Playwrights' Competition Calendar

March 2013

1st March


Set up in 2011, we are now producing our biggest event yet.
After 5 sell out new writing nights, “On A Spree”, we are now moving onto full length plays. We are looking for 50 minute plays, to be performed in the West End in April. This will run for 1 week, 7 performances. 
Female writers!
A 50 minute play about HATE.
6 Characters – all must be female.
Play must be set in one location, anywhere, anytime. 
The director will be female.
Male writers!
A 50 minute play about LOVE.
6 Characters – all must be male.
Play must be set in one location any where, anytime.
The director will be male.
Only unperformed scripts.
Must be no longer than 50 minutes.
6 Characters, no more no less.
Must have a strong sense/story of LOVE (MALE) or HATE (FEMALE)
Deadline Friday 1st March.
Please send all scripts to :
4th March

Write Now 4 Shorts
To launch the Write Now 4 Festival the Jack invites you to submit a 10 minute
play based on the theme of Legacy?
Legacy? Where are we going, where are we now, and how did we get there?
Guidelines for submissions:
 Your script should be no longer than 10 minutes
 Your script should contain a maximum of 4 characters
 Your script should address the theme, but it may be freely interpreted
 Your script must be able to be performed with basic staging and
technical support
 Please email your submission to by
Monday 4th March
 Please include a contact number in your submission email
 Performances of selected scripts will take place on Saturday 4th May
 Selected plays will be announced on our website
 Writers of the shorts do not need to have a connection to south east
 Submissions are restricted to one per playwright
Write Now Shorts will be produced by Graeme Thompson, Artistic
Associate, Jack Studio Theatre and Kate Bannister, Artistic Director.


5th March

The Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing Windsor Fringe Festival 2013

The Windsor Fringe is now accepting unpublished one-act plays from amateur playwrights for the Tenth Anniversary Special Award. Three winning scripts will be selected for performance in October during the 2013 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.

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.

Submission guidelines:
Submit two copies of each script, printed on loose sheets of A4 paper, no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered. No submissions by email, no scripts returned. Judging is on a blind-submission basis – author’s name must not appear in the script. Cover page must include name of the play, author’s name, contact details and signature. BBC writersroom applicants will be granted a waiver of the £5 reading fee if the words “Writers room” appear in the top right- hand corner of the cover page.

Send scripts to: 

Windsor Fringe Drama Writing Award
Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road
Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB

Additional information:
Contact Ann Trewartha Tel: 01753 863218 email:

Visit the Windsor Fringe Festival website for information on the festival and previous Award winners.


11th March

Hotbed 2013

What’s Up Doc?
Six collaborative monologues
What’s up Doc? is a festival commissioning project designed to bring ideas and people
together. Inspired by our current and recent work with leading academics at Cambridge
University, we are now commissioning six 15 to 20 minute monologues from six writers each
inspired and informed by a collaborator … the ‘Doc’ of our title.

Please submit your idea for a 15-20 minute monologue by the date below… on one
page please!
 If we don’t already know your work please send us info to help us know more about
you and your writing.
 In your submission let us know if you have direct access and agreement from your
‘Doc’ to work together. If not, please let us know the likelihood of being able to
access your ‘Doc’.
 If you are seriously interested in this work but do not have a collaborator please
contact us and we can discuss potential collaborations from our network.
 Please submit ideas by email to:



17th March


  • Plays must be full length. We will not accept or review any one-act or short plays.  The Inkwell’s definition of a full-length play is one that runs at least one hour and stands alone as an evening of theatre.
  • Plays that have not received a full production. A full production includes any public event centering on the script that involves a director, actors, and design elements. The Inkwell considers staged readings and academic productions exceptions to this rule.
  • Plays that are submitted within the submission period of February 22nd through March 17th.
  • Plays that are formatted at Microsoft Word or PDF files.




28th march

BBC Writersroom Script Window

The Script Room New Year 2013 window will be open for submissions from February 14th 2013 until 5pm on March 28th 2013.  Read our blog for more info.

All scripts must be accompanied by a completed Script Room cover sheet which can be downloaded from the How To Send Your Script page.

Before submitting your script to us, please familiarise yourself with our newTerms and Conditions and our FAQs.

29th March

From Page to Stage 2013 – Original Theatre, Isle of Wight

Submit a full length play of not more than 90 minutes’ length in any genre and with a maximum cast of eight.
  • Entrants must not have had a play published, or a play performed by a professional company;
  • Work must be newly produced for this competition, and be entirely original (although you may collaborate with one other person and submit the play as a joint entry);
  • Entries must be submitted in an acceptable format, printed on A4 paper, double spaced, with page numbers; the title sheet should have the name of the play, and the name and contact details of the writer; page two should have a synopsis of no more than 400 words, and a list of characters;
  • Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene or any other unsuitable material, of a kind which may cause offence to a wide audience of all ages;
  • Prizewinners must agree to undertake any necessary redrafting and revision work in conjunction with Original Theatre.
  • The winning playwright will receive a cash prize of £100;
  • The winner will work with Original Theatre to stage the play at Quay Arts in 2013;
  • Two runners up will receive Highly Commended awards of £50, and an opportunity to develop their scripts with the support of Original Theatre for possible production in the future;
  • We reserve the right to award additional prizes, at the discretion of the judging panel;
  • The judges’ decision is final and no feedback will be given to entrants, or discussion entered into;
  • Your play will remain yours – Original Theatre promises to work with you to stage it on the Isle of Wight and elsewhere, and help promote it to a wider audience, but we will not make any further claims to rights to the script.
You can send in as many entries as you like, provided that each entry is accompanied by an entry fee of £5. Post entries to:

Original Theatre,
c/o Quay Arts,
Sea Street,
Isle of Wight
PO30 5BW

Please make cheques payable to Quay Arts (Playwriting Competition).

You can if you prefer deliver your entry to Quay Arts and pay by cash.


30th March

Sky Blue Theatre Company

Up to 10 shortlisted scripts will be given written assessments and considered for publication by Samuel French and Lazy Bee scripts.
PLUS: Not only has the running time of play submissions been extended to now include running times of between 10 and 30 minutes but we are also asking our judges to shortlist even more scripts in 2013 to fill two evenings of fantastic new one act plays!
This year the performances will be at the Junction Theatre Cambridge and as before the audience will be asked to vote for the winning play. So time to get writing!
1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English, unpublished and not previously performed.

2. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of between 10 and 30 minutes.

3. All entries must be original and playwrights’ must guarantee that they have sole rights to all matters contained within the play.

4. Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym to ensure impartiality and the author’s real name removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.

5. All entry forms must include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words.

6. Entries must be submitted by email attachment in a word document with the title of the play in the subject line.

7. All entries must be submitted with a completed competition entry form and full payment of £15.00 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays but each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.

8. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.

9. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into.


31st March

Goblin Baby Theatre Company

Unheard – A New Writing Festival – Short plays and monologues about sexual abuse and violence

We are currently accepting submissions for plays of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 30 minutes as well as monologues between 5 and 15 minutes.We are exclusively looking for new pieces, it is fine if your play/monologues has been performed before but please only submit pieces that have not been part of a longer run yet. Furthermore, please only submit pieces that were written (or at least finished or updated) within the last three years. You may also submit a piece you are currently working on that you wish to develop further in rehearsals.

We encourage a diverse and unique approach to dealing with sexual abuse and violence and are happy to consider a wide range of pieces surrounding the issue.

All the pieces will be performed by an ensemble cast of around 7 actresses/actors, and writers are invited to be a part of the staging and rehearsal process of their play/s if they wish.Please send submissions or further questions to

The deadline to register your interest is 31st March (however, if you can’t submit a final script yet, you may also send us a first draft for now and send over the final draft later on).

31st March

Making Life means Making Trouble

Butterfly Psyche has teamed up with Bath’s premier fringe theatre @rondotheatre to bring a unique playwriting competition for the Southwest. MakingTrouble will explore making exciting and new drama for the stage. Its title is inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s words:

“Would the world ever have been made if its maker had been afraid of making trouble? Making life means making trouble.”

MakingTrouble is open to Southwest writers over the age of 18 who have had at least one professional production or script-in-hand performance.
Guidelines are as follows: Your submission –
• Must not have not been previously performed professionally (although a script in hand is acceptable)
• Must not need more than 4 actors
• Must have at least one main role for a woman
• Will explore the theme of Making Life Means Making Trouble.

First Prize is a full production with Butterfly Psyche Theatre with a two week run covering Bristol (at the @AlmaTavTheatre ) and Bath (@rondotheatre).

There will be two runners up and each will receive a Script-in-Hand performance with actors and a director at The Rondo Theatre.

Scripts should be submitted in an anonymous format attached to an email to and the competition is open for submissions from February 5th until 11pm on March 31st 2013.

Scripts will be read by a team of theatre professionals and the winners will be notified in April. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into, other than to advise receipt of your documents. If you have any questions about the competition contact Alison Farina at


Now extended 29th March
The Show What You Wrote

The Show What You Wrote is BBC Radio 4’s new sketch show. Each episode is themed around a specific genre, and it’s all written by you.

This is a showcase for new comedy writing, an opportunity for you to get involved in creating a show that sounds different from any other sketch show out there.

The themes for each episode are:

  1. Thriller / suspense
  2. Kitchen sink drama
  3. Science fiction & horror
  4. Documentary
  5. Historical / costume drama

Please mark each of your sketches on every page with a header that includes:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email address
  3. The title of your sketch
  4. The episode it relates to

(This is really important for making sure you get paid if your work is broadcast.)

Please submit your material to

This is a brief summary, but you should probably read the full details HERE.


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