Writing Contest – 10 Minute Play Competition 2015

Following the success over the past few years Sussex Playwrights’ Club
has again joined forces with New Venture Theatre to bring the 10-Minute
Play Competition 2015. Now open for submissions and will close on
Saturday 31 January 2015.

As with previous years the competition will culminate with a
production of the 8 winning plays as the New Venture Theatre July
production – 20 to 28 July 2015.

Writers can submit up to 3 plays at a cost of £5 per play entered. It
is possible to enter online using the New Venture Theatre website or by

script writing contest

Rules of Entry


1. All plays submitted must be a maximum of 10 minutes in length. They should also not be shorter than 5 minutes.
2. Plays must be written for the stage and may have no more than 3 characters in total – this includes non-speaking and off stage interacting characters. Monologues are also excluded.
3. Plays should have minimal set and props.
4. Plays must be the original work of the submitting writer (which excludes adaptations). Plays may not be submitted by an agent or on behalf of the writer.
5. Plays must not have been performed or published. Plays that have received a rehearsed reading as part of their development are acceptable.
6. Plays must be received by the deadline of midnight on 31 January 2015. Any submissions received after this will not be considered in the competition.
7. Submission of a play is taken as the granting of a rights licence to produce the play, at no cost, as part of the competition – see competition prize section. Apart from this the copyright remains with the writer.
8. All submissions must be accompanied by the appropriate competition entry fee – see submission section.
9. Writers may submit a maximum of 3 plays.
10. Plays must be written in English.


11. All plays submitted may be either in hard copy or electronic.
12. The writer’s details must not appear on the script or in the file details of electronic copies.

Hard Copies

13. Each submission must be accompanied by the name and contact details and a short bio of the writer and a payment of £5 entry fee for each play submitted – cheques made payable to ‘New Venture Theatre’
14. Plays should be professionally set out, double spaced, printed on A4 page, single sided in 12pt Arial or similar font and attached by a single staple in the top left hand corner only. No binders or other fixings please.
15. We are unable to return your scripts so please do not send the original.
16. If you wish to receive confirmation of receipt enclose a stamped addressed postcard.
17. Postal Submissions should be made to:

10-Minute Play Competition
New Venture Theatre
Bedford Place

Electronic Copies

18. Plays should be professionally set out, double spaced in 12pt Arial or similar font and saved in .doc .docx .rtf .odt or .pdf formats only (please ensure the file details do not include your name).
19. Online submissions can be made at
20. The form should be completed and play(s) attached. Payment will be taken through PayPal.

Competition Prize

21. All submissions will be read by our judging panel and a shortlist of up to 8 will be selected for production.
22. The option to give a final edit to the production version of the play will be given to the writers of these 8 plays. This will be in consultation with double BAFTA winning writer Barry Purchese.
23. Details of the plays selected for production will be published on the New Venture Theatre and Sussex Playwrights websites and their writers will be advised during April 2015.
24. These plays will be produced at the New Venture Theatre in the 75 seat Theatre Upstairs for 8 performances during the week 17 to 25 July 2015.
25. After each performance the audience will be asked to vote on the plays they have seen.
26. On the last night the winning play will be announced from the audience votes.
27. The winning writers will be invited to attend the final performance on Saturday 25 July – due to the size of the theatre we can only provide 1 complimentary ticket each.
28. The organisers reserve the right to change any of the above in the event of problems beyond their control that may cause the performances to be detrimental to the reputation of the writers and / or organisations.


Writing contest 2015


Script Writing Contest – Prize: Over $5,000 in cash

Contest Name: The 8th Annual Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest
Deadline: December 31st, 2014
Organizer: Pipeline TV
Prize: Over $5,000 in cash


The 8th Annual Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest is searching for the next extraordinary television writer. As a community of aspiring TV writers continue to prove their skills with both specs and original pilots, the level of talent has skyrocketed–and the demand for more quality TV material is higher than ever before.

Facilitating connections between new writers and leading TV producers, managers, and agencies has proven remarkably successful, with numerous Pipeline writers finding elite representation and gaining crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach industry execs. The result: over $5 million in spec scripts sold from Pipeline competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2003.

2015 Script Writing Contest

Last season,close to 5,000 scripts were entered in the Screenwriting and TV Writing contests combined, making Script Pipeline one of the leading companies reviewing spec material. Beyond prizes, finalists are given exposure to approximately 200 qualified contacts, as well as:

  • Over $5,000 in cash
  • Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development and Senior Consultant
  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, and others searching for new projects.
  • An opportunity to submit other material to Script Pipeline for internal review
  • A reserved spot to the 2015 Secret Door Pitchfest as a recognized finalist
Our intent: to circulate exceptional material industry-wide, support our writers long-term, and help launch careers.

Pre-register Deadline: December 31st, 2014 – $45/entry


Grand Prize Winner – announced August 2015:

$5,000 cash
Direct circulation to Script Pipeline’s industry network
1-on-1 consultation sessions with the Pipeline development team
Airfare reimbursement (up to $250) to fly to LA and meet with execs

Runner-up – announced August 2015:

$500 cash
Direct circulation to companies in Script Pipeline’s industry network
1-on-1 consultation sessions with a development executive

Both the Grand Prize Winner and Runner-up receive ALL the finalist prizes listed below. . . .

Finalists (8) – announced July 1st, 2015:
A seat to Script Pipeline’s Secret Door Pitchfest in August 2015 as a recognized contest finalist to pitch to 25-30 industry reps ($8,000)
Exposure to 200 companies
Memberships to Script Pipeline’s Writers Database ($5,000)

Basic guidelines:

  • Contact information (name, email address, etc.) preferred, but not required, on the cover page.
  • PDF preferred, but will accept Final Draft, Celtx, and other file formats.
  • Script should be for a half-hour or hour-long series. All genres are allowed, and there are no length requirements. If it’s a multi-part series, please send only the first part.
  • No limit on the number of entries. Each entry is a separate fee.
  • Simultaneous submissions are of course allowed (i.e. you can enter other screenwriting contests with the same script).
  • Previous Script Pipeline competition entrants welcome to enter again and are guaranteed fresh reads from a new judge. Former finalists are not allowed to enter the same script again.
  • All rights to the material remain with the entrant, whether they place as a finalist or not. It is, however, recommended you copyright your material.
  • Open to writers worldwide.

Some general rules:
  • The script entered must not have been produced in its full form (shorts based on the script are fine).
  • Must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of entry.
  • You have not sold or optioned any film screenplay to any entity or individual greater than $25,000.
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