Playwrights' Competition Calendar

December 2013

1st December

The Musical Project

The New Musical Project is searching for up and coming musical theatre writers who want to develop their work alongside industry professionals and a West End theatre. The Project is looking for submissions of new one act musicals, of which The Project will select six to be developed for rehearsed readings, to be staged in early 2014. We will provide professional actors, a director and a musical director for the rehearsed readings. They will then be presented to an audience and industry panel with a Q&A after the performance in order to provide feedback to the writers and creative team. After the six rehearsed readings, The Project will then select a show to take on to production in the Leicester Square Theatre Lounge in Summer 2014.

SUBMISSIONS To submit, please download and complete The New Musical Project Application Form.

Please upload, as one folder, the Application Form plus recordings of 2/3 songs from the show to Dropbox, and share with


1st December


Women playwrights are requested to submit
plays on the following themes:
• Beyond Words: Plays that script the physical, the visual, the digital or the aural – new
texts for new mediums
• In Other Words: Plays that are multilingual,
for multilingual audiences, or have been translated into English from their original language
• Choice of Words: Scripts that have been developed with actors, directors, co-writers or
dramaturgs as part of a workshop or devised
• Our Own Words: Plays written for the writer
themselves to perform, plays exploring autobiography or memoir
– Submission is open to professional, semiprofessional or beginning women playwrights
from any part of the world, of any age.
– The script can be unproduced or previously produced (please do not submit plays for
which you do not own copyright).
– One acts as well as full length plays will be
accepted. Musicals will be accepted within reason and selection will be resource dependent.
For the first round of submission, please submit the following via the online form:
– An 80 word synopsis of your play
– A 50 word motivation detailing how and why
it fits one of the WPI 2015 themes
– A 50 word biography of the playwright
– Your country of residence
– A brief production/development history of
the submitted play (if applicable).


16th December (New date)

Writersroom 10

To celebrate the unique relationship between the theatre and broadcast industries BBC writersroom is once again running Writersroom 10 – which invests in writers and new theatre writing. 10 writers will receive a seed-commission of £1,000.

– We are looking for 10 emerging writers who already have an early-stage relationship with a theatre.

– The writer and theatre can be from anywhere across the UK.

– The writer must not yet have had a full professional production of their work in the theatre – though they may have had readings, workshops, amateur/fringe productions.

–  Theatres must have a proven commitment to new writing, whether that is dedicated or as part of a broader repertoire – and they must have previously mounted at least one full professional theatre production.

– The seed bursary does not tie the theatre into making a full commission – but we hope it will be the beginning of an on-going commitment to that writer.

To apply the theatre must nominate a writer. Each theatre may submit up to two nominations for the writersroom 10.

Submissions must come from the nominating theatre and can be emailed Each submission must include:

– The writer’s full original script as a sample of their voice
– The writer’s one-page outline of an idea/play they wish to write
– The writer’s biography/writing CV
– A letter of support from the nominating theatre

The programme will last for one year and the 10 will convene as a group. Each writer will also have a BBC mentor to broaden their scriptwriting horizons and bring a fresh perspective to their work. We are looking for the widest possible range of talent to apply – bold, different, unusual, diverse, distinct, talented voices with a passion and an urge to their work.


3rd December

Briefs – West Avenue Theatre Company

Scripts need to be emailed, preferably in PDF format, to
– Submissions must reach us by 23:59 on Tuesday, December 3.
– Plays must have an estimated running time of between 5 and 20 minutes.
– They must be relatively “light-hearted” in nature. This doesn’t mean it has to be a comedy, but the atmosphere of these nights wouldn’t really suit anything too dark.
– You don’t have to have a director attached, but if you do, please let us know when you apply. Please also pipe up if you’d like to direct your own piece.
– Understand that we will take control of casting, but do say if you have anyone specific in mind for us to consider.
– You must be free to be at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in London’s N1 area on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.


5th December

The Steyning Festival 2014

The Company, in association with the Steyning Festival, is looking for 6 unperformed plays (maximum length 45 mins) from playwrights in the South East (incl London) for the Steyning Festival Theatre Trails 2014. The plays will be performed by professional actors as rehearsed readings, at site-specific venues in Steyning, as part of the Festival on 25th May & 8th June 2014. This will be the sixth year of the Theatre Trails, one of the highlights of the festival, and this year they’re delighted to announce that local actor Gary Whelan will chair the Q & A session at the end of the performances.

Scripts should be sent to:

Nicky Dewdney

Steyning Festival Theatre coordinator

Clifton, 6A Kingsbarn Lane

Steyning, West Sussex

BN44 3YR

If you would like your script returned please enclose a stamped addressed envelope, and if you need any more information please contact Stephen Israel at or phone 0771 265 0568

(please note that emailed scripts will not be accepted)

For more info please visit the The Company website


6th December

Sky Arts – £30,000 bursaries for theatre-makers and playwrights aged 18-30

we’ll be giving away five bursaries in this round, and the Futures Fund is open to applications from individuals working in the following fields:

• Performing arts: theatre-makers including directors, producers, spoken word artists, puppeteers and live artists

• Dance: dancers and choreographers

• Music: musicians, composers, songwriters and conductors

• Visual art: including painters, sculptors, photographers, animators and digital artists

• Creative producing: do you bring together disparate parts of culture in exciting and innovative ways? This category is open to creative producers working in visual arts, theatre, film and performance/dance

• Creative writing: including playwrights, novelists, graphic novelists and poets – but not film or TV scripts

The five winners won’t necessarily come from five different categories. Looking at all the applications, the judges will pick the five entries they believe to be the strongest overall.

Find out more and apply via IdeasTap by 6 December.


7th December

Chain Gang

BBC 4 Extra are running their award winning Chain Gang series once again – the drama where you decide what happens next.

Award-winning writer Robert Shearman (the man who brought the Daleks back to Doctor Who), has penned an intriguing first episode of a drama, lasting just two minutes. After that, you pitch in your story decide where the story goes, Robert dramatises it and it’s performed by a cast of three versatile actors. Each week there’s a new plot written by a different listener until the final part is broadcast on 7th December 2013.

Listen back to the first part of the drama on the Chain Gang programme page

Here are some tips:

Start by making sure you’re completely up-to-date with all that’s happened so far, and have a look at the storylines behind the episodes here on the website.

Bear in mind that you’re not writing the script itself, or a novel. One way to approach this is to think of telling someone about something dramatic that has happened. You wouldn’t say exactly what everyone said, but you should emphasise dramatic or relevant points. Try to bring out some of the tone and feel you want your episode to have, rather than just giving us 200 words of plot. You’ll need to move the story along in an interesting way, and try to end on some dramatic moment, or cliff-hanger. And do keep in mind that your ideas will need to become a radio drama. Lots of ‘backstory’ or people thinking about things can be difficult to work with.

Don’t forget that the next episode doesn’t have to follow on directly in time and place from the last. Are there other characters involved that could start to build a fuller picture of Sally, Mark and our mysterious cabbie?

For full terms and conditions and details on how to submit your work to Chain Gang, visit the programme page.


16th December (Deadline extended)

Playwrights’ Progress

The Guild is inviting emerging and established writers in the UK to take part in Playwrights’ Progress, an inspiring script development project, run in partnership with Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and Leicester Square Theatre.

To apply, candidates should:

  • Submit one hard copy plus an electronic copy of a draft of an unpublished, unperformed dramatic piece. Initially this needs to be the first act only (drawn from a full-length script of maximum running time of 2 hours 30 minutes). The text should include a cast list, essential production notes plus a resume/ scenario of the whole piece. A shortlist of contenders will then be drawn up and these will be asked to submit their full scripts for the final selection.
  • Submit a brief biography of your experience and career to date, which must include at least one production for public performance or equivalent publication.
  • Include a letter of application, of no more than 500 words, setting out your reasons for wanting to develop this piece, its potential as a drama and your aspirations for it. Explain why this experience would be valuable in terms of your personal development as a writer. This letter should include all your contact details plus a stamped, addressed envelope if you wish your script to be returned.
  • All applications and hard copies should be sent to the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, 40 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4RX, FAO Richard Pinner by the 11 December. Electronic copies should be sent to


13th December

Verb New Voices

An opportunity for artists based in the north of England to receive a £2,500 bursary and make a new piece of work for Radio 3’s The Verb.

Two artists aged 18 to 30 and one artist of any age will work alongside BBC voice coaches and producers as well as experienced talent developers at Arts Council England funded organisations in the North – to develop their writing and performance skills.

The Verb New Voices project hopes to generate vibrant new writing, which reflects something unique about Northern culture. Poets, spoken word practitioners, fiction writers and artists who use words and sound to create exciting work will receive a bursary of £2,500 to write a new eight-minute long piece suitable for broadcast on The Verb programme and a longer piece for performance at live events in the North. The opportunity also includes a fully funded place on an Arvon residential writing course at Lumb Bank in Yorkshire.


13th December

Earshot – Audio Drama

We would like to read audio drama scripts ranging in length from 10 to 50 minutes, with a maximum of 5 characters.  We are looking for up to four scripts, depending on length.  We don’t mind if the setting is local or on Mars, whether the theme and topic is the Trojan Wars or your front room – surprise us!  Amaze us with your stories!  Charm us with your characters!  Dazzle us with your dialogue!

There will be a small writer’s fee for the successful script or scripts.

The deadline for submissions is 13th December.  The readers will beaver away under their Christmas trees and come to a decision in the New Year.  Scripts will be edited with the writers, and go into production in February.

We will be casting professional actors, and will record at a studio in Bath.

Scripts should be sent to: as .doc attachments.  We’ll let you know if we can’t open them…

If you have any questions, contact Clare Reddaway at – or send a message via our contact form.


13th December

Trinity College Playwriting Competition

Entry for the next International Playwriting Competition will open onMonday 9 September 2013. The competition, now in its fourth year, is open to writers of any age, any level of experience and from any country.  It aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world.

The winning playwrights in each category will be awarded a cash prize of £1,000, and will travel to London to see their plays headline the International Festival of Playwriting & Performance, which is taking place in May 2014. The best plays entered into the competition will be published in a collection with international distribution.


15th December

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold are calling for ten minute plays for their 19 Jan, 2014 showcase. It’s an open theme so the world is your oyster!

Little Pieces of Gold was established in 2010. They set out to discover, nurture and develop new contemporary work from emerging UK writers. Since then they have produced plays of over fifty writers and worked with as many up and coming directors at many theatres such as Theatre 503, Park Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Their shows garner much industry interest and have led to a number of writers obtaining literary agency representation. They have a reputation for facilitating long term creative collaborations between writers and directors and providing a platform for new voices, theatre makers and performers.

Submission deadline: December 15th, midnight.

For further details of how to submit visit the Little Pieces of Gold website.


15th December

Fifty Shades of Funny

We welcome submissions from members of Putney Theatre Company and Group64. Non-members living in the UK can also submit (one script only please). If selected you will need to join the Company to have the play performed. (£20 per annum). We are unable to accept scripts that have already had a professional or amateur performance (a rehearsed reading is okay). 

– Fully formed pieces of comedy drama with a maximum running time of ten minutes and a cast size of 2-6 actors.
– Scripts with some connection to ‘Theatre’ – interpret this as literally or loosely as you wish (PTC members: please do not send us scripts with ‘in-house’ jokes about Putney Arts – Theatre or characters depicting PTC stalwarts).

– Pieces that make best dramatic use of our studio space: the studio is a small but versatile space – think outside the box in terms of interesting staging.
– Minimal set and prop requirements. We’ll be presenting up to ten plays in the studio, requiring minimal set changes between pieces. We cannot make set changes within a piece.

Send your scripts and cover sheet by email to Deadline is 4pm on Sunday 15th December. 

Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number and title of your script. Please confirm that your submitted script has not already been performed. 

Scripts should be typed and well-spaced for readability with a list of characters on the first page and title and page number on each page of your script. Scripts will be judged anonymously so please ensure that there is no identifying information in the script, including headers and footers.


16th December

The One Day Project
Theatre West are inviting writers based and working in the South West to apply for one of five bespoke ‘packages’ of support to develop a piece of work for production by the company in autumn 2014. For details go to


16th December

BBC Writersroom – Scriptroom

The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers.  We read all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC.  Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom.

We have strict rules on what we do and don’t accept, so before sending in anything you should acquaint yourself fully with our Terms & Conditions before submitting.

Submissions to the Script Room should now be made online via our brand new e-submissions system – Submit your script.

Please read the E-submissions FAQs for full guidelines on how the new system works.  All scripts must be formatted as PDFs.

If you are unable to submit online, please email us on to request a cover sheet no later than 3 weeks ahead of the Script Room deadline.


20th December

Bush Theatre Submissions

In the Autumn, we welcome proposals from writer/performers, theatre makers and companies. This work may be formally unconventional, theatrically playful, and have text as one element of a larger process. We are keen to find new work through this submission process that pushes at the definitions of new writing and will be made in a myriad of ways.

Please email your proposals to and include, as a separate attachment, a fully completed cover sheet which you can download here

We are looking for:

– Proposals of a story outline, of no more than two pages of A4
– Examples of previous work (links or attachments to online video, photographs or text samples no more than 2MB)
– Details of who will be making the work (bios for each creative)


The Bush will read all eligible proposals submitted to us through our submission windows and we will contact any writer or theatre maker / company who has submitted a proposal that we would like to produce or develop, inviting them to engage in a bespoke development process. We don’t offer feedback on proposals that we are not intending to produce or develop, although we will contact you to let you know when we have read your application; this will usually be within 4 to 6 months from the end of each submission window.


23rd December

No More Page 3 Playwriting Competition

For our winter 2013 completion we are very happy to have teamed up with the amazing people at No More Page Three and the subject for the first season shall be anything that is inspired by this incredible campaign. The task is to write a short play 30-40 minutes in length based on the No More Page Three campaign. This can be is literal or as abstract as you would like, you may want to write directly about the campaign or maybe you have been inspired by some of the amazing stories to come out of it over the last year. It is totally up to you, as long as the inspiration has come from the campaign itself then it will fit the bill!!

The competition is open to everyone!!!

Please submit your script for Fluff Shorts sending them to along with a brief description of the ideas behind your piece by the 23rd December. We will then announce the winners and the winning writers will be allocated a director and a cast, and will rehearse the piece to be performed in the new year at The Morris Space at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park.’


31st December

Curve Playwriting Competition

An opportunity for East Midlands Playwrights to recieve £1,000, mentorship and a year of R&D support and development with the Curve Theatre.

Who Can Enter?

Playwrights based in the East Midlands who have had a minimum of one but no more than three full-length plays professionally produced. For the avoidance of doubt, a full length play is classed as having a minimum 80 minute running time. A professional production is any production in which professionally trained actors (either paid or unpaid) performed the play for a minimum one week run at a theatre venue for a paying audience.


31st December

Congleton Players – One act play competition.

All those interested in submitting a play for consideration should bear the following in mind:

  • Each play should have a running time of 20-30 minutes with a guideline of approx. 3,500-4,000 words
  • Only four plays are presented on the night
  • Scripts need to come in between August and December 2013
  • The copyright of the selected scripts will pass to the Congleton Players

Scripts should be submitted via email or posted if necessary. Please email Michael Saunders at

Reading for the scripts will take place between January and March 2014 prior to selection.

A cash prize will be given to the winning entry.



  1. “The copyright of the selected scripts will pass to the Congleton Players”…. why? This doesn’t sound very decent.

    Comment by Paul Kalburgi — 18/10/2013 @ 00:07 | Reply

    • Hi Paul,

      Without really knowing this is probably because, if they choose your script, they want to know that it will not have been performed anywhere else before their festival. It could also be to let you know that you won’t be paid unless this win; however this is fairly standard – the prize is getting your play produced.
      Having said all that, I have no links at all with the Congleton Players and, if you want to submit, you should probably contact them first to make sure you’re happy.

      Michael Saunders Tel. 01260 278813


      Comment by Gina — 18/10/2013 @ 10:54 | Reply

      • Hi Gina, thanks for your reply. However I don’t agree that this is standard practice – no reputable company requests this, the copyright of the writers work is the writers, ESPECIALLY for an unpaid competition such as this. I certainly wouldn’t enter my work under these terms and would strongly advice against anyone else getting involved with such an organisation. This is not industry practice.

        Comment by Paul Kalburgi — 31/10/2013 @ 21:32 | Reply

        • Hi Paul,

          I think you misunderstood me; I meant the ‘not getting paid – the production is the prize’ bit as being the standard practice.
          Thanks for your comments.


          Comment by Gina — 31/10/2013 @ 22:56 | Reply

  2. I certainly wouldn’t enter a script to anything where I would lose my copyright, and I wouldn’t advise anyone else to either

    Comment by Steve Downes — 21/10/2013 @ 14:21 | Reply

  3. Thank you for posting the submission process for our next new writing production, Fifty Shades of funny. Marcia, Putney Arts Theatre

    Comment by Marcia Kelson — 06/12/2013 @ 18:22 | Reply

    • My pleasure, and thank you for creating interesting opportunities for us poor, struggling playwrights.

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 07/12/2013 @ 11:51 | Reply

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