Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 24 February 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: Papatango 2017 new writing prize

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: I can’t make sense of the 5-act structure

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 37 opportunities with February+ deadline

Rift wants playwrights born in the 90s for February workshop and residency – Deadline: none specified but immediate

The Comedy Crowd seeks ‘Chorts’  Deadline:  24 February 2017

St John’s call for Waterloo Festival 2017 monologues (£2 entry fee, £30 prize) -Deadline: 24 February 2017

Off the Cliff seeks Ovid-inspired short plays for festival – Deadline: 26 February  2017 at noon

Rich Creative call out for feminist scratch night plays – Deadline: 27 February 2017 at 10am.

The Sitcom Mission 2017 – open for submissions – Deadline: From  28 February to 30 April 2017

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

Applications open for The Writers Club membership ( £75 termly) -no deadline posted but March launch

George Devine award open for submissions (£15,000 prize) Deadline: 1 March 2017

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre seeks short plays – Deadline:   1 March 2017 at 11pm

Writers Avenue Theatre Company seeks scripts from 18-30 year oldsDeadline: 1 March 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

Carabosse seeks darkly comic submissions – Deadline: 6 March 2017 at midnight

2017 Papatango New Writing Prize – Deadline: 6 March 2017

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

Althea Theatre’s rapid response night – Deadline:  8 &  9 March- writers watch show – for11 March 2016 writing deadline

Little Pieces of Gold seeks shorts on the theme of ‘faith’ – Deadline: 15 March 2017 at midnight

Rabbit’s Riot Theatre’s call out for first LGBT+ festival scripts – Deadline:  20 March 2017

Brave New World seeks shorts on theme of Legacy for ‘Slam’ new writing night – Deadline: 20 March 2017

Merlin Theatre short play competition open for submissions Deadline:   31 March 201

BBC Radio Essex Playwright of the Year open for submissions – Deadline:  31 March 2017 at 5pm

Doughnut Productions new writing night on ‘seven deadly sins’ –Deadline: 1 April 2017

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

Avenue Theatre Company call out for Seven Deadly Sins monologues from young writers  – Deadline: 1 May 2017

Call out for comedy shorts inspired by Anita and Me (£300 prize) Deadline: 7 May 2017

2017 Bruntwood Prize open for submissions (cash prize + development) – Deadline:  5 June 2017 at 6pm

Events and workshops: 

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

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

Jennifer Farmer Playwriting course at Bishopsgate Institute starts 6 March 2017

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

Three day playwriting workshop with Simon Stephens in Andalucia  15-19 October 2017

Ongoing submissions:

Theatrefullstop in call out for bi-weekly podcast script submissions – Deadline: None posted.

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 –  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

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: 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 – Deadline: none  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


Play Amnesty: Glasgow Women’s Library call for donations of plays written by women – Deadline: 28 February 2017

RSC’s Next Generation programme will be released in May 2017.


Get inspired with Royal Court’s playwrights podcast – Deadline: until 24 February 2107

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