Playwrights' Competition Calendar

July 2011

1st July

International academy of television arts & sciences Foundation

Each year, the Foundation awards the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award.
The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script for a family audience. The deadline for submissions is July 1st of the current year.
The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival on November 19, 2011. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the 39th International Emmy® Awards on November 21, 2011.

14th July

Cbeebies – Get a Squiggle on.

Cbeebies is seeking out fresh voices – giving promising writers from different backgrounds, communities and life experiences an opportunity to develop their professional skills.
What we are interested in is original stories, authentic voices and compelling characters that are rooted in identifiable places anywhere in the country (from the Scillies to Shetland, Newry to Newcastle) and of course that connect with our audience. But wherever you set it, remember to let your imaginations run wild!
We are looking for 20-minute live action scripts.  They can be written in any contemporary genre, including Drama, Comedy, Music, Dance, Puppets, Educational (with a light touch) or a combination of more than one. This opportunity is open to anyone interested in writing for CBeebies.

A shortlist of 20-25 writers will be invited to a masterclass and the final 8-10 shortlisted writers will spend an intensive residential week developing their work, bolstering their writer’s ‘toolbox’ and craft, and working with the CBeebies team

14th July

#Moveonline Scriptwriting contest 2011 – Step2DramaTV

  • Write a creative script between 5-10 pages (5-6 minute screen time)
  • It must be a Drama, Comedy or Mockumentary
  • Your script should contain no more than 5-6 speaking characters (over 16 years old)
  • It should be set in one major location and be technically viable!!!

July 29th

Somerset Fellowship of Drama

The SFD has, for many years, run an annual Original Playwriting competition – both for one act  plays and for full length plays.  Entries are invited from authors living in the Southwest.

One Act scripts are read by a panel which includes experienced directors from drama groups affiliated to the SFD and three plays are chosen each year, from a short-list of 5 or 6, for production in the Original Playwriting Festival, which is held in February.  The most recent Festival (February 2011) was held at the Merlin Theatre in Frome.

The author of the winning script is awarded a cash prize and a silver trophy, and the Best Production on the evening is given a free entry into the County Drama Festival the following month.  Any original play performed in the County Drama Festival, which is a first round of the All-England One Act Play Festival, will be eligible for the Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy – a national award.

Full-length scripts are judged by a separate panel and again the winning author is awarded a cash prize and a trophy, which is presented on the evening of the Original Playwriting Festival. 

27th July

BA Great Britains – Film

Tell B.A. your brilliant idea, and with Richard E Grant as your scriptwriting mentor, it could be your film being seen by an international audience of millions. Your film will be shown on flights in and out of London in the run up to, and during, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They want an original and innovative film script charting London’s journey to The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The film will be shown on our flights in the run up to, and during, the London 2012 Games, while an edited  version will also be shown as a pre-landing film.

Your film will also be used as part of the official London 2012 Sports Presentation Programme as well as being a part of the pre-show to the Opening Ceremony. This means it will be shown on screens in the Olympic Park, entertaining spectators and reaching a combined international audience of millions.

To help develop your script and give it the polish it deserves, you will receive mentoring from Richard E Grant, a significant British screen presence for more than three decades. A leading London production company will then be commissioned to produce your film.

5 May 2011 Online applications open
27 July 2011 Online applications close – one year to go to London 2012.
August 2011 On the basis of your idea, a shortlist of candidates is drawn up. Candidates are then contacted.
August 2011 All shortlisted entrants are invited to present their ideas at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for judging. The judging panel includes Richard E Grant and a member of BAFTA.
21 August 2011 Winner announced.
22 August 2011 Production of winning film begins. Scriptwriter’s film will soon be seen by a worldwide audience of millions.
April 2012 Winner’s film shown on board BA planes.
July 2012 Winner’s film shown in and around the Olympic Park.

Further details here.

31st July

ipf11 – Warehouse Theatre, Croydon

For full length plays (between 90 and 120 pages) to be showcased in March 2012.

31st July

Sussex Playwrights’ 2011 Radio Play Competition.

This year’s competition is for a Radio Play

First Prize: £150 plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.

Second Prize: £100 plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.

Third Prize: £ 75. plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.

# The play should be last between  30 – 45 minutes

# Entry fee is £7 (with one free entry for Sussex Playwrights’ Club members)

# CLOSING DATE: 31ST July 2011

# Judge’s announcement will be mid-December 2011


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