Playwrights' Competition Calendar

April 2014

3rd April

Page to Stage – Tacchi Morris

We are offering writers the unique opportunity to develop their work for stage. Scripts and excerpts are invited (of no more than 20 pages in length or 20 mins performance time) for a scratch performance with audience feedback as part of The Page is Printed Festival.

Your script may be a whole play, a section of a longer play, or an excerpt from a work in progress.

Scripts will be read by a professional team and selected playwrights will be awarded bursaries and the opportunity to utilise our professional rehearsal facilities to develop their work. To enter and find our more click here

Entry to this competition entitles you to a FREE ticket to the Page to Stage scratch night on Thursday 26th June 2014.

Entry fee is £10 per script for adults, FREE for Under 16s

Scripts should be emailed to:

Or posted to: Page to Stage, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 8PD


7th April

People’s Play Award

The People’s Theatre and New writing North are pleased to announce the return of the People’s Play Award. This biennial competition is run to find an exciting new play that will be produced for one week in the studio theatre at the People’s Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne, from October 28th to November 1st 2014. The winning writer will receive an award of £2,000.We are looking for plays with small casts with running times of around two hours. The play should be suited for a simple production in a studio theatre and should not involve complex sets or effects. The studio stage measures approximately 7m by 3m, with two upstage entrances.

The award is only open to writers who live and work within the Arts Council England North East region (Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Tees Valley and County Durham.) Writers may only enter one script for the award. The script that you enter must be for a new play that has not been staged in any theatre, amateur or professional.

Scripts (with the author’s name and address on the cover sheet) should be sent to:
People’s Play Competition
People’s Theatre
Stephenson Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


7th April

Burbage Productions

 The Burbage new writing prize is an open competition where the winning script will receive a full production by Burbage Productions. There are no rules on content or style aside from that the play must be complete and be in the English language. The aim of the prize is for us as a fledgling company to build our network of writers who may work with us on future collaborations, and to allow writers the platform in which to explore and develop their work with theatre practitioners.

  • The play must have a playing time of at least sixty minutes, no shorter please.
  • The play must be an original, unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.
  • We are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.
  • All entries should be emailed to, along with a short synopsis of the piece.
  • All scripts must include a contact name, phone number and contact email address on the front page of the script.
  • All entries should include page numbers on every page.


8th April

Tiny Dog Productions – Theatre Breaks

Open to anyone. Tiny Dog Productions are looking for 6-8 productions

(maximum length 20 minutes each) to take to the 3-night Theatre

Breaks Festival during May in S.E. London. Submissions via email – 5pm



11th april

Newsboy – Colonisation Edition

For the second edition of NEWSBOY we are looking for short scripts which fit with the Tron Theatre’s Mayfesto theme of “colonisation.” What stories are there in the news about colonisation and how are these represented? What is not being reported?

Scripts should not be limited by the above suggestions and can take any approach to the theme, but should be related to events of global, national and local significance. We’re looking for rapid response writing, exciting theatre which provokes debate. We welcome scripts from writers of all levels of experience and you can write in any style or genre.

Scripts should be around 5-10 minutes long or a maximum of 10 pages with minimal staging requirements.

Please email scripts to by midnight on Friday 11 April 2014.

NEWSBOY: COLONISATION EDITION will be on at the Tron Theatre, Victorian Bar in Glasgow on Thursday 22 May 2014.

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If you are an actor, director or anyone else who would like to get involved with the project, send us an email.

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact (


12th April

Still looking for plays for the inaugural Irlam Fringe Festival 2014, an evening of 6 x 15 minute gems to be held (tbc) Thursday 21st August. (Irlam is 10 miles west of Manchester)

If you have a script that tells a complete story (no extracts or sketches, thanks) in 15 minutes, with minimal cast/set/props/complex lighting or sound effects; a play that could fit in a Fiat 500 (including cast): a play that will surprise and delight an audience, whether comedy or straight drama.Well, what are you waiting for? Send it to me at C/d 12th April but early drafts are welcome sooner if you would like notes towards redrafting.

Profit share basis. You don’t necessarily have to have a company/actors attached as we may be able to come to some match-making arrangement for the right play.


13th April

Putney Theatre – New Writing

We welcome submissions (one script only please) from

– Members of Putney Theatre Company and Group64
– Non-members living in the UK

If your play is selected you will need to be a fully paid up member of the Company  (£20 per annum) or a member of Group64 to have your play performed.

We are seeking fully formed pieces of drama with a maximum running time of 20 minutes and a maximum cast size of 6 actors. There is no minimum running time or cast size.

Plays can be any genre (comedy, love story, ghost story, social or historical drama etc) but must relate to the theme of anniversary or birthday. While the theme has been inspired by our 50th Anniversary, we are not looking for plays about Putney Arts Theatre.

We welcome pieces that make best dramatic use of our studio space: think outside the box in terms of writing for a small but versatile space, with minimal set and prop requirements.

Scripts: We sometimes have problems opening PDFs, so please send your script as a word document. Please provide a list of characters on the first page and include page numbers. Scripts will be judged anonymously so don’t include any identifying information on your script (this includes headers and footers). Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number and title of your script. Please confirm that your submitted script has not already been performed.

Send your scripts and cover sheet by email to


14th April

Nick Darke Award

Falmouth University is delighted to announce that the Nick Darke Award 2014 is now open for submissions to its £6,000 prize.

Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. The award is therefore presented each year to a writer for work that peruses an environmental theme within one of the following disciplines:
Stage play
Radio play

The £6,000 prize money is intended to help provide the time for writers to be able to write that financial support facilitates.

The first submission stage involves outlining the idea in the form of a 25 word or less pitch, followed by an outline for the story idea in 750 words, suggesting character, plot and structure. Applicants are asked to also submit 20 pages that represent their writing, either in the form of a new or existing piece.


16th March

Blue Elephant Theatre

As part of its commitment to supporting emerging practitioners, the Blue Elephant announces its new playwriting competition, which will culminate in rehearsed readings of the winning entries in July.

We are seeking new plays which have not been performed in the UK before. We prefer plays that embrace theatricality but are happy to receive naturalistic ones too. Plays should require no more than six actors and there are two categories:

– Plays of between 45 and 90 minutes
– Plays of between 15 and 30 minutes

There will be two winners of each category.

To apply, please send your script to The closing date for entries is March 16th.

Please note we will accept up to two plays from any one individual.


18th April

Ticket to Ride

The competition is for one-act stage plays about The Beatles or any other artist, group or aspect of the 60s Mersey pop music scene.  The plays should last about 40 – 45 minutes. Three  plays will be chosen to be staged  at the Unity Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday July 15 and 16 . The same plays will be staged on both nights giving a greater payback for the efforts of the writers, director and actors. The audience votes will still be included in the overall choice of the winner of the £150 prize.

The plays  can feature any aspect of The Beatles or other Mersey arttists – their music, work or lives.  They can even be inspired by a song or song-title.

The 40- 45 minute plays can have a maximum of four characters.

Send an email to with a basic version document of your script attatched.

To enable unbiased adjudication scripts must not bear the writer’s (s’) name (s) on any page.

All submissions must be the writer’s original work, or the writer holds the copyright. They must be written in English in an easily readable conventional stage-script style.

When we receive your script we will confirm, again via email, and ask that you then complete the Submission Form, print it off, sign it and post it to us with the £20 UK application fee. 

Send Your Submission Form To:

James Gaskin,
Athena, 21a Queens Road,                                                                                                                             Southport, PR9 9HN,   United Kingdom


23rd April

Wireless Theatre Company


We are looking for 100 word submissions from writers for a series of live recordings we are doing at this year’s Edinburgh festival.

The theme is COUPLES WHO CHANGED THE WORLD. Successful scripts will be recorded live on during the last week of Edinburgh at the King Dome @ The Pleasance.

We’re looking for dramatic, comic and tragic and bizarre couples who profoundly changed the world we live in today. We have a cast of four (2 male, 2 female) and a musician at your disposal

Submissions to by midday, Wednesday 23rd April– really looking forward to hearing from you.


25th April

New Perspectives Theatre Company

An opportunity for playwrights with an interest or knowledge in interactive theatre to work on a practical theatre project based in the East Midlands.

They are looking for a writer to take a key role in this project, working with the director to develop the research and writing content which will be tried out with audiences. They are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about being involved in research of this nature, and who has experience of creating interactive work; as well as ideally some understanding of UK rural touring.

The research will be split into planning, writing, and practical phases which will take place over the next six months. The work will involve working responsively to create content in an iterative research process, and is not a commission to write a full play, but rather to be part of a collaborative process with a director.

To find out more about this opportunity and details of how to apply visit The New Perspectives website


25th April

Chesil Theatre – 10 minute play

Winchester’s Chesil Theatre is once again inviting playwrights to submit 10 minute scripts for its 10×10 Playwriting Competition. Writers aged 16 and over can send in a short play based on the theme of ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY, chosen  to coincide with the theatre’s 150thanniversary season, which makes this year’s event extra special. The anniversary year will culminate in the 10 chosen plays being performed by Chesil.

How to apply: download the rules and an entry form here.


30th April

East 15 Acting School is looking for a new writing play to produce as part of their series of BA Acting final year performances in May/June next year.

This play will be performed a minimum of two times at a London theatre during the summer 2015 term by a company of final year BA Acting students, director TBC.

Only examples of new writing will be considered. Screenplays, treatments, radio plays, prose, poetry or scripts for non-live performance will not be considered.

Your play should be no shorter than one hour, and no longer than 90 minutes in duration.

Your play must feature a minimum of six and maximum of 14 good roles. Doubling will be possible. By “good”, we mean roles that will provide actors with a challenge, not necessarily lead roles.

When selecting a play to submit, be mindful of the fact that the majority of performers will be in their early- to mid/late 20s.

Terms and conditions

  • You may only submit one play
  • You will not be allowed to resubmit edited scripts
  • If your play is selected, you must be able to meet with the production team at East 15 Acting School during autumn 2014 and spring 2015.
  • You must be willing to see your work edited/amended by the production team


30th April

The Traverse – Open Script Submission

Open Script Submissions allow us to become aware of writers we may not otherwise know, as well as encouraging submissions from those we have an existing relationship with.


  • To ensure an unbiased response to your script we have decided to read all scripts we receive through Open Submissions anonymously. So we ask that you remove your name and contact details from the script document and include them only in the submission form so only the Artistic and Associate Directors and our Artistic Administrator will have that information allowing our team of trained readers to focus solely on the writing.   
  • Please check your play is clearly formatted, with page numbers, cast list and potential cast doubling noted before sending it to us.
  • We do not have the resources to read:
    • plays that have already been produced elsewhere,
    • musicals, adaptations, poems, novels or short stories, television, film or radio scripts.
    • We would also advise against sending us biographical stories or history plays as the first example of your work.
  • We are only able to accept one script per year from each writer.
  • We are not able to read redrafts.
  • At the moment we are only able to read plays from writers based in the Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We have a number of ongoing relationships with international companies so if you live outside of the countries named we encourage you to make connections with your own countries leading new writing theatre so they can advocate on your behalf.
  • All submissions must be received through our online submissions service  Submittable.

We receive hundreds of unsolicited scripts each year, but we are dedicated to providing a response to your play within 6 months and will endeavour to provide brief and hopefully useful feedback. This is of course optional, so if you would prefer not to receive feedback then please note this on the submission form.

Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to writers that we will not be looking to continue a relationship with at this time. Our priority has to be generating work for the Traverse.

Finally we would like to acknowledge the bravery it takes to share your work with us and the time and effort it takes to write a play, whether we feel it’s suited to the Traverse or not.

Submitting Your Script

If you feel you are ready to send your script to the Traverse Theatre please visit our submissions manager Submittable:



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