Jack Studio Theatre has launched Write Now 7, its annual new writing festival, which will open in May 2016 and run for four weeks.

The Write Now festival is an essential part of the Jack Studio’s yearly programme, and which each year looks to find and produce the most exciting, diverse and significant work of emerging writers who have a connection to South East London.

This presents a unique and important development opportunity for playwrights connected to South East London. Past winners of the festival have gone on to have work developed and produced by the BBC writersroom, High Tide, and The Liverpool Everyman.

From the 2016 submissions of plays to a specific brief, one play will be chosen for the month-long festival. It will appear alongside writing workshops, audience discussions, and the performance of seven new short plays. The winning play will be given a full-production for three weeks.

The playwright will also be given the opportunity to fully explore and develop the play before rehearsals, with mentoring support from the director and Write Now dramaturg. He/she will also receives financial support to attend rehearsals, and career development advice.

Script submissions are now open. The deadline for this year’s applications is Friday 29 January 2016.

Full guidelines and a 2016 application form are available on the Write Now page on the Jack Studio Theatre website.

Scripts can be submitted via email to: admin@brockleyjack.co.uk