Abergavenny Writing Festival – BBC Writersroom Wales Event ‘Can I Write a TV Script?’

Ever considered writing for screen? This exclusive session with BBC Writersroom Wales will explore the key elements needed to create a standout TV script, including investigation into character, structure, dialogue and genre along with what producers look for in speculative scripts. The session is for anyone with an interest in screenwriting regardless of experience. New writers will get an introduction to the basic elements of good storytelling, or it will serve as a great refresher course for more experienced screenwriters.

BBC Writersroom discover, develop and champion new and experienced writing talent across the whole of the UK. We are a cross-genre department for scripted content who work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online – and others.

The session will be led by Helen Perry who has been the Development Producer for BBC Writersroom in Wales since January 2018. Before joining the BBC Writersroom she worked as a Producer / Director in BBC Radio Drama. She has produced a vast number of original dramas, readings and series for Radio 4, Radio 3, World Service, Radio Wales and 1Xtra.

This is a free event but pre-registration is essential.

How to book:

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Find out more about Abergavenny Writing Festival

Date and time of event: 12 April 2pm-3pm

Location: Kings Arms Hotel, 29 Nevill Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5AA

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night

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: The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night

Description: The Upsetters is a short play night featuring plays written by writers of colour, directed by directors of colour and performed by actors of colour in all roles unless the script specifies otherwise.

What’s so great about it? The Upsetters is a Theatre Company whose aim is to increase the representation of emerging BAMER creatives in theatre. They want to address the bias in theatre by creating  opportunities for those from underrepresented groups to have their work seen and performed. We think this is a brilliant ethos and, if you’re a writer of colour, this is a great opportunity to have your short play performed in front of a live audience at the Bunker Theatre. You’ll need to send in a 15-20 minute play for no more than four actors by 7 April and the event itself takes place on 9 June.

Read the full details here

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

Photo courtesy of The Upsetters

BBC Writersroom: Script Room Comedy 2019 (submission window opens 1 April)

BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 1st April 2019 and 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

Before considering making a submission, you will need to read the information on their website carefully. Submissions that do not meet the criteria or are in breach of the terms and conditions will be subject to disqualification without discussion.

How to apply: read more about what they accept and apply here.

Deadline: 29 April 2019 at 5pm 

Source: BBC Writersroom

Zenpens Silent Writing Retreat – Cardiff

Do you dutifully start typing only to be tempted to dive into Instagram, or start cleaning the kitchen, or Skype an old friend…?

Zenpens is an exciting new writer’s retreat based in Cardiff City Centre. Adapted from the Writer’s Army workshops created by the New York playwright Anne Washburn, Zenpens allows writers to concentrate solely on their work in meditative silence.

Zenpens is a one day silent writers retreat. No phones. No social media. No distractions.

Meeting at 9:45 am for a short debrief and writing exercises, we start working in earnest at 10 am until 1 pm. An hour lunch. Then more silent writing from 2 pm until 6 pm. Money collected at the retreat is used to pay for the space and its upkeep. If you can, please pay the suggested donation of £8 or £5 concession.

The next Zenpens will be taking place on the 20th April at the Quaker Meeting House, Cardiff. Spaces are limited, so please email your interest to Paul Stoyle at zenpenssilentretreat@gmail.com or visit https://zenpens-silentwritersretreats.yolasite.com/ for more information”.

Date: 20 April 2019 

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Roundup: 22 March 2019

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Featured posts:

LPW: New Play Club Launching Next Week!


LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Among Angels: A Playwright’s Journey (from first play to full production)

LPB launch NEW Script Consulting Service

New members’ content for 2019!

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency

Opportunities with deadlines:


Play Submissions Helper: 41 opportunities with March deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout March 2019

Theatre503 accepting submissions for 503five Writers’ Residency – Deadline: 24 March 2019

The Search For Blue presents ‘Hello my name is… Festival’ – submissions now open! – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Full Disclosure Theatre seeking LGBTQ+ short plays for XPOSED – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Introduction to Screenwriting Masterclass with the BFI Network Film, Hub North & Leeds Playhouse – Deadline: 25 March 2019

Pen to Print playwriting competition – Deadline: 28 March 2019

The Space: Scriptspace Now Accepting Submissions – Deadline: 28 March 2019

All the Sins accepting submissions on the theme of ‘message in a bottle’ – Deadline: 28 March 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

iFeatures accepting applications from emerging writers for development scheme – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Sky Blue seeking short plays for British Theatre Challenge 2019 (£16 fee) – Deadline: 30 March 2019

The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition (£5 Entry) – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Slackline Stories- Call for Submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (or when they receive 150 submissions, whichever is sooner)

Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (NY) accepting submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2019

Shore Scripts announce 2019 Short Film Fund ($40/$50 entry fee – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (late deadline: 2 May 2019)

Alpine Fellowship 2019 Drama Prize (£3000) open for entries – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Pleasance Reading Week – open for submissions – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Page2Stage Edinburgh accepting submissions – Deadline:5 April 2019

The Upsetters seeking submissions from writers of colour for their short play night – Deadline: 7 April 2019

BBC Documentaries New Directors’ Initiative open for applications – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast – Deadline: 17 April 2019

Public Display of Affection seeking West Sussex writers for short films project – Deadline: 20 April 2019

Cast Iron Shorts Competition open for submissions of short stories on the theme of ‘sanctuary’ – Deadline: 26 April 2019

Reading Between the Lines Theatre Company (RBL) Writing Competition for Off the Block – Deadline: 26 April 2019

Black Lives, Black Words accepting submissions for I AM…’Fest’ – Deadline: none posted but the event takes place on 27-29 April 2019

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Academy Arts Press short story competition (entry fee $15/$20) – Deadline: (early) 30 April 2019 (regular: 1 October 2019)

Thousand Films New Writers’ Contest open for submissions from female writers – Deadline: 30 April 2019

Pint Sized Plays open for entries (£5.50 entry fee) – Deadline: 31 May 2019

Shore Scripts 2019 Feature Screenplay and TV Pilot Contests.now open for submissions (entry fee $45-$60) – Deadline: 31 May 2019 (early) 31 August 2019 (final)

MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships: Glasgow Caledonian University – open for applications – Deadline: 1 June 2019

Applications open for Wales Writer in Residence scheme from the BBC and National Theatre Wales – Deadline: 3 June 2019 at 11am

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries – 5 June 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room – Dates: various throughout 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

The Writers Guild of Great Britain: Open Space D&D Event – Date: 28 March 2019

The Scenic Route: Creating Theatre Lab – Date: 23-28 April 2019

Chichester Festival Theatre Young Playwrights: Open For Booking – Starts 23 April 2019

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland: Born to Write – An Introduction to Playwriting with Simon MacCallum – Date: 24 April 2019

The Inkubator: Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink – Dates: starts 24 April 2019

Norwich Theatre Royal: Introduction to Scriptwriting 26+ (£120 Fee) – Dates: Starts 30 April 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018

New workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan – Deadline for applications: 30 March 2019 (workshop takes place 22-23 June 2019

CAMP residential: Playwriting with John Burgess – Dates: 7th –  12th August 2019 (level 1) 14th – 19th August 2019 (level 2

Online workshops and resources: 

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter -Deadline: none posted

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

Manhattan Rep’s Play Program seeking plays for production (fees apply) – Deadline: none posted

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Lost Souls Monologues call for writers for podcast

Lost Souls is  looking for monologues on the theme of ‘Lost Soul’ for a new storytelling podcast.

The premise is totally open to your interpretation, but it should address the idea that at some point in our lives – maybe briefly every day – we’re all a little bit lost in the world. The rest is up to you.

What they are looking for:

  • The monologue should be between five and twenty minutes long.
  • The monologues should be fictitious, but can be inspired by real life.
  • Please provide a brief paragraph of previous writing experience, if any (experience is not a prerequisite!).
  • Submissions are limited to one per writer until the next call out.
  • If writers are submitting a piece that they would also like to perform, please provide a link to your Spotlight CV and voice reel.
  • If selected, writers will receive £25 for their work. Copyright remains with the author. The fee covers usage for a maximum period of two years. Further details on the agreement are in the proposed contract.

Who they are looking for:

Any writer is welcome to submit, but priority will be given to writers who are only just starting out and/or have had limited professional exposure.

They would especially like to encourage late-career writers. That is, writers who have come to writing a few years into another career and are looking for a low-pressure environment in which to try something out.

Find out more on the website 

How to submit: Please send your monologue to hello@lostsoulsmonologues.com

Deadline: 17 April 2019

Source: direct contact

LPW Play Club #1 – Far Away by Caryl Churchill

To kick off our #PlayClub project, this month we’re reading….

Far Away by Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill’s Far Away is a play that looks at conflict and its unsettling effect on our lives, and on our humanity. It was first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, on 24 November 2000 and is currently a set text for AS/A Level Drama (WJEC). It explores fear, humanity and the effects of war.


As we mentioned previously, we challenge you to write a short, 10 page play (12 font size, please!) in direct response to what you’ve read.

We will accept submissions from LPW members only, so if you’re not one yet but are wanting to submit – what’re you waiting for? It costs less than a cup of coffee a month and you get a whole host of exclusive benefits! Details of how to sign up can be found here.

Our submission window in response to Far Away will be open from
Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 28th April  so please don’t send us scripts before then!

An email will be sent your way once the window is open with full details of how to submit, including; where to send it, our format guidelines and some top tips.

But until then, happy reading for this month, and don’t forget to join the Facebook group discussion!

How to sign up

Play submissions for this project are exclusively for our members (you can sign up for less than 4 quid though and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do!)

You’re also more than welcome to just read the plays and join in some discussion with us about them on the members Facebook group! We’ll open up a discussion forum on there at the same time we open for submissions, so don’t feel you have to write a play, you’re absolutely fine to just read too.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now and follow the link as above.

Image source: Nick Hern Books/Royal Court (Far Away Cover) 

Page2Stage Edinburgh accepting submissions

You are invited to submit a NEW 10-15 minute script (or excerpt) to be performed as a directed rehearsed reading in front of an industry panel and audience.

Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area with limited set/technical requirements.

The event will take place in Edinburgh on 7 May 2019 and you’ll need to be able to attend to apply!

How to apply: 
Email page2stage.ed@gmail.com with a copy of the scrip, they will then email you with a writers form to complete and submit.
NB: Application is by email only.

“Page2Stage Edinburgh aims to provide a platform to see your work performed, receive feedback, and to create working relationships with fellow theatre-makers in Scotland. For these reasons, you must be UK-based, and able to get to Edinburgh for the event.
We endeavour to announce the chosen pieces Tuesday 09 April at which point a call out for directors and a casting breakdown will be released.”

Deadline: 5 April 2019 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group


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