We want to find, nurture and support writers from all ages and backgrounds. We offer a multitude of opportunities ranging from our pioneering Rapid Write Response programme to our 18 month writer’s residence, the 503Five.
We receive around 20 unsolicited scripts a week from writers at all stages of their careers. Each script will be read by our experienced script readers. Recommended work is passed to our Senior Reading panel and then to the senior 503 team.
In 2014 we introduced our playwriting award, awarded in 2014 to Bea Roberts & Paul Murphy and in 2016 to Andrew Thompson, chosen out of over 1600 scripts from 52 countries. The 2018 Playwriting Award has just closed for submissions and we received a record 2123 scripts from 49 countries.
SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS POLICY
We are interested in reading scripts from any writer who is yet to have a full-length play that has been professionally produced for four weeks or more in a subsidised/commercial London venue and/or a major regional or international venue. We apply this criteria to all script submissions: Unsolicited, Playwriting Award, Rapid Write Response and the 503Five.
A NOTE FOR AGENTS
We are more than happy to read submissions and proposals sent by agents on behalf of their clients, through our Unsolicited script reading process. However, we will only accept submissions from individual writers for the Playwriting Award, 503Five and Rapid Write Response.