Best of Bolton

Best of Bolton 2017
Best of Bolton 2017

The Octagon is passionate about developing new writing. Every year we run a competition called Best of Bolton, that celebrates outstanding original work by writers of all different ages, backgrounds and experiences.

We are now open for entries for Best of Bolton 2018!

The next Best of Bolton will be Sat 10 November 2018.  Why not have a go at taking part?

You can submit your writing for Best of Bolton in any short form – story, poem, monologue, sketch, or a short extract from a novel or play, but it must be no more than 700 words in length or for poetry no more than 30 lines.

Everything we receive will be read, and, although we cannot return manuscripts or feedback on work that isn't selected, the forty best pieces will be read onstage in one of two performances by professional or trainee actors - (whilst our theatre across the road is being excitingly re-created) – in the beautiful Lecture Theatre at Bolton Library.

How To Apply

The competition opens on Tue 12 June with the deadline for entry being 5pm Fri 27 July. 

All entries must be accompanied by a completed copy of the entry form which includes full contact details and agreement to abide by the terms and conditions, which can be downloaded below. 

Entries can be submitted either:

* by (signed for) post to the following address: Best of Bolton, Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton BL1 3SP

* or by email to the following email address:


Script Guidance

  1. Work submitted must be original, unperformed and unproduced.
  2. Length: For drama, monologue and prose (extract of novel/short story) the submission must be no more than 700 words. For poetry, the submission must be no longer than 30 lines.
  3. Copyright: The entrant must exclusively own and control all copyright and all other related rights to the submitted script.
  4. The submitted work must be available for production and unattached to any other theatre or company. 

Judging and Prizes

  1. All winning entries are automatically under option to The Octagon Theatre for a period of eighteen months after the announcement of the awards.
  2. If the Octagon Theatre chooses your work(s) as a winning entry/entries, then it/they will be performed by a professional or trainee actor(s) in the Best of Bolton showcase on Sat 10 November in the Lecture Theatre at Bolton Library. 
  3. No payments will be made, including travel or subsistence expenses in the event of the writer(s) visiting the theatre throughout the production and performance periods.
  4. We regret that no correspondence can be entered into regarding any part of the judging process.