Category Archives: Opportunities

IdeasTap offering £500 for creative projects (16-30)

Roll up, roll up! £500 for creative projects! 

Ideas Fund Innovators is an IdeasTap scheme open to all creative disciplines. They are giving away 20 lots of £500 – 10 for 16-22 year olds and 10 for 23-30 year olds.

The scheme has previously funded all kinds of projects, from dance and film projects to music videos and comedy collectives. Whatever the creative field, IdeasTap will consider all applications. They are looking for projects that are inspiring, original and innovative and there will be a panel of expert judges picking their favourites.

How to apply: You must be a member of IdeasTap to apply. You can join and find out more about the opportunity here.

Deadline: 7th February 2013

Source: Arts Jobs e-newletter


Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – DEADLINE EXTENDED

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is inviting emerging and established writers in the UK to take part in Playwrights’ Progress, an inspiring new script development project, FREE to the chosen participants with all expenses paid. This is a major promotion run in partnership with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and Leicester Square Theatre.

Funded by the Arts Council England and The Writers’ Foundation (UK), with support from the RCSSD and Leicester Square Theatre, this project has been set up by the Guild to promote writing through education and training. The scheme is open to all writers, at any stage of their careers, to enable them to work on their unperformed plays with professional actors, directors and dramaturges of the highest calibre.

What to submit:  For their application, candidates should include the following:

  • Submit one hard copy plus an electronic copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be the first act only (drawn from a full-length script of maximum running time of 2 hours 30 minutes). The text should include a cast list, essential production notes plus a resume/ scenario of the whole piece. A shortlist of contenders will then be drawn up and these will be asked to submit their full scripts for the final selection.
  • Submit a brief biography of your experience and career to date, which must include at least one production for public performance or equivalent publication.
  • Include a letter of application, of no more than 500 words, setting out your reasons for wanting to develop this piece, its potential as a drama and your aspirations for it. And why this experience would be valuable in terms of your personal development as a writer. This letter should also include all your contact details plus a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish your script to be returned.

How to apply: All applications and hard copies should be sent to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RX, FAO Richard Pinner by the 11th December 2013. Electronic copies should be sent to

What you get: The project will give eight writers the opportunity to progress their career paths. Four will be chosen to attend a three day, intensive workshop to develop their exciting new scripts in progress. The best work from the workshops will be showcased by actors of the highest calibre, at Leicester Square Theatre to an audience of invited literary managers, directors and producers. Four other writers will be selected for the ‘potential’ of their draft plays, which will be given a read-through by Central’s alumni, again involving invited literary managers.

The initial read-through workshops will take place in the week beginning 3rd March 2014, followed by the three day workshops held from 1 – 4 April at the Bloomsbury Studios in London. The public showcasing at Leicester Square Theatre will take place in the week beginning 4th May.

Deadline:  11 December 2013 16 December 2013

Source:  bushgreen via Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Theatre Delicatessen launches opportunity for emerging theatre makers

SPACED is an opportunity launched by Theatre Delicatessen for emerging theatre artists to develop their work in a free and creative environment. In February 2014, Theatre Delicatessen will offer 15 chosen companies and artists residencies at their pop-up creative hub at the former BBC London Headquarters at Marylebone High Street.

Working with the support of Theatre Delicatessen’s creative team, each of the selected companies will be given an exclusive studio space for which to develop a scratch performance or installation over a period of two weeks in response to the question “Is It Worth It?” The resulting work will be staged as part of a Souk Festival of new performances in March 2014.

They are seeking ‘vibrant artists and companies who create performance in a variety of forms, from site-specific work to immersive performance, physical theatre to one-on-one performances, and installation to text’.

How to apply and deadline:  Theatre Delicatessen will be hosting an open day on December 15 for those interested in applying and there will be an opportunity to discuss your ideas. Applicants will then have until 17th January 2014 to submit their pitch. You can register for the open day and download an application form here.

Source: Theatre Delicatessen e-newsletter

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights

The Cockpit Theatre is looking for work for ‘Theatre in the Pound’, an award winning evening of fifteen minute performances. Each month, they showcase new work from directors, writers and artists to provide a platform for new work as well as a great evening of exciting performances.

All tickets for the event are £1 and artists pay £1 per minute for theatre hire (£15 in total), hence the name, Theatre in the Pound!

The Cockpit welcomes work at all stages of development.

How to apply:  for more information and for an application form, click here or email Theresa at

Deadline: None specified but the performances take place on the first Monday of every month from October to June so it is advisable to get applications in early to ensure you get a slot.


BBC Radio 4 seeking short stories for Opening Lines

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions of short stories from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The next window for sending in material to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories is January 6th – February 14th 2014.  The team are unable to respond to unsolicited stories submitted outside this time-frame.

Eligibility:  Writers who have previously had a story/stories broadcast on network radio or have substantial writing credits in other areas of radio (e.g. comedy and drama) are not eligible for this series.

What to submit:  The team are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud i.e. with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue, character description and digression. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes.

They are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines. We recommend visiting the Opening Lines programme pages to read transcripts of stories which have featured in recent series (

The BBC has a rigorous taste and decency policy and cannot accept stories of a sexist or racist nature, or those which use the stronger swear words.

The time allotted for each story is up to 14 minutes, which means submissions must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length. They are unable to consider stories which fall outside these parameters.

How to apply:  When submitting your work, you must include a brief covering letter giving your name, e-mail address (if applicable), the story’s title, word count and details of writing track record. Please could you also state how you heard about the creative window and Opening Lines. Stories can be submitted either electronically or typed and double-spaced on A4 paper. Only one submission per writer will be accepted. Please send a copy of your story, not your original work as the team are unable to return submissions.

If you would like to submit work to the London office you can e-mail your story to us at or you can send it to: BBC Radio Drama Readings, Room 8015, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA.

What you get:  As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories,  transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period are published on the Opening Lines programme pages. The three successful writers will be invited to London for an afternoon in Broadcasting House. They will also have the chance to see their stories being recorded.

All eligible submissions will be read and the team will get in touch with those writers whose stories have been shortlisted for the 2014 series of Opening Lines by Friday 16th May, 2014. We regret that we are unable to respond to those writers whose stories haven’t been selected.

Deadline:  14 February 2014 (*Note: submissions do not open until 6 January 2014)

Source:  BBC Writersroom


Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 22 November 2013

Our weekly round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).

Pokfulham Rd Productions seeking playwright for collaboration (fluent Korean required) – No deadline posted


Applications open for Artist’s Residency with Traverse Theatre – Deadline: 25 November 2013

IdeasTap: accepting creative writing submissions on theme of ‘boredom’ – Deadline: 29 November 2013

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 2013

Sussex Playwrights’ Club seeking plays of up to 60 min for Constance Cox Playwriting Competition (Entry fee: £7) – Deadline: 30 November 2013

New Musical Project at Leicester Square Theatre seeking new one act musicals – Deadline: 1 December 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required) – Deadline: 2 December 2013

West Avenue Theatre Company seeking plays for ‘Briefs’ scratch night – Deadline: 3 December 2013

Steyning Festival 2014 seeking new plays (45 minutes or less) for site-specific rehearsed readings – Deadline: 5 December 2013

Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 6 December 2013 at 5pm

Playwrights’ Progress Development Opportunity from Writers Guild of Great Britain – Deadline: 11 December 2013

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

DVM Theatre accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 13 December 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for January showcase -Deadline: 15 December 2013

£1,000 for a horror treatment or draft Hopscotch Films – Deadline: 15 December 2013

BBC Writersroom open for submissions – Deadline: 16 December 2013

Screen Yorkshire inviting applications for National Film Talent Scheme – Triangle 2014 – Deadline: 16 December 2013

Bush Theatre open to proposals for new plays – Deadline: 20 December 2013

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

Red Planet Prize 2013 open to entries for television writing – Deadline: 6 January 2014

Undeb Theatre seeking Summer Festivals Script Submission – Deadline: 6 January 2014

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014

Write Now 5 Festival at Brockley Jack seeking submissions of full-length plays (SE London writers only) – Deadline: 27 January 2014

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2014 – Deadline: 31 January 2014

National Student Drama Festival 2014 (age 16-25, £98 entry fee) – Deadline: 28 February 2014* (Note: this is the final date shows can be seen by an NSDF Selector to be considered – you must apply in advance of this date to arrange for them to see your show)

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2014


Ongoing submissions:

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

Screen Yorkshire inviting applications for National Film Talent Scheme – Triangle 2014

Triangle 2014 is a ten month development scheme that will develop new ‘triangles’ between writers, directors and producers within the UK film industry. This national scheme has been managed by Screen Yorkshire for three years and selects applicants who form teams, participate in a series of development workshops and are mentored by industry experts.

Triangle 2014 aims to create new collaborations from across the UK to develop projects the market wants. We are not just looking for emerging talent but also experienced writers, producers and directors who want to work with new partners and get new projects in front of high level film industry professionals.

What happens:  The initial stage of Triangle 2014 involves five face to face days (within two compulsory sessions, one in Sheffield and the other in Leeds) of networking and workshops to build the teams. Some teams will then apply to Creative England’s iFeatures, six other teams will be selected to progress to the second stage of Triangle. After a third residential (held in Sheffield) three teams will make it to the final stages and are supported in developing their first draft script.

Eligibility:  The programme is open to all filmmakers based in the UK, over 18 and not in full time education. The bulk of the programme activity will take place in the North of England, and while support is available towards accommodation and travel costs, the amount is of necessity limited.

What you pay:  There is no application fee.

The selected writers, and the directors and producers who participate in the programme will need to contribute to each phase as set out below should they be selected for the course. This money is required in order to contribute towards the substantial travel and accommodation costs of the programme, enabling us to bring together talent that would otherwise not get the opportunity.

  • Phase 1 – including launch event and seminar £150
  • Phase 2 – including bootcamp and team presentation – £75
  • Phase 3 – including London trip and development materials – £75

Triangle will cover up to £75 of travel costs and provide accommodation as appropriate for attendance at seminars. The first £10 of any travel claim will be at the participants cost.  Please note there is a hardship fund for a limited number of applicants.

What to submit:  Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • 2-page project outline
  • Script sample (up to 10 pages)

How to apply: Please be sure to read the full set if guidelines (available on their website) before applying.

Applications are made through their online application form.

Deadline:  Monday 16 December 2013

Source:  Screen Yorkshire

Bush Theatre submissions window (proposals only!) opens today

The Bush Theatre’s Autumn/Winter submission window will be open from 21st November 2013 and closes at 5pm on 20th December 2013.  In an interesting twist, the Bush is only looking for proposals for developing work, part of their efforts to reach out to a wider range of theatremakers.  (This is in line with recent changes to their submissions procedure, which you can read more about here.  But don’t fret, they will reopen to submissions of fully drafted scripts from unrepresented writers sometime in the spring.)

What to submit:   They are looking for:

  • Proposals of a story outline, of no more than two pages of A4
  • Examples of previous work (links or attachments to online video, photographs or text samples no more than 2MB)
  • Details of who will be making the work (bios for each creative)

Full details can be found on their website.  But remember, in their own words:


How to apply:  During this period, please email your proposals to and include, as a separate attachment, a fully completed cover sheet which you can download here.

About the reading process:  The Bush will read all eligible proposals submitted to us through our submission windows and they will contact any writer or theatre maker / company who has submitted a proposal that they would like to produce or develop, inviting them to engage in a bespoke development process.  The Bush doesn’t offer feedback on proposals that we are not intending to produce or develop, although they will contact you to let you know when we have read your application; this will usually be within 4 to 6 months from the end of each submission window.

Deadline:  20 December 2013  (Submissions open 21 November 2013)

Source: @Playwriting_UK

West Avenue Theatre Company seeking plays for ‘Briefs’ scratch night

Submissions are open now for The West Avenue Theatre Company’s next scratch night, Briefs – which will be on Wednesday, 15 January 2014.  The event will return to the Rosemary Branch for another one-off evening of short, relatively light-hearted plays by emerging writers, directed by emerging directors and performed by emerging actors.

 What to submit:  Plays must have an estimated running time of between 5 and 20 minutes.  They must be relatively “light-hearted” in nature. This doesn’t mean it has to be a comedy, but the atmosphere of these nights wouldn’t really suit anything too dark.

How to apply:  Scripts need to be emailed, preferably in PDF format, to

You must be free to be at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in London’s N1 area on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.  You don’t have to have a director attached, but if you do, please let them know when you apply. Please also let them know if you’d like to direct your own piece.  They will take control of casting, but do say if you have anyone specific in mind for us to consider.

 Deadline:  Tuesday 3 December 2013 at 23:59

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group