Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 October 2021

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Digital Listings 

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Harpy Productions & Danse Macabre ‘Fright Before Christmas’ seeking 10 minute horror plays!




Opportunities Listings 

Digital & Audio & Screen 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.  

Writer/Strategist or Designer/Strategist, Catsnake: The Story Agency (paid) – Deadline: 17 October 2021

BBC Writersroom – The Break: Series 6 – Coventry (paid) – Deadline 22 October 2021

Wild Duck Theatre accepting short plays for podcast (profit share) – Deadline: 24 October 2021

Bitter Pill Theatre – The Painkiller Project (£250 prize) – Deadline 4 November 2021

Mark Ravenhill’s 101 Notes on Playwriting (resource) – Deadline: not applicable

WGGB: Leading playwrights back new digital principles for theatre (resource) – Deadline: not applicable

Rolling deadlines:

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

NT Playwriting Masterclasses – Dates: various

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 (and then on the first Wednesday of each month)

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 & Jobs

Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events. 

With deadlines:

Self-led Projects-Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland – Deadline: 14 October 2021/ 31 January 2021

13 Months Theatre looking for new work for scratch night – Deadline: 15 October 2021

YEP Writers- open to anyone aged 18-25 residing in the Liverpool City Region – Deadline: 15 October 2021

NHS Heroes Casualty Writing Contest – Deadline: 20 October 2021

Playwright Mentoring Programme- Playwright’s Studio Scotland – Deadline: 25 October 2021

Harpy Productions & Danse Macabre ‘Fright Before Christmas’ seeking 10 minute horror plays! – Deadline: 25 October 2021

VAULT Festival 2022 Recruiting for various positions (paid) – Deadlines: various until 25 October 2021

Lancaster University and The Dukes in Lancaster – Lancaster Playwriting Prize – Deadline: 25 October 2021

Literary Coordinator, The Royal Court Theatre (paid, full-time) – Deadline: 28 October 2021

Writer needed for “I am Dorothy” project in Cockermouth, Kirkgate Arts and Heritage (paid) – Deadline: 8 November 2021

Nouveau Riche- Associate Artist Programme – Deadline: 8 November 2021

Workplace Development Programme Writers and Facilitators, Open Clasp Theatre Company – Deadline: 8 November 2021

Putney Theatre New Writing Festival accepting scripts (unpaid) – Deadline: 25 November 2021

Titchfield Playwriting Competition (£1000 prize) – Deadline: 30 November 2021

Submissions Open for Questors Theatre Festival of New Theatre – Deadline: 17 December 2021

Off The Rails Theatre: 3-Minute Drama Scriptwriting Competition (Prizes) – Deadline: 30 April 2022

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting returns in 2022! – Deadline: 6 June 2022

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

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