Playwrights' Competition Calendar

February 2013

1st February

The Frank Deasy Award

The Frank Deasy Award is an exciting opportunity for original writers. We want to encourage Scottish writers who feel passionate about the stories they want to tell, and who have something to offer audiences across the length and breadth of the UK.

The award winner(s) will be offered the position of Writer in Residence at BBC Scotland for a period of 6 months. Their remit will be to develop original ideas for BBC1 with the aim of getting one of their pieces commissioned as a script on the BBC Scotland Drama development slate. The award will consist of an initial payment of £5,000 and the support, time and advice of the development team to develop original ideas, 2 of which will be commissioned as treatments, for an additional fee, under the standard BBC terms and conditions.

The award is open to Scottish writers or writers living in Scotland with at least one professional commission or engagement in TV, theatre, radio or film. This opportunity is not open to writers who have previously created a network TV drama of 60 minutes or more in length.

We invite writers to submit an original script sample (TV, theatre, radio, film) and an outline of no more than 2-pages for an original TV drama series or serial idea and a brief biog of work to date.

The submission dates are from November 30th 2012 to February 1st 2013.

All entries must be accompanied by a completed application form – Download the application form.

Entries should be posted to:

The Frank Deasy Award
BBC writersroom
Zone 07C
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place
London, W1A 1AA

Before entering, please read the full Terms and Conditions for the award.

4th February

The Jack Studio launches Write Now 4 

Their annual new writing Festival celebrates theatre writing south of the river. The festival exists to discover the best new playwriting talent and give emerging writers the opportunity to see their work developed and performed.

The 2013 Festival now seeks submissions of previously unperformed plays that reflect contemporary culture or society. All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London. So if you live, work or study here – or have another connection you can tell us about – please send in your play!

One selected play will be given a full production in a two week run at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2013. Two further selected plays will be given a week’s workshop time and rehearsed readings during the Festival. Please click here for submission guidelines and an application form.

During the month long festival there will also be writing workshops, as well as discussions with the playwrights and creative teams taking part.

7th February

High Tide Festival

If you’re a writer and would like to send your script to HighTide, then the Literary Department is your first port of call. They are particularly looking for bold plays that engage with the world we live in, and share contemporary experience through playful theatricality. HighTide are looking for full-length new plays, not previously produced. This brief is the only way to submit a play for production at the HighTide Festival, and we will happily accept scripts in English from writers around the world.

All you need to do is read the terms and conditions, check that your script is eligible and then upload it in response to the brief.

How to Respond

8th February

A Play for the Nation’s Youth

 The UK has a thriving network of youth theatres who often struggle to find expansive plays that both captivate and challenge. This new partnership will engage and empower an exciting playwright with the nation’s young actors.

The chosen playwright will win £1000 seed commission and will be given support including dramaturgy, mentoring, theatre workshops and a public staged reading with professional actors and young people. There is also the possibility that a successful development period could lead to a production and publication.

Each writer is asked to submit at least 25 pages of a new and unperformed piece for young people aged 11-19 years which can either be an original play or an adaptation of a copyright free text. There should be roles for at least 20 young people but adult roles may also feature.

To submit you work please register the play here. Then send three bound copies to

Eugenia Whitby

Salisbury Playhouse

Malthouse Lane



Please Note Each copy of the script must have a blank cover sheet with only the play title on it. You may attach a cover letter or buisness card with your name on seperately.

Entries must be received by Friday 8 February 2013 and the winner will be announced in April 2013

12th February

Equal writes


Which women are we not seeing represented on stage?

Equal Writes calls to all playwrights to submit short scenes and monologues of 3 to 10 minutes long with the focus on women, women’s stories or women in situations we are not presently seeing represented on UK stages. Scenes can be for up to 5 actors, male and female, playing age 16 and above.

Performance of selected scenes and Q&A at Tristan Bates Theatre on 11 March 2013.

Please email submissions to

For more information please see

14th February

BBC Writersroom  – Script Room Window

The Script Room New Year 2013 window will be open for submissions from February 14th until March 28th 2013.

All scripts must be accompanied by a completed Script Room coversheet which will be available to download from their  site.

If you are thinking of sending a script to the next Script Room please familiarise yourself with our new Terms and Conditions and our FAQs.


22nd February

LineUp- Writers- How to Get Involved

We are looking for six playwrights to submit ten minute extracts of full length plays to be tried and tested on the Greenwich stage. The extracts will be showcased to an audience as part of a diverse scratch night. This is a chance to showcase your work on a London stage with access to a pool of emerging creative talent with the possibility of working with Vertical Line Theatre to further develop your work in the future.

To submit a play please email a PDF to by 5pm on Friday 22nd February

Terms and Conditions

  • If an excerpt of your work is presented as part of Line Up, Vertical Line Theatre will receive first refusal to produce the full production for a period of twelve months.
  • Inclusion in Line Up does not represent a commitment to future investment or production in your work by either Vertical Line Theatre or Greenwich Theatre.
  • To be considered for Line Up please submit no more than 10 pages of dialogue. If your application is shortlisted the full script will be requested within three days of the deadline.

Only examples of new writing will be considered. Adaptations, screenplays, treatments, radio plays, prose, poetry or scripts for non-live performance will not be considered.


24th February

Bread and Roses theatre Company

We are dedicated to putting on new writing and would love to hear from playwrights who have theatre pieces they would like to see staged!

We are currently looking for short plays for the second Platform in 2013.
In order for your short play to be considered for the next Platform
please submit by submission deadline: 24th February 2013.
For the first time we are now also looking for full length plays for further projects throughout 2013. We are currently accepting ongoing submissions for full length plays (no deadline) but you are encouraged to submit as soon as possible.(We hold on to previous submissions if we are still interested in them, so no need to resubmit.)

27th February

Talkback 2013

Call out for original new theatre scripts by South Asian women for a new writer support programme.

Kali Theatre wants to hear from you! They are looking for innovative and inspiring theatre scripts.

From the scripts submitted, writers will be chosen to join Kali’s Writer’s Development Programme of fortnightly writing workshops in London, discussions with guest writers & dramaturgs and 1-1 dramaturgical support, culminating in a public reading of selected works.

All submitted plays must be original and not previously published or performed professionally. They can be about any subject you want to explore but we usually prioritise plays about issues or with characters of relevance to the South Asian Diaspora. They must be capable of being presented by no more than 5 actors.

They can be between approximately 30mins to 1.5hrs long. However, they may choose to develop and present just a section of a full length script.

28th February

Writers Block

The next show will be taking place on Monday 15th of April! For our next Writers Bloc we will be looking for something slightly different in submissions…

For this show we are looking for one act plays and excerpts from full length plays which must be run from 30 minutes to 50 minutes in length. We would love to see more longer length pieces come to life and flourish!

If you have a director and cast attached to your piece then fantastic, if not, Writers Bloc will find you a director and a cast.

So if you have an excerpt from a play that you’ve been working on or a short play in which you want to showcase and receive constructive feedback, what are you waiting for? E-mail your submissions into

28th February

Trans Comedy Award

Exciting new talent search for TV comedy scripts featuring transgender characters and/or themes.

Trans Comedy have joined forces with BBC writersroom to launch The Trans Comedy Award: a talent search to encourage writers to promote a positive portrayal of Transgender people in mainstream comedy.

The Trans Comedy Award opens up an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner.

We are looking for original comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television. An award of up to a maximum of £5000 will be shared between the selected writer(s) in order that they may develop a pilot or taster.

Entries open from:  Monday 14th January 2013(coversheet & postal address will be available on our site from 11th January 2013)

Selected writers notified: End of May 2013

Further details here.

28th February

The James Tait Black Prize for drama.

The prize for the best original new play written in English, Scots or Gaelic will be organised by the University in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland.

Judges will award the accolade to a play which displays an original voice in theatre and one that they feel has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form.

The prize is open to any new work by playwrights from any country, and at any stage in their career.

The judges will be students and staff of the University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures and representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland.

The National Theatre of Scotland will perform the winning play as a public reading during the August festivals in Edinburgh.

The first winner of the £10,000 annual award will be announced in August 2013.


Eligible plays are those originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced in 2011 or 2012, and performed by a professional company.

Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts to the Department of English Literature by 28 February 2013. (There is no application form to complete.)

A typed copy of the script must be sent with proof of production.

The submissions must come from the producing company or the agent of the playwright.


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