Writing and selling TV comedy course – one free place available for an IdeasTap member

One IdeasTap member will get the opportunity to attend COFILMIC’s Writing and Selling TV Comedy Course. A place on the course usually costs £395. The course is London based and starts on Saturday 12th July, running for six weeks.

Course details: this is an intensive and interactive programme where you will be expected to create and work on your ideas from week one and aim to complete a pilot piece by week six. The course culminates in a unique sitcom showcase event, where all writers have the opportunity to have their work acted out live in front of invited industry guests, friends and family. During this course you will have access to the course leader for one-to-one tuition throughout the course period, by e-mail and telephone.

The course will be delivered by award-winning writer David Isaac, whose classic sitcom, Lunch Monkeys ran for two series on BBC Three. David has written for many other shows including Not Going Out (BBC One) and his short film Going to Mecca was funded by BFI. He continues to write prolifically and has several scripts in development with major TV production companies and broadcasters.

Upon completion of the course, COFILMIC will organise a showcase event in London where local actors will perform extracts from all scripts live. Industry professionals, including, production companies broadcasters and casting directors will be invited to attend as well as friends, family and the general public.

Following that, there will be an opportunity for those with the strongest scripts, to have a practice pitch session with a TV development producer. This won’t be a chance to pitch your work, but it will give you an idea of how this process works – as well as a chance to make valuable industry contacts.

Terms and conditions/ how to apply:

  1. One application per person.
  2. Please submit a 100 word (max) pitch of your sitcom idea.
  3. The winner of this brief will be announced on 25 June 2014.
  4. If you have already registered and paid to attend the course, but then you win this brief, your application fee will be refunded.

To apply – you must be an IdeasTap member and aged 16 or over. Click here to sign up and apply through the website.

Deadline: 16th June 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Pentabus seeking theatre maker (including playwrights) for BBC Performing Arts Fellowship

As part of the BBC Performing Arts Fellowship, Pentabus are looking for a theatre maker (director, writer, producer etc) who has shown dedication and passion towards a career in theatre and who demonstrates potential but needs guidance in taking the next steps.

Pentabus will be offering the chosen person a tailor-made opportunity. The Fellow will be awarded up to £10,000 as well as support, guidance and mentoring from Pentabus Theatre Company. It is expected that the fellowship will take place between January and December 2015 through an agreed flexible programme.

Please note that the fellowship is subject to funding and that it is a competitive nationwide field. As part of the fellowship application at least three potential Fellows must be interviewed and one will be put forward as part of their funding application. The fellowship is not a salary but provides funding to cover time and resources needed to develop a talented individual.

How to apply: please contact Crayg Ward at crayg@pentabus.co.uk with a short covering letter detailing why the opportunity appeals and how you imagine that you might benefit from it (2 sides of A4 Maximum) plus your CV. All applicants are also asked to complete the equal opportunities which can be downloaded here. If you have any queries please contact us on 01584 856564

Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 11th July 2014.

If selected, you must be available for a meeting on Mon 28thJuly 2014.

Please note that, as laid out in the BBC’s guidelines, if you have previously worked for Pentabus Theatre Company in any paid capacity, you are not eligible to apply.

Source: Arts Jobs Page.

Fred Ebb Award 2014 for musical theatre writing teams ($50,000 prize)

The Fred Ebb Award 2014 is currently open for submissions.  Details about the award and previous winners can be found on the Fred Ebb Foundation website.

Eligibility:  Each applicant must be a composer/lyricist or composer/lyricist team wishing to create work for the musical theatre, and must not yet have achieved significant commercial success.

How to apply:  Full details of how to submit can be found in the competition guidelines.  Applicants are required to submit up to four songs and an application form.

Deadline: 30 June 2014

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

Opportunities weekly round-up: 30 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).

Enterprise Theatre seeking 10-min plays on bullying (San Diego, CA) – Deadline: 30 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

Stella Adler School of Acting seeking 10-min plays on gender equity/violence and/or global warming (New York, NY) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Stella Adler School of Acting seeking full length ensemble play for actors 16-25 (New York, NY) – 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

Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

9Thirty Theatre seeking works on environmental themes (New York) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

Next Act New Play Summit at Capital Theatre seeking submissions (Albany, NY) – Deadline: 1 June 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

Cro Magnon Theatre accepting scripts on the theme ‘SCREAM’ – Deadline: 6 June 2014

The Scenic Route accepting submissions for musical theatre cabaret – Deadline: 6 June 2014

Live Theatre seeking playwrights for “10 Minutes To…” (Newcastle) – Deadline: 9 June 2014

Tron Theatre seeking 15 minute plays in response to the Commonwealth Games – Deadline: 9 June 2014

B3 Talentlab open for applications (BAME artists) – 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

Newsboy seeking scripts for ‘Commonwealth Edition’ – Deadline: 20 June 2014

Nottingham Playhouse inviting writers to take part in ‘Time and Memory’ season – Deadline: 27 June 2014

Roundhouse seeking radio plays (age 16-25, paid) – Deadline: 27 June 2014

Arch and Bruce Foundation 2014 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award (Pennsylvania USA, $1000 prize, $17 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 June 2014

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014

The Peckham Pelicam seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night – Deadline: 11 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

London Horror Festival seeking radio drama submissions for Stage Fright Radio Horror Competition (£2 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 August 2014

Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only) – Deadline: 31 August 2014

Shore Screenwriting Competition (cash prize, £25-£40) – Deadline:  31 May 2014 (Earlybird deadline); 31 August (final deadline)

Little Brother Productions offering a writer £1000 to develop television idea – Deadline: 3 October 2014

Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio – Deadline: 13 October 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

London Horror Festival seeking radio drama submissions for Stage Fright Radio Horror Competition (£2 entry fee)

The London Horror Festival, the UK’s festival of horror in the performing arts, are once again teaming up with award-winning audio drama producers The Wireless Theatre Company to produce the Stage Fright horror radio competition.

They are accepting submissions from writers at all levels of experience, from veteran scriptwriters to first time scribes, challenging you to create a spine-tingling short drama to be performed and recorded live on the opening night of the London Horror Festival 2014.

What you pay:  There is an application fee of £2, which can be paid online via Paypal as part of the application process.

What you get: Three shortlisted entries will be produced and performed live by a team of professional actors from the Wireless Theatre Company, for one-night only as part of the STAGE FRIGHT 2014 event on the opening night of the London Horror Festival. The professionally produced recording of the evening will then be available for download from wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk, which receives over 3 million hits per year and offers a great platform for your work to reach a global audience of listeners.

What to submit:  Entries must be no more than 15 minutes long (approximately 10 typed pages) and in what could be broadly defined as the horror or thriller genre. Psychodrama, horror comedy, genre mash-up, pastiche and monologue forms all considered, but your objective should be to send a shiver down the spine…  Entries should be appropriate for performance by a cast of no more than five and written with the radio in mind. Complex sound effects will not be possible, but they strongly encourage the use of effects which can be performed live.

Full details can be found in the competition terms and conditions.

How to apply:  Applications can be made via their online submission form.

Deadline: 15 August 2014

Source:  Playwrights Calendar

Arch and Bruce Foundation 2014 Playwriting Competition (LGBT Themes, $3,000 prize)

The Arch and Bruce Foundation is currently accepting submissions for its 2014 Playwriting Competition.

What to submit:  All works must concern LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) life and be based on, or directly inspired by, a historical person, culture, work of art or event. See What Is Historical? for more information.

All works submitted (full–length dramas, comedies, musicals, screenplays) must be original and in English. One work per author, please. There is no entry fee. Prizewinners will be chosen before the end of the year. Prizes are as follows: First Prize, $3,000; Second Prize, $1,500; Honorable Mentions, $500.

How to apply:  The following guidelines are for electronic submissions, which are preferred (although hardcopy guidelines can also be found on their website0.

  • Manuscripts should be in standard play or screenplay format, using a 12-point or larger font, and saved as a .doc, .docx or PDF.
  • The first page must include the title, your name, email address, mailing address and phone number.
  • If the work you are submitting has been produced in any form (workshop, staged reading, full production), please include a brief production history. On a separate page, explain briefly how the work relates to LGBT life, describing its historical inspiration.
  • Page numbers should appear on every page.
  • In the case of musicals, audio segments should be sent separately as MP3 files and limited to 10 minutes. We will request more if necessary.

Email submissions to: jwillis@aabbfoundation.org

Deadline: 30 June 2014 at midnight

Source: Play Submissions  Helper

Gillian Hush Award – fully funded place on Arvon Course on writing for radio

For the second year Arvon is pleased to present The Gillian Hush Award for writers of radio drama. The winner of the award will receive a free place on the Writing for Radio course taking place in November at The Hurst, with tutors Simon Brett and Shelley Silas.

The award is given in honour of the late Gillian Hush who was one of the BBC’s most distinguished and appreciated radio producers and was a generous supporter of Arvon.

Read more about the Writing for Radio course here.

How to apply:  To apply for this fully funded place please download a grant pack here, complete it requesting the full course fee (£700) and mark it with ‘Gillian Hush Award’.

Deadline: 13 October 2014

Source: @IdeasTap


Nottingham Playhouse inviting writers to take part in ‘Time and Memory’ season

The Nottingham Playhouse is inviting writers to submit proposals to take part in their upcoming ‘Time and Memory’ season:

“As we mark the centenary of the start of World War One, Nottingham Playhouse is taking this opportunity to explore the political and social consequences of that event throughout 2014.  The season examines nostalgia and regret, how history is constructed and the process of ageing. It explores the extent to which we control the future, and how much the future is already determined by the past.”

They will be complementing our three main stage plays with a programme of work by emerging artists and are encouraging new and established writers, performance artists, visual artists and performance poets to submit work on the subject of Time and Memory.

What to submit:  Fiona Buffini, Associate Director, Nottingham Playhouse said: “Time and Memory is an interesting and broad theme, with so many possibilities. We are delighted to offer this opportunity to artists across the country, and will be excited to see how people respond. There are no word limits on submissions. We would rather you didn’t send outlines of ideas; we would like to see finished/almost finished work so that we get a real flavour of the piece.”

How to apply:  Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to timeandmemory@nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk

Deadline: 27 June 2014

Source: Play Submissions Helper

Funny Women 2014 Comedy Writing Awards (women writers only)

The Comedy Unit and Huffington Post are now accepting entries for the 2014 Funny Women Comedy Writing Awards.  This is an opportunity to develop a half-hour comedy series for television.

Eligibility:  This opportunity is open to female writers only.  As part of Funny Women’s dedication to new talent, only those who have not previously had a paid script commission are eligible to enter.

What to submit:

  • Before you begin, please take a gander at The Comedy Unit’s useful tips for Comedy Writing HERE.
  • Short synopsis of the idea- maximum one page.
  • 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.
  • Please send entries to awards2014@funnywomen.com with ‘Comedy Writing Award’ in the subject bar.
  • 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 20 September at the Leicester Square Theatre where the winner will be announced.

Deadline: 31 August 2013

Source:  Playwrights’ Calendar

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