It’s time for writers to find their voice again

Liz McLaughlin won Voices of Todmorden 2012 with her baking monologue
Liz McLaughlin won Voices of Todmorden 2012 with her baking monologue

Voices of Todmorden, the popular monologue-writing competition is returning after a year off to once again showcase the creative playwriting talents of Calderdale.

The competition, run by the Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, is open to everyone, free to enter and looking for imaginative stories from around the local area.

As the name suggests, these one-person plays should be set in or have links to Todmorden. This year’s theme is ‘Charity’ in whatever guise you can think of and must be between 1500 and 2000 words.

The deadline for submissions is April 29, 2014.

As in previous years, six winning entries will be brought to life by members of the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) and performed at the Hippodrome over a weekend in autumn.

There will also be one overall winner selected by a panel of local artistic professionals, who will be awarded a season ticket to all of TAODS shows in the 2014-2015 season.

In addition this year, the audience will get to vote on their favourite performance each night for a bonus prize.

Liz McLaughlin, the last winner of Voices of Todmorden in 2012 said: “It’s great to see Voices back again.

“I was so proud to win it because there is always a high standard of writing and the performances are so good they really bring the monologues to life.”

If you would like to enter the competition free of charge you will find all the rules and submission guidelines on the Hippodrome’s website at