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 Andy, Charlotte, and Steven will each spend a day reading any play submissions that come through to the literary email account that day. We’ll let you know first thing, via Twitter, which one of us is reading and you can tweet to let us know if you’ve sent in your work. We’ll reply, via Twitter or email, when we’ve received it, and keep you posted on whether we’ve got round to reading it yet. 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, and let you know immediately if we feel you’re right for us.
Our usual callout is for ten page extracts but for Sparks feel free to send in a full piece. You should email [email protected] with the subject line ‘Sparks – followed by the title of your piece’ from 8am onwards.
This week we’ll be reading on Thursday and Friday but do keep an eye on our Twitter account for the days we'll be reading each week!