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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What you get: Your play will be assigned a director and will be cast, rehearsed, and performed in the showcase.
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.
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:
See the show at a discounted rate;
Meet and talk to the lovely team at Theatre503
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.