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Take part in DARK BITES 3




DARK BITES is a new writing event: A curated selection of macabre and unsettling stories by Sussex writers, read aloud by actors. We have brought eleven chilling new tales from page to stage. Following our sold out debut at The Actors Pub Theatre on 17th Feb 2023, we took DARK BITES 2 to Theatre Royal Brighton, for 5 sold out shows over Halloween 2023. We are now looking for submissions for DARK BITES 3 which will take place in 2024.


We are looking for short (5-10 min) dark pieces. Max 1600 words. They must be self contained stories rather than excerpts. They can be monologue, duologue, or mini play (for no more than 3 actors). We do also accept short stories, but they must work when read aloud.


We welcome ghost stories, dystopian fantasy, comedy horror, and anything that celebrates the darker side of storytelling. Some useful reference points might be Black Mirror, Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, Inside No. 9, The Midnight Club, and Tales of the Unexpected.


While we welcome work from everybody, we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity in our programming. We especially welcome submissions from LGBTQ+/ Queer writers, Global Majority writers, Working Class writers, and Female identifying writers.

If we select your piece, we will work with you to edit and enhance it for performance. This may involve making some cuts and changes. Any changes will be respectfully and collaboratively discussed.

Email your story to with the subject line 'DARK BITES 3'and a couple of lines about your writing experience. OR use the submission form below.


Submissions window opens 1st Nov 2023 and closes 28th February 2024.

Apply for DARK BITES 3

We are committed to increasing diversity & inclusion in our programming. Please tick any of the following that apply.

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