Playwrights' Competition Calendar

March 2014

1st – 31st March

Theatre 503 Playwriting Award

First prize  of £6000 and guaranteed full production at Theatre503.
All UK submissions become eligible for the next 503 Five Writer Residencies.
The award will open for entries between 1st to 31st March 2014.
Open to full length plays in the English language with no restriction on form, content or writer production history.


2nd March


Please send to this address:

Series 3 has six themes, one per episode and we want your sketches based on them.

Class, Love, Work, Creativity, The End, and The Future

Let your imagination run wild and come up with adverts and sketches and monologues and movie trailers and spoof TV shows and songs… plus anything else you can come up with based on those themes.

All submissions will be read and we will acknowledge receipt of all scripts. Due to the volume of material we receive we are unable to guarantee feedback.

1- No real people

We don’t plan to attack people, so please use made up names for characters.  It’s okay to refer to real people or companies if necessary but try to think of an alternative if you can.  Also, due to copyright, we can’t use music that isn’t covered by a Creative Commons license.

2 – Short is better, much better!
If you’re writing a sketch, try to keep it to one or two pages and make every line move the sketch forward.  We really want to put more sketches into each episode, so that means they need to be short and snappy, any half a page sketches would be brilliant.

3 – Not topical
We are not a topical comedy show. If you write something that is in the news today, it will probably be out of date by the time the podcast is released.

4 – The limit is your imagination
Just because the podcast is called 4amcab, your sketch doesn’t have to have anything to do with a taxi, in fact it’s better that it’s not. So far some of our sketches have been set in a hairdressers, a kebab shop, a dental surgery, a tapas restaurant and on a train going to Brighton.

5 – Formatting
Where possible please save your work as a .doc file.  See the Example Scripts.doc for more formatting details.

6 – Credits
If we use anything you have sent us, even if it just a small part of a sketch, you will get a credit on the website under the Credits link.


5th March

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award

Amateur playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for performance during Drama Nights at the Windsor Fringe in October. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize.

Only amateur playwrights are eligible; only one script per author will be accepted. Each play must be an original work by the entrant, and submitted scripts must not have been previously published or performed. Each play must be no more than 30 minutes long, have a cast of no more than six actors, and be suitable for staging in a studio theatre.

So that each script may be judged anonymously, the author’s name must appear on the cover page only, not in the script. Writers should submit two copies of their plays, printed on loose sheets of A4 paper with no binding or stapling. Pages must be numbered. No submissions will be accepted by email; no scripts will be returned. The cover page must show the name of the play and the author’s name, contact details and signature. A £5 reading fee will be charged per entry. Please make cheques payable toWindsor Fringe Scripts should be sent together with the reading fee to:

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award

Suite 640, 24-28 St Leonard’s Road

Windsor, Berks. SL4 3BB    U.K.


14th March

Royal Court International Playwrights Group

In summer 2014, five international playwrights will be invited to London to take part in a focussed, residential writers group, working with members of the Royal Court Theatre artistic team from 2 to 19 July 2014 (inclusive).

Please provide us with the following:

• A completed application form (download here)
• A recent example of your work (this should be an original, full length stage play in the original language and not an adaptation)
• Two letters of recommendation from people who know your theatre work.

You are advised to send your application as soon as possible and they will be accepted until 14 March 2014. Applications are accepted by post or email. All postal applications should be printed single sided and unbound. Please do not send ring-bound or stapled scripts. Please ensure that all scripts contain page numbers.

We will acknowledge your application within two working days of receiving it.

Please send your completed application to

Elyse Dodgson
International Director
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS, United Kingdom


15th March

Quick & Dirty Playwriting Competition – Rondo Theatre

The Rondo Theatre’s “Quick & Dirty” Playwriting competition seeks to unearth those buried treasures that have languished in desk drawers or on dusty hard-drives. Dig them out, dust them off, and send them in!

Plays must be full-length (at least an hour and fifteen minutes long) and be written for no more than five performers (although with doubling, you can have as many characters as you like).

Entrance fee payment (£15 plus booking fee) must be made via the Brown Paper Tickets event page , and scripts should then be emailed to in PDF format.

Scripts will be judged anonymously, so please include all contact information in the body of your email; the title page of your script should contain no information other than the title of your play. Please ensure that the file name also contains no identifying information.The winning script will be produced in full at The Rondo Theatre in June 2014. Please note that production is the full prize for this competition, and that no payment to the writer can be made. Two runners up will receive a script report.

Entry fees must be purchased by 12 noon on 15 March 2014, and all scripts must be received by 5pm on the same date.


16th March

Plain Sight – 

Plain Sight is calling for submissions for new writers and show devisors for a new project aimed at young children in the UK.

Your piece should be aimed for children aged in the range of 3-8  (Key stages – Early years  to 1 and 2), and would ideally incorporate some part of the national curriculum, but this is not a requirement for submitting.

Please email: any questions you might have regarding you submission.

Submission must be received by March 16th. Please send submissions with the subject line being ’Spring2014/your name and name of play’.


30th March

Sky Blue Theatre Company – New Play Comp.

1. The competition is open to all nationalities, but plays must be written in English and unpublished for the duration of the competition.
2. Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of between 10 and 30 minutes.
3. By entering the competition the writer affirms that their entry is original and 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. The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
6. Each play script must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from this page.
7. Scripts and entry forms must be submitted together as attachments in Word or PDF documents with the title of the play in the subject line to
8. Entries must be submitted with full payment of £15 per play. Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.
9. The organisers will not accept responsibility for the loss of scripts in transit.
10. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence concerning the results will be entered into. 

Please see the website for further information/ entry form or contact


31st March


Papatango are not prescriptive in the plays we consider, asking only that they have never before been professionally performed, although musicals, adaptations and children’s plays are not eligible. We look favourably on plays that say something about the contemporary world or the way we live now, and which have a distinct theatrical language that makes them beautiful and unforgettable on stage. We are not in general keen on plays about people trying to put on a play, plays drawn from literary biographies, or plays which are heavily rooted in documented historical events.

To submit a script for the Papatango New Writing Prize 2014, please read the following submissions guidelines, before  mailing your play to Please remember anonymity is a key requirement of entering and the only contact details you should include on the front of your script are up to two phone numbers which will still be active in June 2014. Good luck.

The play must have a playing time of at least ninety minutes.

We can only accept one entry per person.

We are only able to accept entries submitted by email in Word or PDF format. Entries must be entirely complete and in one document only.

All entries should be emailed to Any entry made to the Finborough Theatre will be disqualified.


31st March

Tobacco Factory – Script Space

Back for a seventh year running, Script Space is an open competition that invites submissions of new, unperformed plays from UK-based writers for tailor-made development opportunities.

If you just want to get your play put on, then this competition isn’t for you. If you want the opportunity to explore your play and take it to the next stage of its development in collaboration with our experts, then we definitely want to read your work. Script Space isn’t an opportunity to have your play produced; it’s an opportunity to have your piece of writing developed. Script Space is the start of a relationship between you and your work and us, Tobacco Factory Theatres.

Please send a single Word or PDF attachment (no CVs or synopses, please) to , putting the play title in the subject box and including your full name, address and contact details in the email.

Please also include a separate covering letter (of around a paragraph) detailing what you would hope to get from Script Space should your application is successful.

Entries will be judged anonymously, so please don’t include your name on the script itself.

Entrants must be over 18 and based in the UK.
Your play must never have been produced.
Only one submission per person, please.


31st March

Salisbury Playhouse

Salisbury Playhouse are keen to hear from emerging writers in the South West region. If you would like to introduce us to your work please send the following, in pdf format, to
A short biography outlining your writing experience to date and your connection with the South West region
• The first twenty pages of either a full length or one-act play that you have recently written
• A brief synopsis of the rest of the play
• Your contact details, email and telephone
We will acknowledge receipt of all material but will be unable to provide detailed feedback.
This current invitation for submissions will be open until the end of March 2014.


31st March

Liverpool – Page to Stage Festival

Playwrights are invited to submit unpublished (in script form)* and unperformed one-act plays for the inaugural Page to Stage Festival to be launched in Liverpool in the autumn of this year.

Ten scripts will be selected for a number of performances during the festival. Plays will be adjudicated by audiences and judges and prizes will be awarded in a special awards ceremony on the closing night. Prizes are yet to be determined.

Each one-act play should be no shorter than forty-five minutes and no longer than sixty minutes. The emphasis should be on the dialogue and action not on effects; a variety of venues will be involved in the production of the successful plays and few, if any, will have the facilities that professional theatres will offer so the emphasis is on the Script.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in pdf format.

Submissions will be anonymous and so must not contain any details that will identify the author.

There is a non-returnable entry fee of £30, payable via PayPal, to cover admin costs and reader’s fees. We are not funded by any other means at the moment. read “How to Enter” for links to the order page. You will then receive instructions about submitting your script.


31st march

Hebden Bridge Festival – Hebden Shorts (Might be local writers only!)

Back by popular demand for its fourth season, Hebden Shorts is our sell-out new short play season. Enter our competition to write a play to be performed by professional cast and crew during this year’s arts festival. There’s also an under 18 category. The six prize winning plays will be performed at Hebden Bridge’s Little Theatre from 27-29 June 2014.

To enter please send your play by email to by Monday 31 March. Plays must be no longer than 15 minutes and winners will be notified by mid-April.

For more information email




  1. Doesnt the George Devine Award have a March 1st deadline – yet details are not listed here.

    Comment by Alan — 10/02/2014 @ 12:55 | Reply

    • Hi Alan, I’m always happy to hear about new competitions, however I’ve just googled the George Devine and can’t find details for 2014, only 2013. Do pass on the link to me and I’ll add it to the calendar.


      Comment by Gina — 10/02/2014 @ 16:24 | Reply

  2. It’s an annual event – however it is open primarily to those who have received awards for their work or a production – it is associated with the Royal Court Theatre and it is one of their writers who usually wins. It is not for unperformed beginners.

    Comment by Alan — 24/03/2014 @ 19:11 | Reply

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