Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 17 September 2021

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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!






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




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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






Digital Listings 

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Queens of Cups: New Moon Monologues – accepting submissions on the theme of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” 





Opportunities Listings 

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.  

With deadlines: 

The Literal Challenge: Scriptly Writing – open for registration (pay what you can) – Deadline: 7 October 2021

‘Owdyado Theatre ‘Twisted Christmas’ Writing Competition (£500 prize) – Deadline: 19 September 2021

Scriptwriter, Six to Start – Deadline: 27 September 2021

That Sketch Show – Topical Comedy Opportunity (paid) – Deadline: 30 September 2021

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

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. 

With deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 35 Play Submissions Opps with September deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout 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

Chippy Lane Productions – Trainee Producer Callout (paid) – Deadline: 24 September 2021

Chippy Lane Productions – Writing Apprentice Callout (paid) – Deadline: 24 September 2021

Blackshaw Theatre Company – Scare Slam 2021 – Deadline: 25 September 2021

Camden Peoples Theatre: Sprint 2022 Call Out (box office split) – Deadline: 29 September 2021

Readers in Residence Call Out, Metal Culture (paid) – Deadline: 29 September 2021

Literary Assistant, Bush Theatre – Deadline: 30 September 2021

GOOD TO GO FESTIVAL- Theatre Deli (paid) – Deadline: 30 September 2021

Assistant to 3 Literary Agents, C&W – Deadline: 1 October 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

Open call out for Runt performance art and gallery night – Deadline: 14 October 2021

NHS Heroes Casualty Writing Contest – Deadline: 20 October 2021

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

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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