The Space seeking playwrights for writing programme

The Space is seeking playwrights for a brand-new playwriting competition, Script6. Six  up-and-coming playwrights will take part in a six month programme which will include workshops and script development, culminating in writing a brand-new full length play.  The final scripts will be given rehearsed readings by professional actors in a three-day Script6 Festival. A special panel will select one winning script which will then be developed and given a run at the Space.

This opportunity is open to writers who have already had a minimum of:

  • Two professional productions running for a minimum of three weeks OR three professional productions running for a minimum of two weeks.

How to apply: Visit the website for full details of course dates and then email to request an application pack. Submissions should take the form of a completed pack and a copy of a full-length play that you have written. Both should be sent via return email as .doc or .pdf documents.

Deadline: All completed applications must be received no later than 5pm on Monday 28th October 2013.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

Collaborative Writing Masterclass with the Paper Tiger collective – applications open (fee)

Paper Tiger are holding a one day masterclass which aims to introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process and this workshop will unpack ways to:

  • Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
  • Generate material as a group
  • Plot and structure a collective narrative
  • Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy


This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds, including actors, writers and directors.  Applications are welcomed from individuals as well as pairs/ groups.

Cost: £30 per participant. (Payment must be received in advance, on confirmation of your place and cannot be refunded if you cancel on or after Friday 20th September).

To apply: Send an email with your CV or Spotlight Link and a brief paragraph (200 words) on why you want to do the masterclass. In the case of joint applications from pairs/groups, please also submit an additional brief paragraph outlining your collective practice to date. Send for the attention of Felicity to with “Collaborative Writing” in the subject line.

Date: The masterclass will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12

Deadline to apply: Friday 13 September, midday

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 6 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).

Greenhorn Short Film Festival 2013 accepting submissions for script consultations – Deadline: not specified, limited places so submit early.

The Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award – call for submissions from Artistic Directors – Deadline: 6 September 2013

White Rabbit accepting short story submissions for performance – Deadline: 6 September 2013

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking new writing for rehearsed reading – Deadline: 8 September 2013

Acme Theatre (USA) seeking short plays – Deadline: 8 September 2013

Lyric Hammersmith Writers Programme inviting applications (ages 18-25) – Deadline: 9 September 2013

Chichester Young Playwrights (age 16-25) – Deadline: 9 September 2013

Ofgem looking for a Writer/ Editor – Deadline: 9 September 2013

Radio 4 sketch series 2525 seeking submissions – Deadline: 13 September 2013

The Roundhouse accepting proposals for spoken word/ theatre shows – Deadline: 13 September 2013 at 5pm

Greenhorn Short Film Festival accepting short film submissions – Deadline: 15 September 2013

Riverside Theatre seeking monologues based on theme ‘Merge’ (USA) – Deadline: 15 September 2013

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 40-50 minute plays for development – Deadline: 15 September 2013

BBC Community Theatre Scheme – Deadline: 16 September 2013

The Scenic Route seeking submissions from musical theatre writers – Deadline: 20 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

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

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

Almost Random Theatre seeking short plays (entry fee) – 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

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

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

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

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only) – Deadline: 1 December 2013

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

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Wrapped Up’

This December, Skylight Theatre will be celebrating the festive season with Wrapped Up, a festival of new writing performed throughout December at the Drayton Theatre.

What to submit:  They’re looking for short pieces (between 10 and 20 minutes) that give a fresh perspective on the Yuletide countdown.

How to apply:  Plays can be submitted via their contact page.  Email or see our website for more details –

Deadline: 14 October 2013

Source:  Arts Council Newsletter

Skylight Theatre seeking short plays for ‘Fright Night’

Skylight Theatre is looking for writers to contribute to their forthcoming shows.

On the 1st and 2nd November, they will be taking part in the Drayton Arms Halloween celebrations with a show of contemporary chills from new writers.

What to submit:  They’re looking for short pieces (between 10 and 20 minutes) that can deliver a genuine scare to the audience.

How to apply:  Plays can be submitted via their contact page.  Email or see our website for more details –

Deadline: 30 September 2013

Source:  Arts Council Newsletter

Theatre Exchange Birmingham seeking new writing for rehearsed reading

Applications are open for the rehearsed readings taking place on Monday 16th September 2013 at Theatre Exchange Birmingham.

This is an opportunity to see the words you’ve written come to life in a relaxed and supportive setting. Professional volunteer actors and directors rehearse the selected extracts for 2 hours after which they will be performed in front of an audience. Audience feedback will be given in paper form.
What happens after Theatre Exchange?  Next steps for playwrights have included: full length rehearsed readings at The Edge, Digbeth; fringe productions at The Old Joint Stock; private full cast readings and work-shopping.
They are working in collaboration with Capital Theatre Festival to find  a piece of new writing for this years festival (20th-24th November), this is subject to successful funding.  If you would like to have your play considered for this please let us know in your application for the monthly readings.
We can’t promise the outcome of your involvement in Theatre Exchange but there are lots of people to discuss ideas with making it a great place to start.
  • You may apply with a short stand alone piece or an extract from a full length play.
  • If you’re interested in submitting  for Capital Theatre Festival please send your full script, detailing page numbers for the extract you want to submit for the initial reading.
  • Extracts limited to 8 mins ( although 10 isn’t a disaster!)
  • Provide us with a short synopsis and character breakdown.
  • Please include page numbers, and headers.
  • Let us know what question you would like to ask the audience.
  • Everyone involved including the organisers are volunteers. However, for taking part you will receive a discount card for the Old Joint Stock Theatre, use of rehearsal space and a complimentary ticket for a performance of your choice at The Old Joint Stock Theatre.

To apply:  Email your script, synopsis, character breakdown and CV to

Deadline: Sunday 8th September 2013 at 6pm

Riverside Theatre seeking monologues based on theme ‘Merge’

Iowa City’s (Iowa, USA) Riverside Theatre invites playwrights to submit monologues for performance in Walking the Wire. This annual celebration of original work features monologues of ten minutes or less by both established and emerging playwrights.  The focus for this season’s monologues is: MERGE.

The theme is intended to yield an array of intriguing stories, creating a night that changes lanes through diverse topics, laughter and sincere emotions.

Submissions must be emailed as a Word document and dated by midnight CST September 15, 2013; final selections will be announced on Riverside Theatre’s website ( on November 1, 2013. The monologues will be performed February 28-March 9, 2014 at Riverside Theatre, 213 N. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, Iowa.

Additional details:

  1. Up to two submissions per author of original, unpublished and unproduced monologues less than ten minutes length (please read it aloud and include the approximate performance time on the first page of your submission; all lengths of up to ten minutes will be considered, with the objective of choosing monologues of varying lengths).
  2. Selection considerations: Monologues should have strong forward action and a clear dramatic event or moment.
  3. Copy requirements: double spaced in a minimum 12 pt. font, and including the playwright’s name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  4. Simple is best.  Since “Walking the Wire” typically includes 10-12 monologues, it is important that each one require as little production as possible; set-pieces, props or effects needing set-up, strike, or special technical support may disqualify an otherwise excellent submission.
  5. Email submissions (Word document attachment) must be dated by midnight CST September 15, 2013.  Final selections will announced on Riverside Theatre’s website, on November 1, 2013.
  6. Writers will be credited in all marketing and playbill materials; no royalties will be paid. Walking the Wire will be produced February 28 – March 9, 2014.  Playwrights are entitled to two complimentary tickets to any single performance; tickets are not transferable.
  7. Submissions should be emailed to:

Deadline:15 September 2013 at midnight (CST)

Source: Play Submissions Helper

From Page to Stage seeking new musicals for production

Following the success of this year’s inaugural season of new musical theatre, Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Robert McWhir of The Landor Theatre are delighted to announce that applications are now open for the second From Page To Stage season from Tuesday 11 February – Saturday 8 March 2014 at the Landor Theatre.
From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved. The 2014 season will present a mixed programme of work at different stages of development, performed by a repertory company.
Expanding on the format of the 2013 season, From Page To Stage 2014 will present:
A new British musical – to headline the season and run for one week in a fully staged production | A new American musical – to run for 3 performances, celebrating new work from America | A concert musical – a musical specifically intended to be performed in concert format | A classical cross-over/opera piece – to showcase the musical variety within the genre | Showcases – parts of musicals in development, presented with minimal staging| Rehearsed readings – full shows in development, read from scripts.
What to submit:  In order to apply for the season you must have:
  • a script which can be sent by email
  • a fully notated piano/vocal score for either your full show, or the parts you wish to submit
  • sample MP3’s (which do not need to be of high quality)
  • Scripts must not have had a full scale production
  • Scripts must be written and submitted in English
How to apply:  To apply please email: with the subject: FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2014.
Please be sure to include:
  • which bracket of our season you feel your show falls under: A new British musical, a new American musical, a rehearsed reading, a showcase, a concert musical, or a classical crossover piece.
  • where you reside
  • a synopsis of your musical
  • a character list and breakdown
  • 3 MP3’s from your show
  • 3 sample scenes from your show
PLEASE NOTE for the READINGS they can not accommodate casts bigger than 10 due to funding restrictions.
You can follow From Page to Stage on Twitter at @frompage2stage.
Deadline:  Monday 30 September 2013

10th Women Playwrights International Conference accepting submissions (women writers only)

Women Playwrights International is now accepting submissions from playwrights who want their original work to be part of the next WPI conference. The conference will be held in July 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Women playwrights are requested to submit plays on the following themes:
  • Beyond Words: Plays that script the physical, the visual, the digital or the aural – new texts for new mediums
  • In Other Words: Plays that are multilingual, for multilingual audiences, or have been translated into English from their original language
  • Choice of Words: Scripts that have been developed with actors, directors, co-writers or dramaturgs as part of a workshop or devised process
  • Our Own Words: Plays written for the writer themselves to perform, plays exploring autobiography or memoir
Eligibility:  Submission is open to professional, semi-professional or beginning women playwrights from any part of the world, of any age. The script can be unproduced or previously produced (please do not submit plays for which you do not own copyright).

What to submit:  One acts as well as full length plays will be accepted. Musicals will be accepted within reason and selection will be resource dependent.

For the first round of submission, please submit the following via the online form:
  • An 80 word synopsis of your play
  • A 50 word motivation detailing how and why it fits one of the WPI 2015 themes
  • A 50 word biography of the playwright
  • Your country of residence
  • A brief production/development history of the submitted play (if applicable).
  • Please note:  Your synopsis must be in English, and your full script should be 75% English, or translated into English
  • Your play must have a maximum of 8 characters

Additional information can be found in their online newsletter, available here or at the following link:

Deadline: 1 December 2013

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Acme Theatre (USA) seeking short plays

Acme Theater of Maynard, MA (USA) is proud to announce that it is now accepting submissions for our 13th annual New Works Winter Festival. The festival will be performed over two weekends in January 2014. Selected plays will be divided into two festival tracks and will be performed once per weekend. At the conclusion of each festival track, one playwright will be awarded the audience choice award, known as “The Charlie”.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Scripts must be limited to a length of ten (10) pages or less in standard script format and be able to be legitimately performed in 10 minutes. Please keep type sizes at 10 pts or greater, double spaced, and leave some margin space.
  • Maximum submission limit of ONE (1) play per playwright.
  • Any subject matter welcome. Comedy or drama. Please no overuse of strong language.
  • Plays may have already been produced elsewhere, but any published works will not be considered.
  • Selected playwrights will be given the option to provide their own director, actors, props, etc., or have Acme provide someone from our pool of eager and capable directors for you and cast the play from our festival auditions in November 2013.

How to apply:  Please email script in .doc or .pdf format to Tom Berry at acmenwwf@yahoo.comSelected playwrights will be notified by November 2013.

Technical Requirements: Acme Theater is a 72-seat black box in Maynard, MA with full light and sound equipment. Acme will provide sound and light operators, the stage and a 45 minute tech time the week before we open so that casts can become familiar with our space prior to the festival.

Your script will be limited to the use of any/all of the following set pieces provided by Acme:

  • 6 standard wooden chairs
  • 1 dining room table
  • 1 coffee table
  • 1 tall table/desk
  • 1 end table
  • 1 podium
  • 1 small love seat
  • 1 park bench
  • Hand props will be allowed, but nothing else.

Deadline: Sunday 8 September 2013

Source: Play Submissions Helper

A resource for emerging playwrights