Playwrights' Competition Calendar

April 2011

1st April

Papatango have teamed up with one of London’s leading new writing venues, the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre. The competition offers four playwrights the opportunity to have their plays professionally produced in 2011. One winner will receive a four week run at the Finborough Theatre and three runners-up will receive one week each.


4th April

New Blood Festival – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Is David Cameron right? Has our “doctrine of state multiculturalism” failed? They are looking for budding young playwrights to creatively respond to these issues.  Six playwrights will have the chance to have their plays performed in June. This project is generously supported by The Arts Council England and winning playwrights will each receive payment of £750 for their commissions.

Guidelines: Each play should be no longer than forty-five minutes and require no more than three actors.

11th April

Dialogue – Call For Submissions

TheatreWorks is calling for writers based in the South West to submit a 10 – 20 minute extract of new writing for performance. A selection of the most promising and interesting will be chosen by our professional panel for a script-in-hand evening performance on Thursday 11th May in the Salberg Studio, Salisbury Playhouse. 

Deadline for applications to be received by Salisbury Playhouse is the 11th April. But you must have requested your application by the 31st of March.

15th April

Meyer-Whitworth Award

With a prize fund of £10,000, the Meyer-Whitworth Award is one of the largest annual monetary prizes for playwriting in the UK. It is intended to help further the careers of UK playwrights who are not yet established.

Plays nominated must be in the English language and have been produced professionally in the UK for the first time between 1st November 2009 and 30th November 2010.

April is Scriptfrenzy Month.

From the creators of NaNoWriMo (National novel writing month) comes Scriptfrenzy. The challenge is to write 100 pages in 30 days.


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