Playwrights' Competition Calendar

June 2011

1st June

The First Twenty minutes – Soho Theatre

Writer’s Avenue are now calling for submissions of play scripts for their regular new writing event -The First 20 Minutes, in which writers test out new work in front of a supportive audience who give written feedback.

1st June

In Company Theatre – Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

On 1st March, In Company Theatre launches the eagerly anticipated Off Cut 2011 and is accepting short play submissions from new and undiscovered playwrights.

Writers may submit plays of no more than 15 minutes in length. There are no restrictions on style, topic or genre.

Closing date for submissions is 1st June, after which, 28 plays will be selected to show in rep at the Riverside Studios over the first two weeks of the festival.

3rd June

Crucible Writers Night

Sheffield Theatres are looking for submissions of original new plays to be performed on our first Crucible Writers night on Monday 11 July. This is open to writers of all experience levels who wish to have their work performed at the Crucible.

– Plays must respond to the theme of ‘Living in a Big Society’
Writers must be based in South Yorkshire
– Plays should be around 10 minutes in length
– Plays should be able to be performed with no more than three   actors with minimal technical requirements

6th June

The Bruntwood Prize

The Bruntwood Prize is the search for great new plays. Now running for the third time, it is the biggest national competition of its kind and has awarded nine writers a total of £80,000 in prize money since 2005. It is run by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and sponsored by property company Bruntwood.

June 13th

Doctor Who Script to Screen Competition.

Script to Screen is an exciting competition from BBC Learning that will give one lucky team of primary school children the chance to write their own Doctor Who mini-adventure starring the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith.

To win this once in a lifetime opportunity, pupils aged 9-11 will be encouraged to collaborate on a three minute script that takes the resident Time Lord on a new quest travelling through space and time inside the TARDIS.

For more information and resources, and to find out how to enter the competition, visit the BBC Schools website.

June 19th

Manchester Sitcom Trials

Scripts are invited for the Manchester Sitcom Trials, to be performed at the Lass O’Gowrie Manchester on July 2 2011.
The Sitcom Trials wants situation comedy scripts that a small group of actors can perform in a live environment with minimal stage in front of an audience, who will hopefully laugh. Ideally these sitcoms will be so marvellous that the TV & radio industry representatives in the audience will snap them up immediately.

Your script must have a first ‘half’ of less than 8 minutes. This first half should end in a cliffhanger, or something that leaves the audience wanting more.
It must then have a final scene of 2 or 3 minutes long. This will be performed only if your sitcom is the winner on the night.
Your script must have NO MORE THAN 4 CHARACTERS. Ideally 2 boys 2 girls. If you can write a script with just 2 or 3 characters, all the better.

If you’re interested it might also be worth looking at this thread on “The British comedy Guide”. it has a Q&A with the the organiser.

30th June

Ted Walters International Short story, Poetry and Playwriting competition.

They are looking for one-act plays (no more than 20 minutes) with 4 characters maximum.

30th June

Be Discovered 2011

Be Discovered 2011 is a campaign to find previously undiscovered writing talent from West London for the stage.
Writers must submit at least three scenes of an unperformed play with no more than five characters. Your writing must be for the stage.

30th June

WACtheatre Playwriting Competition 2011

The WACtheatre playwriting competition this year is part of WACtheatre’s contribution to the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. They are looking for full length plays on the subject of mental health, or inspired by the Festival themes for this year: memory and dreams. Writers should submit two copies of 10 to 15 pages of script (approx 10 minutes) which should be an extract from a longer play, or a piece intended for development.

The competition is open to anyone who is over 16 years, living in the North East of Scotland.


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