Playwrights' Competition Calendar

March 2012

1st March

Saturday Shorts

Bristol Folk House are running their succesful Saturday Shorts competition for a third year. They are looking for fifteen-minute scripts – theatre, radio or screenplays for a script-in-hand performance event in summer 2012. We are interested in pieces that can make a big impact in a short time.
Scripts should be suitable for simple staging with a minimum of props and three actors or fewer. This is a great opportunity to try out new work with a professional director and cast.
Southwest based writers only. Please make sure your script is as close as possible to 15 minutes (2500 words)!
Email to:
Or send to: Saturday Shorts, Bristol Folk House,
40a Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG

5th March

The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award 2012

The Windsor Fringe is now accepting unpublished one-act plays from amateur playwrights for its ninth Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performance in October during the 2012 Windsor Fringe Festival.  The winner writer will receive a £500 cash prize and The Windsor Fringe will underwrite the staging of the winner and the two runners -up with selected directors.
Criteria: Amateur playwrights only, one script per entrant.  Plays must not have been previously performed, be the original work of the entrant and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre with no more than six actors.  Plays must be no more than 30 minutes long.

Scripts should be sent to: 
Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award
Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road
Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB

For more information, visit the Windsor Fringe website.

5th March

OTB Productions

Submissions open for the next Descent @Rich Mix. Closing date 5th March. Preferably plays around 10-15 long, monologues welcome.

Descent is our regular new writing event performed at a selection of venues across London. The night has been successfully running for more than a year selling out to a wide range of audiences every time. Previous venues include the Pure Groove, Union Theatre, LiT Space, and most recently Rich Mix.

The night provides a platform for undiscovered voices and a unique opportunity for writers to showcase their talent and get their scripts heard. OTB work in collaboration with some of London’s best up and coming actors and directors in order to produce the freshest and most exciting new works the city has to offer.

We are always on the look out for writers, directors and actors, so to get involved with future events please email

5th March

Call for Scripts, Capital Theatre Festival

Capital is an independent theatre festival which aims to celebrate and promote the work of writers and theatre-makers across the West Midlands and beyond. It will be held from 24-27 May 2012, hosted and supported by mac, Birmingham.

We are looking for writers to submit new scripts for one-hour performances during the Festival in May. There are three places available and the successful applicants will be offered a £1000 bursary to self-produce their shows.

Plays must be between 50-60 minutes in length, suitable for production in a small studio space.

Plays must be written and submitted in English. Applicants must be from the UK, and aged over 16. There is no upper age limit.

We are particularly looking for work which has:

  • A unique voice
  • A strong storytelling element
  • Innovation in form or content
  • A cohesive narrative

The work must not have had a previous production, but it could be an evolution of existing ideas, or work which is already in development.

For full details, visit

11th March

LOST one-act Festival

Running over two weeks it presents a diverse and stimulating programme of both new writing and more established work. Open to writers, directors & performers of all ages, genres & artistic backgrounds; all we ask is that each show must consist of only one Act and be between 20 and 45 minutes in length. They are looking for directors and writers who are 27 years old or younger. However, this does not exclude people above that age, if your director and writer are both older than 27 you can still enter as long as your entire cast are under 27. Simple!

21st March

Bold, laugh out loud studio sitcom 2012

BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC Writersroom join forces for a second nationwide talent search to find new comedy gold. If you can tell original stories, invent characters and catchphrases that make us laugh out loud and tease the audience to come back for more, then we want to read your script.

We’re really excited to announce that Laugh Track will be judged by the amazing Dawn French, along with the BBC’s Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning) and Kate Rowland (Creative Director, New Writing at the BBC).

How to enter:

Entrants must submit:

  • a script (one copy) for television studio comedy, 30 minutes in length (approximately 1 page per minute).
  • an outline for how the series would develop.
  • a completed application form – download the application form.
  • a completed equal opportunities monitoring form (optional) – download the equal opps form.

Please note that due to an office move we can only accept submissions between the 1st and 21st of March.
To enter, send your script, outline and completed application form to:
BBC Writersroom
W1 NBH 07C
BBC Broadcasting House
Portland Place
Read the full terms and conditions for Laugh Track.
Launch: Tuesday 31st Jan 2012
Open for Entries: 1st March 2012
Deadline: 9am, Wednesday 21st March 2012 
(With application form)

31st March

Script writer – Frequency Theatre

We are a new non-profit theatre company operating Colchester called Frequency Theatre. Our theatre is Audio Theatre.

Every week we’ll share a new piece of drama via podcast, lasting between 10-15 minutes in length. We have the recording space and we have an ever increasing number of actors raring to go, what we need are adventurous script writers.

We place in the writer’s hand freedom to write on any topic they please. Our only request is that they stay within the time limit of 10-15 minutes and carefully consider the medium they are working in. Plays which are not suitable for audio production will not be considered.

This is a project suitable for any aspiring or emerging writer who relishes the idea of writing for audio. To read our full script submission guidelines, do request them by email. All scripts will be read, however we cannot provide feedback or guarentee that your play will be selected for recording.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Contact: Bethany Sharp


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