Playwrights' Competition Calendar

January 2013

7th January

24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

The tenth 24:7 Theatre Festival will run from the 19th – 26th July 2013. We will be accepting applications from 9am on Monday 3rd December 2012 until midnight on Monday 7th January 2013.

24:7 has a unique selection and performance model: click here to find out how we work.

We will be accepting submissions for the following:

  • 10 new scripts (and a further 4 scripts will be presented as script in hand readings).
  • Pitches for devised work. We hope to have at least one show in the 2013 Festival that has been collaboratively created. Further information on this can be downloaded here.
  • Pitches for a children’s show for 2014. We are already supporting the 2013 children’s play which was chosen from the 2012 submissions so we are now interested in first drafts of a script or ideas for a piece that you’d need some help to make ready for 2014. Further details here.
    If you have a play for children ready and raring to go then you can still submit it for 2013 – we will consider it for one of the 10 open festival positions.
  • A site specific production in a fire station. The brief is here and this special production is also open to writers who have had three shows with us already.

Submissions must be made online through our applications site.

There is a fee of £27 to submit your work which is used to cover the costs of the adjudication process. All entries are assessed by at least two individuals and you will receive feedback from both.

16th January

New Playwright’s Awards 2013 – Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland

Playwrights’ Studio Scotland are offering four emerging writers the time, space and financial support to work on a new play.

In association with Creative Scotland, the New Playwrights Awards are an exciting opportunity for emerging writers living in Scotland with a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre. Writers will be given professional mentoring from one of Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland’s Associate Playwrights or mentors.

Each playwright will receive:

• A £2,000 cash bursary.

• 3 mentoring sessions with a professional playwright to help them move their work forward.

• A week long retreat at Cove Park.

• A day of script development and a rehearsed reading with a professional director and actors.

  • To apply for a New Writers Award for Playwrights, please email including:
  • A covering letter stating how this award would benefit your progress as a playwright.
  • A description of an idea for a script that you would like to focus on (up to one page), indicating whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots.
  • Two different ten page samples of your writing (script extracts where possible).
  • A CV detailing your writing experience to date.

For more information and how to apply visit the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland website

30th January

East 15 Playwriting Competition

East 15 Acting School are looking for a new play to stage as part of their BA Acting final-year showcases.

The winning play will be performed a minimum of three times at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden during the fortnight commencing 27 May 2013, by a company of final-year BA Acting students directed by Zoe Waterman.

The winning playwright will:

• See a large-scale, professionally trained cast perform their work.

• See their work directed by a professional director and supported by a professional technical crew.

• Showcase their work to the industry in a minimum of three performances for which they will receive two free tickets per performance.

• Receive a performance-rights fee of £70 per show.

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. Plays should be longer than one hour but no longer than two hours in duration, and must feature a minimum of seven and maximum of fifteen roles that will provide actors with a challenge. When selecting a play to submit be mindful of the fact the majority of performers will be in their early-to-mid 20s.

You can only submit one play, and you will not be allowed to resubmit amended or edited scripts. If your play is selected, you must be able to meet with the production team at East 15 Acting School during March 2013. You must be willing to see your work edited/amended by the production team.


January 31st

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, 2013

The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its thirteenth year. It performs at the end of August, on each of the Festival’s eight days, eight short plays at eight different venues all over Arundel – this year, for example, in a church hall, a kitchen, a ballroom and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of nearly 2,000 came to see the eight 2012 Theatre Trail plays. The Trail is firmly established as one of the major components in the Festival and is a great showcase for both new and established writers.

Plays should be between 30 and 40 minutes long, with practicable casting, props and effects. All entries should be submitted to

Drip Action Theatre Trail 2013
c/o SCGIS Ltd
65a High Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AJ

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned. There is no reading fee.

Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2013.

Each successful playwright will receive a £150 writer’s fee.

For further information call 01903 885250 or email


31st January

Script Space 2013 – Tobacco Factory Theatre

Back for a sixth year running, Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Script Space is an open competition that invites submissions of new, unperformed plays from UK-based writers for tailor-made development opportunities.

If you just want to get your play put on, then this competition isn’t for you. If you want the opportunity to explore your play and take it to the next stage of its development in collaboration with Tobacco Factory Theatre’s experts, then they definitely want to read your work. Script Space isn’t an opportunity to have your play produced; it’s an opportunity to have your piece of writing developed. Script Space is the start of a relationship between you and your work and the Tobacco Factory Theatre.

Find out more about the winners of last year’s competition and read the full submission guidelines on the Script Space page of the Tobacco Factory Theatre website.



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