The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Writing Fellowships

Applications for the Royal Court and Kudos Fellowships are now closed. This information is reproduced for information only.


The Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Television production company have created three new Fellowships for writers already establishing a career. The fellowships will offer three writers a £10,000 bursary to support themselves in order to focus purely on their writing for six months.

The Royal Court and Kudos are specifically looking for writers who perceive that there are barriers to getting their work developed and produced in theatre and television because of class, disability, education, ethnicity, gender identity, geography or any other barrier.

The three £10,000 bursaries (with additional travel and accommodation expenses covered) will support writers for a period of six months from January 2019. During this time, they will be able to take part in and challenge the work of the Royal Court and Kudos. There will also be opportunities to see productions, meet theatre and television writers who have significantly contributed to both forms and have ongoing artistic conversations with staff at the Royal Court and Kudos.

The Royal Court Theatre is the leading force in world theatre for energetically cultivating writers – undiscovered, emerging and established. Kudos is one of the world’s leading television production companies, who are passionate programme makers specialising in scripted content.  The Fellowships are a way to begin relationships with writers who feel they wouldn’t otherwise have access to either organisation.

Writers who present the world in new and unfamiliar ways through the originality of their voice, exceptional skill and bold execution of their ideas should apply.

Read what Rachel De-Lahay, Stacey Gregg, Dennis Kelly and Jack Thorne have to say about this opportunity in our press release.


How to apply
To apply, please download and complete an application form (available below in various formats) and send it, along with an attached play script (60 pages minimum), to [email protected].

If you’re unable to email your application, you can also submit your application form and play script by post to Literary Office, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS. Plays submitted without the application form will not be considered.

Some important points to note:

  • This opportunity is for writers who are resident in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

  • Your play must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium.

  • If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s file names.

  • Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format.

  • We will not be able to send you feedback on your submission.

  • You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your application by email or post.

The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday 16 November 2018. The window is intentionally short as we expect writers will submit an already existing play. We will let you know on Friday 7 December whether you have been shortlisted.

If you feel that this application process is itself a barrier, we would encourage you to contact the Royal Court directly in order to have a bespoke conversation. Should you require it, this page is available in an easy ready version here.

What happens next?
We will consider the following questions when reading the submitted plays and applications:

  • What are the perceived barriers identified by the writer?

  • How would this opportunity have a long term impact on the writer?

  • What kind of work is the writer excited and inspired by?

  • How does the play make us see the world in a different way through the writer’s originality of voice, exceptional skill and bold execution of their ideas?

All entries will be considered by a team of readers at the Royal Court who will create a longlist of entries. These will then be read by a member of the Royal Court’s artistic team who will shortlist ten writers. This shortlist will be read by the Royal Court and Kudos teams and each writer will meet with key members of both organisations including Vicky Featherstone (Artistic Director, Royal Court Theatre) and Sarah Stack (Head of Development, Kudos). This chat will be an opportunity to hear more about each writer’s experience to date and hear about their play in more detail.

We will choose three writers who we feel, with this support, will go on to make a significant contribution to theatre and TV and the cultural life of the UK and beyond.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit if I live outside the UK?
The opportunity is for writers who are resident in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

What should I do if the font size is too small on the application form?
We also have a large print-version available here.

What if my first language is BSL?
We can accept video submissions answering the questions on the application form. Please send your video with your attached play to [email protected]

Can I submit my play if it is less than 60 pages?
The 60 page guideline is there because we are expecting plays to be full-length submissions. If it feels like a full length script and you’re unsure about reaching the 60 pages, please take this guideline into account: a page of A4 runs at about 1.5 minutes. So we wouldn’t expect a script less than 40 pages.

How should I format my script?
However you like. As long as it is readable, in a clear font and size and it would be great if it also has page numbers.

What should my play be about?
Whatever you want. We are looking for writers who present the world in new and unfamiliar ways through the originality of their voice, exceptional skill and bold execution of their ideas; there is some info on this page about the kind of work the Royal Court and Kudos produce.

Can I submit an adaption of a novel/film etc or a TV script?
No, we are only accepting original play scripts.

Can I submit a play the Royal Court have already rejected or are currently considering?
It might be interesting if you have something we haven’t already read but you more than are welcome to resubmit something as we are considering all submissions specifically for this fellowship. If you had feedback on this script from us or anywhere else, you may wish to incorporate this in a new draft.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the application process?
You can email the Literary department via [email protected] or call on 020 7565 5050