Does the entry have to be new writing?                      

Yes, as the main aim is to encourage new talent. However any published works must be entered by/ with the consent of the author themselves.

Can my submission be another performance genre such as poetry, musical theatre, physical theatre or devised theatre?

Yes, we accept entries from all performance genres. However for non-dialogue pieces we would need to see a basic script and if possible a DVD recording of the show or previous pieces performed by the company.

What are the key dates involved?

The deadline to submit your entry is Sunday 30th September 2108.  Successful applicants will be notified on Sunday 7th October 2018.  Performances are between Monday 12th and Saturday 17th November 2018.

I am not resident in the UK but I have a script – can I still enter?

Yes by all means send us your script if you are not a UK resident. In previous festivals we have had entries from Spain, Portugal, Russia & France. Greater weight will be given to those submitting scripts from abroad if you have established links with producers/directors in the UK. However please bear in mind that LOST will not be responsible for arranging rehearsal venues, casting, travel arrangements, visas etc.

What happens if I’m offered a slot on the reserve list?

Not every show that applies to enter the Festival finds that if selected, it is able to take up the offer of a slot. Therefore the Festival’s Artistic panel select a number of shows that they feel meet their criteria and ask if they would be happy to be placed on our reserve list. Should any of the shows decide not to take up our offer of a slot in the Festival, a company from the reserve list will be asked if they would like to take their place. The companies on the reserve list will be notified as to whether or not they have been offered a slot by The Reserve List Deadline.