Playwrights' Competition Calendar

April 2015

April 1st

Irlam Fringe

Open Season! I am now hunting for great plays for this year’s Irlam Festival Fringe. Last year we had plays that made us laugh, cry, think, and that’s what I am looking for. Between 10 and 15 minutes playing time, cast no more than four, no sets, minimal props and lighting, I want complete plays – not sketches, not extracts, not films. Send your scripts to Closing date 1st April (no fooling)


March 9th to April 2nd

BBC Writersroom – Scriptroom Window

In the spring we will have a Comedy window.  This means that whatever platform your Comedy script has been written for – TV, Radio, CBBC or Film, you can submit your script to the first window, which will go live on March 9th 2015 and close on April 2nd 2015.


7th April

Ticket to Write 2015

The competition is for one-act stage plays about The Beatles. The plays should last about 40 – 45 minutes. We plan to stage the three  plays selected in Liverpool later in the year over two nights as in 2014.  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  – their music, work or lives.  They can even be inspired by a song or song-title.

The 40- 45 minute plays must be able to be performed with a maximum of  four actors.  A play can have more than four characters provided that multi-roling with the maximum of four is practical.

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

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 £10 UK application fee. Non-UK contestants should contact us on for information about paying for their entry.

“The Team reserves the right to alter, cut and edit submitted scripts in any way it sees fit to make them acceptable for the festival. (This would aid entries, for example, which are highly favoured, but might be too long.)”

“By entering, authors will have deemed to have given copyright permission for it to be used in The Ticket to Write Festival and for any preview or follow-up events which may be arranged. The copyright will revert to the authors within six months of the final of the 2015 competition.
Further performance requests may be made to the authors of the three plays chosen for The Ticket to Write Festival by The Festival Team, but this would be by negotiation.
Also the Ticket to Write Team will not unreasonably withhold permission for the author to stage the play once it has had its Festival performances even if an extended tour is planned.”



10th April

Theatre by the Lake Young Writers’ Competition

This competition was such a success last year that we’re running it again in 2015. This is a chance for aspiring writers to develop a play script with the support of professionals and see the finished product performed by other young people. The competition is open to young people aged 14-25 living in Cumbria.

To enter, all you need to do is write a play script on the theme of ‘All the world’s a stage’. It should be no more than 20 minutes long and suitable for performance by young people aged 14-18.

When it’s finished, send your script along with your name, address and telephone number to The closing date is Fri 10 April 2015 at 5pm.

Up to three competition winners will be notified in writing by Fri 9 May 2015. They will receive mentorship from a professional theatre maker to develop their script. Winners will also receive two tickets to the opening night of a production in the Summer Season 2015. The finished pieces may be performed by Theatre by the Lake’s Young Actors at FebFest 2016.

Click below for tips on writing your script:

The story

The characters

The setting & editing your work



10th April

Royal Court – Grit

Something’s got under your skin. It’s niggling away. You need to do something about it. We’re listening…
GRIT is an open call to writers of all ages and experiences to contribute a play that can fit in the palm of your hand.
The plays must explore the theme of acts of everyday resistance, revolution and defiance. They can be created within any medium you like, words, videos, images or audio.
We’ll populate the building with your moments of resistance once the submissions window is closed. So keep your eyes peeled and your spirit strong, ready to pin down tiny acts of defiance.
Be creative, think about moments that go unnoticed and the voices who can’t be heard.
Plays can be submitted to the Royal Court anytime between 8 Dec – 10 April, and can be sent via email, by post, or dropped off in person at the theatre.



10th April


12th April

We are looking for some fantastic scriptwriters to work with us to create our immersive learning Experiences for children. If you or anyone you know wants to write exciting, imaginative stories which bring the curriculum to life, read on…

now>press>play creates immersive, audio experiences which improve access to learning for primary school children. In one of our Experiences, the children put on wireless headphones and are plunged into the world of their topic. They become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget.

We are looking to recruit scriptwriters on a freelance basis, who have strong backgrounds in education. As well as writing scripts, you may create worksheets that go alongside the Experiences.Please send a C.V. and covering letter to by Sunday 12th April.

Within your letter, in a short paragraph, sum up what sort of story you’d use to help improve KS2 understanding of either Adverbs (literacy) OR Percentages (maths). Remember that a script lasts 25 minutes and is a fully fledged story.



12th April

Organised Chaos Script Call

Our script call is now open – we are looking for scripts from 45 minutes to full length for production at The Lowry next year and potentially going on to a North West tour. Your script should be:
Written by you
Production ready
Not previously produced (workshops and rehearsed readings are not previous productions)
Have a cast of between 1 and 6
Length from 45 minutes to full length
Suitable for a studio space
The call closes on 12th April

12th April

New Writing North playwright opportunity

Thanks to three years of funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund, New Writing North is able to tour one production adapted from a picture book each year, alongside a series of workshops and family reading days at community venues across northern England.

NWN is now looking to commission a writer to adapt a picture book (yet to be decided) into a play with music for children under seven and their families. The writer should be based in the north of England and have experience in creating work for children.

(S)he must have had at least one play professionally produced and must be available to participate in development sessions with the cast in Newcastle between May and July 2015 and deliver the script by the end of August 2015. They will be expected to attend rehearsals and meetings in Newcastle. The production will tour in October 2015. ITC rates for the commission will be paid.

To apply, e-mail Anna Disley a covering letter stating your interest and experience in creating work for children, a writing CV, an example of a script you have written and a two-page treatment of a picture book of your choice, adapted for the stage. Applications should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 12 April 2015 to


13th April

The Makeshift Broadcast is recording its next podcast in early May 2015. We’re on the hunt for emerging and established writers and directors to work with us on the creation of the show.


Makeshift Broadcast would like to read your plays, short stories, comedy routines, poetry, songs and everything in between to include in our arts podcast. We are particularly keen to see radio dramas, or any work that has a strong aural element.

Your submission should include:

  • Your work for no more than 30 minutes of performance for plays / 15 minutes for other forms. We will give preference to pieces with a small number of actors required (less than 4) for its performance for reasons of technical ease.
  • A brief outline of the context of your piece if it is normally longer than what you are submitting
  • A brief history of your work to date and some information about yourself (this is useful for us to get a sense of your work)

Things to consider before submitting:

  • This work will be performed in front of both a live audience and go out as a podcast to listeners. We are particularly interested in including work from artists who have considered the audio audience and how their work will translate without visuals.
  • The work does not have to be new or previously unperformed.
  • There is currently no funding in place for this project, though applications are underway and if successful, terms will be agreed with artists involved.
  • MORE


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15th April

Soggy Brass

We are tremendously proud to announce that the next expanded edition of Soggy Brass will take place at the mighty Southwark Playhouse on the 24th May!
As such, and with much fanfare, we do surely declare ourselves open for submissions!

Submission Guidelines:

  • All pieces must be comedic new writing.
  • Running time of 10-15 minutes.
  • Submissions must be stand-alone pieces. We are not looking for excerpts of longer pieces or sketches.
  • It is preferable for you to have a cast and director attached however we can help you find creative counterparts should you need assistance.

All submissions and any further questions should be sent to

We operate a rolling submissions policy so feel free to send us anything you wish us to consider for future evenings!



17th April

London Radio Shorts

New Radio Writing Opportunity! London Radio Shorts are looking for 20 minute pieces, based on the theme of Summer In The City!

Please send in your scripts now to



20th April


20th April

20:20 Vision New Writing Festival 2015 Submission Brief:

On Thursday 7th May, one of the most exciting and controversial parliamentary races will come to an end…. And for the first time in memory, no one knows what will happen.

For 20:20 Vision Theatre’s 3rd consecutive immersive new writing festival as part of the Bath Fringe Festival, we are going political and exploring a world where no one voted. What if apathy took over the nation? What if mass protest infected an entire population? What if Russell Brand was right all along?

This year, we are inviting young writers between the ages of 20 – 30 to submit a short play with a running time of approximately 20 minutes on this theme: It is the 8th May 2015, and the UK wakes up to discover not one single vote was cast.

The Guidelines:
–    The play must be based on the above brief
–    The play must run for approximately 20 minutes
–    The play must not exceed 4 characters
–    The playwright must be between 20 – 30 years of age
–    The playwright should take into account the immersive and site responsive nature of the event (ie should not be technically complicated to stage)

If you are interested, please e-mail with a brief synopsis of your idea and some examples of previous writing by 12pm MONDAY 20th APRIL. We will then choose 4 – 5 of the strongest ideas to commission as the chosen 20 minute plays for the festival.



20th April

Sherman Cymru are looking for bold, exciting and engaging 10 minute plays around the theme of Social Uprising for their newly launched event TAITH.

The theme of Social Uprising is taken from Gary Owen’s new play Iphigenia in Splott, that will be produced by Sherman Cymru this May, and in light of the forthcoming General Election.

This new Sherman Cymru initiative will provide writers of all levels of experience with the opportunity to get advice and feedback on their scripts and hone their writing skills, as well as see their work on the stage.

The panel will be looking for bold, inventive and original writers who can appeal and connect to modern audiences. The three that show most potential will then be developed with Sherman Cymru’s Creative Team. This will be an intensive period of development, which will look to nourish the writer and the play.

The three scripts chosen will then be performed and directed by professionals with an open discussion with the audience following the performances. at TAITH on the 26 June in the Studio.

For more details and to find out how to submit your script visit the TAITH page


23rd April

First Draft

Lambeth new playwriting competition
Provides an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. We welcome submissions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth.
There is a category for young writers of 21 and under.
The selected pieces will be rehearsed with a professional cast and director and staged as part of the Lambeth Readers and writers Festival on 29th and 30th May 2015 in the Brixton Tate Library.
•    Plays should be between 10-20 minutes duration.
•    Cast size should be between 2-5
•    Your piece must not have been previously staged or published.
Please submit your work in a pdf or word format to:
•    Include a short synopsis of the play (50 words).
•    Please make sure the pages are numbered.
•    Please complete an entry form which we will use for monitoring purposes only.
Writers deadline:  Midnight Thursday 23rd April


24th April

Artists Anonymous – Page to Stage

The next event is on Tuesday 12 May at The Horse & Stables, near Waterloo – and we’d like to hear from theatre scriptwriters!

Page to Stage is a script development and networking event for London theatre-makers. Writers are invited to submit a new 10-minute script (or excerpt of a longer script) to be rehearsed by actors and directors, then shared and given feedback by an industry panel. It’s a great way to try out new material, see your work performed, receive feedback and advice from the experts, and create useful working relationships with other theatre-makers.

Four pieces are chosen. Actors and directors are then invited to apply to specific script breakdowns.

Tip 1: Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area.
Tip 2: The actors who apply to Page to Stage always comprise more female than male, with a wide age range.

Submitting your script is easy:
(i) Complete the short form – attached here: Artists-Anonymous-Script-Submission
(ii) Send the form and your script to:

If your script is chosen, please be sure that you can attend on the day – the evening is all about the feedback and responses to your work. You will be asked for £10 on the day, as a contribution towards the organisation of the evening.

Any questions? Contact Miranda Harrison at:



27th April

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold are seeking six ten minute plays which will be staged at Theatre503 on the 14th & 15th June 2015.  The short plays will accompany the main production of Sarah Hehir’s hard-hitting new play, Child Z.

Plays should explore a situation where people find themselves in a struggle to be heard by authorities/services/organisations/systems. For instance you might want to pick up on a big news story from the last year – the health service, social housing, youth unemployment, or the issue of free speech itself. Or it could be more personal and domestic. The world is your oyster.  (Plays should not directly address the themes of Child Z.)

Little Pieces of Gold have produced the plays of over one hundred playwrights at leading London venues. Showcases garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents, facilitate long term creative collaborations and provide a platform for new voices, theatre makers and performers.

More info about Child Z and guidelines for the short play showcase


1st February to 30th April

The Walter Swan Playwriting Award

The Walter Swan Playwriting Award is being run in association with the Ilkley Playhouse and the Ilkley Literature Festival and with support from the West Yorkshire Playhouse. It is planned that it is an annual event. There are two categories:

The Walter Swan Young Playwriting Award

for those aged 18 and under as at 1 September 2015

The Walter Swan Playwriting Award

for those aged 19 and over as at 1 September 2015

Each submitted script can be of any genre (including monologues or verse) and must:

  •  have a performance time of between 20 and 30 minutes
  • require a maximum of 4 actors and very simple staging
  • be an original piece of writing that has not been performed professionally

The competition is open to all UK residents. We will accept entries from groups but there must be clear authorship. Entry is free but only one entry will be accepted per person/group. All plays are to be submitted online through this website.The winning plays will be performed at both West Yorkshire Playhouse and Ilkley Playhouse in the autumn of 2015. There will also be a cash prize of £250 for each winner. A small number of high quality entries will receive a letter of commendation.

Any questions on the competition should be sent to



30th April




  • Length: 45-65 minutes
  • Cast: No more than 4 actors & at least an equal amount of female roles
  • Set: Needs to be written for, or realistically doable with, a basic set-up
  • Prize:
  • a  short professional production run as part of the Clapham Fringe in September 2015 at The Bread & Roses Theatre
  • £50 prize  (plus a  share of profits, if any are made)


  • Fill in the form below or send details to with the title ‘Clapham Fringe Scripts’.
  • There  is no fee to enter, but  we are not able to give feedback on, or reasons for, scripts not selected.
  • Scripts must be submitted in word or pdf format only. Scripts submitted in other formats will not be considered.
  • Writers of any background and experience are welcome to apply.
  • Scripts  must not have been staged or published (though it’s fine if they’ve had rehearsed readings or  extracts presented).
  • Writers previously featured at one of our short play nights,    The Platform ,  are welcome to enter the playwriting competition as well and will have the same chances of winning as everyone else.
  • We are not looking for scripts with a cast, director and/or a production team already attached.
  • Deadline for submissions is  12pm (UK time)  on 30th April 2015 and no exception will be made, including technical difficulties, so make sure to submit in time!





  1. Hi
    Thanks for putting our competition info on the site – please can you head it FIRST DRAFT which should go before Lambeths new Playwriting Competition.
    Artistic Director
    Sixteenfeet Productions
    07958 448690

    Comment by Caroline — 09/03/2015 @ 14:41 | Reply

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