Lyric Hammersmith seeking short pieces for showcase

Six members of the Lyric Hammersmith Young Company will be curating an evening of new work to be performed on 21 March 2012.  Writers are invited to submit short pieces in response to a short film about London.  (A link to the film can be found on the event page.)

What to submit: a piece of new writing about London between 10 and 15 minutes in length.  This should be accompanied by a brief description of the piece and a brief biography.  For full details see their website.

Deadline: 12pm on Friday 22 February 2013


Source: @Playwriting UK

BBC Writersroom open for submissions

The BBC Writersroom opens today for submissions!  As we explained in a previous post, this may be your last chance to submit for the forseeable future while they evaluate their submission system, so get your script ready…

What to submit: A full length script accompanied by a coversheet.

To be sure your script meets their requirements, read their FAQ.  And be sure to check their formatting guidelines before posting.

Deadline: 5pm on 28 March 2013


Love Inn at Octagon Theatre, Bolton

This opportunity is open to playwrights from around the country, even though it is not based in London.  Offered jointly by the Octagon Theatre, Bolton and the Alligators (Northern Antelopes), the Love Inn is an opportunity to spend the night at the Octagon collaborating with other playwrights.  Writers will arrive at 11pm on 27 February 2013, and can stay up until the wee hours then stay overnight.

Eligibility: The brief makes it unclear exactly who is eligible.  They both claim that the opportunity is open to ‘any playwright’, then stipulate that only professional playwrights can take part, which they define as writers who have had at least two plays produced professionally.  If you’re interested, it’s probably worth giving it a shot!

What to submit: They don’t specify what information is required to apply, but you should contact Elizabeth Newman at, with subject line ‘The Love Inn’.

What you get: “At the end of the event four playwrights will be offered seed commissions to have work produced by the Theatre in June 2013.”  No further details about the commissions were made available.

Deadline: 10am on 18 February 2013

Source: BBC Writersroom

Script Sessions seeking 15min plays for Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton

The Script Sessions are looking for 15 minute plays to be performed at the Courtyard Theatre.  Submissions should be inspired by the following quote:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”   (George Santayana – Life of Reason)

They also require that submissions be written in multiple timescales, where “stories from different time periods, cultures, worlds, places, spaces are told in parallel.”

Writers must be available for all development days and rehearsals to be eligible to submit.

What to submit: A 15 minute script inspired by the quote above, set in multiple timescales, written for a cast of four or fewer actors.

What you get: Selected scripts will be performed at the Courtyard Theatre on 29 April 2013.  The audience will vote for the winning play, whose writer will receive £50 and a bottle of prosecco.

Deadline: 5pm on 20 February 2013

Source: BBC Writersroom

2013 Nick Darke Award open for submissions

The Nick Darke Award, which celebrates the Cornish Writer, is an annual award made to a writer for a piece with an environmental theme.  The award can be made for a stage play, screenplay/short film, or radio play.  Unlike many awards, this competition is geared towards facilitating the writing of a new piece of work, rather than recognising a work that has already been completed.

What to submit:   See the competition website for full submission details.  Materials required are as follows:

  • A 25 word pitch of your idea
  • A 750 word outline of your idea
  • A 20 page writing sample
  • A CV detailing work to date

Note: Hardcopy submissions are required, so be sure to allow time for the post.

What you win: A £6,000 award designed to facilitate writing the script.

Deadline: 29 April 2013

George Devine Award 2013 open for submissions

The George Devine Award is an annual prize, established in 1966 in honour of the first director of the Royal Court Theatre.  The award is now administered by his daughter, Harriet Devine.  While your play need not have been produced to be submitted, it’s worth noting that any list of past winners is made almost of award-winners and high-profile debut productions.

What to submit:  2 copies of your script plus return SAE, and a summary of writing activities to date.
Post to:
Harriet Devine
9 Lower Mall
London W6 9DJ

What you win:  £10,000.

Deadline:  1 March 2013

Source: @CBGJessCooper

Lonesome Schoolboy Productions seeking plays

This opportunity was nicked from the Playwriting UK Facebook page:

Lonesome Schoolboy Productions is seeking 50 minute plays for Love vs Hate, to be performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre in a one-week run.  There are different briefs for male and female writers.

What to submit: An unperformed play of 50 minutes or less, with exactly six characters.  There are different briefs based on gender, detailed below.  Scripts should be sent to :

Female writers:  A 50 minute play about HATE.
6 Characters – all must be female.
Play must be set in one location, anywhere, anytime.
The director will be female.

Male writers: A 50 minute play about LOVE.
6 Characters – all must be male.
Play must be set in one location any where, anytime.
The director will be male.

What you get: Your play performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Closing date: Friday 1 March 2013


An interview with Abi Morgan from BBC’s FrontRow

If you’re feeling in need of inspiration, check out this BBC Radio 4 interview with Abi Morgan for FrontRow (Jan 2012, length).  In it, Morgan discusses the differences between writing for theatre, television and film, her writing process, and how she juggles so many impressive projects.  Aspirational and entertaining listening – all in the first 12 minutes.

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award seeking short plays (amateurs only, entry fee)

This competition, sponsored by Kenneth Branagh for the Windsor Fringe Festival, is seeking submissions for its tenth anniversary reward.  The competition is open to amateurs only (although they do not give a definition of amateur in the competition guidelines).

What to submit: An original play (30 minutes or less) that has not been published or performed.  Maximum cast size of six.  Only one play per writer will be accepted.  Full details on their website.

What you win: Three winning scripts will be selected for performances during three Drama Nights at the Windsor Fringe Festival in October and the winner of the £500 prize will be announced on the last night.

What you pay: £5 reading fee

Closing date: 5 March 2013

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