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 to enter. 

  • 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.

  • BBC Contains Strong Language Festival - BBC Writersroom Workshop & Alfred Bradley Bursary Award Launch

    BBC Contains Strong Language Festival - BBC Writersroom Workshop & Alfred Bradley Bursary Award Launch

    2 Events: 29th September 2018 in Hull. Ever wondered how to get noticed by the BBC? How to send your script and what happens when you do? How do we assess your work? What grabs us and what puts us off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss. Plus the launch of the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018 for Radio Drama. This award for new writers from the north of England offers a £5000 prize and the opportunity of a BBC Radio 4 commission.

  • Bi'an Award for UK Chinese Heritage Writers

    Bi'an Award for UK Chinese Heritage Writers

    Deadline: 26th October 2018. The Bi’an Award is a new writing competition open to UK-based writers of Chinese heritage and supported by Arts Council England, Arvon and Stand magazine.

  • Cast Iron Theatre - Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls

    Cast Iron Theatre - Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls

    Deadline: 28th September 2018. Cast Iron Theatre are looking for spooky/scary stories for 'Bitter Sweets: Ugly Tales for Beautiful Souls', their popular spooky storytelling night as part of Brighton Horrorfest.

  • Cast Iron Theatre - Short Play Night

    Cast Iron Theatre - Short Play Night

    Deadline: 5th October 2018. Cast Iron Theatre in East Sussex are open for submissions for their eleventh short play night in November. They are looking for short plays (between 10 - 15mins) with a soft theme of 'Eleven' - interpret as you wish.

  • Channel 4 Screenwriting Course

    Channel 4 Screenwriting Course

    Deadline: 5pm on Friday 28th September 2018. The course offers 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works, including writing an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode, and 2-3 page outline / pitch for the series / serial as a whole.

  • Dispatches - OSO Arts Centre

    Dispatches - OSO Arts Centre

    Deadline: 21st September 2018. The OSO (Old Sorting Office, Barnes) is looking for new, untested or developing pieces of theatre (10-15 minutes long) for Dispatches, their third scratch writing night, taking place on 6th December.

  • Down Stage Write - New Writing Night for Devon and Cornwall Based Writers

    Down Stage Write - New Writing Night for Devon and Cornwall Based Writers

    Deadline: 30th September 2018 at midnight. Down Stage Write is a new theatre company who are committed to providing development and production opportunities for new writing in Devon and Cornwall. They are currently accepting submissions of 10-15 minute short plays for a new writing night in Exeter in November.

  • Eastern Angles Young Writers' Group

    Eastern Angles Young Writers' Group

    Deadlines: 25th September 2018. Are you aged 16-25 and living in or around Peterborough? Are you interested in telling stories? Do you write lyrics, poems, films or plays?

  • Global Black Voices at Arcola Theatre

    Global Black Voices at Arcola Theatre

    Deadline: 25th September 2018. Global Voices Theatre is a new platform for international theatre, presenting rehearsed readings of unheard stories from often under represented playwrights. Their next event Global Black Voices will showcase 5 plays by Black playwrights based outside the UK. Submissions are open now.

  • Green Curtain Theatre - Breaking Away

    Green Curtain Theatre - Breaking Away

    Deadline: 28th February 2019. Green Curtain theatre will be staging their 3rd festival of fringe plays in the summer and autumn of 2019 in London. The theme of the festival will be “Breaking Away”. They are looking for one act plays on this theme that reflect any aspect of the lives or experiences of Irish people living in multi-cultural Britain.

  • Ink Festival 2019

    Ink Festival 2019

    Deadline: 5th November 2018. The Ink Festival gives writers, with a past or present connection to East Anglia, the chance to have their plays professionally produced and performed at the 2019 INK Festival. The categories are: short plays, radio plays, themed plays, musical theatre and young writer.

  • Newsjack

    Newsjack

    Deadline: Mondays & Tuesdays at noon weekly from 10th & 11th September 2018 and for 5 more weeks until 16th October. BBC Radio 4 Extra are again looking for submissions of sketches and one-liners for the topical sketch show series. A great chance to get your material on the radio!

  • Pentabus Theatre Young Writers Programme

    Pentabus Theatre Young Writers Programme

    Deadline: Deadline for applications: 28th September 2018. Are you aged 16-25? Are you interested in telling or writing stories? Do you write plays, theatre projects or films? Would you like to learn? Then apply for this series of free workshops in Hereford and Shrewsbury from the Pentabus Rural Theatre Company.

  • Pub Theatre Festival 2019

    Pub Theatre Festival 2019

    Deadline: 1st December 2018. Theatrefullstop will team up with 3 pub theatres to present the third Pub Theatre Festival in 2019, with the aim to be a launch pad for the voices of tomorrow. They are taking submissions now.

  • Robin Hood Theatre - Script Submission 2018

    Robin Hood Theatre - Script Submission 2018

    Deadline: 30th September 2018 at midnight. Robin Hood Theatre script submission process is open to all writers aged 16+ based in the East Midlands region and members of their play writing group, Play Group. Three finalists get a partial rehearsed reading with the potential for one to go on to a three night run.

  • RSL Literature Matters Awards

    RSL Literature Matters Awards

    Deadline: 5 December 2018. The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Proposals can be pieces of writing, events, publications or productions on any subject and in any form, including (but not limited to) prose fiction or non-fiction, short stories, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, graphic fiction, biography or travel-writing.

  • Sharp Scratches at Theatre N16

    Sharp Scratches at Theatre N16

    Deadline: 18th October 2018. Sharp Scratches is a new writing night at Theatre N16 in Tottenham, North London. For their November 6th night they are looking for work that represents the LGBTQ+ community. Maximum 15 minute pieces or extracts, maximum 4 actors.

  • Twilight Hour @ the Canal

    Twilight Hour @ the Canal

    Deadline: 7th October 2018. The team behind Shorts @ the Canal are inviting all writers to submit a play no longer than 15 minutes in length for their next show, The Twilight Hour. Successful plays will be staged for 4 nights in November.

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