Playwrights' Competition Calendar

June 2015

1st June

And then She Said a Funny Thing

Calling all funny women! YOU are needed to join the writing team for the ‘And Then She Said A Funny Thing…‘ comedy podcast.

Crooked Pieces launched the pilot of Funny Thing back in September to platform more women’s voices in radio comedy. Now they are back to create three more monthly episodes. Want to join them?

They want your sketches, rants, poems and funny words in any form to feature in a live show, to be performed by top-notch performers and recorded in front of a live audience at Omnibus Clapham on 17 July 2015.

They accept material on any topic and in any style you like, and all writers whose material is selected will be given full crediting for their material. It’s a great opportunity to try new ideas out – the only rules are that submissions must be:

1. Comic writing

2. Suitable for audio performance and recording

3. Written by a woman (or women)

Send your submissions to funnythingpieces@gmail.com by 1 June. (In some cases they might ask you to make a few tweaks after that, but they’ll give you a week or so to do it).

For more info on Crooked Pieces and the #FunnyThing project, visit crookedpieces.com

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1st June

Player Playwrights

Player-Playwrights, London’s only weekly forum for new stage writing, is holding an open competition for new short plays (20 minutes maximum) on the theme of DANGER.

The finals of the competition will be held at the Player-Playwrights venue, upstairs at the North London Tavern, 375 Kilburn High Road NW6 7QB on 13 July 2015, when each of the short-listed plays will receive a professional reading, and will be judged by their members.

Scripts must be sent by 1 June 2015.  

For full details including the rules of the competition and how to enter visit

The Player – Playwrights website

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1st June

Page to Stage – Musical Theatre

From Page To Stage is dedicated to showcasing new musical work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for the artistes involved.

To apply for the 2015 season you must have:

– a script which can be emailed

– a fully notated piano/vocal score for either your full show, or the parts you wish to submit sample MP3’s (which do not need to be of high quality)

– Scripts must not have had a full scale production to date

– Scripts must be written and submitted in English

– Must not be juke box musicals

To apply please email: submissions@frompage2stage.com with the subject: FROM PAGE TO STAGE 2015

Please let them know and send them which bracket of their season you feel your show falls under:

– A new British musical, a rehearsed reading, a showcase, where you reside, a synopsis of your musical, a character list and breakdown, 3 MP3’s from your show and 3 sample scenes from your show

Please note: they cannot accommodate casts bigger than 8 due to funding restrictions.

Visit: www.aria-entertainment.com for more information @frompage2stage @AriaEnts

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5th June (opens 30th jan)

The Bruntwood prize

Scripts

  1. The play must an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. ∞
  2. The play must be an hour long or more in playing time.
  3. We do not accept translations, adaptations of other pieces of work or musicals. We also do not accept plays written exclusively for younger audiences.
  4. The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.
  5. The submitted play must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. Any scripts that have been professionally optioned, produced or published will be disqualified.
  6. We do accept plays co-authored by more than one writer. Please ensure that only one entry is submitted with one set of contact details.
  7. If you have won a prize in the previous Bruntwood competition, you may not enter a script. However, you may enter if you have been shortlisted or longlisted in the past.

WEBSITE

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6th June

Bare Fiction magazine

We want our readers to discover genre-defying boldness from exciting writers in poetry, fiction and plays, literary review, interviews and commentary. To that end, we need prose, poetry and play texts that instantly grab our minds and take us on extraordinary literary journeys. If your work is competently written but doesn’t have the kind of depth that makes the readers work just that little bit harder, then it’s probably not for us. We want you to make peoples eyes open wider and their minds race with excitement as they feast on your words.

We feel that playwrights get a raw deal in literary magazines and we’re here to change that once and for all. Submissions for short plays of around 15 minutes in length or approximately 10 pages of text are preferred. Please give a brief synopsis in your covering letter and, if applicable, include details of any performances of the text you have received or productions planned.

WEBSITE

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8th June

Aberdeen Performing Arts | Deadlines: 30 March 2015, 8 June 2015, 21 September 2015

Call for Script Submissions – Scratch Nights – Aberdeen Performing Arts

Following on from the success of their Freshly Squeezed Theatre in January, The Lemon Tree has created a programme of Scratch Nights. On these evenings they will present a showcase of work from playwrights based in the North East of Scotland, all responding to the theme of the night followed by a discussion.

To be suitable for a Scratch Night, scripts must be between eight and ten minutes long and be able to be performed as a monologue or a two or three hander. They can be short standalone pieces or an excerpt from a longer script. Your excerpt should be possible to stage with minimal props, sound and lighting requirements and they ask that you consider copyright when thinking about including music. Other than that, be creative and interpret the theme in whatever way you like. This is your chance for your writing to take centre stage and show work that is exciting, engaging and unexpected.

Themes and Script submission deadlines:

Black Gold Monday 30 March | Northern Lights Monday 8 June | My Aberdeen Monday 21 September 

Scratch Nights

Black Gold Sunday 12 April | Northern Lights Saturday 20 June | My Aberdeen Thursday 8 October

The selected excerpts will be rehearsed and performed script in hand by a professional cast under direction as part of The Lemon Tree Scratch Nights. The playwrights will be invited to attend their rehearsal on the day of the event. Taking part offers the playwrights the opportunity to see their work up on its feet for the first time and to gain feedback from the audience, actors and director.

They are only accepting submissions from writers either from, or based in, the North East of Scotland. Scripts must be typed and presented neatly but are not required to conform to industry standard formatting. For more information or to submit your script email Helen Milne on helen.milne@aberdeenperformingarts.com

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10th June

Hercules Productions is hosting a new writing evening in Manchester on 9th July. Have pasted the details below!

The next Scripts Out Loud showcase will be Thursday 9th July.
Writers, we’re looking for scripts to be performed. The only restriction is that it must be to ten-fifteen minutes in length. Anything longer tends not to work for the format of the evening.
We also need Actors and Directors to be involved! No experience is necessary just a willingness to commit to the project.
This is a voluntary project but lots of fun and a great way to work with Manchester based creatives.
All submissions and expressions of interest must be made by the 10th June to Rose at info@herculesproductionsent.com
If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

(From Playwriting UK on Facebook)

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16th June

Southwest Fest

Writing on the theme of South Westminster. You don’t have to live here to enter, but we’re looking for representations and interpretations of the SW1 postcode past, present, future or alternate. Engage us, entertain us, maybe even tell us something we don’t know about the area!

Flash fiction – Maximum 500 words | Poetry – Maximum 20 lines | Scripts – 10 minute play scripts

The prize: £50, the opportunity to have your piece recorded for radio, publication on the SouthWestFest website and inclusion in the curated art exhibition, Stories of SW1, at the Abbey Centre, London.

The cost: We are a charity supporting the local community so there is an entrance fee to help fund the prize.

1 piece of work: £3 | 2 pieces of work: £5 | Each additional piece of work: £2

How to submit:  Please email your work and proof of payment in the body of an email (attachments will not be opened) to: info@southwestfest.org.uk with ‘Writing submission – (poetry/prose/script)’in the subject line. If formatting is essential to your piece, please also attach a PDF version. Deadline: Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at midnight GMT

Please pay through our Paypal account and provide the receipt number in your covering email.

If you are unable to submit your work via an email or paypal please contact us by phone on 07541 524 794 and we will arrange for you to drop off your work or mail it to us.

WEBSITE

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23rd June

Page to Stage

Page to Stage is a script development and networking event for London theatre-makers. Writers are invited to submit a new 10-minute script (or excerpt of a longer script) to be rehearsed by actors and directors, then shared and given feedback by an industry panel. It’s a great way to try out new material, see your work performed, receive feedback and advice from the experts, and create useful working relationships with other theatre-makers.

Four pieces are chosen. Actors and directors are then invited to apply to specific script breakdowns.

Tip 1: Scripts should have 2-4 characters, and be suitable for performance as a rehearsed reading in a small playing area.
Tip 2: The actors who apply to Page to Stage always comprise more female than male, with a broad age range.

Submitting your script is easy:
(i) Complete the short form – attached here: Artists-Anonymous-Script-Submission
(ii) Send the form and your script to:  london@artists-anonymous.org

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26th June

West Yorkshire Playhouse – Script Window

Please send your script with a covering letter that details your full name, address, phone number and email. They will not be able to consider your script without this information. They’d also be grateful if you could complete and submit an Equal Opportunities Form which is available via the website.

WYPH strongly encourage scripts to be sent by email to scripts@wyp.org.uk

If you do not have access to email scripts can be posted to: Unsolicited Reading Window, Literary Associate, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

(Please note it is not possible for them to return scripts sent by post, please do not send sae)

They will endeavour to read everything they are sent, but would ask that you help by just sending one script per writer and by sending something that they’ve not seen before.

 You will receive an acknowledgement that they have received your script. Your script will be read by a team of readers drawn from writers, directors, theatre makers, audience members and members of the West Yorkshire Playhouse team, led by the Literary Associate.

Once all the scripts have been read, we will make a decision on the scripts and writers they can support or develop further. Unfortunately they do not have the resources to offer full feedback on all the scripts received, but will be in touch again at the end of the process to let you know the outcome of your submission. This process will take up to 4 months.

For further information please visit the WYPH website.

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30th June

7th King’s Cross Award for New Writing

The Award, which is open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work, which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage. Scripts must be unpublished and currently unperformed.

  • Up to two full-length plays may be entered per writer (no e-mail entries, no radio-plays or TV scripts)
  • Unpublished and unperformed scripts only (plays which have had rehearsed readings ARE allowed but this must be disclosed upon submission)
  • The Entry Fee is £10 per play (payable to The CTTC LTD)
  • Plays must be typed or word-processed and clearly laid out with pages numbered
  • Title page must include writer’s name and full contact details (including e-mail address). PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANY INFORMATION WHICH COULD IDENTIFY THE WRITER ON ANY OTHER PAGE OF SCRIPT.
  • Include two SAEs: one for acknowledgement of entry and one for return of script (with correct postage)

How to apply:  Entries may be sent, marked “Courtyard Award 2015″ and accompanied by a £10 entry fee (made payable to CTTC LTD) and a large SAE for return of script, to:

THE COURTYARD THEATRE, BOWLING GREEN WALK, 40 PITFIELD STREET, LONDON, N1 6EU

WEBSITE

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1st to 30th June

The Open Session – Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic’s Literary Department opens its doors to read new and previously unproduced plays and musicals from writers living and working in the South West. Submissions are accepted from Monday 1st June until Tuesday 30 June 2015.

For the 5 plays or musicals that most set the pulses racing Bristol Old Vic will offer bespoke packages of development furthering its conversations with regional writing talent. The Top 20 submissions will receive full readers’ reports.

Writers’ work is submitted by email, and will be judged with the Writers’ identity anonymised.

For full details of the eligible South West catchment area and of how to submit work visit the Bristol Old Vic website

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30th June

Short Film Scripts, Northern Film School

The Northern Film School is looking for short film scripts (maximum 3 minutes) that students can make during their period of study.

Sixteen scripts will be selected for production by a panel of students, tutors and industry personnel, and one script will also be selected for a Special Merit Award, and awarded a place on one of the school’s short professional courses as a prize.

They are looking for film scripts that are interesting and challenging in nature but simple to make.

Scripts can be on any subject or theme. They are looking for compelling storytelling that adheres to the following criteria:

  • 3 minutes in duration
  • Have a maximum of 4 characters
  • Are set in a maximum of 2 locations or 1 set
  • Have locations that can be found within the Yorkshire region
  • Do not contain visual effects unless very minimal and simple to achieve.

If your script is chosen you will need to consent to a programme of script editing to ensure it will work effectively for production. The winning films will be made in the 2015/16 academic year. You will be invited to the screening and will receive a credit on the film. Feedback on scripts will be offered dependent on the volume of submissions and will be provided by supervised students during undergraduate study in the 2015/2016 year.

Please submit a copy of your script by email to NorthernFilmSchool@leedsbeckett.ac.uk with the words 3 MIN SCRIPT COMP in the subject header. All scripts should be correctly formatted and clearly written. Please write your name and contact details on the script cover page only so that it can be removed for anonymous selection of films.

Any further questions should be sent to NorthernFilmSchool@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

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