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London Playwrights’ Latest News
Play Club 2021 – Selected Short Plays and Writers Announced!
ANNOUNCEMENT! London Playwrights Festival 2021 coming to the Lion & Unicorn Theatre this December!
London Playwrights Social Gathering! Don’t Send Flowers by Emily Garside at the White Bear
LPW: Tips for Staying Inspired This Summer
Advice from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain – Writing Competition or Cut Price Commission?
Learn with London Playwrights -a new series of resources on theatre: first two sessions on ANGELS IN AMERICA and RENT available now!
Play Club 2021 (our online book club)
London Playwrights joins the Lion & Unicorn Theatre as an Associate Company
LPW Play Club 2020: The Selections – watch the stream of our virtual play readings now!
London Playwrights’ Latest Zoom Workshops
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Featured Blog Posts
Fizzy Sherbet Podcast: showcasing plays by women writers
TYPE! Q&A with the creators of new bookmark magazine
Updated! Digital Theatre Listings – great things to watch from your sofa!
PODCAST: Making It with Temi Wilkey – London Playwrights’ Collaboration with the Bush Theatre & One Fine Play
Latest Members Content
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WrAP2021! All resources still available for members (write a play in a month)
Full 8 sessions available now! Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure
The LPW Guide to Formatting your Stage Play – Available to download
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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Behind Closed Doors: Call Out For Writers (paid)
Digital & Audio Opportunities
We’ve listed digital opportunities divided into those with deadlines, rolling deadlines, , and online workshops. Scroll down for live performance opportunities and in person workshops.
The Literal Challenge: Scriptly Writing – open for registration (pay what you can) – Deadline: 7 October 2021
BBC Writersroom – TV Drama Writers’ Programme (paid) – Deadline: 13 September 2021
‘Owdyado Theatre ‘Twisted Christmas’ Writing Competition (£500 prize) – Deadline: 19 September 2021
That Sketch Show – Topical Comedy Opportunity (paid) – Deadline: 30 September 2021
Cooped Up Creatives recruiting new contributors for poetry and art project (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
Frequency Theatre Open to Unsolicited Script Submissions (Audio Plays Only) (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
New writing project for Heckington Living Radio (unpaid) – Deadline: none posted
TYPE! Accepting submissions for bookmark magazine (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
Add Your Shows and Theatre Resources to Thespie (unpaid)- Deadline: rolling
Scenesaver – digital performance platform – Deadline: rolling
Online Courses and Workshops
Playwright and former Space Theatre script reader Scott Younger is offering free feedback on all plays 10 pages and under in length – Deadline: not specified
Big Fish Productions writing group – Dates: Every Friday
Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various
Squint’s GET WRITING & KEEP WRITING workshops – bookings for 2021 now open – Dates: various in 2021
LPW Online Workshops: Writing Historic Drama – Date: 11 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing-Style and Structure – Date: 12 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: Writing an Adaptation – Date: 14 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing- Starting Writing! – Date: 19 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: Playwrighting for Everyone (A 6 Week Course) – Date: starts 23 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: LGBTQ+ Theatre – Date: 26 September 2021
LPW Online Workshops: Writing Horror for Stage! – Date: starts 4 October 2021
New! London Playwrights Monthly Zoom Drop-in for members (no extra cost!) – First session – 6 October 2021
LPW Online Workshops: Pitching Your Play (with confidence!) – Date: 9 October 2021
LPW Online Workshops: The Redrafting Programme 2021 – Date: starts 16 October 2021
An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia
LPW Members Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure – Available now
LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop) – Available now
LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop) – Available now
LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops) – Available now
LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit – Available now
LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write – Available now
LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist – Available now
Live playwriting Opportunities
Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events.
Play Submissions Helper: 36 Play Submissions Opps with August deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout August 2021
ABCD for Cultural Recovery project – Alternative Tours of Brighton & Hove City Centre (paid) – Deadline: 3 September 2021
Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2021. Turquoise edition» (paid) – Deadline: 5 September 2021
Listen Local Yong Writers Programme (paid) – Deadline: 5 September 2021
MFest Writers Lab 2021- A writing development programme for Muslim writers in the early stages of their career (free)- Deadline: 6 September 2021
Global Jewish Voices (unpaid) – Deadline: 6 September 2021
Writer – Curve Community Play 2022, Curve Theatre (paid)– Deadline: 13 September 2021
Middle Child Writers’ Group – Deadline: 15 September 2021
Owdyado Theatre – Writing Opportunity (£500 prizes) – Deadline: 19 September 2021
Barrel Organ: LIVE LDN. LIVE (paid) – Deadline: 23 September 2021
Camden Peoples Theatre: Starting Blocks 2022 Call-Out (box office split)– Deadline: 24 September 2021
Camden Peoples Theatre: Sprint 2022 Call Out (box office split) – Deadline: 29 September 2021
The Queens of Cups: New Moon Monologues – accepting submissions on the theme of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” – Deadline: 6 October 2021
The 2022 Lancaster Playwriting Prize open for North West LGBTQAI+ writers age 16-30 (£1500 prize) – Deadline: 11 October 2021
NHS Heroes Casualty Writing Contest – Deadline: 20 October 2021
Rolling & Unspecified deadlines:
Fifth Word – Submit your Play (paid if produced) – Deadline: not specified
The Hope Theatre seeking plays for new programme (profit share) – Deadline: not specified
Think Shorts – Free Short film listing (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
Fearless: Danse Macabre Productions Free Script Reading for Horror Scripts (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
BBC Comedy Association plans unveiled – Deadline: not applicable
Calling members of the Neurodivergent Theatre Community – Deadline: not applicable
The Swiss Church London offering subsided space for artists – Deadline: not applicable
London Pub Theatres seeking new reviewers (unpaid) – Deadline: none posted
The New Works Playhouse accepting submissions (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling
Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre (profit share) – Deadline: ongoing
Concord Theatricals are accepting unsolicited submissions (paid) – Deadline: ongoing
The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for 2 minute scripted video sketches (prize £100) – Deadline: until further notice
The Royal Court now accepting online submissions – Deadline: rolling
John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly
Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – 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
Newsthump looking for spoof news writers (paid) – Deadline: ongoing
Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various
Live events and in person workshops:
The Story Pilgrim: Free Storytelling Event at the Canal Cafe Theatre – Date: 19 July 2021
Bush Theatre Masterclasses – Dates: various (available both in person and online)
Oxford Playwriting with John Retallack: Applications open for 2021/22 courses – Dates: courses start October 2021
BBC & NFTS – BBC Scholarships – Dates: various