Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds)


For the third year running, Sky Arts in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. The fund is aimed at helping emerging artists from different disciplines to take their work to the next level. In addition to the bursary, winners will be paired with relevant business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry. Applications are welcomed from 18-30 year olds from various disciplines within the arts including creative writing (this category includes playwrights and novelists but not screenwriters).

Additional information:  to apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30 on the closing date and either be a citizen of the UK or Ireland or have been resident in the UK or Ireland for the last five years. Either way, you must currently be living in the UK or Ireland to apply. You must only apply in one category – choose whichever category you think best suits your work.

 How to apply: visit IdeasTap for full terms and conditions and to complete your application.

Deadline: Friday 6 December 2013 at 5pm. However, judges will be reviewing entries as they receive them so it is worth submitting early.

Source: IdeaTap Creative Briefs page.




News: Verity Bargate Award Winner announced

The Soho Theatre has announced the winner of the Verity Bargate Award 2013, which goes to Vicky Jones for her play ‘The One’.

At the same event (which also recognised VBA runner-ups), the Soho revealed the next intake of the Soho Six, which gives six artists the opportunity to develop work at the theatre over the course of a year.

You can read more about this news through Soho Theatre’s press release or at The Stage.

Congrats to all!

Source:  @Playwriting_UK and The Stage

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions

The Lace Market Theatre Programme Advisory Group (PAG) is currently seeking submissions of new plays to feature as part of the 2014/15 season. They are open to submissions of all styles of play but the successful production must be of a scale that can be performed in the theatre’s Studio space. All applicants should read the guidance notes below prior to submission.

[Editor’s Note from LPB:  The Lace Market Theatre is currently revamping their website, so it can be a bit hard to find the information, but we received these details directly from the Chairman of the Programme Advisory Group.]

Guidance notes from Lace Market Theatre:

  • The competition is open to anybody resident in the UK and must be 16 or over.
  • All submissions should be original, unpublished works that have not been previously performed to a paying audience.
  • The play must be available for performance between September 2014 and July 2015 and must not be attached to any other theatre or company.
  • Previous experience as a playwright is not important to us. Each script will be judged on its own merits.
  • Only one submission can be made per person.
  • The Studio space can be used in several different configurations with 50 spectator seats but the space cannot accommodate large sets or scenery changes. Large casts can be difficult to accommodate and props and special effects should be kept to a minimum.
  • The usual length for a Studio production is anything up to two hours. Plays may or may not include an interval. Shorter pieces may be performed alongside another production as decided by the Programme Advisory Group (PAG).
  • PAG will choose a winner after the closing date on December 31st 2013. The successful writer may not be contacted until after the season has been approved at the Annual General Meeting in March 2014.
  • PAG will choose a director for the play early in 2014.
  • There is no cash prize although the successful writer will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a Lace Market Theatre performance of their choice. No performance fees or share of box office takings will be made to the writer.
  • After performance the rights for the successful production revert back to the playwright.
  • We regret that all scripts submitted as hard copies cannot be returned unless accompanied by a self addressed envelope.
  • We are unable to provide individual feedback on any scripts submitted.
  • If no suitable applications are received the PAG are not obliged to include one of the submissions in the 2014/15 season. The decision of PAG is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How to apply:  Scripts can be submitted by email, ideally in PDF format to:

or by post to:
The Lace Market Theatre
Halifax Place

Deadline:  31 December 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Descent call for 12 line ‘Playellas’

Descent is a new writing company and they are looking for playellas to post on our blog.  A playella is a tiny play – twelve-line gems of writing genius.

Some guidelines:

  • A playella can be about anything at all.
  • It can have as many characters as you like.
  • BUT it can only have twelve lines of dialogue.
  • AND it must be written for the stage.
  • The twelve-line rule does not include stage directions.
  • Brand spanking new creations only please.

What you get:  “Send us your playella and if we love it, we will post it on our blog! You can take a look at some of the wonderful playellas we’ve had so far here.”

How to apply:  Please send submissions as Word docs only to

Deadline:  Sunday 13 October 2013

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter


Submissons are now open for the 8th Theatre Breaks Festival from Tiny Dog Productions

Performance date: 10 – 13 November, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: The Fiddler’s Elbow, Camden, NW5 3HS

Theatre Breaks is comprised of a 4 night run, which Theatre Companies/directors/writers/producers can use as a free platform to showcase new or developing work. Be it a new short play, an excerpt from a longer piece, a new adaptation, a musical, a puppet show, a sketch, a monologue or a story – all are welcome at the festival. Each show will run for NO LONGER THAN 20 MINUTES and will be performed back to back over four consecutive nights.

Successful companies/directors will be notified by Monday, 14 October. There will be a mandatory meeting on 21 October at 7pm @ The Fiddler’s Elbow for all successful applicants. One person (Director/Producer) must attend from each production.

Additional notes:

  • They can accept one submission per writer/company/director.
  • Please note, the performance space is NON-TRADITIONAL and the set up is very basic, so your show needs to be performed with minimal light and sound cues.
  • The event is open to anyone, no previous experience necessary and they are looking for submissions from a diverse range of applicants.
  • Tiny Dog Productions will provide the Performance venue – including basic lighting and sound, a technical operator, marketing and support to directors/companies within reason. ALL aspects of casting, rehearsal and direction will be the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Directors/companies will be required to provide all set and costume.

How to apply:  To apply, send script submissions and show synopsis to Please use the title of your play as the subject line. If you do not have a completed script, please send a synopsis and a detailed break down of the piece you would like to perform. Plays must be no longer than 20 minutes.

Deadline: Friday 11 October, 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Last Minute Opportunities from Play Submissions Helper – deadline 1 October 2013!

Play Submissions Helper publishes upcoming opportunities and competitions on a monthly basis – i.e. “October Deadlines” – with the only downside that you have to hustle a bit to make the ones due on the first of the month!

So, here is a list of opportunities from them with deadlines that hit tomorrow 1 October 2013.  Good luck!

Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival

Submissions are now being accepted for the Second Piney Fork Press Theater One Act Play Festival, to take place in January 2014 in New York City.  Seeking 10 minute plays (no more than 10 pp), preferably with no more than 5 characters. Also seeking monologues (no more than 4pp). Basic set requirements.

No more than 3 submissions per playwright. No profanity, as this is a family friendly festival! No submission fee! Please include name, address, telephone number and email address.


Snail mail:
Piney Fork Press Theater Festival
22-73 43rd Street – JC
Astoria NY 11105

Ensemble Free Theatre Norway seeking plays for Belarusian Dream Theatre

Ensemble Free Theater Norway is now accepting submissions of plays for inclusion in Belarusian Dream Theater.

  • Each play must be no longer than 10 pages in length, or approximately 10 minutes in length.
  • Plays may be written in any genre, style, or aesthetic.
  • Plays must relate to Belarus in some way (ie the country´s politics, people, language, history, art, economy, etc), and may be inspired by anything from a news article to an interview, or a play based on personal experience to theater based on imagination and research.
  • Entries by dramatists of every nationality are welcome to apply, including students.
  • Plays by Belarusian writers are particularly welcome.

For submission details, please contact here.

The Growing Stage Theatre (New Jersey) seeking full-length children’s plays for reading series

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced non-musical TYA scripts to be considered as one of four plays to be featured in the New Play-Reading Festival this coming season at The Growing Stage Theatre – The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario, by a cast consisting of both professional and amateur actors on two separate occasions during our 2013/2014 season.

The Growing Stage is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theatre. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

The initial play readings will take place, one per day, November 7 through 10. After the reading of each play, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. The second set of readings will take place, again, one per day, March 6 through 9. After the play readings in March, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as a fully mounted production in The Growing Stage’s 2014/2015 Main Stage season!!!

Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival and subsequently for the 2014/2015 Main Stage BY OCTOBER 1st to the company’s Production Manager and head of the festival, Steve Graham:

Or to:

The Growing Stage Theatre
Attn: Steve Graham
P.O. Box 36
Netcong, NJ 07857

If your script submission is an adaptation, we do ask that you also please include proof that you have permission from the author to adapt their work.  If you would like to learn more about the mission of The Growing Stage Theatre, please visit:

Fort Point Theatre Channel seeks woman-centered plays and other performance works

In 2014, Fort Point Theatre Channel will produce an evening of two dramatic works: Krapp’s Last Tape, by Samuel Beckett, and a new woman-centered play or other performance work. For that second work, we seek a play or other performance work that would in some way be an appropriate accompaniment for Krapp’s Last Tape.

For details, please email

Fine Arts Association (Ohio) seeking plays for the 18th Annual One Act Festival: Hot from the Oven: Smörgåsbord

The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been published 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 18th Annual One Act Festival — Hot from the Oven: Smörgåsbord in March/April 2014 at The Fine Arts Association.

NEW THIS YEAR: Up to 3 submissions will be accepted per playwright. The number of plays to be produced will be at The Fine Arts Association’s discretion and will depend on the mix of qualified submissions. Original plays accepted for the Festival will be announced between January 6-17, 2014. The plays selected will be given full production within the capabilities and budget of The Fine Arts Association. There will be no monetary stipend for plays used in the Festival.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submissions must be original, unpublished, and unproduced 10-minute plays at time of submission. Plays that have had staged readings will be accepted. Plays that have received full productions, either professional or amateur, previous to submission will not be accepted. Legal clearance of materials not in the public domain is the full responsibility of the playwright.
  • Limit of THREE plays may submitted by each playwright.
  • Maximum Length: 10 pages not including title pages. Play should run in the 10 minute range.
  • Scripts may be comedy or drama. Not open to musicals.
  •  Set and technical requirements must be minimal. Only standard furniture and minimal props will be available for the production.
  • Plays must be typed/word-processed with pages numbered and include a cover page with the following contact information: Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a brief biography.
  • All play submissions will be handled with care. However, The Fine Arts Association assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged scripts.

Mailing Guidelines:

  • Mail submission to: Ann Hedger, Ten Minute Plays, The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue, Willoughby, Ohio 44094.
  • Mailed submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2013 to be considered for the Festival.
  • Mailed submissions must be securely bound with a cover page with full contact information (see above).
  • If you mail your script and would like it returned, include an S.A.S.E. with your submission. If no S.A.S.E. is included, your script will be recycled. The timeframe for return of scripts is at the convenience The Fine Arts Association.

E-mail Guidelines:

  • Submissions may be e-mailed to and should include a separate page with full contact information (see above). E-mail submissions must be received by The Fine Arts Association by Tuesday, October 1, 2013 to be considered.
  • Preferred document format: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or .PDF files.

Selection Information:
Selections will be made by The Fine Arts Association Performance Department and inclusion in the festival is solely at their discretion.

Time Frame:
Submissions accepted: Beginning August 1, 2013
Submission deadline: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Notification: Between January 6-17, 2014
Festival Dates: March 28-April 12, 2014

Questions? Call 440-951-7500 x103

Deadline for all these competitions:  1 October 2013

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

6FootStories call for writers with ideas-in-progress

The following call for submissions appeared on the UK Playwriting Facebook Group.  We’re including it here in its original format rather than our normal breakdown so you can get a feel of what they’re going for:

Hi guys,

I am the co-artistic director of 6FootStories. We are a relatively new company, so you are forgiven if you haven’t heard of us. We’re a “new writing” company, in that we write new stuff, but it has a very particular flavour. We like strange storytelling, tales set in weird places, weird worlds. Stories that throw ordinary people into extraordinary circumstances. Our last show, Soften the Grey, toured to fringe festivals this summer and was all about a man who dies and ends up in a strange Citizens’ Advice Bureau for the deceased and has to work out which afterlife he wants. So that’s the kind of thing we like. Peculiar stories that address the big ideas like FAITH and DEATH.

Anyway, we’ve got a show coming up in Guildford in November – SHATTERED FRAGMENTS. This is our signature night of new work. We present 6 brand new pieces, stories at the beginning of their lives, and invite the audience for as much feedback as they can give us. Our two full-length shows were first presented as shorts at Shattered Fragments, so it is a central part of our process.

So far, everything we’ve produced has been written by myself and Jake Hassam, our other co-artistic director. However, this time we want to open the fold to other writers and theatre-makers. Hence why I’m posting on here. If you have a story you’d like to try out in a 10-15 minute slot at Shattered Fragments then please get in touch. The shows are on 15th & 16th November at the lovely Mill Studio at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. If it’s just a bit of script that you’ve got that’s fine, and likewise so is a more fully-formed piece if you’ve got a company yourselves. The two conditions for presenting something are:

1. It is not a finished story – it is something that could be expanded into a larger piece.
2. It fits with our weird and wonderful style. So it needs to bend the rules slightly, it needs to operate slightly outside the parameters of our own boring lives. If you’re not sure, just get in touch anyway.

So, I hope I haven’t gone on for too long; I wanted to give as full a picture as possible. If you want to get in touch, please email, and if you want more information please go to our brand new website,

Thanks a lot,


Deadline:  4 October 2013

Source:  UK Playwriting Facebook Group

Cool stuff: Podcasts from the Dramatists Guild of America

If you’re in need of a little writing inspiration or guidance, the Dramatists Guild of America has a wonderful collection of talks available from a range of exciting theatremakers, including Lanford Wilson, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, Paula Vogel, and a host of other prominent (though mostly American!) writers.

You can check them out here:


Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 27 September 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).

The Royal Court accepting applications for playwriting groups – Deadline: 27 September 2013

Southend Playwriting Festival accepting submissions for 2014 season – Deadline: 30 September 2013

From Page to Stage seeking new musicals for production – Deadline: 30 September 2013

HighTide 2015 accepting submissions via IdeasTap – Deadline: 30 September 2013 at 5pm

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Fright Night’ – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough) accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 September 2013

Castillo Theatre Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (NYC) – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Hampstead Theatre submissions cut-off – Deadline: 1 October 2013

Call out for submissions for Quarterhouse Theatre Scratch Nights – Deadline 2 October 2013 at 12 noon

Call for submissions: Camden People’s Theatre Festival of Feminism – Deadline: 7 October 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays – Deadline: 10 October 2013

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

‘Wellbeing’ Playwriting Competition from Almost Random Theatre seeking 20 min plays (fee required) – Deadline: 10 October 2013

International Student Playwriting Competition (age 16-25, open to non-students) – Deadline: 11 October 2013

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Wrapped Up’ – Deadline: 14 October 2013

Tiny Plays London seeking submissions – Deadline: 15 October 2013

Write/Cycle puts out call for 10 minute responses to ‘Frankenstein’ – Deadline: 16 October 2013

Lost Theatre accepting submissions of 5 minute plays – Deadline: 20 October 2013

Script This seeking 10 minute excerpts for rehearsed reading at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre – Deadline: 21 October 2013

Drunken Nights II  – Call for proposals – Deadline: 21 October 2013

The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme – Deadline: 28 October 2013

‘Pitch Perfect’ £12,000 Musical Theatre Prize – Deadline:  31 October 2013

Adrian Pagan Award seeking script entries from *non-playwright* theatre professionals – Deadline: 31 October 2013

SHIFT Productions looking for new writers – Deadline: 31 October 2013

Fullerton College (USA) accepting submissions for Playwright’s Festival – 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

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

Trinity College London International Playwriting Competition accepting entries of one-act plays for young people (Fee required) – Deadline: 13 December 2013

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Castillo Theatre Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (NYC)

The Castillo Theatre (NYC) sponsors the Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest and reading series annually. In its seventh year, the political play contest is intended to encourage the writing of scripts for the stage that engage the political/social/cultural questions affecting the world today and/or historical events and issues that impact on our heritage.

While Castillo recognizes that in the broadest sense, all theatre is political, the contest is seeking politically progressive plays that: look at social and/or economic problems and challenges; explore possibilities of social transformation; and, reflect the concerns and interests of communities or which explore the importance of community. The contest also welcomes scripts that experiment with form and seek new ways of seeing and experiencing theatrical performance.

The contest is judged by a team of distinguished theatre artists. The winning script(s) will receive a reading at the Castillo Theatre in New York City during the theatre’s 2014 summer season.

What to submit:  The plays submitted to the Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest may be written in any style, set in any historical time, geographic or imaginary location, contain any number of characters and be of any length. The plays must be in English and cannot be musicals or adaptations. No scripts will be considered that have previously been submitted to this contest, have received a production or won other contests. Only one script per playwright per year will be accepted.

All scripts should be submitted in hard copy and must be accompanied by:

  • a statement of the political/social/cultural questions that the script engages (scripts with no accompanying statement will not be considered)
  • a brief synopsis
  • a character breakdown, including gender, age and ethnic requirements, if any
  • a 100-word biography of the playwright
  • a current email address for the playwright.

Please note:

  • Receipt of scripts will be acknowledged via email.
  • Scripts will not be returned.
  • Castillo does not give critical feedback to playwrights/contestants.
  • Contest winners are required to sign a letter of agreement, which will include, but not be limited to, granting the right for Castillo to produce one or more readings and/or a full production of the winning play.
  • Contest winners are responsible for travel expenses or any other expenses incurred as a result of participating in the development of the play with Castillo, or as a result of attending the reading and/or production.

All scripts must be postmarked by October 1, 2013. The winner(s) will be publicly announced at the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre in New York City in May of 2014.

How to apply:  Send all submissions to:

Castillo Theatre
543 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Attn: Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest

Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Madelyn Chapman at 212-356-8485 or

Deadline:  1 October 2013 (postmark date)

Source:  Play Submissions Helper

A resource for emerging playwrights