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London Playwrights’ Latest Projects
Pay it Forward for Playwrights: A new initiative to help support writers
Playwriting Real-life: London Playwrights Podcast live now! New Episode – HOW TO STOP YOUR DAY-JOB FROM KILLING YOUR CREATIVITY!
2021 Members’ Submission Window Selected Writers!
Members’ Zoom Drop-in session: share your work, meet other writers – next session Wednesday 1 February 2023!
What do our members get?
The Literary Series: Interviews with Literary Managers, Dramaturgs and New Work Associates
Episode 1 (Stewart Pringle from the National Theatre), Episode 2 (Jackie Crichton from the Royal Lyceum), Episode 3 (Becky Latham from the RSC), Episode 4 (Suzanne Bell from the Royal Exchange) AVAILABLE NOW
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London Playwrights’ Latest Zoom Workshops
Find out more about the full programme of workshops here.
More January 2023 workshops coming very soon!
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Learn with London Playwrights sessions on ‘Writing Opening Scenes’ and ‘Creating Characters’ available now
Full 8 sessions available now! Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure
The LPW Guide to Formatting your Stage Play – Available to download
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Opportunities Pick of the Week: Papatango New Writing Prize 2023
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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.
Mark Ravenhill’s 101 Notes on Playwriting (resource) – Deadline: not applicable
Devon and Cornwall Screenwriting Group – Deadline: not applicable
WGGB: Leading playwrights back new digital principles for theatre (resource) – Deadline: not applicable
The Literal Challenge | 28 Plays Later – Deadline: 28 January 2023
Harlow Arts and Light Entertainment Society – Writer callout (radio & online) – Deadline: 31 January 2023
Rianne Pictures | Rianne Reads – Deadline: opens 1 February 2023/ closes after 50 submissions
BFI Future Takes – Deadline: 13 February 2023
BBC World Service | The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2023 – Deadline: 12 February 2023
Crazy Cats Theatre – Flash Fiction Writing Competition – Deadline: 1 February 2023
TSL Free Screenplay Contest 2023 – Deadline: 28 February 2023
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
The Writers Hour- virtual writing sprints by London Writers’ Salon – Daily
Scratch Me 2022 – Public Programme – Dates: various
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
London Playwrights Lunchtime Sessions: Writing in Regional Dialect – Date: 31 January 2023
London Playwrights Monthly Members’ Zoom – February –Date: 1 February 2023
Russell Lucas: One Person Show – Zoom Workshop – Date: 2 February 2023
The Mono Box – An Introduction to Playwriting with Lisa Carroll – Date: Mondays from 6 February 2023
London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: The Redrafting Programme 2023 – Date: Starts 8 February 2023
Digital dramaturgy with idontloveyouanymore (PUSH Festival 2023) – Date: 9 February 2023
London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: TV Writing (6 week course) – Date: Starts 14 February 2023
LPW Online Workshops: LGBTQ+ Theatre – Date: 16 February 2023
London Playwrights Lunchtime Sessions : Focus on the 5 Act Structure – Date: 17 February 2023
London Playwrights Lunchtime Sessions: Pitching your play – Date: 2 March 2023
LPW Online Workshops: Writing Historic Drama – Date: 2 March 2023
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 & Jobs
Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events.
Cassarotto Ramsay Coffee Mornings for unrepresented writers & directors – Deadline: none specified but they start in January 2023 so apply soon!
The BBC Comedy Collective Bursary (opens 9 January) – Deadline: 30 January 2023
The Phoebe Frances Brown Award from Hampstead Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse – Deadline: 23 January 2023
Jermyn Street Theatre – Creative Associates Programme 2023 – Deadline: 29 January 2023
37 Plays- a new national playwriting project led by the RSC and their partner theatres – Deadline: 31 January 2023
Callout for one-act plays to be produced at Ed. Fringe – Deadline: 31 January 2023
Rosemary’s House Writing Residency – Greece – Deadline: 1 February 2023
University of Southampton Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Scriptwriting – Deadline: 2 February 2023
Papatango New Writing Prize 2023 – Deadline: 5 February 2023
CALL OUT FOR THE SOCIAL MODEL. . . & MORE FESTIVAL – Deadline: 5 February 2023
The Newmarket International Festival of One Act Plays is accepting plays for their 2023 festival – Deadline: 28 February 2023
Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize 2023 – Deadline: 1 March 2023
London Library | Emerging Writers Programme – Deadline: 2 March 2023
Pend Oreille Players 2023 One Act Play Festival – Deadline: 31 March 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
Rolling & Unspecified deadlines:
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
Hampstead 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
Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre (profit share) – 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:
Blood Beats: LGBTQ+ Writers Group (Manchester) – Dates: 3rd Thursday of the month in 2023
Winter Writing Day Retreat by the Sea – Date: 4 February 2023
10 Week Playwriting Course by Hannah Kennedy – Dates: starts 22 March 2023
Manchester Screenwriting Meet Up – Dates: various (alternates between in person in and Zoom)
Writing for Theatre at Granada Concierge in Spain with Sarah Grochala – Dates: not specified
Bush Theatre Masterclasses – Dates: various (available both in person and online)
BBC & NFTS – BBC Scholarships – Dates: various
Scriptease: Scriptwriting for Stage and Screen course – Starts January 2023