Opportunities

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

  • 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

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 Amateur playwrights worldwide are invited to submit unpublished one-act plays for the 14th Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Drama Writing Award.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

  • New Writing North: Verb New Voices

    New Writing North: Verb New Voices

    Deadline: 14 March 2017. Verb New Voices 4 is looking for three writers based in the North of England to make new work for BBC Radio.

    Radio

  • 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

  • Script Lab from Luton Culture

    Script Lab from Luton Culture

    Deadline: 26 March 2017. Luton Culture's Script Lab writing competition is open for its second year to uncover exciting new talent across the Three Counties region (Herts, Beds, Bucks).

    Theatre

  • 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

  • Sketch In The City

    Sketch In The City

    Deadline: 5th March 2017 at noon. COFILMIC are back again with Sketch in the City - a writer-based live night at the Three Minute Theatre in Manchester, with the show on 5th April 2017.

    Cross Platform

  • Student Filmmaker Award - Insight Film Festival

    Student Filmmaker Award - Insight Film Festival

    Deadline: 31 March 2017. Call for Entries to the Student Filmmaker Award 2017 is now open with a prize of a six-week internship with a film-production company in Hollywood!

    Film

  • 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 Wireless Show

    The Wireless Show

    Deadline: 31 March 2017. Are you a fan of sketch comedy? Think you can do better than what's out there? Then the Wireless Show want to hear from you!!

    Radio, Cross Platform

  • TriForce Creative Network - Incubator

    TriForce Creative Network - Incubator

    Deadline: 7 March 2017. If you've had your work developed in some way (script read, play, commission etc. including self-produced) then the TCN Incubator could be for you! 6 writers will be chosen for a paid development commission with TriForce Productions.

    Cross Platform

  • University Women in the Arts

    University Women in the Arts

    Event: 2 March 2017, 3-8pm. Free International Women’s Day event for female students wanting to work in the arts in the UK.

    TV, Radio, Film, Theatre, Cross Platform

  • 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

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