Playwrights' Competition Calendar

October 2014

1st October

New Playwrights Awards and Gaelic New Playwrights Award

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

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

The Gaelic Books Council will support one of the Awards for a new Gaelic playwright. Special attention will also be given to playwrights writing in Scots but an award cannot be guaranteed.

Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland will work with five new writers giving them the time, space, flexibility and financial support to develop their work and help further their careers by focussing on a particular script.

Further details and how to apply


3rd October

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity

Following the success of its 2010 & 2013 initiatives, BAFTA award winning television and film production company Little Brother Productions is once again offering a talented writer £1000 to develop an original television drama idea of theirs through to treatment with them.

To be eligible, writers must have had one piece of their work professionally produced or, at the very least, have had a professional reading of their work. Writers who have contributed episodes to UK television series or serials (e.g. a long running soap) are eligible to apply, but writers who have already had an original single, series or serial broadcast on UK television are not eligible to enter. No prior writing experience for television is required.

To apply, writers must submit their writing CV and the piece of their work of which they are most proud, that best demonstrates their talent (this could be a stage play, a radio play or a screenplay) to:

Little Brother’s Big Opportunity III

Little Brother Productions

Temple Works,

Brett Passage,

London,  E8 1JR



9th October

Wales Drama Award

The biennial Wales Drama Award is both a celebration of writers in Wales and an open call to Welsh talent, whether emerging or established. It’s a collaboration between two creative leaders in drama – BBC Cymru Wales andNational Theatre Wales, in partnership with BBC Writersroom  – and was first launched in 2012.

The winner of this year’s Wales Drama Award will again receive £10,000, and an opportunity to develop their script and work closely with both BBC Cymru Wales and National Theatre Wales. Two runners-up will each receive £1,000 each.

This opportunity is open to any writer residing in Wales. Writers must submit a full-length script in any medium, unperformed or unproduced and in the English language and at least 30 minutes long.

BBC Writersroom will be accepting submissions for the Wales Drama Awardbetween Monday 22nd September and 5pm on 7th October 2014 via our online e-submissions system. The link to e-submissions will be published on this page on 22nd September.  Find out more about e-submissions

Read the full Terms and Conditions of entry for the Wales Drama Award


9th October

Progressive Playwright seeking short plays for themed evenings at Tron Theatre (Glasgow)

Thursday 11th September – Directed by Alison Peebles (Theme Power)
Deadline: 30th August 2014

Thursday 16th October – Directed by Sacha Kyle (Theme Wealth)
Deadline: 9th October 2014

Thursday 20th November – Directed by David Ian Neville (Theme Forgiveness)
Deadline: 12th November 2014

How to apply:  Please send submissions to



10th October

Write Angles – Southend Playwriting Festival

Write Angles – formerly the Southend Playwriting Festival 2015 – is now looking for entries.  The Festival, entering its fifth year, will present selected plays as rehearsed readings at the Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, UK.

What to submit:  In 2015 there will be 3 submission categories:

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Young Writers (16-25 yrs of age at submission)

The maximum running time for entries is 45 minutes – there is no minimum running time.

What you pay: £5 entry fee.

How to apply:  Entries can be submitted via their online form.  Please ensure your entry meets the following criteria:

  • Entries must be written in English, certified as an original piece of work and copyrighted by the author.  All entries must be submitted electronically
  • Each submission (play) carries an entry fee of £5 to cover reading fees.  Entry fees must be paid prior to submission by BACS to Lloyds Bank, sort code 77-08-08, account number 57719168, account name Write Angles Treasurers Account. Authors must use their submission email address as a reference (plus number of play submitted) to ensure we can cross-reference payment to script received.
  • Authors can submit as many entries as they like – but please note each entry (play) carries an entry fee of £5.

When submitting entries, writers are asked to put the following details at the head of their script:

  • Authors Name
  • Confirmation of originality of work and copyright by author
  • Authors email address used to submit play
  • Category entered:   Comedy/Drama/Young Playwright (aged 16-25 years at date of submission)



13th October

For the second year Arvon is pleased to present The Gillian Hush Award for writers of radio drama. The winner of the award will receive a free place on the Writing for Radio course taking place in November at The Hurst, with tutors Simon Brett and Shelley Silas.

The award is given in honour of the late Gillian Hush who was one of the BBC’s most distinguished and appreciated radio producers and was a generous supporter of Arvon.

Read more about the Writing for Radio course here.

How to apply:  To apply for this fully funded place please download a grant pack here, complete it requesting the full course fee (£700) and mark it with ‘Gillian Hush Award’.


16th October

New Perspectives – East Midlands

An opportunity for new writers to develop a unique theatrical voice, placing your work on stage as one of four new pieces for the Emerging Perspectives Company to perform. This year they are interested in writers exploring stories rooted in villages across the East Midlands region with a view to touring the final performance to each village location plus one urban centre.

They are seeking emerging writers living, working or studying in the East Midlands to join the EP Company on attachment from November 2014 – July 2015.

To apply, please complete the downloadable application form available fromtheir website and return it to with ‘Emerging Playwrights’ in the subject line or alternatively post it to

‘Emerging Playwrights,

New Perspectives,

Park Lane Business Centre,

Park Lane,



by Thursday 16 October at 5pm. Meetings will be held in late October 2014.

Find out more and Download the Application Form


17th October

Talking Statues



Sing London have commissioned some of the nation’s most celebrated writers and actors to animate 35 public statues across London and Manchester.

Using drama, humour and location technology, Talking Statues breathes new life into the statues that surround us all.


Here’s a chance for budding writers to get their words heard on the street. Sing London is teaming up with to find voices for 4 statues across London and Manchester.

Write a short monologue, up to 400 words, from the perspective of one of our competition statues below and send your entries to with the subject heading ‘Public Writing Competition Entry.’

Our expert judging panel will be looking out for originality, factual accuracy, and entertainment value so keep this in mind when writing.

Click on the names below for individual writing guidelines:

The winning pieces will be recorded by well-known actors and included as part of Talking Statues, ready to chat in time for Christmas. You will also be invited along to the monologue recording and receive a copy of the final recorded script to keep.



17th October

Script Slam – South Yorkshire

Cast and Right Up Our Street have teamed up with the aim of getting to know new writers in South Yorkshire.  We want to create lasting relationships with talented people who have stories to tell.

Following the success of our first two Script Slams, we are again opening submissions for a third slam, to be held on Wednesday 26 November 2014.

We want emerging writers from across the region to send us their 15 minute short plays that will be developed with us and then performed by a professional company of actors in a rehearsed reading. With our autumn masterclasses focussing on solo performance, for this script slam we are interested in, although not exclusively, monologues or one-performer short pieces. For larger cast pieces, we ask that you use no more than four characters.


25th October
WriteON – Cambridge
WRiTEON is a Cambridge-based group that stages rehearsed readings of new drama, enabling writers to develop their work and offering actors and directors opportunities to bring new material to life on stage for the first time. We also run workshops on writing, acting, directing and performance improvisation and hold a regular feedback group for scripts in progress.

First Stage is our annual series of staged rehearsed readings of new short pieces of drama for two to six actors.  

We received 17 scripts in the first round of submissions, from which the Reading Panel has selected 9 pieces which are listed here. We are now reopening for a second round of submissions.

Revised Submission deadline: Sat 25th Oct. Details are in our submission guidelines.
Casting: Sat 4 Oct, 4.30-6.30pm at Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, Cambridge CB1 3UZ.
Performances: Sundays 26 Oct, 9 & 23 Nov, 7 & 14 Dec. Tickets are on sale (£6/£5 – no booking fee)



27th October
Ideas Fund Shorts: Script (members aged 18-30)
SixIdeasTap members will get their short film scripts produced. Six runners-up will get to attend a script development day with industry professionals and tutors from the Northern Film School.We’re invitingIdeasTap members to send us their short film scripts. We’re looking for strong, original short film scripts that can be made on a budget of £4,000. There will be 12 winners of this brief. The winners will be invited to take part in a development day in London on 29 November to work on their script. Six scripts will eventually be selected for production.In January 2015, we will then run a brief looking for producers for each of the six projects, and after attaching a producer to each script, we will then run briefs for directors. We’ve broken down the application process like this to mirror the way that the film industry recruits talent, while also opening up Ideas Fund Shorts to a wider pool of members.We’re working in partnership with the Northern Film School, at Leeds Beckett University. Your script can be for an animation, documentary, or fiction film.IdeasTap will be donating no more than £4,000 to each of the final winning six scripts, so try to not write in exotic foreign travel, masses of explosions or vast amounts of special effects.MORE


29th october

NTC Touring Theatre Company seeking short plays (paid)

  • The 4 successful writers will have the opportunity to see their work professionally produced and will be paid an inclusive fee of £1,000.
  • Plays must last no longer than a half hour
  • Plays must be suitable to tour to intergenerational village hall audiences 15+ as well as theatre audiences.
  • Plays will be for 6 actors 3m 3f, (though more characters are possible with doubling) 2 of the actors will be trainees most likely under 25 and 2 parts should be written for older actors (50-60).
  • Plays will be directed by Gillian Hambleton, Artistic Director of NTC.
  • Selected playwrights will be mentored and supported by published playwright and novelist Ann Coburn.
  • Plays/musicals will reflect the maxim that ‘specificity breeds universality’ Miro, and NTC’s mission statement, whilst continuing to push the boundaries of theatre.

How to apply :For further detailed information go to

Then submit the following information:

  • a one page synopsis of your idea for the half hour play/musical (please note if you are chosen to work on this project, they cannot guarantee your idea will be produced, you may need to modify it to ensure it fits in with the whole project)
  • The first 20 pages of a script you have previously written
  • A writing CV or reason why writing a play is important to you at this moment.

Please submit your application to


31st October

Mordue Pictures seeking writers for film project

They are currently seeking three Writers & three Directors to come on board & collectively create these three worlds in a unique & interesting way…

Ever wondered where your life would be if you had taken a different path?
Theories state there are an infinite number of parallel universes with infinite possibilities.
Everything that can happen does happen. Matthew and Ellie find that choices define the life they lead, but with each choice as infinite as the midnight sky, what is it that really matters?

How to apply: Please email all relevant material and experience and interest to: More info can be found at:





  1. Thank you for all of this information!

    Comment by e e martin — 06/10/2014 @ 00:03 | Reply

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