Playwrights' Competition Calendar

18/04/2012

Let’s Opera – minily.

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 21:57

New Writing is alive and well and living here in Salisbury. I had a great night at the Salisbury Arts Centre on Sunday watching ‘Times Six’, a night of six new shorts by five local writers courtesy of the wonderful Dramaturg Angela Street – well done all. XXX

New comp.-wise if you’re under 30 you can go for the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and win $2,500 for a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012.

If you’re from a Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic background and have a permanent residence within the Yorkshire and North East Region you can have a go at the Emmerdale Writers initiative. Two writers will be selected to join Emmerdale’s Story Office full-time for two months throughout October and November after which they will be given approx two weeks to write a trial script for the show. Each of the two writers will be paid full-time for three months.

The one I want to go for is ENO’s Mini-Operas – a worldwide search for new scriptwriters, composers and film makers to reinvent opera for future generations.

Phase 1 is the script competition (which closes on May 21st), and to ignite our imagination they have enticed three of the most influential writers to provide Mini Operas’ seed stories: Will Self, A.L Kennedy and (my favourite, favourite, favourite) Neil Gaiman. The process is simple: just choose the story that most inspires you. Then write a 5-7 minute opera script based on that story.

Simples.

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