Playwrights' Competition Calendar

March 2011

1st March

Saturday Shorts – Bristol Folk House

S.W. based writers only.
15 minute script for theatre, radio or screenplay.

3rd March

Windsor Fringe Marriot Award

The Windsor Fringe is now accepting unpublished one-act plays from amateur playwrights. Three winning scripts will be selected for performance in October during the 2011 Windsor Fringe Festival, and the overall winner will receive a £500 cash prize.

4th March

April 14th: A night of new stories.

TenFour Theatre is accepting submissions of monologues by emerging writers for its new production, April 14: A Night of New Stories, which will premiere at The Light Industrial Theatre in Southwark, London on April 14th 2011.

No prior writing experience is required. To be eligible, however, all submissions must either be inspired by, or incorporate in some way, the date April 14th.

Submissions are to be sent to:

New Stories Initiative
TenFour Theatre
60 Colney Hatch Lane
N10 1EA


7th march

10 Tiny Plays

Action Transport Theatre are looking for 10 writers to each write a 5-minute play about ‘youngness’.

Details on the Process:
Pitch Deadline Monday 7th March at midnight. Please email your one page pitch plus application form to Jessica Egan, Producer at

10th March

Kali Theatre’s Writer’s Developement Program

Development opportunity for Asian women writers.

11th March

April showers 2011

APRIL SHOWERS is a chance to write that idea down that’s been mulling away or to re visit something you started. It can be a short play, or the beginnings of an idea for a full length play that you would like to develop in the future, but between then and now, if you need some more inspiration and response, submit to April Showers for the opportunity to see what you’ve got up on it’s feet with the help of a professional company.

11th March

Verity Bargate Award – Soho Theatre

Soho’s quest to find the most original and exciting new play.

11th March

Twitfest – London Comedy Writers Festival

Write a tweet of no more than 140 characters (including the hashtag #comfest) – the tweet must be a COMEDY LOGLINE and must describe a story that is either one YOU are working on, or IMAGINARY. (We DON’T want loglines for existing produced stories, please!). Obviously it can be as funny as you like (though not all comedy situations are automatically funny, of course).

18th March

Laugh a Minute – London Comedy Writers Festival

The London Comedy Writers’ Festival wants your 1 page comedy scripts about love, life, death, pets, commuting, gardening, in-laws – ANYTHING YOU WANT – as long as it’s funny and your story is told in JUST ONE PAGE.

28th March

Sparks 2011 – Menagerie Theatre, Cambridge

An opportunity to have a new play (one act or full length) show-cased. Max 6 characters.

30th March

Emerge – Leeds new Work Festival

To take part, send them your short script, along with the application form. Pieces should last only 10-15 minutes and have minimal technical requirements. Ideally the cast size should be no more than 4 (2 men, 2 women). It can be part of a longer script, but please do not send more than the 10-15 minutes you want performed. They won’t have time to read it – they’ll ask to see more if they need to.

Please note the performances will be script-in-hand and we ask that writers attend if they are selected. The date is yet to be confirmed, but will be an evening during the week of the Emerge Festival (19 June onwards).


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