Dancing Bear Books seeking short story writers for anthology

Dancing Bear Books is looking for short stories between 7,500 – 10,000 words for an anthology, they will, however, consider work under the length of 7,500 if it suits their theme so free to send along. All work must be previously unpublished.

All work MUST be fairytale/fantasy themed Short stories/poetry.

They would love to hear from:

  • Debut Authors & Emerging Writers/Authors
    BAME Writers, Working Class Writers, LGBT+ Writers
    Diverse Characters
    Interesting and Thought-Provoking Stories and Themes.
  • Particularly keen on reading Young Adult and New Adult work but they open to other classifications as well.
  • Please mention in your covering letter if you are any of the above.

How to apply: find out more here

Deadline: 1 July 2019 

Source: Arts Jobs

Worcester University seeking playwrights for Edinburgh 2020 show (paid)

Building on a pilot Edinburgh project this year, wherein students are collaborating with playwrights Katie Bonna and Michelle Barnette to create two original shows for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019, Worcester University are now looking for two inspiring playwrights to collaborate with their students on the creation of two new plays to be performed at the EFF 2020.

Each produced play will need to work for and with the 6 – 8 students involved, and accommodate their skills and interests. They are potentially interested in any style of play (appropriate for EFF), and are also open to writers who can see room for physical theatre/dance or music within the piece.

The fee for each commission is £3,000 inclusive of all drafting, workshop and rehearsal attendance. A programme of visits to the University will agreed and travel expenses and overnight accommodation (where appropriate) will be paid at the standard University rate.

 How to apply: read the full details here

Deadline: 19 April 2019 

Source: Arts Jobs

Untold Collectiv – call out for Latinx writers

CALL OUT to Latinx writers! Untold Collectiv is developing an initiative to get more representation for Latinx writers and performers.

They will be holding a New Latin American writing scratch night. This will be an opportunity for writers to workshop their text with actors and then see it performed in a first work in progress sharing night in June 2019 (date and place tbc).

Pieces must be: 

  • Between 5-15 minutes long (they can be excerpts of longer pieces)
  • For this taster session, they will accept pieces in English, Spanish or Portuguese. (They want to test the idea.)

How to apply: submit your work to untoldcollectiv@gmail.com or e-mail them for more details

Note: If you are not Latin American but have written a piece that could be relevant in content, you are welcome to submit as well or drop them a line to chat about it.  

(As this is their taster session, unfortunately they don’t have a budget, but their aim is to get to the point where they can apply for funding and pay everyone involved.)

Deadline: midnight 15 April 2019 

Source: direct contact

Dark Unicorn Productions seeking stage plays

Following its inaugural production in Eastbourne in February, Dark Unicorn Productions, founded in 2018 by Paddy Cooper and Eleanor Stourton, have now opened their doors to writers worldwide to submit new works for stage to them for consideration for a future production relationship around the company’s other work on revivals of major plays, which have something to say to contemporary audiences.

Works must be:  

  • For live stage performance
  • A minimum of 60 minutes in length
  • Have cast of no more than five
  • Conform to the company’s desire to create challenging, thought-provoking but above all entertaining theatre for the world we live in.

As the company is committed to programming as broad and progressive a range of work and giving voice to both the mainstream and the marginalised, no further limitations are set.

How to apply: send scripts, with contact details to darkunicornsubmissions@gmail.com

As the company is small in size, they cannot offer a feedback service, but all scripts will be read and those authors whose work they are interested in progressing will be contacted.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

Source: BBC  Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick:  BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019

Description: BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 1st April 2019 and 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

What’s so great about it? The BBC Writersroom Script Room opens its’ doors for submissions twice and year – once for comedy and once for drama. Whilst there are no promises in terms of production, the BBC uses the scheme to identify writers they might want to develop further. They usually choose around 10-15 writers to take part in the Script Room who will then have access to training and possible development. So this one is definitely worth a shot if you’re a comedy writer – you’ve got until 29 April to apply and don’t leave it until the last minute as you’ll need to fill out an application and apply through the BBC’s online portal. Good luck!

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers in any way. 

Who Writes the Future seeking Illustrator/Graphic Recorder for Creative Writing Summer School

This one is not quite a playwriting opportunity but as it’s linked to a creative writing summer school, we thought we’d include it just in case it’s of interest to some of you… 

‘Who Writes The Future?’, a creative writing science fiction summer school held at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford is looking for an illustrator with experience as a graphic recorder.

How to apply: send a  1-page CV and 1-page cover letter detailing relevant experience by email to jacob.ward@maths.ox.ac.uk

Entry fee: N/A

Contact info: jacob.ward@maths.ox.ac.uk

Deadline:15 April 2019 

Source: direct contact

Who Writes the Future seeking Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator for summer school

‘Who Writes The Future?’, a creative writing science fiction summer school held at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, is looking for a creative writer with experience facilitating workshops.

How to apply: send  1-page CV and 1-page cover letter detailing relevant experience to jacob.ward@maths.ox.ac.uk

Entry fee: N/A

For more information contact: jacob.ward@maths.ox.ac.uk

Deadline: 15 April 2019 

Source: direct contact

Tamasha Masterclass: Playwriting with Teenagers

An intensive one-day course with Artistic Director Fin Kennedy for those new to working with young people. You’ll look at the process of co-creating plays with groups of teenagers in a school or youth theatre environment.

The morning will look at the playwright as workshop leader, generating ideas with a group through creative exercises – both written and improvisation based – which the playwright then takes the lead in scripting. The afternoon will look at supporting teenagers to do their own scriptwriting.

The workshop will include a case study of Fin Kennedy’s pioneering work at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets, with an insight into the creative exercises behind two volumes of award-winning plays.

Participants will be left with a suite of imaginative playwriting exercises to take away and apply to their own work: a practical exercise within the session will work towards structuring a Scheme of Work for a playwriting course for young people.

Who is it for? The workshop will suit emerging professional playwrights with an interest in working in schools; established Drama teachers and PGCE drama teachers-in-training; and youth theatre leaders looking to refresh or hone their skills in playwriting and teaching playwriting.

This intensive workshop is for up to 12 emerging or aspiring playwrights who are interested in exploring working with young people, and who have a strong interest in stories that are often left untold. We would particularly welcome applications from writers with diverse cultural experiences.

Course fee:  The workshop fee is £50 for the day. Payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place.

How to apply: email stella@tamasha.org.uk with the subject line ‘Playwriting with Teenagers Masterclass’. Please also include a completed Data Form with your application.

Date: Saturday 13 July 2019, 10am – 5pm

Location: Tamasha, 3rd Floor, Rich Mix, London E1 6LA

Deadline: 28 June at  midday

Source: direct contact

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