Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 27 March 2020

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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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Featured posts:


**Update: Covid-19 and our work**

London Playwrights 2020: Selected Writers Announced!

Play Club 2020 – Play #1 – Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner by Jasmine Lee Jones

Members’ Content Coming Soon! Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure 

The LPW Guide to Formatting your Stage Play – NOW LIVE!


PODCAST: Making It with Temi Wilkey – London Playwrights’ Collaboration with the Bush Theatre & One Fine Play

Interviewing Playwrights – Emily Garside 

New Digital Opportunities

In response to the coronavirus crisis, there has been a surge in new online opportunities for writers, so we’ve added this new section to list them all!

National Theatre productions to be streamed for free on YouTube

Sharp Scratches presents Writing in Isolation (Facebook Group) 

Women & Theatre podcast series exploring women and work

Papatango Library & Arts Council Advice

Nick Hern Books Still on the Page – offering 30% discount on play texts

Call out for Audio Comedy & Comedy/Drama Scripts! – Deadline: rolling

Calling Creative Contributors – writers, dancers, photographers, The Creative Pandemic – Deadline: rolling

Josef Weinberger Plays seeking 15 minute shorts for ISOPLAYTION – Deadline: none posted

Quarantine Quill – Creative writing podcast – Deadline: rolling

ChewBoy Productions seeking submissions for ‘The Quarantine Collective’ – Deadline: 27 March 2020

Wooden Arrow Productions seeking monologues from working class writers – Deadline: 29 March 2020

BBC Interconnected Rapid Response callout for scripts – Deadline: 30 March 2020 at 12pm

Papatango Isolated but Open commissions – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Slackline Productions accepting submissions for Cyber Stories – Deadline: weekly on Wednesdays from 25 March 2020

Farnham Maltings Theatre seeking Covid-19 responses – Deadline: 2 April 2020 & 18 May 2020 (more deadlines may be added later)

Breakwater Theatre online monologue competition – Deadline: 4 April 2020

Uproar Theatre accepting submissions for Some Noise – Deadline: 10 April 2020

New writing podcast seeking work on theme of Power of One – Deadline: 20 April 2020 at midnight

Down Stage Write – Write Home: Script Surgery Online (Devon and Cornwall writers) – Deadline: none but the session takes place on 31 March 2020



Opportunities with deadlines:

Please note: due to the current theatre closures, it is likely that some of these opportunities may not go ahead as planned. We are working hard to get everything updated but in the meantime, please check with the organisers before submitting.

Play Submissions Helper: Free Access to Master List! (including 56 Play Submissions Opps w/ April Deadlines) – Deadlines: various throughout April

Graeae’s Crips with Chips scratch night accepting submissions from deaf and disabled writers – Deadline: 28 March 2020

Applications now open for The Writing Squad – Deadline: 29 March 2020

Dramatists Guild accepting submissions for a reading with feedback – Deadline: 29 March 2020

Radius 2020 Playwriting Competition now open (prize £500) – Deadline: 30 March 2020

DYSPLA accepting pitch ideas for a new writer in residency – Deadline: 30 March 2020

Creative Youth are searching for three emerging companies/artists for their Creative Talent Programme – Deadline: 30 March 2020

Decorating Dissidence: Call for Submissions – Essays, Reviews, Poetry, Visual Arts – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Call out for 400th anniversary Mayflower themed ideas at the Albany theatre – Deadline: 31 March 2020

10 minute shorts wanted from Kent based writers for new production COFFEEHOUSE  – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Acting accepting short film submissions – Deadline: 31 March 2020

ETPEP Award 2020 open for entries – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Crimson Phoenix script submission window now open for plays and musicals – Deadline: 31 March 2020

One-year MA in Operamaking at GSMD open for applications – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Calling all budding playwrights – The Phoenix Writes competition is now open (entry fee £10) – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Seahorse Films are looking for new screenplays (paid) – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Breakout Film Festival Contest open for entries – Deadline: 31 March 2020

Alpine Fellowship 2020 Theatre Prize (£3000) now open for entries – Deadline: 1 April 2020

ITV Red Planet Prize open for submissions on 27 March 2020 – Deadline: 3 April 2020

Voices in the Dark 2020 call out for 6 short plays – Deadline: 3 April 2020

2020 Wexford Literary & Arts Awards competition call out (€10 fee) – Deadline: 3 April 2020

Flux Theatre accepting submissions for EMERGE 5 – Deadline: 8 April 2020

Short Com Sitcom Script Competition (entry fee) – Deadline: 10 April early/ 21 June regular/ 7 July 2020 late

Full Disclosure Theatre now accepting submissions for special PRIDE edition of XPOSED – Deadline: 13 April 2020

Rosemary’s House writers retreat in Greece ($3500) – Deadline: 17 April 2020

The Writing Squad seeking new core team member (paid) – Deadline: 17 April 2020

BBC Writers Academy 2020 – Deadline: 19 April 2020

BBC Writersroom – open for comedy scripts on 23rd March 2020 – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Applecart Arts seeking writers aged 10-16 for inspiring submissions – Deadline: 20 April 2020

Yellow Earth – Writers Academy Birmingham – Deadline: 20 April 2020

AboutFACE Theatre open for submissions for new writing festival – Deadline: 26 April 2020

Penguin Random House accepting applications for WriteNow – Deadline: 26 April 2020

Lungs Project accepting proposals for written work on theme “Visions of Home”  – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Love Sharing international festival accepting performance proposals (Italy) – Deadline: 30 April 2020

Playmakers Repertory Company inviting blind submissions in March and April – Deadline: 30 April 2020

The Nick Darke Writer’s Award 2020 is now open for entries – Deadline: 4 May 2020

Power Play are searching for a female-identifying writer to create a play set in a nail bar/beauty salon – Deadline: 4 May 2020

BBC Wales Writer in Residence (applications open on 10 February) – Deadline: 11 May 2020

The Comedy Crowd TV2020 Showcase – Deadline: 15 May 2020

The Progress Theatre launches two projects for aspiring playwrights – Deadline: none but last sessions and events take place on 1 & 4 July 2020

Pint-Sized Plays 2020 writing competition open for applications (fee £5.50) – Deadline 31 May 2020

Liverpool Hope Prize for Playwriting – Deadline: 31 May 2020

Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Playwriting Competition accepting international submissions (fee $49) – Deadline: 1 June 2020

Carnon Downs Drama Group looking for one act scripts (prize £100) – Deadline: 5 June 2020

The Phil Fox Award invites script submissions about issues related to addiction (paid £6,000) – Deadline: 16 June 2020

Manchester Performing Arts Group accepting submissions – Deadline: 30 June 2020

Two day theatre workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan (cost €200) – Deadline for applications: 28 March 2020 15 July 2020


Events and workshops:

Greenwich screenwriters meetup  – Dates: 1st Wednesday of each month

Writing in the Sand full creative day event (costs £32.93) – Dates: monthly

Playwritng Classes at the National Theatre – Dates: various throughout the year

Bush Theatre Masterclasses – Dates: various

Director’s Cut Theatre: Writer’s Club – Dates: various

The Monobox: Get Writing with Andrew Whyment and Adam Foster – Dates: various

Free coaching sessions for writing with Katy Segrove -17-19 April 2020

Free tickets available for WMC scratch night for womxn & non-binary writers only – Date: 13 March 2020

Residential Playwriting Course with Simon Stephens – Dates: 22 – 28 March 2020

Write Theatre – 4 Day courses on the art of Writing for Theatre – Dates: Stars 9 May 2020

Residential Writing Course/Retreat with Kim Komljanec in France (prices start from £545) – Dates: 31 May 2020 – 5 June 2020

LPW Workshop: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing with Emily Garside – Date: 6 June 2020 10am-1pm

LPW Workshop: Plan your Play in a Day – Date: 27 June 2020

LPW Workshop: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Date: 1 August 2020 10am-1pm

LPW: The Redrafting Programme Course 2020 – Date: start 19 September 2020

Writing for Radio day workshop for beginners with Fin Kennedy (cost £50) – Date: 19 September 2020

Online workshops and resources: 

New Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure  -Starts 7 May 2020

LPW launches Podcast with Temi Wilkey, One Fine Play & The Bush Theatre

National Theatre: New Views – playwriting programme for 14-19 year olds – Dates: various

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019 Paines Plough Insights Podcast

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPW Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPW Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPW: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPW Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

LPW Members: Online Course – The Submissions Checklist 

Black Lives, Black Words: Playwriting Fundamentals Course

Papatango Online Workshops

Chippy Lane Productions open list of female writers

Nick Hern Books launches Playscript Subscriptions

Ongoing submissions:

London Playwrights Workshop accepting rolling submissions from members – Deadline: rolling

Opportunity for writers to develop work with company of actors (profit share) – Deadline: rolling

John Byrne Award monthly competition for creative work (prize £250) – Deadline: monthly

Scene 1 writers’ & actors’ group looking for short scripts linked to Epping Forest (£4 fee) – Deadline: rolling

Brush Stroke Order now offering bursaries for script reading services – Deadline: rolling

Elephant Ears Reading Series are looking for plays to read and record (feedback provided) – Deadline: not specified

Underscore Studios script submission – Deadline: not specified

The Lion & Unicorn Theatre are looking for work to programme – Deadline: rolling/ programming for current season (ends July)

Stitchin’ Fiction seeking creatives for their events – Deadline: rolling

Studio Salford Development Week – Deadline: none posted

The Space accepting applications from companies for new season – 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

Free Spirit Theatre seeking submissions for Write-Off 2019 – Deadline: none posted

Feast Theatre seeking playwrights! – Deadline: none posted

BBC Sounds launch callout for podcast drama! – Deadline: none posted

Tiny Theatre seeking submissions of short plays – Deadline: none posted

WildChild Script Call out! – Deadline: none posted

Blindspot Theatre Scratch night -Deadline: none but slots are filled on a first come first serve basis

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

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

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

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – 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.

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