17 – 24 June 2014.

The Retreat is a chance to focus on your writing in a distraction free, comfortable and inspiring environment. There will be NO cooking or cleaning to do, NO T.V. or internet to distract, nothing to organise or prepare and no deadlines to meet.

It is just a time to write.

We are again returning to the beautiful Strathean in Otaki (just north of Wellington) and meals and accommodation are provided at NO CHARGE to you.  Also, if travel to the retreat is an issue for you please let us know as we may be able to help, both with costs or arranging lifts.

The meals will be healthy and made from local produce and you will have your own room.

We are now accepting submissions from Playwrights.

Please email us with a brief bio and some details about what you hope to work on and/or achieve if accepted on to the retreat.

Submissions close Monday 28 April 2014

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 5 May 2014



A COMPETITION to find strong, original and inventive writing for young people!

Playmarket is putting a special effort into gathering and co-ordinating the best of all plays that fall into this category, from adaptations of fairy tales for tiny children, to plays written by teachers especially for the classroom, to the most searing explorations of adolescence written by teenagers themselves. We want to encourage strong, original and inventive writing for young people both from those new to writing for the young, and the experienced. Visit here for more information

Submissions close 31 July 2014


PLAYMARKET presents this award for the best new New Zealand play.

This is a competition open to any New Zealand citizen/permanent resident. To be eligible, plays must not have had a professional production (pending productions, readings, workshops or amateur productions are fine). Visit here for more information

Submissions have closed for 2014.  



Do you have a complete draft of a new play ready and waiting for some attention?

Do you know someone who does?

Playmarket’s Asian Ink is looking for Asian Playwrights from throughout New Zealand with exciting and original work to show.

Hit the workshop floor with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play.

For more details see our Asian Ink Page or contact Script Advisor Stuart Hoar here.

Submissions close 30 May 2014



Do you have a complete draft of a new play ready and waiting for some attention?

Do you know someone who does?

Playmarket’s Brown Ink is looking for Maori and Pasifika Playwrights from throughout New Zealand with exciting and original work to show.

Hit the workshop floor with a professional script advisor and actors dedicated to helping you develop your play.

For more details see our Brown Ink Page or contact Script Advisor Stuart Hoar here.

Submissions close 30 May 2014




Change the world - write a play!

For this competition we are interested in young writers who take risks and throw care to the wind, as well as those who write strong, conventional plays. Write about ANYTHING you like that matters to you in ANY way you like, for any kind of audience you like.

The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2014Visit here for more information


Robert Lord's worker's cottage in Dunedin is run as a rent-free residency for writers.

To date, playwrights who have lived and worked there include Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar and Paul Rothwell.

To apply for the residencies in 2014 send your cv and a statement of the project you propose to work on to Murray Lynch.

Read more here



Set and realise your playwriting goals.

For ten years now Rebecca Mason (theatre critic, dramaturg, script assessor, executive coach), the daughter of playwright Bruce Mason, has been offering an executive life coaching scholarship to playwrights who would benefit from setting and realising their goals. Rebecca is based in Nelson but is happy to work with playwrights remotely.

If you’re interested in recieving this coaching in 2013, please apply in writing to Murray Lynch with your C.V and a one-page submission outlining your vision for playwriting and why you would benefit from the coaching. 




We have some senior client playwrights offering tutoring services, both online and in person. They are happy to consider all sorts of requests - from beginners wanting a short 'how to start' course, to veterans wanting brief feedback, to screenplay writers wanting assistance to adapt their work for the stage.  

If you think you might like to explore this, contact us describing your area of interest and we will put you in touch with some appropriate tutors to discuss your needs.



Does a small booklet entitled Group-Devised Work; The Rights of Co-Writers, Devisers, Co-Creators, Actor/Writers & Co sound like it might interest you? If so, email for free copy (paper or ecopy). Highly recommended for all those embarking on collaborative ventures, and looking for advice on how to avoid the pitfalls. 


Playmarket and the NZ Film Commission

Playmarket and the New Zealand Film Commission’s Development team have been brainstorming ways to bridge the gap between stage and screen for working writers.  The team conveyed a strong desire to work with more playwrights to develop complementary screenwriting careers, whether through creating new work specifically for screen or adapting existing plays for cinema. The NZFC is excited by the potential to work more closely with Playmarket and see this as win-win for writers.

Playmarket and the NZFC are now developing a number of initiatives aimed at supporting professional development and project opportunities for dramatic writers in New Zealand. In the interim, the NZFC encourages writers interested in developing projects for cinema to review the NZFC Development guidelines on their website.  

Read more here



Banana Boat, a loose bunch of Pasifika and Maori writers, meets once a month to share and share alike. 

Read more here


Do you have an original and engaging idea for a play?

Young and Hungry is currently accepting idea submissions for plays for the 2015 Festival of New Theatre. They are looking for fresh New Zealand voices to write plays for 15-25 year olds.

The playwrights accepted into the programme will develop their scripts throughout 2014, with the assistance of professional script advisors, a play-reading and directed workshops. This is a great opportunity for emerging writers to learn within a professional theatre environment.

See their website here for more information.

Submissions have closed for 2013


This fellowship is for a New Zealand creative writer, whose work has already been published and well received, to undertake a residency in Menton in the South of France for a period of six months or more in 2014.

Applications are sought from established writers across all genres of creative writing; fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, children’s fiction and playwriting.

See the CNZ website here for more information

Applications have closed for 2013


You can pitch a show to BATS at any time. If you have a brilliant, risky, or exciting idea and a team ready to put that idea on stage, send an email to Cherie for more information about putting on a show at the new venue.

Write for Radio New Zealand

The drama department commissions new writing and seeks to work with New Zealand’s best writers.

Each year, up to 30 hours of new drama are produced.

Their priority is to feature New Zealand writers and performers. They look for projects that will delight, surprise, entertain and inform their listeners and for projects that sometimes treat controversial subjects in ways that stimulate discussion.

Check out their website here all the info on writing for and submitting to radio.

Creative New Zealand contestable funding guide

The annual guide on how to apply for Creative New Zealand contestable funding is now available on their website.

Theatreview Performing Arts Directory

Go to Theatreview  to access the NZ Performing Arts Directory. Scroll down the various functions to find the contacts or assistance you need - and add yourself to it.  Categories range from agent and actor through designer, funding, lighting, producer, script development and venue hire - every branch of theatre catered for.


international OPPORTUNITIES


Write Local. Play Global is the ASSITEJ playwrights' network connecting playwrights for the young worldwride. Membership is free and open to all – playwrights, directors, dramaturges, educators, administrators, students – anyone who values plays for young audiences.

For more details visit their website here


We ensure that all international opportunities NZ playwrights are eligible for are included in our regular ebulletin - make sure you sign up for this if you are interested. Below are some examples of what's available (not all have been updated, but keep an eye on them till they are); we will add other ideas as they arrive.

Sundance Theatre Lab

Edward F. Albee Foundation

BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition

Write Now One Act Play Festival

Royal Court Theatre International Playwriting Residency

Royal Court Theatre International Play Development

International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation

Trinity College International Playwriting Competition