Below are opportunities we have put together, either competitions or things that will aid in the development of your craft! Scroll along!



People's Play Award 2018

Deadline: 31st August 2018

This award is aimed at playwrights from the North of England who are yet to have a full-length play performed professionally. Past winners include Peter Straughan (Wolf Hall, TV mini-series; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, BAFTA winning screenplay) and Alison Carr (Iris, Live Theatre; Fat Alice, Traverse Theatre). The winning writer will be awarded £1,000, and their play will receive a five night production by the People’s Theatre in May 2019. Find out more info

Hampstead Theatre: The Inspire Programme 18/19

Deadline: 3rd September 2018

Open to anyone between 18-25 years old. The selected playwrights will have the opportunity to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams for one year to develop and complete a full length play. Beginning in November 2018, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings.  A bursary of £200 is offered towards travel. Find out more info here

GRAEae: Write to Play

Deadline: 3rd September 2018

Graeae’s flagship new writing programme is devoted to developing the skills and experience of D/deaf and disabled writers nationwide. The programme will offer 1:1 mentoring, craft-focused writing workshops, specialist master classes led by leading playwrights and practitioners, a two-week placement at one of their partner organisations, and the opportunity to develop two short pieces and a full length play, and to share work-in-progress with an audience.The programme will run from January 2019-December 2019. All activity will take place in the South West. Find out more info here


The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

15th August 2018

A major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.
The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000. All three winners plus two runners-up will attend a ten-day residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ireland. Find out more here

Apples & Snakes Presents: The Writing Room Lincoln with Malika Booker

Sessions are weekly between 4th September and 23rd October with a showcase at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre Wednesday 24th October.

This 8 week course is designed to take you through the whole process of writing a poem - from the genesis of an idea and using different writing forms, to discovering the sound of your poems and revisiting and editing your work, as well as having the platform to showcase your work at the end! The course is developed around the idea. Find out more here

Hollingworth Prize for Poetry 2018

Deadline: 26th August 2018

The inaugural Hollingworth Prize for Poetry is awarded  for a chapbook-length manuscript of poems by a single poet. The winner will receive mentorship and critical feedback on their work from an established poet, followed by publication by Sine Wave Peak and Partus. This year’s mentor to the winning poet is Richard Scott. Find out more here

Birkbeck University of London: Kit De Waal Scholarship

Deadline: 14th September 2018

Full fee remission for a student admitted onto the MA Creative Writing to study part-time with the very special opportunity to be mentored by Kit de Waal over the course of the MA.  This scholarship is open to Home/ EU part-time postgraduate students on the MA Creative Writing. Find out more here

Outspoken Masterclass, Poetry Cafe

Workshop: 1st September 2018

The class is open to members of the public of all ages and abilities - from beginner to the more advanced. The intention is to give anyone with an interest in poetry the chance to work with the country's most revered writers' while learning some of their methods and approaches to crafting beautiful and original poetry. Find out more here




An introduction to screenwriting,

The University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this free online course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing. Find out more here

The WFTV Pat Llewellyn Bursary Fund

Deadline: 19th August 2018

The fund is aimed at finding, and funding, women with the best, boldest and most creative factual entertainment or factual TV projects. The initiative is a joint collaboration between WFTV, the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV and was set up in memory of award-winning producer Pat Llewellyn. Find out more here


Filmstro & BAFTA Short Film Competition

Deadline: 20th August 2018

$40,000 dollars worth of prizes to be won. Read details on how to enter here. Winners will be announced on the 16th of September 2018 at BAFTA Guru Live. Find out more here

The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition

Deadline: 26th September 2018

A platform for aspiring screenwriters. The benefits for a writer include: hearing their work read by professional actors, a development focused discussion generated by the readings, feedback and advice from experienced industry members. Find out more here


Editorial assistant, Canelo

Deadline: 23rd August, Expected salary: £23,000 p.a. 
Full-time, in Southwark, London

This role will work closely with the Publishing Director to help edit and process key frontlist titles across a diverse range of authors, and will also work on reissues of action thriller and horror novels. The successful candidate will specialise in areas including military and crypto-thrillers, working with proofreaders and cover designers to create pitch-perfect packages for the contemporary market. Find out more here

Women’s Fiction Awards 2018: Short Story Competition

Deadline: 1st October 2018

Judged by Sunny Singh and Leonne Ross. Winner receives £5000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Gladstone Library, and a day with an editor at Virago Press. Three other finalists will each receive £100. All four winning stories will be published in the March 2019 issue of Mslexia. Find out more here

Self-Editing For Fiction Writers With SK Perry

Date: 6th September 2018 - 17th October 2018

A very practical course, using specific editing activities to work into a fiction project you’ve got underway. Find out more here

The Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize 2018/19

Deadline: 30th September 2018

The winning author will receive £1000 or one year’s editorial support for a writing project. Shortlisted authors will each receive £150. Longlisted authors will receive £50 of book vouchers and a 4-book subscription to Galley Beggar Press. Find out more here