Playwrights' Competition Calendar

January 2015


Playwright Katherine Mitchell’s ‘How to get Started in Theatre’ E-course

Writing can feel like a lonely business and in the early days of trying to make a name for yourself, it would be amazing to feel as if there was someone out there reaching out to hold your hand and guide you through the process. I can take what I have learned and tailor it to help individual writers, including offering dramaturgical support to really get their scripts into shape.

The Getting Started in Theatre course will take you by the hand and gently but firmly lead you through what you need to know and more importantly what you need to do to get your work on stage.


  • Finding the right home for your work, and how to spot suitable opportunities.
  • Getting yourself up to speed in the theatre industry.
  • How to choose subject matter and what to avoid in your scripts.
  • The deadly playwriting sins that you need to steer clear of.
  • Hints and tips for improving your chances in competitions.
  • What is voice and how do you get it?
  • Where to find inspiration for a new short play, which you will write during the course.
  • Feedback on your play to give yourself the best chance in the next competition you enter. Not just on one, but on the two drafts that you’ll write and submit by the end of the course.
  • Turning professional – how to handle criticism, what to do in rehearsals, how to tackle a Q&A and other vital skills to stop you looking like a muppet in front of an audience.
  • The Getting Started in Theatre ebook – all 178 pages of it!

Numbers will be strictly limited because of the high-level of feedback included on the course, so if you’re interested then don’t delay in signing up. The course lasts for 10 weeks and starts on Monday 19th January and costs £55 which includes 2 sets of feedback on your script. £55 is an introductory price – that’s only just over £5 per week, or £1 per day of playwriting goodness and if I repeat the course later in the year then it will be at a higher cost. Let 2015 be the year that your dreams started to come true – I’d love to be part of making that happen.

Getting Started in Theatre E-course £55



Call for Scripts and Writers

theatrelab is looking for scripts that can go forward into our rehearsed reading event at The Yard in Bristol in February 2015.

We are also inviting writers to our new theatreLab sessions, which begin in January and include our own platform event.

For further details please see our website

All scripts and proposals to be submitted via email to
please see our website for information, any questions please contact Kerry on


Open Arts – Call for Submissions

Winter Season 2105 | OpenArtsCafé

This is a quick word to announce the Winter Season. Are you an artist? Have any to recommend? Send them over to me! Save the Dates

January 22nd

Them Bones’  (anatomy, dissection, bodies, skeletons-in-closets)

February 26th

Spreadsheets: Love in the Digital Age’

March 26th


Open Arts Café seeks diverse new work by young artists. We welcome submissions at various stages of development: from works-in-progress to polished pieces, relating somehow to the themes. If you have any questions about the themes, send over an email!

Please submit work as soon as possible to Maya at

As the evening is pay-what-you-can for the audience, I give the highest percentage of those donations back to the artists. It’s more of a thank you than a large fee…Please be in touch with me to find out more information about how it all works!
Music, theatre, visual arts, film, storytelling, dance, puppetry, poetry, prose…even acrobatics, magic and mime…



1st January

Sphinx are looking for submissions for their new project Women Centre Stage.

We are looking for theatre pieces of roughly 10 to 20 minutes to be part of our festival programme at the National Theatre Temporary Space on 28th March 2015. They must be female centred and/or driven and will be presented either as scratch performances, works in progress, or excerpts from longer pieces, from groups or collaborating companies, we are keen to receive submissions written by male and female writers.

Applicants should have some experience of writing and producing for women and should submit a CV with their script, scenario or treatment.

The Festival is a showcase opportunity, and as such small seeding commissions will be available. Workshops and surgeries will be held during the development process. There will also be other professional development opportunities for artists involved on 27th March.

Submissions will be accepted up until the 1st January. To submit a piece or for more information, please email



2nd January

Whoop ‘n’ Wail Represents… Desire

What we are looking for:

  • A 10 minute piece of new and original writing using the themeDesire as a stimulus.
  • Stage plays – either complete short plays or a self-contained extract from a larger work.
  • Plays written by individuals or writing teams.
  • Plays that pass the Bechdel Test.
  • Submit scripts in Word Format only via email by the deadline, 17:00 on Friday 2nd January 2015. Submissions sent after the deadline will not be read or considered.
  • Attach a character breakdown, including each character’s gender, and a three-line synopsis.   MORE DETAILS



5th january

Write for your Life

A new theatre company in Nottingham is inviting playwrights and directors to enter Write for Your Life: the Playwriting Competition.

Thomas Moore, former associate producer at the Old Red Lion in Islington, has formed The Theatre Studio. Its first project will involve six new playwrights and directors competing to win a commission to create a piece of work in late 2015.

Write For your Life is not only about developing young playwrights and directors from Nottinghamshire and the Midlands but is also about allowing audiences to have a real say in the work they pay to see on the stage.”

The Theatre Studio is looking to create a full-time home in Nottingham city centre. Write for Your Lifewill be staged in March 2015 at a pop-up location.

More details about the competition are available at The Theatre Studio web site.


8th January

Experiment – Nuffield Theatre

Experiment is the new quarterly performance night here at Nuffield, which offers an opportunity for playwrights, artists or companies to try out a new idea in front of a friendly and constructively critical audience. It’s a chance to road-test a new work or script, to ask particular questions of that work and to gather feedback.

We encourage submissions in a wide range of styles and genres provided that you are proposing a piece of live performance. At each event we’ll present five 10-15 minute pieces, selected by our artist development team via a simple open submission process.

To book tickets for our next Experiment on 23 February, please click here.

Experiment Application Guidelines

Experiment Proposal Form



9th January

Ovalhouse Drama Company Call Out for a Writer!

Applicants should demonstrate:

  • Any previous experiencing of working with and/or writing for emerging artists and performers
  • Ability to work in a collaborative way and incorporate emerging artist’s ideas and opinions into a script
  • An interest in young adults and issues that affect them
  • The ability to represent young adults in a positive way through writing and challenging negative stereotypes

NB This is a volunteer position for someone who wishes to develop their skill and includes a bursary of £300
The group meets every Wednesday evening:  5.20 – 8.20pm from January 2015

Full day workshops will take place from 13 – 16 April

Full day dress rehearsal and tech on 24 April

Performance dates: 24 and 25 April

NB: The writer would not be required for every workshop and rehearsal

How to apply:

Please email with:

  • a max 2 page CV
  • a covering letter outlining why you are interested in volunteering for this role
  • your experience of working with emerging artists.
  • Please also include a sample of your writing

Deadline: Friday 9 January, 12 Noon.



9th January

LONG PLAY 2014-15 – a competition for writers who are from or based in the East Midlands
If you have a distinctive voice, an unexpected story and or an adaptation that will make us look at theatre afresh this open full-length play writing competition is for you. We are interested in receiving both original ideas and adaptations*
The winning playwright will receive:
– A public reading of the play
– Up to 6 months dramaturgical support from New Perspectives
– £1,500 on decision to produce the play
To enter please refer to the guidelines below, download an application form and send it to with ‘LONG PLAY’ in the subject line’ or return it by post to ‘Long Play’,New Perspectives, Park Lane Business Centre, Park Lane, Nottingham, NG6 0DW. The deadline for submissions is Friday 9 January 2015 at 5pm.

Download Application Form
Download Guidelines

We will accept submissions of full-length plays from writers from or based in the East Midlands; which for practical reasons should be written for cast sizes of 4 or less. All submissions, whether new writing or adaptations, should be submitted as full lengths plays in a standard professional format. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome to submit however we anticipate it is unlikely that this is an appropriate opportunity for writers at very early stages of their development.We will only accept one submission per writer; excerpts, unfinished works or outlines will not be accepted.
11th January
Submissions – Bare Fiction magazine, March Issue

We feel that playwrights get a raw deal in literary magazines and we’re here to change that once and for all. Submissions for short plays of around 15 minutes in length or approximately 10 pages of text are preferred. Please give a brief synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

Accepted Document Types: pdf, doc, docx, rtf

Submit Now »

12th January
Mind Your Head

For anyone who’s New Year’s resolution was “to write more” – or for anyone who just wants to give playwriting a go…. This is for you:

It’s 10 days until the submission deadline for SCRIBBLE: Welfare!

Following on from our first show, (the sold-out) SCRIBBLE: Gender, we now present SCRIBBLE: Welfare on the 15th Feb. It’s the next in a series of evenings of new writing, and we want you!

What does the word ‘Welfare’ means to you? We’re looking for short plays (10/15 mins) on the theme of Welfare, in whichever way that inspires you to write.

The deadline for submissions is the 12th January, so get those pens and laptops and start writing!

Any questions, or to submit a play – just email us at


16th January

Theatre West – Moving On

To mark our first year of freedom; of not being bound or defined by a single building, we’re inviting writers based and working in the West to apply for one of five bespoke ‘packages’ of support to develop a piece of work celebrating the theme of ‘Moving On’ for production in autumn 2015.

Application details

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Live and work in the South West
  • Have had at least one play produced

To apply for this opportunity we will ask you to provide us with:

  • An outline of how you would benefit from this project and how you might use the opportunity (1000 words max)
  • Details of one previous production including production company and dates
  • One piece of work – not necessarily the one that was produced
  • For details of how to apply and to register your interest please email

Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 16th January 2015.

Interviews will take place in Feb 2015
The five selected writers will be expected to attend up to four development daysbetween March and July in Bristol
Deadline for delivery of scripts will be 31st July 2015

Something to bear in mind

We work in studio spaces with small casts (usually three) on tight budgets so although we welcome ambitious ideas please be realistic!



16th January

The Scotland Short Play Award

Cumbernauld Theatre announces the launch of the inaugural Scotland Short Play Award for 2015, a professional writing development award designed to engage both first-time and experienced writers across all literary forms to engage with writing for contemporary Theatre and Performance.

Cumbernauld Theatre welcomes submissions of new short plays (up to 15 minutes) from writers from all literary backgrounds and at all stages of their professional careers – whether you are a first time writer or have had worked produced internationally; whether you currently write fiction, novels, poems or films – the Award encourages submissions from playwrights and from writers who currently work in other literary forms and who may not yet have had the opportunity to engage with Theatre and Performance.

The Scotland Short Play Award encourages contemporary writing for Theatre/Performance and actively encourages risk and innovation in play-writing and performance writing forms, storytelling and theatre structure.

At its simplest and most powerful all performance explores our shared experience as human beings and contemporary writers continue to discover new ways by which this can be brought to the stage. The act of communicating is the principle act at the heart of all performance, and within this, writing and the spoken word have the prime role – though rightly this statement continues to be contested by new generations of theatre makers working in visual performance.

So it doesn’t matter if your script conforms to the rules, breaks the rules or doesn’t know what the rules are and frankly couldn’t give a damn about them…we’d like to read it.

To be eligible writers must be 18+ and ordinarily resident in Scotland and it is open to submissions from student writers who are in their final year of an undergraduate course or who are engaged in Post-Graduate study.

For further information, please contact (Jean Cairns), or call 01236737235, or visit


19th January

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 & 24th March – MIND GAMES
20th -22nd April – SURVIVAL

Deadlines are:
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)


20th January

Bristol Bierkeller – New Writing Platform

We are looking primarily at southwest England/ Wales- based writers and have one slot for a rehearsed read open to local students. The student play will get a rehearsed reading while the non-student plays will be performed, all by local actors. Performance date is tbc but we’re looking at March-April. We’re looking for plays of 5-15 minutes, no rigidly set theme but if anyone’s got anything environment-based we may be interested due to Green Bristol. I endeavour to give feedback on everything I receive but will give more details of how this will work nearer the time (if anyone submitted last time and hasn’t heard do feel free to drop me a mild nag!)
E-mail address is
Look forward to hearing from you and do feel free to ask any questions!
Also, drop a line if you’re interested in directing for it!


24th January

Constance Cox Playwriting Competition from Sussex Playwrights’ Club (£7 entry fee, £280 prize)

What to submit:  New plays in any genre (not musicals) are welcome, lasting from a minimum of 75 minutes to a maximum of 100 minutes – and containing the word (or number) ‘eighty’ somewhere in the text. (This does not have to form a major part of the plot – it can be a simple, passing reference.)

All entries should be written for the stage with a maximum of seven roles (including any off-stage voices), although other characters may be referred to in the dialogue. (Please note that single monologues will not be accepted.)

Plays must be written in English and should be the original work of the writer and not an adaptation. They should not have been staged before a paying audience, broadcast or published, nor previously given a reading at SPC.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cheque for £7, made out to The Sussex Playwrights’ Club.

There will be three prizes of £280, £180 and £80 respectively, with a rehearsed ‘script-in-hand’ reading of the first-placed play as part of the Club’s 80th celebrations. (It is also possible that readings will be given at Club meetings of those scripts in second and third place.)

Entries should be sent to:

The Constance Cox Playwriting Competition (SPC)
c/o  Mr J Attwood
42  Abbey Road
West Sussex
BN15 0AB


28th January

28 Plays Later

Have you committed to challenging your creativity in 2015? We’ve got just the thing for you. February brings the launch of our brand new playwriting challenge – 28 Plays Later!

Well, during the month of February, 2015 (it’s not a leap year so we have 28 days) you will have to write one short play every day. Plays can be good, bad, inspired, embarrassingly dreadful – the only thing that’s important is that you write them.

How does it work?

You commit £15 to the project and, at the end of February, the money will be split between all the survivors who make it 28 plays later (minus 20% commission that the Space will take for administration).

What are the rules?

1. E-mail to register and you’ll be sent a link to donate your £15 by 28th of January

2. During February, you will receive an inspiring instruction every day at 10pm, to help you along the way and get your creative juices flowing. You don’t have to follow the instructions, but boy is it more fun if you do! You will then have 36 hours to write and send your play in, which will be due by 10am the following-following day. For example, the first instruction will come at 10pm on 31st January and that play will be due by 10am on 2nd February.

3. You will send the play to – don’t miss the deadline, or you will be disqualified.

4. At the beginning of March, the money will be divided between all those who have managed to write, and send 28 short plays.



30th January

Write Now 6

The Jack Studio Theatre is proud to launch Write Now 6, our annual new writing festival that will open in May 2015 for four weeks. The Festival exists to discover the best new playwriting talent, and give writers the opportunity to see their work developed and performed.


One selected play will be given a full production at the Jack Studio Theatre in May 2015. Two further plays will be given a week’s workshop time and three staged readings during the Festival. In addition, each of the three winning writers is allocated development time with a director and dramaturg to examine and explore their play further; financial support to attend rehearsals and performance; and career development and advice.

In 2015 we are looking for bold new voices and stories that engage with and reflect contemporary culture and society.

All playwrights who submit must have a strong connection to south east London.

Full guidelines and a 2015 application form are available to download from our website

We will also be announcing the short play’s submission details in December. (Six ten minute plays will open the Festival, and writers from across the UK and beyond are welcome to apply). Please check back for further details.


31st january

10-Minute Play Competition 2015

Following the success over the past few years Sussex Playwrights’ Club has again joined forces with New Venture Theatre to bring the 10-Minute Play Competition 2015. Now open for submissions and will close on Saturday 31 January 2015.

As with previous years the competition will culminate with a production of the 8 winning plays as the New Venture Theatre July production – 20 to 28 July 2015.

Writers can submit up to 3 plays at a cost of £5 per play entered. It is possible to enter online using the New Venture Theatre website or by post – see rules for details on how to enter.


31st January

Toowoomba Repertory Theatre One-Act Play Writing Competition.

This competition was initiated in 2013, and held again in 2014, to foster and encourage new and experienced playwrights, whether amateur or professional, from Australia or overseas.  The competition culminates in an exciting performance season of the three prize-winning plays during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

The play scripts will be judged anonymously by an experienced reading panel assembled from all over Queensland, and a shortlist of ten decided.  The shortlisted plays will then be assessed by three industry professionals who will decide on the winning three and provide feedback to the shortlisted authors.  The three finalist playwrights will be awarded cash prizes on the final performance evening, as follows:

Best play            $2000
Second best play        $1200
Third best play                $800

Entry forms and rules may be obtained by contacting the Convenor or by downloading from our website.  The entry fee for each submission is $30.



31st january

Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2015 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail.

The Arundel Festival Theatre Trail, conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, is now in its fifteenth 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 a community hall, a restaurant, a football club and Arundel Jailhouse. An audience of over 2,000 came to see the eight 2014 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.


Writers are invited to submit plays for next year’s Trail.

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 2015
c/o SCGIS Ltd
65a High Street
West Sussex
BN18 9AJ

Deadline: 31st January 2015. There is no reading fee.

One play only per entrant, in hard copy (not e-mail). Please enclose an SAE if you’d like your play returned.

A reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at the Theatre Trail launch in May 2015.

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

For further information call 01903 885250 or email




  1. January just flew by this year

    Comment by Phiilip Wand — 03/02/2015 @ 20:06 | Reply

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