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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 Arundel FestivalTheatre Trail Writers' Competition  Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: Each successful playwright will receive a £200 writer’s fee. Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020. Free entry. Looking for: Short plays, 30-40 minutes. Website: www.dripaction.com 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: Free. 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/ Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award For New Drama Writing Closing date: 5th March 2020. Prizes: Three winning scripts will be performed at the Windsor Fringe Festival, with £500 for an overall winner announced on the last night. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Unpublished and unperformed one-act plays (30 minutes or less), no more than six actors by amateur playwrights. Website: https://www.windsorfringe.co.uk/drama-writing-awards-2020.html  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 Phoenix Theatre Company Closing date: 31st March 2020. Prizes: Winner receives £150. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: One act plays with a running time of no more than 20 minutes. Website: https://phoenixtheatrecomp2.wixsite.com/copy-of-events-1 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/ Segora One-Act Play competition 2020 Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: £150 and £50. Entry fee £12. Judge: Charles Palliser. Maximum running time: 35 minutes. Website: www.poetryproseandplays.com
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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 Arundel FestivalTheatre Trail Writers' Competition  Closing date: 31st January 2020. Prizes: Each successful playwright will receive a £200 writer’s fee. Our reading committee will select the plays that will be performed, with the best submitted script receiving the Joy Goun award of £250 at our Theatre Trail launch in May 2020. Free entry. Looking for: Short plays, 30-40 minutes. Website: www.dripaction.com 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: Free. 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/ Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award For New Drama Writing Closing date: 5th March 2020. Prizes: Three winning scripts will be performed at the Windsor Fringe Festival, with £500 for an overall winner announced on the last night. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: Unpublished and unperformed one-act plays (30 minutes or less), no more than six actors by amateur playwrights. Website: https://www.windsorfringe.co.uk/drama- writing-awards-2020.html  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 Phoenix Theatre Company Closing date: 31st March 2020. Prizes: Winner receives £150. Entry fee: £10. Looking for: One act plays with a running time of no more than 20 minutes. Website: https://phoenixtheatrecomp2.wixsite.com/copy-of- events-1 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/ Segora One-Act Play competition 2020 Closing date: 15th June 2020. Prizes: £150 and £50. Entry fee £12. Judge: Charles Palliser. Maximum running time: 35 minutes. Website: www.poetryproseandplays.com
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