Playwrights' Competition Calendar

25/07/2011

It’s Less Grim Up North

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 21:29

BBC Writersroom have launched The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, run in partnership with Radio Drama North and the BBC writersroom, that aims to encourage and develop new writing in the North. You could win a bursary of £5000, have your work produced on BBC Radio 4, secure a twelve month mentorship with a Radio Drama Producer and have the opportunity to develop future commissions. Closing date in September.

The downside is the award is only open to people who live in the North of England and who have not had a previous network radio drama commission. Not sure one out of two is good enough.

BBC Writersroom are also running another Rapid Response challenge: #Hackgate. They are looking for 5-10 minute scripts for film, TV, radio or online; dramatic or comic but most definitely bold and imaginative responses to the phone hacking scandal that they can publish on their website. They’re not looking for scripts to make – they’re looking for exciting rapid responses to post online.

The script can be in any genre but it must be drama or a comedy with a different angle on a narrative that has gripped the country. Up to five of the best scripts will be posted on the writersroom website as the fastest possible response to the rapidly unfolding events surrounding #Hackgate. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 1st August.

I was also very excited to add my first comp of 2012 but then I don’t get out much, what with all that staring at blank computer screens. Maybe I should turn it on.

Anyway, New Venture Theatre and Sussex Playwrights Club have launched their 10-Minute Play Competition with the closing date in January 2012.

All plays submitted must be a maximum of 10 minutes in length. They should also not be shorter than 5 minutes. Plays must be written for the stage and may have no more than 3 characters in total – this includes non-speaking and off stage interacting characters. Each submission must be accompanied by a payment of £5 entry fee for the competition.

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