Playwrights' Competition Calendar

August 2012

1st August

Second Skin Theatre requests new scripts for an upcoming reading series to be held at Ryan’s Bar in Stoke Newington.

We want scripts that are fearless, poetic, provocative, taboo, sensual, full of tension, and unabashedly scandalous.

All scripts must adhere to the following items:

– written by current and/or former residents of the United Kingdom

– new piece of writing that has never been staged (adaptations are welcome!)

– playing time 20 minutes to 80 minutes (if more than 60 minutes, please allow for an intermission)

– maximum of 5 actors / 10 characters

– text-focused (rather than ‘physical theatre’)

DEADLINE : August 1st at midnight

6th August

The Comedy Studio

There is a prevailing problem in the industry when it comes to finding, keeping and developing Black and Minority Ethnic writers for TV and Radio Comedy.  The ComedyStudio is a targeted development scheme, working across the industry and broadcasters, bringing together a group of up to ten of the most talented writers with a real commitment to narrative Comedy.

Writers must submit an original calling card script (written for any medium – TV, film, stage, radio), a Comedy idea they would like to develop (at least one paragraph, and up to one page), and a biog or brief CV of previous experience. Writers will be selected on the basis of the ability shown in their script and the potential for development shown in their idea.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 9AM ON MONDAY 6TH AUGUST. Email submissions with the subject header ‘CDN The Comedy Studio’ to:

This scheme is supported by CDN, BAAF, BBC Comedy Commissioning and The TV Collective.

10th August

Writers Bloc new writing showcase – 23rd September

Short plays, excerpts of longer pieces of work, screen plays, works in progress, anything you want to showcase

– The script can be about anything, there are no restrictions we are looking for interesting and raw material, everything is welcome!
– They can be up to 15 minutes but no longer (no minimum limit) however longer scripts will be considered for future events
– Most of all we are looking for raw, fresh, and explosive talent!

Get your submissions in now! Deadline is 10th August. Any one who has written for us before will be considered again and we will also accept new scripts for writers who have written from us before.

Send your submissions into

15th August

Stage Fright – London Horror Festival

The London Horror Festival, the UK’s festival of horror in the performing arts, are teaming up with award-winning audio drama producers The Wireless Theatre Company to launch a brand new writing competition for Halloween 2012.

STAGE FRIGHT is searching for short radio dramas exploring the spooky, the shocking, the macabre and the downright terrifying…We’re accepting submissions from writers at all levels of experience, from veteran scriptwriters to first time scribes, challenging you to create a spine-tingling short drama to be performed and recorded live at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden – the home of the London Horror Festival 2012.

Three shortlisted entries will be produced and performed live by a team of professional actors from the Wireless Theatre Company, for one-night only as part of the STAGE FRIGHT 2012 event on the opening night of the London Horror Festival. The professionally produced recording of the evening will then be available for download, which receives over 3 million hits per year and offers a great platform for your work to reach a global audience of listeners.

A winner will be selected from the short-list to receive the first André de Lorde Award for Horror Playwriting.

Further details here.

17th August

Writing squad

Do you write?

Are you aged between 16 and 21?

Are you based in the north of England?

Do you use the internet and social media?

Can you attend four Squad days in either Sheffield, Manchester or Newcastle over the coming year?

If you answered yes, we’d like you to apply for the 2012 Writing Squad, you only need pay for travel to the four Squad Days.  The programme is designed to fit around you – whether you are studying, working, travelling or just wondering what to do next.

To apply, write two pages about yourself, your writing and what the Squad could do for you.  Send it here with up to ten pages of prose/script or ten poems/songs as word or PDF attachments, or send URLs where we can watch or listen to your work.

31st August

Million Hits Viral Competition

A scriptwriting competition to have your very own viral video produced.

IdeasTap have got together with award-winning production house toast to offer IdeasTap members aged 16 to 30 the chance to get a 30-second script developed into the next viral sensation.

The winner will get to work alongside commercial and viral director Stuart Fryerand the toast team to bring their script idea to life.

They are looking for a fresh idea that plays out in 30 seconds – that entertains, wows, amazes, amuses, shocks, and gets passed on because of its brilliance and creative uniqueness. The winner will be announced on 7 September 2012.

The rules

• Entrants must be aged 16 to 30.

• The script must fit into a 30-second time slot.

• The viral must be suitable for all ages.

• The viral must be able to be shot in London in one day.

For more information about how to apply visit IdeasTap website.

31st August

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity II

Little Brother Productions is once again offering a talented writer £1000 to develop an original television drama idea of theirs through to treatment stage with them.

To be eligible, writers must have had one piece of their work professionally produced or, at the very least, have had a professional reading of their work. Writers who have contributed episodes to UK television series or serials (e.g. a long running soap) are eligible to apply, but writers who have already had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible to enter. No prior writing experience for television is required.

To apply, writers must submit their writing CV and the piece of their work of which they are most proud, that best demonstrates their talent (this could be a stage play, a radio play or a screenplay) to:

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity II
Little Brother Productions
155x Northcote Road
London, SW11 6QB


31st August

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

Every year Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland selects at least 6 new playwrights for a programme of mentoring by established playwrights for six months to support then in the development of new scripts. This is an opportunity to improve your writing skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process.

Eligible Applicants
You should be an emerging playwright, living in Scotland or from Scotland and living elsewhere, with a particular play you hope to develop during your mentoring time. You do not need to have been produced in order to qualify.

You should be available from October 2012 for six months to work on your script regularly. Mentored playwrights will be matched with a mentor in September and will remain in communication with this mentor over the six month working period.

To apply, please submit:
• a cover letter explaining why you would like to be mentored, your commitment to developing your craft, including a brief biography detailing your writing experience to date
• two ten-page extracts of your writing
• a synopsis of each work from which the extracts have come
• your current contact details
Please address applications to:
Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD
or send via email as a single word document or pdf to



  1. Anyone heard of Sterts one-act play writing competition? Deadline end of August. Theatre in Cornwall.

    Comment by Jenny Cole — 31/07/2012 @ 12:01 | Reply

    • Hi Jenny,
      I hadn’t but google found it for me. Closing date 1st September for plays under 30 minutes. I’ve added it to the calendar.
      If anyone else knows competitions I haven’t heard of, I’m always happy to list them.

      Comment by Gina — 31/07/2012 @ 16:34 | Reply

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