Playwrights' Competition Calendar

August 2015

1st August

The Three Leaches Play Competition

This year, The Three Leaches is holding a One Act competition. We are looking for plays (comedy or drama) that are 30-60 minutes long and have never been professionally produced. We want plays that push the envelope, inspire and challenge actors and audiences alike, and have a unique voice.

To apply for the competition:

1. Please submit your work electronically to Please include your name, contact information, and a brief summary about the play in your email.

2. Submission fee $10.

We will choose two winners this year and produce the plays in our next season. Playwrights will have the opportunity to Skype (if not local) with the director and actors in order to  keep this a collaborative process–we want to help new playwrights mold and shape their work! We also want to take advantage of having a playwright’s input in their own show.

Playwrights will receive a $100 reward each and 2 tickets to see the performances.



3rd August

The Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year (playwrights of African or Caribbean descent only). Open to playwrights of Caribbean or African descent resident in the UK. Plays must be original, full-length stage plays written in English. They do not need to have been professionally produced but if they have, only plays produced since August 2014 will be considered. Each submitted play must be accompanied by a CV with an email address, contact telephone and confirmation of the writer’s Caribbean and/or African heritage and residency in the UK included, along with a brief synopsis of the play. 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). Both new and established writers are encouraged to enter. The winning writer wins £6,000. Two hard copies of your script should be sent to: Pauline Walker, The Alfred Fagon Award, c/o Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London, N1 6AH. An electronic copy of the play should also be sent by email to


9th August

Lagos Theatre Festival – Playwriting Competition

To support young playwrights, the Lagos Theatre Festival 2016 is seeking submissions of scripts for the Festival. The topic of the play should reflect the experiences of young people living in Lagos today. Shortlisted plays will be selected by a panel of writers for a creative writing workshop and script development.  There is no entry fee and the competition is opened to all playwrights aged 18 to 35. Shortlisted plays will be selected by a panel of distinguished writers for a creative writing workshop and script development mentorship for the final scripting.


  • Please include your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address) and a brief biography of no more than 400 words on the first page of the document.
  • The manuscript must begin with a title page containing the title, a 2-3 sentence description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes.
  • Please send your application to



14th August

Pentabus Theatre – the nation’s rural touring company – is on the lookout for 16-25 year old writers for their 2015 / 2016 Young Writers Group.

You don’t need to have any writing experience to join, just a keen interest in storytelling and a need to talk about how we live now.

Who are Pentabus Theatre?

  • They develop and produce new plays about the contemporary rural world. They tour around the country, telling stories with local impact and national resonance.

About the Young Writers:

  • The group will take part in monthly sessions run by their writer in residence and guest writers from September 2015 – May 2016.
  • The young writers will each develop a short play, which will be professionally produced and performed in spring 2016.

Who they are looking for:

  • Writers aged 16-25, of any experience
  • Preferably from or based in the following counties/areas: Shropshire; Staffordshire; Warwickshire; Worcestershire; West Midlands; Herefordshire and East Wales
  • People who have something to say about the contemporary rural world

How to apply:

  • No writing is required, just send an email about you to
  • Please make sure you include a phone number

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 14th August

For more information on the Pentabus Young Writers, please visit their website 

Watch an introduction to the Pentabus Young Writers Group


15th August

London horror Festival – Short Play Comp.

Submissions are open from now until Saturday 15th August, after which the festival team will shortlist 3 plays to be staged by a professional cast and crew at The Etcetera Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues and official home of the London Horror Festival. The plays will be performed on Monday 5th October, at the opening night of the 2015 festival.

And for one lucky writer, there will be an amazing special prize…..The overall winning play, which will be chosen and announced on the night by a special guest judge, will be automatically granted a 3 night performance slot at the Black Box Festival in January 2016, with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

Below are the competition requirements:

• Submissions should be between 10-15minutes long
• Plays should be written to the theme of ‘It’s not what it seems…’ and fit into the horror genre. Be imaginative with this! The more creatively this is interpreted the better!
• The play must be set in one room only
• The play must be limited to two characters.
• To give you an idea of the performance space the specs of the Etcetera are as follows:
– The stage is 5m wide x 3m70 deep.
– Two entrances are downstage left (main theatre entrance) and upstage left (to the dressing room).
– The dressing room links back to the main corridor so both entrances can be used during the performance.
– We have a number of furniture items available (chairs, stools, bench, tables, sofa)
– Due to health and safety regulations, the fire exit signs have to be on so be aware the theatre can’t go to complete black.
• Submission deadlines are Saturday 15th August, 2015. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
• Shortlisted plays will be announced in September.
• Plays should be submitted by email, in Word or PDF formats.

So embrace your dark side and get writing! This is a unique opportunity to be part of the 5th year of the London Horror Festival and see your deepest, darkest stories brought to life on a London stage! Please send submissions and any enquiries to


15th August

Yale Drama Series: Prize for Emerging Playwrights

The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. The winner is awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading. The reading of the 2014 winning play will take place at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

Winners are chosen by the preeminent playwrights of our time. Edward Albee served as the Series’ inaugural judge (2007-2008), followed by Sir David Hare (2009-2010), John Guare (2011-2012), and Marsha Norman (2013-2014). The judge for 2015-2016 is Nicholas Wright.

The Yale Drama Series is funded by generous support from the David Charles Horn Foundation.

Submissions for the 2016 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than June 1, 2015 and no later than August 15, 2015.See Competition Rules below for precise information regarding your entry.



15th August

Cutler Bay Community Theater (Miami, Florida) is looking for submissions for our upcoming Ten-Minute Play Festival! The deadline for submissions is August 15th. We are especially looking for plays that deal with issues related to the local (Miami) region, its culture, diversity, and language. However, broader themes related to community, diversity, isolation/integration, etc will be considered. While anyone may submit their work, preference will also be shown to authors currently living in or from Miami south to Homestead. All submissions should be emailed to

By submitting your play for consideration, you are agreeing to allow Cutler Bay Community Theater performance rights if your script is selected. Further, you are agreeing that Cutler Bay Community Theater owes you no royalty payments, but that we will credit you in all playbills/promotions for the festival, and that we will provide you with digital photos of your play being performed.



21st August

New Writing Competition – Postcard Theatre

Entry Requirements

1. All the scripts MUST be new writing, by which we mean, previously unperformed by any other company.

2. The scripts MUST have a performance run time of between 60 and 90 minutes.

3. The script MUST require a cast of no less than 2 actors but no more than 5 actors.

4. There is no restriction on the age or gender of the characters.

5. There is no restriction of the style or genre of the pieces but they MUST be suitable for fringe production.

Scripts are to be submitted via email to



August 31st

Supernova 7 – A Festival of One-act plays, Bench Theatre Havant

  • The play should be able to be performed by a maximum of 6 actors (but could contain any number of characters)
  • Plays must consist of a single act. Playwrights should aim for compositions of between 15 and 45 minutes, short plays are just as welcome as longer ones!
  • Plays should be written for an English-speaking audience
  • Plays must be original, unpublished and previously unperformed, with no performance rights attached, and they must be new to the Supernova festival – not submitted to previous editions
  • Plays should be able to be performed within the constraints of our space, the Spring Arts Centre, and please bear in mind the nature of the festival – we will be unable to include plays which require complex sets, effects or costumes.

Submitting your play(s) gives the Bench Theatre the right to perform it/them on the dates given here, without further payment, however copyright remains with the author. We are sadly unable to offer any payment to successful entrants.

There is no fee for entering plays for consideration, but we are now only allowing three scripts per author.

How to Enter

  • As submissions are read and considered anonymously, please ensure that your name does not appear anywhere on any of your scripts
  • Scripts must be submitted electronically; please email a PDF, Word or OpenDocument file to, including your name in the email.




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