Playwrights' Competition Calendar

June 2013

2nd June

Descent want Short Plays For Southwark Playhouse

We want two new pieces, max 15 minutes in length, that can be about absolutely anything at all. As long as they’re 100% original and have never been performed before, we want to read them!

Firstly, please read our submission guidelines to make sure your script is right for us.

If it is, send your script to scripts@descenttheatre.co.uk and quote ‘best of’ in the subject line – that’s all we need!

Descent is a new writing theatre company working to develop writers through rehearsal, workshop and performance. Find out more:www.descenttheatre.co.uk

You can find out more about the show here. We look forward to reading your scripts!

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3rd June

Bruntwood Prize

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers. It began in 2005. Since then, 11 writers have been awarded a total of £120,000, there have been six full productions and well over 5,000 entries generated by the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting.

We look for scripts that are original and unperformed, by writers of any experience.The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Scripts are submitted anonymously.

http://www.writeaplay.co.uk/about/

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7th June

ADRIENNE BENHAM AWARD 2013

Prize: £2,000 seed commission and attachment
Theatre Centre offers the Adrienne Benham Award, a £2,000 seed commission, to support the work of a promising playwright interested in exploring the Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) sector to develop brilliant new plays for young people, but who has little experience in this field.
This award is intended to steer gifted writers towards young audiences by giving them a seed commission and attachment to Theatre Centre to develop an original idea for young audiences.
Applications may come from the writer or the writer’s representative.
Further information:
  • Download and read the award criteria
  • Download, complete and submit the application form
  • Submit (by post) all of the requested materials in advance of the 7 June deadline
If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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19th June

Write Bites

Write Bites is a new venture by The Actors’ Guild that not only discovers new writing talent but also produces the work – tapping into the wealth of talent within our membership.

The first of these is focusing on radio drama. In partnership with The Wireless Theatre Company and Round Island we will be producing the winning play for broadcast later in the year.

Those wishing to enter as writers should email their submissions to writebites@actorsguild.co.uk before 19th June 2013. Plays should be no longer than 15/20 minutes long with between three and five characters. Applicants should use the following script format available to download in PDF.

Example of Audio Formatting

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1st to 3oth June
The Open Session: Bristol Old Vic
What we are looking for: –
• Submissions must be from playwrights living and working in the South West. We define this as playwrights based the counties of Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset and the unitary authorities of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, North Somerset, Bournemouth, Poole, Plymouth, Torbay and Wiltshire. At the moment we are not able to consider work from writers who are based outside of the region.
• An original script that has not been previously produced. Plays that have emerged from a developmental stage (e.g. rehearsed readings or workshops) will be accepted.
• Complete plays. If it is much over 100 pages, it may benefit from editing
• We are excited by plays that are distinct and theatrical, with live staging at their heart. We’re attracted by stories that ask questions and tell us something about being alive today, plays that in some way have relevance to our own lives and consider their audience. The best way to get a sense of the plays that get us going is to read the plays we’ve previously produced in the past.
http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/assets/files/Spring%202013/Open%20Session%20copy.pdf
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1st to 30th June
Verity Bargate Award
For the first time Soho Theatre will also be working with partner venues, Birmingham RepLive Theatre Newcastle and Theatre Royal Plymouth, who will be involved with the judging process and offering additional opportunities to writers and theatre-makers across the country. The shortlisted plays will have a reading at one of our partner venues directed by each venue’s artistic director.
http://www.sohotheatre.com/writers/verity-bargate-award/
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