives of love, regret & indifference.

They are currently seeking three Writers & three Directors to come on board & collectively create these three worlds in a unique & interesting way…

Ever wondered where your life would be if you had taken a different path?
Theories state there are an infinite number of parallel universes with infinite possibilities.
Everything that can happen does happen. Matthew and Ellie find that choices define the life they lead, but with each choice as infinite as the midnight sky, what is it that really matters?

How to apply: Please email all relevant material and experience and interest to: More info can be found at:

*Please note payment is dependent on funding which will be deferred

Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014

Source: Arts Council Jobs Website

Opportunities weekly round-up: 19 September 2014

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).

Ghost Dog Productions seeking 10 minute plays about FEARS – Deadline: 19 September 2014

Shy Films seeking screenwriter – Deadline: 21 September 2014

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open to submissions – Deadline: 22 September 2014

Feature Film screenplay mentoring from IdeasTap – Deadline: 24 September 2014

Tamasha seeking writers for new Playwriting Group – Deadline: 25 September 2014

Words and Women seeking submissions about the East of England – Deadline: 26 September 2014

Behind the Bikeshed: accepting sketches inspired by the Beatles for London showcase – Deadline: 27 September 2014

Open Call for Writers for Sense of the City: London – Deadline: 28 September 2014

Defibrillator seeking Writer-in-Residence at The Langham (£5,000 commission + £7,000 hospitality package) – Deadline: 29 September 2014

IdeasTap running a session on ‘the three act structure’ – Workshop date 29 September 2014 at 10.3am – 12.30pm

Fractured Lines call out for script for writers night – Deadline: 29 September 2014 at 5pm

BBC Writersroom Writers Prize – accepting scripts for radio – Deadline: 29 September 2014 at 5pm

BBC Writersroom to open Scriptroom 8 (for stage and radio plays) & Writer’s Prize in September – Deadline: 29 September 2014

2Enshine seeking writers for TV street dance drama series – Deadline: 30 September 2014

Mikron Writers Scheme seeking writers – Deadline: 2 October 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

Write Angles (Southend Playwriting Festival) seeking entries for 2015 (£5 entry fee, £250 prize) – Deadline: 10 October 2014

Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio – Deadline: 13 October 2014

Opportunity for Professional Editorial Read of Your Work By The Literary Consultancy – Deadline: 10 October 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers Autumn 2014 – Deadline: 17 October 2014

London Calling and London Calling Plus short film funding – Deadline: 22 October 2014

Gatton Community Theatre seeking scripts for youth company – Deadline: 26 October 2014

IdeasTap Editors Brief: accepting submissions on ‘Road Trip’ theme– Deadline: 30 October 2014

New York University seeking New Plays for Young Audiences – Deadline: 31 October 2014

Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Forgiveness – Deadline: 12 November 2014

Proscenium Theatre Journal accepting play submissions – Deadline: 5 December 2014

SCI-FEST LA accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 15 December 2014


Ongoing submissions:

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

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

2Enshine seeking writers for TV street dance drama series

2Enshine is looking for Writers for their new TV street dance drama series. The show is aimed at 16-26 year olds and is based on a group of young dancers and performers struggling to get a break.

The show aims to feature amazing dance performances but highlight real, everyday challenges so many young people face today against the backdrop of London life.

They are aiming to secure a deal with a network so we are looking for the best writers to join the team.

Requirements:  You MUST HAVE 1+ year writing experience for UK TV drama series. Ideally you have experience writing for a popular TV show aimed at a younger audience or experience writing for Film featuring dance, singing etc.

How to apply:  Click here to apply.  Contact person: Henry Narh.

Deadline:  30 September 2014.

Source: IdeasTap Jobs


Shy Films seeking screenwriter

Shy Films is a London based film production company.  They are at the developing stage of Claire, a feature film project by Sonke Weiss.

The story is based on a worldwide best seller My Body, My Enemy, written by Claire Beeken and Rosanna Greenstreet. The project has support from BEAT, a UK based charity offering help to adults and young people in beating their eating disorders.

They are looking for an experienced screen writer to create the next draft of this feature film.
The ideal candidate will have written at least one feature film, which had a theatrical release.
Sonke and the team will always be a phone call away if at any point you needed any support.

Fee:  Your payment will be deferred like other key personnel in the team.

How to apply:  Applications can be made through their job posting on

Deadline:  21 September 2014

Source:  IdeasTap Jobs

London Calling and London Calling Plus short film funding

Film London is now accepting applications for London Calling and London Calling Plus: short film funding schemes aimed at giving more opportunities to London’s new and emerging talent.

•  London Calling offers 18 awards of up to £4,000 for emerging London filmmakers.

•  London Calling Plus offers 5 awards of up to £15,000 for London-based Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent with a track record across film, television or theatre

Both deliver a comprehensive development and training programme, plus an opportunity to premiere the films at industry showcases.  Film London are also running a series of Roadshows across the capital.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via an online form.  Find out more about both schemes including the dates of the Roadshows, how to apply and other FAQs on The Film London website.

Deadline:  22 October 2014 at noon for applications through Film London  (*note that applications made through specific boroughs may have different deadlines – check the website to be sure.)

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Open Call for Writers for Sense of the City: London

There is an open call for writers for a writing commission to create short stories for Sense of the City: London.  Sense of the City: London is an inspiring design project that aims to open up a discourse about the urban landscape by using multi-sensory experiences.

The resulting new work will be published in the format of print and audio recordings. They will be distributed in the Smithfield area of London and uploaded on the website.

This exciting opportunity is open for students/graduates studying literature, storytelling, design writing, and playwriting, freelance writers, artists working on writing as a medium, and people who are interested in writing stories about urban environment with good writing/storytelling skills.  This would be a great opportunity to work closely with a curator and a designer, experience design writing and increase your portfolio.

Anticipated role of writer:

  • Type: Short stories/fictions
  • Word: 500-1500 words
  • Writing stories/fictions related to the urban environment
  • The content/form of stories depends on the writer. This could be speculating a new vision of the location  or mixing fiction and reality to provide a poetic discovery of the city.
  • Writers will not be paid for their contributions.
  • We would like writers who take this project seriously and have a strong responsibility for undertaking the project.

Sense of the City: London is composed of three phases:

Phase 1: A set of design activities involving the public will take place on 15th & 18th September. It will enable people to map their own perception of the location through experiential activities utilising the senses. The outputs created by participants will become sources inspiring writers as a starting point.

Phase 2: Writers will create short stories/fictions reflecting contents of the outputs created by participants during the activities.

Phase 3: As a final output, the stories/fictions will be presented in a form of newspaper & audio walk. Newspaper will be distributed in the area of the location (cafes, pubs, streets etc.) and sound file for audio walk will also be uploaded on the website.

How to apply:  For those who are interested, please send an email with a sample piece of writing of 300 – 1000 words to The story can be on any topic. Please note, this sample article will not be published and you will not be paid for writing it. More details, please see

Deadline:  28 September 2014

Source:  Arts Jobs

Defibrillator seeking Writer-in-Residence at The Langham (£5,000 commission + £7,000 hospitality package)

Following the success of last year’s Hotel Plays, Defibrillator Theatre is now seeking submissions for a Writer-in-Residence for its second collaboration with the Langham, of a play to be staged in the hotel.  The production – The 1865 Project – will celebrate the hotel’s 150th anniversary.  It is hoped the residency will run on an annual basis in the future.

The selected writer will receive a £5,000 commission to write the script, a five week production run, and a hospitality package worth £7,000 from The Langham.

The winner will be announced on 27 October 2014, with the show to run in March 2015.

How to apply:  Defibrillator invites writers to submit a brief summary of their idea and approach for the show, with an entry deadline of 29 September, 2014 to

Deadline:  29 September 2014

Source:  The Stage via Playwriting UK Facebook Group

BBC Writersroom Scriptroom 8 open for submissions of stage and radio plays

Yesterday, the BBC Writersroom opened its submission window for Scriptroom 8, accepting submissions of plays written for stage and radio.

As part of this Scriptroom, they will also be evaluating submissions for the Writer’s Prize for radio.

The submissions window is open for two weeks, so don’t miss your shot!  (And if you have a script for film, don’t worry, your submissions window will be rolling around soon enough.)

Deadline: 29 September 2014

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