Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 1 November 2019

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Featured posts:

LPW launches Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre (Episode 4 now available)


#WrAP is back for 2020. Write a play this January!

We are looking for an Intern to join the LPW team!

LPB Play Club – Full Winning Plays


New members content: The Self- Producing Handbook: Available NOW!

Chippy Lane Productions: The benefits of writers’ groups

New Bog Series! Money Talks: How Playwrights Earn a Living – Isla van Tricht

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: 

We are looking for an Intern to join the LPW team!


Opportunities with deadlines:

Over Our Head Productions accepting comedy submissions for Snowdance festival – Deadline: 1 November 2019

Applications for CRITERION New Writing 2020 are open – Deadline: 1 November 2019

Orisun Productions seeking new writing from black female writers – Deadline: 5 November 2019

The Director’s Club seeking scripts for showcase – Crackers Christmas! – Deadline: 8 November 2019

The First Laugh Comedy Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 8 November 2019

Submissions open for Festive New Writing Scratch Night in aid of MIND – Deadline: 11 November 2019

BBC Caroline Aherne Bursary – Deadline: 15 November 2019

Pentabus New Writers Group (16-25 year olds) – Deadline: 15 November 2019

International Youth Arts Festival accepting applications – Deadline: 29 November 2019

RSL Literature Matters Awards – Deadline: 5 December 20 9

Killer Shorts Horror Screenplay contest – Deadline: 15 December 2019

IV International Young Theatre Playwriting Contest – Deadline: 15 December 2019

The Soho Theatre launches 2020 Verity Bargate Award – Deadline: 20 December 2019, submissions open on 20 November 2019

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails accepting one act plays – Deadline: 20 December 2019

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company (Houston, Texas) seeking submissions of 10 minute plays for competition – Deadline: 31 December 2019

Opportunities for English language playwrights to work with theatremaker in the Netherlands – Deadlines: 31 December 2019 and 31 March 2020

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre One-Act Drama Festival – Deadline: 6 January 2019

The John Byrne Award open for applications (16-30/ Scotland) – Deadline: Monthly/ 31 January 2020

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 – Deadline: 31 January 2019 at midnight

Independent Award for Improper Dramaturgy 2019«Neem-2019. First page» – open for application – Deadline: 1 March 2020

£12k Paines Plough prize for female playwrights launched – Deadline: 2 March 2020

Nathan Carr and Milivoy Webber Memorial Prize: An annual writing competition – Deadline: 4 March 2020

Decorating Dissidence: Call for Submissions – Essays, Reviews, Poetry, Visual Arts – Deadline: 31 March 2020

The Progress Theatre launches two projects for aspiring playwrights – Deadline: none but last sessions and events take place on 1 & 4 July 2020


Events and workshops:

Scene 1: a Loughton (Essex)-based writers’ & actors’ group – Dates: TBC

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room – Dates: various throughout 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

How to Run a Theatre Workshops with Part of the Grid – Dates: various from June 2019 2019 (level 2)

Director’s Cut Theatre: Writer’s Club – Dates: various

StoryFutures Academy – free introductory labs – Dates: various throughout Autumn 2019

Spread the Word: Writing for Audio Drama with James Fritz – Deadline: 9 November 2019

Theatre Royal Wakefield/ National Theatre New Views: free writing programme (14-19 year olds) – Dates: various until 18 November 2019

BBC Writersroom Wales Festival – Date: 9 December 2019

The Inkubator: Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink – Dates: Starts 15 January 2019

Residential Playwriting Course with Simon Stephens – Dates: 22 – 28 March 2020

Online workshops and resources: 

LPW launches Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre

National Theatre: New Views – playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds – Dates: various

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist 

Black Lives, Black Words: Playwriting Fundamentals Course

Papatango Online Workshops

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Ongoing submissions:


Studio Salford Development Week – Deadline: none posted

The Space accepting applications from companies for new season – deadline: rolling

Hampstead Theatre announces year round submission window

Peggy Ramsay Foundation: Grant for writers – Deadline: rolling

Tutti Creative Space: cheap rehearsal space – Deadline: not applicable

Free Spirit Theatre seeking submissions for Write-Off 2019 – Deadline: none posted

Feast Theatre seeking playwrights! – Deadline: none posted

BBC Sounds launch callout for podcast drama! – Deadline: none posted

Tiny Theatre seeking submissions of short plays – Deadline: none posted

WildChild Script Call out! – Deadline: none posted

Blindspot Theatre Scratch night -Deadline: none but slots are filled on a first come first serve basis

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

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