Category Archives: Opportunities

The Show What You Wrote – BBC Radio 4

The Show What You Wrote, BBC Radio 4’s new sketch show, is seeking submissions.

Each episode is themed around a specific genre, and it’s all written by you. This is a showcase for new comedy writing, an opportunity for you to get involved in creating a show that sounds different from any other sketch show out there. The themes for each episode are:

1) Thriller / Suspense
2) Kitchen Sink Drama
3) Science Fiction & Horror
4) Documentary
5) Historical / costume drama

Check out the full details on the BBC Writersroom.

What to submit: Writers are invited to submit sketches and/or one liners related to the episode topics.  Writers can submit up to ten sketches per episode.  They recommend your sketches run no longer than three pages.

They include detailed guidelines on both content and formatting, so be sure to read these carefully before submitting!

How to apply: Email your submission (following formatting guidelines) to

What you get: Selected writers may be asked to edit their scripts, but this is not a guarantee their sketch will be selected for recording.  Writers whose material is aired will be paid for their work.  There is a flat fee for all non-commissioned material (regardless of the writer’s previous experience). This is:

• £36 per minute for sketches.
• £18 per 30 seconds for sketches.
• £18 for quickies and one liners.

This fee will be for taking all rights in the work on a non-exclusive basis

Deadline: Friday 29 March at noon


Source: BBC Writersroom

Poleroid Theatre seeking short pieces for ‘Breakout’ at Cockpit Theatre

Poleroid Theatre is seeking submissions for its next new writing event, Breakout, at the Cockpit Theatre on 7 and 8 May 2013.

What to submit: A short play of between 1 and 10 minutes in length.

Plays can be any subject/style, and they accept monologues, duologues, and small group scenes.  However, they ask that submitted plays reflect Poleroid’s style – clips of their previous work (for reference) can be found here.

A CV is also required.

How to submit:  Email your submission with a CV to

What you get: Your piece will be rehearsed and performed in their showing, and you will have the opportunity to build creative links with the other artists involved.

Deadline: 11 April 2013


Source: Playwriting UK

BBC Transcomedy Award

It’s not too late!  The BBC Writersoom is still accepting submissions for the Transcomedy Award until Friday.  They are looking for comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows that portray transgender people in a positive manner.

What to submit: An original, full-length comedy sitcom, comedy drama or sketch show script featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television.  Scripts should be approximately 30 minutes and should follow the BBC’s formatting guidelines.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

What you win: An award of up to £5000 to continue developing the script into a pilot.

Deadline: Thursday 28 February 2013 at 5pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Kali Theatre seeking writers for Talkback Readings development programme (South Asian women only)

Kali Theatre is looking for scripts for its 2013 Talkback Reading series.  Selected writers will participate in a ten-week development programme, and then have their work presented in a public reading.

Note: This opportunity is only available to South Asian Women.

What to submit: An original, unperformed script of between 30 minutes and 1.5 hours in length, written for a cast of five or fewer actors.  Plays can be about any subject, but they prioritise “plays about issues or with characters of relevance to the South Asian Diaspora.”

Two hardcopies must be submitted.

Submission details and formatting guidelines can be found on their website.

What you get: Selected writers will participate in Kali Theatre’s Writers Development Programme.  Writers will receive 10 fortnightly writing workshops in London, discussions with guest writers & dramaturgs and 1-1 dramaturgical support, culminating in a public reading of selected works. In 2012, the Talkback Readings were held at Soho Theatre.

Deadline: Wednesday 27 February 2013 (plays must be received by this date)

Source: BBC Writersroom

Miniscreen Pictures looking for scripts for smartphones and tablets

Miniscreen Pictures is a company that makes programmes exclusively for smartphones and tablets, and they are looking for scripts.  They are looking for high-impact scripts that grab the viewer from the first page.

They are particularly interested in the following genres:

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • Comedy
  • Supernatural-Crime-Thriller

What to submit:  A script of 30 pages (~30 min running time).  You are requested to specify the genre of your script.  (Full details available on the BBC Writersroom website.)

What you get: The opportunity to develop your script with Miniscreen Pictures.

Deadline: 6 March 2013


Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities Round-up: 20 February 2013

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

Script Sessions seeking 15 min plays for Courtyard Theatre Hoxton – Closing date: 20 February 2013

Lyric Hammersmith seeking short plays – Closing date 22 February 2013

Vertical Line seeking short plays for Greenwich Theatre – Closing date 22 February 2013

Bread and Roses seeking short plays – Closing date: 24 February 2013

Lonesome Schoolboy Productions seeking plays – Closing date: 1 March 2013

George Devine Award 2013 – Closing date: 1 March 2013

Brockley Jack’s Write Now Shorts – Closing date: 4 March 2013

Kenneth Branagh Award – Windsor Fringe (entry fee) – Closing date: 5 March 2013

BBC Writersroom Open Submissions – Closing date: 28 March 2013 (Note: opens 14 February 2013)

SkyBlue New Play Competition (entry fee) – Closing date: 30 March 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Closing date: 29 April 2013

King’s Cross Award at the Courtyard Theatre (entry fee) – Closing date: 30 April 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Closing date: 21 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Closing date: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Closing date: 7 June 2013


Awards from the Theatre Centre: Brian Way Award 2013 and Adrienne Benham Award 2013

The Theatre Centre has just opened submissions for two awards focused on writing for young people: the Brian Way Award and the Adrienne Benham Award.

Full details of both awards and submission criteria can be found on their website.


Brian Way Award 2013

Theatre Centre runs the Brian Way Award for the best new play for children and young people to promote and celebrate the achievements of playwrights who write for young audiences. This year’s award is for a new play which was professionally produced between 1 October 2011 and 31 January 2013.

What to submit: A play of 45 minutes or longer, written for performers aged 18 and younger.  The play must have been produced between 1 October 2011 and 31 January 2013.  (Full details on their website.)  You will need to send in:

  • Application form
  • Three copies of your script
  • Documentary evidence the play was produced

What you win: A prize of £6,000.

Deadline: 31 May 2013 at 12 noon


Adrienne Benham Award 2013: Accepting applications

Theatre Centre offers the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 seed commission, to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the Theatre for Young Audiences sector, but who has little experience in the field. The award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre as they develop an original idea for young audiences.

What to submit: Full judging criteria can be  found on their website.  Writers should send in:

  • Application form
  • Covering letter – responding to judging criteria
  • 10 pages of your best script (for any age group) – 3 copies
  • CV

What you win: £2,000 seed commission and attachment

Deadline: 7 June 2013 at 12 noon


Vertical Line Theatre seeking 10min extracts for Greenwich Theatre performance

Vertical Line Theatre has put out a call for 10 minute extracts of full-length pieces.

What to submit: A ten minute extract of a full length play.  No further guidelines about cast or content are given.  Submission details can be found on their website.

Note: their website stipulates that Vertical Line Theatre will claim first right of refusal for 12 months on the full-length production of any selected pieces.

What you get:  Selected plays will be performed at a scratch night at the Greenwich Theatre.

Deadline: 5pm on Friday 22 February 2013

Source:  @Playwriting UK

Lyric Hammersmith seeking short pieces for showcase

Six members of the Lyric Hammersmith Young Company will be curating an evening of new work to be performed on 21 March 2012.  Writers are invited to submit short pieces in response to a short film about London.  (A link to the film can be found on the event page.)

What to submit: a piece of new writing about London between 10 and 15 minutes in length.  This should be accompanied by a brief description of the piece and a brief biography.  For full details see their website.

Deadline: 12pm on Friday 22 February 2013


Source: @Playwriting UK

BBC Writersroom open for submissions

The BBC Writersroom opens today for submissions!  As we explained in a previous post, this may be your last chance to submit for the forseeable future while they evaluate their submission system, so get your script ready…

What to submit: A full length script accompanied by a coversheet.

To be sure your script meets their requirements, read their FAQ.  And be sure to check their formatting guidelines before posting.

Deadline: 5pm on 28 March 2013