Opportunities

Explore new writing opportunities and events from the BBC and across the industry.

  • 500 WORDS - BBC Radio 2

    500 WORDS - BBC Radio 2

    Deadline: 7pm on 23 February 2017. BBC Radio 2's 500 WORDS story-writing competition for kids aged 5 - 13 is back!

    Radio, Cross Platform

  • BBC Essex Playwright of the Year

    BBC Essex Playwright of the Year

    Deadline: 31 March 2017. Have you ever wanted to be a playwright? Would you like to have your play broadcast on BBC Radio? Do you have what it takes to become a BBC Essex Playwright of the year?

    Radio

  • Birmingham School of Acting - Short Film Season

    Birmingham School of Acting - Short Film Season

    Deadline: 28th February 2017. Short film scripts needed for the Birmingham School of Acting Short Film Season 2017. Successful scripts will be filmed to professional standards.

    Film

  • Brave New Word

    Brave New Word

    Deadline: 20 February 2017. The Next Brave New Word event on 31st March at SLAM in London's Kings Cross is looking for 5 minute pieces of writing on the theme of 'Legacy'. It can be in any form including drama, prose and poetry.

    Theatre

  • Carabosse Theatre Company - Real Ale and Drama Shots 5 - short play submissions

    Carabosse Theatre Company - Real Ale and Drama Shots 5 - short play submissions

    Deadline: Midnight 6th March 2017. Short (5 - 20 minute) play submissions are needed for October Pub Theatre nights for this Milton Keynes based theatre and production company.

    Theatre

  • FAB Prize 2017

    FAB Prize 2017

    Deadline: 6th April 2017. Faber & Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency with a new prize to find Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers and illustrators for children.

  • Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing - Windsor Fringe

    Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing - Windsor Fringe

    Deadline: 5th March 2017. Amateur playwrights worldwide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for the 14th Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award.

    Theatre

  • Little Pieces of Gold - Showcase for new writing

    Little Pieces of Gold - Showcase for new writing

    Deadline: 15th March 2017 at midnight. Little Pieces of Gold are seeking plays on the subject of faith for their 23rd April production at Southwark Playhouse.

    Theatre

  • Newsjack

    Newsjack

    Deadline: Mondays & Tuesdays weekly from 23 January to 28 February 2017. BBC Radio 4 Extra are again looking for submissions for the topical sketch show series.

    Radio

  • Radio Drama Industry Lab for Scottish writers

    Radio Drama Industry Lab for Scottish writers

    Deadline: 22 February 2017. The Scottish Radio Drama Lab is aimed at Scotland-based professional writers looking to expand their skills and experience. While focusing on radio, the lab will explore writing drama in general.

    Radio

  • Shortflix

    Shortflix

    Deadline: 5pm on 8th March. Do you have a brilliant idea for a short film? Would you like training, mentorship, funding and a professional crew to help you make it? How about seeing it showcased on Sky Arts?

    Film

  • Stitchin' Fiction

    Stitchin' Fiction

    Registration Deadline: Noon on 11th February. Next Event: Monday 20th February 2017. An original new writing night where casting, rehearsal and performance takes place in the course of a SINGLE evening...

    Theatre, Cross Platform

  • The BBC Young Writers Award

    The BBC Young Writers Award

    Deadline: 5pm on Friday 21st April 2017. Are you the author of tomorrow? The BBC Young Writers' Award 2017 is open for submissions! Judges Alice Levine, Holly Bourne and Nikesh Shukla want your short stories.

  • The Comedy Crowd - Chorts

    The Comedy Crowd - Chorts

    Deadline: 24th February 2017. Comedy writers and performers - introducing a new way to get your comedy noticed by producers and commissioners!

    Cross Platform

  • The Significant Other Festival - The Pensive Federation

    The Significant Other Festival - The Pensive Federation

    Deadline: 10 February 2017. The Significant Other Festival is an annual festival of 10, 10 minute plays created in just 10 days. Applications are now open for Writers, Actors and Directors. Performances: 14th March -18th March, 2017 at The Vaults Theatre.

    Theatre

  • Writers Avenue - 3 Opportunities: Six Degrees, Seven, The Gossip

    Writers Avenue - 3 Opportunities: Six Degrees, Seven, The Gossip

    Deadlines: 1st March, 1st May & 1st June 2017. Three writing opportunities from Writers Avenue Theatre Company for the writers of contemporary plays. Six Degrees (based on the 6 Degrees of Separation theory), Seven (Monologues based on one of the 7 Deadly sins or virtues), The Gossip (short plays based on true stories from the entertainment industry)

    Theatre

  • Writers in Theatre Award

    Writers in Theatre Award

    Deadline: 2nd March 2017. The WiT Award is a playwriting prize for new playwrights who work in the theatre industry, and who are resident in the United Kingdom. The winner will receive a new play commission of £8,000.

    Theatre

  • Writersroom North Event - Q&A  with Sally Abbott

    Writersroom North Event - Q&A with Sally Abbott

    Q&A Event: 6th March. Gain valuable insights into writing for television drawing from the experiences of screenwriter Sally Abbott.

    TV

  • Yellow Earth - New Writers’ Programme 2017-2019

    Yellow Earth - New Writers’ Programme 2017-2019

    Deadline: 5pm Friday 17th February 2017. Yellow Earth launches a new two year Professional Writers’ Programme for writers of East Asian descent.

    Theatre

  • Young Harts Writing Festival - Harts Theatre Company

    Young Harts Writing Festival - Harts Theatre Company

    Deadline: 17 February 2017. The Young Harts Writing Festival offers 5 writers (aged 10-25) the chance to see their short play staged at the Lyric Hammersmith. The theme is 'Secrets'.

    Theatre

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