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; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Criterion New Writing Programme

Please also check out our big news of the week Introducing London Playwrights’ Workshop, an extension and development of our existing work for writers!

Opportunities with deadlines:

2016 BlueCat Screenplay Competition for short screenplays ($40 entry fee, $10,000 grand prize) – Deadline: 15 October 2015 (regular deadline fee); 15 November 2015 (final deadline fee)

SCRIPT LAB Playwriting Competition – open to writers from Beds/Bucks/Herts – Deadline: 15 November 2015

The Screen Arts Institute Talent Programme BAME Fellowship – Deadline: 15 November 2015

Sci Fest LA 2016 accepting submissions of short plays ($10 fee) – Deadline: 15 November 2015

The Owl and Cat Theatre (Melbourne) seeking provocative new plays – Deadline: 16 November 2015

HM Prison Ford recuiting a short-term writer in residence (paid) – Deadline: 16 November 2015

Whose London is it Anyway – seed commissions call out from Camden People’s Theatre (BAME writers) – Deadline: 18 November 2015 5pm

White Rabbit seeking ghost stories for ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ – Deadline: 20 November 2015

Rose Unfolds Scratch Nights at Rose Playhouse Bankside – Deadline: 20 November 2015

Submissions are open for Etch Theatre Company’s Scratch Night 009 – Deadline: 20 November 2015

Doggerland – open call for new writers – Deadline: 22 November at 11.59pm

Call out for applications to ‘Women in The Spotlight’ funded residential at Arvon (for LGBT+ or BAME women) – Deadline: 23 November 2015

Verbal Theatre accepting submissions for event in Sheffield – Deadline: 23 November 2015

BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting (for writers age 16-19, £50 fee to attend) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Saving Endangered Species (SES) International Playwriting Prize (California, $100 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

2015 TF Evans Shaw Society £500 Writing Award (entry £8/£5) – Deadline: 30 November 2015

Pokfulam Rd Productions seeking submissions for The Pit Part I new writing night on theme of “Hidden Vice” – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Criterion New Writing 2016 programme open to applications – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Theatre InspiraTO’s 11th Playwriting Contest is Now Open – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Punk Monkey Productions accepting 10-20 page submissions for PL.A.Y Noir (Los Angeles) – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Just Some Theatre Company – call out for sketches – Deadline: 1 December 2015

Twisted Showcase: One Minute Horrors – accepting scripts – Deadline: 3 December 2015

‘The Lumen’ Journal Call For Submissions: Summer 2016 – Deadline: 4 December 2015

Applications open for 2016 Jessie Kesson Fellowship –  Deadline: 4 December 2015

Just Some Theatre seeking new writers for script development – Deadline: 5 December 2015

Steyning Festival seeking unperformed plays of up to 40 minutes (South East Writers only, incl. London) – Deadline: 20 December 2015

Little Pieces of Gold seeking short plays on the theme of ‘education’ Deadline: 20 December 2015

Hampstead Theatre submissions window now open for plays – Deadline: 31 December 2015

Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (for Writer/Directors) – Deadline: 4 January 2016

 Brockley Jack accepting submissions for Write Now 7 – Deadline: 29 January 2016

Drip Action Theatre Company seeking submissions for 2016 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (paid) – Deadline: 31 January 2016

First Break Writing Competition at the Oldham Coliseum – Deadline: 22 February 2016

Theatre503 Playwriting Award returning in 2016 (more details to come!) – Deadline: 29 February 2016

Blue Skies Workshops for writers from Sky or the Bird – Deadline: 31 March 2016

Events and workshops: 


Writer Development opportunities/ workshops at the Birmingham Rep – Deadline: none posted – but workshops start on 14 November 2015

Sole Purpose Theatre Lab at the Derry Playhouse (£30/£25 fee) – 21 November 10am – 4.30pm

And So Forth in conversation at the Arts Theatre with Nick Payne – 22 November at 6.30/ 7pm

Theatre503 Writer’s Night for ‘Cinderella and the Beanstalk’ – 25 November 2015

Playwriting Workshop with Papatango London Writers Cafe (£10) –Starts 6 November 2015

Workshop on ‘Writing Fantastic Scenes’ by Master Racontuer (£37)- 2 December  2015 10.30am – 4.30pm

Theatre503 Writer’s Night/ Christmas Party – 14 December 2015

Ongoing submissions:

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

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

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: None posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted

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