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  All entries must be the original, unpublished work of the author.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.

Irresponsible Decorators accepting submissions for new writing night

Irresponsible Decorators are looking for aspiring playwrights to submit original work for a new writing night. They are looking for four 20 minute plays responding to the theme of ‘crossing the line’. Plays must require a cast of no more than 5 actors, although doubling is encouraged. Successful writers will have their plays performed at the Maltings Theatre in Hertfordshire.

Additional information: 

  •  Please include a cast list and any potential doubling, and make sure the pages are numbered.
  •  This is an unpaid opportunity.
  •  Radio, television and film scripts, novels and poetry,  adaptations (unless you have already secured the rights) or synopsis  only submissions will not be accepted.

How to apply: Please email submissions/queries to with “New Writing Night Submission/Query” as the subject.

Deadline: 31st October 2013.

Source: London Comedy Writers Website.

Theatre Renegade accepting submissions for showcase at the Bush

Theatre Renegade’s Courting Drama programme promotes the work of four emerging directors and writers by creating new collaborations and presenting the subsequent work in the Bush Theatre’s Attic space once every four months. This time, they are looking for a new writer to have their work showcased as part of the programme.

*Please note: this opportunity is open to IdeasTap members only. You can sign up here. *

How it works: Theatre Renegade pairs up four writers with four directors. These duos then create a 20 minute piece of new writing which is performed at the Bush Theatre. For their next event, they are inviting submissions from writers to fill a fifth spot (usually reserved for work commissioned by Theatre Renegade, or pieces that they would like to try in front of an audience). Your piece of writing will be workshopped, and then showcased on Saturday 23 November 2013.

Additional information: Theatre Renegade is looking for a piece of about 12 to 20 minutes that is either an extract from a longer piece, or a self-contained short piece. The chosen piece will be worked through with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg before the final performance. The length of the rehearsal period for your piece will be decided upon with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg.

Theatre Renegade would like the chosen writer to be available to attend some rehearsals in London, dates to be decided by the director and writer, and to the show of Courting Drama itself.

The winner must be willing to travel to London at their own expense. Unfortunately, Theatre Renegade will not be able to pay any travel expenses.

How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap. Submissions are welcomed from writers 16 and over.

Deadline: Friday 25 October 2013 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs Page.

Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from the future’ (18-25)

The Arcola Theatre along with London Metropolitan University are looking for three writers for their ‘Voices from the Future’ scheme. The chosen writers will  attend a week of playwriting workshops led by a professional playwright culminating in developing a piece of new writing for performance at the Arcola this December.

During the workshop week, writers will explore the issues surrounding climate change, explore playwriting form and style, and also have access to some of the UKs leading experts in the field. On the final day of the week, writers will have opportunity to test out their ideas and gather further stimulus by  going in to local primary schools where the Arcola will run creative workshops looking in to climate change. After this, writers will have three weeks to develop a short (15 to 30 minute) piece that deals with the real-world effects of climate change.

Additional information:

  • This opportunity is open to IdeasTap members aged 18-25 only.
  • The week of writing workshops will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.
  • The scratch performances will take place on Sunday 1 December, with a rehearsal day on Saturday 30 November.
  • The project will culminate in early December with a scratch reading of these new scenes at the Arcola Theatre as part of Green Arcola’s Green Sunday programme. Arcola Theatre will provide a professional director and actors to rehearse and stage these readings, along with all technical support.
  • Please note that no expenses will be paid.

Judges at the Arcola are looking for ” interesting ideas concerned with how to overcome the difficulties playwrights might face when addressing issues of climate change. They are especially interested in finding original, new voices that tackle the effects of climate change in an innovative and engaging way”.

How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap where applicants can submit supporting documents.

Deadline: 21 October 2013 at 5pm.

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs Page.

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 4 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).

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

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

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

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

The Paul Darby prize for drama is now open for submissions (entry fee £5)

The Paul Darby Prize is now open for submissions with the aim of encouraging new stage plays and emerging writers. The winner will receive a prize of £1000, together with a staging of their play at the Questors Theatre in Ealing which is renowned for its’ association with new writing as well as extensive work with the RSC . Four short-listed finalists will also have the opportunity to be involved in rehearsed readings of their plays at the Questors Theatre.

Additional information: “Paul Darby was committed to supporting new theatre, and his experience as a sound designer ranged across Oxford, London and Chichester. This prize in his memory will give favourable consideration to plays that make creative use of lighting and sound! Throughout his life, he was involved with the Royal Brompton hospital charity; proceeds from the operation of this prize will be directed to their charitable fund, as well as to the Questors Theatre”.
How to enter:
  • Submit two copies of your script (which should be typed, double-spaced, and printed on one side of A4 paper only).
  • Do not write your name anywhere on your script – each page should include the title of the play and the page number.
  • Enclose your entry fee of £5 by cheque payable to Mrs S Darby.
  • Enclose one completed entry sheet with your entry and fully read the terms and conditions, both of which can be found on the website.

Deadline: 28 February 2014 (entries received after this date will not be considered, but the entry fee will not be taken).

Source: @Playwriting_UK


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

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