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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the 2022 opportunities replacements to the programmes you used to run? Does this affect what I can apply for?

We have adjusted the nature of some of these supports based on feedback from playwrights and global events of the last 18 months. In brief, the names of some of the supports have changed and the level of financial support has increased in some cases. If you are concerned you may not be eligible for a support you have applied to in the past, please drop us a line at and we'll clarify the situation.

I want to apply as a co-writing team. Is this permitted?

You are welcome to apply to any of the development support packages as a co-writing team. Please bear in mind that the funding for each support is based on one playwright. If you are selected as a co-writing team, you will share the available package between you.

I have previously applied for support but was not selected. Can I apply again? 

If you have applied before and still feel it is an opportunity you would benefit from, please apply again and tell us how your writing and your career is progressing.  

Selection is made by considering a range of criteria, not just your writing. This includes whether the panel feel that the opportunity is the right one for you at that moment. So there's every benefit in applying again. 

"Don't be put off by rejection because I think I applied twice before and didn't get selected. I've heard that from a lot of people. Don't be discouraged if you don't get it first time"Maryam Hamidi

Can I apply for more than one type of support in the same year?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications for more than one type of support from the same applicant. Our supports offer different development opportunities to playwrights at different career stages so if you are unsure which to apply for, read the criteria carefully. Think about your objectives and what you hope to achieve. This should help you decide which option is most appropriate for your needs. If you are still unclear, please feel free to contact us via or call us on 0141 334 4403.

Will you pay travel or other expenses?

We're committed to ensuring that no playwright who is working with us is financially disadvantaged, or that anyone is put off from applying because of financial concerns.  As a result, we will always pay out-of-pocket travel expenses to those attending any sessions organised by Playwrights' Studio where attendance in person is necessary.

As a small arts organisation with limited resources, occasionally (and where appropriate) we'll need to make alternative arrangements such as video conferencing or telephone meetings. We actively encourage anyone attending meetings, workshops or other events organised by the organisation to use public transport whenever possible to reduce associated carbon emissions.

Do I need to have qualifications to apply?

You do not need to have any qualifications to apply for any of the development support we provide.

If I am not selected, will you provide feedback on my application?

If you are not selected, you will be offered the opportunity to receive feedback on your application. However, please note that this feedback will not include feedback on your writing samples.

Play Development Bursary and Bursaraidh Leasachaidh Dealbh-chluich Gàidhlig

Who will provide dramaturgical support?

Dramaturgical support will be provided by one of our Associate Playwrights or an external freelance theatre professional. If you are selected for a Play Development Bursary or Bursaraidh Leasachaidh Dealbh-chluich Gàidhlig, we will meet with you during the Induction Day to discuss matching you with someone to provide your dramaturgical support.

Self-led Projects

Can I include a rehearsed reading for an industry and/or public audience in my proposal?

We are unlikely to fund only an industry-focussed rehearsed reading.

I have never put together an outline of costs before. How do I do this?

We do not require a detailed budget from you. However, we do need to know how you would allocate the money should your application be successful. Things to consider when putting together your outline: your daily fee as the writer attending your own workshops, travel for other artists, venue hire and childcare costs. Please contact if you need advice on putting together an outline of costs.

I don't have any other artists involved at this stage. Will this affect my application?

This will not affect your application. Playwrights' Studio has a network of contacts for directors and actors experienced in working with new writing and we can discuss the right collaborators for you should your project be selected.

We have also developed relationships with a number of organisations and networks which we will be able to call on to help identify collaborative partners. These include:

  • The Envelope Room (design)
  • Curious Seed and The Work Room (dance)
  • The Fence and Fabulamundi (European playwriting partnerships)
  • New Play Network and New Play Exchange and The Playwrights Center (USA)
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada (and the network of Canadian playwright development centers)
  • Articulation (outdoor arts)
  • The Scottish Games Network, Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow (games)
  • Puppet Animation Festival

What happens if my timescale changes after I submit my application?

If the timescale for your activity changes, please contact Emma McKee, General Manager, at as soon as possible to discuss this further.



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