Growing Stage seeking plays for young audiences for 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival (New Jersey, USA)

The Growing Stage New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2014/2015 season. This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 7th through the 9th. The second set of readings will take place February 27th through March 1st. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the 2nd round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2015/2016 Season.

The three plays that were selected in the past festivals are With Two Wings by Anne Negri, The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel by Susan Rowan Masters and next March, The Growing Stage will be presenting the world premiere professional production of And Then Came Tango by Emily Freeman.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

How to apply:  To submit scripts to The New Play-Reading Festival, please send scripts, along with a brief synopsis to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham:

Or to:
The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.

If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage, please visit:

Deadline:  15 August 2014

Sterts Theatre One Act Play Writing Competition (£6 entry fee)

Sterts’ One Act Play Writing Competition is now in its third year. This event is organised to promote and encourage new play-writing talent and has proved to be very successful in producing an ever increasing high standard of writing.

The challenge is to produce a thirty minute one act play for four characters. Entrants must be over eighteen years at 31st July 2014. The entry fee is £6. Entry forms are available to download from where more information can be found. The closing date for entries is 31st July 2014.

The experienced judging panel will once again be led by a well-known celebrity from the theatre/literary world to choose the best three entries. The winner will receive a cash prize and have their play produced in Sterts studio on the 7th December.

There will be cash prizes and staged readings of their plays for the runners-up. This year there will be an additional prize for a play (in English) with a Cornish Theme.

What you pay: £6 entry fee.

How to apply:  Application forms can be downloaded from their website.

Deadline:  31 July 2014

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland via @Playwriting_UK

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest ($25 entry fee)

The New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is an international  playwriting contest developed in 2003 to bring works of social significance to the general public, works that might not otherwise have the opportunity to be presented.

The contest receives mentorship and interns from Merit Theater and Film Group, Inc.
 (MTF), a Theater and Film organization that helps theatrical and film artists develop their craft and present their work through developmental activities, readings, and/or full productions

EligibiilityScripts from outside the United States are greatly welcomed.  Detailed information about script eligibility can be found here.

What you pay:  $25 entry fee.  If you would like feedback on your script, the entry fee is one script for $45 and two scripts for $90.

What you get:  The winner will receive $300 + a reading and Q&A in a professional theatre.

How to apply:  Full submission guidelines can be found here.

Submit PDF documents of the following, together, IN ONE EMAIL:  Script and application form (located here on their website) to NewWorksOfMerit@aol.comPayment can be made online.  (Note: an option for mail submission is also available, though electronic submissions are preferred.)

Deadline:  30 June 2014

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland via @Playwriting_UK

Up to Scratch at the Rich Mix Youth Takeover Call for Submissions (age 16-25)

The Rich Mix Youth Takeover takes place in August each year, presenting a 3-week programme of events specially dedicated to young people aged 16-25. In preparation for the Takeover this summer, the Rich Mix Young Ambassadors are looking for dynamic performers, producers and directors to come and share their devised pieces; reflecting life in the city for a young person.

Our one-off theatre/dance scratch night Up to Scratch will provide a platform for young future artists, performers, writers and directors to share and inspire others with their unique and creative pieces.

What to submit:  They are looking for submissions that can make an audience laugh or cry, that are mysterious or even moving, and that reflect the skills and creativity to be discovered by and in young Londoners.  In order for your work to be considered, you must not have been working in live performance for more than 4 years. Work must a maximum of 20 minutes and a minimum of 2 minutes and should not be a fully developed piece, but a work in development. You must be aged between 16 and 25 and London based.

What you get:  This is not a commission or a paid opportunity. Should your work be chosen, you will benefit from:

  • Inclusion in Rich Mix’s Youth Takeover programme
  • Inclusion in Rich Mix marketing materials
  • Free performance space at Rich Mix in our studio theatre, supported by a technical and front of house team
  • The opportunity for your work to be seen by a diverse audience and networking opportunities

How to apply:  To apply please complete and return the submission forms or send us a video detailing the nature of the piece, running time, information about yourself/company etc. to: with Up to Scratch submission in the subject line.

Deadline: Monday 2 June 2014 at 10am

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Opportunities weekly round-up: 23 May 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).

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Significant Other Festival 2014 seeking writers – Deadline: 24 May 2014

BBC Writersroom Top Tips on Screenwriting seminar – Deadline: seminar takes place on 28 May 2014, booking in advance is recommended.

Theatre by Numbers accepting submissions for script development project – Deadline: 29 May 2014

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) seeking submissions for Progressive Playwright Event – Deadline: 29 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Theatre Royal Stratford East launches Musical Theatre Initiative – Deadline: 30 May 2014

BBC Writersroom/ IdeasTap writing workshop – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

Pint-sized Plays 2014 – open for submissions (entry fee)- Deadline: 31 May 2014

Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

Ghost Dog Productions accepting 10 minute plays – Deadline: 2 June 2014

Time Zone Theatre Company seeking proposals for full-length plays inspired by Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind (£1000 fee for writer) – Deadline: 4 June 2014

MAC Birmingham Performing Arts Fellowship – call for Expressions of Interest – Deadline: 5 June 2014 at 10am

Cro Magnon Theatre accepting scripts on the theme ‘SCREAM’ – Deadline: 6 June 2014

The Scenic Route accepting submissions for musical theatre cabaret – Deadline: 6 June 2014

Live Theatre seeking playwrights for “10 Minutes To…” (Newcastle) – Deadline: 9 June 2014

Tron Theatre seeking 15 minute plays in response to the Commonwealth Games – Deadline: 9 June 2014

B3 Talentlab open for applications (BAME artists) – Deadline: 9 June 2014

Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014 – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

StoneCrabs Theatre company looking for short plays about Brazilian culture – Deadline: 16 June 2014

Newsboy seeking scripts for ‘Commonwealth Edition’ – Deadline: 20 June 2014

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award (Pennsylvania USA, $1000 prize, $17 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014

2014 William Saroyan Prize for Human Rights / Social Justice ($10,000 prize, $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2014

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014

Mardibooks accepting one-act plays for e-book – Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 5pm

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline: 15 August 2014

Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

Little Brother Productions offering a writer £1000 to develop television idea – Deadline: 3 October 2014

Ongoing submissions:

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

Live Theatre seeking playwrights for “10 Minutes To…” (Newcastle)

Live Theatre is launching 10 Minutes To a brand new event in which five playwrights are matched with five directors and given the opportunity to write a 10 minute play that responds to a particular theme. 

For the first of these events they want writers to respond to the theme Save the World.  They are asking writers to interpret this theme on their own terms, to be inspired and think as widely as they like. We love to be surprised so let your imagination lead you.

How it works:  They will select five writers and five directors to meet at a networking evening to discuss their ideas and the ways in which they like to work. From these conversations they will then pair up writers and directors to work together. 

The networking evening for writers and directors will take place on the  Wednesday 18 June (Applicants must be available for this event). 

Writers and directors will then have two weeks to complete the piece, cast it and be ready for an intensive rehearsal weekend on the Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July. This will culminate in a public off book performance on the evening of Sunday 6 July.

What to submit:  Send  a synopsis/outline (100 words max) of the short play you would like to write in response to our theme along with a short example of your writing.

  • Plays must be no longer than 10 minutes
  • No more than 4 characters
  • Be able to be performed with minimal staging and technical support  

How to apply:  Email submissions to by 10 Minutes To 10am on Monday 9 June.

Deadline:  Monday 9 June 2014 at 9.50am

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award (Pennsylvania USA, $1000 prize, $17 entry fee)

An annual prize of $1,000 from Hidden River Arts, a literary arts organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be given in the following categories: (1) to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt (2) the best unproduced full-length play.

Eligibility: Submissions are welcomed from from writers in English anywhere in the world.  Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play is eligible. (And yes, full-length musical plays are also accepted!)

What to submit:  The full script should be submitted, along with a synopsis and character breakdown. Any scripts submitted without the synopsis and breakdown will be disqualified. Each submission should include a brief bio of the author and a completed application form.

(Musical submissions should include either a sound file, sent to, or a CD mailed to Hidden River Arts, P.O. Box 63927, Philadelphia, PA 19147. The music should be clearly marked and identified so that we can attach it to the appropriate submission.)

How to apply:  Please submit all required materials through our online submission program at:

Submissions should be clearly designated to ”Fiction” or “Drama” as Word documents, text, or in pdf.  Be sure that you include ALL required materials and proof of payment.  We will NOT contact writers who have not included all materials; the submission will be disqualified.

When submitting through Submittable, please be aware that the program allows only ONE manuscript upload; it will be necessary that you create a file that includes all required materials to upload into one document.

What you pay:  $17 entry fee, payable online with your application.

What you get:  The winning play will receive a $1,000 prize.

Deadline:  30 June 2014

Source:  @KateScottWriter

Shore Screenwriting Competition (up to £2,500 cash prize, £25-£40 entry fee)

The Shore Screenwriting Competition is currently accepting submissions of short and feature length films.  The competition provides the opportunity to have your script read by professional production companies.

What you pay:  There are three different deadlines, with different fees.

1 March – 31 May: Early Bird Deadline £25
1 June – 31 July: Regular Deadline £35
1 – 31 August: Late Deadline: £40

What you get:  There are five different levels of prizes (detailed here).  First prize wins £2,500, Final Draft Software, Professional memberships, Screenwriting books, and other benefits.

What to submit:  Scripts should be formatted in size 12 Courier.  Feature length scripts should run 80-120 pages, short submissions should be 3-20 pages.  Detailed rules for entry can be found here.  All genres are accepted.

How to apply:  Applications can be made through their website.  (Make sure you’ve selected the right page for either feature or short submissions!)

Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

Source:  @KateScott Writer

Cro Magnon Theatre accepting scripts on the theme ‘SCREAM’

The Cro Magnon Theatre is excited to announce its weekend of theatre. They will present our first theme: SCREAM on Thursday 31st July until Sunday 3rd August @ The Nursery Theatre in Southwark.

What to submit:  Additional details about the theme can be found on their website.  They are looking for short plays with a run time of no more than 20 mins. If you are selected you will not only have your play performed, you will also be invited to write for our next theatre night.

How to apply:  To submit, please email with your play as an attachment to: (with a small introduction to yourself and your play). Please also remember to include your contact details.

Deadline:  6 June 2014

Source:  @KateScottWriter

The Scenic Route accepting submissions for musical theatre cabaret

The Scenic Route is currently seeking submissions from composers, lyricists and musical theatre performers for inclusion into our upcoming Sneak Preview Cabaret showcasing new musical theatre writing.  They are delighted to have Andy Barnes and Peter White confirmed as our special guests providing feedback on selected works.

The event takes place on Tuesday 1st July, doors at 7.30pm, at the Wenlock and Essex, 18-26 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN.

Submission option #1: Musical Excerpt
They are interested in hearing from composers/lyricists who are keen to come along and present a concert style performance of 3/4 numbers from their new musical (works in progress or otherwise), with accompanying narrated plot summaries/ excerpts. Our guest panel of industry professionals will then provide feedback on the work.

Submission option #2: Concert Numbers
They are interested in hearing from composers/lyricists who are keen to come along and present a concert style performance of one song from a new musical, works in progress or otherwise. The songs can be out of context as we will facilitate introductions as necessary. The panel will not provide formal feedback on concert numbers.

For both options they ask that you provide your own pianist/ backing tracks and performer/s (They will provide the piano and mics etc of course!).

How to apply:  Please send scores/ demos and lyrics of proposed works for selection to:

Closing date: Friday 6 June 2014

Source: Arts Council e-newsletter

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