Traverse begins search for 50 writers

25 August 2012 ← return to listing

Traverse begins search for 50 writers

2013 is a big year for us. In celebration of our 50th anniversary, we are searching for 50 writers from Scotland and beyond for a year-long attachment.
We're looking for 500-word plays for Edinburgh. 

If selected, writers will be invited to take part in a series of tailor-made writing events throughout 2013, including panel discussions, workshops and one-on-one dramaturgy.

The year-long attachment, which begins in January 2013, will culminate in a New Writing Festival featuring some of the work developed by the Traverse Fifty throughout the year. At the end of the process we will offer three seed commissions.

Who we want

50 brilliant writers of any age, from anywhere. You must have had no more than two professional productions staged.

How to apply


Submit a 500-word play for Edinburgh.

The play can be about anything you like, for example: a real or imagined event, an experience of, or tribute to, the city, or any idea stimulated by it. Most importantly we are looking for writing that embraces the spirit of invention, adventure and risk taking that has come to define the Traverse over the last 50 years.

Please include a 250 word covering letter outlining why the attachment would be beneficial to you.

All submissions must go through our online submissions manager.

The deadline for submissions is 12pm, 14 November 2012.

The Traverse Fifty writers will be announced on 19 December 2012.

To submit your script please go to

In order to cast our net as wide as possible, there will be a limited number of small travel bursaries available.

Greener Traverse

In order to become greener  and more efficient in managing your scripts, we are now operating a digital script submission policy.

If this is not possible for you contact Catherine 0131 228 3223 to arrange an alternative method.




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