London Horror Festival 2016 Short Play Competition

The London Horror Festival returns for 2016, and once again are bringing their hugely successful short play competition with them

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Following the success of last year’s theme ‘It’s Not What It Seems…’, which crowned the beautifully disturbing psychological thriller ‘CHEW’ by Sarah Tejal Hamilton the winner (you can read our write-up of Chew here), they are once again calling for playwrights of all abilities to submit a 10-15 minute script.

This year’s theme … BADASS WOMEN!

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Give the festival’s female actors a leading role they can really sink their teeth into! Good or evil, we want to see women at the centre of the story, as highly developed characters and forces to be reckoned with.

Submissions are open from now until Sunday 31st July, after which the festival team will shortlist 3 plays to be staged by a professional cast and crew at The Old Red Lion Theatre, one of London’s top fringe venues and host of the London Horror Festival 2016.

The plays will be performed on Monday 10th October and the winner will be picked on the night by a special guest judge and awarded with the opportunity to stage a fully developed production of their play!

London Horror Festival Competition entry requirements:

  • Plays should be written to the theme of ‘Badass Women’ and fit into the horror genre. Be imaginative with this! The more creatively this is interpreted the better!
  • The script’s running time should be between 10 and 15 minutes.
  • The play must be a brand new script not previously produced.
  • The writing must be theatrically literate and the action appropriate for a small stage – nothing that requires advanced SFX and no film scripts please!
  • The play must be limited to two characters and one setting.
  • Playwrights must be UK-based and preferably able to attend the opening night of the festival at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London on Monday 10th October 2016 should their play be selected as one of the three finalists.
  • Submission deadline is Sunday 31st July 2016. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted plays will be announced in September.
  • Plays should be submitted by email to in Word or PDF formats.

This is a unique opportunity for writers at any stage in their career to test out a new piece of writing, perhaps experimenting with the horror genre for the first time. Translating horror to the stage can be a tricky mistress so finalists will learn from the London Horror Festival’s team of theatre directors and actors what works and what doesn’t.

Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to be a part of the London Horror Festival’s 6th year and see your characters brought to life before your very eyes!

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