Playwrights' Competition Calendar

November 2012

2nd November

Papercut – XY Theatre 503

Papercut Theatre is offering one writer an exciting opportunity to have their work performed as part of the short play event ‘XY’ Theatre 503.

The remit is simple, write a short play no more than fifteen minutes in length on any subject, any genre. The only limitation is that you cannot specify a gender for any of your characters.

One entry will be selected. The writer will then have their work mentored and developed by Papercut Theatre’s experienced dramaturgical team and have their work staged at the award-winning Theatre 503. Please note – winning entries will have their work staged twice at the event by two different directors in potentially contrasting styles.

The short plays will be read anonymously. To help facilitate this please include all your personal details in your cover email, and take your name off the play itself.

To submit please email a copy of your script to

2nd November

Submit a play to High Tide

HighTide Festival are giving you talented bunch of scribblers the chance to have your play produced at their brilliant theatre festival in Suffolk in May, 2013.  The HighTide Literary Department exists to discover and nurture exciting new plays by exceptional emerging writers and has quickly become an engine room for new writing in the UK.

They currently receive around 1,500 plays a year, all of which are read and considered for production at the annual HighTide Festival in Suffolk.

If you’re a writer and would like to send your script to HighTide, then the Literary Department is your first port of call. They are particularly looking for bold plays that engage with the world we live in, and share contemporary experience through playful theatricality. HighTide are looking for full length new plays, not previously produced. This brief is the only way to submit a play for production at the HighTide Festival, and we will happily accept scripts in English from writers around the world.

All you need to do is read the terms and conditions, check that your script is eligible and then upload it in response to the brief.

2nd November

Radio Play Competition – WIN £200!

In 2012 Mind Engagement Media are launching an inaugural competition to find the best new talent in radio playwriting.
Applications from previously produced authors are welcome, but we are especially keen to hear from new talent including those who have been published in other media.
1. Submissions must be received via the form below by the deadline of Friday 2 November 2012.
2. The play must be in English, unpublished and must not have been previously produced in any medium.
3. The play must run for between 30 and 60 minutes.
4. The winner will receive £200, plus production of your play to be broadcast on Shoreditch Radio in 2013.
5. By entering, you confirm that you own the copyright of the material submitted and consent for it to be broadcast on Shoreditch Radio.
6. Unsuccessful entries will be returned to the author.
7. If insufficient quality plays are received, we reserve the right to not award any prize.
4th November
Sitcom Trials – Sci Fi Special
Ever wanted to write the great new science fiction sitcom? Now’s your chance. On Weds Nov 28th The Sitcom Trials presents a Sci Fi Specialat the Camden Head in London, and you are invited to submit a script now.As always scripts are invited to the Sitcom Trials format of a 10 minute opening act ending in a cliffhanger with a short payoff scene. We then perform the sitcoms up to the cliffhanger, the audience votes for their favourite and only sees the ending of the winner.With this being a Science Fiction Special, we will be taking advantage of our “radio style” presentation, encouraging writers to tailor their sitcom entries for radio production. This enables you to include any special effect you can imagine, as long as they can be incorporated into the dialogue or very simple sound effects.Writers are invited to upload their scripts to the SitsVac Files, where you will also find the guidelines regarding style, cast numbers etc. The deadline for uploading scripts is midnight Sat Nov 4th.
12th November
Noosa Arts Theatre, Australia
2013 National One-Act Play Competition
They are looking for one-act plays of between 30 and 45 minutes with simple set and effects.
There is a thirty Australian dollars fee but a $6,000 prize so not bad.
Too many rules to mention so follow the link:

14th November

Traverse begins search for 50 writers

The Traverse, Edinburgh are offering the chance of a year-long attachment to the Traverse to 50 emerging writers. If you are, or know anyone who you think could be one of the Traverse Fifty, they want to hear from you.

If selected, writers will be invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one dramaturgy. Plays by The Traverse Fifty will be performed on their stages.  The attachment will culminate in a New Writing Festival featuring some of the work they have developed throughout the year. At the end of the process they will offer three seed commissions.

50 brilliant new writers of any age, from anywhere. You must have had no more than two professional productions staged.

How to apply:
Submit a 500-word ‘Play for Edinburgh’. Please include a 250 word covering letter outlining why the attachment would be beneficial to you.

All submissions must go through our online submissions manager, which will go live on Friday 7 September.

The Traverse Fifty writers will be announced on 19 December 2012.
For more information please email

20th November

Writer’s bloc – Christmas Special


Writers Bloc is very happy to announce that after three successful shows we will be bringing you a Christmas Special! Six nights of presenting new writing inspired by the theme of Christmas!


As you can see from all of the performance dates above Writers Bloc Christmas Special is going to be our BIGGEST, BRAVEST, and most CELEBRATED showcase of new writing with different pieces of writing being showcased every night! We will be accepting more submissions than ever before and showcasing more writing talent to our biggest audience ever, so if you want to showcase your writing to an audience of industry professionals then follow these guidelines…

Here are the writing guidelines for our submissions for this Writers Bloc Christmas Special:

– First and foremost: your piece must be influenced, inspired, or based around the subject or theme of Christmas

– Your piece can vary in length, typically we are looking for pieces that are 10-15 minutes long but we will be accepting longer pieces if we feel that it fits the night.

– If you have a director and cast attached to your piece GREAT! If not, do not worry, we will endeavour to cast your piece if chosen.

– You can submit monologues, two handers, sketches short scenes, play extracts, anything is welcome!

Please send all interest and submissions into deadlines close on November 20th!


23rd November

The Script Sessions: Winter Writing Competition

10 minute Showcase for stage 

5 scripts selected and performed

1 winning script as voted by the audience

£50 and a bottle of Proseco for the winning writer

Selected scripts will be announced by close of play 27thNovember 2012

We are looking for 5 original 10 minute stage scripts. The script must take influence from the theme ‘New Beginnings’ and be inspired by the following by the poet Billy Collins:

“When all of a sudden the city air filled with snow, the distinguishable flakes blowing sideways.”

The brief is simple – write a 10 minute script for stage, containing no more than four characters.  It must also be a self-contained storyEmail:

Once selected, the script will have a Script Sessions development workshop and the writers will then have a week to re-write and develop the work before it is handed over to the director and actors. Each play will have one 3 hour rehearsal to take the script from page to stage.

The scripts will be performed in the upstairs performance space at The Britannia Pub, Victoria Park and the audience will vote for the winning script. The winning writer will be awarded £50 and a bottle of Proseco!


The Script Session script development: Weds 28th Nov, 7-10pm

You will be required to attend one of these rehearsals (TBC): 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th Dec, 7-10pm

Performance: Thursday 13th Dec, 6-10pm

Please send entries to

More info


24th November

The Space – monologue Festival – One

We’re currently seeking proposals for a brand new monologue festival – One.  We will accept anything from a short piece, one act or full length play – the only restriction is that it must be performed by one performer.  The festival will run from 30th Jan – 9th February at the Space.  All performers will receive a split of the box office.

To request an application form and information pack for either One or the Summer Season e-mail or call 020 7515 7799 stating which you wish to apply for.


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