Our open script submissions window seeks bold, brilliant and innovative new writers.

As Scotland's only theatre wholly dedicated to new writing, we strive to discover, nurture and produce the brightest voices across Scotland, the UK and Ireland.

We’re looking for stories exploring big ideas with as much heart as head and for writers that have something new to say about the world today. Whether you’re an established playwright or a first-time writer with a brilliant story, we want to hear from you.

We particularly encourage submissions from voices and communities which are under-represented in theatre — both onstage and off.

Our Open Submissions window is currently closed but keep on reading to find out more about our guidelines and process.

If you have questions, head to the Open Submissions – FAQ page.


We cannot accept:

  • Plays that have already been produced elsewhere
  • Adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts
  • Musicals (gig-theatre and plays with songs are accepted)
  • Short plays (scripts must be over 50 minutes in length)
  • More than one play per writer per year
  • Redrafts of previously submitted work
  • Plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Please make sure you feel the play submitted best represents your work to date and familiarise yourself with some of our recent work (Mouthpiece by Kieran Hurley, What Girls Are Made Of by Cora Bisset, Crocodile Fever by Meghan Tyler).

Please remove your name and contact details from the script itself, and check that your play is clearly formatted, with page numbers, cast list and potential cast doubling noted.

What happens after I submit my script?

We'll send you an email acknowledging your submission.

Following that, we will try to respond to your submission within 9 months. We receive a high volume of scripts each year and appreciate your patience.

Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to all writers.

Open Submissions is managed by the Traverse Artistic team. If you have any questions, please contact writing@traverse.co.uk

Open Submissions is supported by the Foyle Foundation, with additional support from The Nimar Charitable Trust, The Russell Trust, The RKT Harris Charitable Trust, The Steel Charitable Trust, The Turtleton Charitable Trust and The William Syson Charitable Foundation.

Who reads my script?

When you send a script to the Traverse through Open Submissions, it's read by a member of our Artistic Team, or by one of our talented readers who are theatre professionals working across the UK.

All scripts are read anonymously, which allows us to focus solely on the story you have to tell.

Current members of our reading panel are: Grace Barrington, Liz Chan, Uju Enendu, Tommo Fowler, Deb Jones, Naomi Joseph, Maureen Lennon, Mingyu Lin, Ross Collins MacKay, Rafaella Marcus, Katherine Nesbitt, Felix O’Brien, Liam Rees, Jo Rush, Kol Sigfusdottir, Joanne Skapinker, Naomi Sumner, Megan Valentine and Chelsea Walker.

Looking for ways to develop your writing?

Open Submissions Workshops

A free, 16-week course to support aspiring writers to unleash their creativity and take them from idea to draft.

All workshops are free to access and will be posted on the Open Submissions Workshops page. Available to view and listen to at any point until 1 September 2021.

Anyone Can Write a Play

Want to write a play but don't know where to start?
Or maybe you've written a play in the past, but recently lost all of your creative juices?

Never fear – this is the playwriting series for YOU!

Guided by the wonderful Meghan Tyler (Crocodile Fever, The Persians) you'll write your very own play using just two words. Intrigued? You should be.

Opportunities elsewhere

Scotland and UK Theatre scene has a rich tradition of producing new writing and supporting new writers to achieve their potential.

Traverse Theatre are proud to collaborate with several other organisations across the UK, whom offer some brilliant opportunities to emerging playwrights:

Playwrights Studio Scotland
University of Edinburgh MSC in Playwriting
The Tron, Glasgow, Build & Maker Programmes
Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award
The Verity Bargate Award at SOHO Theatre