New Writing


The Dilys Guite Players (DGP) are always accepting material for their new writing productions. We have two different events depending on what you're interested in submitting. We invite talented writers to submit their wonderful entries which we can then build our festivals around.

Our two New Writing events are covered next or if you're ready to submit a piece, click the button below.

General Submission Guidelines


Next closing dates before selection begins:

New Writing Festival - 2020 date to be confirmed

Write On! - 2019 pieces selected. 2020 dates to be confirmed


Submissions are accepted throughout the year whether you are a novice or experienced writer. When planning a festival, the organisers look for a range of genres and play lengths to create a varied production taking into account all age ranges across our actor membership base. Consideration is given to whether the plays can be performed practically given the membership of the DGP and the resources we have available.

All submissions, that have not yet been performed by us, will be continually reviewed for future events. By using the Add File button below and submitting an entry you agree to its potential use, licence free, in our current or future voluntary festival(s), with all proceeds relating to the event supporting the Dilys Guite Players charity.

The first pages of your submission must include:

  • The name of the play

  • The author / your name

  • Whether it is for the New Writing Festival or Write On

  • Character summary (including character name, age range and brief bio)

  • A synopsis of the play

  • Your telephone number

  • Your email address


Should your submission be selected for one of our new writing events, you will be contacted with the details. The DGP will organise the event, auditions, casting, directing and stage crew. You are welcome to attend the initial read through with the cast and you will also receive two complimentary tickets to a performance. Travel expenses are not included. You may also attend one of the rehearsals, date to be confirmed at a mutually convenient time.



The Lantern has a small black box stage. The dimensions and details are available here which writers may find helpful to give a sense of the space and how it can be used. Our website and social media pages also include photographs of past productionswhich may also support your creative process.

  1. Submissions are welcomed from writers worldwide and entries are open to writers aged 18 and above

  2. Submissions are uploaded to a Dropbox account to which only The DGP Board and Creative Team have access. Submissions may be printed for purposes of review or production and copied for those reasons as necessary. Submissions may also be transferred to secure cloud services (Google Drive) or a physical secured hard drive storage facility for the purposes of archiving and storage management - both of which are protected and access is monitored by The DGP Board and Creative Team.

  3. Work submitted must not have been previously published or performed​

  4. Work must be submitted in PDF or Word format (.doc) through the submission form below

  5. Paper copies of scripts may only be accepted with prior arrangement with the Creative Director

    • In the event that a paper script is accepted for submission it is not returnable 

  6. Entries cannot be altered after submission

  7. Uploaded scripts that do no contain the required information on the first page may be deleted

  8. All online submissions will receive an automatic acknowledgement

  9. We do not have a closing date for entries. Our submission period is always open. Should you wish to withdraw your entry after submission, due to its use elsewhere for instance, please email our Creative Team to advise

  10. At the time of creating and planning a New Writing Festival or Write On event the Creative Team will consider all entries received up to that time. Selection by the Creative Team is final. No correspondence or discussion concerning the decisions of the Creative Team will be entered into

    • Entries that are not selected will be eligible for consideration for a future event. It is not necessary to submit the piece again

  11. The copyright will remain with the author. Submission of an entry will indicate the author’s agreement to their work being performed in a Dilys Guite Players New Writing or Write On event at the Lantern Theatre, Sheffield

  12. The Dilys Guite Players reserves the right to edit selected entries in any way deemed appropriate and necessary for performance in our community theatre

  13. Failure to meet the conditions indicated could prevent a submission being selected

  14. Selected authors will be notified by email

  15. Successful authors are welcome to submit a bio and photograph for inclusion on the Lantern Theatre website

  16. There are no submission fees

  17. No expenses or travel cost will be paid by the Dilys Guite Players / Lantern Theatre

  18. By using the Add File button below and clicking Submit to upload your script you agree to its potential use, licence free, in our current or future voluntary festival(s), with all proceeds relating to the event supporting the Dilys Guite Players charity.

Important Notes:
Make sure you've read the General Submission Guidelines and Important Notes before you submit an entry


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