Playwrights' Competition Calendar

August 2014

1st August

Salisbury Fringe – Short Cuts, Rough Cuts – South West Writers

Salisbury Fringe Festival
October 3rd, 4th, 5th 2014

We are looking for submissions for evenings of
‘Short Cuts’ to be performed on Saturday October 4th
and ‘Rough Cuts’(Script in Hand) on Sunday October 5th.
Venues to be confirmed.

 We are looking for original, breathtaking new plays…with
passion, attitude, comedy on any subject. No monologues.
 No more than 20 minutes. (Shorter pieces very welcome and
needed. Longer pieces will be rejected.)
 3 characters max.
 Scripts should be in 12pt font, printed one side of A4, with
wide margins left and right, and set out in standard UK stage
play format. Pages numbered and securely stapled together.
 Writers should include a list of characters, ages and
relationship to each other.
 Minimal sound effects or music
 No or minimal props./costumes, to be provided by the writer,
director or actors in consultation.
 Please ONLY submit work
 Maximum of two plays per person.
 Submission period is now open.
 Closing date is FRIDAY AUGUST 1st, 2014 (Midnight)
 Submissions by post only. Post TWO copies of your script to:
Angela Street, 25 Belle Vue Road, Salisbury SP1 3YD
(Scripts should not be sent by any means requiring a signature
on delivery. Submissions with insufficient postage will not be
accepted, so check before sending.)

 There will be no personal conversations with the panel.



1st August

Mardibooks – one Act Plays

Mardibooks is giving up to 30 IdeasTap members the opportunity to have their one-act, one-person plays published in an online anthology.

Up to 30 IdeasTap members will be selected to become Mardiwriters and to have their pieces published in an IdeasTap/Mardibooks one-act play e-book anthology sold on Amazon.

Mardibooks is looking for one-act, one-person plays of 1,200 to 5,000 words. The actual dialogue must not exceed 5,000 words, though this does not include any stage directions you may use.

The brief judges will be looking for an original, well-devised idea with an interesting plot and developed characterisation. Your play will need to demonstrate an effective use of language with considered and appropriate structural devices and a commanding awareness of audience.

Up to 10 writers will be selected as runners-up qualifying for feedback to support their development as writers

Download the terms and conditions here.

In advance of this brief closing, Mardibooks’ Belinda Hunt will be hosting a workshop at IdeasTap HQ on how to write a one-act play. Find out more here.



1st August

Alfred fagon Award

The Award is open to any playwright of Caribbean or African descent, resident in the UK, for the best new stage play in English.

The play does not need to have been produced.  However, if it has, only plays produced since August 2013 will be considered.

Each submitted play must be accompanied by a CV, confirming the writer’s Caribbean and/or African heritage and residency in the UK along with a brief synopsis of the play. (CV must also include your email address and a contact telephone number).

Each entrant can submit only one play. A play may also be nominated by a third party with the writer’s consent (e.g. via an agent)

Television, radio plays and film scripts will not be considered. New as well as established writers are encouraged to enter.

Two copies of your script should be sent to: Pauline Walker, The Alfred Fagon Award, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London, N1 6AH.

An electronic copy of the play should also be sent by email to



4th August

Crooked Pieces seeking 90-second shorts for podcast ‘And Then She Said a Funny Thing’ (women only)

Crooked Pieces have teamed up with Rachel Stroud and Louise Rickwood to bring you ‘And Then She Said a Funny Thing’. A series of regular podcasts comprising of ninety-second comedy shorts and sketches written by, duh duh duuuuh…..women.

Over the next few weeks they will be tweaking and tweeting as they head towards the launch Pilot. Meanwhile they are keen to hear from funny females that would like to be considered for the contributor group. If you think this might be you, here’s how to get involved…

What to submit:  It can be in any format – sketches, rants, poems, whatever. The only criteria are that each piece is:

  • Comic writing
  • Suitable for audio performance and recording
  • Written by a woman (or women)
  • 90 seconds long or less

How to apply:  Up for it? Send your submissions to by 4th August. (In some cases you might be asked to make a few tweaks after that, but you’ll be given a week or so to do it).

Find out more on the Crooked Pieces website


5th August

Z-Arts seeking writer-performers to create monologues about family life (£750 fee)

About the event:  “Family Matters” will be directed by Susan Roberts and is delivered in association with the Royal Exchange Theatre and the national Family Arts Campaign.  The monologues will be performed at the Royal Exchange in turn as a lunchtime programme over the week of the national Family Arts Festival (20-24 October), ending with a performance of all five monologues at Z-arts on Saturday 1st November.  This event will also include a discussion on the nature of family in contemporary society. We are also working with the Family Arts Campaign to secure broadcast opportunities for the monologues to highlight the value of theatre for families.

Some monologues are in place, but in order to get the best, diverse balance they are now requesting submissions.  Each must be a piece of beautifully crafted writing, drawing on emotions and creating a window on the multiplicities of human existence in the modern world.

Ideally they are looking for writers who perform their own work. However, writers can apply independently but please note that the fee is set for writer/performers and would therefore be reduced by negotiation to accommodate performer fees.  Feel free to call Liz O’Neill on 0161 232 6076 if you’d like to discuss this opportunity.

How to apply:  To apply please send a copy of your cv plus one page of writing as an example of the kind of family experience you want to focus on to and a link to examples of your performance if appropriate.



June 1st – August 15th

Yale Drama Series Award

The Yale Drama Series is seeking submissions for its 2015 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater.

1. This contest is restricted to plays written in the English language. Worldwide submissions are accepted.

2. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays written in English. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted.

3. Playwrights may submit only one manuscript per year.

4. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible.  Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered.

The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission. By electronically submitting your script, you will receive immediate confirmation of your successful submission and the ability to check the status of your entry.

If you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript.  The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form.

If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to:



10th August


A call out for new writing!

Following a successful launch week in June 2014, from September Skylight is running a regular night, Postscript, at the Drayton Arms theatre, aimed at giving writers the chance to present new work to an audience and gain constructive feedback.

A non-profit organisation, we are currently accepting submissions. We’re looking for full length scripts, a minimum of an hour in length that have not been previously performed. We’ll help pair you with a director and a cast to make sure the reading is as polished as possible. Afterwards, the audience will be invited to participate in a facilitated discussion of the work.

If you would like us to consider your piece or for more information, please check out the website or email us at



11th August

The Peckham Pelican seeking playwrights for ‘Etch’ Scratch Night in September

Etch is a brand new monthly theatre night held at one of South London’s most thriving new bars and arts venues, The Peckham Pelican. Their aim is to provide a platform for new writing from emerging artists in need of an outlet to do what they love most and to explore, develop, share and discuss their work in front of a relaxed, ‘pay what you can’ audience.

As well as finding temporary collaborators who are interested in using the Etch events as a platform to try out their own ideas and work, long term collaboration is also key to their plans. They hope to find artists to work with regularly and who will be interested in working to develop Etch further into the future.

They are currently collecting submissions for our event on September 8th. They are looking for short plays or extracts from both finished and unfinished plays but always from pieces still in development. They will provide suitable rehearsal space and the pieces will be directed and performed by professional directors and actors.

What to submit / How to apply:  If you want to see your new/ half written/barely there ideas being performed or want to get your work out there and make new contacts then send a 5 – 20 min scene to


15th August

Stage Fright – London Horror Festival

The London Horror Festival, the UK’s festival of horror in the performing arts, are once again teaming up with award-winning audio drama producers The Wireless Theatre Company to produce the Stage Fright horror radio competition.

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 on the opening night of the London Horror Festival 2014.

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 2014 event on the opening night of the London Horror Festival. The professionally produced recording of the evening will then be available for download from, which receives over 3 million hits per year and offers a great platform for your work to reach a global audience of listeners.


22nd August

Freelance scriptwriters required for children’s educational project (paid)

One Day Creative Education are currently looking for enthusiastic, motivated & highly passionate freelance creative play script writers (experience writing children’s scripts – beneficial) from across the UK. They deliver a range of creative and educational scripted ONE DAY drama workshops in schools across UK.


  • Strong creative writing skills
  • Play Script writing skills (beneficial)
  •  Keen eye for grammar & accuracy
  • Experience of theatre stage directions/ blocking writing (beneficial)
  • Shows confidence in the ability to think outside the box, great imagination & can create fun engaging creative play scripts


  • Educated to degree level in Teaching, Education, English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing, Script Writing, Writing for Theatre or similar
  • Experience creating work for children across all Key stages
  • Experience creating educational influenced writing
  • Knowledge of the publishing industry, children’s books or children’s plays beneficial
  • Knowledge of the current educational system may be beneficial

Offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced CRB disclosure clearance.

How to apply: Please email your CV and covering letter, along with any example work to:,

Salary: 10-15k pro rata


22nd August

Hampshire County Council seeking Writer in Residence (paid)

They are looking for a professional writer to engage local residents of various ages, create new writing in response to the exhibition and to support the existing local writing community.

They are looking for a commitment of 12 days, 9 of which will be direct engagement with participants. A fixed fee is offered.

Further information / How to apply:  For any further information please contact the Literature Development Officer, 01962 846018 or



30th August

Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow)

Thursday 11th September – Directed by Alison Peebles (Theme Power)
Deadline: 30th August 2014

Thursday 16th October – Directed by Sacha Kyle (Theme Wealth)
Deadline: 9th October 2014

Thursday 20th November – Directed by David Ian Neville (Theme Forgiveness)
Deadline: 12th November 2014

How to apply:  Please send submissions to



31st August

Funny Women Awards

THE PRIZE: £500 script option fee for a 12 month development period, including three weeks intensive mentoring  to complete the 30 minute script with dedicated access to a professional script editor.

We’re looking for an 8-15 page extract of a 30 minute comedy script for television. The script can take the form of a sitcom, sketch show, comedy drama- anything really, so long as it has a comic twist.

The Comedy Writing Award is all about encouraging new female writing talent. As such, entrants cannot be professional script writers! One-off jokes and sketches for TV/radio are fine, but if in doubt just drop us an email on

HOW TO ENTER: Register with the Funny Women Awards 2014 HERE. Registration is £15, and covers all Award categories.

Registration is per script rather than per person. Jointly written entries  (i.e. with a writing partner) need only register once.

Once you have registered, we will send you an info sheet with all the details on how to submit your script, and some really useful tips for completing your script from The Comedy Unit.

Ten scripts will be shortlisted and read by a panel of industry judges. The top three entries will be invited to attend the Comedy Writing Award Final read through on 20th September at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, and the overall winner will be announced.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

You can find a full list of past winners and finalists HERE


31st August

Fractured Lines

I’m a bit confused about what these guys want and when. Please check for yourselves. G. X

Would you like to join us on our new project called Blaggards, which has a regular new writing night. Blaggards has been set up by Fractured Lines to create an ongoing opportunity for Actors, Directors and Writers, providing a space for experimentation, trial and testing big ideas.

We are looking for Writers for all of our Blaggards:Projects





To apply for Blaggards:Plays send:

· your script, which can be no longer than 25 minutes long, it can be a full play or an excerpt of one of your plays

· a maximum of 50 words outlining what the play is about

Send the above by email with the subject title ‘writers’ opportunities’ to





  1. This is a totally unfair competition. “Women” writers only.Why? We are talking writers here, not performers. Can you imagine the outcry if a similar competition were organised for men only. Then a “registration fee” before a entrant can even find out what is required and hiw the script is to be submitted. No thanks. Count me out.

    Comment by lassfromlancashire — 27/04/2014 @ 12:40 | Reply

    • I am not going to enter the debate about whether or not we should be paying for competitions, however I will say that Funny Women is a great organisation who are working very hard to help women succeed in a male dominated environment.

      Personally I want to be called a ‘Writer’, not a ‘Woman Writer’ however, until the playing field is level, I am very grateful for all the help I can get from organisations like Funny Women, Female Arts and Equal Writes to name but three. I think Lyndon B. Johnson sums it up better than I ever could:


      Comment by Gina — 28/04/2014 @ 17:19 | Reply

      • I don’t object to paying entry fees for competitions. Organisers need to cover the cost of advertising and running a contest. But this particular competiton requires entants to register in order to find out details of how to submit a script.

        Comment by lassfromlancashire — 11/05/2014 @ 14:39 | Reply

        • You’re right, it is a bit of an odd one, but not the first time I’ve seen it. I can’t tell you why they do it, but I entered last year and nothing sinister happened (except I didn’t win), and I did get a very useful reader’s report on my script.

          Best wishes, Gina

          Comment by Gina — 13/05/2014 @ 21:27 | Reply

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