Playwrights' Competition Calendar

September 2011

1st September

Green Light Award – London Screenwriters’ Festival

The primary goal of the award is to assist writers by guaranteeing that their work is produced. We do this by purchasing the option on the winning script (£500 / $800 approx) and actually making it with an award-winning team of professional film makers and actors

  • Write a great screenplay that is ten pages or under.
  • Any genre you want.
  • Limit your characters, NO MORE than five speaking roles (5).
  • ONE major location only.

There is a fee to enter this competition which goes up the closer to the festival you submit.

1st September

The King’s Cross Award for New Writing 2011

The Award, which is open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage. The winning playwright will be awarded with a £4,000 cash price. The winning play will be presented as a stage rehearsal reading.

1st September

Trinity College, London International Playwriting Competition

Plays for children and young people can excite and inspire writers, performers and audiences. Now in its second year, the International Playwriting Competition encourages new writing in this field, recognising the very best with cash prizes, performances on the London stage and publication with international distribution.

Writers are asked to submit a one-act play that is either:

  • suitable for performers aged 11 years and under or
  • intended for an audience aged 12–16 years.

The competition is open to writers of any age, of any level of experience and from any country. All plays must be written substantially or entirely in the English language.

1st September

ACT Playwriting Competition

Once again, Kingston College and the ACT Theatre are pleased to announce the launch of our annual playwriting competition.

This popular event is aimed at year 12/13 students and the winning play will have a guaranteed performance; additionally, there is a top prize of £500, second prize of £250 and three further prizes of £100 each.

The competition is for the best one-act plays received which are the original work of students in Years 12 /13 in full-time education at Schools and Colleges in Greater London and the South-East of England.—forthcoming-productions-playwriting-competition.html

September 1st

Chesil Theatre, Winchester’s 10 x 10

The 10×10 playwriting competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives, works or studies in    Hampshire UK. If short-listed, authors may be requested to provide proof of residency.

  • Scripts should have a running time of NO MORE than 10 minutes.
  • Scripts should require up to 4 characters ONLY and these must be listed on a cover page with a list of minimal props (if any).
  • Scripts must be based on a theme inspired by any of Shakespeare’s work.
  • Please provide a short 150 word synopsis of the play explaining how the theme is inspired by Shakespeare’s work.
5th September

503 Five 

Theatre503 are pleased to announce that following the highly successful inaugural year of their 503Five writer attachment programme, they are once again looking for five new playwrights to become part of the Theatre503 team.

5th September

High Tide – Suffolk

Over our founding five years, HighTide Festival Theatre has championed scores of first-time and emerging playwrights, fully producing their work in our Suffolk festival, across the UK and internationally. We are now seeking script submissions from emerging writers living in the UK. Four of these scripts will receive a full professional world premiere production at the HighTide Festival 2012.

Furthermore, we are seeking to champion American playwriting talents who have yet to receive a full professional production in their native country. Therefore we are also seeking script submissions from America, four of which will receive a professional reading at the HighTide Festival 2012.

5th September

From Page to Stage

The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre has teamed up with Bridgwater Arts centre to offer new and emerging playwrights in the South West the opportunity to take their work from the page to the stage. Selected entries will be offered the opportunity to stage their work in a professional theatre at one of two scratch evenings (at either the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre or Bridgwater Arts Centre in November).

Entry is £4 per script and each entry must require no more than four performers. Scripts should be no longer than 20 minutes in length and a max 20 A4 pages. Successful applicants will be expected to source players for a rehearsed reading (something your local venue, college or amateur dramatic groups may be able to offer help with.)

10th September

Circalit: Get Your Film Made 

Submit a 5-6 page short film script and have it produced by the award winning-director, Gabriel Bisset-Smith. One extremely lucky writer will have the opportunity to get their short film taken all the way from the page to the screen.  Romance, relationships, voyeurism: your task is to write a five minute short film script inspired by these and other themes from Gabriel’s short film, Thrush, which you can see here.

15th September

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2011

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, run in partnership with Radio Drama North and the BBC writersroom, aims to encourage and develop new writing in the North. It is an amazing and unique opportunity where you could win a bursary of £5000, have your work produced on BBC Radio 4, secure a twelve month mentorship with a Radio Drama Producer and have the opportunity to develop future commissions.The award is only open to people who live in the North of England and who have not had a previous network radio drama commission.

You need to submit a full length script in any format alongside a separate one-page radio drama proposal suitable for the Radio 4 afternoon play slot.

16 September

WRITEON! Cambridge

Naked Stage 2011 is a series of staged rehearsed readings of  new scripts up to 50 minutes in length to be presented in the ADC Bar, Park Street, Cambridge, on Sundays, 23 and 30 October and 6, 13 and 20 November, 2011,  7-9.30 pm, followed by an opportunity for audience feedback.
Submissions are now open.
Scripts must be e-mailed to

You must be a paid up WRiTEON Member to submit. New members are welcome at any time. Membership runs from 1 May 2011 – 30 April 2012 so you will need to join/renew your subscription if you have not already done so. There is no additional submission fee.

 19th September

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund

Sky Arts is offering five young artists £30,000 each to fund their work for a full year as part of the Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund – in association with IdeasTap.

The Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund is open to individual artists working in visual art, theatre, performance art, film, music, dance or literature. To apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30 on 19 September 2011 and be based in either the UK or Ireland. It’s free to become an IdeasTap member and just takes a few minutes – sign up here.


19th September

Taleblazers – Southwark Playhouse

A new writing event is being held on the 23rd october. They’re looking for six 10-minute plays.




26th September

Little Pieces of Gold

Little Pieces of Gold is a regular showcase for bold, thought provoking, entertaining new drama. Each show features an eclectic mix of five short plays selected from over 150 submissions which are then cast and rehearsed to performance standard by our company of up-and-coming directors.

1. Your play must be no longer than 15 mins duration

2. We cannot accept extracts or adaptations

3. We can only accommodate very basic sound/lighting.  No sets or ‘effects’

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


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