Budding screen and stage writers are being encouraged to enter a writing competition which launches in the Midlands this month aiming to give them the opportunity to see their work performed published and perhaps even commissioned.
The Transition Stage company launched on July 1 with the competition called ‘Enter Stage Write’, designed to give aspiring screen and stage writers across the West Midlands the chance to see their work brought to life.
‘Enter Stage Write’ is open to anyone in the region to write a seven to 10-minute play and submit it. The shortlist mini-plays will then be performed at the Birmingham REP Theatre on September 19 in a glittering night which will see entrants, actors and dignitaries alike arrive to a red carpet reception.
Founder, Natalie Edwards, an actress who hails from Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham but whose career has taken her as far as New York City, said she felt compelled to launch the competition with so few screen writers ever given real opportunity.
“The sad reality is that there are many highly skilled creatives in the West Midlands hungry for a chance to prove themselves,” she said.
“Unfortunately, their talents are overlooked or they are forced to travel to search elsewhere for exposure. Enter stage Write provides an opportunity for us to acknowledge and reward creative writing talent right here in our region. “
The red-carpet event will showcase the shortlisted ten plays, with cash prizes, trophies, and the opportunity for applicants to have their work published. Natalie wants all of the winners to get the recognition they deserve.
A guest panel of judges made up of industry experts and business and community leaders will select the finalists. The winning scriptwriter will receive £1,000 cash prize.
Natalie added that the Transition Stage Company would be encouraging all aspiring writers to enter the competition. She said there was no age limit and 10% of profits from the event would be donated to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
People wanting to enter the competition should follow the link below and follow the guidelines on the Transition stage company website. Information is provided on how to submit an entry and there is additional info on workshops etc to assist writers with their writing.
Transition Stage company is being sponsored by the E-spark entrepreneur incubator. Organisations who would like to find out more about supporting this event should visit: www.transitionstagecompany.com
The closing date for writing submissions is 31 August.