Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.
This week’s pick: Octagon Prize for Dramatic Monologues
Description: The Octagon Theatre is accepting submissions of 40-minute dramatic monologues in any genre for this prize, with the winning play to be staged by Artistic Director Elizabeth Newman in Bolton.
So, what’s so great about it? On their website the Octagon Theatre describes the dramatic monologue as ‘a beautiful form where the playwright has an immediate dialogue with their audience’, and we couldn’t agree more. This is an exciting opportunity to challenge yourself with writing for a solo performer. There isn’t a cash prize, which may put some people off, but having your production staged with professional performers is a coup for many emerging playwrights – especially given that opportunities targeted specifically towards the dramatic monologue are rare. We’re also fans (much as we love London) of getting playwrights to think beyond the Capital city, so it’s worth highlighting this chance to connect with a great regional theatre interested in supporting new writing. You have until 26 February to get your script in, so time to get that monologue polished up!
Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.