Open call for short Monologues- BBC Radio Manchester & Royal Exchange Theatre

BBC Radio Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre are launching a talent search for writers to mark 100 years since the first women got the vote. We’re seeking a “Manchester Monologue” that looks ahead to the future for women – and Helen Pankhurst (the great granddaughter of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst) will be among those judging the entries.

You are asked to submit a single voiced piece that is written for performance (e.g. a monologue which can be a script, spoken word or poetry). The theme is ‘Women and the Future’ and your writing should show a local connection to Greater Manchester. Your piece should be up to, but no longer than 3 minutes when read aloud.

The five winning monologues will be performed at a special showcase event at the Royal Exchange Theatre and be recorded to be broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester later in the year. The winners will receive a fixed writer’s fee. Prior to this the winning writers will have the opportunity to develop their piece with advice and mentorship from the Royal Exchange Theatre.



11pm on Sunday 15th July 2018.



You can send your entry from Friday 15th June 2018 until 11pm on Sunday 15th July 2018.

All entries must be original and not previously published or performed (this includes online).

You need to be over 18 years old.


For Full terms and Conditions and to enter please visit BBC Radio Manchester.


Published on:
19 Jun 2018


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  1. Can we know when the 5 winning entries will be announced, please? Can I find out online?

    by Brenda Elder
    2:51 pm, 1 Sep 2018
    1. Hi

      The five winning entries will be announced on Monday 10th September 2018 on BBC Radio Manchester, on the Chelsea Norris Breakfast show. I’m sure it will also be published online after that announcement.


      Chloe Smith
      Bruntwood Prize Co-ordinator

      by Chloe Smith
      11:58 am, 5 Sep 2018