Here are some upcoming competitions and opportunities.
- The Bruntwood Prize 2015. The Bruntwood Prize is the biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers. All entries for the Bruntwood Prize are made online through the website. The process is really simple and happens in four steps. You will need: to be aged 16 or over; a pseudonym or a name that’s not your own; a contact email address; an address in the UK or Republic of Ireland or British Overseas Territory or British Forces Post Office; a title for your play and your finished play in a single document (PDF, DOC, or DOCX). The play must be an original, unperformed and unproduced piece of work, an hour long or more in playing time. We do not accept translations, co-authored plays, adaptations, musicals or plays written for younger audiences. The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and related rights to the submitted script. The submitted play must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. If you have won a prize in the previous Bruntwood competitions, you may not enter a script. However, you may enter if you have been short/long-listed in the past. The prize fund is £40,000 for the judges to distribute at their discretion. No production is guaranteed, but all winners will have the opportunity to begin a relationship with the Royal Exchange Theatre and all scripts awarded prizes are automatically under option to the Royal Exchange for a period of 18 months. Deadline: 5 June 2015 at 6pm.
- The Courtyard Award for New Writing 2015. The Courtyard is delighted to announce the 7th King’s Cross Award for New Writing. The Award, open to writers of all levels of experience resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland, seeks imaginative, original work which explores the unique possibilities of writing for the stage. Scripts must be unpublished and currently unperformed. Entries may be sent, marked ‘Courtyard Award 2015’ and accompanied by a £10 entry fee (made payable to CTTC LTD) and a large SAE for return of script to THE COURTYARD THEATRE, BOWLING GREEN WALK, 40 PITFIELD STREET, LONDON, N1 6EU. Please note that telephone calls or enquiries regarding the Award will not be accepted. For enquiries, email email@example.com. Guidelines for entry: up to two full-length plays may be entered per writer (no email entries, radio plays or TV scripts); unpublished and unperformed scripts only (rehearsed readings are allowed but this must be disclosed upon submission); plays must be typed or word-processed and clearly laid out with pages numbered; title page must include writer’s name and full contact details (including email address) but PLEASE DO NOT include any information which could identify the writer on any other page of the script. Please include two SAEs for acknowledgement of entry and return of script. Plays must be received by 30 June 2015.
- The Fifth Word Award for Most Promising Playwright (East Midlands writers only). Fifth Word Theatre Company and Nottingham Playhouse are launching a brand new one-act play competition to uncover new playwriting talent across the East Midlands. We are looking for original, compelling pieces written specifically for the stage that have contemporary relevance. This competition is for early-career writers who have had no more than one play professionally produced. The winner of this competition will receive: a rehearsed reading for their play as part of a celebration event at Nottingham Playhouse in September 2015; a 12-month attachment with Fifth Word based at Nottingham Playhouse; £2000 development money and a mentor to provide dramaturgical support throughout the attachment. Extracts from the runners-up will also be given a rehearsed reading at Nottingham Playhouse. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over currently living or studying in the East Midlands region. Scripts must be submitted anonymously online and must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. A maximum of one play per entrant is permitted and the entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright. Scripts must be one-act plays (up to approximately 60 minutes) and must be original, unperformed, unproduced and unpublished. Translations, co-authored plays, children’s plays, adaptations, musical theatre, television, film or radio scripts are not eligible. The play must not have previously won or been shortlisted in any other competition. Entries must be in English, typed, single-sided and numbered on every page. Deadline: midnight on 15 July 2015.
- The Verity Bargate Award. This award is open to writers resident in the UK or Ireland. Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted. The winner of this year’s award will be expected to attend a ceremony later in the year. The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners, plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available. The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in Word or PDF We are not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images. Please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org, within the dates stated. The winner will receive £6000 in respect of an exclusive option to produce the winning play at Soho Theatre, directed by Artistic Director, Steve Marmion. Submissions open on 1 July 2015 and close on 31 July 2015 (6pm). Entries submitted outside this window will not be considered.
- The Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play of the Year (playwrights of African or Caribbean descent only). Open to playwrights of Caribbean or African descent resident in the UK. Plays must be original, full-length stage plays written in English. They do not need to have been professionally produced but if they have, only plays produced since August 2014 will be considered. Each submitted play must be accompanied by a CV with an email address, contact telephone and confirmation of the writer’s Caribbean and/or African heritage and residency in the UK included, along with a brief synopsis of the play. Each entrant can submit only one play. A play may also be nominated by a third party with the writer’s consent (e.g. via an agent). Both new and established writers are encouraged to enter. The winning writer wins £6,000. Two hard copies of your script should be sent to: Pauline Walker, The Alfred Fagon Award, c/o Talawa Theatre Company, 53-55 East Road, London, N1 6AH. An electronic copy of the play should also be sent by email to email@example.com. Deadline: midday on 3 August 2015.
- The Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights. The Yale Drama Series is an annual, international competition for emerging playwrights. We are seeking submissions for our 2016 playwriting competition. The winning play will be selected by the series’ current judge, distinguished playwright Nicholas Wright. The winner will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater. There is no application form or entry fee. Please follow these guidelines in preparing your manuscript: this contest is restricted to plays written in the English language by playwrights worldwide. Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays. Translations, musicals, and children’s plays are not accepted. Playwrights may win the competition only once and may submit only one manuscript per year. Plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible. Plays that have had a workshop, reading, or non-professional production or that have been published as an actor’s edition will be considered. Plays may not be under option, commissioned, or scheduled for professional production or publication at the time of submission. Plays must be typed/word-processed, page-numbered, and in standard professional play format. The Yale Drama Series Competition strongly urges electronic submission – if you are submitting your play electronically, please omit your name and contact information from your manuscript. The manuscript must begin with a title page that shows the play’s title, a 2-3 sentence keynote description of the play, a list of characters, and a list of acts and scenes. Please enter the title of your play, your name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email address), and a brief biography (optional) where indicated in the electronic submission form. If you would like to submit an electronic copy of your manuscript please go to: https://yup.submittable.com/submit. Submissions for the 2016 competition must be entered no earlier than 1 June 2015 and no later than 15 August 2015.
- StageWrite 2016. StageWrite is Bedford’s annual New Writing Festival. Running since 2013, StageWrite brings you a variety of brand new plays over 1 week. All the plays are ‘in development’ and are followed by a Q&A with the writer, director and actors. StageWrite is designed as a platform for emerging and published writers to see their work up on its feet, in front of an audience and performed ‘script-in-hand’ by professional actors. Submitted scripts must follow industry standard in terms of font size, layout, page numbering etc. Scripts must be between 30 and 40 minutes in length – either a complete piece, or part of a longer piece that is able to stand alone. A maximum of 6 actors is allowed – if there are more than 6 roles, it should be feasible for the actors to play multiple roles. Keeps stage directions to a minimum where possible and include three questions for feedback after performance. Please be aware that if your entry does not follow the above brief, it will not be accepted. Note that the deadline for submissions is 30 September 2015. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Hannah Roe.