Playwrights' Competition Calendar


Newsjack’s Back

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 16:33

So, here’s me paying attention and being all up to the minute and what not:

Newsjack is back. This is the BBC’s sketch show which actively encourages unsolicited material from we unwashed masses out here and gives real cash money for anything that makes the broadcast. I will warn you – READ THEIR SUBMISSION GUIDELINES CAREFULLY– They get very grumpy with people who don’t. It’s also an idea to follow their Twitter feed because they sometimes give info on subjects they want more of/less of. If you like writing sketches there’s also ‘Behind the Bikeshed‘ who are looking for beatles-themed material.

The BBC Scriptroom 8 is also open for stage plays and The Writer’s Prize is looking for radio plays – both of these close on September 29th. I’m very proud to be on page 12 of my new play, but not sure I’ll have enough of a play for that deadline.

Any Scottish writers out there should check out the Writersroom opportunities page because there seems to be a lot of ‘stuff’ for you like mentorship and workshops. Another niche opportunity is for any deaf or disabled writers living or working in the North West. You have the opportunity of working with Graeae. I like a bit of a niche me because it cuts down on the number of applicants, although the last competition I went for there were only 5 scripts sent in and I didn’t even make it to the shortlist of 2! Humiliating! I’m not bitter though – they must just have been over-awed by the sheer brilliance of my work and realised that there was no way they could do it justice, poor souls. They were probably right.

Anyway, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve been so out of the writing habit that, when I had a flash of Sunday morning inspiration, I discovered I didn’t have a notebook by my bed. How bad is that!

And now the husband has gone downstairs to cook supper which means that (assuming he doesn’t set fire to anything) I’ve got a good hour’s writing time.

Happy writing to us all. X



  1. Thanks, Gina. Your site is invaluable. I have it on my favourites and consult regularly for info on competitions under one roof. Fabulous.

    Comment by justwrite4radio — 21/09/2014 @ 16:48 | Reply

    • Glad to be of service.

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 22/09/2014 @ 12:03 | Reply

  2. Is this open to strictly Brits or those of us living over the ocean?

    Comment by Eleanor Tylbor — 22/09/2014 @ 00:31 | Reply

    • I’ve just tweeted them and they say yes, you can submit.

      G X

      Comment by Gina — 22/09/2014 @ 14:28 | Reply

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