Script Reading Service

Please submit one electronic copy of your play either in Word or pdf format with a covering letter to

  • Please submit one electronic copy of your play either in Word or pdf format, with a covering letter
  • We can only accept one script per person, per window
  • This opportunity is open to Black British writers

Please Note: The script submission window is now closed. Look out for when it opens again.

We are unable to accept scripts outside submissions windows.

  • The Process

    • We'll confirm that we have received your script
    • Your script will be read by one of our team of script readers, who will report back to our Literary Associate in our Readers’ Meeting

    You will either receive a detailed script report or, if your script is selected for further development, you will be invited to come in and meet with us

    Please note - this process takes three months.   It may take slightly longer if your script has been shortlisted and recommended for a full read by our Literary Associate.

  • Here are some top tips from our script readers:

  • "Don't try to conform to standards already set by others, set your own"

  • "Avoid stereotypes and research the social / cultural context of your characters"

  • "Dont second guess what they want you to write. Write what you want to write"

  • Somalia Seaton, Talawa Writers' Programme Writer

    "Talawa has been an integral part of my growth as an artist and writer, gaining confidence in both my voice and place at the table … the springboard … a safe haven for me, full of encouragement and belief."

  • Please Note: The script submission window is currently closed. Look out for when it re-opens.

    We don't accept scripts outside of submission windows.

  • Talawa's history of nurturing and collaborating with outstanding writers like Roy Williams, Derek Walcott, Jackie Kay and Malorie Blackman is well known.

    Talawa is now developing the next generation of Black British writers such as Arinze Kene, Somalia Seaton, Theresa Ikoko and Inua Ellams.

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