S&CO SCRATCH NIGHTS: next to be announced.
"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
We stirred things up a little in November and, instead of a theme, offered four distinctive images. You simply had to decide which one stimulated your imagination... and start writing your script! Our winners are listed below.
It's FREE to enter and in November we were looking for 8-10 pages - no more, no less - of audio, stage or screenplay. How you interpret our themes or prompts is entirely up to you, but you must tell us which one inspired you, and there must be a clear link to it in your piece. Please note that we only read your script and do NOT want a synopsis or any other information in your email.
NAILED HEART / NEON LOVE / TREE DOOR / SPIRAL STAIRWAY
The deadline was Thursday 18 November at 12 noon (GMT). The prize? A coveted Scriptwriters & Co laurel, natch, and the pleasure of seeing your script perfomed by our auditioned S&Co Actors at the online event from 7pm (GMT) on 23 November, and workshopped by our judges and supportive audience members.
We welcome entries from playwrights and screenwriters anywhere in the world. Subscribers get early notice of all events and S&Co Scratch Night themes 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 the competition. PLEASE read the terms below. Sadly, every month we have to disqualify scripts that don't comply.
We acknowledge receipt of all entries within 24 hours, so if you don't receive a confirmation email, we haven't received your submission. Winners are also informed by email, and will then be 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 reserve the right to publish images of attendees, or feedback received, in or on our website, emails or publicity. Successful scriptwriters will be informed by the prescribed date each month 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!
ABOUT S&CO SCRATCH NIGHTS
Listening to your work is the best way of finding out what sings in tune and what's gone flat. Whether online or live, S&Co's Scratch Nights allow you to hear your script or screenplay performed, script-in-hand, by our multi-talented S&Co Actors, then workshopped by supportive audience members.
Sometimes we set a theme; sometimes we ask for something wackier, to stir things up a little. Either way, if yours gets the green light we'll let you know in advance, and invite you to introduce it at the event. After the reading you can look forward to 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 - repped by Zero Gravity Management in LA - assess submissions very carefully, assisted by readers/judges Helen Tompson, 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!
The success of our online events means Scriptwriters & Co will continue to host S&Co Scratch Nights and readings online after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
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
NOVEMBER'S IMAGE CHALLENGE WINNERS
Special Honourable Mentions
Lock Your Doors - Alex Katz
Neon Love - Ruth Briant-Jones
Rain - Ed Wulff-Vanderpuije
Say Cheese, Mona Lisa - Kate Smith
Sweet Meat - Nilgin Yusuf
Alternate Reality - Jonathan Edgington
Fairy Ring - Marya McCann
I Get Pins and Needles - Lee Betteridge
In Memorium - Montgomery Saylor
Pleasing Ghosts - C. Hakan Akgül
Ramps & Canals - Allston James
Tim The Man - Alexandra Augustine
The Stairwell - Katherine Blessan
We had a blast with Joey Tuccio on pitching to Hollywood on 26 October 2021! So much useful industry information and energy. Next chat to be announced soon!
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 route-to-production prizes.
The event will take place in Bath, UK, on 10 April 2022. Click the pic for more details.