Calling experienced or aspiring playwrights!
Our short play competition, now in its 17th year, is open for entries from 1 December 2022. We are looking for short plays, 8-18 minutes long. Chosen entries will be assigned to directors and presented at the theatre in our next season. This is your chance to get your work staged.
Deadline for applications: 31 March 2023 - we will accept entries up to midnight!
Performance dates: - to be confirmed.
Please check the rules before applying, especially numbers 10, 11 and 12:
- Entries must be submitted in PDF, MS Word, or plain text format. PDF submissions must have the author metadata removed.
- The preferred formatting is size 12 Arial font, double spaced with page numbers.
- Entries must be submitted anonymously. Neither the writer’s name, nor their details should appear on the script. Entries not complying with these rules will be rejected.
Scripts should have a running time of between 8 and 18 minutes (approx 1100-2400 words as a rough guide, but this can vary considerably, depending on action and pacing), be laid out as per the rules, and not have been performed or published elsewhere. Note that performance running time is not the same as reading time!
So, you should make sure your name is not on your script and attach it to an email to [email protected], with a covering email, which must include the following details:
- author’s name,
- author’s postcode, and
- title of the entry.
Maximum of 3 entries per person.
There is no entry fee.
Open to members and non-members alike who live in a 20-mile radius of Progress Theatre, Reading.