Playwrights' Competition Calendar

February 2015

2nd February

Adrian Pagan Award

The King’s Head Theatre is pleased to announce the 2015 Adrian Pagan Award. 
This year the award is open to anyone who has not been professionally produced more than once.
We are looking for A good story, well told, that communicates bold ideas, is relevant to our times, and engages in some way with the live nature of theatre.
The winning writer’s script will be produced at the King’s Head Theatre.
For details on how to submit, please download our Guidelines document and follow the instructions found within. Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and submit it with your script.


Extended deadline 11th February  (For writers from the north west)

The Octagon Theatre is delighted to announce an exciting and unique opportunity for local writers, of any age or level of experience, to see their work transformed in fantastic short plays.

As part of a Heritage Project produced with DBBC (Diversity in Barrier-Breaking Communications) Bolton, the Octagon will support Bolton Amateur Theatre Societies in producing four new short plays, to be directed by emerging directors mentored by the Octagon’s Associate Director Elizabeth Newman, and Learning and Participation Associate Director, Lisa O’Neill-Rogan.

Supported by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, BBC Writersroom 10 writer, Ian Townsend, will write one of the plays, whilst the remaining three will be open to Bolton and Greater Manchester playwrights, who will need to submit an initial draft, to be considered by the DBBC and Octagon Theatre, by 5 February.

The submitted plays should have a run time of no more than thirty minutes, and must focus on commemorating and remembering the First World War, with specific consideration of local heritage, such as the Battle of Gallipoli and the many soldiers from Bolton and Manchester who lost their lives there. Plays for young people or involving music are also welcomed.

As the plays will be performed by a large group of amateur actors, writers’ scripts must accommodate a formidable cast size of 25 people.



6th February

Submissions Now Open For Blue Elephant Theatre 2015 Playwriting Competition!

As part of its commitment to supporting emerging practitioners, the Blue Elephant announces that it is now receiving entries to its 2015 Playwriting Competition.

We are seeking new plays which have not been performed before. We prefer plays that embrace theatricality but are happy to receive naturalistic ones too. Plays should require no more than six actors and there are two categories:

– Plays of between 45 and 90 minutes (there will be one winning play)
– Plays of between 10 and 30 minutes (there will be two winning plays)

The Blue Elephant will mount rehearsed readings of the winning entries this summer.

Playwrights may enter up to two plays, which should be emailed to

The closing date for entries is February 6th. Please note we are unable to consider plays sent to us after this date.



6th February


Scratch That Hackney are a monthly Scratch Night based at the Hackney Attic (above the Hackney Picturehouse, sometimes at The Ritzy in Brixton and also in Crouch End). We are looking for submissions from playwrights, spoken word artists, short filmmakers, musicians and theatre makers. We offer a 10 min slot within an evening which showcases up to 9 artists work in a safe and fun atmosphere. The audience is also given the opportunity to give written anonymous feedback.

How to apply:  Send submission for our Thursday 5th Feb night and out 14th Feb event to


13th February

The Significant Other Festival 2015

We are now seeking applicants for The Significant Other Festival 2015. This will be our 4th Significant Other Festival and this year comes with the subtitle ‘Object of Affection’.

We are looking for actors, writers and directors who are looking for a challenge – to create a new 10 minute play in just 10 days. The Festival will take place at the Tristan Bates Theatre 16th – 21st March 2015.

10 x 10 minute plays, 10 writers, 10 directors, 20 actors – all in 10 days

As we are a non profit company, we are seeking volunteers.

Before applying you must be available on the following dates:

Audition/interview weekend (for shortlisted actors):

Saturday 21st February 2015

Sunday 22nd February 2015

Inspiration Session (for all selected participants):

Friday 6th March 2015

Tech and Performances (for all selected actors):

Tech: This will most likely be prior to the first performance on Monday 16th March.

Performance dates:

Monday 16th March to Saturday 21st March at 7.30 pm. 23 to Saturday 27 at 7.30 PM


All applications are due by 5pm 13th February, 2015

Writers –

If you are chosen for the project, you will be asked to write a 10 minute play for 2 actors in the course of 5 days (7th March – 11 March 2015). The theme is the “significant other” however there will be other elements and limitations which will be allocated at the Inspiration Session. The play must be written for 2 actors – gender and age will be determined at the Inspiration Session on 6th March. During the 5 days of writing, you will be asked to submit your writing as you proceed. Please note that there will be some feedback and dramaturgy required during your process with the producers.

To apply, please download an application form. Save your application form as a Doc with your full name as the file name (ie Surname_First Name).

You must also supply an excerpt of a piece of your writing (plays are preferred, maximum 4 pages) as well as a cover letter/statement (maximum 1 page) with details as to why you would like to be involved and if you have any previous theatrical experience. Please email this to with your name and the post you’re applying for in the subject line. (eg: John Smith_WRITER).



13th February

BBC Opening Lines

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

• Writers who have previously had a story/stories broadcast on network radio or have substantial writing credits in other areas of radio (e.g. comedy and drama) are not eligible for this series.

• They only accept one story per writer.

• Please don’t re-submit stories that have previously been considered for Opening Lines

• Stories must be between 1,900 and 2,000 words in length.

The team is 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.



16th February

Ghost Dog Productions

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

20th -22nd April – SURVIVAL

Deadlines are:
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)


20th February

Bierkeller – new Writing Showcase

The Bierkeller Theatre will be hosting its 3rd New Writing showcase in May this year.

We are looking for submissions of short pieces of theatre – running time of 10 mins.

This year due to Bristol being named the Green Capital of Europe, we would like to incorporate this into our showcase this year. So if you have a ‘green piece’ – please do get in touch. Though all submissions are welcome.

We will choose 6 pieces in total to be performed for our showcase.

Deadline for submission is February 20th.

For more information, or to submit a script please contact Amy Bethan Evans on


23rd February

High Tide Festival

Two IdeasTap members will have the chance to have their plays staged at HighTide Festival 2016. They will also each receive feedback on their work in 2015 from Steven Atkinson, HighTide Artistic Director, culminating in a read through of their play at HighTide’s London offices.

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 work, and will happily accept scripts in English from writers around the world.

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

HighTide will only consider full-length plays, conceived for live performance.

Download the terms and conditions.



27th February

Pitch Your Play 2015

Masterclass is once again giving you the opportunity to have your play staged as a rehearsed reading on stage at the Theatre Royal Haymarket!

Pitch Your Play invites you to pitch a new play to Masterclass. Three successful pitches will be given space and admin support for 4 weeks at Masterclass HQ and access to the Theatre Royal Haymarket stage for a week (Mon-Fri) in order to produce, rehearse and stage the reading, culminating in an exclusive opportunity to showcase your work to an invited audience.

The script must be a new, unpublished piece of writing.

Who Are You?

A pre-existing team consisting of a writer, a producer and a director aged 17-30. All necessary performers will be filled through Masterclass members aged 17-30.


1. A short synopsis of the play 

2. A hard copy of the first 30 pages*
3. A covering letter (no more than 1 page) explaining:

• Why we should pick your play and why you want it staged
• What you hope this opportunity will offer you
• What your long term plans are for the play
• In an ideal world where you see the play being produced



28th February

Giant Cherries – LGBT Playwriting Competition

We are on the lookout for the next great gay play with LGBT characters, stories or themes. Three scripts will be selected as finalists and then performed as staged readings in London in Autumn 2015. Of these three finalists, one overall winner will be chosen and have their play produced as a full theatrical production in Spring 2016.

We are looking for works that fit in with Giant Cherry Productions’ manifesto of staging exciting, compelling LGBT works from new writers. They can be controversial, they can push the envelope. We believe that LGBT theatre should be about taking risks, challenging audiences’ perceptions and provoking their thoughts and imaginations.

We also believe it is vitally important for the gay community to see itself represented on stage. Issues are universal, regardless of sexuality. We are all human beings who all live, love and lose just like everyone else. We have love stories, we have tragedies. Sexuality shouldn’t be an issue. So we believe it’s always appealing to see plays, movies, TV shows where characters have the same problems as everyone else – and they just happen to be gay.

Entries will be accepted from 1st August 2014 – 28th February 2015.

Finalists will be announced on 31st March 2015.



28th February

Salisbury Fringe – Local writers only


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