Theatre by Numbers accepting submissions for script development project

Chosen Words is a project designed to support and develop new theatre writing in the North West. Workshops will take place in Preston but you don’t have to be based there to apply. 6 writers will be chosen to develop a first draft working towards a production ready script. With mentoring from award winning writer Rob Johnston and North West theatre director, Charlie Mortimer, the writers will develop their work in a supportive and professional process.

Project details: the writers’ and their first drafts will be led through a series of 3 main sessions:

Jun 2014           Each writer will have their script read  by professional performers and a director, after which the writer observes the investigation of the script by the team.

Aug 2014          After a further consultation with the writing mentor and director a bespoke workshop of the writers’ draft will be created using the skills of professional performers to assist.

Sep 2014         All writers involved will be invited to have a section of their script performed in a rehearsed reading at The Preston Tringe and to attend a panel discussion by industry professionals regarding current Best Practices of Working with New Writing at The Octagon, Bolton.  Chaired by Elizabeth Newman (Head of New Writing)

Jan 2015           All writers will have access to a final and third session to read have their re-drafted scripts and receive some final feedback on it at this point in the scripts’ existence.

Most of the sessions are negotiable to support the natural creative process of the writer and their requirements but the final deadline for all sessions to be completed is 31st Jan 2015.

The writers will also receive a bursary to assist the development of their script and involvement in the project.

How to apply: please send in a relevant CV and first draft of a one act play 50-65 pages approx (even if it may have the potential of becoming a two act play), a short statement about why you want to be involved in such a project.

The piece must be original, adaptations and modernisations would not be appropriate for the project.

All submissions should be sent to or by post to 49 Railway Road, Brinscall, Chorley, PR6 8RD.

Deadline:  29th May 2014 with interviews taking place over 9th and 11th June 2014.

Source: Arts Jobs Board

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre accepting scripts

Script This is the East Midlands’ playwriting initiative for new, emerging and established playwrights. Launched by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, they are accepting ten minutes of scripts from writers (you do not have to live in the East Midlands).

Up to six scripts are selected for professional treatment by a professional director and a team of professional actors during an evening of rehearsed readings in front of a live audience. This audience then has the chance to feedback to the writers on the scripts they’ve just seen, before voting for which play they would like to see more of… the script with the most votes wins.

The winning playwright will then be invited back at a later date for a staged reading of their developed script, in front of an invited audience, which may include professional script editors, literary managers and artistic directors. Please note that winning scripts must have scope to become feature length plays ranging from forty five minutes to two hours in length.

How to apply: please send your ten minute extracts, along with your name and contact details to

Deadline: 22 May 2014 at 23.30 (the performance takes place on 11 June 2014)

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Theatre Royal Stratford East launches Musical Theatre Initiative

Theatre Royal Stratford East is accepting submissions for their Musical Theatre Initiative Taster Weekend, an opportunity for singers, songwriters, musicians, writers and all other professional artists to bring their creative skills together and create a different way of telling stories for the stage.
The weekend would offer artists the chance to work with the Artistic team and the Associates of the Theatre Royal Stratford East. They would have the opportunity to get a taste of what writing a musical is all about. It is offered to both those who are new to the form and those who have had some experience in musical writing.


The taster workshop begins from Friday 20 June – Sunday 22 June and applicants MUST BE AVAILABLE for the entire period.


If you are asked to return for the two week workshop from Monday 28 July – Friday 8 August. You must be available for the entire period


What to submit:

They want to see what you do, so send in your work, something that shows of your talent. You may want to send something with you singing, rapping, sharing some of your poetry, playing in a band, or sending in a script.


You can share by Dropbox in the following formats:


  • WAV
  • MP3


If you are sending in a script of your work:


  • Scripts for submission must be at least half written, and for musicals should include the minimum of three tracks of music (WAV/MP3 are preferred, but other formats accepted).


  • Scripts must be original, and must not have had a full scale production


  • Scripts must be written and submitted in English.


Or if you want to share some of your work and you have a link to a site please send the link to us.

What you will get:


  • To work within a safe and creative environment with other writing teams


  • The chance to work with the Artistic team of Theatre Royal Stratford East


  • The chance to exchange ideas with other artists


  • An opportunity to develop your work and skills in a later two week intensive workshop.


  • And the opportunity to work with two leading specialist Tutors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, to develop your work in the intensive workshop.

How to apply:



  • Please ensure that you enter MTI 2014 SUBMISSIONS in the subject line.

Deadline: 30th May 2014

Source:  Theatre Royal Stratford East Newsletter.

Storylining for Continuing Drama Workshop with Kathleen Beedles

Two IdeasTap members will win a place on a Storylining for Continuing Drama Workshop led by BAFTA-nominated executive producer Kathleen Beedles. The full-day practical workshop on the craft of storylining normally costs £250.

The ability to turn story ideas into long-running plotlines has underpinned the careers of successful script editors, writers, producers and commissioners. The two winners of this brief will join up to 10 other writers in storylining a fictional soap Kathleen has created. You will write a storyline, and receive an edit the following week.

What you experience and learn through this process will help you pitch and write treatments. It will help you lose the fear of the blank page by writing on demand and to short deadlines and will teach you how to generate ideas, think on your feet with fellow writers and, most importantly of all, understand pure story beats and hooky narrative turning points.

The two winners of this brief receive a full day’s workshop with other writers (with lunch provided), a personal one-on-one telephone edit of a storyline they write and a PDF booklet with invaluable insights and insider tips.

Before applying for this brief, please make sure that you are available for the workshop on 17 May, 10am to 5pm.

The judges are looking for people who have storytelling instincts and a passion for telling a good story

How to apply: you’ll need to sign up o IdeasTap where you will be asked to upload a profile picture and to fill out an online application form.

Deadline: 9 May 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Mardibooks accepting one-act plays for e-book

Mardibooks is giving up to 30 IdeasTap members the opportunity to have their one-act, one-person plays published in an online anthology. Up to 30 IdeasTap members will be selected to become Mardiwriters and to have their pieces published in an IdeasTap/Mardibooks one-act play e-book anthology sold on Amazon.

Mardibooks is looking for one-act, one-person plays of 1,200 to 5,000 words. The actual dialogue must not exceed 5,000 words, though this does not include any stage directions you may use.

The brief judges will be looking for an original, well-devised idea with an interesting plot and developed characterisation. Your play will need to demonstrate an effective use of language with considered and appropriate structural devices and a commanding awareness of audience.

Up to 10 writers will be selected as runners-up qualifying for feedback to support their development as writers

How to apply: you’ll need to sign up to IdeasTap where you will be asked to upload a profile picture and to fill in an online application form.

Deadline: 1 August 2014 at 5pm

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs

Opportunities weekly round-up: 2 May 2014

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).

Rosebery Management accepting short film scripts for 30th anniversary – Deadline: none posted

New York Television Festival at BAFTA Forum – Deadline: event scheduled for 25 April 2014

Chesil Theatre Company accepting 10 minute plays– Deadline: 25 April 2014

Introduction to short film screenwriting workshop with IdeasTap – Deadline: 25 April 2014

New Perspectives Theatre seeks playwright for rural theatre research project – Deadline: 25 April 2014

A Friend of a Friend Productions seeking short plays about Southwark in ‘What’s Your Story?’ (Southwark-based writers only) – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Royal Society of Literature Brookleaze Grants for Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

East 15 playwriting competition open for submissions – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Traverse Theatre open to submissions from UK Writers – Deadline: 30 April 2014

Play Submissions Helper publishes contests with May (and late-April) deadlines – Deadlines: May (and late April)

Sixteen Feet Productions accepting short plays (Lambeth based writers only) – Deadline: 1 May 2014

Bare Fiction Magazine accepting submissions of short plays for June 2014 issue – Deadline: 3 May 2014

Little Pieces of Gold seeking 10 minute plays on subject of Social Media – Deadline: 5 May 2014

Sketch submissions sought for Behind the Bikeshed – Deadline: 5 May 2014

DVM Theatre accepting ideas for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Tamasha seeking submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 9 May 2014

Introduction to Playwriting Workshop with Papatango and Ideastap – Deadline: 9 May 2014

BBC Writersroom’s Scriptroom 6 coming soon – accepting submissions of Comedy (Radio/TV/Film) – Deadline: 12 May 2014 (*Note: Submissions do not open until 28 April 2014)

BAFTA accepting scripts for comedy showcase (entry fee) – Deadline: 19 May 2014

ArtsEd Short Film Scripts – a chance to get your short film produced – Deadline: 23 May 2014

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize launched (£20 entry fee) – Deadline: 30 May 2014

BBC Writersroom/ IdeasTap writing workshop – Deadline: 30 May 2014

Organised Chaos accepting submissions (£5 entry) – Deadline: 31 May 2014

Pint-sized Plays 2014 – open for submissions (entry fee)- Deadline: 31 May 2014

Time Zone Theatre Company seeking proposals for full-length plays inspired by Karl Kraus’s The Last Days of Mankind (£1000 fee for writer) – Deadline: 4 June 2014

Menagerie seeking submissions for One Page Play Competition at Hotbed 2014 – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

IdeasTap accepting submissions on theme of ‘Apocalypse’ – Deadline: 13 June 2014 at 5pm

The Newspeak Theatre Company seeks writer for their writers-room – Deadline: 30 June 2014

2013 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award– Deadline: 1 July 2014

2014 William Saroyan Prize for Human Rights / Social Justice ($10,000 prize, $20 entry fee) – Deadline: 15 July 2014

Alfred Fagon award 2014 open for applications from playwrights of Caribbean or African descent – Deadline: 1 August 2014

Yale Drama Series Competition 2014 – Deadline 15 August 2014

Ongoing submissions:

Ice & Fire/ Amnesty International UK – rolling submissions for plays with human rights theme – Deadline: Ongoing

Performance Platform Opportunity, University of Greenwich – Deadline: None posted

Quids In Theatre Co seeking 40-60 minute plays for lunchtime series – Deadline: Ongoing

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month through to June 2014.

ScriptSpace development workshop at The Space – Deadline: None

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

Open Arts Cafe Call for Submissions – Deadline: None posted

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

BAREtruth Theatre looking for full length scripts – Deadline: None posted