New writing


New Writing

We want a large, noisy space for new writing at West Yorkshire Playhouse. A space that nurtures bold, new voices and that supports rich and diverse stories about where we live in Leeds, in Yorkshire and in the world.


The Literary Associate, Jacqui Honess-Martin is the primary source of contact for all new writing enquiries.

We strongly encourage scripts to be sent by email to


Can I send you my script?

We are excited to discover new writers both locally and across the UK and encourage unsolicited scripts to be sent to us through two reading windows each year. 

Unfortunately we are unable to read unsolicited work outside of these windows.

Our next Unsolicited Reading Window will be 1- 26 June 2015.

All scripts must be received by 6pm on Friday 26 June. 

We will only accept one script per writer. 

Please send your script with a covering letter that details your full name, address, phone number and email. We will not be able to consider your script without this information. We'd also be grateful if you could complete and submit an Equal Opportunities Form.


Click here to download the Equal Opportunities Form


We strongly encourage scripts to be sent by email to

If you do not have access to email scripts can be posted to: Unsolicited Reading Window, Literary Associate, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7UP

(Please note it is not possible for us to return scripts sent by post, please do not send sae)

We will endeavour to read everything we are sent, but would ask that you help us by just sending one script per writer and by sending us something that we have not seen before.  We are delighted to accept scripts from local writers, UK writers and even international writers, but we can only read scripts in English.


Then What? 

You will receive an acknowledgement that we have received your script. Your script will be read by a team of readers drawn from writers, directors, theatre makers, audience members and members of the West Yorkshire Playhouse team, led by the Literary Associate.  

Once all the scripts have been read, we will make a decision on the scripts and writers we can support or develop further. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer full feedback on all the scripts we receive, but we will be in touch again at the end of the process to let you know the outcome of your submission. We anticipate that this process will take up to 4 months, so please bear with us if you haven't heard during this time.


We look forward to reading your work. 



We are very happy to accept any length of play, written for adults or children. 
Please only send us adaptations if you have secured the rights to adapt the original material. 
We are a theatre and can only accept scripts written for the stage. Please do not send film or TV scripts.

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