Playwrights' Competition Calendar



Filed under: New Competitions,Random Musings — Gina @ 23:41

So I didn’t win the Adrian Pagan Award.

I was a bit sad on Monday. I decided not to look at my computer any more and to wrap myself up in a blanket and lie on the sofa in front of the fire. I fell asleep, the fire went out and I woke up cold.

On Tuesday I decided I’d been spending too much time writing and that it was taking me away from spending time with my lovely children just doing fun things like playing monopoly. So we played Monopoly. Jesus f*!!ing Christ it’s a long game! That’ll be why we stopped playing Monopoly. Went to bed feeling sad but virtuous.

Wednesday I was grumpy. Why wasn’t it Me? Surely it was my turn to have some success. Why aren’t I getting anywhere? It’s not fair! Drank wine, went to bed.

Thursday I decided I was wasting my life with this writing rubbish. No more wasted effort and heartache. More wine, more bed.

Friday I remembered my children’s book is still going to win the Chicken House comp, (or at least get in the top 100 so I can get an agent and get it published and then get it picked up by Disney and made into their next princess animated film), and that Channel 4 will be in touch soon and then when the BBC see my radio play they’ll be like WOW! Where have you been? And everyone will talk about me being an overnight success and I’ll cast my eyes modestly to the floor with a knowing smile which secretly says ‘Overnight success – my arse!’

So I’m all better now and I’ve put masses into the calendar.

I’ve added ‘Scrawl’ and ‘Scriptspace‘ to my “Where to send your script” page, both offering the opportunity to test out your scripts with some tame actors.

January has the 24:7 Festival looking for 40-60 minute scripts and February has Obamerica in association with Theatre 503 and also (I think) their own new competition (more details to follow as and when). If you’re from the East Midlands you can try for the Curve Playwriting Competition.

You’ve got one week to go till December 16th when the Writersroom window closes again, the Writersroom Ten deadline occurs as does the deadline for The Engine House’s new collaboration.

I think there were a few more but I can’t remember what and it’s past my bedtime now so night night all. X



  1. Good to hear you’ve picked yourself up, dusted yourself off…Are you familiar with a phrase of Mr Becketts? “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
    Cheers me up anyway..x

    Comment by Milo Bell — 10/12/2013 @ 07:59 | Reply

  2. Yeh, what Milo said. But boy, do I know those feelings so well. You will get there. Keep failing 🙂 xx

    Comment by Ian Townsend — 10/12/2013 @ 09:54 | Reply

  3. You can do it! To get shortlisted is amazing. If you have any doubts about your writing, remember that. Writing is like a game of Monopoly: It’s a long old slog!

    Comment by loutreleaven — 10/12/2013 @ 10:05 | Reply

  4. Is it worse not to be shortlisted so that the pain is over faster or to be shortlisted and to have the luxury of being able to savour the fantasy that you might actually win first prize for a few glorious weeks? I’m sure we all know the answer is the latter but why does it hurt so much more when you don’t win? I hate Monopoly too- why do children love it so much? I think it’s the dinky little fugures and houses.

    Comment by Christine Steenfeldt — 10/12/2013 @ 14:23 | Reply

  5. Thanks so much guys for all your comments – I think I’m failing quite spectacularly now. I do find that so long as I’ve got something else out there it gives me hope that that will be the one. I’m going to go back to work now singing ‘Maybe this time.’ X

    Comment by Gina — 11/12/2013 @ 12:29 | Reply

  6. Hi Gina just writing to let you know what’s been happening (rather ‘not happening’) with one of the companies I came across on your blog (really enjoy it, thanks!!). I sent Organised Chaos a play for reading, also paid the 10 reader fee, back in April 2013. I was promised feedback by July and am still awaiting a result on this. I’m not very happy and have written to them to complain and mentioned legal action. I think it’s really unfair of them and I just thought I’d let you know. Have a great Christmas and good luck with everything in the new year. Maurice Dunphy Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:41:43 +0000 To:

    Comment by Maurice Dunphy — 24/12/2013 @ 13:22 | Reply

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