Playwrights' Competition Calendar

October 2012

1st October

Channel 4/Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award

The brand new Channel 4/Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award has been launched. The Award carries a prize of £5000 and is open to all writers resident in the UK. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from Òran Mór and Channel 4 and will be given its stage premier in March 2013 at A Play A Pie and A Pint during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The winning entry will also be produced as a 2 minute viral video.

The closing date for entries is Monday 1st October 2012.

Scripts, in one act and no more than 50 minutes in length and using no more than 3 actors, should be submitted by email to:

Please include a cover sheet with your full contact details and agents details (if applicable).

For more information, visit the Òran Mór website.

5th October

Lost Theatre’s 5 Minute Play Festival

We are looking for the UK’s 40 most talented, innovative companies to battle it out in front of a live and online audience to make it to this year’s Grand Final.
Calling for submissions from young emerging/newcomer playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actors (who write their own material), dancers and performance artists for our annual 5 Minute Festival to take place at the LOST Theatre in London in November. This Festival aims to find exciting new playwrights and performers willing and able to prove themselves in 300 seconds!!

Check out our website for more information or click here


12th October

The BFI MacGuffin short scriptwriting competition (16-18)

This brief is for IdeasTap members aged 16 to 18. Click here for the 19 to 25 brief.

What’s a MacGuffin, we hear you ask?

It is the engine that sets the story in motion. In the words of Hitchcockhimself, it is “the device, the gimmick, if you will, or the papers the spies are after.”

There’s Hitchcock fever at BFI right now and to celebrate we’re looking for the most exciting short thriller scripts, written by talented young writers aged 16 to 18. The writers of the best three scripts will be awarded with Hitchcock goody bags and a free ticket to this year’s London Screenwriters’ Festival worth £300.

The scripts must be of the thriller genre, full of suspense, drama and action and just two pages long. That’s right, two pages! (Don’t think that’s possible? Check out the two page scripts from the London Screenwriters’ Festival competition 50 Kisses.)

12th October

Little Pieces of Gold

For our Nov 18, 2012 show there is no specific theme so the world’s your oyster!


1. Your play must be no longer than 20 mins duration.

2. We cannot accept extracts, adaptations or monologues.

3. We can only accommodate very basic sound/lighting.  No sets or ‘effects’. Our time will be extremely limited in regard to technical rehearsals so writers, please really adhere to this.

4. Your piece must not have been staged in the UK ( if it’s had a reading that’s fine).

5.  U.K. writers only.

6. Attach your work in a PDF or Word document.

7. Please include a very short synopsis of the play and a brief writer’s bio.

8. Cast should be limited to 4 actors.

8. Please mention where you heard about the showcase.

15th October


hotINK at the Lark 2013 will present work by six playwrights from outside the United States in readings at the Lark Play Development Center, April 17-22. Each play will be presented once, following a two day workshop/rehearsal with a director and actors from the New York theater community. In addition, special events are planned for visiting playwrights and translators. Readings are attended by fellow writers from U.S. and abroad, literary managers, producers, artistic directors, translators, dramaturgs, scholars, journalists, educators, students and New York theater audiences.

• Full-length plays in English from any country outside the U.S. that have not had productions in the U.S. are welcome. We are currently unable to consider musicals. We can only accept one play from each author.

• Include in your submission:
1. contact information, including email address
2. a short author bio
3. the name of translator, if applicable, and translator’s email address
4. a short synopsis of the play and a list of characters, each briefly described.
5. A description, in one page or less, of how you would use the hotINK at the Lark 2-day workshop to investigate and strengthen specific aspects of your play or translation. This information is vital to the Lark’s decision-making process. We ask that you be specific about your goals as possible.
6. Author’s primary residence for the past five years must be outside the United States.
7. Please also advise us as to your knowledge of English, so that we can provide the appropriate communication support. Proficiency in English is not expected or required of selected playwrights.
8. If a selected play has been translated from another language, written permission from the translator must be provided.

• Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

• Please email your submission, including script and supporting materials, in one PDF or Word document to: by October 15, 2012.

• Scripts not submitted according to the above guidelines will not be considered.
• Selected playwrights will be notified by mid-December.
• Travel to NYC for hotINK at the Lark, as well as accommodations for selected playwrights will be provided by the Lark Play Development Center
• For more information, please email hotINK at the Lark Program Director Catherine Coray:

20th October

Masque Theatre Play writing Competition

To mark the 80th Anniversary of Masque Theatre, the company has launched a One Act Play Writing Competition which is open to all writers in the UK.

Masque is looking for two One Act plays. Both winning entries will be performed by Masque Theatre in February 2013 in a Northampton amateur theatre venue for six nights. Other than performance by Masque Theatre there will be no monetary award.

Playwrights may submit ONE script but it may have any theme or cast. The script should have an estimated performance time of no more than one hour, though may be shorter, and have limited set requirements. Plays should not have been given public performance prior to February 2013.

Scripts should have the author’s name and address clearly marked on the top sheet and include other contact details. If you would like a script returned then a stamped addressed envelope should be included.

Judging by Masque Theatre will be completed by 4 December 2010 and the winning plays will be announced during Masque’s production of Nicholas Nickleby and go into rehearsal in January 2013.

Scripts should be sent as hard copy to:

Masque Theatre,
C/o Landcross Drive Post Office,
Northampton NN3 3LN

31st October

BBC Writersroom

Window for unsolicited submissions closes.

31st October

She Writes

Just a reminder that our She Writes showcase is accepting plays on the theme of ‘Passions’ until 31 October for our last showcase of this year on 5 December. Check out the Submission guidelines, or have a look at the kind of plays we have showcased before on our YouTube channel, if you would like to submit a play.

31st October


WE are looking for :

Brand new unperformed scripts.
Based on a christmas theme.
20 minutes in length.
3-4 actors.
One character must be under 18 / look very young.  
Props you will have are: 
A plain undecorated christmas tree, 
2 medium sized presents 
Weapon of your choice.
Please send all scripts or questions to :
Check us out here :
TWITTER : lonesomeschoolb / FACEBOOK : lonesomeschoolboy / WWW :


31st october

Belper Short Play Festival 2013

The Festival is aimed at encouraging new writing and Heritage Renovations Ltd. are sponsoring THE NEW PLAYWRIGHT COMPETITION for 2013 by supplying a prize of £250.

The rules are simple.

The play should last no longer than 20 minutes.

It should have no more than four characters.

You should classify your play as either a ROMANCE, a COMEDY or a THRILLER. The evening performances will be themed and the winning play will performed on the appropriate night.

Entries should be sent to THE BELPER SHORT PLAY FESTIVAL, 31A FIELD LANE, BELPER, DERBYSHIRE DE56 1DD to arrive on or before 31 October 2013.

The script must be hard copy A4 and typed. Sorry but hand written scripts will not be considered.

Although the winner is guaranteed a performance all scripts will be considered for participation in the FESTIVAL.

Oh, and please ensure that you include your name and address and contact details with your script.

The competition will be judged by a director, a playwright, an actor and a representative of HERITAGE RENOVATIONS LTD.

The winner will be notified by 31 December 2012.


1 Comment »

  1. Just noticed that all the comps listed indetail are from 2012

    Comment by lassfromlancashire — 28/12/2015 @ 15:00 | Reply

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