Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2014

Entries are now open for the Channel 4 screenwriting course 2014.

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

Writers will be expected to write an original, pilot one-hour drama series or serial episode, and 2-3 page outline \ pitch for the series \ serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a 2nd draft script before the 2nd weekend of the course.  Completed, 2nd draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.

Course dates:  25th and 26th January 2014 / 14th and 15th June 2014

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and are free to write two drafts of a one-hour television drama between 27th January and 5th June 2014.

Eligibility:  Eligible writers must meet the following criteria:

  • Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).
  • Applicants must be 18 or over on Jan 1st 2014.
  • Applicants must be resident in UK or Ireland
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (max) may enter. Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.

What to submit/How to apply:  Applicants should submit by using the online form on the website a CV, together with one writing sample (saved as a PDF).  This can be a screenplay (film or TV), stage play or radio play, minimum length 25 pages (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable).

Scripts entered must be 25 – 135 pages in length. They can be screenplays, TV scripts, stage plays or radio plays. Scripts shorter than 25 pages or longer than 135 pages will not be considered.  The scripts should be original, not episodes of existing drama series.

Additional details can be found on the webpage.

What you get:  In addition to the workshop sessions, writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script.  All writers will be required to grant Shelley Productions a first option for Channel 4 to acquire all rights in their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

Deadline:  1 November 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Script Consultant Newsletter

Rich Mix seeking stories of city life for Small Story/Big City (artists with four or fewer years experience only)

Throughout 2014, Rich Mix is looking for new/emerging performers and companies to come and tell their stories of city life, to present just some of these small tales that contribute to the rich tapestry of the big city.

Rich Mix is located in the heart of East London, one of the most diverse and exciting parts of this particular city.  Small Story/Big City is seeking submissions for theatre and performance work that encapsulates the smallness and the bigness of city life. These showcases will happen once a month, mainly in their studio theatre, though they are happy to receive submissions that respond to other spaces within the Rich Mix building and working across multiple art-forms.

Performances will take place once a month, on either a Friday or Saturday evening, starting February 2014.

What to submit:  The application form (downloadable on their website) requires the following information:

  • Brief description of the piece (400 words)
  • Practical details (staging, length of piece, etc)
  • Details of relevant experience (300 words)
  • Description of your artistic practice (300 words)
  • Details of marketing support
  • Why have you applied?  (250 words)
  • Up to 3 images in support of your application

How to apply:  The application form can be downloaded from their website and sent it to with ‘Stories of London – Submission’ in the subject line.  (Note: Video applications are also accepted – videos should be uploaded to youtube, and the link submitted by email as above.)

Eligibility:  In order for your work to be considered, you must have been working in live performance for 4 years or less. Work must be no longer than 90 minutes (excluding interval), however we will consider shorter works to be presented as part of a double or triple bill. Those with work in development or new writing are also encouraged to apply – we are happy to hear from those with work at the very early stages of development, as well as those with completed works.

Deadline: 4 November 2013 at 10am

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

The One Festival at the Space accepting submissions of monologues

Image via The Space

Following the success of last year’s One Festival, The Space is delighted to once more open its doors to new acting, writing and directing talent.  The One Festival is a showcase of monologues featuring work from a wide range of theatre professionals.  With an exciting blend of work split into four programmes over two weeks, the One Festival is an extension of The Space’s commitment to produce work that is accessible, ambitious and inventive. The festival will run from 22nd Jan – 2nd February 2014 at the Space.

What to submit:  They will accept anything from a short piece, one act or full length play – the only restriction is that it must be performed by one performer.  A synopsis of the piece (150 words or less) must also be provided.

How to apply:  The Festival Proposal Form can be found on their website.  Completed applications can be sent to Adam Hemming at

What you get:  Participants of the One festival will receive:

  • A welcoming and supportive environment
  • Box office splits
  • Marketing and Production support
  • A full box office service (online, phone and door sales)
  • Entry on our website, season brochure and fortnightly e-newsletters

Festival schedule:  The programme dates will run as follows:-

  • Programme A: Wednesday 22nd Jan, Saturday 25th Jan (evening), Sunday 2nd Feb (matinee)
  • Programme B: Thursday 23rd Jan, Sunday 26th Jan (matinee), Friday 31st Jan
  • Programme C: Friday 24th Jan, Wednesday 29th Jan, Saturday 1st Feb (matinee)
  • Programme D: Saturday 25th Jan (matinee), Thursday 30th Jan, Saturday 1st Feb (evening)

All performances are evening slots unless a matinee is specified above. Please state your preferred programme, if any, with your returned application form.

Deadline: 18 October 2013 at 5pm

Source: The Space Website

TLW LEXiCON Play and Short Story Competition (£3 submission fee)

TLW LEXiCON has announced a Play and Short Story Competition.  Running from the 15th to the 16th March 2014 in the Alexander Centre, Faversham,  TLW LEXiCON is a cross between a small convention or expo, and a relatively large literary event in the traditional style.

The prompt:  Write a play or a short story that includes the title and something about a book that was first published prior to 1930. Your work can be set in any time period and can be in any genre, but must not simply be a re-working of the original plot of the chosen book. We are looking for creative fictional encounters with physical copies of the book itself, unexpectedly real characters that were always believed to be a product of the original author’s imagination, unpredictable events triggered by a well known title, or anything your creativity can conjure.

Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must run to no longer than 20 minutes, and have a cast of no more than five actors.
  • Short stories must be no longer than 3500 words.
  • You may submit one play, one story, or one of each. You may not submit more than one story or more than one play.
  • Your work must be suitable for a general audience as TLW LEXiCON is a family event.
  • Submission of an entry to the competition is subject to the Competition Submissions Terms and Conditions.

How to apply:  Entries can be submitted on their website.

What you pay:  There is a submission fee of £3 for every entry.

What you get:  The winning selection of four plays will be performed as a rehearsed reading on one of the stages at TLW LEXiCON in Faversham throughout the weekend of the festival. An overall best play and best short story will be selected at the end of the festival, and will be presented with a certificate and a prize that will be announced nearer the time.

Deadline:  10 January 2014  (*Note:  Submissions don’t open until 1 November 2013!)

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 11 October 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).

Submissons are now open for the 8th Theatre Breaks Festival from Tiny Dog Productions – Deadline 11 October 2013

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

Descent call for 12 line ‘Playellas’– Deadline: 13 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

Playwriting workshop at Pentabus Theatre (fee) – Workshop takes place on 19th October 2013, no deadline for applications posted.

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

Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from the future’ (18-25) – Deadline: 21 October 2013

Theatre Renegade accepting submissions for showcase at the Bush – Deadline: 25 October at 5pm

Tower Theatre Company accepting submissions for new play competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 25 October at 5pm

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

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

Irresponsible Decorators accepting submissions for new writing night – 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

Papercut Theatre running a workshop for emerging writers (fee) – Workshop takes place on 2 November 2013, no deadline for applications posted.

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

Sky Arts Futures Fund – £30K bursaries to be won (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 6 December 2013 at 5pm

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

Lace Market Theatre seeking new play submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2013

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5) – Deadline: 28 February 2013

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted


Tower Theatre Company accepting submissions for new play competition (entry fee)

Tower Theatre Company are accepting submissions for their new play competition. The winning writer will have a full scale production of their play at a London Fringe venue in November 2013.  There is an entry fee of £10 for this competition (£5 for Tower members or friends of the Tower).

Theme: 2014 will mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War and Tower Theatre Company are inviting writers to explore the subject. There are no restrictions in terms of genre or structure and plays do not necessarily have to be set in period. However the themes of the play should resonate with those we associate with the Great War.

Selection process:

  • Stage One – October 2013 The submission deadline is October 25th. The Tower competition reading panel will read the plays. All entries will be viewed anonymously to ensure impartiality.
  • Stage Two  January 2014 A shortlist of five plays will be announced and these writers will be invited to a dramaturge workshop to explore and develop the plays further with the help of a director and actors. Writers will then have four weeks to submit a new draft.
  • Stage Three – March 2014   Four plays will go forward to rehearsed readings in July 2014. The fifth will be the ultimate winner.


Submission guidelines:

  1.  All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the author.
  2.  Entries must not have won a prize in any other competition or be entered in another competition at the same time.
  3.  Running time of between 60 and 120 minutes.
  4.  Plays can be submitted by post or email. Entries must be received no later than 5.00 on Friday 25th October 2013.
  5.  All entries must be written in English.
  6.  Your name should not appear anywhere on your script (include a separate cover sheet).
  7.  Format your script as closely to industry standard as you can. Entries must be typed, double-spaced in 12 point, Arial, Times or Bookman font. Pages MUST be   numbered with a footnote including ONLY the name of the play.
  8.  There is no need to include a writing CV or biography.
  9.  Please do not summarise your script, include character biographies or scene location breakdowns – let your script do the talking.
  10.  The panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Feedback will be available to those that make it through to Stage Two.
  11.  The entry free of £10 must accompany each script (£5 for Tower members and Friends of the Tower).
  12.  Copyright will rest with the writer.
  13.  The Tower Theatre Company will stage a production of the winning play in the autumn of 2014. No payment will be made in respect of performance rights.
  14.  The Tower Theatre Company MUST receive credit for the first production should the play be published in the future.

How to submit:

By email:  Your name, address, email address, phone number and the title of your play should be sent as an email and your script sent as a separate attachment (.doc or .pdf format). to, with ‘New Writing Competition’ as the subject. An email acknowledgement will be sent to you.

By post:   Your name, address, email address, phone number and the title of the play should accompany your submission, on a separate cover sheet. Ensure your pages are correctly numbered and clipped together in the correct order, loosely bound with a bulldog clip. Please include the entry fee with your script, cheques should be made out to Tower Theatre Company.

Send your entry to: New Writing Competition, Tower Theatre, St Bride Institute, Bride Lane, London EC4Y 8EQ.

 Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to the email address on the cover sheet OR by post if you enclose a small SAE for this purpose. Please include a large enough SAE if you would like your script to be returned, and don’t send your only copy!

Deadline: 25 October 2013

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Papercut Theatre running a workshop for emerging writers (fee)

Papercut Theatre will be running their ‘Professional Development for Emerging Writers’ workshop on 2nd November 2013 (10.30am – 6pm) in London. This day long workshop will look at:

  • At what stage should you send your plays to literary departments
  • What should your objectives be when sending your work to a theatre
  • Understanding feedback
  • Getting work staged
  • Networking
  • Managing the writer/ director relationship
  • Our top ten writing pitfalls to avoid
  • How to analyse others’ work and how this can benefit your own
  • Building unique character voices
This workshop will be led by Papercut Theatre Artistic Director, Melissa Dunne. Melissa is on the Literary Panel for the National Theatre and has read for The Bush Theatre, The Soho Theatre, Ice and Fire Theatre Company, The Verity Bargate Award and the Kings Cross Award.

Cost: £45 (tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided).

Location: Clean Break Theatre Company, 2 Patshull Road London NW5 2LB.

How to apply: contact or visit the website.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group.

Playwriting workshop at Pentabus Theatre (fee)

Pentabus Theatre are running a playwriting workshop led by Elizabeth Freestone on Saturday 19th October 10.3oam – 4.30pm. The workshop will look at developing your play, analysing structure and exploring conflict and how it affects your characters.There will also be a chance to read and discuss your work.

Places £50.

How to book:  email or call 01584 856564.

The workshop will take place at Pentabus Theatre in Ludlow.

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