We’re passionate about providing opportunities and support to writers at a variety of points in their career.

Working primarily with writers from the South West we:

  • Discover new Scripts via our yearly talent call-out The Open Session
  • Develop Open Session writers’ work, often in collaboration with Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; and run courses open to all.
  • Create full productions and workshops of New Plays and Musical
  • Encourage all Writers to become part of The Forum, Bristol Old Vic's meeting point for creative people of all art forms. It's free to join. 

Submit your new play or musical

Each year, we call out to Writers in the West Country via The Open Session.

Plays and musicals can be submitted, with writers of the Top 5 becoming our next ‘Open Session Five’. Across a year they experience: workshops to explore and showcase their script with actors and directors; sessions from industry experts; dramaturgical support; and opportunities brought to Bristol Old Vic from other organisations. 

Unfortunately we don’t accept unsolicited scripts outside of The Open Session’s submission.  

This year's submission window is the whole of June, July and August.

Find out more about 'The Open Session' here.


Monthly highlights, production, opportunities, and courses. It’s the best way to keep in touch with our writers. To sign up, email writers@bristololdvic.org.uk

Courses & Events

We run skills courses, and host events connecting local writers with organisers of national writing competitions. Sign up to our e-newsletter to find out more.

Stay in touch

For enquiries, email our Literary Associate James Peries – and follow us on Twitter, @BOVwriters, for the latest events and opportunities.

Thank You

The Writers Department is supported by The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation.

Ronald Duncan was a poet, playwright and librettist, who had international success, and was based for much of his life in Devon. The Foundation’s support enables us to commission and produce writers’ work, find new plays (via The Open Session), and nurture skills and career development for West Country writers.