Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 25 August 2023

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London Playwrights’ Projects


The Literary Series: Interviews with Literary Managers, Dramaturgs and New Work Associates – New Episodes Live NOW (Josh Elliott from Graeae Theatre// Tom Wright from The Kiln Theatre// Fleur Hebditch)


Pay it Forward for Playwrights: A new initiative to help support writers


Playwriting Real-life: London Playwrights Podcast live now! New episode – Interview Errol McGlashan: putting on a one-person show

Members’ Zoom Drop-in session: share your work, meet other writers – first Wednesday of each month!

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London Playwrights’ Zoom Workshops

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WrAP2023 Redrafting Materials available for members to download now!

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






Digital Resources

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Latest News


Explained: How to increase your membership amount – London Playwrights


ChewBoy Productions: George Bailey on filming theatre shows

WALKING PLAYS: New app bringing London’s streets to life

DH Ensemble & Solar Bear: (Un)scripted – a series of short films focused on exploring the possibilities of working with deaf and hearing artists

Playwrights and Policy by Jane Woddis

300 Thoughts for Theatremakers: Writing for the Screen

Chewboy Productions: HARPOCRATES (or, how to run away quietly) – a short film available to watch now

Bruntwood Prize: Published Prize winning playtexts with Nick Hern Books- 20% off from Nick Hern site

Opportunities Listings 

New! New opportunities added this week are now highlighted in pink to save regular scrollers some time!

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.  

Wednesday Chats – Omnibus Theatre – Deadline: starts 7 August 2023

BBC Radio 4 Extra – DMs Are Open – taking submissions Deadlines: various

Underscore Studios – Script Lab for working class writers/ filmmakers Deadline: not specified/ see their newsletter

Digital Dreamers Magazine: Submissions for Edition I – open to writers aged 10-25 Deadline: 31 August 2023

BBC Comedy Script Partnership Project: Northern Ireland Deadline: 1 September 2023

London Playwrights’ Members: Summer Monologue Competition Deadline: 1 September 2023

The Studio21 2023 script competition opens for entries (TV Pilot) – Deadline: 13 September 2023

Act Bedford and Content Created – Radio Theatre For The Mind’s Eye Deadline: 17 September 2023

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition 2023 – Children, Family & YA Media and Television Drama – Deadline: 6 September 2023 for bursary applications/ 18 September 2023

BBC Writersroom – Pilot 2024  – Deadline: 26 September 2023 (opens 5 September 2023)

Scriptwriters and Co – Summer Scratch Night Submissions – Deadline: next event 26 September 2023

Rolling deadlines:

Creative Debuts – Working Class Creatives Grant – Deadline: rolling

The Scene Podcast (unpaid) – Deadline: rolling

BBC Upload – Deadline: rolling

British Comedy Guide – Pro Video Contest Various throughout the year

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

Online Courses and Workshops

Kali Playwrights Forum Date: 29 June 2023 and then every two months

Royal Television Society: How To Get Into Screenwriting –   Date: 6 September 2023

Paines Plough – Open Writer’s Labs Deadline: not specified

The Writers Hour- virtual writing sprints by London Writers’ Salon – Daily

1×1 intuitive writing sessions with Sarah Congress Dates: various

Scratch Me 2022 – Public Programme – Dates: various

Flux Writers Membership

Playwright and former Space Theatre script reader Scott Younger is offering feedback on stage plays (small fee payable) – 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

New Earth academy plus- for BESEA artists – Various/ also in-person events

An Introduction to Screenwriting: online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia (no longer free, subscription costs apply)

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. 

With deadlines:

The Kay Mellor Fellowship 2024 – Deadline: 29 August 2023 at 10am

Laurels Theatre | Richard Jenkinson Commission – Deadline: 31 August 2023

Fight Like A Girl 4 – Four nights of new plays for charity – Deadline: 31 August 2023

Ten-Minute Musicals Project 2023 – Deadline: 31 August 2023

Gallery Players 27th Annual Black Box New Play Festival (New York) – Deadline: 31 August 2023

Theatre Three 25th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays (2024) Deadline: 1 September 2023

Constellation Stage and Screen – The Woodward / Newman Award – Deadline: 1 September 2023

Buidheann Sgrìobhadairean Gàidhlig/Gaelic Writers Group – Deadline: 8 September 2023

Community Theatre Director Immediate Theatre – Deadline: 11 September 2023

Topanga Actors Company, California – short play festival (open to international writers) Deadline: 16 September 2023

RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme – Deadline: 18 September 2023

NANJING WRITERS RESIDENCY OPEN FOR 2023 Deadline: 20 September 2023

The Script’s The Thing! – Deadline: 22nd September 2023

INK Festival – Short Play Submissions – Deadline: 23 September 2023

The Wyllie Longmore Award (Manchester writers) – Deadline: 28 September 2023

Tron Theatre – Resident Writer (Residency for Scotland-based playwrights) – Deadline: 28 September 2023

Titchfield Festival Theatre – New Playwright Competition – Deadline: 30 September 2023

FOOTNOTE X COUNTERPOINTS WRITING PRIZE- for writers from refugee and migrant backgrounds – Deadline: 1 October 2023

The Paul McVeigh Residency- The Harrison, Belfast. Open to emerging writers living on the island of Ireland – Deadline: 1 October 2023

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Awards (for those over the age of 30) – Deadline: 2 October 2023

Unlimited- UK and International Open Awards for disabled artists based in the UK – Deadline: 7 October 2023

Transient Arena – Script Submissions – Deadline: 31 October 2023

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

INK: Free Script Writing Courses – Dates: various

London Fringe Theatres Open Slots + Submissions Deadlines: various

Off The Page: bi-monthly script readings at The Bridge House Theatre, Penge – Deadline: rolling

Old Red Lion Theatre – Space availabe for August and September Deadline: not specified

London Pub Theatres Magazine Seeking Review Writers Deadline: rolling

Mental Rebellion seeking writers – Deadline: not specified

No Such Thing Theatre at the Kings Head offering free feedback for playwrights – Deadline: not specified

Birmingham Rep: Victoria Wood Playwriting Prize Deadline: not yet specified, submissions open in September 2023

Scribe Playwriting Competition taking entries for 2024 competition (entry fee) – Deadline: rolling

Go Try Play Write – monthly playwriting contest – Deadline: monthly

Call for applications: Kevin Elyot Award 2023 – Deadline: not specified

Heads or Tales? Monthly Scratch Night (Scottish & Irish Writers) Deadline: monthly events

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

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

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

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 Tron – Pay What You Want workshops Dates: various

Developing a Character – Workshop with PlaywrightKaren Cecilia in Athens, Greece – Dates: see website

Messy Writers: Monthly London Meet-Ups – Dates: monthly

Royal Exchange Collective Membership- for under 26’s Deadline: not applicable

Blood Beats: LGBTQ+ Writers Group (Manchester) Dates: 3rd Thursday of the month in 2023

Hyphen Artist Collective – Show Up & Write (free sessions) – Dates: 20 & 27 August 2023

North 7 Media: Using AI Tools In Your Creative Career – workshop Date: 9-10 September 2023

Womxn Who Make Funny Films – Ongoing Events – Deadline: 21 September 2023

Clean Break Theatre: Rewriting Justice workshop – Deadline: 21 September 2023

New Earth academy plus- for BESEA artists – Various/ also online

Manchester Screenwriting Meet Up – Dates: various (alternates between in person in  and Zoom)

BBC & NFTS – BBC Scholarships – Dates: various

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