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  • The biennial BBC World Service International Radio Playwriting Competition is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell the stories that matter to a world audience. The Open University is proud to co-produce the competition in partnership with BBC World Service and the British Council . BBC is now accepting submissions for their International Radio Playwriting Competition through January 31. First prize winner wins £2,200 sterling (a little over $2900 in USD), a trip to London, and have your play broadcast across the world on BBC World Service.
  • Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain received several posthumous awards for his bravery against violent extremism on July 1st 2016 at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. As a 20 year old Muslim man, he had the chance to leave the café, but he chose to remain behind with his friends. How can we honour his memory without exposing ourselves to harm and persecution? How can we begin to tackle the rise of fanaticism around us? With the theatre production, TERROR, in November 2019, Sohaya Visions and Mukul & Ghetto Tigers have launched a new scriptwriting competition, RAFTA (Rise Against Fanaticism Through the...
  • Slackline Stories: a writing night held in London. Slackline wants to redress the balance in the stories being told and who’s telling them - working with female-identifying writers to offer new-writing plays that have female characters at their heart, focusing most specifically on stories of women aged 35+.
  • Sky Blue Theatre Company chooses five plays to be produced in a London venue. One of the winning plays will also be chosen to be made into a short film. This year’s performance will take place in October.
  • Est. 2009, the Papatango New Writing Prize was the first – and remains the only – annual playwriting award in the UK to guarantee an emerging playwright a full production on the professional stage. The competition is open to anyone resident in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland only. The winning writer will receive £7000. Their script will be produced by Papatango in a month-long run in The Large theatre at Southwark Playhouse, London, with the writer receiving a royalty of 8% of the net box office. It will also be published by Nick Hern Books.
  • The Literal Challenge - a social enterprise that brings together a community of writers, wannabe writers and newbies through creative challenges.
  • Looking for a chance to bring your play from page to stage? Want to see new writing at its freshest? Reading Week connects playwrights and audiences, giving writers the opportunity to hear their scripts brought to life in a rehearsed reading and gain valuable feedback. Join us at Pleasance Islington for a week-long festival of new plays, with a different one every night - you could be sitting beside the next Sarah Kane or Tom Stoppard!
  • Amateur playwrights world-wide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays. Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the Fringe Festival in October. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize, judged purely on the writing. Submission deadline is March 5th 2022*. Eligibility Only amateur playwrights* are eligible and only one script per author accepted. Each script must be an original work and not previously published or performed. Criteria Each play is to be between 25 - 35 minutes in length* (although one or two minutes either side is...
  • The Page Is Printed Creative Writing Competition offers a number of different prizes. Any genre of writing is accepted from script to poetry, but you’re encouraged to be bold, imaginative and contain your entry to one side of A4. The panel will be looking for something that dares to be different and most importantly, something which comes alive when read aloud.
  • Carlow Little Theatre Society is one of the oldest amateur drama groups in Ireland. In 1944 a group of like minded people got together to discuss forming a local drama society and thus we were born. In 1945 we produced our first play ‘The Whip Hand' and since then the society has on average, performed a One Act season and two full length plays each year. We welcome all aspiring actors and writers wishing to try out new material, as well as anyone with a desire to work with us behind the scenes (Directing, lighting, production, costuming, etc) from aged 16+. To become involved, simply follow...