Playwrights' Competition Calendar

August 2011

1st August

BBC Writersroom Rapid Response: #Hackgate

Do you have an urgent response to the phone hacking scandal? We are looking for 5-10 minute scripts for film, TV, radio or online; dramatic or comic but most definitely bold and imaginative responses to the phone hacking scandal that we can publish on our website. We’re not looking for scripts to make – we’re looking for exciting rapid responses to post online.  The script can be in any genre but it must be drama or a comedy with a different angle on a narrative that has gripped the country. We want an original response. We want a unique perspective, compelling characters, contained stories that pack a punch. Up to five of the best scripts will be posted on the writersroom website as the fastest possible response to the rapidly unfolding events surrounding #Hackgate. The deadline is 5pm on Monday 1st August.

 19th August

Best Comedy Scene Competition

Words with Jam are running a competition for comedy scenes in any format – script, novel extract, short story, play etc.

Prizes: 1st Prize – £200 (plus publication in Words with JAM) Five runners-up of £25 each (plus publication on the Words with JAM Blog) Word Limit:Up to 1000, plus 40 word max synopsis to introduce the scenario (optional) Entry Fee: £5, plus £3 per entry thereafter.

19th August

The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers’ Programme 2011

This introduces writers aged 16 to 25 to playwriting as a unique, imaginative and invaluable way to express themselves creatively. They aim to open up theatre to the most innovative, original and exciting new voices, to create a new generation of Liverpool writers who will challenge and engage nationwide audiences.

The programme runs for one academic year. The initial term is 13 weeks starting Tuesday 13th September 2011. The group will meet every Tuesday from 6-8pm at the Everyman Theatre. We do expect 100% attendance and dedication to the course unless there are unforeseen emergencies.

29th August

Film London – Dickens 2012 Short Production Scheme

Film-makers across London are invited to submit a script five minutes in length and themed on the Victorian master’s life and/or writings. From all the submissions received, three films will be commissioned, awarded up to £4,000 production funding plus professional script development and production advice.

The application period is open until 10am on 29 August 2011.  


30th August


There are few who don’t like a good, old fashioned, scary ghost story. Whilst they’re not planning to start any fires, Core Theatre have decided to spread a little mischief on DEVIL’S NIGHT (SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2011) with an evening of atmospheric and spooky story telling, well it is Halloween so they have to be ghost stories, naturally. They are looking for writers to send in original ghost/spooky stories to be performed on the night (venue to be confirmed).  Each story should be no more than 15 minutes in length (performance time) and the writers will retain full copyright in the works.
Submissions must be received by 30TH AUGUST 2011 and everyone who submits a story will be notified by the 7th September if they have been selected.


31st August

Tin Can Podcast

Do you want to write for an award-winning podcast company? Tin Can Podcast now have an open submission for 800 or 1600 word complete, self-contained audio plays. 

English language only. Any genre. Please ensure scripts are in standard BBC radio format. Email your submission to Include contact details.



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