Playwrights' Competition Calendar

November 2011

1st November

Channel 4  are running a screenwriting course for Channel 4 drama, running from January to June 2012. They are looking for 12 talented, original and diverse writers who currently have no broadcast credit but wish to write for television drama. The course will give you a chance to find out how TV drama, particularly Channel 4 TV drama, works, and to write, over a 5 month period, your own 1 hour pilot script for an original series or serial, working with an experienced script editor.

The course is designed so that writers should be able to take part even if in full-time employment (the only attendance is on two weekends, in January and June 2012, and you will have five months to write the required two drafts of a one hour drama script). Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and to write two drafts of a one hour television drama between 23rd January and 25th May 2012. To apply applicants should submit by email a CV and one writing sample. This can be a screenplay, a stage play or radio play, minimum length 30 minutes.

4th November


Hotbed 2012 takes place from January 27 – 29th at The Junction in Cambridge. They are seeking the best new writing to produce at Hotbed. The Commissions Briefs for writers are downloadable here Hotbed_2012_Writer_Info_and_Commissions They provide all the information you need to submit your idea and proposal.


11th November

17 percent’s She Writes Showcase at Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre in Whitstable.

They are looking for micro-plays written by female playwrights – complete plays of up to 6 minutes with a maximum of 4 actors required. The plays will receive a rehearsed reading with some blocking, and will be filmed for the 17Percent Youtube channel. The evening will be themed around a menu and we are looking for plays that fit into one of the categories of ‘Starter’, ‘Main’ or ‘Dessert’.

Please email your submission to, in Word or Adobe PDF format, stating where in the menu your meal fits!

They cannot currently offer a fee, but you will receive a free ticket to the show, if you can attend.


30th November

Bottle Tree Productions – Canada

One-act play competition. Attendance in person is not obligatory! First Prize $1,000, Second Prize $250, Third Prize $100, but there is an entry fee.


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