In 2019, the script submission windows will be closed as we also oversee the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, the UK's largest playwriting competition, a biennial competition for playwrights and new work. This solicits over 2,000 submissions which go through a rigorous process of reading, discussing and judging. The Prize is now open for submissions and entry deadline is 6pm, June 5th 2019. I do hope you will consider submitting work for the 2019 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting – more information and a range of support for playwrights can be found at www.writeaplay.co.uk.
In 2020, we look forward to re-opening the Script Submission Windows which gives us the opportunity to discover new voices, new stories and new playwrights who are based in our region (North West).
We welcome work by playwrights who demonstrate the skill and ambition to rise to the challenge of writing for our unique spaces. We aim to build long-term, supportive relationships with writers and invest in their talent. While it is very unlikely that a script sent during our Script Window will receive a full production at the Theatre, it could mark the start of a longer conversation and journey for both of us.
As an introduction to the theatre, please consider whether this is the best example of your work at this stage of your development as a playwright. Only send your script to us when it is ready and the formatting is clear. Completing this draft of your play and sending it to a theatre is a major achievement and something of which to be proud. However, it is only the beginning of the journey…
Before you submit, please read the following Script Submission Guidelines.
A playwright living in the North West. We define the North West to include: Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Staffordshire and West Yorkshire.
Following the success of the anonymous script submission for the Bruntwood Prize, please remove your name and contact details from the script attachment. The reader will then read your script as an anonymous submission.
We will acknowledge receipt of your script and estimate how long it will take us to respond. Each script deserves dedicated time and attention so please bear with us. We will then offer feedback on the script. The aim of this feedback is to suggest where the play impressed or intrigued us and where we feel there may be potential to explore further.
This isn’t intended as a set of notes for a next draft or instructions on how to write the play more successfully but more a series of provocations and questions to hopefully enable you to write the play you want to write. If you do not wish to receive this feedback, please state this in your e-mail.
Upon receipt of your script we will send you a link to complete a short survey to help us monitor the effectiveness of our Equal Opportunities Policy. It should only take a few minutes to complete and all information will be treated confidentially and will be separate from your play submission and your personal details.
Please allow us up to 12 weeks from your submission to read and prepare our feedback to you. Kindly refrain from getting in touch within this time frame.
Please note that the Royal Exchange Theatre is not able to consider the following scripts: radio, television and film scripts, novels and poetry, adaptations, musicals or synopsis only submissions.