Exeter Phoenix Digital are running a National Short Film Commissioning Competition for UK Residents, seeking films between 5 and 10 minutes long. All genres welcome. (Note: they are also running a separate competition, which only entrants based in Devon are allowed to enter.)
What to submit: A statement of up to 400 words outlining your ideas. “The proposal should clearly demonstrate the tone, themes, genre and strategy of your ideas. We will not accept any supporting material at this stage.” Submissions are made through their online form.
What you win: “The 2013 Short Film Commission will contribute £500 towards the cost of developing and realizing the short film project, such as equipment, cast, crew, locations, travel, etc. There will also be a set amount of in-kind support in the form of equipment hire and access to facilities such as edit suites and studios. Access to training and personal development will be included too.”
Closing date: Friday 15 February 2013
Chalk the Sun will be running creative writing workshops for stage and screen on the second Saturday of each month in Balham, South London. Workshop leaders include BBC script-editor Jonathan Wolfman, TV writer Gillian Corderoy, director and playwright Danusia Iwaszko and the Chalk team (for more details on tutors, check the Chalk the Sun tutors page).
Flexible attendance permitted.
Fee: £30 one session, £125 for five sessions, £225 for 10.
Tomorrow 25 January HighTide Literary Manager Rob Drummer will be answering questions about writing and submitting plays in an online forum titled “How do I know when my play is ready?”. Check out the full info on the IdeasTap page. (Note: you must be an IdeasTap member to participate in the Forum.)
This Saturday 26 January from 1-5pm, the Soho Theatre is having a big sale on playtexts. A good chance to pick up some bargains on playtexts spanning their last decade of productions. More details at the link.
Sky Blue Theatre Company has put out a call for submissions for their play competition (now running for its second year). The company is based in Cambridge, but there are no geographic limits on entry.
What to submit: A one-act play (10-30 minutes) with two or more actors. 50 word play synopsis also required. (The rules include strict guidelines on formatting.)
What you pay: £15 per play entry. You can submit as many plays as you like.
What you win: Shortlisted plays will be performed at the Junction Theatre, Cambridge. The audience will vote for the winning play. Shortlisted writers will be considered for publication by Samuel French and Lazy Bee Scripts with written assessments from these publishers, and will be given a filmed copy of the performance of their play.
Closing date: 30 March 2013
To celebrate its 25 year anniversary, Nick Hern Books will be offering a 25% discount on all titles on their website during 2013.
In addition to a wide selection of plays, they have a number of books on playwriting. If there’s anything you’ve had your eye on, now is the time…
Get your scripts ready! The BBC Writersroom will be running its next submission window from 14 February 2013 to 28 March 2013, and this may be your last chance to submit to them for the forseeable future.
In 2012, the Writersroom adopted a new submission policy – no longer accepting scripts year round, they instead require that scripts be sent in during specified submission windows. The goal of this was to better control (and ideally reduce) the number of submissions. However, as Paul Ashton explains on their blog, the changes have not had the expected effect. The BBC has actually received more scripts under this new system, and they feel that often the work isn’t as polished because people are sending in pieces that aren’t ready to make the submission window.
This combined with the fact that they are planning to adopt an e-submissions policy means that the BBC Writersroom won’t be accepting new submissions until Autumn 2013 at the earliest. The BBC states that they will be running other talent searches and opportunities in the meantime, but if you have a script you want them to see, best to get it in now. (And be sure to check their formatting guidelines first to give your script its best shot.)
Closing date: 28 March 2013
Equal Writes has put out a call for submissions.
What to submit: “Short scenes and monologues of 3 to 10 minutes long with the focus on women, women’s stories or women in situations we are not presently seeing represented on UK stages. Scenes can be for up to 5 actors, male and female, playing age 16 and above.”
Performance details: An evening performance of selected scenes and Q&A at the Tristan Bates Theatre on 11 March 2013.
Although the focus is on women’s stories, nowhere does it say that submissions are limited to women writers, so anyone with a story to tell should feel free to submit.
Closing date: 12 February 2013
Interested in writing for youth? Submit to A Play for the Nation’s Youth, an exciting new competition being launched by the Salisbury Playhouse, Nick Hern Books, Out of Joint, the BBC Writersroom and the National Association of Youth Theatres.
What to submit: “Each writer is asked to submit at least 25 pages of a new and unperformed piece for young people aged 11-19 years which can either be an original play or an adaptation of a copyright free text. There should be roles for at least 20 young people but adult roles may also feature.”
What you win: “The chosen playwright will win £1000 seed commission and will be given support including dramaturgy, mentoring, theatre workshops and a public staged reading with professional actors and young people. There is also the possibility that a successful development period could lead to a production and publication.”
Closing date: 8 February 2013
Full details at link.