Playwrights' Competition Calendar

March 2015

1st March

24:7 Call for Scripts

2015 will see a Big Festival Weekend based in and around the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama at Manchester University and will take place between 24th – 26th July.

As well as plays, we are looking for monologues and a site specific piece, so this year performances can last between 5 – 90 minutes. Each play will be performed a number of times over that weekend, either as full productions or as works in progress. Some could also go into development for the 2016 Festival. As in previous years, there will be a ‘blind’ adjudication process to ensure anonymity and impartiality, with written feedback given on every submission.

Further details about the submission process will follow soon, when exact dates will be given and the submission window will open. Full instructions will also be available here and via our eNewsletter [sign up on the homepage], so keep watching.



5th march

Windsor Fringe – Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award

Amateur playwrights are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for the 11th Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award. Three winning scripts, judged purely on the writing, will be selected for performance in October during the 2015 Windsor Fringe Festival.

Shortlisted writers will be announced in mid. June 2015 on the Windsor Fringe website. The three short-listed author’s plays will be performed on the last three nights of The Windsor Fringe Festival during October 2015.  The winner will be announced after the last performance.

Eligibility: Only amateur playwrights are eligible to enter.  One script maximum per entrant.

What to submit:  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.

How to apply: Submit two copies of each script, printed on A4 paper, no binding or stapling. The pages must be numbered. No submissions by email, no scripts returned. Judging is on a totally anonymous basis – the author’s name must not appear in the script. The cover page must include the name of the play, author’s name, contact details and signature.

Scripts should be sent to:

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


9th March
james Tait Black Prize

Eligible plays are those over sixty minutes in playing time, originally written in English (including all standard and non-standard varieties) Scots or Gaelic, first produced between 1 January and 31 December 2014, and performed by a professional company for more than 6 performances.

Theatre companies and agents are invited to submit scripts to the Department of English Literature by 9 March 2015. The James Tait Black Prizes, Dept. English Literature, The University of Edinburgh David Hume Tower, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JX. (There is no application form to complete)

A digital copy of the script must also be emailed to This must be accompanied by a cover sheet available from the JTB web page or it will be ineligible.

A typed copy of the script must be sent with details of the first production, which should include venue, company and date. Where possible, proof of production should be sent such as a flyer, review etc. The submissions must come from the producing company or the agent of the playwright.

The playwright must have been commissioned formally by a professional organisation using a contract recognised by an industry regulator within the country of production (e.g. in the UK, the TMA, Equity, ITC or Federation of Scottish Theatre).

The production must have had a full production by a professional company using professionally contracted personnel.

For further information:


11th March


With brand new plays from both male and female writers, Represents… is a showcase with a difference.

Consisting of six fifteen-minute shorts, each piece of writing must pass the Bechdel Test – they must include at least two named female characters who, at some stage, talk to each other about something other than a man. Inspired by Alison Bechdel’s 1987 comic strip, The Rules, the Bechdel Test has become the benchmark for gauging fair representation on stage and screen.

What we are looking for:

  • A piece of new and original writing using the theme Mayday as a stimulus that can be performed in no more than 15 minutes.
  • Stage plays – either complete short plays or a self-contained extract from a larger work.
  • Plays written by individuals or writing teams.
  • Plays that pass the Bechdel Test:
  • There is no limit to the number of characters your play can have, however at least two must be female. We will accept gender-neutral characters, provided a female-female interaction can be achieved through casting.
  • The qualifying female characters must have names (not ‘wife’, ‘mum’, ‘woman’, etc.)
  • Two female characters must interact with each other directly about a subject other than men. This interaction should be significant and have a bearing on the plot.
    • Represents…Mayday is open to writers currently living in the UK only
    • Submit scripts in Word Format only via email by the deadline, 17:00 on Wednesday 11th March 2015.
  • MORE


13th march


Fine Mess Theatre are accepting applications from playwrights, directors and actors for their new writing night Bites and Scratches. The night will feature six fifteen minute extracts or short plays and will be performed over two nights at the Camden People’s Theatre on 11th and 12th April 2015 with the only stipulation being that they must have never been performed previously. Each piece will be directed by an individual director.

Please send entries along with an introductory email to Entries close on March 13th 2015 at 5pm. Early submission is advised.



15th March

Write a play for Putney Arts Theatre!

Our New Writing Team is looking for fully formed pieces of drama relating to the theme ‘Crime and Punishment’ for our new writing production in October 2015.

Plays can be any genre (comedy, love story, ghost story, social or historical drama, musical etc.) as long as they relate to the ‘Crime and Punishment’ theme. They should have a maximum running time of 20 minutes and a maximum cast size of 4 actors.

We welcome entries (one script only please) from new and experienced writers who are

– Members of Putney Theatre Company and Group64
– Non-members living in the UK
If your play is selected you will need to be a fully paid up member of the Company or a member of Group64 to have your play performed. PTC membership costs £20 per year – Telephone 0208 788 6943 or email for a membership form.

Please send your script as a word document with all pages numbered. Please don’t send us scripts in PDF formats as we can’t always open them.
Entries will be judged anonymously so don’t include any identifying information on your script. Include in your email your name, address, email address, phone number, title of your script and confirmation that your script has not already been performed.
Send your scripts and cover sheet by email to


15th March

Blackfriars Stories

A Friend of a Friend Productions, in partnership with Southwark Council, is proud to be working towards the second instalment of Blackfriars Stories. Following the success of October 2014’s Another Day, a site-specific promenade theatre production celebrating the area of Blackfriars, A Friend of a Friend continue their work with local businesses and residents.

As part of the 2015 season, we are looking for local playwrights to share their work. We will be staging and performing a selection of short plays written by the creative dwellers of the areas surrounding Blackfriars Road. There is no set theme, although plays inspired by the neighbourhood are preferred.






23rd march


We are looking for original comedy or drama shorts of up to 10 minutes in length on the theme of what it means to be a British Muslim.  Surprise us, intrigue us, captivate us. Be bold!


This is an open call to all writers who reside in the UK on a permanent / full time basis. You may enter individually or as part of a team of up to 2 writers. If entering as a team, only one writer must submit the script.


This is a new opportunity to send us your original short script which will be considered alongside commissioned works by established talent. There is no guarantee of selection but, if chosen, your script will be commissioned, for an additional fee, under the standard BBC terms and conditions and may go on to be produced by BBC Comedy or BBC Drama Productions.


In line with the BBC Writersroom Script Room submission process, all scripts will be assessed initially by our script readers and the BBC Writersroom team. A shortlist will then be drawn up for consideration by members of the BBC Asian Network and BBC iPlayer teams.  Remember – hook the attention of the audience from the start.


Fast Cuts will launch on Saturday 7 March at the Asian Network Big Comedy Night.

Submissions open at 10am on Monday 9 March 2015 and close at 5pm on Monday 23 March 2015. All entries must be submitted via the BBC Writersroom online E-Submissions system.

Before entering please read the full terms and conditions


30th march

British Theatre Challenge

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. The authors name and contact details must be 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 a Word document 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.



30th march

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


31st March

Backwell Playhouse will be presenting classic-style radio plays in 2015, which will be released as free podcasts shortly after recording. We are looking for plays that can be recorded in a radio style, with the ability to tell a story without visuals.

The plays can be of any length (although preference would be between 15-45mins long), and for any number of actors.  They can also be of any genre and style, from drama to comedy, noir to science fiction.  We are looking for a diverse collection of plays to present an interesting range for listeners and actors alike.

The plays will be recorded in front of a live studio audience – with the cast performing as many sound effects as possible live.

Initially we will be recording 3-5 shows at a single performance.  However, should the recordings prove to be a success, we would hope to record more in the future.

Sadly, no payment can be made for the use of the plays.  However, the copyright for the play will remain with the writer who will be appropriately credited for the work in distribution.  Copyright for all other elements of the production, including distribution, will remain with the Playhouse.

If you are interested in submitting a script for our consideration, or for any more details, please contact Jon Coupe at

Backwell Playhouse is a small, volunteer-run theatre, found just south of Bristol.  For more information about the Playhouse, please visit our website,

Backwell Playhouse, mailinglist [at]


31st March

The 5th Annual MRT New Play Competitions:

1. Entries must be emailed in PDF format, no later than March 31, 2015.
2. Entries must be accompanied by a completed and signed and legible entry form.
3. Only original, full length, unpublished scripts will be accepted.
4. Plays must not have been previously produced nor have won awards.
However, previous stage and readings are acceptable.
5. Adaptations, translations, musicals and children’s plays will not be accepted.
6. Only one submission per playwright will be accepted. In the case of multiple
submissions, only the play determined by the committee to be the first
submission will be considered.
7. Casts of eight or fewer are preferred, with adult casts being preferred.
Please keep in mind that MRT is a family oriented theater company, so explicit
language, graphic violence, and so forth will eliminate the play for consideration.
8. Please feel free to check out our website at,
to see the types of plays we generally produce.

An MRT committee will choose one play as the winner to fully produce during our 2015-2016 Season. The winner will be announced on or before July 31st, 2015.


31st March

Papatango 2015

Some of the guidelines:

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

We can only accept one entry per person.

All entries should include page numbers on every page.

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 Southwark Playhouse will be disqualified.

SCRIPTS MUST NOT INCLUDE THE AUTHOR’S NAME (OR ANY PSEUDONYM), ADDRESS OR EMAIL ANYWHERE IN THE DOCUMENT. All scripts must include a phone number only on the front page of the script. (Please make sure that any phone number you give is one that you will still have in May 2015 when the winner is announced. You may include up to 2 phone numbers if you wish). As anonymity is a key requirement of the process, any scripts that break this rule will be automatically disqualified.

The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work. It cannot have received a professional production in any form, anywhere in the world, apart from an absolute maximum of three rehearsed/staged readings or workshops only. Amateur productions do not apply. Any scripts that have been professionally produced or published will be automatically disqualified.

Translations, children’s plays, adaptations, music theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible for the competition.





  1. Hi Gina,
    We’d really appreciate our open submission brief being included on your site – the closing date is 11th March 2015 and the link is below:

    Many thanks,

    Ali & Debs
    Whoop ‘n’ Wail

    Comment by whoopnwail — 01/03/2015 @ 20:18 | Reply

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