Proscenium Theatre Journal accepting play submissions

Proscenium accepts original plays of any length and style, original adaptations (as long as the rights for the adapted work are secured) and musicals. We also accept articles about playwriting and theatre.

What to submit:  In addition to your play, please submit a brief, 100-word author bio. If your play has been produced, please feel free to send us information about production history.

How to apply:  They only accept submissions via email. Please email your original play or article tosubmissions@prosceniumjournal.com with the subject “Submission: [Title], [Author.]”  They would like you to submit your play as both a Word Document and PDF file.

The deadline to be considered for the Winter Issue of Proscenium is December 5th, 2014. However, we accept submissions year-round and will consider them for future editions.

Due to the large number of submissions received, they regret that they cannot acknowledge all submissions. Proscenium reserves the right to reject any submission for any reason.

If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact info@prosceniumjournal.com.

Deadline: 5 December 2014

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Ghost Dog Productions seeking 10 minute plays about FEARS

Ghost Dog Productions are looking for 10min short plays for their next Playground New Writing Showcase. The theme is FEARS.

No other rules other than consider the fact that it’s on a small stage in a tiny theatre with limited tech capabilities.

How to apply:  Email your scripts to new_writing@confugium.com. Please state which theme you are applying for (they run multiple of these!) when you email.

(They will also be looking for directors so please email if you would like to direct a piece.)

Deadline:  19 September 2014

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Chichester Young Playwrights open to submissions (age 16-25)

Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) and New Writing South (NWS) are teaming up for a sixth year to run the inspirational and influential Chichester Young Playwrights!

CFT and NWS will select 16 young writers aged between 16- 25 year olds to help them develop their knowledge and skill as playwrights.

You will work with a professional playwright across a series of 10 sessions to turn your ideas and passion into drama in the context of a producing theatre. You will experience what it is to work in the industry and meet with other theatre professionals.

One of the remarkable strengths of Chichester Young Playwrights programme is the connections and associations made. Recently the group have met with Lucy Prebble (Enron, The Effect), Steve Harper (Theatre 503), Steven Atkinson (High Tide) and Julian Mitchell (Another Country). Previous visiting artists have included award-winning playwrights such as Ronald Harwood, Chloe Moss,Dennis Kelly, Bryony Lavery.

A focus of the Young Playwright Programme is Playpod where CFT/NWS select six short scenes from the Young Playwrights, and are given rehearsed readings by company actors as a Festival Event.

Schedule:  The CYP dates for 2014/15 are as follows:

Selection workshop – Saturday 20 September, 2 – 4pm

Sessions, Saturdays 11am – 1pm.

Oct 11 Jan 10, 2015
Oct 25 Jan 24
Nov 8 Feb 7
Nov 22 Feb 21
Dec 6 March 7

All of the workshops will take place at Chichester Festival Theatre.

What to submit:  Please send:

  • A short paragraph on why you would like to take part in the programme
  • A maximum of two A4 sides of creative writing on a subject of your choice.

This can be in script format, or could be a short story or poem.

How to apply:  Email or post with your name, age, address and contact number to:

Debo Amon, 
New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, BN1 1UT.

Email: debo@newritingsouth.com

Deadline:  Monday 15 September 2014 at 5pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Gatton Community Theatre seeking scripts for youth company

Gatton Community Theatre is seeking scripts for their youth company to explore in their October half term theatre week, presenting a showcase of work on the Friday night.

This is an opportunity for our young actors aged 12 to 25 to experience different writing styles and topics, and for emerging writers to test out material in development, and see it on its feet.

Writers are welcome to submit works in progress or full scripts, visiting the rehearsal room and/or attending our Friday night showcase as availability allows.

Rehearsals will be held at Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate, Monday 27th to Friday 31st October, 10am to 4pm. The timetable of scripts will be released to writers on Friday 17th October.

How to apply:  For more information or to submit your script, visit www.gattoncommunitytheatre.org.uk or email Lixi Chivas, Youth Director, on enquiries@gattoncommunitytheatre.org.uk, titling your email ‘Scratch Scripts’. If you would like to watch rehearsals of your submission, they will attempt to accommodate any availability clashes you indicate.

Deadline:  26 October 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Jobs

Opportunity for Professional Editorial Read of Your Work By The Literary Consultancy

Spread the Word is delighted to be part of The Literary Consultancy’s Free Editorial Read Scheme for 2014.

If you are a London-based writer on a low income and can’t afford to pay for an editorial read of your work then you should apply.  You will get professional feedback on your creative work from the highly regarded editorial reading service The Literary Consultancy (TLC). Its Scheme is funded by the Arts Council.

You can be a writer of non-fiction, fiction, drama, poetry or screenplays and you can apply for a full length read of your whole manuscript or something shorter.  Find out more about TLC at: www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk

Eligibility:  
To qualify you must: live in a London Borough and have a Greater London postcode address (a c/o address isn’t enough), be 16 years of age or over and be on a low income. You could be a full-time student or on income support, or in receipt of Working Tax Credit, or on Job Seekers’ Allowance or disability benefits. If none of the above applies to you, we will also consider other financial factors if your combined household income is less than £20,000; please tell us what these factors are. You are also eligible if you are over 60 and your combined household income is less than £20,000. Your manuscript must be at a stage where it is ready for a detailed editorial read and where, in the view of Spread the Word, you will benefit from this opportunity. You must be the sole author of your work and you must be writing in English.

What to submit:  Applicants need to submit a completed application form (downloadable from their website) and a short cover note saying how you heard about the scheme, why you are applying through Spread the Word and if you have taken part in any Spread the Word activities in the past three years (the cover-note information does not influence the decision-making).

Please enclose two copies of a short sample of your writing:

  • Fiction and non-fiction prose extracts should be no more than 5 consecutive pages (1000 words) and fiction extracts must be from the opening of the work.
  • Poetry – min of 30 lines and max of 70 total.
  • Scripts and screenplays: 10 pages.

All extracts must be in double spaced, 12 point Arial font (or similar sans serif font). Make sure your name, email and contact telephone number are in a footer or header and that the pages are numbered.

How to apply:  Please post your entry and proof of status to: Free Editorial Reads, Spread the Word, The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG, enclosing TWO COPIES of all documents – your manuscript extract, your cover note and application form. If you would like confirmation of receipt of your application please also enclose a stamped self addressed postcard or envelope.

Deadline: 10 October 2014 at 11am

Source: Lane’s List

 

SCI-FEST LA accepting submissions of short plays

SCI-FEST LA: The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015.

Sci-Fest welcomes international submissions from outside the U.S.A. Last year’s festival featured a cast of over 40 actors including Tony-Winner L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”). Directors included Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13” & “Falling Skies”). Last year’s festival received press coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post and the BBC. Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).

What to submit:  Scripts must be less than 25 pages and have a running time of less than 20 minutes, have a science fiction theme.  There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA.

How to apply:  Please submit your script via e-mail to submissions@sci-fest.com, as an attachment in either PDF or Microsoft Word format.  (If you would like to join the mailing list, you can do so at the website.)

Deadline: 15 December 2014

Source: Direct contact

Maya Productions seeks writer for SUPERHEROES: SOUTH OF THE RIVER (paid)

Maya Productions are looking for a writer to create a new piece of professional theatre for teenage audiences to tour to schools in London in 2015/16. Combining martial arts, comic book storytelling, and theatre, the play will focus on the creation of a new team of South London Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic superheroes and will be developed alongside a group of young people from Refugee Youth (www.refugeeyouth.org) in Autumn/Winter 2014/15.

Download the full job description HERE

How to apply:  To apply please email the following to Project Producer Alton Brown by 5pm Friday 12 September – a CV, a sample of your work and a short letter stating why you are interested in the project and what you might bring to it.

Email to: jobs@mayaproductions.co.uk   /   Please Quote Writer in Subject Heading

Deadline:  Friday 12 September 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Lane’s List

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open to submissions

In Fall 2014, The Royal Court Theatre will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, both of them intended to help playwrights at an early stage of their career to develop their skills.

The groups are small in number and are a friendly and supportive environment in which playwrights can engage with their peers, develop their craft, and benefit from the tutelage of Leo Butler, the playwright tutor. At the end of the group, writers will submit a full length play and receive detailed feedback on it.

One group is for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other is for writers aged 26 and over. The groups will be run on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+) for twelve weeks from 27th/28th October.

How to apply:  Applications for this group are now open. To apply for the Introduction to Playwriting course, you will need to complete the application form available on their website and also send ten pages of writing for the stage: this can either be ten pages of an existing play of any length, or ten pages of work you have written specially.  Submissions should be sent to groups@royalcourttheatre.com.

Please attach to one email both your writing sample and the completed application form, (taking care to include your own name in each file name): they will discard any incomplete submissions without reading them.  If there is anything else you think they should know about you and your writing, you can include it in the body of your email.

Course dates:  The closing date for submissions is Monday 22nd September 2014 at 12 noon. The groups will begin on the 27th and 28th October and run until mid-December one evening a week. If you are accepted onto the group, they will aim to let you know by Friday 17th October at the latest. If you have not heard from them by the 22nd of October, unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

Some important points to note:
• Your extract can be of any genre and feature any number of characters, but must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium
• Do not include any other materials (photographs, CVs etc)
• You can send us an application if you’ve applied before, but please do not apply for this group if you have taken part in an introductory group at the Royal Court since 2005 – the course will repeat material from the Young Writers’ Programme
• They will not be able to send you feedback on your submission
• You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your script by email or post
• If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s title
• Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format
• Due to the volume of submissions received, unfortunately they will only be able to contact you if you are successful in gaining a place.

Deadline:  Friday 22 September 2014 at noon

Source:  Royal Court Website

Mikron Writers Scheme seeking writers

Mikron, the country’s most prolific touring company, is looking for writers.

The Mikron Writers Scheme has been set up to widen the pool of writing talent, in order to meet the specific demands of this unique 43-year-old theatre company.  Selected writers will participate in a tailor-made development process, working alongside professional dramaturgs, directors and actors, with the potential of a full-length commission at the end of the scheme, which will go on tour nationally and be paid above minimum industry rates.

(Please note that Mikron is a Northern based company.  Whilst this opportunity is open to all, it should be borne in mind that the writer’s fee – which will be above industry minimum – will include all necessary travel.)

In recent years, the development of new writing at Mikron has become more formalised and structured – providing a focused, nurturing environment for new and experienced writers alike.  Their goal is to find working relationships with writers new to them, essential for the company’s artistic evolution.

About Mikron shows:  In their own words:

Mikron employs four actors every year, two male and two female, all of whom have at least one musical instrument and strong singing capabilities.  Live music is integral to the company’s output.  The tour is split into two parts: the summer months are spent touring Britain’s waterways by narrowboat with the company pitching up in pub gardens, parks, marinas and allotments; then in the Autumn, they move indoors, playing arts centers, museums, pubs, clubs and civic/town/village halls.  The specifics of Mikron’s production criteria strongly influence the aesthetics of its output.  It is essential that writers not only understand the challenges posed by such a varied performance schedule (as well as minimal set, props, costume and no reliance on electricity) but more importantly, that they embrace them.  Necessity being the mother of invention, our unusual playing restraints are our greatest virtue.

How the scheme works:  The scheme itself is unpaid.  However, participation will place you on an immediate shortlist for commission.  The process is a truncated version of the model Mikron currently uses in the development of their annual two new plays.  The development opportunity, which runs from October to December 2014, will be structured as follows:

  • Briefing session at Mikron’s base in Marsden, West Yorkshire.  Two hour session (afternoon or evening according to what suits the majority) enabling writers to meet the company’s artistic director, producer, and dramaturg, to get the low-down on how the company operates, what they’re looking for, as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions.  You’ll be given a choice of three subjects to go away and do a bit of work on, all subjects that Mikron would be likely to commission a play about.  Your choice isn’t a test.  Choose the one that whets your artistic whistle.
  • You’ll have three weeks to research and come up with a play idea, submitting an outline/treatment including at least two contrasting sample scenes.  They’ll be looking at how you respond to the brief – hopefully with originality, flair and wit as well as an understanding of what Mikron is about.  Evidence of some musical understanding is crucial – the function and placing of songs in your play (the commissioned writer will eventually be working alongside a composer and musical director).  You’ll get a chance to look at previous treatments for reference.
  • You’ll receive written feedback on your idea and script sample.
  • You will then have a week to submit a second draft of your sample scenes or another scene.  They’re looking to see that prospective writers can take notes onboard and commit to rewrites in an open, engaged manner.
  • This second draft will then be read and workshopped at a half day script-in-hand session in Marsden, with actors and a director.  You will be required to attend – the session is for you.
  • You will have a further week to come up with your third and final draft.

What to submit:  Writers should submit the following:

  • An expression of interest detailing relevant experience and why you’d be interested in the scheme and writing for Mikron.
  • One example of your work that you deem most appropriate (no film scripts).
  • Whether you would prefer an afternoon or evening session for the initial briefing.

Additionally:

Research into the company is recommended.  There’s plenty to be found online.  If you haven’t already seen a Mikron show, writers invited onto the Scheme will be required to do so.  Current tour dates can be found on the website www.mikron.org.uk.  Don’t be put off if you haven’t had your work produced before.  Mikron has a strong commitment to new talent.

How to apply:  Send your materials to newwriters@mikron.org.uk.  (This is also the address to contact with any questions.)

Deadline: 2 October 2014

Source: Email Contact

Greenhorn Short Film Festival scriptwriting consultations

After the continued success of 2013 the Greenhorn Festival is back and looking for short film submissions for this years festival. Greenhorn Short Film Festival was founded to celebrate new and emerging filmmaking talent with an unusual slant.

They are currently accepting submissions for FREE one-on-one Scriptwriting consultations with London Film School‘s MA Scriptwriting tutor Jonathan Hourigan, on Sunday 16th November. Early-career scriptwriters will have the opportunity to gain valuable and constructive feedback on their scripts. Spaces will be limited so please submit early to avoid disappointment  (Editor’s note: I went last year and thought the sessions were great!)

How to apply:  Please email with your Full Name, Contact Email and Script Title.  Attach your script to the email (and treatment if your script is not complete) as a .doc or .pdf file.

Scripts should be sent to submissions@greenhornfestival.com

Deadline: 12 September 2014 at 6pm

Source: ArtsJobs

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