Opportunities – Weekly Round-up: 16 July 2021

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Fizzy Sherbet accepting short play submissions by Women for podcast (paid)


Opportunities Listings 

Digital & Audio 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.  

With deadlines: 

The Festival of Fleeting Words – Writing Opportunity (paid) – Deadline: various

Mags Creative looking for a writer to help create new podcast (paid) – Deadline: 26 July 2021

Fizzy Sherbet accepting short play submissions by Women for podcast (paid) – Deadline: 7 August 2021

Ocean City Radio – Short script submission for Christmas plays (unpaid) – Deadline: 8 August 2021

Shoot the Company – Writing Opportunity (paid) – Deadline: 13 August 2021

Act Bedford – Script Submission (unpaid) – Deadline: 22 August 2021

That Sketch Show – Topical Comedy Opportunity (paid) – Deadline: 30 September 2021

Rolling deadlines:

Cooped Up Creatives recruiting new contributors for poetry and art project (unpaid) – 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

Online Courses and Workshops

Playwright and former Space Theatre script reader Scott Younger is offering free feedback on all plays 10 pages and under in length – Deadline: not specified

Big Fish Productions writing group – Dates: Every Friday

Part of the Main: Part of the Grid back with new online workshops – Dates: various

Squint’s GET WRITING & KEEP WRITING workshops – bookings for 2021 now open – Dates: various in 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Making an Impact in Your Opening Scene – Date: 24 July 2021

Writing Radio Drama – Online Workshop from Octagon Theatre Bolton – Date: 27 July 2021

Proud Haddock Workshops – Getting Your Play Commissioned: Workshop with National Theatre Dramaturg Stewart Pringle – Date: 25 August 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Monologue Writing – Date: 7 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing Historic Drama – Date: 11 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing-Style and Structure – Date: 12 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing an Adaptation – Date: 14 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: An Introduction to Musical Theatre Writing- Starting Writing! – Date: 19 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Playwrighting for Everyone (A 6 Week Course) – Date: starts 23 September 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Writing Horror for Stage! – Date: starts 4 October 2021

LPW Online Workshops: Pitching Your Play (with confidence!) – Date: 9 October 2021

LPW Online Workshops: The Redrafting Programme 2021 – Date: starts 16 October 2021

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

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

Listed in order of deadline, followed those with deadlines, and workshops & events. 

With deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper: 35 Play Submissions Opps with July deadlines – Deadlines: various throughout July 2021

Anthroplay & Escape Bar – Escape Through Words! A Scratch Night – Writing Opportunity  (profit share) – Deadline 17 July 2021

Shook – Writer Submissions – (paid) Deadline: 18 July 2021

GO CREATE! – Script Opportunity (paid) Deadline: 19 July 2021

Applications for VAULT Festival 2022 now open! (profit share) – Deadline: 19 July 2021 early bird/ 16 2021 August general

Vital Xposure – Wellspring – (unpaid)– Deadline: 22 July 2021

Concrete Youth Seeking Dramaturg for the ASMR project (paid) – Deadline: 22 July 2021

Pen to Period Seed Commission (Leading Light Collective) (paid) – Deadline: 26 July 2021

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Groups – Deadline: 28 July 2021

Creation of a Street Poem, Nottingham City Council (paid) – Deadline: 30 July 2021

25th Alfred Fagon Award – Open for entries! – Deadline: 30 July 2021

Writer-in-Residence, Wasafiri (paid) – Deadline: 31 July 2021

Little Fish Theatre accepting scripts for short play competition (paid) – Deadline: 31 July 2021

Thornhill Theatre Space is seeking submissions for their 2nd Annual Award Winning World-Wide Fringe Festival (unpaid) – Deadline: none posted but the festival takes place in August

Optik Theatre callout for writers for Script Room (unpaid) – Deadline: 1 August 2021

Yale Drama Series 2022 open for entries from 1 June 2021 (paid) Deadline: 15 August 2021

Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwright Award ($5000 prize) – Deadline: 21 August 2021

The University of Southampton: Green Stories Writing Competition (paid) – Deadline: 26 August 2021

Independent International Award for Improper Dramaturgy «Neem-2021. Turquoise edition» (paid) – Deadline: 5 September 2021

Stephen Joseph Theatre – Script Submissions Window now open (paid if commissioned) – Deadline: 30 September 2021

Rolling & Unspecified deadlines: 

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

Work-in-Development Submissions for the John Thaw Studio at The Actors Centre (profit share) – Deadline: ongoing

Concord Theatricals are accepting unsolicited submissions (paid) – Deadline: ongoing

The BCG Pro Video Contest is looking for 2 minute scripted video sketches (prize £100) – Deadline: until further notice

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

Hampstead Theatre announces year round submission window

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 Story Pilgrim: Free Storytelling Event at the Canal Cafe Theatre – Date: 19 July 2021

Bush Theatre Masterclasses  – Dates: various (available both in person and online)

Oxford Playwriting with John Retallack: Applications open for 2021/22 courses – Dates: courses start October 2021

BBC & NFTS – BBC Scholarships – Dates: various

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