Storylining for Continuing Drama Workshop with Kathleen Beedles

Two IdeasTap members will win a place on a Storylining for Continuing Drama Workshop led by BAFTA-nominated executive producer Kathleen Beedles. The full-day practical workshop on the craft of storylining normally costs £250.

The ability to turn story ideas into long-running plotlines has underpinned the careers of successful script editors, writers, producers and commissioners. The two winners of this brief will join up to 10 other writers in storylining a fictional soap Kathleen has created. You will write a storyline, and receive an edit the following week.

What you experience and learn through this process will help you pitch and write treatments. It will help you lose the fear of the blank page by writing on demand and to short deadlines and will teach you how to generate ideas, think on your feet with fellow writers and, most importantly of all, understand pure story beats and hooky narrative turning points.

The two winners of this brief receive a full day’s workshop with other writers (with lunch provided), a personal one-on-one telephone edit of a storyline they write and a PDF booklet with invaluable insights and insider tips.

Before applying for this brief, please make sure that you are available for the workshop on 17 May, 10am to 5pm.

The judges are looking for people who have storytelling instincts and a passion for telling a good story

How to apply: you’ll need to sign up o IdeasTap where you will be asked to upload a profile picture and to fill out an online application form.

Deadline: 9 May 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Mardibooks accepting one-act plays for e-book

Mardibooks is giving up to 30 IdeasTap members the opportunity to have their one-act, one-person plays published in an online anthology. Up to 30 IdeasTap members will be selected to become Mardiwriters and to have their pieces published in an IdeasTap/Mardibooks one-act play e-book anthology sold on Amazon.

Mardibooks is looking for one-act, one-person plays of 1,200 to 5,000 words. The actual dialogue must not exceed 5,000 words, though this does not include any stage directions you may use.

The brief judges will be looking for an original, well-devised idea with an interesting plot and developed characterisation. Your play will need to demonstrate an effective use of language with considered and appropriate structural devices and a commanding awareness of audience.

Up to 10 writers will be selected as runners-up qualifying for feedback to support their development as writers

How to apply: you’ll need to sign up to IdeasTap where you will be asked to upload a profile picture and to fill in an online application form.

Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Opportunities weekly round-up: 2 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).

Rosebery Management accepting short film scripts for 30th anniversary – Deadline: none posted

New York Television Festival at BAFTA Forum – Deadline: event scheduled for 25 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – Deadline: 25 April 2014

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project – Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with May (and late-April) deadlines – Deadlines: May (and late April)

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Bare Fiction Magazine accepting submissions of short plays for June 2014 issue – Deadline: 3 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed – Deadline: 5 May 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Tamasha seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Papatango and Ideastap – Deadline: 9 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – Deadline: 19 May 2014

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

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – 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

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

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

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – 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

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline 15 August 2014

Ongoing submissions:

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

Call for submissions: Open Arts Cafe

Open Arts Café is accepting submissions for the Spring/Summer Season 2014.  Open Arts Café is a monthly themed arts evening giving artists from all mediums a chance to present new and original work at various stages of development. Open Arts Café was established in 2008 to give artists a chance to present their work in developmental and/or performance stage in a non-pressurised, dynamic and constructive atmosphere. The venue is near Marble Arch, London.

Open Arts Café is committed to maintaining a high artistic standard by continually challenging both the artists and the audience and creating a forum for inventiveness, experimentation and growth.  Music, theatre, film, puppetry, poetry, comedy, visual arts, dance, acrobatics…

How to apply:  Please submit with links and samples of either past work (if this is a new idea you want to work on) or of the work you want to submit. openartscafe@wls.org.uk

Please get in touch with any questions about the themes and how the night is run.

  • May 29th ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ (hidden agendas, illusions, deceit…)
  • June 26th ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ (travelling, encounters with stranger…)
  • July 24th ‘Lazy Hazy Days’ (summertime fun…)

Contact Maya at openartscafe@wls.org.uk

On FB page www.facebook.com/openartscafe

Blog www.openartscafe.com

Deadline:  None posted

Source: Lane’s List

Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014

Menagerie is now accepting entries for the One Page Play Competition which will take place at this year’s Hotbed, Cambridge’s premier new writing festival, from 10-13 July 2014.

All entries will be read and the best will be performed by professional actors throughout the Hotbed weekend at Cambridge Junction.

What to submit:  The one page plays can be about ANY subject from current politics to soap opera relationships. The possibilities are endless. The only RULES are:

  • 1 Page of A4 only (10-12 point text)
  • No more than 8 actors featured in the play
  • The duration should be no longer than 4 minutes

What you get:  They are looking for 24 scripts. Audience members will vote on the best play out of those presented and the winner will receive £100 to donate to a charity of their choice.

How to apply:  To enter, email your one page play to: office@menagerie.uk.com.

Deadline:  12 June 2014

Source:  Lane’s List

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

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, Time Zone Theatre Company invites British and international playwrights to write a play in response to Austrian writer Karl Kraus’s epic The Last Days of Mankind

Prompt from Time Zone Theatre Company:

The project explores what Kraus’s play The Last Days of Mankind means in Great Britain nowadays. What relevance does this play have in our time and to a British audience? We will look at one of the most influential Austrian plays from a different angle by using it as starting point to enter an intercultural dialogue about the first World War, global conflicts nowadays, and the part the people are playing in them.

Kraus’s play centers around the absurdity of war, the lifes of people who are forced to continue their lives under these morbid circumstances, and the role the media plays. We are interested in thought-provoking plays and are open to all kind of work, which can also be inspired by thoughts such as:

  • War – absurdity or necessity?
  • Glorification vs. Vergangenheitsbewältigung: Different perceptions of the war in the UK and Austria.
  • Propaganda: Which role plays the media in global conflicts nowadays?
  • From 1914 to 2014: What has changed?

The aim of this project is to encourage intercultural collaboration and to make one of the most important Austrian playwrights known to and accessible for a greater public. We encourage playwrights to use Kraus as inspiration, but also to challenge the play and its relevance nowadays, and to write their very own response, which will lead to an interesting intercultural dialogue.

What to submit:  If you are interested in participating, please send an email to info@timezonetheatre.com to receive a copy of Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind.

Playwrights should submit:

  • A CV (max 2 pages)
  • A short summary (max 500 words)
  • A treatment 
  • A draft of the first 5 – 10 pages

Your submission must meet the following criteria:

  • Plays should have a running time between 60 and 80 minutes.
  • Plays must require a cast NO GREATER THAN 4 (the play can have more characters).
  • Plays must be relevant to our time and Great Britain and should use Kraus’s play as inspiration, this can be with regards to content and/or style. However, they are looking for original plays and Kraus’s work should be nothing more than an inspiration. 
  • The play can either lead into Kraus’s epilogue and use it as its last scene, OR it can be a self-contained play. The running time of 60-80 minutes applies in any case to the ORIGINAL PART OF THE PLAY.
  • Plays must be suitable to be performed in a studio space with an approximate size of the stage of 6.40m x 6.80m.
  • The call is open to writers with any level of experience.

What you get:  Out of all submissions received, one play will be selected to be performed for a 4-weeks-run at Tristan Bates Theatre in autumn 2014, together with the epilogue of Karl Kraus’s work. The successful writer will receive fee of £ 1,000.

How to apply:  How to apply: Submissions should be send via email to info@timezonetheatre.com with “play submission” in the subject line. The deadline is 6pm on Wednesday 4th June 2014. They will meet a shortlist of writers in the w/c 9th June, and the successful writer will be announced on 15th June.

Deadline:  Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 6pm

Source:  Lane’s List

News: BBC Writersroom 10 announced

The BBC have announced the selected writers for the BBC Writersroom 10, an initiative that partners writers with theatres who will support them during the year-long development scheme, and gives them a £1000 seed commission to develop a new work.

The selected writers are:

  • Alice Birch – West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Carol Vine – Brockley Jack
  • Ellie Stewart – Traverse Theatre
  • Frank McCabe – Greyscale
  • Matilda Ibini – Soho Theatre
  • Ian Townsend – Bolton Octagon
  • Joe White – Birmingham Rep
  • Lisa Jen Brown – National Theatre Wales
  • Mufaro Makubika – Nottingham Playhouse
  • Samuel E Taylor – Bristol Old Vic

Congratulations, all!

Source:  BBC Writersroom Blog

Opportunities weekly round-up: 25 April 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).

Rosebery Management accepting short film scripts for 30th anniversary – Deadline: none posted

New York Television Festival at BAFTA Forum – Deadline: event scheduled for 25 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – Deadline: 25 April 2014

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project – Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with May (and late-April) deadlines – Deadlines: May (and late April)

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Bare Fiction Magazine accepting submissions of short plays for June 2014 issue – Deadline: 3 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed – Deadline: 5 May 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Tamasha seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Papatango and Ideastap – Deadline: 9 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – Deadline: 19 May 2014

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

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – 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

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

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – 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

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline 15 August 2014

Ongoing submissions:

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

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with May (and late-April) deadlines

Play Submissions Helper has just published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in late-April and May 2014.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but if you’d like to peruse the whole list you can find it here.

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

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

The new revised mission of the 2014 William Saroyan $10,000 Playwriting Award invites stimulating new works that explore socially and politically charged themes about Human Rights /Social Justice. Their aim is to harness theatre’s ability to make a relevant impact on our global society today.

They are looking for insightful and engaging plays that imaginatively interpret this aim – stories on injustice, inequality, and those reducing the human and environmental cost of violence and those finding new ways of promoting a healthier and more peaceful, harmonious global community. They aim to find artists with courageous voices, imagination, and stories that uphold human dignity.

What to submit:  Their new guidelines have been refined to reflect our new direction. Please consider carefully whether your script is likely to meet the criteria.

1. Contest is restricted to original plays written in the English language.
2. Worldwide submissions accepted.
3. All Submissions must be submitted electronically in the form of a PDF.
4. Scripts must have received a professional reading and/or workshop, but not a production prior to submission deadline.
5. Plays must be full length (Min. of 60 mins.) and adhere to standard playwriting format.
6. No adaptations or children’s plays.
7. Plays must have Human Rights/Social Justice at heart.
8. Submissions not following exact rules as stated will be disqualified.
9. Only “invited” playwrights will be asked to submit scripts after sending in synopsis.

Works must examine Human Rights/Social Justice issues as a central and deliberate theme. They are unlikely to consider plays, for example, that deal with issues of personal freedoms without placing them in a wider political and social context. To be included in this contest, they suggest some thoughts to help determine whether your play falls within our parameters of consideration:

Play addresses issues that create barriers to social justice or dramatizes a social injustice:

• Supports life and dignity of the human person
• Influences attitudes of tolerance between and within racial groups
• Fosters new understanding and builds respect for cultural differences and identity
• Supports creative approaches to addressing issues of social justice/injustice
• Demonstrates the performing arts as a powerful tool and community resource for facilitating civic engagement and advancing social change
• Makes the audience bear witnesses to social injustice
• Inspires others to action against a social injustice
• Proposes solutions for social injustice
• Raises awareness of a little recognized social injustice or argues on behalf of an ignored human right

Play about horrors of war, torture, oppression, religious intolerance, racism, genocide, gender discrimination, bearing witness to suffering, abuse of human rights are plays about Human Rights /Social Justice.

What you pay:  There is a $20 entry fee if you are invited to submit to the competition (after initial screening of synopses).

What you get: 

  • 1st Place Award: $10,000, Staged Reading
  • 2 Finalists: Final Draft Software, ($350 value) Staged Reading
  • Armenian Excellence Award:  To continue fostering our previous mission of supporting scripts based on Armenian themes so that our stories are told, we propose a special consideration award to be given to the best script written on an Armenian theme.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via the contest’s website.  The submission process is as follows:

  • Submit a half page synopsis (200-300 words) of your play and a few sentences about how you think your play engages with a “Human Rights/Social Justice” theme. If the play meets the new criteria, you will be notified to submit your script. If invited to send in your play, please email 2 electronic PDF submissions to adaa@armeniandrama.org, first including your name and second without your name. (Any appearance of the playwright’s name, initials or other identifiable marks on any part of the blind script will disqualify the entry).
  • The cover page of first script must include – the title of the play, the playwright’s full name, address, email and phone number.
  • If you are invited to submit, please make $20 entry fee payment online at armeniandrama.org.
  • Each entry must include a completed entry form.
  • Submission deadline – June 15 – July 15, 2014.
  • Scripts must be in English and the original work of the author/s.
  • Scripts that do not meet submission guidelines will be disqualified.

Deadline:  15 July 2014

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

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