Scratch Nights and Events

GREAT ENTERTAINMENT - AT YOUR PLACE!

 

S&CO SCRATCH NIGHTS ARE BACK!

NEXT SHOW:  7PM ON TUESDAY 31 MAY 2022

SPRING THEME: 'COMPETITION'

"The whole thing is a miracle of technology and collaborative talent. I really enjoy the range of work, so many twists and turns, such great story-telling and performances. Thanks for being so friendly and welcoming, and for all the really helpful and constructive comments. This event is one great thing that came about as a result of lockdown." - Nilgin Yusuf, Scriptwriter/Journalist

SPECIAL BONUS PRIZE

The writer of the best script, as decided by our judges, will win Final Draft's FD12 scriptwriting software, worth nearly £200!

We know how much people love our free-to-enter-and-attend S&Co Scratch Nights. To make them extra-special, we now only host three each year, in Spring, Autum and Winter. That gives us ample time to organise and judge the Scriptwriters & Co Internationa Festival in the summer.

The deadline for the Spring Scratch Night is 12 noon on Thursday 26 May, and the show will be on Tuesday 31 May at 7pm. The theme, with no prizes for guessing why (ouch!) is 'COMPETITION'.

We welcome entries from playwrights and screenwriters anywhere in the world. It's FREE to enter and we're looking for 8-10 pages of audio, stage or screenplay. Please note that we only read your script, so do NOT attach a synopsis or other information in your email.

How you interpret our themes or prompt is entirely up to you, but there must be a clear link. The prize? A coveted Scriptwriters & Co laurel and the pleasure of seeing your script performed by our multi-talented, professional S&Co Actors, then discussed by our judges and supportive audience members. S&Co's Scratch Nights, broadcast live online, allow you to hear your script or screenplay brought to life . It's the best way of finding out what sings in tune - and what's gone flat. 

If your piece gets the green light, we'll invite you to introduce it at the event. And after the performance, you can anticipate rapturous applause (of course!) followed by constructive, moderated debate in a safe environment. We're all on your side.

Each of us benefits from exposure to great new writing, and by formulating and listening to comments, critiques and suggestions. It helps us improve our own work. Writers and actors alike should treat it like a pitch or audition, because you never know who might be listening. You could get commissioned or cast.

Award-winning scriptwriters Zanna Cardash and Alex Hollister - the latter repped by Zero Gravity Management in LA - assess submissions very carefully, assisted by readers/judges Phil Baarda and Ella Crowsley. Please don't be disheartened if yours isn't chosen, or leap to the conclusion that it isn't engaging or well-written. Decisions won't just be based on talent, but to offer the audience variety. Even if you don't enter, our newletters tell you themes and event dates in advance, so please sign up!

Subscribers generally get early notice of S&Co Scratch Night themes and all our events, and there's no charge to enter or attend, but you must sign up to our newsletter, and contributions are appreciated to help keep us running these competitions.

PLEASE read the terms below. Sadly, every time, we have to disqualify scripts that don't comply.

We try to acknowledge receipt of all entries within 48 hours, so if you don't receive a confirmation email, we haven't received your submission.  Winners are informed by email, then announced on social media and below. We don't send out rejections - who likes those?

THEMES, RULES & ELIGIBILITY

Your script must be: 

  • in English
  • relevant to the theme
  • formatted to industry standards, or so it's an easy read for us and our actors - the BBC offers some handy downloads
  • devoid of  watermarks (professionals don't do this and - trust us! - we have zero interest in stealing ideas or passing your work off as ours)
  • appropriate for the stated page count (which doesn't include the cover or, in plays, cast details), with no more than eight speaking characters
  • in PDF format, with its title and your name in the file name AND on the title page, such as: 'A Wondrous Work by Al Anon'.

Also make sure you've:

  • subscribed to our mailing list
  • proof-read your work so it's free of spelling errors and typos
  • stated, on the title page, whether your piece is for stage, TV, film, radio or other medium, and if it's an excerpt
  • not submitted more than one piece
  • not included a synopsis or any notes - readers will not see your email and only receive the script.

Terms: You must subscribe to our newletter to be eligible to enter and/or attend, since this is where we provide key information and the Zoom link to the event. Maximum of one entry per person each month, and writers may win up to four times in one year. Monologues and excerpts are accepted. Writers must be over 18. Copyright of all work submitted remains the writer's. Entries received after the deadline or with inappropriate page counts will not be read. Failure to follow the rules may result in disqualification. We accept scripts that have been produced or have won other awards. By submitting your work you agree to be present at the appropriate scratch night on Zoom if your script is chosen. Entry to each online event is limited to the first 100 people who join us. By entering or attending S&Co events you acknowledge that we have the right to publish recordings of winning scripts being performed by S&Co Actors on our YouTube page, as well as images of attendees, or feedback received, in or on our website, emails or other publicity materials. Successful scriptwriters will be informed a few days before the contest and must respond within 24 hours, or their slot may be offered to someone else. We do not send rejection emails, so if you don't hear from us by that date, your submission was not successful. Good luck!

Submissions are now OPEN! 

 

THE S&CO ACTORS COMPANY

MATT NATION - ROSIE CLOSS - AL BRUNKER - ZANNA CARDASH - DAVID COLE - REBECCA PARR - ALEX STABLER - JACQS GRAHAM - MICHAEL BRAND - JOHANNA THEA - DAVID BECK - LILY MARYON - RYAN SETT - LAURA CORRADI - RUPI LAL - RHIANNON SKERRITT - PHILIP SHERLOCK - CANDICE CLARKE - RHYS OWEN - ELIZABETH HAMMOND - HOLLY BODIMEADE - PAUL UHLER - DAVD VERREY

 

THE SCRIPTWRITERS & CO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

We're delighted, excited and immensely proud to partner with the producers of the world's finest, industry standard scriptwriting software, FINAL DRAFT, and welcome script entries from shorts to full-length features and plays , from screenwriters and playwrights, and offer trophies as well as two route-to-production prizes

We're honoured to have had screenwriter/playwright JOHN HODGE and screenwriting analyst DOMINIC MORGAN (aka SCRIPTFELLA) as guest speakers at the 2022 event, and will announce 2023's as soon as we can.

Next year's festival will take place at THE RONDO THEATRE in Bath, UK, on 11 JUNE 2023. Click the pic for details of categories, fees and prizes - and to enter!

S&CO CHATS

We had a blast with Joey Tuccio on pitching to Hollywood, and Savannah Morgan on preparing yourself for that pitch! So much useful industry information and energy. Next chat to be announced soon!