Playwrights' Competition Calendar


You’ve got two days!

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 13:02

I’ve just come across this ad on the Arts Council job page:

Joe Shellard Productions are now open for submissions from playwrights who are seeking a major performance of their work in the London or Edinburgh fringe in the next 18 months. Applications are encouraged for plays and musicals, regardless of where you are in the writing process. Whether you’ve got a finished script or just an idea — we want to hear from you! All applications and enquiries to Deadline Midnight Friday 28th October.

They say adrenalin is good for the creative process.

Young writers (16 to 22) can apply for the BBC’s E20 Writers School. You need to submit a piece of fictional writing for a character that you have made up. You should write either a blog, diary extract or monologue for that character, no longer than 400 words and send it in to them by WEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2011.

If you like writing for the family audience you can have a go at The Marza Storycircus Competition – a global search for original high-concept stories, to be developed into animated feature films for family audiences. The stories must have fascinating characters, strong emotional resonance, universal themes and be conceptually surprising. The deadline for the first stage is November 15th and they need a synopsis of a complete story for a Marza animated feature film. The synopsis should be no more than 1,000 Words (incomplete stories will not be considered), and a cover page with the following:

  • A LOGLINE of the film in less than 100 words.
  • A writer’s statement about the HOOK and the UNIVERSAL THEME of the film (less than 200 words each).The prize is 1 000 000 yen option on the story (about £8,200), and the possibility of getting your story made into a film.

On the 17% blog this month is an article about formatting your play which is worth a read. She talks about making the reader happy because they are  “reading 20 or more plays a week, probably on the train/tube/bus on the way home” so it’s good to know how to give your play the best chance possible of getting past a tired, grumpy, volunteer who’s possibly an aspiring writer like you.


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