Playwrights' Competition Calendar


Thank God it’s November

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 17:30

Well, I’ve spent the whole of October being a writing maniac because there were three opportunities all with closing dates on the 31st Oct or 1st November. I’m knackered now but it’ll be worth it because this time next year I’ll be writing for Channel 4 in between doing book signings for my children’s book and, for recreation, I’ll be at the King’s Head for the premiere of my new play. Well, as Brian says; “Wish it. Want it. Do it.”

The Bruntwood Top 100 and shortlist are now out  – congratulations if you’re on it. The feedback offered is a great thing. I’ve just had feedback on two of my plays which made it to long list stage in other comp.s and it’s really interesting to be able to see what the readers thought worked and what didn’t. Both plays have now been sent to other competitions with a little re-writing thanks to that feedback so fingers crossed they’ll get further this time.

In the world of competitions I’m just putting a few in for November and loads for December:

The latest Writer’s bloc night is all about comedy, but they want it by the 8th so you need to get a wriggle on there. And if you live within 30 miles of the Sheffield Crucible you can have a go at writing a play inspired by Oliver by the 18th.

There are a lot of opportunities on the BBC Writersroom site that I will put in the calendar but not here because there are too many. However they have announced the next scriptroom window which will be between November 18th and December 16th, and the good news is they will now be accepting submissions by email. They’re also starting another Writersroom 10 so if you have a relationship with a theatre you can get them to put your name forward for that.

There’s an interesting new theatre company I’ve heard about called ‘Prams in the Hall‘ who work inclusively, allowing access to process, rehearsals and performances for those who have children. I’m not sure how writers can get involved but it sounds like a great idea for those who (like me) are limited in the work they can do because of childcare issues. Check them out.

Anyone local to Salisbury, I hope you’ll be at the Playhouse on Monday for their scratch night of new writing: “Come and join us for the first airing of these 5 pieces of work in progress written by playwrights from She Writes, Emerging and Salisbury Arts Centre groups.” Trying to get the husband to come home early for me. Ha!

If you need a little light reading Finn Kennedy has published his speech ‘What writers need‘, and the amazing Tony Kushner has one here: ‘We call that failure art.’

Time for a cup of tea now so goodbye and happy writing all. X



  1. Gina If you have a spare few minutes you could always submit a ten minute play to the ART writing competition ( – the prize (in addition to performance) is a Writers retreat in Spain!

    Comment by chris sivewright — 02/11/2013 @ 20:07 | Reply

    • Do you think I have to write or can I just sleep in the sun for a week. X

      Comment by Gina — 03/11/2013 @ 22:53 | Reply

  2. Here’s the plan: 1) write 2) win 3) go to the retreat 4) write some more for other competitions 5) win more prizes and start your own consultancy. (2) may be tricky – but have faith!!! (I should add that the judges are external i.e. nowt to do with me)

    Comment by Chris Sivewright — 04/11/2013 @ 00:32 | Reply

    • it is very tempting but I don’t think I have time either this week or for the week off. Well, I have time for the week off but not sure the husband has time for me to have the week off!

      Comment by Gina — 05/11/2013 @ 20:45 | Reply

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