Playwrights' Competition Calendar

December 2014

1st December

Playmakers Festival is looking for playwrights who would like to see their script performed at The Tabard Theatre in Chiswick as part of the theatre’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.

Playmakers is “looking for scripts that surprise us, by writers of any age. Whether it’s a political satire, a farce, or a kitchen sink drama, we’re looking for something that has a fresh perspective and the potential to be an exciting piece of theatre.”

Scripts can be submitted from anywhere across the UK, however, successful applicants will need to be in London for the duration of rehearsals and the performances, in the weeks before and during the week commencing 26th January, when the Playmakers Festival takes place. Each play will be given a two-night run.

To be eligible to enter scripts for consideration, the following criteria must be met:

–       Running time must be under one hour

–       Only one script can be submitted per applicant

–       Submissions can be brand new pieces of writing or existing material

Playmakers will assist writers whose scripts are chosen, providing support in sourcing actors and directors if needed.  In this case, the writer will need to be available for at least five days prior to the performance in order to take part in rehearsals at the theatre with the cast and director provided. Writers are also welcome to work with their own actors and directors; in this case they will only need to be based at The Tabard for dress and tech rehearsals, as well as the two-night run itself.

Please make sure you have downloaded and read the Terms and Conditions before applying for this brief.

This brief closes at 5pm on Monday 1st December 2014 and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.



1st December

Tron Theatre 100 Club

Tron 100 Club is a brand new professional development initiative offering one hundred arts practitioners the chance to join us in a year-long programme of master-classes, workshops, panel discussions and professional opportunities with some of the biggest names in the UK arts industry.

Aimed specifically at actors, playwrights, directors and creators, the Tron 100 scheme is open to applicants of all ages and experience, whatever stage they’re at in their arts careers. The one hundred successful applicants chosen to join the scheme will pay an annual fee of £100 (payable in monthly instalments) and enjoy a year of fantastic opportunities to meet and learn from some of the most influential figures in the Scottish and UK theatre, television and film scene through a packed programme of workshops, panel sessions, networking events and master-classes.

Each Tron 100 Club member will receive annually:

  • Three complimentary Q & A Industry Panel Sessions with invited guests
  • One complimentary workshop session
  • One complimentary ticket to a Tron Theatre production.
  • Invitations to networking evenings in The Victorian Bar throughout the year
  • Two mentoring sessions with Tron Theatre staff
  • A 10% discount off food at Tron Theatre Bar & Kitchen
  • A 10% discount on full price theatre tickets

For further details, have a read at the Tron 100 Club guidelines and download an application form

Deadline for applications for the Tron 100 Club 2015 is Monday 1 December 2014, 5pm

For further information contact Lisa Nicoll, the Tron’s Development Producer, 


5th December

Little LineUp:

Little LineUp is a new writing event for young audiences that will take place on the 17th of January as a matinee performance at Greenwich Theatre. It will be a family friendly event with entertainment before and after the performances.
We will be showcasing five 15 minute extracts/scenes of five different pieces of new writing for young audiences. The age ranges of the pieces can vary from toddlers to children who are 10 years old.
submit either :
▪ Ten pages of script of a play for young audiences.  (This script does not have to be full-length or finished)
▪ A brief for a project you would like to explore: Briefly describe on 1 side of A4 a devised play you would like to have a go at developing. What is the main idea, the message, what is your starting point for developing this play in rehearsals? Write down how many cast members you envisage, and what kind of skills you would be looking for.
7th December
Rapid Response – Vertical Line Theatre
Fearful Response

All writers are invited to come to the performance of ‘Fear in a Handful of Dust’ by Sevan K. Greene at COG Arts in London on the 7th of December at 3pm on a ‘pay what you decide’ basis. You can’t reserve your seat so get there early and have a drink or don’t risk it and come watch our opening night the day before.
Writers are encouraged to write a response short play within 48 hours (Deadline 11pm on the 9th of December) and send it to The play is not to extend 15 A4 pages.
Vertical Line Theatre will select 5 pieces to be showcased on the evening of Tuesday the 16th of December at 8pm at Cog Arts. We will find you brilliant directors and extremely talented actors to perform your piece in the London Venue. We will also get some wonderful reviewers in to make sure your brilliant piece gets the publicity it deserves.

15th December

Clare Morris Drama Festival

New unpublished, unperformed 15 minute scripts wanted.

6 Nights in Feb/march 2015. 12 plays. E750 prize for playwrights.

(18/11/’14 – No more details yet)


15th December

Submissions wanted – The Valentine Monologues

Samantha Coughlan – Samantha Coughlan

Live Dates: 13-14 February 2015

We are looking for new monologues from 5-10 minutes long for our theatre event, The Valentine Monologues. This will be an evening of monologues based on the theme of dating and relationships, on 13-14 February 2015 at The Alma Theatre, Bristol.

New writers welcome. Writer/performer submissions considered.

Writers should be based in Bristol or surrounding areas.

Contact Details: Samantha Coughlan, carebear56 [at] |


15th December

Stückemarkt: Application 2015 New plays wanted!

Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt continues its search for innovative theatre languages and diverse forms of authorship. The selection will be made from a competition covering the whole of Europe. Dramatists and theatre makers at the beginning of their careers are called on to apply. Theatre texts and completed theatre projects that feature language as a main aspect can be submitted. Dramatist and theatre makers as well as theatres, publishing houses and academies can submit plays. The Stückemarkt’s jury will select five projects to be presented in public readings or guest performances during the Theatertreffen. Equal emphasis will be given to the various positions, all of which are intended to present a tableau of the many diverse forms of authorship.

Each author – dramatists and theatre makers – can only submit one piece of work. They should be at the beginning of their artistic career.
– The work should be no more than one year old at the time of the application.
– The following are eligible for submission:
1. Theatre texts. These should not have been presented in German-speaking countries or even assigned for presentation before June 2015. Authors are obliged to inform Stückemarkt of any changes in their work’s status during the selection period. Theatre texts may be submitted in German or English.
2. Theatre projects. These should be completed and submitted in the form of a representative recording of a performance (video recording in the original language, with German or English subtitles, if available) and a text excerpt (about 4 to 8 pages in German or English).



15th December


The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015.

Sci-Fest only accepts one-act stage plays with sci-fi themes and a running time of 20 minutes or less.

There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA. Sci-Fest welcomes international submissions from outside the U.S.A. All submissions must be written in English. Last year’s festival featured a cast of over 40 actors including Tony-Winner L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”), Dean Haglund (“The X-Files”), James Kyson (“Heroes”), Jasika Nicole (“Fringe”), Tim Russ (“Star Trek: Voyager”) and Armin Shimerman (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”). Directors included Dan Castellaneta (“The Simpsons”) and Jack Kenny (“Warehouse 13” & “Falling Skies”). Last year’s festival received press coverage from The Hollywood Reporter, NPR, The Huffington Post and the BBC. Sci-Fest LA is produced by Michael Blaha, Lee Costello and David Dean Bottrell (“Boston Legal”).

To learn more or to submit a one-act sci-fi script, please visit our website: . If you would like to join our mailing list, you can do so at the website.


20th December

Almost Random Theatre – Submissions wanted!

We are looking for plays of any length up to 20 minutes long on the theme of Valentines Day. These to be submitted by 20 December to

Entry is free.

If your play is selected then we’ll publicise you and send you some free tickets!


22nd December

Ghost Dog Productions

Ghost Dog Productions runs a regular new writing showcase called Playground. Once again we’re on the lookout for submissions of 10min plays based around various themes. Our next show dates and themes are:

23rd-25th Feb – LOVERS
23rd & 24th March – MIND GAMES
20th -22nd April – SURVIVAL

Deadlines are:
FEB – 22/12/14
MARCH – 19/01/15
APRIL = 16/02/15

Please make sure your script comes with a title page which includes the name of the piece, the theme, your name and email address. No other rules other than consider the fact that it’s on a small stage in a tiny theatre with limited tech capabilities.

Email your scripts to Please state which month and theme you are applying for when you email.

This is an unpaid gig (sorry)


22nd December

Heavy Weather are now accepting submissions for the second edition of our new writing night LOVER, as part of the Black Box Festival at the Etcetera Theatre in January. We are looking for 4 plays, and one piece of spoken word.

Your play should be ten minutes long, with minimal tech requirements, and with a same-sex relationship at its core. We’re looking for exciting, dynamic writing that would work well in the Etcetera Theatre’s black box space. A cast of up to four actors – 2 male, 2 female – will perform all the plays, so please bear this in mind when writing (your play can use as many or as few of these actors as you’d like).

SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS: we are looking for a short (5 minute) piece of spoken word. Please submit both the poem itself, and some footage of a previous performance so we can get a sense of your style. Spoken word artists can either hand over their piece to an actor or perform their own work.

We want to see on stage the diversity of relationships that exist in our lives. We want same-sex relationships to be explored in theatre in as much complexity and depth as heterosexual relationships. Last year, LOVER (Park Theatre) sold out and received 4 and 5 star reviews, and we hope to make this event even more successful.

Please submit your play to heavyweathertheatre@gmail.comby Monday 22nd December.


28th December

  • Lost Theatre is open to applications for its ‘5 Minute Festival’ which will run from 2– 7 February. They are looking for emerging/newcomer playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actor-writers, physical performers, etc. who have something different or interesting to say and are looking to get their work out to a wider audience. Whatever you submit must be less than five minutes in length, have a narrative thread and either the writer, director or cast must be under twenty-seven years old. Each successful applicant must pay a non-refundable fee of £10 to cover costs of the festival and a £50 guarantee cheque must accompany it, but this will be returned when your performance is completed. Deadline: 28 December. For full details of the application, festival process and entry rules, please visit:


29th December

Story Friday – A Word in your Ear – Bath

Story Fridays in January is on 9th January and the theme is The 1980s.  Deadline for submissions is Monday 29th December.

Story Fridays in March is on 13th March and the theme is Quilt of Stories.  Deadline for submissions is Monday 2nd March.


We are looking for writer-performers for each event.  Any story or monologue – fictional or factual – will be considered.  We are looking for a wide variety of stories for the evening.  We do not consider poetry – sorry.

Pieces should not be longer than 15 minutes when read out loud.  The maximum word count is 2,000 words.  However, there is no minimum – we are open to pieces of flash fiction as well as longer stories.

Writers need to be available to attend the event – the audience likes to meet you!  However, if you prefer not to read your own work we have two wonderful profession actors (Olly Langdon and Caroline Garland) who would be happy to read your piece for you.  Please indicate when you submit whether you would like to read, or to have your work read.

Submissions should be sent to A Word In Your Ear via our contact form.   We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. Please can you include the wordcount when you submit your story.  Thank you!



31st December

Real Ale and Drama Shots 3 – Script Call Out

We welcome short pieces for our successful Pub Theatre nights to be performed in May 2015.

Pieces for the Pub Theatre night can only be 5 minutes up to 20 minutes in length – however they can be pieces in their own right, ‘works in progress’ or scenes from a longer play. Before you submit, we encourage plays with compelling stories that will demand an audience’s attention. We want to discover plays that engage and entertain.

We will accept scripts from 20th October until midnight on the 31st December 2014. During this period, please email your scripts to – please include a separate A4 cover sheet with a mini biog and synopsis of your piece.

Please note, we are unable to receive or read unsolicited scripts that are:

  • sent to us by post
  • without a cover sheet
  • incorrect length for particular submission window
  • previously produced
  • from writers from outside of the UK and Ireland
  • from writers with agents
  • sent outside the submission window
  • that have been previously submitted to us

We are also unable to read more than one script from a writer in the same submission window.

Carabosse Theatre and Production Company will read all eligible plays submitted to us through our submission window and we will contact any writer who has submitted a play that we would like to produce or develop, inviting them to engage in a bespoke development process.



31st December

The East End Literary Salon is a monthly new writing night at Ophelia, Dalston, featuring rehearsed readings and semi-staged performances from emerging playwrights. Texts submitted should be ten to twenty minutes long – can be short plays, extracts or monologues with preferably no more than three actors as the stage is very small. They operate a profit-share model to keep the salons accessible. Please send expressions of interest, queries and submissions to



31st December


We are offering an in-depth high-quality experience to talented young writers and directors aged 18-25. The TheatreCraft Easter project brings these two vital roles centre stage, offering them a team of professional actors and highly experienced mentors to work with in a safe and supportive space.

The residency runs from Monday 23rd March – Saturday 4th April 2015 and is completely free of charge, including accommodation and all meals.

If you have a passion for theatre, and a genuine commitment to working as a playwright or director, we would like to invite you to apply to come and spend your Easter living and working at our beautiful venue in north Oxford for two weeks of creative exploration in making and staging script-based work. Places are strictly limited, and the work will be intensive, challenging and exciting. You will be treated as professionals, and expectations will be high. The work will be showcased in front of a public audience at a scratch performance evening on Saturday 4th April 2015.


Young Writers: You will need to submit one or a maximum of two short scripts / script extracts (up to 10 pages) alongside your application. We will invite shortlisted applicants for interviews early in the New Year. Upon acceptance, we will mentor you in the writing or completing of a rehearsal draft so that it is ready in time for Easter. Your script is likely to develop further during the residency, and you will work with professional directors, actors and an experienced writing mentor to facilitate this process.



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