Playwrights' Competition Calendar

October 2013

1st October

New Playwrights Awards 2014

In association with Creative Scotland, the New Playwrights Awards are an exciting opportunity for early career playwrights living in Scotland with a genuine commitment to writing for the theatre.

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland will work with four new writers giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and help further their careers.

How do I apply?
To apply for a New Playwrights Award, please provide:

• A covering letter stating how this award would benefit your progress as a playwright
• A description of an idea for a script that you would like to focus on. Please indicate at this stage whether you would like to write in English, Gaelic or Scots.
• Two different 10-page samples of your writing (plays only).
• A CV detailing your writing experience to date. Please tell us about any script development you have been part of.

Please email the above as one document in either Word or PDF format to by 5pm on Tuesday 1st October 2013 with ‘New Playwrights Award application’ in the subject line.

Alternatively, if you would like to post your application, please send it to: New Playwrights Awards, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Your application will be considered by a panel of playwrights and other arts professionals. The outcome will be known no later than January 2014, with the Award activity commencing in early 2014.


10th October

Wellbeing Playwriting Competition

We are seeking one outstanding 20 minute play to be put on in Oxford in January 2014. The play must be no more than 20 minutes long and require no more than three actors. The theme of the competition is ‘Wellbeing’.


10th October

Little Pieces of Gold – New Writing Showcase

Once again Little Pieces of Gold are looking for eight, new ten-minute plays. It is an open theme so the world’s your oyster. Plays will be shortlisted and the final selection will be chosen by their directors who will cast and rehearse the plays to be performed at Southwark Playhouse on 24 November 2013. Little Pieces of Gold have produced the plays of over fifty writers and worked with nearly as many up-and-coming directors. Many writers have garnered industry interest and literary agent representation as a result of these shows and we have gained a reputation for facilitating long-term creative collaborations between writers and directors and providing a platform for new voices, theatre makers and performers.

Submit to:


11th october

the International Student Playscript Competition.

Are you a 16-to-25-year-old playwright? Do you live on planet earth? You’ve come to the right place…

The International Student Playscript Competition (ISPC) is a playwright competition open to anyone aged 16 to 25 based anywhere in the world.

It is totally free to enter and there are no restrictions on form, content, or length, except that it must be a new play, or adaptation, and it should be written in English.

Every submission will be read and the winner of the competition will receive constructive feedback from the team at NSDF, £500 prize money, and mentoring from an established playwright. The winning script will also be workshopped by a professional director at the National Student Drama Festival 2014.

The ISPC is now in its 39th year and is proud to have Alan Ayckbourn, one of the world’s most performed living playwrights, as its patron.

Find out more about the National Student Drama Festival here.–111013#Overview


11th October

Theatre Breaks Festival

Submissions for the upcoming Tiny Dog Productions Presents: The 8th Theatre Breaks Festival of New Work are now open! The Theatre Breaks Festival is designed to give upcoming creatives/theatre companies the opportunity to showcase their work to a diverse audience in London. For free.

All details on how to apply for Tiny Dog Productions upcoming Theatre Breaks Festival, to be hosted at Fiddler’s Elbow – Camden from 10 – 13 November are available here:!ucpor here:

If you have any questions, feel free to email us on


14th October

Wrapped Up – Skylight Theatre

This December, Skylight will be celebrating the festive season with Wrapped Up, a festival of new writing performed throughout December at the Drayton theatre. We’re looking for plays, between 15 and 25 minutes, that give a fresh perspective on the Yuletide countdown. Get your submissions into us before the deadline on 14th October. Good luck!

All submissions can be sent via our contacts page. We’re also keen to hear from Directors able to take part. Looking forward to hearing from you.


20th October

Lost Theatre – 5 minute Festival

We are looking for emerging/newcomer playwrights, poets, spoken word artists, comedians, actors (who write their own material), physical performers…etc who have something different or interesting to say and are looking to get their work out to a wider audience. The selected forty companies will perform head-to-head over four heats competing for eight places in the Grand Final. The eight winning companies will be joined by two ‘Audience Vote’ winners and these ten will battle it out on the last night for two winning places.
There are only 3 main rules for entering this Festival – that whatever you submit must be less than 5 minutes in length, it must have a narrative thread and at least either the writer, director or cast must be under 27 years old.

We do have a preference for applicants who are able to produce their own work on stage, but we do accept scripts that are not backed by a director/producer. Please make this clear on your application form.


20th October

Bath Sitcom Trials

The Sitcom Trials wants situation comedy scripts that a small group of actors can perform in a live environment with minimal stage in front of an audience, who will hopefully laugh. Ideally these sitcoms will be so marvellous that the TV & radio industry representatives in the audience will snap them up immediately.

Your script must have a first ‘half’ of less than 8 minutes.  This first half should end in a cliffhanger, or something that leaves the audience wanting more. It must then have a final scene of 2 or 3 minutes long. This will be performed only if your sitcom is the winner on the night

Scripts should come in at around 12 pages.

Your script must have NO MORE THAN 4 CHARACTERS. (We’re flexible on this, but it’s good to keep it focused on just a few characters)

The sitcoms we are to test out in our regular pub theatre shows with an eye to them being developed for TV must be PERFORMABLE LIVE (ie no filmed or location inserts) & ON ONE MINIMAL SET. Think in terms of a radio script.



21st October

Bruntwood Shortlist Announced


25th October

Theatre renegade

Theatre Renegade are offering one lucky IdeasTap the chance to have their short play showcased at the Bush Theatre in London on Saturday 23 November 2013.

Theatre Renegade pairs up four writers with four directors. These duos then go off and create a 20-minute piece of new writing. It is then given its debut at the Bush Theatre. After the success of their first Write for Courting Drama brief, Theatre Renegade would like to invite submissions from writers to fill afifth spot (usually reserved for work commissioned by Theatre Renegade, or pieces that they would like to try in front of an audience). Your piece of writing will be workshopped, and then showcased on Saturday 23 November 2013. Previous writers and directors have worked with theatres and companies like the Lowry, Royal Court Theatre, and Punchdrunk.

Theatre Renegade would like the chosen writer to be available to attend some rehearsals in London, dates to be decided by the director and writer, and to the show of Courting Drama itself.

Theatre Renegade is looking for a piece of about 12 to 20 minutes that is either an extract from a longer piece, or a self-contained short piece. The chosen piece will be worked through with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg before the final performance. The length of the rehearsal period for your piece will be decided upon with Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg.

October 25th

The Tower Theatre New Writing Competition

The Tower Theatre Company in London are running a brand new playwriting competition – looking for a play based on World War 1. Winning play receives a full scale production in November 2014. Runners up receive a rehearsed reading. More info on the Tower Theatre website:

2014 will mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War and we are inviting writers to explore the subject. There are no restrictions in terms of genre or structure and plays do not necessarily have to be set in period. However the themes of the play should resonate with those we associate with the Great War. Running time of between 60 and 120 minutes.


28th October

Script6 Playwriting Competition

The Space is seeking playwrights for a brand-new playwriting competition, Script6. Six  up-and-coming playwrights will take part in a programme of workshops and script development, challenging them to write a brand-new full length play with a new set of skills. Their final scripts will be given rehearsed readings by professional actors in a three-day Script6 Festival. A special panel will select one winning script which will then be developed and given a run at the Space.

Entry Criteria

– To enter, please email to request an application pack. Submissions should take the form of a completed pack and a copy of a full-length play that you have written. Both should be sent via return email as .doc or .pdf documents.

– The Script6 programme aims to support writers with evidence of previously-produced professional work. Writers are eligible if they have had a minimum of two staged professional production running for a minimum of three weeks or three staged professional productions running for a minimum of two weeks.

– The Script6 Programme runs in three phases, with sessions taking place between January and June. Priority will be given to applicants who are able to commit to all given dates.


31st October

Perfect Pitch award

The chance to win a £12,000 commission to develop a new musical.

The 2013/14 Perfect Pitch award offers the chance for a writer or team of writers to win a £12,000 commission to develop a new musical under the guidance and mentorship of Perfect Pitch and The Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, who are partnering with them on this project. The award is open to all writers regardless of whether they have experience of writing for musical theatre. Writers are asked to submit three contrasting samples of their work, which can be songs or extracts from a musical, play, screenplay, novel or short story. Selected finalists will then work with Perfect Pitch & The Royal Derngate Theatre to identify a concept for a new musical and tasked to write a 10-15 minute ‘pitch’ in response to this idea. They will have 12 weeks and Perfect Pitch will provide cast, director, MD, rehearsal space and mentorship for the pitches.

To be eligible each writer must be:

– Over the age of 18.

– A permanent British resident.

– Able to demonstrate commitment to a writing career.

– Able to provide three different extracts of their work in accordance with the criteria stated on the application form.

(NB: Previous writing does not have to have been performed or published professionally. Writers applying as an existing team/partnership can request to also be considered as individuals).

For more info and how to apply please visit the Perfect Pitch website.


31st october

Adrian Pagan Award

London fringe venue the King’s Head Theatre in Islington is launching an award in memory of playwright Adrian Pagan, who died in 2007.

Pagan was a stage manager turned playwright and the new award will be open to “theatre professionals who do not describe themselves as playwrights”, such as actors, directors, designers, producers and ushers.

Submitted plays must have a maximum of six actors and be at least an hour-long. The writer must not have had a play produced professionally. The winning play will be produced at the King’s Head.

Entry for the competition closes on October 31 and the winner will be announced on November 25. Scripts should be submitted to


31st October

Making waves – Radio Drama Competition

Write a 10 – 15 minute radio / audio drama on the theme of ‘horizons’
Deadline:  31 October 2013
Competition judge: Jessica Dromgoole.

Five shortlisted writers will
• visit a BBC Radio Drama Studio and see a new play being recorded
• have their work developed by BBC Radio Drama Producer Jessica Dromgoole
• have their plays podcast by Frequency Theatre
• £100 cash prize for overall winner

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over who lives, works or studies in Essex and does not already have a professional broadcast writing credit.

Submission Guidelines
1.Entries must be typed and laid out in standard radio script format.  We recommend following standard ‘BBC Radio Scene’ script format, details of which are here.
2.Entrants may submit one play only.
3.Please ensure your name and the title of your play appears on each page of your script.
4.In your covering letter or email, please include your name, address, email address and a day time telephone number.
5.Entrants may send their work either by post to Andrew Ward, Arts Development Assistant, Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford CM2 6YT or by email


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