Playwrights' Competition Calendar

May 2014

1st may

Tinder Box Theatre Company

An opportunity for aspiring stage writers aged between 18 and 25.

Fireworks takes a select group of young writers through the process of writing a stage play from idea through rehearsals to a performance draft.

Participants get to see their work performed in a rehearsed reading in front of an audience.

The programme consists of skills workshops, seeing work, reading and analysing plays and writing a ten minute piece, through several drafts. There will be a development workshop with professional actors before the final draft is written, and the script is then rehearsed and presented. The focus is at all times to prepare the writers for writing for the professional stage.

The deadline to apply for Fireworks is Thursday 1st May. Please note that Tinderbox are based in Belfast.

For further information on the programme including workshop dates and how to apply visit The Tinderbox website


1st May

Lambeth new playwriting competition

Provides an opportunity for aspiring and emerging writers to showcase new work. We welcome submissions from anyone who lives, works or studies in Lambeth.

The selected plays will be rehearsed with a professional cast and director and staged as part of the Lambeth Readers and writers Festival on 30th and 31st May 2014 in the new performance space  at the Library Building, Clapham.

Plays should be between 10-20 minutes duration.

  • Cast size should be between 2-5
  • Your piece must not have been previously staged or published.

Please submit your work in a pdf or word format to:

Include a short synopsis of the play (50 words).

  • Please make sure the pages are numbered.
  • Please complete an entry form which we will use for monitoring purposes only.


5th May

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold seeks 10 min plays on the subject of social media. Little Pieces of Gold

To ‘like’ or not to ‘like’? 8 short plays about social media

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Linked-In, Selfies and the rest, Little Pieces of Gold are looking for ten minute plays which say something about your relationship with the social media landscape and how it impacts your life.

Does it have a positive effect on love and friendship or does it simply give us a bad case of FOMO and lead to lack of intimacy? What about work and productivity? Does social media stimulate it or overload us with information, hamper our concentration and distract us from being creative? Has social media given us a voice? Has it made us more politically engaged, promoted democracy and helped to subvert despotic regimes around the world? Or, are its powers limited as armchair revolutionaries, censors and cyberbullies overshadow the good?

Whether you love it, hate it or are somewhere in between, tell us how it’s affected you.

Selected plays will be staged on the 15 & 16th June 2014 at Park Theatre.

Deadline: Monday May 5th 2014

More info including guidelines and submission details


9th May

Tamasha Theatre – Scratch Night

Tamasha is now seeking submissions for its next Scratch event on Friday, 20 June 2014 at Rich Mix, E1. Scratch nights provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their work in a professional setting to a public audience. This enables the artists to test out their work and to receive feedback to further develop their ideas.

Our next Scratch event has an open call inviting artists to submit theatrical, visual or written pieces on any themeWe are looking for scenes and stories that are bold, exciting and new. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your piece in advance.

This opportunity is open to artists from all backgrounds*. Artists are encouraged to submit works in mediums such as video, animation and photography as well as new writing for theatre. Successful submissions will be showcased during the Scratch evening and those that are ‘online friendly’ will also be considered for the Tamasha Online Gallery.  (* This is an international call out open to all artists regardless of location).

All submissions must:
• be broadly consistent with Tamasha’s vision as a company
• be accompanied by a separate application for each piece (applicants may enter more than one work)
• include a completed Data Form which you can download here>
• be submitted to with the subject ‘June Scratch’.


11th may

Do You Have The Opening Act for Bristol PRIDE at The Bierkeller?

We are looking for a 45 minute to 1 hour long opening act for Bristol PRIDE at The Bierkeller.

Are you a writer and/or actor with a piece that reflects life as part of the LGBT community? We welcome all styles of theatre, whether you have a full script, monologues, songs, dances, a variety act, or scenes from a full length play.

Whether you have a brand new script that you’d like to debut, or something more established, this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your talents while raising awareness and support for the thriving Bristol LGBT community, and being an integral part of Bristol PRIDE in 2014.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 11th May

The event will be on Monday 7th July

Please contact: 

For general Bierkeller Theatre enquiries, email


12th May

BBC Writersroom

  • Send your script to the BBC – Script Room is now open for Comedy scripts (Radio, TV & Film) until midnight on 12th May 2014.


30th May

Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize

The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize in association with the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool and the Liverpool Echo are looking for the next great playwright!

This exciting new national competition is a chance for a playwright to win a cash prize of £10,000 and have their work considered for staging by one of the most prolific producing theatres in the North West looking for the UK’s next great playwright.

Established and new writers are eligible to enter the competition and one of the winning plays will be considered for production by Royal Court Liverpool.

In addition to the main cash prize of £10,000, there are two Highly Commended prizes of £1,500 to be awarded at the judges’ discretion in the Over 21 category.

There will also be an 21 and Under category with a £2,500 prize for the best submission by a young writer and two Highly Commended prizes of £500 each, again awarded at the judge’s discretion. Writers under 21 will be eligible for the main prize.

In addition to possible production by Royal Court Liverpool, one of the winning texts will have a rehearsed reading as part of the Cornerstone Arts Festival 2014 at Hope’s Creative Campus.

For more information on this great opportunity visit the Liverpool Hope website.


31st May

Pint Sized Plays

  1. Scripts should be capable of being staged in a pub with a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes.
  2. Scripts should require two or three characters only with minimal additional props.
  3. Scripts will be judged on originality, quality, and suitability for the setting.
  4. All plays should be written in English.
  5. The author’s name must not appear on the cover page or anywhere within the script.
  6. Scripts should be in Word or pdf format and uploaded to
  7. The entry fee of £5.50 or equivalent for each play submitted should be made through PayPal.
  8. Plays may also be submitted by post with an entry form downloaded from the website which gives the name of the author, contact details and the name of the play, accompanied by a cheque for £5.50 made payable to ‘Pint-sized Plays’.


31st May

Organised Chaos – Script call

The company was set up to help and support undiscovered and emerging talent in Manchester and the North West by looking after all the planning, marketing etc so that they could concentrate on being creative. 

We are now looking for new scripts to work with in 2015 debuting at The Lowry and potentially going on to a North West tour.

Your submission must be:
Written by you
Production ready
Not previously produced (workshops and rehearsed reading are not considered to be a previous production)
Have a cast of between 1 and 6
Length from 45 minutes to full length
Suitable for a studio space
By submitting your script you are confirming the above to be true of your script and that you agree to the following:
Organised Chaos Productions producing your play exclusively for 18 months
Proceeds from the initial debut performance run will fund further performance dates which would be done on a profit share basis. This is assuming we are not able to secure funding.
When you submit your script there will be a £5 administration fee in return for the fee we will:

Read your script
Consider your script for production
Offer feedback on your script
Send us your script via email to using the show title and the author as the subject.

The first page of your script should include:

Your name
Your email address
Your phone number
Name of the play
Estimated running time
Number of characters/actors
Please do not include this information on any other pages of your script.

Once we receive this we will send you a paypal invoice for the admin fee which will need to be paid before we read your script. Once you’ve paid the script will be forwarded on to the script reading team.

Your will be emailed confirmation upon receipt of payment.

31st May – Final date for script submission
31st August – Result email to be sent to writers (detailed feedback will be with you by 30th Nov)


31st May

Frome Short Story comp.

To enter please visit where you can enter online.  Postal entries to Frome Festival Short Story Competition,  c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE (cheques payable to Frome Festival Short Story Competition) – closing date 31.5.14.

Entry fee £5 per story. Multiple entries permitted. Entries should not have been published. Enclose a separate sheet with name, address, email address, telephone number, a title of story and word count. Spacing 1.5 or double.

Your story should be stapled. Your name should not appear in the main text of the story as entries will be judged anonymously.

Critiques: enclose a further £47 per story (and s.a.e) if you require a critique of you work please write ‘Critique required’ at the top of your story and the contact sheet.




  1. Hi Gina,
    I wondered if you’d mind posting this –
    I am setting up a brand new online platform for playwrights to have their work recorded. It will be going live in June/July of this year, but it would be great to have content ready before then.
    The idea is to record different writer’s plays (audio only) and then stream them on a site that will help forge links between writers, actors, directors, etc., although the main focus is on writing. There is no submission fee required, the only criteria are as follows.

    The plays must be no longer than 40mins.
    They must suit audio format as there will be no visuals.
    And it must be new writing!

    Once the plays have been recorded and put online, the site will serve not only as a portfolio for all the writers involved, but also as an archive of new material which will be added to regularly. (This is the first wave of plays!)

    I would also like to say that whilst nothing will be required of writers in terms of travelling to watch/assist with the recordings, they will be most welcome to do so. The first block for new writing submissions will start on the 17 Feb and close on the 31 May.

    We will be accepting 3-5 plays to begin with, and all submissions will receive feedback.
    The email to send your submissions to is

    Many thanks!

    Comment by Ash Caton — 17/02/2014 @ 22:02 | Reply

    • Hi Ash,

      This looks very interesting but do you have a website people can look at with more information about you, your colleagues and your location? I think it might give people more of an idea of what they’re sending their plays in for.

      Best wishes, Gina

      Comment by Gina — 20/02/2014 @ 14:41 | Reply

  2. Hi Gina–I’m with Card Table Theatre, a Lawrence, Kansas based theatre company focusing on new and contemporary works, and we’re proud to announce our 2014 Paul Stephen Lim Midwest Playwriting Competition for writers residing in the Midwest. There’s no submission fee, 1st prize is a $200 cash award, a workshop production, and travel assistance for the writer to visit for 2-3 days during the production process. Is there any way you could add it to your list? There are more details here–!paul-lim-midwest-playwriting/czre


    Will Averill
    Card Table Theatre

    Comment by Card Table Theatre — 02/03/2014 @ 20:44 | Reply

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