Playwrights' Competition Calendar

July 2012

July 1st

2012 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

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. 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 International Emmy® Awards Gala.

2nd July

COMING UP 2013 Scheme

COMING UP is currently the only talent scheme in the UK where emerging filmmakers have the opportunity to make an authored drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.  Now in its eleventh year, Channel 4 and Touchpaper Television continue their commitment to innovation, experimentation and new voices.

Who can apply?

  • Writers who have not had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed episodes or series and serials (eg a long-running soap) are eligible to apply.
  • Directors without a primetime TV drama credit.
  • Writer/Directors: We will accept submissions from writer/directors who meet the criteria for writers and directors as per above, but excellence in both disciplines must be shown to be considered in this category.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions section before applying.

Please click here for information on our Guidelines.

Please click the links below to download the relevant forms:
COMING UP 2013 Application Form 
COMING UP 2013 Equal Opportunities Form

All applications are by POST ONLY:

Coming up 2013
Touchpaper Television
3-6 Kenrick Place
London W1U 6HD

7th July

Pennine Ink – Monologue with a Twist

Our competition for 2012 is for you to write a MONOLOGUE WITH A TWIST, in other words, with a surprise ending. Your monologue must be 400 words or less.The first prize is £50 and the top three prizewinners will be published in Pennine Ink.

1st prize £50

    • Entry fee £3, payable to Pennine Ink
    • Top 3 prizewinners published in Pennine Ink 
    • Maximum length of piece – 400 words
    • Only one entry per person
    • Adults 18 and over are eligible to apply
    • Do not write your name on your entry – please supply your name, address and email address on a separate piece of paper
    • Closing date 7th July 2012
    • Results available on 7th September 2012
    • Send your entry to: Monologue with a Twist, Pennine Ink, c/o Mid Pennine Arts, 1 Neptune Street, Burnley, BB11 1SF
    • Work cannot be returned, so please keep a copy

9th July


A search for Scotland’s next generation of talented film-makers has been launched with a call for screenplays. Contemporary Scottish stories are being sought by lo-fi – a low budget film initiative run by
Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University.

Deadline: 9th July

More Information

July 16th

Wales Drama Prize

TWO of Wales’ best known television and film writers will judge a major award to encourage new drama writing, launched to mark the opening of BBC Wales’ Roath Lock studios. Russell T Davies, whose relaunched Doctor Who has been a major hit, and Abi Morgan, who has penned dramas including the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady will both be on the panel to judge the award being run by BBC Cymru Wales Drama and National Theatre Wales.

The winner of the £10,000 biennial prize will have the chance to develop their ideas with either with either National Theatre Wales or BBC Wales. Two runners-up will each receive £1,000 and a script development opportunity.
Those interested in applying for the award are asked to submit a full-length script which must be a minimum of 30 minutes and can be in any medium – film, TV or theatre – to BBC Writersroom by July 16, 2012. It must be a new script which no-one has performed or produced before and it must also be in the English language.


30th July

She Writes

The next She Writes will coincide with the Whitstable Biennale, so we are accepting plays on the topic of art. This can be as loose an inspiration as you like!

Please send us your play by email by 30 July. See some guidelines on how to submit your play.

– Plays should be written by female playwrights based in the UK.
– No more than 6-8 pages long. (If a monologue, this should be shorter – please see some info about monologues.)
– A maximum of 2 plays per writer.
– Word or PDF format.

31st July

Sussex Playwrights’ Club 2012 Stage Play Competition.

This year’s competition is for a 90 minute stage play on the theme of Past, Present and / or Future

First Prize: £200 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: £ 50 plus a reading of the play at a Club Meeting.

# The play should last 90 minutes

# The play should have no more than 6 characters

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

31st July

The International Radio Playwriting Competition is run by the BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with Commonwealth Writers and is now in its 23rd year.
It is a competition for anyone resident outside Britain, to write a 53-minute radio drama for up to six characters.There are two categories: one for writers with English as their first language and one for writers with English as their second language.

The two winners will come to London and see their play made into a full radio production, which will then be broadcast on the BBC World Service. They will also each receive a £2,000 prize and there are certificates for runners-up. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.

For more information, visit the BBC World Service website, where you will find full details on how to enter, and the rules for the competition.

31st July


Writers of all ages and abilities are invited to submit short plays (not exceeding ten minutes) written for solo performance. Participants are given a title to work from: ‘I’ve been looking for you my whole life.’ Due to the nature of the performances on buses, the plays will need to be family friendly. Comic pieces are particularly welcome.

Please send your script with a short writing bio to

For more information, contact Marta Mari at


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