what is the new writing festival?

The OUDS New Writing Festival is an annual competition which aims to find Oxford’s best student playwrights and showcase their work. The competition categories include Best Play, Best Play for Voices and Best Single Scene. Each Hilary Term, the eleven winners have their one-hour-or-under pieces brought to life in the Burton Taylor Studio and Blackwell's bookshop. 


To get involved in this year’s competition, go to the OUDS New Writing Festival Facebook page where all the latest opportunities and news will be listed, including deadlines, the call for submissions, and the call for directors who’d like to help stage plays. It’s also worth signing up to the OUDS newsletter so that you receive this news direct to your mailbox. The deadline for submissions is normally halfway through Michaelmas, so get writing! To go to the NWF Facebook page, click here.

What other opportunities are there for new writing in oxford?

There are so many opportunities for new writing at Oxford. The Cuppers competition for freshers in Michaelmas often showcases student’s new writing and has an award for Best New Writing. The North Wall Arts Centre also has one student writing slot each year, usually in Trinity term, and this opportunity will be advertised in the Oxford Drama Newsletter in Michaelmas. But most importantly, each slot at each venue in Oxford has the potential to be a piece of new writing! It’s up to you to find a team who will help you put on your play! Have a look at our venue advice to see which venue you think would suit your show best.


This year we took our New Writing Festival virtual. Check out OUDS' first ever New Writing Anthology attached in the pdf below. Thank you to Chloe Dootson-Graube for the lay in and for all of our wonderful student writers and artists. Long live new writing!

The OUDS New Writing Anthology 2021