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At Paines Plough we are committed to discovering, championing and working with writers at every stage of their career. We are now launching a new Open Submissions programme to ensure we connect with more writers beyond our existing networks and who we might not meet through other means.

Our first new submissions window will open on Wednesday 21 April at 5pm and close on Wednesday 26 May at 5pm.

We want to begin a more meaningful dialogue with writers, and we hope this will be a stronger way for you to get to know us and us to get to know you.



Who is this for?

Writers of all experience levels without agent representation.

What are Paines Plough looking for?

We’re interested in contemporary plays that tell us something about the world we live in today, from writers based in the UK and Ireland. We’re drawn to plays that are inherently theatrical, inventive with form and socially relevant.

In our discovery of new writers, we’re particularly keen to receive work from writers and artists whose voices and stories are not currently represented in our programming.

Have look at some of our recent work to get a better sense of what we are interested in here.

How does it all work?
• You submit a 10-page extract of your writing.
• These will be handed to our internal artistic team to read.
• This will then lead to a face-to-face chat with the reader about your extract and your wider work.

Submission’s window: Wednesday 21 April at 5pm – Wednesday 26 May at 5pm.

For meetings on either: w/c 07 June, w/c 05 July, w/c 02 August

Submissions received after 5pm on Wednesday 26 May will not be considered.

We expect to be able to meet 300 writers between June and August, if we receive a greater number of submissions we will arrange further meeting days that will happen in the autumn and by the end of 2021. For meetings in the autumn we will confirm dates nearer to the time.


What do I need to submit and how?

• One 10-page extract of your writing saved as a PDF or as Microsoft Word document.

• For musical submissions, your five pages can include lyrics. Please send the accompanying music as a score or a demo using a URL link (to Google Drive, SoundCloud, YouTube, etc.)

• Your document should be formatted using a sans serif font (e.g. Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Helvetica, Tahoma) in font size 12 and consider using line spacing to make your script more legible.

All you need to do is fill in the submissions form (available below from when the first submissions window opens), attach your extract and insert any links.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch here.