Off The Fence Theatre Company seeking pitches for short plays about Alfred Hitchcock

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Off the Fence Theatre Company has been commissioned to produce a series of short plays at Leicester’s Curve theatre as part of their forthcoming Hitchcock season.  They looking for scripts to consider for performance in RR2 in September and October 2013.  Scripts should be longer than 5 minutes but under 30 minutes, for no more than four actors and with a connection to Alfred Hitchcock or his work.

What to submit/How to apply:  Please forward a synopsis of your idea (no more than 300 words) together with your contact details and short biography to by 19th April 2013. Please do not send scripts at this stage.

Deadline: Friday 19 Apr 2013

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Talawa Firsts seeking scripts (for Black British Writers)

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TALAWA FIRSTS, run by Talawa Theatre Company, has put the call out to writers and/or directors who have a script close to production level or who are working on a piece that needs showcasing.

How to apply/What to submit:  Send synopses and scripts to for potential inclusion in this year’s TALAWA FIRSTS – Michael Buffong’s studio season showcasing the best in fresh Black British writing.

Deadline: Friday 19th April

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Futurespark Festival seeking short plays

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How It Ended Productions and UK Centre for Carnival Arts are proud to introduce FUTURESPARK, a festival that showcases emerging new writing talent.  They  are looking for writers regardless of age or experience to submit 10 minutes plays, which if selected will be allocated a professional director and performed in front of a live audience at the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton, on the 11th and 12th July 2013.

The festival theme is CARNIVAL, and all plays must be inspired, however indirectly, by this theme.

Definition of Carnival…
car·ni·val  / kärnəvəl
1.A period of public revelry, merrymaking or celebration
2.An exciting or riotous mixture of something

What to submit: A play of ten minutes or less in length inspired by the them of Carnival.

– Your piece must be no longer than 10 minutes in duration
– Basic sound/lighting and minimal props
– Extracts or adaptation will not be accepted

How to apply: Save your script as a PDF or Word file and send to:

Deadline: 20 May 2013 at midnight

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Screenwriting Goldmine Awards (entry fee)

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The Screenwriting Goldmine Competition is back for our second year.  Once again, they’re looking for great original screenplays, from new writers from all over the world. The five finalists will have their work read by 11 highly influential judges, opinion leaders within the industry.

Eligibility: The writer cannot have earned more than £12k from screenwriting within the last five years.

What to submit: An original movie or tv scripts, from 45 up to 120 pages, any genre, any budget.

How to apply: Submit your contact details and a PDF version of your script through their online submission page.  Your script should be saved in the following format without spacing or punctuation:  yourname-scriptname.pdf. For example. ‘The Fire-Starter’ by P.J. O’Hara, in a PDF format, should be uploaded as: pjohara-thefirestarter.pdf

More details can be found on their FAQ page.

What you pay: £40 entry fee until Thursday 25 April; £45 entry fee until Thursday 9 May for late registrations.  For an additional £55, you can receive one page of script feedback on your entry.

What you get: There are tiered levels of awards all the way down to the 100 quarter finalists who receive a commemorative mug.  But the grand prize is: £500 cash prize, script consultancy meeting on your script, 1-year IMDbPro membership, FinalDraft Software, Scrivener Software, and the Screenwriting Goldmine audiobook.

Deadline: 9 May 2013

Source: Raindance e-newsletter

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 12 April 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).

Greenwich Theatre Gay Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 April 2013

Lyric Hammersmith Writers Programme inviting applications (ages 18-25) – Deadline: 15 April 2013

Nick Darke Award 2013 – Deadline: 29 April 2013

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

Woolwich Plays of Tomorrow seeking short plays (entry fee) – Deadline: 30 April 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking ten minute plays – Deadline: 13 May 2013

Brian Way Award 2013 – Deadline: 21 May 2013

Leslie Scalapino Award 2013 (women writers only) – Deadline: 30 May 2013

Bollywood Superstar Writers call for 10 minute plays – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Sandpit Arts seeking 30 minute plays about Arab World – Deadline: 31 May 2013

Papatango New Writing Award 2013 – Deadline: 31 May 2013

The Bruntwood Prize – Deadline: 3 June 2013

Adrienne Benham Award 2013 – Deadline: 7 June 2013

Verity Bargate Award 2013 – Deadline: 30 June 2013

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company – 1 July 2013

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’ – Deadline: 31 July 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013 – Deadline: 15 August 2013

Tower WWI new play competition (entry fee) – 27 September 2013

Yale Drama Series Competition 2013

The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading. The reading of the 2013 winning play will take place at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

Winners are chosen by the preeminent playwrights of our time. Edward Albee served as the Series’ inaugural judge (2007-2008), followed by Sir David Hare (2009-2010), and John Guare (2011-2012). The judge for 2013-2014 is Marsha Norman.

What to submit:  A full-length play in English (worldwide submissions accepted).  Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.  No application form is required beyond the play itself.

The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title and your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address (if you have one), page count and (if applicable) a list of acknowledgments; a second title page which lists the title of the play only, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play,  a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.

A brief biography may be included at the end of the manuscript, on a separate page, but is not required.

Full submission details can be found on their website.

How to apply:  They encourage electronic submissions, which can be made at the following address:

If you wish to apply in hardcopy, scripts can be sent to Yale Drama Series, P.O. Box 209040, New Haven, CT 06520-9040.

What you get:  The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

Deadline: 15 August 2013 (entries not accepted until 1 June 2013)

ARK Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Two by Two’

ARK Theatre are running their successful ‘Two By Two: An Evening of New Writing’ event for the third time in October 2013 at Derby Theatre Studio.  They are looking for scripts from talented new playwrights to feature in the event.

What to submit:  They are looking for ‘plays that push the boundaries of modern theatre’ with the potential to be toured.  Plays should have a running time of one hour or less, and small casts are preferred.  Plays must NOT have been staged or published before.

How to apply:  Send your submission to:

What you get:  The two selected plays will be performed by ARK Theatre in October 2013.

Deadline: No set deadline, but they request all plays are submitted by end of July 2013

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Woolwich Plays of Tomorrow seeking short plays (entry fee)

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The Woolwich Grand Theatre seeks submissions of short plays for a short play festival over a weekend 30th May-1st June.

What to submit: A play of between 10-30 minutes with no more than six characters.  Only minimal technical requirements can be submitted.  All genres are welcome, including musicals, but the writer must supply their own accompaniment.  There is no limit to the number of plays a writer can submit, but each must be accompanied by a £15 submission fee.

Full details here:

How to apply: Be sure your submission includes full contact information.  Send your submission to:

The Woolwich Grand Theatre
38 Wellington Street
London SE18 6PE

What you pay: There is an entry fee of £15 for each play submitted.

What you get: Selected plays will be performed in the festival, and the winning play will receive a prize of £150.

Deadline: 30 April 2013 at 5pm

Source: Arts Council Newsletter

Old Vic New Voices seeking writers on attachment for Community Company

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Old Vic New Voices is seeking writers on attachment to join their Community Company.  They are looking for volunteers who have a lot to say and would like to express themselves through script writing. The project is only open to individuals aged 16 or over who have never had their work professionally produced.
Criteria for selection will be as follows:
  • Does this person have something interesting to say about the world?
  • Is this a ‘new voice’? (i.e. will this person write about a subject, or write in a style, that remains underrepresented in contemporary theatre)
  • Can this person recognise dialogue/speech patterns?
  • Is there potential in this writer to respond to the individuals around them?
  • Will this person benefit from the support OVNV Community and the company can offer?

Full details of the brief and how to apply can be found at the bottom of this webpage.

What to submit:  The application form can be found through the link at the bottom of this webpage.  The form asks the writer to respond to the following questions:

  • Your experience: Use this section to detail any relevant writing training/experience you have had to date. Do not worry if you have never done anything like this before – just put “NONE” in the box.
  • What, for you, is the most pressing social issue of 2013? We want to know a bit about how you see the world. Explain what kind of social issue you think that LONDON’S COMMUNITY COMPANY should be tackling and why. (500 words max)
  • Personal statement: Tell us why you would like to apply for this project and explain why you feel we should choose you. (500 words max)
  • Example of your work: Include a section of dialogue (2 or more people speaking) from something you have written before. If you have not written anything before, please write something (no more than 5 sides of A4). It does not matter if it is incomplete.

How to apply:  Once completed, send the form to with LCC WRITERS APPLICATION in the subject line or post to Alexander Ferris, Head of Community, The Old Vic, The Cut, London SE1 8NB. Please save your completed form using the following filename: LCC WRITERS_APPLICATION_YOURNAME.

Selection process:

  1. ROUND 1: Based on the applications OVNV will select 10 writers and invite them to attend a workshop.
  2. ROUND 2: Those 10 writers will be asked to submit a short play inspired by the workshop. From those submissions 5 writers will be selected to join the company on attachment.

What you get: If selected, you would become a key part of London’s Community Company.  You will:

  • Attend rehearsals
  • Be invited to script surgeries
  • Be offered general writing workshops
  • Be mentored as a group by a professional playwright
  • Have at least one piece of work workshopped by the company
  • Attend productions of new work at other theatres
  • Contribute to pop-up performances by the company
  • Develop a script with the director of LONDON’S COMMUNITY COMPANY, with advice and follow-up support from Old Vic New Voices after th eproject concludes.

Deadline: Monday 1 July 2013 at 10am

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Sandpit Arts seeking 30 minute plays about Arab World

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Sandpit Arts is seeking new plays for Bulbul 2013, its second annual playwriting competition for plays that engage with the Arab world.

What to submit: A 30 minute play for up to four actors, with minimal set/prop requirements that engages with the Arab world.  Full details can be found on their website.

In addition to your play, playwrights must complete an application form.  One form must be submitted with each script entered (up to 3).  The form includes the following questions:

  • Contact information
  • Tell us a bit about yourself (100 words)
  • Please provide a synopsis of your play (500 words)

How to apply: Scripts (either in Word or PDF) must be submitted with a completed application form to Please do not put your name or contact information anywhere on your script as all submissions will be read anonymously.

What you get:  The winning entries will be performed by a professional cast at Brighton’s Nightingale Theatre in autumn 2013. As with Bulbul 2012, two of these plays will be selected for further development for the Brighton Fringe 2014.

Deadline: 31 May 2013

Source: @PlaywritingUK

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