Playwrights' Competition Calendar

December 2012

3rd December

The Writer’s Prize

BBC Audio and Music has joined forces with BBC Writersroom to launch The Writer’s Prize: a prestigious new writing opportunity for radio drama and comedy writers. The BBC is looking to commission the best new ideas across the Radio 3 & 4 networks.

All scripts must be accompanied by a completed entry form – Download the entry form.

– Scripts must not contain the writer’s name or contact details. This information should be on the entry form only.
– Before entering please take the time to read our full Terms and conditions – these have changed from previous BBC Writersroom opportunities and we ask that you thoroughly familiarise yourself with them before submitting an entry forThe Writer’s Prize.

Scripts should be posted along with your completed entry form to:

The Writer’s Prize
BBC Writersroom,
Zone 07C
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place

8th December

Orange Tea Theatre Company is looking for a “Pick-up-and-Go” two-hander play to be performed in Amsterdam and possibly to tour The Netherlands in 2013. Orange Tea Theatre Company is a vibrant new English language theatre company based in Amsterdam.


  1. The play must only use 2 actors and run between 50-80 minutes.
  2. Props and set must be kept to a minimum.
  3. Topics or themes must be current and relevant and ask good questions which reflect our global society.
  4. Royalties will be agreed upon us and the writer and may be based on any extra funding received. All submissions will also be considered for our popular play reading evenings.
  5. Plays are to be submitted with a 150-word synopsis and 150-word writer’s bio as a cover letter e-mail. Please do not send us a long CV or list of accomplishments; the writing will speak for itself. All submissions are to be sent to
  6. Please do not send us musicals or short plays at this time.
  7. We usually have many submissions and will respond to the ones we wish to produce at this time. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

10th December

Radio Plays: Stones and Stories

Successful playwrights will get the chance to:

• Write something unconstrained by the usual budgetary concerns of theatre

• Get professional feedback on their ideas

• Hear actors read their work in a public setting

• Have the final draft of their work recorded and edited into an online podcast

All you have to do is submit a treatment consisting of a synopsis, character summary and two pages of sample dialogue for a 10-15 minute radio drama, based on the theme of ‘Stones & Stories’. You should create an original story tied to (but not necessarily set at or in) a specific building, town, place or location in general.

10th December

Little Pieces of Gold presents  FESTOPIA 

THEATRE503 22-26 January, 2013

Utopia or Dystopia?  Playwrights imagine the future in a festival of brand new plays.

FESTOPIA will feature an exciting line-up of short plays by emerging and more established writers. We are now seeking ten minute plays which imagine the ultimate consequences of the current social and economic situation. Selected plays will be cast and rehearsed by our directors and receive a full production at what promises to be a vibrant week of bold, new work at Theatre503.

Your play must be no longer than ten minutes and you should make ideas of utopia or dystopia central to its theme. Writers must be living in the UK.

Please submit your work to Suzette Coon, Producer, FESTOPIA  or submit via the writers page on this website.

14th December

Opening Lines

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes unsolicited submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The next window for sending in material is October 29th – December 14th, 2012. Stories submitted outside this time-frame will be returned unread. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines programme pages.

We are looking for original short stories which work being read out loud i.e. with a strong emphasis on narrative and avoiding too much dialogue, character description and digression. Pay particular attention to how the story opens and closes. We’ll be looking to see whether the beginning of a story successfully links to how it ends. We are interested in seeing stories which cover a broad range of subject-matter but material which explores particularly dark, harrowing themes is not best suited to Opening Lines.

We recommend visiting the Opening Lines programme pages to read transcripts of the five stories which featured in the 2012 series.

The BBC has a rigorous taste and decency policy so we cannot accept stories of a sexist or racist nature, or those which use the stronger swear words. The time allotted for each story is around 14 minutes, which means stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.

14th December

Five ‘n Ten

Win a live performance of your work.

Categories: Five minute monologue / ten minute play
Performance Date: April 2013

  • Send two hard copies of each(non-returnable) entry, with title page, to Neath Little Theatre
  • Pseudonym to be displayed on each page
  • Accompany each entry with an A5 sealed envelope, pseudonym on front
  • The envelope must contain writer’s full name and address, phone number, mini biog, email, title page, entry fee

(cheque/postal order payable to Sandalle)

Fee: £5 per single entry
£4 per entry for two or more

Send your entry/entries to five’n ten at:

Neath Little Theatre Westernmoor Road,
Neath, S.Wales, SA1 1BQ

Contact us:

19th December

Bush Green

£30,000 Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – open to playwrights aged 18-30

Sky Arts is once again offering five young artists aged 18-30 £30,000 each to fund their work for a full year as part of the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – in association with IdeasTap. The fund is designed to develop your creative practice and help take your work to the next level. We’ll pair you with a mentor from Sky to help you develop your networks, skills and knowledge in the arts and the commercial sector, and support you through Sky’s platforms.

All applications must be made through IdeasTap – sign up for free at

21st December

Angelic Tales – Stratford East

Theatre Royal Stratford East and Team Angelica are looking for exciting, original stage-plays with a running time of around an hour or less (an hour is 60 pages in screenplay format; 45 pages in traditional play format). They’re open to any style, setting or genre.

If you would like to send a play, please send it to both Rikki and John – and – and please follow these guidelines:

  • Send your play in a common format: doc, docx, rtf, pdf.
  • Please name your attachment ‘[nameofplay] by [nameofwriter]’ eg ‘Hamlet_by_WilliamShakespeare.docx’.
  • Please put in the subject line of the email ‘submission for Angelic Tales 3’ or ‘submission for new writing festival’.

Within the document of the play itself please:

  • Put the play’s title and your name and contact details on the front page.
  • Insert page numbers.
  • Insert a header saying ‘[name of play] by [name of writer]’ on all pages.
  • On the first page include a character list, naming each character and giving a brief description, eg, ‘Bola, around 40 years old, studious manner, British-born Nigerian, Birmingham accent.’
  • On the first page include a brief description of the setting, eg ‘Dalston Market, present day. A run-down social housing flat.’

Exclusions: we can’t consider plays that have already been performed or extensively developed with other people, or plays that are being developed with anyone else now, as that’s not fair on them.

21st December

15 Minutes live – Slung Low

15 Minutes Live is Slung Low’s live radio project.  For each event Slung Low commissions 5 writers to write a 15 minute play for voices.

The plays are performed in front of a live audience. All the sound effects are done foley-style (imagine the old Goon shows) and all the music is played live by musicians.  It takes places on a sunday afternoon. A recording of each play is then released on the internet for a new audience to experience it.

The next 15 Minutes Live will be on 24th February 2013. It will be performed at the Holbeck Underground Ballroom in Holbeck, South Leeds and is funded by Leeds Inspired.  The plays will all be upon the theme of rebuilding, regrowth.

5 writers have already been commissioned and Slung Low would like to add your name to that list.

They are inviting submissions of 15 minute plays for voices.

If you have a 15 minute play that you think would be suitable and would like to be considered, then send it to

The plays will be read by Slung Low and Henry Swindell from BBC writersroom North. One play from those submitted will be selected to be performed at February’s event.
The selected writer will be paid a fee of £450 (as all writers involved in 15 Minutes Live are). The copyright of the script remains with you after the event. Although a recording of the event will be hosted on the internet.


24th December

Writer, Skylight

London  Unpaid (volunteer) Part time  Contact: Jo Greaves

Calling all Playwrights! We’re putting together a new Writers showcase for a fringe theatre in south London. Writers will have the opportunity to have their work, be it short plays, sketches or scenes performed to a small, friendly audience who will be asked for their feedback on what they see. The first show will be early in the new year and we are looking for material to include. We’re open to everything and anything – whether it’s a first draft for a piece in development or a finished script looking to get an audience’s perspective. If you are interested please email me at


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