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American Association of Community Theatre This site offers a listing of contests for scripts and plays within the American field of theatre. Website: https://www.aact.org/play-contests Verity Bargate Award Opens: 20th November 2019. Closing date: 10th January 2020. Prizes: The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play. Entry fee: Looking for: An unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes). Further details: The Verity Bargate Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland. Website: https://sohotheatre.com/artists/writers/verity-bargate-award/ The Felix Dexter Bursary Closing date: 29th November 2019. Looking for: A sample comedy/sitcom script of 30 pages/30 minutes maximum. Further details: Applicants must be a UK resident or entitled to live and work in the UK for the dates of the scheme. Submissions must be in the English language. Visit website for full details. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/felix-dexter-bursary Sky Blue Theatre Company 8th Annual British Theatre Challenge 2019 Opens: 1st January 2020 Closing date: 30th March 2020. Prizes: Five winning plays will be: Given a weeks performance at the Jack Studio Theatre, London. Developed by professional directors! Performed by professional actors! plus more - see website. Entry fee: £16 per play. Looking for: Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time no more than 30 minutes. Website: https://skybluetheatre.com/playwriting-competition/ The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before 31 March 2021. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject. Further details: In order to enter you need to send: A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters; A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words. Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2020 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”). Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/international-radio-playwriting-competition-rules-2020 BBC World Service International Play Writing Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: £2,500 sterling & funded trip to London. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long. Further details: Entry to the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 is open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31 January 2020), who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. Website: https://www.opportunitiesforafricans.com/play-writing-competition-2020/ New Playwrights/New Plays Competition 2020 Closing date: 30th March 2020. Opens: 3rd February 2020. Prizes: The winning script is guaranteed a reading at the Finborough Theatre on 28 June 2020. There will be a prize of £500. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: Entries should last between one and two hours in performance and may be on any subject. Entrants must be UK residents and the winner will work with a dramaturg at the Finborough Theatre to develop the play. Website: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/literary-department.php Green Stories Writing Competitions - Full-length film screenplay Closing date: 18th April 2020. Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.(tbc). If a student or under 18 entry is the best overall then it will win first prize regardless if the entry is from a student and the student prize will go to the next best student entry. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Full-Length Film Screenplays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. Further details: Length: Assuming 1 minute per page, aim for 90-120 pages. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/full-length-film-screenplay/
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American Association of Community Theatre This site offers a listing of contests for scripts and plays within the American field of theatre. Website: https://www.aact.org/play-contests Verity Bargate Award Opens: 20th November 2019. Closing date: 10th January 2020. Prizes: The winner receives £7,500 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play. Entry fee: Looking for: An unpublished full-length play (no shorter than 60 minutes). Further details: The Verity Bargate Award is open to any playwright who has had fewer than three professional productions and who lives in the UK or Ireland. Website: https://sohotheatre.com/artists/writers/verity-bargate- award/ The Felix Dexter Bursary Closing date: 29th November 2019. Looking for: A sample comedy/sitcom script of 30 pages/30 minutes maximum. Further details: Applicants must be a UK resident or entitled to live and work in the UK for the dates of the scheme. Submissions must be in the English language. Visit website for full details. Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/opportunities/felix- dexter-bursary Sky Blue Theatre Company 8th Annual British Theatre Challenge 2019 Opens: 1st January 2020 Closing date: 30th March 2020. Prizes: Five winning plays will be: Given a weeks performance at the Jack Studio Theatre, London. Developed by professional directors! Performed by professional actors! plus more - see website. Entry fee: £16 per play. Looking for: Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time no more than 30 minutes. Website: https://skybluetheatre.com/playwriting- competition/ The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: The winning playwrights will be deemed to have entered into an undertaking not to accept offers for their entries from other broadcasters or publishers before 31 March 2021. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: a radio play of approximately fifty three minutes’ length on any subject. Further details: In order to enter you need to send: A script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters; A synopsis which outlines your play is no longer than 400 words. Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2020 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”). Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/international-radio- playwriting-competition-rules-2020 BBC World Service International Play Writing Competition 2020 Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: £2,500 sterling & funded trip to London. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long. Further details: Entry to the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 is open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31 January 2020), who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom. Website: https://www.opportunitiesforafricans.com/play-writing- competition-2020/ New Playwrights/New Plays Competition 2020 Closing date: 30th March 2020. Opens: 3rd February 2020. Prizes: The winning script is guaranteed a reading at the Finborough Theatre on 28 June 2020. There will be a prize of £500. Entry fee: Not stated. Looking for: Entries should last between one and two hours in performance and may be on any subject. Entrants must be UK residents and the winner will work with a dramaturg at the Finborough Theatre to develop the play. Website: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/literary- department.php Green Stories Writing Competitions - Full-length film screenplay Closing date: 18th April 2020. Prizes: £750: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, third prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best < 18 year submission.(tbc). If a student or under 18 entry is the best overall then it will win first prize regardless if the entry is from a student and the student prize will go to the next best student entry. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: Full-Length Film Screenplays that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. Further details: Length: Assuming 1 minute per page, aim for 90-120 pages. Website: http://www.greenstories.org.uk/full-length- film-screenplay/
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