Playwrights' Competition Calendar

July 2015

1st July to 31st July  ONLY!!!  (Scripts submitted outside of this period will not be considered.

Verity Bargate Award – Soho Theatre

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners, plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.

SUBMITTING YOUR PLAY

The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in Word or PDF formats, other formats cannot be accepted. We are not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

Please email your submission to vba@sohotheatre.com, within the dates stated above.

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1st July

5th Annual New Play-Reading Festival – New Jersey

This project is open to any unpublished and unproduced TYA scripts.

The New Play-Reading Festival is a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their unpublished works presented before an audience, in a play-reading scenario on two separate occasions during our 2015/2016 season.

Four scripts will be chosen to be featured in this festival. The initial play readings will take place November 13th through 15th. The second set of readings will take place February 26th through 28th. After each reading, there will be a dialogue among the audience, performers and playwright. After the second round of readings, one of the four scripts will then be selected to be presented as part of The Growing Stage Theatre’s 2015/2016 season!!

The Growing Stage Theatre is committed to creating and presenting professional theatre for young people and their families and to provide them with the unique and affordable opportunity to share a fun, culturally significant moment in an intimate and special venue, The Historic Palace Theater. Young people are also given the opportunity to grow as performers by working alongside professional actors as part of the theatre learning experience. Shows usually require a minimum of 4 characters/performers; there is no maximum, provided that if necessary, doubling is OK with the playwright.

Please send script submissions for the New Play-Reading Festival along with a brief synopsis by July 1, 2015 to the Festival Director, Steve Graham: newplays@growingstage.com

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3rd July

Roister Doister Playwriting Competition

One Act Plays for Young People

1. The work must be 25-50 minutes in length.

2. The minimum number of cast members involved in the play is two.

3. The work must not have been previously published.

4. The work may have been performed prior to entry to the competition.

5. Entry to the competition will be free.

6. Written feedback on each work will be available at a cost of £10. There is no obligation to request feedback on the work and it will have no bearing on the outcome of the competition.

7. The winning entry will receive their own publication deal with Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years as well as an advance of £100.

8. The top five works will be features in a compendium of plays published exclusively by Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years.

9. Authors may submit up to five entries each.

10. The deadline for submissions will be midnight on the 3rd July 2015.

11. Winners will be announced on the 1st August 2015.

12. All entries must be accompanied by the covering application form.

13. Authors should consider who they are writing for. For the purposes of this competition ‘young people’ are defined as being 8 – 18 years of age.

14. Submissions can be made via email or post.

Full Length Plays for young People

1. The work must be in two acts and be 75 – 120 minutes in length.

2. The minimum number of cast members involved in the play is two.

3. The work must not have been previously published.

4. The work may have been performed prior to entry to the competition.

5. Entry to the competition will be free.

6. Written feedback on each work will be available at a cost of £20. There is no obligation to request feedback on the work and it will have no bearing on the outcome of the competition.

7. The winning entry will receive their own publication deal with Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years,  an advance of £150 and a rehearsed reading of the work.

8. The top five works will be features in a compendium of plays published exclusively by Roister Doister Publishing for 5 years.

9. Authors may submit up to five entries each.

10. The deadline for submissions will be midnight on the 3rd July 2015.

11. Winners will be announced on the 1st August 2015.

12. All entries must be accompanied by the covering application form.

13. Authors should consider who they are writing for. For the purposes of this competition ‘young people’ are defined as being 8 – 18 years of age.

14. Submissions can be made via email or post.

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6th July

Finding Words – a new writing initiative

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 and 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.

There is a prize of £500 for the play that is chosen for production.

All writers should submit, before the deadline below, a synopsis including plot and character outline, and the first ten pages of their play.

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8th July

St James RE:act

St. James Theatre’s initiative designed to support emerging theatre talent and to start a creative conversation with its audiences, St. James RE:act.

We are inviting applications from writers, musical theatre partnerships, directors and theatre makers in the early stages of their career, to respond to the story, music, themes and characters within Songs For A New World for the next St. James RE:act evening.

St. James RE:act brings together four emerging writers, directors and a group of actors wanting to create a new piece of theatre. Written/devised in 24 hours, rehearsed at quick fire speed and performed on the stage of St. James Studio on Tuesday 28th July in front of a paying audience, these impulsive pieces will be a perfect companion for Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For A New World

Please download the application pack below for more information on how to apply.

Application Pack RE:act Songs For A New World

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July 11th

WOMEN AT RADA – WEST END SUBMISSIONS CALL OUT: WRITERS
Hello writers! We would like to hear from you.
We are seeking 5 new pieces of writing inspired by the theme “Calm Down Dear – Politics” for Women At RADAs first night of new writing upstairs at the Arts Theatre, West End on Sunday July 19th. Pieces can cover a wide range of topics as long as they are inspired by the political – whether that be in parliament or in the pub.
Pieces should be 15 minutes or less in length and may be extracts or complete pieces that have not yet received a full professional production. They must be written for four actors or less, and at least 50% of the cast must be women, who must receive at least 50% of the stage time.
Please submit by emailing the piece and a short CV to natasha.women@rada.ac.uk with the subject line ‘Calm Down Dear Writers’. Deadline for submissions is July 9th at 6pm, those selected will be notified by July 11th. Pieces will then be allocated a director and a cast. We welcome submissions from writers of all genders.

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13th July

Write to Play Year 3
Write to Play is an exciting new writing initiative from Graeae Theatre Company to cultivate and promote Deaf and disabled writers.- Deaf and/or disabled?
– Passionate about theatre?
– A writer keen to develop your writing skills for performance?
– Based in the Yorkshire, Humberside or  the North East of England?

Working with some of the best new writing venues in the UK, top quality training will be offered alongside live performance opportunities, so that five aspiring writers can go on to develop a career in playwriting. The successful writers will get a fee of £1800 (paid in instalments) for their participation in the programme and all access requirements will be met.

We would like three things from you as part of your application:

1. A statement of interest. In no more than 400 words, please tell us a bit about yourself and why this opportunity interests you.
2. An example of your work. Please send us no more than 10-15 pages of text for performance. You may also wish to send us a link to your work being performed if you have one.
3. A story. Tell us a story in no more than 200 words (this can take any form).

Please remember to include your full name, contact details and post code on your application, and state your preferred method of contact (telephone/email).

The deadline for submitting your application is 12pm on Monday 13 July 2015. Interviews are currently scheduled for week commencing 10 August 2015.

Please send your application, or direct any questions you may have to chloe@graeae.org 

If you would like this information in a different format, or require any assistance with your application, please emailaccess@graeae.org or call 020 7613 6900.

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15th July

Nuffield Experiment – September 14th

Experiment is our quarterly scratch 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.

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15th July

Fifth Word Award

We’re thrilled to launch The Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse.

This exciting new award seeks to uncover new playwriting talent from across the East Midlands.  This is a unique partnership between one of the regions leading producing theatres and a new writing touring company and is supported by Arts Council England.

We are looking for original, compelling pieces written specifically for the stage that have contemporary relevance.  This award is open to early career and first time writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced. The writer must be currently based in the East Midlands.

The winner of this award will receive: A rehearsed reading of their winning play, A 12-month attachment with Fifth Word, £2000 development money and a go and see theatre budget as well as a mentor to provide dramaturgical support.

All entries will be read by a panel of industry professionals and special guest judge. The Winner and runners up will be announced on 8th September 2015.

Submissions are now open and close on the 15th July 2015

We accept entries submitted online at http://promising-playwrights.co.uk where you can also find our full guidance notes.

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18th July

Bristol Bierkeller

After the Success of May’s New Writing Platform, the Bierkeller would like me to do another one from 21st-23rd September! These dates are currently provisional but those of you who did not finish something in time for the one earlier this month, or people who have re-drafted, based on feedback,this is your chance! The closing date will be midnight on Saturday 18th July. but if you are a south-west England or Wales-based writer with a 5-15 page script (we are looking at around 10-15 minutes in length) on any theme this time, please send it to bierkeller.newwriting@gmail.com and we can roll that ball, or whatever the term is…

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20th July

£12,000 Perfect Pitch Award 2015/16 in partnership with Theatre Royal Stratford East

Perfect Pitch and Theatre Royal Stratford East have launched the 2015/16 Perfect Pitch Award, a £12,000 award for musical theatre writing.

The Award is open to applications from June 12th to July 10th (late applications deadline July 20th).

The £12,000 award will be given to a British writing team who will be tasked with writing a full draft of an original musical in a 12-month period, supported and mentored throughout by Perfect Pitch and Theatre Royal Stratford East. After the 12 months the show will be presented in a professional staged reading and/or production.

The award is open to all writers – playwrights, screenwriters, composers and songwriters – and no previous experience of writing a musical is necessary.

Writers can apply as book writers, lyricists and/or composers. They will be asked to apply as individuals and finalist candidates will be paired up with a collaborator to begin working on a 10-15 minute ‘pitch’ of a new musical. The pitches will be presented to a panel of experienced judges from the musical theatre world at the Finalist Pitching Day attended by an invited industry audience, where the winners will be chosen. Perfect Pitch and Theatre Royal Stratford East will provide cast, MD, director, rehearsal space and mentorship for the pitches.

Eligibility: To be eligible each writer must be:

  • Over the age of 18
  • A permanent British resident.
  • Able to demonstrate commitment to a writing career.
  • Able to provide 2-3 different extracts of their work in accordance with the criteria stated on the application form.
  • Available for both the Shortlist Event (29th September, London) and the Finalist Pitching Day (5th February 2016, London).
  • Have flexible availability for workshops / readings / meetings for the 12 month commissioned writing period.

(NB: Previous writing does not have to have been performed or published professionally).

For further details and how to apply visit the Perfect Pitch website.

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23rd July

Pint-Sizes Plays

Hey everyone, I am co-producing Pint-Sized, an evening of new writing at the Jermyn St Theatre in the West End, and we are currently looking for pieces for our September show. Our first night in May was a huge success – we sold out a week in advance, and put on some great work. The second Pint-Sized will follow the same format; – 4 pieces of new writing, each 10-15 minutes long – Live band playing before the show and in the transitions between each piece – All tickets £5 – Free discount on each audience member’s first drink after the show – We invite a lot of industry contacts, including literary agents, venues, producers, etc.

We’d like pieces between 10-15 minutes; these can be stand-alone shorts, excerpts from longer pieces, things you’ve already written, pieces written just for us – everything’s welcome, from any genre. We’re more likely to be keen on pieces without too much complex set and lighting, as we have limited time to tech, as well as to get in and out of the theatre. We’d love a first draft by the 23rd July (or sooner), and will then pick our final four pieces from those submitted. We’ll then give feedback and ask for a second draft by 21st August, at which point we’ll find a director for your play, unless you already have someone in mind, and put you in touch so you can work together.

If you’re interested or have any questions, let us know at pintsizedplays@gmail.com so that we have an idea of how many submissions we’re looking at. We’re happy to lend advice, help or support throughout the process, so do get in touch if you need anything.

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27th July

Little Pieces of Gold are seeking 8 short plays for their 7 September new writing showcase at the Cockpit Theatre. It is an open theme but plays must be no longer than ten minutes and not have been previously performed. Established and new writers are welcome to submit.

Little Pieces of Gold is a new writing company that was established in 2010. Since then they have produced the work of over one hundred playwrights at leading London venues. Thousands of writers have submitted their work and showcases garner much industry interest, introduce writers to literary agents, facilitate long term creative collaborations and provide a platform for new  voices, theatre makers and performers.

For More info and guidelines visit the Little Pieces of Gold website.

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27th July

Monkeywood Theatre return to The Lowry in September 2015 with BY FAR THE GREATEST TEAM, a brand new show exploring and celebrating football fandom in Manchester.

Alongside the production, they are seeking 5-minute plays from Manchester United and Manchester City fans about what it is to be a football fan.

In their own words:

We’ll select 10 of these plays to make up TEN TINY PLAYS ABOUT FOOTBALL, which will be performed script-in-hand by professional actors at The Lowry in September alongside the main production of BY FAR THE GREATEST TEAM. 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never written before – all you need is to be a Manchester football fan with a story to tell.  Your play can take any form you wish (dialogue, monologue, even silent!) as long as it runs at approximately 5 minutes (think 5 pages of evenly spaced dialogue as an approximate guide).

How to apply:  There is no fee for entry and this is an unpaid opportunity.  Please send your finished plays to info@monkeywoodtheatre.co.uk by 27th July 2015.

Successful writers will be notified by 17th August.

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31st July

10 Minute Play competition

Castlekeep Productions are accepting submissions for their new 10 minute playwriting competition.  The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.
Scripts must be 10 minutes in length.  Entry fee is €5 and closing date is 31st of July 2015.  For a full list of competition rules and submission details please see our website at www.castlekeepproductions.ie

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31st July

One Act Play Competition

Sterts Theatre are once again running their One Act Play Competition in 2015, the deadline being 31 JULY 2015.
The brief is to write a 30-minute studio play for up to four adult actors.
The best play will be given a production in Sterts studio on Dec 5 2015 and two runners up will have rehearsed readings. The first prize winner receives a cheque for £100, runners up receive £25 each.
There is an additional £25 prize for the best play on a Cornish theme, the same rules apply to this category.

Full details including an entry form and all the rules about the competition will be available on the Sterts website from the beginning of April. The entry fee is £6.

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31st July

Bread & Roses – Platform

The Platform VIII will  take place on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd November 2015 and will also represent the First Year Anniversary Celebration of The Bread & Roses Theatre! We are now accepting 5 to 20 minute short play submissions until  midnight on 31st July 2015. Winning scripts will receive  a professional performance on both nights and the winning writers will also get a guaranteed prize of £20 plus a share of profits made from ticket sales.Previously submitted scripts may be resubmitted, please note in the comments if you have also redrafted  it since. We accept up to two scripts per writer per submission round. Please note we are not looking for submissions with directors or actors already attached. You may submit plays that have previously been produced elsewhere.

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31st July

New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest – New York

Now in its 13th year, New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is accepting scripts
through July 31, 2015 (Email Submission Date). For Guidelines and Application Form go to:
www.NewWorksOfMeritPlaywritingContest.com
Award:
$300 + a reading with Q&A
New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest is an international contest seeking
socially conscious scripts that not only entertain, but enlighten.

We look forward to receiving your script!

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31st July

Salisbury Fringe

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31st July

Talawa Theatre Company

Talawa, Britain’s primary Black-led theatre company, is looking for new writers. They are expanding the opportunities they offer to artists, including:

– Talawa Writers’ Programme: three new commissions and a programme of development activities

– Talawa Firsts: a season of scratch performances

– Studio Firsts: research and development weeks for theatre-makers

Talawa is calling for scripts by new and emerging Black British writers, the script submission window is between 1st July and 31st July 2015.

Please send your script along with a short covering letter telling them about you and your work to:

Jane Fallowfield, Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London N1 6AH.

Each script is read by one of their readers and will receive feedback. They aim to respond to you within 3 months.

More information on their website

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‘End of July’

From Facebook:

“Hi all this is the first time I’ve posted anything but I’m putting on a new writing festival in autumn 2015 and I’m on the call out for scripts. If interested contact me on leftfieldtheatrecompany@gmail.com thank you x”

Read the comments for more info. X

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