Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 6 October 2023

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London Playwrights’ Projects & News 


Members Submission Window 2023: new rolling process!


Selected writers from our 2022 Submission Window


The Literary Series: Interviews with Literary Managers, Dramaturgs and New Work Associates [includes interviews with the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Exchange & more!]


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!

What do our members get? 

London Playwrights’ Zoom Workshops

Find out more about the full programme of workshops here. New sessions for the Autumn term coming soon!


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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

Lewis Aaron Wood’s New Writers Newsletter

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.  

Fresh Words-An International Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for Special One Act Play Anthology series ‘Hello Godot! – Deadline: 31 October 2023

NFTS and Left Bank Pictures – Diverse Writers Development Programme – Deadline: 31 October 2023

2023-4 New Media Writing Prize – 1 February 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

Omnibus launch 1:1 Wednesday Chats with Artistic Director Marie McCarthy – Dates: various, Wednesdays

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

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

NFTS – Freelancer Focus online sessions – Date: 9 October 2023

London Playwrights Monthly Members’ Zoom – October – Date: 11 October 2023

London Playwrights: Lunchtime Zoom Workshops – Writing in Regional Dialect Date: 18 October 2023

Workshop – Talking Dialogue with Bea Roberts – Date: 21 October 2023

London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: Creating Compelling Characters – Date: 2 November 2023

London Playwrights: Lunchtime Zoom Workshops – Focus on the 5 Act Structure- Date: 8 November 2023

London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: Making An Impact In Your Opening Scene – Date: 14 November 2023

London Playwrights – Lunchtime Zoom Workshops – Pitching Your Play – Date: 22 November 2023

London Playwrights: Lunchtime Zoom Workshops – Creative Inspiration – Date: 30 November 2023

London Playwrights Zoom Workshops: The Redrafting Programme 2024: Date: 8 February 2023

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:

Oxford Playhouse – Playhouse Playmaker Scheme 2024 – Deadline: 6 October 2023

Mikron Theatre Co: New writers for 2025 season Deadline: 7 October 2023

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

ATG are accepting grant submissions for emerging producers and production companies Deadline: 10 October 2023

Sheffield Theatres – Rolling Residencies – Deadline: 13 October 2023

Content Writer & Editor (Paid) – Deadline: October 2023

Applications open for Criterion New Writing 2024 – Deadline: 15 October 2023

CroydonWrites is back! – Deadline: 16 October 2023

Sanctuary Queer Arts x A Play, A Pie and A Pint Writer Commission & Development Opportunity Deadline: 22 October 2023

HighTide Writers Group (for playwrights in the East of England)Deadline: 23 October 2023

Transient Arena – Script Submissions – Deadline: 31 October 2023

Theatrical Shenanigans – Season 3 Submissions Open – Deadline: 31 October 2023

Compass Collective: Associate Writer (Paid) – Deadline: 13 November 2023

Bitter Pill: The Painkiller Prize – Deadline: 13 November 2023

Ghost Light Theatre Company – Silent Night: An evening of Christmas-themed ghost stories – Deadline: 15 November 2023

Funding opportunity: Amplified – Screenwriting and Playwriting Competitions Deadline: 20 November 2023

Birmingham Rep: Victoria Wood Playwriting Prize now accepting submissions –Deadline: 1 December 2023

Sohaya Visions and Ghetto Tigers – RAFTA 2023 – Deadline; 20 January 2023

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

Reflex Theatre Call for New Acts Deadline: rolling

Old Red Lion Theatre available slots for hire on Sundays – Deadline: not applicable

London Playwrights: Members’ Submission Window 2023: New Rolling Process!  Deadline: rolling

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:

Acting for Writers – Workshop with Nada Sabet – Date: 30 October 2023

Graeae x Mercury Theatre – Writers Teach Writing Course Dates: various

Theatre503 Writers’ Programme 2023 Dates: various

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 2023New 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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