Scriptwriters & Co (aka S&Co) is a Bath-based collaborative networking community of writers, actors, theatre directors and film producers. While most members live in the UK, they have subscribers from all around the world.

As publicised on the BBC Writersroom page, the group holds monthly scriptwriting competitions followed by S&Co Scratch Nights for playwrights and screenwriters. Dates and themes are announced on their website and in their newsletters, and it’s free to submit.

The prize for winning writers? A coveted laurel, plus the chance to hear your script read ‘live’ on Zoom in front of a large online audience, within three weeks of entering. Each month, up to ten winning pieces are performed, script-in hand, by auditioned S&Co Actors, then workshopped by the Scriptwriters & Co team and other writers in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. It’s a great place to test your work and meet new contacts.

To compete, you must:
• visit Scriptwriters & Co for details and conditions
• subscribe to their mailing list
• be over 18
• be able to attend the online Zoom event

Your script must be:

• in English
• relevant to the theme published on their website
• appropriate for the stated page and character count
• spell-checked and formatted appropriately and clearly
• in PDF format, with its title and your name in the file name, as in ‘The Script by Al Anon’.

Scriptwriters & Co’s experienced readers assess every submission very carefully. Please don’t be disheartened if yours isn’t chosen, or leap to the conclusion that it isn’t engaging or well-written. Decisions won’t just be based on talent, but to offer the audience variety.

The group is expanding fast and has a vibrant and supportive Facebook community for playwrights, screenwriters, script readers, actors, filmmakers and theatrical producers, at any stage of their career and wherever they live. Please visit Scriptwriters & Co to find out more.