Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize, no entry fee)

The Saving Endangered Species International Playwriting Competition is accepting submissions.

Entries must be received by midnight November 30, 2015.  Winners and Finalists will be announced by May 31, 2016  via e-mail and on the SES website. 

What to submit:  A ten-minute play about an endangered species.  In their words: 

“Go to the World Wildlife Fund  or CITES and choose one or more species (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, Flora & Fauna, or Invertebrates).  The species must be integral to the plot, not just mentioned.  Astonish the audience with the magnificence of the species – take us on an adventure – make us laugh, make us cry, make us weep if they’re gone – motivate the audience to save them!”

Additionally, your play must meet the following guidelines:

  • One submission per playwright.  Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English.  SES does not offer critiques.
  • Plays may be Comedic, Dramatic, or for Young Audiences (performed by adult actors).  No adaptations or musicals.  Maximum  4 actors – no elaborate props, swinging trapezes, or flaming torches, please. 
  • Playwrights must hold the copyright.  Legal clearance of materials not in public domain is the playwright’s responsibility.  Previously produced plays are accepted, published plays are not.  Playwrights are obligated to inform SES if their play becomes published after submission.  Plays with any contractual commitments, which restricts SES in any way, are not accepted. SES reserves the right to decide what is restrictive.
  • Include on the Title page: your Name, Address, Phone Number and e-mail – On the 2nd page: Cast List, Location/Time; Name of the Species; CITES Appendix I, II, or III; and any Playwright’s Notes/Glossaries.

How to apply:  Submit the full script as an e-mail attachment (Word Doc. or pdf format) to Nikki Harmon

Put your Name; Contact info; Name of the Endangered Species in the body of the e-mail.  In the subject line put “SCRIPT SUBMISSION” and the “Title of your Play”

If you have any problems sending your script, contact

What you get:  8-10 plays will be selected for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd for each play.  Multiple playwrights/Translators on a single play will divide the award equally (unless they request a different division).  The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy.  There is No Entry Fee.  All winning playwrights are invited to the Staged Reading.  Travel and accommodations are not included in the Prize.

(SES reserves the right to cancel the competition if not enough plays meet the mandate and artistic caliber required for presentation. If canceled, an announcement will be made via e-mail and on the website.)

Deadline:  30 November 2015*

(*yes, we know this date seems crazily early, but it’s correct!  We checked with the organisers, and it’s to allow writers adequate time to research the species.)

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Full-day Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Fin Kennedy of Tamasha (£50 fee)

Tamasha Theatre will be holding an Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Fin Kennedy on Friday 5 December 2014, from 10am-6pm in the Paines Plough rehearsal room (Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DN).

About the workshop:  This one-day workshop for beginners aims to introduce some basic principles of dramatic storytelling, and demystify some key terms. What is the difference between Story, Plot and Narrative? Or between Objective and Motivation? Why is character Action important and how is it built up to generate interesting and unexpected Events?

With reference to professional texts from the recent canon of new British theatre writing, this practical class will break down several scenes to reveal the ‘architecture’ beneath, in order to give participants the tools to structure and write their own original scenes from scratch.
Writing time will be factored into the day, and verbal feedback offered on participants’ writing.
Tutor Fin Kennedy
is an award-winning playwright and co-Artistic Director of Tamasha.

This workshop is suitable for:

  • Those with no experience of playwriting.
  • For actors / directors / theatre artists who want to explore if writing is for them.
  • For writers with some experience who would like a refresher.
  • Please phone the office if you are unsure if it is for you / would like to talk it through.
  • This is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Workshop fee: £50 (inc VAT) for the full day.
Payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place.

(In order to continue to run our workshops, they need a minimum number of participants to cover the room hire and workshop leader’s fee, so please also note that if you cancel your place on or after 3rd December 2014, then they will be unable to refund the fee.)

What to submit:
No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants must demonstrate an interest in writing for theatre. Applications should include:
1) A statement of interest (max. 500 words) covering: what is your particular interest in this masterclass?
2) Your current CV if you have one, including any relevant experience (this does not have to specifically refer to your writing interests)
3) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

How to apply:  Please email Felicity on with your application with subject line ‘Fin workshop’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Deadline:  Friday 28 November 2014

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

West Avenue seeking short scripts for Briefs new writing night

Following the sell-out success of Briefs‘ first foray to Waterloo East Theatre, they are now accepting submissions for the next edition of the quarterly new writing night will be back at the same venue in the New Year.

The Winter 2015 show will take place on  January 7 2015; with submissions open for writers to send in scripts until November 26 (both dates are Wednesdays).

Briefs launched in July 2013 at the Rosemary Branch and has taken place every three months since. After five packed shows at the Islington venue, increased demand for tickets resulted in a move south of the river to Waterloo East Theatre; where the Autumn 2014 show sold out on advance pre-sales alone. The Winter 2015 edition will be Briefs’ seventh outing, and second at WET.

What to submit:  Pieces can be anything from 5 to 15 minutes in length, with 10 minutes being the ideal ballpark. Standalone shorts and extracts from longer pieces you may be working on are both fine, but please be aware that they will be working with very basic scratch-night-style set and casting will ultimately be sorted by West Avenue . Should you want to direct or act in your own piece, that’s fine – just say so in your initial e-mail.

How to apply:  Please send scripts to by November 26. If you don’t receive a reply within a few days, try

Deadline: 26 November 2014

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Brockley Jack seeking full length plays for Write Now 6 (for playwrights with a connection to SE London)

The Brockley Jack Theatre is currently accepting submissions for Write Now 6.  The Write Now Festival began at the Jack in 2010, and has run for five successive years.

Under the artistic direction of Kate Bannister, the Write Now  festival is an integral and essential part of the Jack Studio Theatre’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find, develop and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of new and emerging writers who have a connection to the south east of London.

Eligibility:  Playwrights should have a strong connection with south east London, for instance if you currently live, work or study here, or if were you born and brought up in the area. The play does not have to be set in south east London.

What to submit:  The play must be the writer’s original work, unpublished and unperformed at a public theatre.  Additionally:

  • Plays should be full length.
  • Plays must require no more than five actors (doubling roles is possible).
  •  A one page synopsis of the play must be included with the application.
  • Please ensure that your script is bound or stapled with pages numbered.
  • All writers must also submit the application form (which can be downloaded from the festival website).

Note:  IdeasTap is running a ‘Synopsis Surgery’ with Literary Manager David Bottomley on 20 November 2014, that you can sign up for on their website.

What you get:  One selected play will be given a full production at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2015. Two further plays will be given a week’s workshop time and three staged readings during the Festival. In addition each of the 3 winning writers is allocated development time with a director and dramaturg to examine and explore their play further; financial support to attend rehearsals and performance; and career development and advice.

How to apply:  You must submit one hard copy of your play with your application form, and a copy of your play and application form should also be emailed to

Deadline:  Friday 30 January 2015

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

East End Literary Salon seeking 10-20 minute submissions

The East End Literary Salon is a monthly new writing night at Ophelia in Dalston featuring rehearsed readings and semi-staged performances from emerging playwrights. The idea is that the salons are a safe space for emerging playwrights to have their work performed with drinks and discussion afterwards. Styled after Paris in the 1700s and the 1920s, we’re inspired by Madame Geoffrin and Gertrude Stein, with an East End touch.

They are seeking submissions from playwrights for the Salons taking place in December 2014 and through into 2015.

What to submit:  There is no theme published in advance – the theme is very much writer-led dictated by the submissions we get each month. Previous themes include mental health, men who hate women and great escapes. Rehearsals take place the day before for 60-90 mins only so if you are seeking an immediate reaction to your text with on the spot dramaturgy then this is the platform for you.

Texts should be 10-20 mins long – extracts are fine, monologues are fine, preferably no more than 3 actors maximum as the stage is very small.

What you pay:  Their profit-share model, explained in their own words:

“The model we are using for the nights is taking inspiration from the Free Fringe. To keep the Salons accessible, we operate pay what you can at the end of the night into the bucket. This means that we work on profit share – this is not ideal and we are seeking funding opportunities going forwards, but whatever happens you are guaranteed a drink at the end of the night and feedback from the actors and the director on request.”

How to apply:  Please send expressions of interest, queries and submissions to Milla Jackson on

Deadline: 31 December 2014

Source:  IdeasTap Jobs via @Playwriting_UK

Carabosse seeking 5-20 minute submissions for Pub Theatre night (Milton Keynes, open to London writers)

Carabosse in Milton Keynes is currently accepting submissions for its next Pub Theatre nights to be performed in May 2015.

What to submit:  Pieces for the Pub Theatre night can only be 5 minutes up to 20 minutes in length – however they can be pieces in their own right, ‘works in progress’ or scenes from a longer play.

In their words: “We encourage plays with compelling stories that will demand an audience’s attention. We want to discover plays that engage and entertain.”

How to apply:  They will accept scripts from 20th October until midnight on the 31st December 2014. During this period, please email your scripts to – please include a separate A4 cover sheet with a mini biog and synopsis of your piece.

Please note, they are unable to receive or read unsolicited scripts that are:

  • sent to us by post
  • without a cover sheet
  • incorrect length for particular submission window
  • previously produced
  • from writers from outside of the UK and Ireland
  • from writers with agents
  • sent outside the submission window
  • that have been previously submitted to them

They are also unable to read more than one script from a writer in the same submission window.

Carabosse Writers’ Night:  For each production, they host a Writers’ Night following a selected performance. You can see the show and join us for a Q and A afterwards led by the Dramaturg and Director featuring the writer, cast and production team. If you have any questions, or would like to submit a short play, please email:

Deadline: 31 December 2014

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Artists Anonymous seeking 10-minute submissions for Page to Stage (selected scripts pay £10 fee)

Artists Anonymous are delighted to present Page to Stage. The next event is on Wednesday 26 November 2014 – and we’d like to hear from theatre scriptwriters!

Page to Stage is a script development and networking event for London theatre-makers. They are looking for writers to submit a 10-minute script (or excerpt of a longer script) to be rehearsed by actors and directors, then shared and given feedback by an industry panel. It’s a great way to try out new material, see your work performed, receive feedback and advice from the experts, and create useful working relationships with other theatre-makers.

Once a final list of four scripts has been chosen, calls are sent out for actors and directors to take part.

What you pay:  If your script is chosen, you will be asked for £10 on the day. This is a contribution towards the organisation of the evening (including of course the feedback from the industry panel).

How to apply:  Complete the application form (available on their website), and send it with your script to:

(Any questions? Contact Miranda Harrison at:

Deadline: Monday 10 November 2014

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group


Opportunities weekly round-up: 31 October 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).

Mordue Pictures seeking writer for film project – Deadline: 31 October 2014

New York University seeking New Plays for Young Audiences – Deadline: 31 October 2014

Scratch That Hackney accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 31 October 2014

Summer residency at Berkeley Rep (California) – Deadline: 2 November 2014

Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2015 – Deadline: 3 November 2014

BBC Writersroom Workshop at Into Film Festival (age 15-19)  – Deadline: 5 November 2014

Applications open for £4000 commission – Corby Cube – Deadline: 5 November 2014

Glastonbury Festival commissioning shows – Deadline: 7 November 2014

Re:Play offering £1,000 bursaries for BAME writer-performers – Deadline: 7 November 2014

Win free place on story development workshop with Working Title films – Deadline: 7 November 2014

Emerging Creatives Programme at The Hospital Club (age 21-35) – Deadline: 10 November 2014

Comedy Writing Masterclass with Laurence Marks (IdeasTap) – Deadline: 10 November 2014

Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Theme: Forgiveness – Deadline: 12 November 2014

IdeasTap workshop with BBC Writersroom – Deadline: 19 November 2014

Calling Playwrights With Connections To The London Borough Of Waltham Forest! – Deadline: 23 November 2014

High Tide/ IdeasTap accepting applications for Playwriting workshops – Deadline: 26 November 2014 at 5pm

Competition to write new play inspired by Staffordshire Hoard for New Vic Newcastle – Deadline: 28 November 2014

The Wagon accepting applications for comedy writing internship (paid) – Deadline: 30 November 2014 at 5pm

Talawa Theatre Company accepting scripts from emerging Black British writers – Deadline 30 November 2014

Proscenium Theatre Journal accepting play submissions – Deadline: 5 December 2014

SCI-FEST LA accepting submissions of short plays – Deadline: 15 December 2014

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize) – Deadline: 24 January 2015

Bruntwood Prize coming back soon, get your scripts ready! – Competition to be launched on 29 January 2015

Ongoing submissions:

Fractured Lines accepting scripts for new writing night – Deadline: rolling

Theatrelab accepting scripts – rolling submissions

Mind the Gap seeking plays by British Writers for performance in NYC ($5 fee) – Deadline:  None posted.  Plays to be produced in November 2014

Kings Head Theatre seeking work in development for Without Decor – Deadline: none posted

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

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

Events and workshops:

IdeasTap inspires – writing workshop ‘Shoot the Cop’ – workshop date: 14 November 2014 at 3pm – 5pm

IdeasTap inspires – writing workshop ‘Shoot the Cop’

Inspires Writing Workshop: Shoot The Cop

This hands-on workshop aims to equip you with exercises and techniques to overcome those things that stop you writing. You will write, share your work, and explore each others ways of working. You will also take part in exercises focusing on utilising words and finding stories.

Jon Barton

Jon is represented by Matt Connell at Berlin Associates.

His work includes: 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic Theatre), Surface to Air (Arcola), Rules of the Game (HighTide), the comfort zone (Theatre503), Forget Dinner (Old Red Lion), Powerplay (White Bear), Derelict (Southwark Playhouse), The Corner Fence (Charing Cross Theatre), and Spot the Difference (Albany).

He is supported by Peggy Ramsay Foundation, Ideastap Creative Space and The Kevin Spacey Foundation. He was shortlisted for the Papatango New Writing Prize 2013, Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award 2013 and took part in the Kudos / Bush Initiative 2013.

How to book: Book here

Dates: workshop takes place on 14  November 2014 at 3pm – 5pm

Location: IdeasTap London

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