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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.

 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.
Sparks reading days in December will be:


Thursday 13th December

Thursday 20th December