Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 20 December 2019

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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:


London Playwrights’ Workshop: Writer Development Programme

London Playwrights Festive Gift Guide 2019


#WrAP is back for 2020. Write a play this January!


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


New members content: The Self- Producing Handbook: Available NOW!

New Blog Series! Interviewing Playwrights – Emily Garside 

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: BBC Writersroom Drama Script Room Open for submissions


Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 28 playwriting opportunities with December deadlines – Deadlines: various in December 2019 

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails accepting one act plays – Deadline: 20 December 2019

Sharp Scratches accepting submissions for ‘Transforming the Narrative’ – Deadline: 30 December 2019

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company (Houston, Texas) seeking submissions of 10 minute plays for competition – Deadline: 31 December 2019

Women Are Funny Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2019

Writing on the theme of ‘Shop Local’ sought for podcast – Deadline: 31 December 2019

The Search for Blue seeking shorts for scratch night – Deadline: 1 January 2020

Catalyst ArtsLab Easter Residency | The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford – Deadline: 3 January 2020

Zeppotron accepting submissions for Make A Scene – Deadline: 3 January 2020 at 12pm

BBC Writersroom Drama Script Room opens on 9 December – Deadline: 6 January 2020

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre One-Act Drama Festival – Deadline: 6 January 2020

Perthshire Plays: Playwriting Group – Deadline: 6 January 2020

SLAM Minutes seeking work on theme of Mental Health – Deadline: 6 January 2019

The Soho Theatre launches 2020 Verity Bargate Award – Deadline: 10 January 2020

Make it Write Short Play Competition 2020: Call for entries – Deadline: 11 January 2020

King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays (Canada) accepting submissions – Deadline: 13 January 2020

Arts Center Bonita: 2020 STAGE IT! 10-Minute Play Festival and Book Publication open for entries ($15 entry fee) – Deadline: 13 January 2020

New theatre scratch night in Manchester – JustOut – Deadline: 15 January 2020

The Literal Challenge: 29 Plays Later – Deadline: 28 January 2019

The John Byrne Award open for applications (16-30/ Scotland) – Deadline: Monthly/ 31 January 2020

Charlie Hartill Theatre Reserve from the Pleasance open for applications – Deadline: 31 January 2020

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 – Deadline: 31 January 2020 at midnight

Drip Action Theatre Company accepting submissions for Arundel Festival Theatre Trail 2020 – Deadline: 31 January 2020

Horatio Productions accepting scripts for Sci-Fi Festival – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Papatango Prize 2020 open for entries – Deadline: 2 February 2020

Optik Theatre accepting applications for Script Room -Deadline: 2 January 202010 February 2020

Independent Award for Improper Dramaturgy 2019«Neem-2019. First page» – open for application – Deadline: 1 March 2020

EKP and Paines Plough: The Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2020 – Deadline: 2 March 2020

Nathan Carr and Milivoy Webber Memorial Prize: An annual writing competition – Deadline: 4 March 2020

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing – Deadline: 5 March 2020

Decorating Dissidence: Call for Submissions – Essays, Reviews, Poetry, Visual Arts – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Calling all budding playwrights – The Phoenix Writes competition is now open (entry fee £10) – Deadline: 31 March 2020

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


Events and workshops:

Scene 1: a Loughton (Essex)-based writers’ & actors’ group – Dates: TBC

BBC Studios Continuing Drama Roadshow – Dates: various in January 2020

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

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

The Inkubator: Introduction to Playwriting Course with Euphoric Ink – Dates: Starts 15 January 2020

RADA Shortcourses: Advances in Scriptwriting – Starts 14 February 2020 (Friday evenings)

Residential Playwriting Course with Simon Stephens – Dates: 22 – 28 March 2020

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

Online workshops and resources: 

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:


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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