Our Script Submission & Reading Policy

Please do read these guidelines before submitting your script. We will only accept scripts submitted through our online portal.

Throughout the year we receive scripts from a range of sources inlcuding venues, agents, our International Playwriting Award and 503Five writers residency and other projects throughout the year. We also accept unsolicited scripts from UK based writers (our International Award is open every two years).

There is no ideal ‘503 play’…we look for stories and voices we haven’t heard before which make use see the world in a different light. Don’t be limited by the scale of your ambition  – we once landed the first person on Mars and she “floated up to the ceiling and was held like a balloon” – just tell the story you’ve been burning to see on the stage.

Some practical notes:

Our focus is original work from debut and emerging playwrights. 

We only consider full-length scripts (more than 60 minutes in playing time) and scripts that have not been professionally produced previously. 

Scripts should only be submitted via the online portal on our website.

On submission, you will receive an automatic email receipt.

After an initial assessment, all plays we decide to take forward will be read by at least two Theatre503 readers. These scripts will then be discussed at our monthly readers’ meetings, and those with potential for production, or writers we would like to develop a relationship with, are identified. Those scripts will then be considered by our senior reading team.

We aim to get back to you with an outcome on your script within four to six months, but during busy times – such as the 503 Playwriting Award – this may take much longer. 

We regret that we are unable to offer feedback as standard on all plays. However we aim to communicate the outcome of the process concerning all submissions to writers, and some feedback, or ongoing communication may be embarked upon at the theatre’s discretion.

Please only submit one script at a time. Once you have received a response regarding the first script, you are welcome to submit another. If we have decided not to take your script forward, please understand that we are not very likely to read another draft, unless specific feedback has been given to that end.

For  all other enquiries please contact us on : literary@theatre503.com