Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 17 April 2020

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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:


**Update: Covid-19 and our work**

Where to Watch Live Theatre in Quarantine? 

Bonus LPW Play Club: Lockdown Edition – A Taste of Honey

Scroll down for details of our current members Play Club, Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner which is also going ahead as planned!





PODCAST: Making It with Temi Wilkey – London Playwrights’ Collaboration with the Bush Theatre & One Fine Play


Interviewing Playwrights – Emily Garside 







LPW 2020 selected writers announced!


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Play Club 2020 – Play #1 – Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner by Jasmine Lee Jones: Submission Window Now Open!

Coming Soon! Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure 

The LPW Guide to Formatting your Stage Play – NOW LIVE!

Opportunities Pick of the Week: LPW Play Club 2020: Lockdown Edition – A Taste of Honey







New Digital Opportunities

In response to the coronavirus crisis, there has been a surge in new online opportunities for writers, so we’ve added this new section to list them all. Online resources or those with rolling deadlines are listed first, those with deadlines follow on afterwards. 

National Theatre productions to be streamed for free on YouTube

Soho Theatre On Demand

Writing Resources from The Bruntwood Prize

LPW: Write With Us – Instagram Inspiration

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group) 

Sherman Theatre Interval Projects

The Arts Council publish Easy Read versions of the guidance for two of their Emergency Response Package funds

Regional Fundraisers for Theatre freelancers

Talawa- One on one Zoom meetings for Black British Writers

New Diorama – North Star Project

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

Nick Hern Books Still on the Page – offering 30% discount on play texts

Director’s Cut – LockDown OpenUp – Deadline: rolling

NHB Playgroup: read a play for free and take part in Q&A with the writer – Every Wednesday

Call out for Audio Comedy & Comedy/Drama Scripts! – Deadline: rolling

Calling Creative Contributors – writers, dancers, photographers, The Creative Pandemic – Deadline: rolling

Josef Weinberger Plays seeking 15 minute shorts for ISOPLAYTION – Deadline: rolling

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

New writing podcast seeking work on theme of Power of One – Deadline: 20 April 2020 at midnight

Second Lockdown Liftups callout for 3 minute monologues for radio– Deadline: 20 April 2020

Quarantined Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Kickitdown productions looking for 15 minute writing pieces for “Zoom” production – Deadline: 20 April 2020

What’s the Form? Workshop on the 21st April with Tom Wright – Date: 21 April 2020

Mad Times Monologues seeking short monologue – Deadline: 22 April 2020

The Painkiller Project fortnightly playwriting competition seeking short plays – Deadline: Starts 24 April 2020

Squint ‘Get Writing’ Workshops via Zoom- Dates: 24 April 2020

LPW Play Club 2020: Lockdown Edition – A Taste of Honey – Deadline: 26 April 2020 (window opens 13 April)

Love in the Time of Corona – monologue writing competition (paid) – Deadline: 27 April 2020

Farnham Maltings Theatre seeking Covid-19 responses – Deadline: 18 May 2020 (more deadlines may be added later)

King Lear prize for the over 70s – Deadline: 29 May 2020



Opportunities with deadlines:

Please note: due to the current theatre closures, it is likely that some of these opportunities may not go ahead as planned. We are working hard to get everything updated but in the meantime, please check with the organisers before submitting.

Play Submissions Helper: Free Access to Master List! (including 56 Play Submissions Opps w/ April Deadlines) – Deadlines: various throughout April

Rosemary’s House writers retreat in Greece ($3500) – Deadline: 17 April 2020

The Writing Squad seeking new core team member (paid) – Deadline: 17 April 2020

And, We’re Back’ seeking short plays, musical theatre, and spoken word artists – Deadline: 18 April 2020

BBC Writers Academy 2020 – Deadline: 19 April 2020

LPW Play Club #1 Submission Window Open – Deadline: 19 April 2020

BBC Writersroom – open for comedy scripts on 23rd March 2020 – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Quince Magazine accepting submissions for creative work on the theme of Love – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Applecart Arts seeking writers aged 10-16 for inspiring submissions – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Yellow Earth – Writers Academy Birmingham – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Homotopia seed commissions (paid) – Deadlines: 22 April 2020

The Northern Exposure: Short Film Script Lab is accepting short film ideas – Deadline: 24 April 2020

Penguin Random House accepting applications for WriteNow – Deadline: 26 April 2020

Lungs Project accepting proposals for written work on theme “Visions of Home”  – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Submissions are open for ’10 Minutes To… Call Home’ short play project – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Love Sharing international festival accepting performance proposals (Italy) – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize accepting plays on LGBTQ+ issues – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Playmakers Repertory Company inviting blind submissions in March and April – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Manchester International Festival workshop on playwriting competitions – Deadline: 1 May 2020

The Nick Darke Writer’s Award 2020 is now open for entries – Deadline: 4 May 2020

Power Play are searching for a female-identifying writer to create a play set in a nail bar/beauty salon – Deadline: 4 May 2020

New creative writing course by Tamasha x Hatchette – online applications open – Deadline: 5 May 2020

BBC: New Creatives North Commissioning Round – Deadline: 10 May and 7 June 2020

BBC Wales Writer in Residence (applications open on 10 February) – Deadline: 11 May 2020

The Comedy Crowd TV2020 Showcase – Deadline: 15 May 2020

Like the Prose short story writing opportunity – Deadline: 28 May 2020

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

Pint-Sized Plays 2020 writing competition open for applications (fee £5.50) – Deadline 31 May 2020

Liverpool Hope Prize for Playwriting – Deadline: 31 May 2020

Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwriting Competition accepting international submissions (fee $49) – Deadline: 1 June 2020

Carnon Downs Drama Group looking for one act scripts (prize £100) – Deadline: 5 June 2020

The Phil Fox Award invites script submissions about issues related to addiction (paid £6,000) – Deadline: 16 June 2020

#ENOUGH seeking 10 minute plays by students confronting the issue of gun violence – Deadline: 20 June 2020

Short Com Sitcom Script Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 21 June regular/ 7 July 2020 late

Manchester Performing Arts Group accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 June 2020

ETPEP Award 2020 open for entries – Deadline: 31 March 2020 30 June 2020

Two day theatre workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (cost €200) – Deadline for applications: 28 March 2020 15 July 2020

Sohaya Visions looking for scripts promoting tolerance (prize £1,000) – Deadline: 1 November 2020


Events and workshops:

Please note: due to the current theatre closures, it is likely that some of these  events may not go ahead as planned. We are working hard to get everything updated but in the meantime, please check with the organisers before trying to book.

Greenwich screenwriters meetup  – Dates: 1st Wednesday of each month

Writing in the Sand full creative day event (costs £32.93) – Dates: monthly

Playwritng Classes at the National Theatre – Dates: various throughout the year

Bush Theatre Masterclasses – Dates: various

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

The Monobox: Get Writing with Andrew Whyment and Adam Foster – Dates: various

Free coaching sessions for writing with Katy Segrove -17-19 April 2020

Write Theatre – 4 Day courses on the art of Writing for Theatre – Dates: Starts 9 May 2020

Residential Writing Course/Retreat with Kim Komljanec in France (prices start from £545) – Dates: 31 May 2020 – 5 June 2020

LPW Workshop: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing with Emily Garside – Date: 6 June 2020 10am-1pm

LPW Workshop: Plan your Play in a Day – Date: 27 June 2020

LPW Workshop: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Date: 1 August 2020 10am-1pm

LPW: The Redrafting Programme Course 2020 – Date: start 19 September 2020

Writing for Radio day workshop for beginners with Fin Kennedy (cost £50) – Date: 19 September 2020

Online workshops and resources: 

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Starts 7 May 2020

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

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Ongoing submissions:

The Royal Court now accepting online submissions – Deadline: rolling

London Playwrights Workshop accepting rolling submissions from members – Deadline: rolling

Opportunity for writers to develop work with company of actors (profit share) – Deadline: rolling

John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly

Scene 1 writers’ & actors’ group looking for short scripts linked to Epping Forest (£4 fee) – Deadline: rolling

Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – Deadline: rolling

Elephant Ears Reading Series are looking for plays to read and record (feedback provided) – Deadline: not specified

Underscore Studios script submission – Deadline: not specified

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre are looking for work to programme – Deadline: rolling/ programming for current season (ends July)

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking creatives for their events – Deadline: rolling

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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