Changes are afoot with our unsolicited script reading service here at Hampstead Theatre as we attempt to make it easier to submit plays and to manage everything coming in to us. To that end we won’t be accepting any unsolicited plays after October 1st 2013. We will be open for submissions again from January when we will let you know the new submissions process.
Anything we have currently in the system will be read and considered as per usual along with anything we receieve before October 1st 2013. After that date unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your play and would ask that you wait until January 2014 to resubmit it under the new guidelines.
Hopefully this short hiatus from accepting unsolicited plays will be for the greater good come the new year, so watch this space for more on this soon…
It doesn’t look like this represents an end to unsolicited submissions at the Hampstead, but if you want them to read your play, best get it in now.
What to submit: Any length of play or genre is eligible. All work must be written in English, certified as original, and copyrighted by the playwright prior to submission. The Festival will not be responsible for any plagiarism or false submissions.
Entries must be submitted free of performance rights and fees as none will be paid by the Festival organisers. Instead playwrights get the chance to hear their work performed by professional actors in front of an audience.
Entries will be 8-15 pages maximum of a 30 minutes comedy script for television.
The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama, character monologue, anything really! But it must feel like it would work as a coherent whole across a 30 minute audience experience i.e. ten 3 minute web viral episodes stuck together is NOT a 30 minute script.
Sounds obvious, but please make sure your script is formatted properly. There is a whole load of free script writing software available online which can help make your writing look more like a script!
If you feel it necessary, you can add a short paragraph detailing any relevant/key story information that isn’t in the script sample (e.g. how the story started before the sample, how it will end after etc.)
How to apply:
Please save your writing award submission in PDF (preferred), .doc or rtf file formats, with the title of the work and your name in the script title.
Ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document.
Entrants must be registered for the Funny Women Awards in order to enter (link below). If you have already registered under a performance category (e.g. Main Award), you DO NOT need to register a second time.
What you get: £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.
A shortlist of six scripts will be presented to industry judges.* Three finalists will be invited to the Funny Women Awards Final on Monday 23rd September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.
After a successful run at the Rosemary Branch theatre earlier this year, London Grey and Green Theatre is putting on another evening of short plays. They previous explored London through their City Shorts pieces, but this time we are expanding our horizons to include plays set anywhere in the UK.
What to submit:
Three are three golden rules for your submissions:
1. Pieces must be set in and/or have a specific connection to a UK location.
2. They must have at least 50% female characters.
3. They must be no longer than 15 minutes.
Apart from this, the artistic decisions are completely up to you.
How To Apply: Scripts must be emailed to email@example.com. Scripts must be submitted in Word or PDF format. You are welcome to submit more than one script.
What you get: If your piece is selected, it is guaranteed to be performed at a London fringe theatre this autumn.
It’s a chance to get involved with an ambitious and exciting new theatre company, an excellent opportunity to network with the potential of future collaborations. We are particularly interested in new writing and will support you in all ways that we can, from marketing and promotion to script development.
White Rabbit are celebrating the 5th birthday of their successful story telling cabaret evening, ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’, with two new shows. The first of which has the theme ‘animals’ and will take place on the 13th September 2013 at the Toynbee Studios.
Writers are invited to submit short stories of no more than 1000 words inspired by the theme of animals.
Two professional theatre practitioners will be producing an evening of Tiny Plays about London. They are looking for plays which are no more than four minutes long. They can be about anything which captures your imagination….
“living, working, commuting, dating, loving, hating, surviving, thriving, socialising and anything else besides! They could be your experiences, or your fantasies, fiction or non, happy or sad. Realistic or absurdist, Historic, current, or futuristic, scripted or just depicted without words. With singular or collective characters“
They are happy to accept submissions from both established and first-time writers; .
Additional information: They are looking to put this production on in London in Spring 2014. All writers whose work is used will be contacted and credited.