Playwrights' Competition Calendar

July 2014

June 23rd-July 7th

BBC Writersroom – Children’s


CBeebies are looking for:

-Original dramas with a particular focus on fantasy adventure rather than real life.

– Strong female leads representing diverse Britain.

– Original animation and comedy scripts

Duration / length: writers to submit 15 min/ pages x2 episodes (Please submit both episodes as 1 PDF document on E-submission)

– Original drama / comedy content for CBeebies Radio – for more information and to listen or download the podcast please visit the CBeebies Radio website.

Duration / lenght: writers to submit 10 min (up to 15 pages) scripts for radio slot.

The Audience

CBeebies is for both girls and boys aged 0-6 years. This is a diverse and complex audience; 2 & 3 year olds are very different to 5 & 6 year olds.


CBBC is an exciting destination for imaginative and original ideas and have a completely open brief. They are looking for original drama, comedy and animation scripts.

Duration / length: 28 min (30 pages).

Animation lengths are 11 minutes or 22minutes – an 11 minute script would be approx 16 pages and a 22 minute script would be approx 30 pages.

Writers to either submit 1 x 22 min script (30 pages)

Or 2 x 11 min scripts (15/16 pages each – please submit both episodes as 1 PDF document on E-submission)

The Audience

6 to 12 age group



11th July

The Ashton Group (for writers under 25)

The Ashton Group is searching for a new stage play with which to tour the North West, professionally produced by its acclaimed Apprenticed Actors Company.

The one act play should have a running time of 60 minutes.

The play should be written for four young actors: 2 male, 2 female. If practicable, these four actors can play any number of different characters.

The writer should be no older than 25.

The play can be upon any theme or subject.

All writers should submit before the deadline a synopsis including plot and character outline, and the first ten pages of their play. Four writers will then be given the opportunity to expand their work into a full length piece with the support and guidance of a professional mentor. One of these plays will then be selected to go into development for production by the Apprenticed Actor Company.

All writers will be offered feedback on their work.

Please send submissions to The Ashton Group’s Associate Director Chris Loveless:



18th July

Teen Scene – For writers aged 16-25

As part of their upcoming Teenage Kicks season, the BFI has been working with production design students at Wimbledon College of Arts to create a working film set in the style of a teenager’s bedroom. Each week the set will be dressed differently to represent a different fictional teenage character, created by the BFI’s set designers. The BFI wants you to write a two-page scene involving any of these characters (and their fictional friend, who you can invent) taking place in their bedroom/the set. SEE WEBSITE FOR CHARACTER PROFILES.

The BFI gang will select two winning scripts each week and give you and your friends/film crew the opportunity to film your scene on set. They’ll provide a time and the set, and we’ll also provide you with the actors, the filming and editing equipment, and technical support to shoot and edit your film.

There will be eight winners of this brief in total (two winning scripts will be selected for each of the four characters/set designs).

The judges are looking for engaging, concise scripts that explore the main characters and the world/bedroom they inhabit.

CHARACTER PROFILES and more details


20th July

Bierkeller Theatre Bristol are looking for writers based in the southwest, preferably Bristol area to take part in an Armistice event, for which I will be acting as dramaturg. We are looking for a group of writers for me to work with rather than a pile of finished scripts though if you do feel that you have something finished that may be suitable (around 5-10 minutes) do send that over too. Please send me an e-mail to and I will send you the application form (it’s nothing strenuous). We are looking at 100 years of British war so World War One to modern-day. Many thanks and please feel free to ask questions, this explanation may look a bit complicated! The closing date to register interest is 20th July.


21st July

Resident Playwright 2015

We’re seeking candidates to be our second Resident Playwright following our immensely successful inaugural year with May Sumbwanyambe.

The Papatango Resident Playwright will write a new play with our guidance and support, as well as deliver a limited number of free masterclasses for emerging or early-stage writers. It is therefore best suited to someone with some professional experience and a proven track record, though still short of having enjoyed a full production breakthrough.

The role is extremely flexible and part-time. Being based in London is not a requirement provided you are free periodically to travel to London.

As part of the Residency, we will be applying for a BBC Theatre Fellowship. Whether we are successful in our application will in part depend upon our Resident Playwright, as he or she will be the proposed beneficiary and will need to supply supporting materials for the application. Should it be successful – as we were last year – then we will be able to offer a full fee.

To apply for the Residency, please send a CV and short cover letter (no more than 200 words), outlining why you would like the position and the difference it would make to your career, by 5pm on Monday 21 July 2014 to

Selected candidates will be invited to interview on Friday 25 July 2014.



You had to send a synopsis by 10th June to apply.

Saroyan Prize

The new revised mission of the 2014 William Saroyan $10,000 Playwriting Award invites stimulating new works that explore socially and politically charged themes about Human Rights /Social Justice. Our aim is to harness theatre’s ability to make a relevant impact on our global society today.

We are looking for insightful and engaging plays that imaginatively interpret this aim – stories on injustice, inequality, and those reducing the human and environmental cost of violence and those finding new ways of promoting a healthier and more peaceful, harmonious global community. We aim to find artists with courageous voices, imagination, and stories that uphold human dignity.



July 21st

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold’s next new writing next showcase is at Southwark Playhouse. This time they are looking for ten minutes plays that address the theme of work. You can tackle any aspect of this that you like. Some examples could be life on the treadmill/ the ‘rat race’; office politics; the pay gap; gender inequalities; work-life balance; identity through work & career; combining motherhood/fatherhood with work; shifting patterns of work and the need for new skills; lack of work/career opportunities in the current economic climate. The choice is yours. As long as your play addresses the theme in some way. Plays will be cast, rehearsed and staged by the directors on either 7 or 28 September.

For submission details and futher information please visit the Little Pieces of Gold website.


31st July

Sterts One Act Play writing competition.

This event is run to promote and encourage new play-writing talent in the local area and has proved to be very successful in producing an ever increasing high standard of writing

An experienced panel of judges will choose the best three entries. The winner will receive their prize and have their play produced in Sterts Studio this December.  There will also be cash prizes and rehearsed readings for the runners-up.

The challenge is to produce a  thirty-minute, one-act play for four characters.  Entrants must be over eighteen years at 31st July 2014.  The entry fee is £6 (entry forms available to download here. Closing date for entries is 31st July next.


31st July

Tavonians – Radio Plays

Scripts are sought for drama only – not poetry, comedy sketches, oral history etc. Within drama, a range of styles is welcome.

Plays are to be of approximately 20 to 25 minutes in length when performed.

This is an audio project and scripts should be for “radio” style plays. Writers submitting material based on work they have written for stage should ensure it is fully adapted.

The drama should be strongly linked to Tavistock in Devon or a location within a 20 mile radius of it. This does not mean that the action has to take place there – eg it could involve migration to or from the area.

The time frame may be any period from history, in modern times or set in the future. Historical scenes should be authentic (that is they may be fictitious but should be plausible, for example only using the railway station on a date when it existed).

About the plays

Each play must stand alone, but suggestions for possible development into a series are welcome.

Each play must require no more than 5 main actors with distinct voices, with the exception of minor incidental parts.

Scripts should indicate the sound effects required. These will be developed in more detail with the director. Sound effects should not require use of copyright material (eg TV theme tunes).

The material must be suitable for publishing to a worldwide audience including young people and those in hospital.

The material must be free of undue political bias or unsuitable or offensive content.

About the Characters and Settings

Real characters should only be portrayed (either as speakers or by mention) if historical (at least 30 years since the date of death). Where a fictional character holds an identifiable office (such as a head teacher or town clerk), they should not be a disguised version of a living person.

For authenticity, real names of local organisations and businesses may be used, but only in a way that neither promotes nor criticizes them. If an organisation is central to the play (for example, the setting is a guest house or a charity committee), it must be fictional. Use of national brand names should be avoided.




  1. Re the Saroyan prize, it’s misleading to say the window is 15th June-July – to apply, you had to have submitted an outline by 10th June. I would have preferred to have sent that straight to web team than had to say publicly.

    Comment by Manda — 11/06/2014 @ 12:15 | Reply

    • Thanks for this, and don’t worry about public humiliation – I’ve had worse! I only hope everyone read the Saroyen website. I’ve put a note on my blog now which will hopefully make sure everyone checks all details.

      Thanks again, Gina

      Comment by Gina — 11/06/2014 @ 20:38 | Reply

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