Opportunities

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

If you have a writing opportunity you'd like us to add please email the details plus an image or logo (as high-resolution as possible) to writersroom@bbc.co.uk 

Our remit is scriptwriting so in general we can't promote opportunities from organisations outside the BBC which are for novel writing, short stories, poetry etc.

We can only promote opportunities which are free for writers to enter and don't ask for payment from writers at any stage. 

  • An Introduction to Screenwriting - Free online course

    An Introduction to Screenwriting - Free online course

    A free online course for new and experienced writers built by the University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing on the FutureLearn platform.

  • Brave New Word -  BALLS: Acts of Bravery in a Gendered World

    Brave New Word - BALLS: Acts of Bravery in a Gendered World

    Deadline: 25th May 2019 at midnight. Brave New Word are looking for new writing on the theme of BALLS: Acts of Bravery in a Gendered World. They would love to see this interpreted and reimagined. Pieces should be 5 minutes maximum and can be any medium including drama, poetry and prose.

  • Bruntwood Prize

    Bruntwood Prize

    Deadline: 5th June 2019 at 6pm. The Prize is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays to be judged by a panel of industry experts for a chance to win part of a prize fund totalling £40,000.

  • Chippy Lane Productions - Writing Apprentice

    Chippy Lane Productions - Writing Apprentice

    Deadline: 1st July 2019. Chippy Lane Productions are on the lookout for a Writing Apprentice to join them on their next theatre project’s R&D process. If you want to know what it’s like to be part of the development of new writing they encourage you to apply. You must be Welsh or based in Wales.

  • Dark Unicorn Productions - Stage Play Submissions

    Dark Unicorn Productions - Stage Play Submissions

    Deadline: 30th June 2019. Submissions are open at Dark Unicorn to writers worldwide to submit new works for stage to them for consideration for a future production relationship around the company's other work on revivals of major plays, which have something to say to contemporary audiences.

  • David Higham Associates - Scriptwriting open day for under-represented screenwriters

    David Higham Associates - Scriptwriting open day for under-represented screenwriters

    Deadline: 10th June 2019 for event on 19th September 2019. On the 19th of September 2019, David Higham Associates Film, TV & Theatre department is hosting its inaugural Scripts Open Day at their offices in Soho, London and they are on the look-out for a group of diverse new writers with untold stories to take part.

  • Glasgow Caledonian University MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships

    Glasgow Caledonian University MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships

    Deadline: 1st June 2019. Six scholarship places are available for the 2019/20 MA in TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University, one for a Gaelic speaker. The scholarships are provided by industry partners including BBC Scotland and MG Alba.

  • International Moving Image Society - Out Loud (Table Read)

    International Moving Image Society - Out Loud (Table Read)

    Deadline: 31st May 2019. The International Moving Image Society is seeking script submissions for their Table Read on the 29th June at the Etcetera Theatre Camden (above the Oxford Arms) in London.

  • Little Wonder 'Breaking Boundaries' Radio Play Competition 2019

    Little Wonder 'Breaking Boundaries' Radio Play Competition 2019

    Deadline: 30th May 2019. Little Wonder are an anglophone full cast audio drama production company based in Paris. This year their first competition is focused on breaking boundaries and is open to anyone who defines themselves as either or both a writer of colour or with a disability or long-term serious illness.

  • Nottingham Playhouse - East Midlands Playwright

    Nottingham Playhouse - East Midlands Playwright

    Deadline: 3rd June 2019 at midday. Nottingham Playhouse are looking for a professional Writer who either currently resides in, or originates from, the East Midlands to write their 2019/20 Christmas Show, Pinocchio.

  • Sharp Scratches - Finding Home

    Sharp Scratches - Finding Home

    Deadline: 29th May 2019. Submissions are now open for Sharp Scratches next Scratch Night 'Finding Home' at Theatre Deli, London SE5. They are looking for scripts, extracts or spoken word of up to 15 minutes, maximum 3 actors that address the refugee crisis.

  • shortFLIX

    shortFLIX

    Deadline: Noon on 31st May 2019. Are you 18-25 and not in full-time education, employment or training? Do you have a brilliant idea for a short film? Check out shortFLIX, Creative England's UK-wide short film-making initiative with Sky Arts and ScreenSkills.

  • Swings and Roundabouts - Protest

    Swings and Roundabouts - Protest

    Deadline: 25th May 2019. Protest is a night of new theatre from Swings and Roundabouts at Southwark Playhouse in July. They are looking for 15 minute plays (not extracts) about/on/against/in favour of: PROTEST !?..

  • The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 - Scriptwriting

    The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 - Scriptwriting

    Deadline: 1st July 2019. The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 is for Scriptwriting. It's open to writers who are in, from, study, studied, work or worked in Cheshire.

  • The Knot - Walking Away - Rehearsed Readings

    The Knot - Walking Away - Rehearsed Readings

    Deadline: 5th June 2019. Looking for up to 15-page scripts on the subject Walking Away: When Love Isn't Enough for rehearsed readings at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London on Saturday 29th June.

  • Third Verse Theatre - Black Rainbow

    Third Verse Theatre - Black Rainbow

    Deadline: 12th June 2019. Black Rainbow is an informal and relaxed bi-monthly night of visually arresting, interdisciplinary performance and exhibitions. They are looking for artists and theatre practitioners from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit an idea or piece(s) of art based around the theme of ‘Power’.

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  • The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 - Scriptwriting

    The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 - Scriptwriting

    Deadline: 1st July 2019. The High Sheriff's Cheshire Prize for Literature 2019 is for Scriptwriting. It's open to writers who are in, from, study, studied, work or worked in Cheshire.

  • Chippy Lane Productions - Writing Apprentice

    Chippy Lane Productions - Writing Apprentice

    Deadline: 1st July 2019. Chippy Lane Productions are on the lookout for a Writing Apprentice to join them on their next theatre project’s R&D process. If you want to know what it’s like to be part of the development of new writing they encourage you to apply. You must be Welsh or based in Wales.

  • Dark Unicorn Productions - Stage Play Submissions

    Dark Unicorn Productions - Stage Play Submissions

    Deadline: 30th June 2019. Submissions are open at Dark Unicorn to writers worldwide to submit new works for stage to them for consideration for a future production relationship around the company's other work on revivals of major plays, which have something to say to contemporary audiences.

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