Victorian Playwriting Opportunities – May

A list of competitions, grants, developments and general opportunities open to Victorian (Australian) playwrights; all due in May and early June 2020.

It is possible that due to COVID-19, and the closure of many arts-related activities, that some of these opportunities may no longer be current. Please check carefully before submitting.

Please note that I will not post any opportunity that requires playwrights to pay a fee. This policy is shared by other playwriting circles, including NYC Playwrights.

If you are aware of any other opportunities not listed here, please contact, and I’ll endeavour to update the page as soon as possible.

Date DueName of OpportunityType of workDetails
OngoingAntipodes Theatre Ricochet Reading SeriesSubmit an unproduced playSubmit a full-length play or musical, previously unproduced for a rehearsed reading. Script must prioritise roles for actors who are traditionally not well-represented on stages (women, people of colour, people with disabilities, etc.)
Submit 15 minute plays for publication on websiteSubmit 15 minute plays responding to COVID19 to be published on Josef Weinberger Plays website. No other prize, plays will be published frequently. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
OngoingPanglossian Productions Plays in ProgressSubmit full-length play for readingSubmit a full-length play; any genre, although especially comedic and plays for young audiences. Script will receive some development and online public reading. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
OngoingProject Y Zoom playSubmit plays about Zoom callsSubmit plays, monologues or scenes that occur within a Zoom call. Scripts will be published for educational purposes and may receive production. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
OngoingRoyal Court Theatre script submissionsSubmit full-length scriptSubmit original full-length scripts for development and programming. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
OngoingDrama Notebook Script PublicationSubmit scripts for kids and teensSubmit short scripts to be published on Drama Notebook, and accessed by teachers worldwide. One-off payment of $25, writers retain copyright. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
OngoingDirector’s Cut ‘Lock Down Open Up’Submit short script or video about isolationSubmit monologue script or video about lockdown. Successful entries will be presented on online channel, or may be showcased later in theatre. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
Ongoing, until funding exhaustedQuick Response Arts GrantsSupport for online content or development of new workUp to $4000 available for various creatives to assist during COVID19. Victoria, Australia only.
Weekly, every WednesdaySlackline Productions’ Cyber StoriesSubmit short monologue or short two-hander for filming on youtubeFemale-identifying playwrights only, featuring a character over 35 who also identifies as female. Winner chosen every week, filmed, and put up on youtube channel. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 1stAurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award 2020Submit a full-length play for a young audienceSubmit unpublished and unproduced plays for a young audience. Winners receive staged reading. No musicals, no scripts for adults. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 1stMidsumma PathwaysMentorship program across disciplinesNine-month mentorship for LGBTQIA+ artists with a disability, to develop artistic practices. Probably virtual, but travel funding can be arranged if in-person. Australian submissions.
May 2ndNon-Compliant Special IssueSubmit piece for publicationSubmit writing/artwork/performance/etc for publication in Australian arts magazine. Selected contributors receive profit-share payment. Worldwide submissions.
May 3rdLord Mayor’s Creative Writing AwardsSubmit a script under 30 pagesFor unpublished writers only, including playwrights with performed work. Prize is up to $12,000. Victorian residents only.
May 8thNational Young Writers FestivalPitch an idea, event, performance, etc.Submit application for event/workshop/idea/etc on theme: The Raucous Twenties. Artist payment between $60-$200, subsidy for accommodation during festival. Newcastle based, accepting Australian submissions, writers aged 18-35.
May 8thAntipodes Theatre Winter RetreatDevelopment retreat for writers, directors, actors, etc.Submit expression of interest for virtual 12-day development and mentoring retreat. $250 stipend. For work which prioritises the casting of marginalised communities (inc. women, people of colour, and others). Australian submissions.
May 8thChameleon Theatre Circle New Play ContestSubmit a play or musicalAll styles, lengths, genres can be submitted for production in festival. Unproduced scripts only. Prize money $25-$100USD. Scripts must be POSTED. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 8thFishamble Tiny Play ContestSubmit a 600 word playSubmit a 600-word tiny play on theme of ‘Change.’ Selected scripts published online. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 11thXS Open Melbourne FringePropose a live art event for childrenA $10,000 commission for an artist or team to create a live art event for children under 12 in the Melbourne Fringe. Prefer artists who live/work/connect with Western suburbs of Melbourne.
May 11thATYP Foundation CommissionsSubmit idea for young actorsTwo commissions: for actors 10-13 years, and 14-17 years. Prize $10,000-$15,000 plus publication, production, and airfares to Sydney. Australian submissions.
May 12thNylon Fusion Theatre Company Short Play FestivalSubmit 10 minute play for future productionSubmit a play about 10 minutes on the theme Retrospect: the worst of times. Will be produced in future (no further details given, no prize mentioned). USA/UK company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 13thDarebin Arts Speakeasy ProgramStipend to develop new workSubmit application for new performance based work, stipend of $1500-$2000 and free theatre space. Open to artists who can make use of Darebin Arts spaces.
May 14thPlaywriting Australia DuologueCollaboration on new workFor mid-career and established writers, collaborate on new work. $300 stipend. Australian submissions.
May 15th15 Minute Musical ChallengeSubmit short, brand new musicalSubmit 15 minute musical (or 15 minute section of longer piece), written AFTER March 19th 2020. Cash Prize. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
May 17thPlaywriting Australia IgnitionCommission for new, ambitious work$25,000 and partnering with production company to develop new work. Work must be large in scale OR writer must identify as First Nations or CALD person OR work is for young people or regional audiences. Australian submissions.
May 18thShow Support – Melbourne FringePitch an idea for an original fringe workSubmit an idea, donors select proposals to receive $2500 to produce the work. Must enter work in the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
May 18thJewel Box – Melbourne FringeCommission for fringe works by creatives of colourGrant for new Melbourne Fringe festival works, including $1500, and other support offered. Must enter work in the Melbourne Fringe Festival, open to creative people of colour.
May 19thPlaywriting Australia Rapid FireWorkshop for CALD writersOne-day virtual workshop of a new play by a Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) writer. Financial support offered. Australian submissions.
May 24thPlaywriting Australia Playwrights RetreatRetreat for First Nations playwrightsVirtual retreats running in July and September for First Nations playwrights. Previous participants welcome. Australian submissions.
May 28thMax Affords Playwrights AwardSubmit full length play for further developmentSubmit play over one hour, must not have been previously produced or scheduled for production this year. Writers aged 18-40 only. $15,000 prize & $15,000 toward development. Australian submissions.
May 31stErin Thomas Playwriting FundCollaboration for regional writersPaid collaborative program between regional or remote writers and director/dramaturg to develop a new work. Australian submissions.
May 31st9Thirty Theatre CompanySubmit one act, full length or musical for productionSubmit original works incorporating environmental themes, not previously produced in NYC. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
June 1stUrban Stages Acronym PlaysSubmit 10 minute play for online publication & performanceSubmit 10 min play inspired by an acronym. Must be previously unpublished and unproduced. US company. Worldwide submissions.*
June 5thCarnon Downs One Act Play CompSubmit one act play for performanceSubmit a 40-50 minute, unproduced script. Must be over 16 years old. £100 prize and production. UK company. Worldwide submissions.*

*Please note that some international opportunities do not provide clear guidelines around which countries they accept submissions from. If in doubt, please contact them directly.

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