Advice from BBC Writersroom: How to get an agent

The BBC Writersroom has posted a new column from Sally Stott about one of the big career questions for young and emerging writers: How do I get an agent?

There won’t be many surprises here for writers who have researched this topic before, although the piece is a good introduction and helpfully provides links to submission guidelines for Berlin Associates, David Higham Associates, and MBA.

The biggest takeaway is DON’T wait for an agent to get serious about your work.  Enter competitions, produce your own plays – find any means you can to build your experience and strengthen your writing.  This experience is what will ultimately win you an agent, but it seems the best way to demonstrate you are ready for representation is to show what you can accomplish without it.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays for January showcase

Little Pieces of Gold is seeking ten minute plays for their next showcase on 19 January 2014 at the Cockpit Theatre.  Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama with each show featuring an eclectic mix of short plays selected from around 300 submissions.

What to submit: A ten minute play with a maximum cast of four.  The cannot accept extracts, adaptations or monologues, and the piece should not have been performed previously (readings are ok). Only basic sound and lighting can be accommodated.  Full details about submission are on their website.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your play (in PDF or Word format)
  • Short synopsis of the play
  • Brief writer’s bio
  • Your home address (only UK writers are eligible)
  • How you heard about the showcase

How to apply: Email your application to

What you get: Your play will be assigned a director and will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in the showcase.

Deadline: Sunday 15 December 2013 at midnight

Source: BBC Writersroom

Bush Theatre seeking readers

The Bush Theatre seeks a number of critically minded, enthusiastic and opinionated BushGreen Readers to aid with their winter script submission process. This post will play a key role in evaluating the unsolicited scripts submitted by new writers and identifying potentially interesting work.

You would be working with a team of readers on a freelance basis for the Autumn/Winter submissions window. Your engagement would last until April 2015 or until all the scripts for this window have been read.

This search for new writing is part of why we have biannual unsolicited script submissions. It creates an opportunity for first time writers to have their scripts read and reported on. The BushGreen Readers play a major part in getting this work read and giving the writers a fair chance of creating a dialogue with the theatre.

How to apply:  You can download the Application Information and Equal Opportunities Pack from their website.

Deadline:  15 November 2013

Source:  Bushgreen Facebook Group

Theatre503 Writers’ Nights for MUCKY KID on 12 and 13 November

Theatre503 will be holding Writers Nights’ for its upcoming production of Mucky Kid on 12 & 13 November 2103.

Theatre 503 Writer’s Nights are a great night out – they give writers the opportunity to:

  1. See the show at a discounted rate;
  2. Meet and talk to the lovely team at Theatre503
  3. Prepare to submit to a Theatre503 Rapid Write Response

The Rapid Write Response gives writers a chance to write a short response to the full-length play.  Theatre503 selects their favourite entries, which they produce in a one-off evening performance.  (More information here.)

To get the Writers’ Night promo code and keep up to date on these events, sign up for their Writers Newsletter by contacting literary@theatre503.c0m.

Broken Glass Theatre Co seeking 15-20 minute performances for Short Fuse

Image via Broken Glass Theatre Co

Broken Glass Theatre Co are excited to announce the return of Short Fuse on 10  January 2014 at the Camden Head.

A free platform for the work of young and new theatre practitioners, Short Fuse is now looking for proposals for complete performances, or extracts from new works, of approximately 15-20 minutes in running time. Proposals should be no more than 500 words in total, detailing the nature of the performance, cast size, and any particular large props or set pieces.

About Short Fuse:  Short Fuse began in 2009 as an experiment in poor theatre: the recreation of a basic space through performances which do not rely on expensive devices but on the ingenuity and talents of their performers. They are particularly interested in works which explore new approaches and performance techniques, or span performance genres. Previous evenings have included puppetry, mime, physical, and live sound-tracked performances, as well as first performances of new writing.

How to apply:  Please send proposals to

Deadline: Saturday 16 November 2013

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

Submit a wiki-script for final stage of NABOKOV RE-LOADED

Theatre Company nabokov is now open for submissions for the third part of their WikiTheatre Project, where three different writers will write 5 minute pieces of a 15 minute script.

How it works:  Writers read and respond to the previous section, then can submit their own 5-minute response/continuation.

Writer James Graham wrote part 1 (read here), and Jay Taylor’s submission was selected as part two (read here).  They are now seeking submissions for the third and final part.

What you get:  The selected piece will be published online.  On Sunday November 10th at NABOKOV RE-LOADED, they will premiere the full 15 minute piece live to an audience at Soho Theatre.

How to apply:  Read the full guidelines, then submit your 5-minute piece to

Deadline: 6 November 2013 at midnight

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 1 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).

Last minute opportunities from Play Submissions Helper – Deadline: 1 November 2013

Papercut Theatre running a workshop for emerging writers (fee) – Workshop takes place on 2 November 2013, no deadline for applications posted.

Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2014 – Deadline:  1 November 2013

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking new writing extracts – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Rich Mix seeking stories of city life for Small Story/Big City (artists with four or fewer years experience only) – Deadline: 4 November 2013

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

‘Retreats’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 10 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 November 2013

Ideastap Workshop – Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting – Deadline:  11 November 2013

Applications open for Sundance Theatre Lab (USA, $35 Application fee) – Deadline: 15 November 2013

White Rabbit seeking short stories on theme of ‘Birthday’ – Deadline: 15 November 2013

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

The Ronald Duncan Prize 2013 – Deadline: 30 November 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

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

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

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee) – Deadline: 10 January 2014 (*Note:  Submissions don’t open until 1 November 2013!)

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

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

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Nick Hern Books – theatre ticket giveaway!

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Nick Hern Books are teaming up with theatres to offer the chance of winning a pair of tickets to some of the shows they are involved in plus a copy of the play script.

This month, they are giving away a pair of tickets to Unscorched by Luke Owen at the Finborough Theatre on 16 November and a copy of the script.

How to enter:

Simply answer the following question:

What was the title of Louise Monaghan’s 2012 Papatango New Writing Competition-winning play?

Email the correct answer and your postal address to by 12 noon on 6 November 2013 to be in with a chance of winning. Winners will be selected at random and contacted on the afternoon of 6 November but will need to respond by 12 noon on 8 November or another winner will be selected.

Source: Nick Hern Books e. newsletter

A resource for emerging playwrights