Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 17 March 2023

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Latest News


DH Ensemble & Solar Bear: (Un)scripted – a series of short films focused on exploring the possibilities of working with deaf and hearing artists

Greatest Britain by Harry Cowper – Digital Production with New Works Playhouse


Opportunities Pick of the Week: Next Level Audio Writing Course

Opportunities Listings 

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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.  

Devon and Cornwall Screenwriting Group Deadline: not applicable

Eleven Film | Duly Noted 2023 – Deadline: 24 March 2023

Ghetto Film School | London Fellows Programme (16-19) – Deadline: 31 March 2023

Pen to Print | Audio Play Competition 2023 Deadline: 31 March 2023

Red Human Films accepting submissions – Deadline 10 April 2023

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2023 – Deadline: 11 April 2023

Evening Standard | Stories Competition – Deadline: 12 April 2023

Yorick Radio – Submissions window now open – Deadline: 30 April 2023

Dramatists Guild – End of Play 2023 Deadline: 31 April 2023

New Writing North | Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards 2023 Deadline: 5 June 2023

Rolling deadlines:

BBC Upload – Deadline: rolling

British Comedy Guide – Pro Video Contest Various throughout the year

SOOP Annual Short Story Contest Deadline: none posted

Box of Tricks’ PlayMakers Network- a creative home for Northern playwrights – Deadline: not applicable

New Hope Creative Group presents a new scratch night for black writers – 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

Freehand Scripts – free script reading – Deadline: rolling

Online Courses and Workshops

Paines Plough – Open Writer’s Labs Deadline: not speficied

The Writers Hour- virtual writing sprints by London Writers’ Salon – Daily

Scratch Me 2022 – Public Programme – Dates: various

Flux Writers Membership

Playwright and former Space Theatre script reader Scott Younger is offering free feedback on all plays 10 pages and under in length – Deadline: not applicable

Big Fish Productions writing group – Dates: Every Friday

Relish Theatre – Coffee & Creative Catch up – Date: Every Friday

Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various

NT Playwriting Masterclasses – Dates: various

City Academy: Monthly Online Writing Club – Dates: monthly, various

Northern Digital Storytelling Festival 2023 – Various Events 20-31 March 2023

LPW Online Workshops: Next Level Audio Writing – Starts 23 March 2023 (4 weeks/ Zoom)

LPW Online Workshops: Writing Historic Drama – Date: 2 March 2023 29 March 2023

#WrAP2023 Redrafting Workshop (Zoom) – Date: 19 April 2023

Nothing for Nothing- Unlimited  – Date: 20 April 2023

Pride Month LGBTQ+ Theatre Workshops  (Theatre/ History/ Activism/ Drop-in) – Dates: various throughout June

An Introduction to Screenwriting: online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia (no longer free, subscription costs apply)

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:

Play Submissions Helper Blog: 35 Play Submissions Opps w/ March 2023 Deadlines Deadlines: various throughout March 2023

New Dimensions Commission (paid) – Deadline: 21 March 2023

‘Keep it Fringe’ Fund – Funding programme for Edinburgh Fringe led by Phoebe Waller-Bridge – Deadline: 24 March 2023

Manchester Independents is seeking applications for new work made by independent artists in Greater Manchester Deadline: 24 March 2023

Artist Commissions: A Bit Of A Do 2023 – Deadline: 27 March 2023

The Middle Way Mentoring project is a two year professional development scheme for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic writers based in the Midlands – Deadline: 27 March 2023

Edmonds Driftwood Players – Festival of Shorts – Deadline: 30 March 2023

Royal Exchange Theatre – script submission window open for writers based in North-West England – Deadline: 31 March 2023

Unshaded Arts seeking submissions for ‘Universal’ writing event 2023 Deadline: 31 March 2023

Optik Theatre call for scripts for its next Script Room event being held in June (paid) – Deadline: 31 March 2023

The David Nobbs Memorial Trust | 6th Annual Comedy Writing Competition Deadline: 31 March 2023

Pend Oreille Players 2023 One Act Play Festival – Deadline: 31 March 2023

Kirk Players (Illinois, USA) – Short Play Writing Contest Deadline: 1 April 2023

The Playwright’s Laboratory – The Table Sessions at The Core – Deadline: 1 March/ 1 April/ 1 May 2023

The Big Finish Comedy Playhouse Script Writing Competition – Deadline: 1 April 2023

UNZIPPED Theatre seeking monologues for Brighton Fringe – Deadline: 2 April 2023

Play Development Bursaries- Playwrights Studio Scotland Deadline: 3 April 2023

Self Lead Projects- Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland Deadline: 3 April 2023

Vital Xposure | Wellspring 2023 Deadline 6 April 2023

SHELAGH DELANEY NEW WRITING AWARD- 2023. Salford Arts Theatre Deadline: 3 April 2023

The Women’s Prize for Playwriting – Paines Plough – Deadline: 17 April 2023

North Cumbria Scriptwriters | Lonely Cloud – Act Your Age – Deadline: 30 April 2023

Carlo Annoni International Playwriting Prize 2023: LBGTQ+ Playwriting Competition – Deadline: 30 April 2023

Platform Presents – 2023 Playwright’s Prize Deadline: 15 May 2023

Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition 2023 – Deadline: 31 May 2023

Chesil Theatre | TakeTen New Writing Competition 2023 | Snakes & Ladders – Deadline: 2 June 2023

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

Heads or Tales? Monthly Scratch Night (Scottish & Irish Writers) Deadline: monthly events

Applications open for Camden Fringe 2023 Deadline: not specified

Production Proposal Submissions – The King’s Head Theatre – Deadline: not specified

Finborough Theatre | Open Script Submissions Deadline: rolling

Anthroplay Theatre Scratch night Deadline: rolling/ monthly

Barons Court- Sunday Fix scratch night – Deadline: not specified

Royal Exchange Theatre ELDERS COMPANY opportunities Deadline: not specified

Call: Love Sharing Festival – VII edition – Deadline: not specified

Traverse Theatre First Stages Festival Deadline: not applicable

Unbound – reader-funded pitches – Deadline: none posted

Creative Hub seeking creative writing about climate change – Deadline not specified

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

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

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:

Blood Beats: LGBTQ+ Writers Group (Manchester) Dates: 3rd Thursday of the month in 2023

Clean Break – Spring 2023 training programme 9/16/31 March 2023

Manchester Screenwriting Meet Up – Dates: various (alternates between in person in  and Zoom)

BBC & NFTS – BBC Scholarships – Dates: various

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