Playwrights' Competition Calendar

September 2015


Omnibus theatre Clapham. We have a new writer’s group beginning in September and wondered if this may be something you would be interested in listing on your blog? We are always interested in writers sending their work as our Literary Manager Saffron Myers is always happy to liase with writers and provide script support and consider work for our quarterly Omniwrite event (this event is not advertised for public submission but more for writers that develop a relationship with the venue). Writers have found these events very helpful and some have gone on to full productions at other venues.




New Plays Scratch Night 14th Oct

The Rialto is holding the first of three regular ‘scratch nights’. Playwrights can submit 15 minute extracts of their plays to the Rialto, and four will then be invited to produce a rehearsed reading of their extract with the audience voting for their favourite of the night. The overall favourite will then win a slot at the Rialto Theatre for next year’s Brighton Fringe!

Playwrights can submit their extracts to:



1st September

Gillian Hush Award for writers of radio drama.

The winner of the award will receive a free place on the Radio Drama course taking place at The Hurst in Shropshire, November 2-7 2015, with tutors Anjum Malik and Peter Leslie Wild.

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

The successful applicant needs to demonstrate why they would be unable to attend the course without the benefit of a grant, and in addition present a strong personal statement explaining how the course will help them develop their writing during the week and beyond.

More information and how to apply on the Arvon website


4th September

TheatreFest New Work Award 2015.

Organised by the Isle of Man Arts Council and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) the competition is the inaugural initiative of TheatreFest15, the five-year project to promote new work for the theatre launched in May in the Isle of Man.

To enter, writers are asked to submit a one-act play themed on the subject of slavery. The winner of the TheatreFest New Work Award will see their play produced in 2016 for one night at the Talisman Theatre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire and be staged at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas in the Isle of Man as part of that year’s TheatreFest programme.

Isle of Man Arts Council vice-chairman Michael Lees said: ‘As with all TheatreFest projects this initiative is open to writers everywhere, locally, across the British Isles and the world. Last year when we celebrated Island of Culture 2014 it brought forth some outstanding new work, so to be able to draw on that legacy in partnership with NODA and open up creative opportunities globally is a truly compelling proposition.’

The launch of the TheatreFest New Work Award coincides with the project’s website,, going live.

For rules, terms and conditions, and to find out more about TheatreFest15, visit


7th September

Revue Script for Radio

The Arts Centre Group is once again running their Drama Competition in 2015, the script this time being a short revue not a play.
The brief is to write an innovative 29-minute revue for radio but which could be adapted for stage. Material can focus on one subject or a variety of material and should have a social, political or religious dimension. Can involve various media, i.e music/song, sketches, etc.
There are two awards, The Julian Battersby Award for young playwrights under the age of 25 – Prize £300, and The Jasperian Award for playwrights age  25 and over – Prize £100.
In addition to the cash prize, winning entries will be showcased at a special event in London.
Full details including an entry form and all the rules about the competition are available on the Arts Centre Group website. The entry fee is £10 for those under 25, £20 for those 25 and over, and an additional £30 if an evaluation is requested.


7th September

The challenge is to write your own ending to Brave New World. – 

But where do you start? Well, ideally with the book! Once you’ve read that, check out our interview with the play’s adapter Dawn King. Dawn is an established writer who started playwriting through a workshop at Soho Theatre. Over the last year, she’s been adapting Huxley’s classic for a world premiere at the Royal & Derngate theatre in Northampton on 4 September 2015.  – See more at:

All entries will be read by Dawn King and producer Jenny King. If you submit your script by 7 September 2015, your script could receive a rehearsed reading on stage at one of our eight partner theatres across the UK. Ten writers will be given the opportunity to attend a free playwriting workshop by renowned writer and actor Nigel Planer. The project is open to people of all ages.

For more information and to submit, visit our creative project page.


11th September

Bush Theatre – Unsolicited Submissions window

The Playwriting Department at the Bush Theatre is committed to discovering the best new plays from playwrights who may be unknown to us and therefore seek unsolicited submissions from playwrights throughout the year in dedicated script windows. The Bush Theatre exists to produce wholly original plays that provoke conversation and are bold in their theatrical language.  We are looking for plays with contemporary bite and which seek to reflect our contemporary culture.  We are a theatre for London, now and as such invite new plays that have sharp questions of what it means to be living now.  We want to house a plurality of voices, seek worlds that are under represented and characters who are drawn from the world outside our theatre.

We do not accept one act plays or multiple submissions.

We advise you to avoid sending the very first draft of your play or rushing to finish your play to meet a script window deadline and do not accept screenplays, proposals for adaptations or new musicals, (which we would not develop outside of a commission).  We encourage you to look at the full range of work in our season and if you are submitting a play that is historically set or biographical to include a rationale as to the contemporary relevance of the play.



21st September

Aberdeen Performing Arts | Deadlines: 30 March 2015, 8 June 2015, 21 September 2015

Call for Script Submissions – Scratch Nights – Aberdeen Performing Arts

Following on from the success of their Freshly Squeezed Theatre in January, The Lemon Tree has created a programme of Scratch Nights. On these evenings they will present a showcase of work from playwrights based in the North East of Scotland, all responding to the theme of the night followed by a discussion.

To be suitable for a Scratch Night, scripts must be between eight and ten minutes long and be able to be performed as a monologue or a two or three hander. They can be short standalone pieces or an excerpt from a longer script. Your excerpt should be possible to stage with minimal props, sound and lighting requirements and they ask that you consider copyright when thinking about including music. Other than that, be creative and interpret the theme in whatever way you like. This is your chance for your writing to take centre stage and show work that is exciting, engaging and unexpected.

Themes and Script submission deadlines:

Black Gold Monday 30 March | Northern Lights Monday 8 June | My Aberdeen Monday 21 September 

Scratch Nights

Black Gold Sunday 12 April | Northern Lights Saturday 20 June | My Aberdeen Thursday 8 October

The selected excerpts will be rehearsed and performed script in hand by a professional cast under direction as part of The Lemon Tree Scratch Nights. The playwrights will be invited to attend their rehearsal on the day of the event. Taking part offers the playwrights the opportunity to see their work up on its feet for the first time and to gain feedback from the audience, actors and director.

They are only accepting submissions from writers either from, or based in, the North East of Scotland. Scripts must be typed and presented neatly but are not required to conform to industry standard formatting. For more information or to submit your script email Helen Milne on


24th September

BBC Scriptroom 10

Submit your script to our E-Submissions system by following this link from 10am on Monday 7th September

Read the FAQs for our E-Submissions system

If you have not submitted a script to us online before, you will have the opportunity to set up a new account when you come to submit your script.  **Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete the process**

Writers will be asked to submit:

  • 1 drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online*
  • A brief bio of your writing to date (up to 1 paragraph)
  • If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole.  This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script.

*Your script should be a saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size.

*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV, Radio 4’s 15 Minute Dramas or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.


30th September

Stagewrite 2016

What we need from you:

  • Scripts that follow industry standard in terms of font size, layout, page numbering etc.
  • Scripts of between 30 and 40 minutes in length, either a complete piece, or part of a longer piece that is able to stand alone and be coherent for an audience
  • A maximum of 6 actors required – if there are more than 6 roles, it should be feasible for the actors to play multiple roles
  • Stage directions kept to a minimum where possible
  • Three questions for feedback after performance
  • Completed proforma – see form below (this will be sent to you if you submit your script via email).

Please be aware that if your entry does not follow the above brief we it will not be accepted.

Still interested …  please use the form or email your submission to



30th September

R&D by the Sea is the Marine Theatre’s nurturing programme for new and developing work.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, we want writers, actors, theatre makers and practitioners of all kinds to come to Lyme Regis. Unfold, unlock and explore a vision, a feeling, a thought. Draw from our landscapes, history, communities and people.

How does it work?

We’ll give you use of the theatre and its facilities for free, normally for a 5 day period, normally from Monday-Friday, to develop your work. We’ll provide you with budget for technical support. You’ll have the opportunity to document your progress before, during and after your visit on our website via the R&D by the Sea blog. At the end of your week with us we’ll market, promote and host a sharing and provide you with an audience. And we’ll arrange and pay for your travel and accommodation too.



30th September

The Progressive Playwright Award 2016 – Tron Theatre

The Progressive Playwright returns – with a twist! Due to a high demand from playwrights – and the success of previous seasons, this Autumn The Tron Theatre in Glasgow is offering playwrights at all stages of their careers, that are Scottish or based in Scotland, the opportunity to become the recipient of the newProgressive Playwright Award. The winner of this award will receive a £2000 bursary to develop their work up to seventy minutes and receive creative and production support to stage a ‘work in progress’ rehearsed reading at the Tron in June 2016.

Another new twist this season is that there are three themes for the monthly events that The Tron would like you to base your plays around. These themes are: ‘Love,’ ‘Labour’ and ‘Loss.’ Plays can be submitted based on one of these for any given month. Submissions should be anonymous.

For full details of the award and the submission process, to make further enquiries and to download guidelines visit

The Tron Theatre’s Creative page on their website.



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