Open Script Submissions

Open Script Submissions

This year we will be opening our submissions window once more seeking bold, brilliant and innovative new plays.

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

Open Submissions connects us with new work and new writers; it is the first step of a creative and fruitful journey from page to stage.

We are open to new, innovative ideas, and we would like to hear from all writers with a bold and brilliant story to tell. A story that could only be told on the Traverse stages.

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

Provoke us, entice us, move us and tell us your story. Come in, we are open.

Submissions are now closed.

If you have questions about Open Submissions, the answer may lie within these  FAQs.  


We cannot accept:

  • plays that have already been produced elsewhere.
  • adaptations, poems, novels, short stories, or television, film or radio scripts.
  • musicals, historical dramas or bio-plays.
  • short plays (scripts must be over 30 minutes in length).
  • more than one play per writer per year.
  • redrafts of previously submitted work, even if retitled.
  • plays by writers based outside the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

We know that powerful stories, exploring big ideas, work best on our stages. We look for stories with as much heart as head, for writers that have something new to say about the world today, or something new to say about theatre. 

Open Submissions introduce us to writers who are new to us, as well as encouraging submissions from those with whom we have an existing relationship. Please make sure you feel the play you submit best represents your work to date and familiarise yourself with some of our recent work (Meet Me At Dawn by Zinnie Harris, How To Disappear by Morna Pearson, Gut by Frances Poet) and, if you can, with our spaces: the expansive Traverse 1 and the intimate Traverse 2.

To ensure an unbiased response to your play, all scripts received through Open Submissions are read anonymously. 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 before sending it to us.

What happens next

We receive hundreds of scripts each year and endeavour to provide a response to all plays within 9 months. Unfortunately, our resources do not allow us to provide feedback to all writers. However, if, after reading your script, we find your voice particularly compelling, we will provide brief and, hopefully, useful feedback and may well invite you along to the Traverse for a cup of tea to get to know you and your work better.

In addition, this year we will also be selecting five of the most promising plays in order to develop them through in-house dramaturgy and round-table readings with professional actors. These development periods will happen throughout the year culminating in an Open Submissions Festival of script-in-hand readings, showcasing the best new plays to industry professionals and Traverse audiences alike.

Open Submissions is managed by the Traverse Artistic team. If you have any questions, please contact   

Supported by the Foyle Foundation

And there's more…

If you're interested in the Traverse Open Submissions and would like to build further experience in playwriting you might be interested in looking into some of the following upcoming opportunities:

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland: Mentoring and New Playwrights Awards

Tron Theatre: Write Tron & Progressive Playwright

Writing enquiries

Writing enquiries

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