Opportunities Weekly Round-Up: 20 January 2017

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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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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear:  “I’m tired of being a starving artist!”

Featured Posts:

Gifts & Gear: The Best Stuff for Writers in January 2017

Taking matters into her own hands: Tamara von Werthern on putting women’s voices onstage

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 41 playwriting competitions with January+ deadlines

Radio 4 Extra’s Newsjack call out for sketches and one-liners (Paid) Deadlines: Submission open from Thursday 19 January 2017

Old Vic Lab offering free rehearsal space Deadline:  Sunday 22 January at 5pm

Free Rayne seeking short plays and musicals for Spiral showcase night – Deadline: 22 January 2017

Live 5 scratch night with Barrel Organ at Camden People’s Theatre -Deadline: Monday 23 January 2017

Short monologues on freedom – Director’s Cut showcase – Deadline:  Monday 23 January 2017, 12pm 2017

Barbican Open Lab 2017 – Deadline: 23 January 2017

Literary Manager at National Theatre of Scotland (12 mo. contract) – Deadline: 23 January 2017

Women Redressed open for Act II submissions – Deadline Friday 27 January 2017, midnight

First call out for Hastings Fringe Festival – Deadline: Saturday 28 January 2017 from 2-4pm

28 Plays Later: Take The Space’s February daily writing challenge – Deadline: 28 January 2017

Testlab New Writing Festival offering commissioned R&D – Deadline: 28 January 2017

Open Call Out for Didsbury Arts Festival Submissions – Deadline: 29 January 2017

Applications for Oxford’s fringe festival ‘Offbeat’ are now open – Deadline: 30 January 2017

Game-writing opportunity for trainees on Zombies, Run! (paid) – Deadline 31 January 2017

Monday Club hosting new writing night at the Old Red Lion – Deadline 31 January 2017

Soggy Brass open for comedy submissions at Southwark Playhouse (paid) – Deadline 5 February 2017

Irish Green Curtain Theatre’s ‘Shows from the Songs Night’ – Deadline: Monday 6 February 2017

Win Bafta industry showcase for TV drama (£45 entry fee) – Deadline:  8 February 2017, 10am

Stranger Tales’ sought for Skint Theatre Festival (Bristol) – Deadline: Monday 13 February 2017

Young writers 10-25 sought for Harts/Lyric Hammersmith Writing Festival Deadline: 17 February 2017

Arts Depot paid summer research and development residencies – Deadline: Mon 20 Feb 2017, 10am

St John’s call for Waterloo Festival 2017 monologues (£30 prize) -Deadline: 24 February 2017

2017 From Page To Stage Festival open for musical theatre submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2017

£8,000 commission with Writers in Theatre inaugural award – Deadline 2 March 2017

One-act plays sought for Kenneth Branagh Award at Windsor Fringe 2017 (£10 fee, £500 prize) – Deadline: 5 March 2017

2017 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 6 March 2017

Submissions open for Festival 47 at the King’s Head Theatre – Deadline: 6 March 2017

House seed funding for BAME theatremakers (£3,000-£8,000)- Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 at 10am

Events and workshops: 

Lyricist/librettist one-year BML Workshop (£400 fee) – Deadline: 24 January 2017

Ten week writing course  Omnibus Writer’s Workshop, Clapham Common (£150)  – 30 January 2017

Arundel Festival Theatre Writers Competition (£250 award) – 31 January 2017

Verbatim technique workshop  at Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham (£50) – Sunday 4 March (10-6) and Sunday 5 March 2017(11-4)


Gate Theatre Workshop on the writer/director relationship (£10) –Saturday, 13 May 2017 from 10 am-1pm

Ongoing submissions:

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people – various deadlines

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – no deadline

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – rolling

Writers’ Mutual writing group – Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Ongoing submissions

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: None posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: None posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted

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