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a literary arts organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be given in the following categories: (1) to the best unpublished short story or novel excerpt (2) the best unproduced full-length play.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  Any previously unpublished and unproduced full-length play is eligible.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 hiddenriverarts@gmail.com, 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: https://hiddenriverartssubmissions.submittable.com/submit

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: editors@thecromagnon.com (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:  cabarets@scenicroutetheatre.co.uk

Closing date: Friday 6 June 2014

Source: Arts Council e-newsletter

Newsboy seeking scripts for ‘Commonwealth Edition’

(Note: this opportunity appears to be different from a separate call put out by Tron Theatre, also requesting plays about the Commonwealth Games.)

NEWSBOY is looking for short scripts, to be part of its COMMONWEALTH EDITION on Friday 25 July at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.

The Commonwealth Games: 71 Nations, One City, and a Media Furore…. But what is really happening in these 71 Nations? What is newsworthy in these nations beyond this one heralded sporting event?

What to submit:  For this edition of NEWSBOY they are looking for scripts based on news stories from any of the 71 nations competing in the Commonwealth Games (or the 53 Countries which constitute The Commonwealth). Scripts should examine, investigate and challenge the social, economic and political issues in one or more of these nations (including Scotland) and/or the way in which those issues are represented in the media.

They welcome submissions from writers of all levels of experience and you can write in any style or genre. We are keen to hear from writers who are from or have ties to any of the Commonwealth nations, although anyone can send us a script from anywhere. We are looking for exciting pieces which provoke debate and discussion. They are particularly looking for short scripts, sketches, songs, poetry, or pieces directly involving the audience. However they will consider scripts which are up to 10 pages long with minimal staging requirements.

How to apply:  Please email scripts to newsboyproject@outlook.com.

Deadline: 20 June 2014 at midnight

Source: Bruntwood Prize Opportunities Page

Upcoming workshops and talks

There are a number of exciting workshops and talks aimed at writers coming up soon.  Here are a few you may want to check out!

Rehearsal Room Presents…: Salon evening and Q&A with John Yorke (author of writing guide Into the Woods)
Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 7.30pm, Pleasance Theatre (£6/£8)

Playwright/performer and broadcaster/journalist Yasmeen Khan hosts and curates the second ‘The Rehearsal Room Presents’, a salon-style night of theatre featuring half-hour rehearsed readings of two new plays, including one of Yasmeen’s. There will also be a Q&A with special guest John Yorke, ex Controller of BBC Drama, current MD of Company Pictures and author of best-selling screen-writing book, Into The Woods. Live music will come from hotly-tipped electronic duo Moonrags.

Workshops at Brockley Jack for Write Now 5 Festival
3 separate Saturday Workshops: 1-3pm on 24 May, 31 May, and 7 June (£10 per workshop)

As part of their Write Now 5 Festival, the Brockley Jack will be running several workshops.  These can be booked separately.  24 May: Creating Characters.  31 May: Synopsis Surgery.  7 June: Improvisation for Writers.

BBC Writersroom Top Tips on Screenwriting seminar
28 May 2014, 5-8pm, Leeds University

Join Henry Swindell, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom (which focuses on championing writers from across the UK) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about screenwriting.

XY: How to Create Gender-blind Theatre
Saturday, 7th June 2014, from 2-5pm
Clean Break Theatre, 2 Patshull Road, London, NW5 2LB (Registration £20)

Inspired by their acclaimed short play festival XY, Papercut Theatre’s Artistic Director, Melissa Dunne, will lead a short workshop on how you can create gender-blind characters and stories. Using simple techniques that strip away preconceptions about the roles of men and women, the workshop will look at and explore how gender informs actors’ understanding of character and impacts audience perception.

TV Drama Writers Festival 2014
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Central St. Martin’s, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

The festival is for professional working writers providing a unique opportunity to mix with other writers, producers and commissioners in masterclass sessions, conversation and to debate, what matters to you the writer.  Full details including prices and how to book tbc.





B3 Talentlab open for applications (BAME artists)

B3 TalentLab is back for 2014! They are looking for Black, Asian and minority ethnic artists and filmmakers based in the UK, with short or long form film, theatre, spoken word, digital art, or transmedia projects, to take part in a series of development workshops. Getting through to the final stage will mean substantial development support, a development bursary, and the chance to pitch to a roomful of invited industry experts and potential funders before the end of the year.

How to apply:  Head to www.b3media.net/talentlab for more information, read the guidelines, FAQs, and to apply online. If you’ve still got questions after reading these, drop them a line at projects@b3media.net. You’ll also get an idea of the kind of projects they are looking for, see a sample of relevant commissions demonstrating the breadth of their interests across film and digital art.

Deadline: 9 June 2014

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Tron Theatre (Glasgow) seeking submissions for Progressive Playwright Event

The Progressive Playwright is an evening of play readings for new and developing playwrights, where the playwright can hear short extracts of their work directed and performed by professional actors in The Tron Victorian Bar.  Following the readings there will be feedback and discussion which can help the playwright progress to the next stage of their work.

The audience will vote for one script at the end of each Progressive Playwright event that they would like to hear more of.   The successful writer will then have the opportunity to take on the feedback given, look at the strengths and weaknesses of their script, develop their piece further (up to a maximum of 20 pages including the initial first 10)  and use the next event as a platform for hearing more of their developed piece.

Please note, each play only has the opportunity to progress to another one event. It is then up to the writer, if they want, to develop their script further, taking on the audience, actor and director feedback. This event is about the playwright learning more about their craft, hearing their work performed and encouraging them to work further on scripts that they want to develop.

What to submit:  The pieces should be between 5 and 10 pages long, with the theme of crime/thriller.

How to apply:  All submissions should be emailed to lisa.nicoll@tron.co.uk  

Deadline:  Thursday 29 May 2014

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Significant Other Festival 2014 seeking writers

From 1st – 5th July 2014, the Pensive Federation will run the third annual Significant Other Festival as 10 writers create their 10 minute masterpiece, joined by 10 directors and 20 actors – all in 10 days. 10 original works will be created around the theme “significant other” in addition this year they will add a specific ‘cover’, a blanket, duvet or sleeping bag etc. to each piece as an extra stimulus. The festival will provide each participant with an opportunity to challenge themselves and their techniques and work collaboratively under a short and impending timeline. As with last year’s festival one team will work with composers to create a new 10 minute musical.

How it works:  If you are chosen for the project, you will be asked to write a 10 minute play for 2 actors in the course of 5 days (21st June – 25th June 2014). The theme is the “significant other” however there will be other elements and limitations which will be allocated at the Inspiration Session; this will also be when you are assigned your ‘cover’. The play must be written for 2 actors – gender and age will be determined at the Inspiration Session on Friday 20th June.   During the 5 days of writing, you will be asked to submit your writing as you proceed. Please note that there will be lots of feedback and dramaturgy from the producers to support your  process. If you are interested on working on the musical piece please also indicate this in your application.

How to apply:  To apply, please download an application and equal opportunities form from their website. Save your application form as a Doc with your full name as the file name (ie Surname_First Name) and similarly for your equal opportunities form as Surname_First Name_equal.

You must also supply an excerpt of a piece of your writing (plays are preferred, maximum 4 pages) as well as a cover letter/statement (maximum 1 page) with details as to why you would like to be involved and if you have any previous theatrical experience. Please email this to info@pensivefederation.com with your name and the post you’re applying for in the subject line. (eg: John Smith_WRITER).

Deadline: 24 May 2014 at 5pm

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook group

Opportunities weekly round-up: 16 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).

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

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre accepting scripts  – Deadline: 22 May 2014

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

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

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

Tron Theatre seeking 15 minute plays in response to the Commonwealth Games – 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

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

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

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline: 15 August 2014

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

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