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Play Writing Competitions Arranged in closing date order

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Geoffrey Whitworth Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: The Geoffrey Whitworth Trophy.
Free entry.
Looking for: Original one-act plays first performed in one-act play festivals organised by All England Theatre Festival, Association of Ulster Drama Festivals, Drama Associaiton of Wales and Scottish Community Drama Association.
Email: headquarters@scda.org.uk
Website: http://scda.org.uk

Short Scripts Short Film Fund
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: Production budget of $15,000.
Entry fee: £30.
Looking for: Short scripts between 3 and 13 pages.
Website: www.shorescripts.com/shortfilmfund/

Soundwork Audio Play Competition
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: The winning play will be recorded and posted on the Soundwork-uk website along with a photo and details of the writer.
Entry fee: None.
Looking for: Audio plays of up to 45 minutes duration on any theme.
Website: www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions

Page to Stage Competition 2017
Closing date: 1st May 2017.
Prizes: Three bursaries of up to £100 - plus the chance to stage your work and gain audience feedback.
Entry fee: Adults - £5 per script; Under 18's - FREE; (Cost includes a free ticket to the Page to Stage Event on the evening of Wednesday 14 June).
Looking for: Play scripts and excerpts are invited from fledgling playwrights (no more than 20 pages in length, or 20 minutes in performance time) for the chance to win the opportunity to stage the work-in-progress at Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on Wednesday 14 June. There will also be opportunity for the audience to feedback to the winning playwrights on the night.
Website: http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/page-to-stage-2017--competition-entry#sthash.frK7PoBb.dpuf

Nick Darke Award 2017
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes:  £6,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: a full stage play script along with a one-page synopsis.
Email: nickdarkeaward@falmouth.ac.uk
Website: www.falmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward

The 2017 Pint-Sized Plays writing competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: There will be six winning scripts which will be performed in pubs in Tenby, Pembrokeshire during Tenby Festival week, and subsequently at other venues yet to be announced.  The four runners up, at the organisers' discretion, might also play in pubs in advance of the Script Slam.
Entry fee: £5.50.
Looking for: Scripts capable of being staged in a pub with a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes and should require two or three characters only with minimal additional props.
Further info on how to enter on Website: pintsizedplays.org.uk/

Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting
Closing date: 5th Jun 2017.
Prizes: Prize money totalling £40,000, including £16,000 for the winner.
Free entry.
Looking for: full-length (at least an hour) new stage plays written in English, which have not been published or professionally performed.
Email: bruntwood.prize@royalexchange.co.uk
Web site: www.writeaplay.co.uk

Full Circle Radio Theatre Launch Online Playwriting Festival 2017
Closing date 30th June 2017.
Prizes: Winning entries will be recorded as 'radio' plays and launched on our website where they will remain available to download free of charge for a year. We will be advertising the festival and the winning playwrights extensively on social media.
Entry fee: £5 /€6 /US$7 /A$8 /NZ$8 . Please ensure your entry fee is net of any exchange rate fees.
Looking for: Entries can be of any length, there are no minimum or maximum running times.
Further info: Entries must be written in English, certified as an original piece of work and copyrighted by the author.  All entries must be submitted electronically to fullcircletheatre17@gmail.com
Visit website for details on how to enter: www.fullcircletheatre.net

Sterts One Act Play Writing Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Entry fee: £7 per script.
Prizes: £100 first prize and your play performed in Sterts studio. Two runners up will each receive a £40 prize and have a staged reading of their play in Sterts studio. There is an extra prize of £40 awarded for a play, in English, on a Cornish theme.
Theme: Any.
Looking for: An original 25-35 minute one act play for up to four adult actors to be performed in a studio space.
You must be over 18. Your play must be previously unpublished and unperformed. It must not have been placed in the top three of any other competition. Please check our website for full rules, submission details and entry form.
Website: www.sterts.co.uk

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