Platforms for New Writing

Platforms for New Writing


Branching Out – new writing festival at the Rosemary Branch theatre
Little Pieces of Gold – 15 min new plays at Southwark playhouse
Bare Bones – short plays (up to 20 mins) at the Old Red Lion theatre
Off Cut Festival – annual short play festival, Riverside studios, Hammersmith
Hightide - new writing festival
Bush Green - new writing for the Bush theatre
Write Now - Brockley Jack Theatre- Annual writing festival for South East London playwrights deadline in Feb.
Equal Writes - interested in representation of women on stage - Tristan Bates Theatre
White Bear Theatre - focuses on new writing and lost classics - Kennington
Descent Theatre - a new writing event in London

London theatres accepting unsolicited script submissions
Theatre 503
Hampstead theatre
Royal Court theatre
Soho theatre
Finborough theatre
Bush theatre
National theatre
The Shaw Theatre - submissions of new plays/musicals (initially a 1 page synopsis and writer’s cv) with a covering letter to Artistic Director JJ Almond by email to
The Last Refuge
White Bear Theatre

Reading, Berkshire
Write Fest – new writers annual showcase at the Progress theatre
Crash Test drama – monthly event where 10 minute plays are rehearsed and performed in one evening
Also run in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Rogueplay -new writers showcase

Full Circle Theatre company

Whitstable, Kent
She Writes – showcase new plays by female playwrights

Amsterdam, Holland
Orange Tea Theatre – new full length plays

Bruntwood prize for playwrighting – Royal Exchange Theatre
Windsor Kenneth Branagh award for new drama writing - deadline in March (then click on ‘Drama Awards’)

International Student Playwrighting Competition

TV and Radio

New writing for TV and radio
BBC writers room
Channel 4 screenwriting
Tin Can Podcast
Wireless Theatre Company

Other Resources

Other resources for new writing

Feedback on new writing
Comedy writing resource
London comedy writers
UK writing competitions
Great Writing support forum
Writer’s Guild
Sky Arts ignition
Screenwriters challenge
New book writers
The New Writer magazine
New Writing North
New Writing South
Writers centre Norwich

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