Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Postcard Theatre accepting 60-90 minute scripts in new playwriting competition

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick:Postcard Theatre accepting 60-90 minute scripts in new playwriting competition

Description: Postcard Theatre is currently accepting scripts for its’ new playwriting competition. They are looking for previously unperformed 60-90 minute scripts for casts of 2-5 which are suitable for a fringe production.

So, what’s so great about it? The winning play gets a full production by Postcard Theatre so this is a great opportunity to have your work produced by a professional theatre company. Postcard Theatre is based in the North West but they accept entries from anywhere so this could be a great way to make some regional connections and get a taste for working with a touring theatre company. They’re looking for full length plays (60-90 minutes) on any theme or genre so you might even have something which fits the bill ready to send! The deadline is 21 August, so you’ve got plenty of time to get your play ready. Oh, and the winner also gets 50 quid which is always nice.

Check out the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

Not Too Tame seeking new writing for Paines Plough’s Roundabout

Writers wanted for Paines Plough’s Roundabout season at The Lowry. Earlier this year NTT held their first TuckShop in London and have now been invited to showcase a selection of new writing at Paines Plough’s Roundabout in conjunction with The Lowry in Salford.

They are looking for scripts based on the theme of ‘Identity’ and we expect that this will be interpreted in a variety of ways.

Scripts should be for between 1-3 actors and anywhere between 1-10 minutes.  They are actively looking for a variety of pieces for this pic ‘n’ mix of a night, so encourage you to be creative!  Scripts will be staged in the round, and we welcome all elements of performance.  All technical requirements should be kept to a minimum.

How to apply:

  1. Like them on facebook and follow them on ontwitter @nottootame
  2. Download and complete an application form. You’ll be asked to write a 300 word statement and provide details of training and experience.
  3. Attach and email to tuckshop@nottootame.com. When emailing please put your name in CAPITALS as well as WRITER in the subject box

Deadline: 21 August 2015 at 5pm/ They’ll let you know if you’ve been successful via email by Friday 28th August.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

This is an unpaid opportunity to join Not Too Tame as we take on the exciting challenge of bringing our own brand of full throttle theatre to Paines Plough’s Roundabout for the first time at the Lowry.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of submissions we will be unable to notify you if you have been unsuccessful or to offer individual feedback. If you have any further questions please email tuckshop@nottootame.com

Get in touch! Not Too Tame are always looking to meet artists with a hunger for creating new work and a belief in theatre for all.  Can’t wait to hear from you!

Less is More Productions seeking new plays from writers in the North East

After last year’s tales of a family with a streak of cannibalism, the uncharitable charity and a butterfly with a very dark streak along with some wonderful monologues from their Brief Glimpse young writers and directors – less is MORE is ecstatic to be once again facilitating new writing as part of their ongoing commitment to Middlesbrough Theatre, Teesside and the North East. They are currently looking for new plays for their next event.

How to apply: Submit a copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be one act only and requires minimal set with no other large technical requirements. The text should include a cast list, essential production notes plus a resume/ scenario of the whole piece. Submit a brief biography of your experience and career to date. The play should contain a maximum of 4 characters or more that will only require a cast of 4.

Email submissions to david@lessismoreproductions.co.uk

PAYMENT: Funding is currently in the process of being assessed but each production will individually be allocated funds from an overall budget.

For full details, visit the website.

Deadline: 12 noon, 5th October 2015

Source: @Playwriting_UK

N16 Theatre looking for new short plays (deadline 7 August)

N16 Theatre is a theatre for the artists of tomorrow creating opportunities with engaging new work. They are now moving to Balham and looking for new exciting shorts to be a part of an opening night.
They are looking for new writers who have short plays, particularly those who have already found their cast – however, they will look at all entries!
How to submit: send scripts to theatren16@gmail.com with ‘shorts’ in the subject box.
Deadline: 7 August 2015
Source: direct submission

Cofilmic seeking comedy sketch submissions from writers in the North of England

Cofilmic are looking for sketch submissions from writers based in the North of England for its live event Sketch In The City. The best will be selected and performed live at the show, alongside other live comedy.

You don’t need to be an established writer to submit material and there is no entry fee.

Audiences will be asked to vote for their favourite sketch at this and subsequent shows, with the best featuring in a sketch-off event, with the winner receiving the COFILMIC Sketch of the Year award in 2016.

Submission rules and terms and conditions are:

  • Maximum run time: 3 mins
  • Max characters: 6 (but the best sketches often have the fewest characters)
  • The name of the sketch must be shown on each page and pages numbered
  • Your name, address and telephone number should be shown on the script itself
  • All sketches should involve a minimum of props, and may be edited in rehearsal
  • Material should be sent as either Final Draft pages or on a word document
  • Strictly limited to 1 sketch per person
  • Submissions should be sent to scripts@cofilmic.co.uk

Selected scripts will be announced week beginning 7th September and the relevant writers notified. Unfortunately they don’t have the time to reply to those who are not selected.

How to apply: email scripts@cofilmic.co.uk

The submission window is now open and will close at 12Noon on Monday 31st August.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Funny Women Comedy Writers Award – open for submissions of TV Comedy

Funny Women knows that not every writer is a performer, so the Funny Women Comedy Writing Award gives those happier behind the scenes the opportunity to truly shine.

Entry Criteria: A 1-2 page treatment and 3 sample scene of a comedy script for television. The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show or comedy drama. The entrants cannot be professional script writers.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 10th August 2015.

Prizes: For the single winner, the prize is as follows:

  • £500 script option and mentoring from Comedy Unit (the makers of several TV comedies e.g. Badults, Rab C. Nesbitt).
  • Including 3 weeks intensive mentoring to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor
  • £250 of Benefit cosmetics goodies

How to submit your entry:

• Please send a 1-2 page treatment and 3 sample scenes from your script to awards2015@funnywomen.com, with ‘Comedy Writing Award Entry’ in the subject bar. As writing styles can differ they have not set an exact word limit for this. However, you should be aiming for approx. 2-4 pages per scene

• Please ensure that your name, email address and phone number are included on the document

• Ensure your script is formatted properly. There is a wealth of excellent (and free!) script writing software available online

• Save your script in PDF (preferred) or word format

For more information about the Funny Women Awards, please contact awards2015@funnywomen.com and for the full information visit the Funny Women website: http://funnywomen.com/funny-women-awards/comedy-writing-award/

Deadline: Monday 10th August 2015.

Source: BBC Writersroom

Women @ Rada accepting 10 minute plays on the theme of ‘Asking for it: love and lust’

Women @ RADA will be hosting their next Arts Theatre event on September 20th. It is themed “Asking for it: Love and Lust” and they are looking for brilliant new writing inspired by the theme .
Pieces should be 10 minutes or less in length and may be extracts or complete pieces. They must not yet have received a full professional production, must be written for three actors or less, and at least 50% of the cast must be women, who must receive at least 50% of the stage time. Please note they are looking from pieces by UK-based playwrights only.

How to apply: Please submit by emailing the piece and a short CV to natasha.women@rada.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Asking For It Writers’. They welcome submissions from writers of all genders.

Deadline: submissions window will be open from August 5th until August 20th at 6pm. 

Source: Women @ RADA e-newsletter

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is Now Open

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is now open for submissions. The winning play will be performed in Toronto next June and the first prize is $500 CDN.

Please read the guidelines from InspiraTO below:

1.This year’s creative challenge: Shift. The play must show that a “shift” has taken place or is about to take place in the play.

shift:  Move from one place to another, especially over a small distance. Change positions. Adjust. Correct. Lift. Land, people, buildings, structures or objects repositioned. Distruption. Swerve. Pivot.

Show us.

Leave your comfort zone.

2. The play must be a ten-minute play. The contest is open to anyone without geographic or age restrictions. You must submit online. Please fill out the submission form below and submit your play by December 1, 2015. There are no fees. Once you submit you will be taken to a page confirming that we have received your submission. You may only submit one play.

The story can be a comedy, a drama, a parody, absurd or anything in between (in English only). We accept any style except musicals.

The cover page should have the title of the play, the playwright’s name and the list of characters. The pages should be numbered. The format should be easy to read. We accept previously produced plays (but not plays that have produced in InspiraTO before). The playwright must own the rights to the play up to June 12, 2016 (i.e. the script cannot be owned by a publisher).

We are particularly interested in scripts that aren’t afraid to make bold choices: quality writing backed by imaginative staging. Only those playwrights whose plays have been selected will be notified by January 15, 2016.

The plays will be selected by a committee from the Toronto theatre community. If selected, your play will be performed in Toronto, Canada from June 2 – June 12, 2016. Between ten to eighteen, ten-minute plays will be selected and performed. 1st Prize: $500 CDN. Should your play be selected for inclusion in the festival, you are giving the non-exclusive right to Theatre InspiraTO to produce and perform the play in the 11th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto (Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival), in the June 2016. The InspiraTO Festival will find the cast, crew and market your play. Authors retain copyright and full ownership of their plays.

3. The submission must be a play. A ten-minute play is distinct from a sketch, or a skit; it is a compact play, with a beginning, middle and an end. You need a character facing obstacles in pursuit of some specific goal. You need rising action, conflict, and a climactic moment and your play must tell a complete story.

Generally speaking, scripts (including the stage directions, character names and dialogue) that are over 1,900 words are more than ten minutes long on stage. This does not mean that all plays under 1,900 words are under ten minutes, so be wise: use Word Count and read the play out loud while timing the length (including all pauses). You don’t want your hard work rejected because it was too long.

Get inspired. See your story come to life!

How to apply: upload your play here.

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Source: direct submission