As Scotland's only theatre wholly dedicated to new writing, we strive to discover, nurture and produce the brightest new voices across Scotland, the UK and Ireland.
Each year we open our submissions window seeking bold, brilliant and innovative new plays.
We’re looking for stories with as much heart as head and for writers that have something new and urgent to say about the world today. We're excited by big ideas, innovative writing, and entertaining, accessible stories. Whether you’re an established playwright or a first-time writer with a brilliant story, we want to hear from you!
Open Submissions is a key way that we get to know writers and build relationships with them, connecting with the exciting voices that will be occupying our stages for years to come. Scripts are read anonymously, allowing us to focus solely on the story you have to tell.
We particularly encourage submissions from voices and communities which are under-represented in theatre - both onstage and off.
This year, we will be selecting some of the most promising plays in order to develop them through in-house dramaturgy and round-table readings with professional actors. These development periods will happen throughout the year.
Provoke us, entice us, move us and tell us your story. Come in, we’re open!
We cannot accept:
- Plays that have already been produced elsewhere
- Adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts
- Musicals (gig-theatre and plays with songs are accepted)
- Short plays (scripts must be over 50 minutes in length)
- More than one play per writer per year
- Redrafts of previously submitted work
- Plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
Please make sure you feel the play submitted best represents your work to date and familiarise yourself with some of our recent work (Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley, Crocodile Fever by Meghan Tyler, Ulster American by David Ireland, Gut by Frances Poet) or find out more about what kind of work excites us through our Open Submissions Workshop series.
To ensure an unbiased response to your play, all scripts received through Open Submissions are read anonymously.
Please remove your name and contact details from the script itself, and check that your play is clearly formatted, with page numbers, cast list and potential cast doubling noted.
What happens next?
We will send you an email to acknowledge your submission.
Following that, we will try to respond to your submission within 9 months. We receive a high volume of scripts each year and appreciate your patience on a response.
Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to all writers.
This year we will also be selecting some of the most promising plays in order to develop them. You will be contacted if your play has been longlisted for this opportunity, and contacted once again if selected for script development.
Open Submissions is managed by the Traverse Artistic team. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Submissions is supported by the Foyle Foundation, with additional support from The Nimar Charitable Trust, The Russell Trust, The RKT Harris Charitable Trust, The Steel Charitable Trust, The Turtleton Charitable Trust and The William Syson Charitable Foundation.