Playwrights' Competition Calendar


BBC writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers for a changing Britain. When we find them, we do everything we can to get their voice heard and their work produced for BBC film, TV and radio – for drama, comedy, and children’s programmes.


Bare Essentials – Encompass productions

Are you a writer with a piece of work you want to see realised? Want to see it performed at London’s best reviewed new writing night? Then Encompass Productions want you! Submissions are open for BARE ESSENTIALS, acclaimed events created to showcase emerging and established theatrical talent. See your work staged by experienced professional actors and directors, all of whom have worked with Encompass who have been mounting productions and events since 2010. The next Bare Essentials performances are in Summer 2015 click here for info.


The Bike Shed TheatreExeter, opened with a new play and new writing is at the centre of the company’s work. The theatre is dedicated to producing at least three new plays a year and will also produce a number of plays as rehearsed readings. The company directors and literary manager are keen to meet with writers, as well as receiving scripts.

Please send scripts to Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give feedback on everything that we receive, but all scripts will be read by our team of readers.


Birmingham Rep

Writer Developement


Box of Tricks is a new writing company committed to developing and producing the best new work around.


Bushgreen is for people in theatre to connect, collaborate and publish plays in innovative ways. Submit plays directly to The Bush for our team to read and consider for production.


The Courtyard, Hoxton

Our Literary Department is the first point of contact for writers who wish to have their work produced at the Courtyard Theatre. Working alongside the Literary Manager is a dedicated team of script readers. Every script that we receive is assessed and considered for further development and/or production at The Courtyard Theatre.


The Finborough Theatre, London actively seek playwrights who have moving and unusual insights into the nature of our social world, and whose theatrical voice and vision are unique. They welcome and encourage big, ambitious plays with large casts.


Frequency Theatre, Colchester will read 10/15 minute radio plays for production on their website.


Genesis New Writing Night

Described by Everything Theatre as an ‘evening spawning the next generation of fringe theatre stars’ Genesis New Writing Night takes place once a month, showcasing the best in new writing and theatre.

Free to enter, the audience are invited to provide feedback on each piece, helping writers progress and develop their work.

After a successful summer series we are now looking for new scripts for our autumn/winter nights. Scripts can be of any length and style, and we provide actors and a director.

Please send scripts as PDF’s with your name and contact details saved on the first page.

For more information or to submit scripts please contact Rachel on


Hampstead Theatre are looking for both brilliant plays and promising writers. We want to read plays that are unquestionably written for the theatre and plays that engage with the world we live in today.

We want new plays from writers of all ages. The writer need not be ‘young’ but if the voice is refreshing or bold or if the play is delivered with power or rigour, poetry or wit then we’ll take notice.

We also want to present the important stories and perspectives that you feel are not getting on to other stages.

Submission window – 1st July to 31st December


Liverpool – Everyman & Playhouse


The Oast Theatre – Kent

he Oast Theatre Tonbridge is launching an exciting  scheme to offer new unpublished  local playwrights the opportunity of having their plays performed, firstly as rehearsed readings before an audience in their studio, secondly to be entered for One Act  Play festivals, and thirdly to be performed as a main theatre production.  The submissions, would, of course have to go through a selection process.

The plays should be a maximum of 40 minutes and entries should be submitted by email only please to:


Quids in Theatre Company a professional theatre company in Aberdeen are putting together their programme for Lunchbox Theatre, held on the last Saturday of every month for 2014.

What to submit:  A one act play lasting 40 min- 1 hour with 4 or less characters.

How to apply:  Plays should be sent to and can be sent anytime as the need for plays is ongoing.


The Royal Court will read unsolicited scripts by new playwrights.



We know the importance of having the space to test things out, perform, get some feedback and create a dialogue between the artist and the audience.

If you have an idea, a bit of script, a bee in your bonnet that you need to stand up and try out, send us a submission.  We can offer ten to fifteen minute slots – whether that’s a script you’d like us to cast and direct or an idea for a production that you create yourself, let us know, if it fits, we’ll fit you in.

Scrawl happens once a month at The Battersea Mess and Music Hall in Clapham Junction. If you have any work you would like to stand up and develop, send us an outline of your ideas that is no more than one page of A4 at


The Script Co. – U.S.A.

All scripts should be original works or adaptations whose original source material is currently in public domain.

• We accept submissions in all categories and are seeking both seasoned professionals and new playwrights. This includes musicals, non-musicals, skits, one acts, dramas, comedy, etc.


The Script Readers

The Script Readers invite talented writers to submit your scripts to our reading panel. The panel assess these submissions and we then invite selected writers to hear their work at one of our monthly sessions. After the reading our members who include actors, writers and directors, share their feedback in an open discussion. Writers who have taken part in this process tell us it is both constructive and energising.



ScriptSpace is our monthly script-reading workshop which provides playwrights with an opportunity to have a work in progress read by professional actors. In addition to allowing the playwright to receive feedback on their work, a ScriptSpace session is also a networking opportunity for actors, directors, writers and producers.

If you would like to submit your script, send it as an attachment (either .pdf or .doc) in an email to with “submission” as the subject title. Please bear in mind that due to the large number of scripts we receive, it may take us as long as 6 months to read your script and that there is no guarantee that we will select your script to be read at an upcoming ScriptSpace session.


Short and Sweet – International

The largest short play festival in the world seeks ten minute plays year round for festivals across Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, and as of 2016, Hollywood!
Short+Sweet Sydney script submissions are now open for 2016. Submit your script online and you could have your work performed at this or more of their international short play festivals!
Short+Sweet is a unique opportunity for new, emerging, and established artists to have their work performed onstage, partake in professional development opportunities, and professionally network, all while presenting their scripts in a risk-free professional production. International submissions welcome!


Shred Productions

Shred Productions is a theatre company based in the heart of Manchester. Since 2009 we have produced a number of award-winning and critically acclaimed new plays throughout the UK.

We are offering talented individuals a unique feedback package this year. Visit our Writers Page at for more information about how you can engage with us and get high quality and bespoke feedback on your latest script.

Kate Bingham
Company Administrator
on behalf of the Shred Productions Team

We continue to search for the best new writing.


Soho Theatre has established itself as a major new writing theatre and a writers’ development organisation of national significance.


Theatre503 actively sources work from many different places: writers, artists, companies, and agents. We also read unsolicited scripts. There is not an ideal ‘theatre503 play’ but our primary focus is original work from early career playwrights.


Aberdeen-based WACtheatre are an organisation set up specifically to produce new work and to create opportunities for writers and actors in North East Scotland, particularly around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. They welcome unsolicited scripts from Scottish writers and have a very helpful submissions page.


The British Comedy Guide

It’s worth keeping an eye on the Writing Opportunities page of the British Comedy Guide. It has lots of random stuff on it, some big and some small. Too much for me to keep track of.


Next Best Page

The aim of Next Best Page is to produce a highly collaborative and innovative piece of theatre by uniting 52 voices to tell one story over 2011. 


Everyone has the right is a rolling script submission service (ie there is no deadline) for plays with human rights at their heart.


Free, on-line screen writing course is being offered by University College, Falmouth.


Where to submit your script

Because I’m lazy I’m going to direct you to the London Comedy Writers excellent page which has lots of lovely information for you.


In America you can find The Playwright’s Center website with a great opportunities page.


  1. I can’t tell you how helpful I am finding your blog and competition calendar! Have mentioned it on my blog in my latest post. Keep up the good work. Lou

    Comment by loutreleaven — 23/07/2013 @ 11:31 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for the plug, and congratulations on your success with Pint Sized. If the sun’s shining Tenby’s lovely.

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 24/07/2013 @ 21:26 | Reply

  2. Thank you so much for providing all this information. It’s beyond helpful! Please don’t stop! Noamx

    Comment by Noam — 07/08/2013 @ 17:50 | Reply

    • Many thanks for lovely comment, Noam. Don’t intend to stop until I become so fabulously successful as a writer I just don’t have enough time any more.
      Don’t hold your breath.
      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 09/08/2013 @ 15:07 | Reply

  3. This is excellent. I just write and do nothing but write and produce stuff myself without thinking there might be other people out there who might like to stage my stuff, or at least consider doing so. So. Yes. Great. Many thanks. Roger Goldsmith

    Comment by Roger Goldsmith — 03/10/2013 @ 16:01 | Reply

    • Glad to be of assistance, Roger. And writing seems like a good place to start if you want to be a writer. X

      Comment by Gina — 03/10/2013 @ 23:21 | Reply

  4. Writers!

    We are offering talented individuals a unique feedback package this year. As a company listed and recommended on this site, we thought you might be interested to hear about it!

    Visit our Writers Page at for more information about how you can engage with us and get high quality and bespoke feedback on your latest script.

    Kate Bingham
    Company Administrator
    on behalf of the Shred Productions Team

    Comment by shredproductions — 11/01/2014 @ 19:10 | Reply

  5. Trawling through this I can’t help notice how disorganised the theatre scene is for writers. Why in the age of technology is it necessary to submit to so many different venues when a central submissions’ site could act as a hub. Writers could post loglines, concepts, and scripts and all venues could access them. Writers could read others’ scripts and feedback through readers’ reports – giving them training in the process. Too simple, right? Too simple for the Arts Council or the other venues that brag about how any scripts they process – at considerable expense in fees and a waste of public funding.

    Comment by Alan — 28/04/2014 @ 21:14 | Reply

  6. Yeah, cheers

    Comment by Tony — 29/04/2014 @ 14:27 | Reply

  7. I’m nearing the end of my first draft of my very first play. I’ve discovered script reading services that will give professional feedback. Does anyone know of a similar service for poetry? My play includes a poem.

    Comment by Bonita — 02/10/2014 @ 23:49 | Reply

  8. Hi there,

    I produce London’s best reviewed new writing night ‘Bare Essentials’ with company Encompass Productions. Our submissions are open all year around. Is there anywhere I can send you information and what kind would you be looking for?

    Comment by Jonathan Woodhouse — 25/05/2015 @ 09:52 | Reply

    • Hi Jonathan, I’m so sorry I forgot to reply but I have put your details on this page. Do let me know if you need me to add anything and I’ll try to get round to it a bit quicker!

      best wishes, Gina.

      Comment by Gina — 01/06/2015 @ 23:11 | Reply

  9. Please could you advise how we tell you about our one act playwriting competition.

    Comment by Jane — 03/04/2016 @ 12:59 | Reply

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