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Sparks is HighTide's new script submission process.

We want to get better at keeping writers in the loop with our reading process. We’re a small team and the volume of submissions we get through our open call-out make it hard for us to respond individually and quickly to writers. We realise that this can make the submissions process feel impenetrable at times, and we want to do something about it, so we’re trialling a new way to read plays: Sparks.

During the week members of our small but passionate HighTide team will spend a designated day reading any play submissions that come through to the literary email account that day.

If the team read your play, they'll send feedback the very same day! At the end of the day, if we still haven’t managed to get to your piece and you don’t hear from us, you can resubmit the next reading day.

We’re hoping this will allow us to respond directly to submissions, keep things live so you know if we've read your play or not rather than waiting, and for us to let you know immediately if we feel you’re right for us.

Please note that due to the sheer volume of how many plays we are receiving, we are only accepting scripts from writers based in the UK.

 We require you to send in a completed Equal Ops form along with your script, this can be downloaded here. Please send us your play and equal ops form to our literary account [email protected] from 8am on the Sparks reading day.
We are a small team here at HighTide and due to a particularly busy period in preparation for our upcoming season, we will be taking a break from runnings Sparks. We will resume Sparks after our season launch in June.
Information of readings days for June will be displayed here and on our social channels.