The Sussex Playwrights’ Club has renamed their annual writing competition the Constance Cox Playwriting Competition; they are now accepting entries. (Note: All their playwriting competitions are listed on the same page, so you may have to scroll down a bit to find all the details.)
What to submit: A stage play on any theme, up to 60 minutes in length and with a maximum of six characters. Plays submitted must not have been previously staged, given a public reading, or published.
How to apply: Play scripts should be submitted under a pseudonym, accompanied by a sealed envelope with the writer’s name, address and contact details and sent to: Neil McKellar, 17 Overhill Way, Patcham, Brighton, BN1 8WP, UK.
Entry fee: £7. (SPC members have one free entry.)
What you get: Writers are eligible to win the following prizes:
- First prize: £250 plus a reading of the play at a club meeting
- Second prize: £125 plus a reading of the play at a club meeting
- Third prize: £50 plus a reading of the play at a club meeting
Deadline: 30 November 2013
Source: Play Submissions Helper
Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Red Planet Prize, supported by Red Planet pictures and Kudos Productions.
Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone in the UK and Eire.
What to submit: Entrants must upload the first ten pages of an original 60 minute script for TV along with a short synopsis; this can be a single play or a pilot for a series. You will also need to submit an outline of no more than one page and a log line of no more than 16 words.
Entries written by more than one person can be made. Only one submission per author will be accepted; however, if you have submitted a joint entry you are also permitted to enter once individually. Multiple entries from an individual will result in disqualifation.
Should entrants then proceed through to the second phase, they will be asked to submit their full script.
How to apply: Applications can be made via their website.
What you get: Finding, nurturing and investing in new writing talent is at the heart of the Red Planet Prize: the winner receiving a £5,000 cash prize and all the finalists enjoying the benefit of both Indies’ knowledge and experience through a structured scheme. Red Planet Pictures and Kudos are currently mentoring many new writers found through the initiative with over a dozen previous winners and finalists developing projects with both companies.
Deadline: 6 January 2014
David Winitsky (Artistic Director) and Jeremy Stoller (Contest Producer) of the jewish plays project (jpp) are excited to announce the return of their competition for full-length plays dealing with contemporary jewish themes. Using a curated jury process followed by a series of live selection events, the Contest will give equal voice to jewish audiences and artists in creating jewish theater for the 21st century.
Eligibility: From their website: “THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL BACKGROUNDS, DENOMINATIONS, FAITHS, CREEDS, RELIGIONS and other IDEALS. We believe that jewish identity and culture are specific manifestations of universal human cravings for spiritual, ethical, moral and worldly joy. “Matrilineal descent” is neither important nor necessary.”
What to submit: Full-length plays that deal with contemporary jewish themes that have never been produced in New York City. Full guidelines can be found on their website.
The following must be true of a submitted play:
- It is not a Yiddish play.
- It is in English. (Translatons welcome.)
- It is not a Holocaust play. (There is a separate category for those. See //shoah)
- It contains significant jewish themes, characters, content, or points of view.
- It does NOT fall into the beloved category of “ethnically stereotypical comedy” (No ‘Yiddishemammeh” plays, no “My Afternoon With Bubbe”, no “Jewtopia”)
- It has not had a full production in the NY Metro region, or been published.
- It is NOT a musical (plays with music may apply).
How to apply: Submissions are made through their online form.
What you get: The winning play will receive development as part of the jpp’s 3rd OPEN Festival of new jewish theater at the 14th Street Y (residency, reading or workshop up to $2,500 plus artist travel to New York) in June of 2014. The Top 10 plays in the Contest will be considered for further development by the jpp, either as part of the Festival or through other programs.
Deadline: 21 November 2013 at 6pm
Source: Play Submissions Helper
As reported in The Stage, Carla Grauls has been announced as the winner of the Nick Darke Award. The Award, funded by Falmouth University, is presented to a playwright writing on an environmental theme. The £6,000 prize is designed to support the writer in developing their piece.
More detail about the winning entry Made for Him can be found on the award’s website.
Playwright Carla Grauls has won this year’s Nick Darke award, a £6,000 prize that celebrates the “best writing for stage, screen and radio” on an environmental theme.
Grauls, who is the co-founder of the Hurly Burly Theatre Company, won for her entry Made for Him.
Source: The Stage
Write on Tap is open to submissions of short plays for its next event in February 2014.
Submitted plays should respond to the following theme: “Does that one sin of mine wipe away all the good things?”
What to submit: Plays should respond to the set theme, and running time should be up to a maximum of 20 minutes long. Your script cannot have been previously produced. They are also unable to read more than one script from a writer in the same submission window.
Please include a short description of the script you wish to submit including any relevant details of your career/company plus any material from previous productions or links to You Tube.
How to apply: Please email your scripts to email@example.com with the theme as the subject line.
Eligibility: All UK based playwrights are welcome to submit, but especially those based in the north east and the greater Newcastle area.
Deadline: 21 November 2013
Source: Play Submissions Helper
DVM Theatre host monthly scratch night, SCRATCH, and are now seeking submissions for their January and February performances.
SCRATCH is open to artists from all disciplines, including theatre and primarily showcases work-in-progress performances. There is also the opportunity for feedback and question and answer sessions. 4 20 minute acts will be selected for each performance which will take place in Matthew’s Yard, Croydon on 28th January/ 25th February 2014.
How to apply: email a 50-100 word description of your act to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 13th December 2013
Source: IdeasTap jobs board
The BBC Writersroom has posted a new column from Sally Stott about one of the big career questions for young and emerging writers: How do I get an agent?
There won’t be many surprises here for writers who have researched this topic before, although the piece is a good introduction and helpfully provides links to submission guidelines for Berlin Associates, David Higham Associates, and MBA.
The biggest takeaway is DON’T wait for an agent to get serious about your work. Enter competitions, produce your own plays – find any means you can to build your experience and strengthen your writing. This experience is what will ultimately win you an agent, but it seems the best way to demonstrate you are ready for representation is to show what you can accomplish without it.
Source: BBC Writersroom
Little Pieces of Gold is seeking ten minute plays for their next showcase on 19 January 2014 at the Cockpit Theatre. Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama with each show featuring an eclectic mix of short plays selected from around 300 submissions.
What to submit: A ten minute play with a maximum cast of four. The cannot accept extracts, adaptations or monologues, and the piece should not have been performed previously (readings are ok). Only basic sound and lighting can be accommodated. Full details about submission are on their website.
Your application should include the following:
- Your play (in PDF or Word format)
- Short synopsis of the play
- Brief writer’s bio
- Your home address (only UK writers are eligible)
- How you heard about the showcase
How to apply: Email your application to email@example.com.
What you get: Your play will be assigned a director and will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in the showcase.
Deadline: Sunday 15 December 2013 at midnight
Source: BBC Writersroom
The Bush Theatre seeks a number of critically minded, enthusiastic and opinionated BushGreen Readers to aid with their winter script submission process. This post will play a key role in evaluating the unsolicited scripts submitted by new writers and identifying potentially interesting work.
You would be working with a team of readers on a freelance basis for the Autumn/Winter submissions window. Your engagement would last until April 2015 or until all the scripts for this window have been read.
This search for new writing is part of why we have biannual unsolicited script submissions. It creates an opportunity for first time writers to have their scripts read and reported on. The BushGreen Readers play a major part in getting this work read and giving the writers a fair chance of creating a dialogue with the theatre.
How to apply: You can download the Application Information and Equal Opportunities Pack from their website.
Deadline: 15 November 2013
Source: Bushgreen Facebook Group