Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 26 May 2023

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Latest News


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

Opportunities Listings 

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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.  

Short Circuit – Sharp Shorts (Scottish-based screenwriters and directors) – Deadline: 29 May 2023


Funny Women – Comedy Writing Award – Deadline: 1 June 2023

New Writing North | Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards 2023 Deadline: 5 June 2023

 Film Hub North – Script Lab Deadline: 5 June 2023

The Hot House | Shorts – Deadline: 9 June 2023

City Fox Books | Play Submissions Deadline: 11 June 2023

Popcorn Awards – The Popcorn Writing Award – Deadline: 23 June 2023

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

PlayZoomers – seeking short plays – Deadline: 1 July 2023

BFI Future Film Festival 2023 – call for submissions (£5 entry fee)- Deadline: 4 August 2023

Rolling deadlines:

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

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

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

Scratch Me 2022 – Public Programme – Dates: various

Flux Writers Membership

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

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

Hyphen Artist Collective – Show Up And Write Dates: various throughout April 2023

The Monobox: Writing Workshop with Athena Stevens – Deadline: 30 May 2023

London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: TV Writing Dates: starts 6 June 2023 for 6 weeks

Pride Month LGBTQ+ Theatre Workshops  (Theatre/ History/ Activism/ Drop-in) – Dates: various throughout June

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:

Live Theatre Playwriting Course – Deadline: 30 May 2023

Word Factory launches 2023-4 Apprentice Awards – Deadline: 1 May 2023/ 31 May 2023

Network Theatre Propose A Show – Deadline: 31 May 2023

The Shape of Things to Come- Volcano Theatre Wales – Deadline: 31 May 2023

Pint-Sized Plays Writing Competition 2023 – Deadline: 31 May 2023

Stages Theatre Houston – Script Submission Window Deadline: 31 May 2023

Woven Voices Prize Deadline: 1 June 2023

Etcetera Theatre seeking shows for Indie Summer Festival – Deadline: none posted but festival starts 1 June 2023

Chesil Theatre | TakeTen New Writing Competition 2023 | Snakes & Ladders – Deadline: 2 June 2023

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse script submission window & The Homotopia Award Deadline: 2 June 2023

Very Rascals Theatre Company: How to combine being a mother & writing creatively –Wednesday, 7th June 2023 8-9pm

Poet in the City: Artist (Writer and Performer) Deadline: 13 June 2023

Very Rascals Theatre Company: How to keep going when things are tough – overcoming obstacles in creative work – Wednesday, 21st June 2023 8-9pm

BEYOND – Graeae’s bespoke Artist Development programme Deadline: 26 June 2023

Nursery Theatre accepting submissions for Flourish Festival Deadline: 30 June 2023

Very Rascals Theatre Company: How to be climate-friendly in your theatre practice and creative work –Wednesday, 5th July 2023 8-9pm

Mustapha Matura Award 2023 (25 or younger) – Deadline: 31 July 2023

The North East Playwriting Award – by the Live Theatre and the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust Deadline: 7 August 2023

Yale Drama Series 2024 Competition – Call for Submissions – Deadline: 15 August 2023 (opens on 1 June 2023)

Transient Arena – Script Submissions – Deadline: 31 October 2023

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

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:

Public Workshops, UEA MA in ScriptwritingDeadline: 20 & 21 June 2023

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