The Curve Playwriting Competition


East Midlands

Set by:

Curve Theatre

What you win

Curve Theatre are giving one East Midlands-based writer one year's worth of professional mentorship, research and development support, as well as £1,000, to give them enough time to write a new play.


Suba Das - associate director at Curve

Henderson Mullin - chief executive at Writing East Midlands

Henry Swindell - new writing development Manager at BBC Writersroom North



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Writers of the East Midlands! Limber your fingers, dust your keyboards, ink your quills… 

In partnership with IdeasTap, Writing East Midlands and BBC Writersroom, Curve are looking for the most talented new writer in the East Midlands.

As part of their commitment to telling incredible stories from the heart of the country, they are seeking out writers looking to take the next step in their careers. One lucky winner will receive a year's worth of high-end mentorship, research and development support, and a direct cash award of £1,000 to help allow time to create a major new play that speaks to the East Midlands region.

A shortlist of up to five selected plays will be announced in February 2014. The five shortlisted winners will receive feedback and guidance to help them develop a full draft text. 

Extracts of all five plays will be showcased as part of a special event on Saturday 12 April as part of INSIDE OUT, Curve's first festival celebrating the region's talent, where the overall winner will be announced live.

All entries will be read by a panel of artists and experts from Curve, IdeasTap, BBC Writersroom and Writing East Midlands.

The judges are looking for playwrights based in the East Midlands, who have had a minimum of one, but no more than three, full-length plays professionally produced. For the avoidance of doubt, a full-length play is classed as having a minimum 80 minute running time. A professional production is any production in which professionally trained actors (either paid or unpaid) performed the play for a minimum one week run at a theatre venue for a paying audience.

This brief closes on Tuesday 31 December 2013 at 5pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. If you have any technical queries, visit the help centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

How to apply


  • I would suggest the first 10 pages rather than start from a random point and provide context


    Gregory Robinson , Actor , 06/12/13 , 209 AP

  • Hi there, just wondering if the play sample we submit should be something I have already produced or the starting point for the play I plan to write if successful in this brief? Cheers, Nic Harvey


    Nic Harvey , Playwright , 04/12/13 , 451 AP

    • Either is fine. The judges just want to see a ten-page sample of excellent writing.



      Joe IdeasTap , Writer , 16/12/13 , 7,341 AP


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