BBC TV Drama Writers Programme 2017

The BBC shall be commissioning 8 writers to write an original series or serial script for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online. To apply you must have at least one production credit (a drama, at least 30 mins in duration) to your name.

You can have written for theatre, television, radio or film but must not already be in development (beyond treatment stage) with BBC Television Drama.  This is not a scheme for new, untested writers or those with significant original television drama credits. It is an opportunity for writers with striking and unusual stories to tell, to take part in a bespoke scheme with input from top television writers and BBC editorial and production staff, as well as a dedicated Script Editor and Exec Producer. The Scheme will last for a year.


“We are asking for a CV highlighting produced credit or credits, an original drama script (which could be stage, radio, film or TV – produced or unproduced – at least 30 mins in length) and up to one side of A4 outlining a potential series or serial idea for BBC One, BBC Two or BBC Three Online.

There are 8 places and we shall be shortlisting 20 writers for the scheme. Those 20 will discuss their pitches with the BBC Writersroom Team and Drama Execs representing all of the drama hubs, nations and regions. We’ll then select the writers based on these interviews, the quality of the writer’s work and the viability of their pitch. “

Writers who have been selected to participate in the Programme will be expected to write three drafts of a script, with dedicated Script Editor and Executive support. In addition, there will be a series of screenwriting lectures, workshops and events throughout the course culminating in a reading and presentation of extracts from the writers’ scripts.

Writers will be paid a minimum script fee as agreed by the WGGB/PMA and the BBC on a favoured nations basis (currently £11,520 for 60 minutes).  Expenses will also be paid.

Submissions are now being accepted and the applications deadline is noon on Monday, 3rd October 2016.  Applications are by the BBC Writersroom e-Submissions System only.

Deadline 3 October 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

Milano Playwriting Contest – open call for scripts

Milano Playwriting Festival and it’s producer It’s Time Produzioni Srls are looking for new plays from across the globe.  The selected plays will be presented as reading/mise en espace/staging during Milano Playwriting Festival, March 31 – April 2, 2017.

If an agreement between the parts is reached, It’s Time Produzioni Srls will also act as literary agent by presenting the plays to Italian and foreign artistic directors / producers.

The submitted play needs to be recently written and possibly never staged before. We are not interested in monologues. There are no script-length, subject or playwright’s age limits.

All applications need to be sent to : with the following subject: “New Play World 2017 – Playwright’s  Surname and Name – Play’s Title”   (example: “New Play World 2017 – Smith John – The game ”).

The email needs to have attached:

  1. The full play.
  2. Logline: 6 lines maximum that summarise the core of the story and highlight its originality.
  3. The playwright’s phone number.
  4. The playwright’s CV
  5. If the play has already received or will received before April 2017 a reading/mise en espace/staging, please let us know where and when.

Deadline to send the play: 9th of October 2016

An answer will be given once the material has been received. In case of interest we will get back to you by the 9th  of November 2016.

Source: direct contact


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Falling Pennies looking for new writing for performance at the Arcola


Falling Pennies is proud to present its third instalment of new writing evening, ‘On The Night’. On The Night will be at The Arcola Theatre on November 13th 2016.

Do you have a story to tell? Are you looking to hear your words out loud? Is it time to put the pen down and see what the audience think?

What are they looking for? 10-15 minute scenes following the theme Time and Place. 

“Go wherever you want! Comedy, Tragedy, Farce, we’re not fancy about style!”

They just ask that you keep your characters between 2 and 6 and the scene doesn’t go over 15 minutes.

What’s the process?

  • Get your pen(or pencil) out and start writing! Once you’re happy with your piece send it over to
  • We’ll send back an acknowledgement to let you know your wonderful words are in our hands.
  • We’ll stop accepting submissions on October 3rd at midday so get writing!
  • Once we have read your work we will be in touch.
  • Don’t worry about having a director or actors attached; we will arrange that for you.
  • On The Night

They kick off on Sunday 13th November at The Arcola Theatre.

After you’ve seen your words brought to life we will head to the bar for a good old dramatic natter!

Deadline: 3 October 2016

Source: Twitter contact

WriterSlam open for submissions (TV Drama)

WriterSlam is returning on 14th November at St James’ Theatre, Victoria! This edition of WriterSlam is supported the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.

“We’re looking for new voices for television, who come from all backgrounds. We champion diversity of experience – if you include everyone, you don’t need to exclude anyone”.

You might have literary representation, you might not. You might have written for theatre, or for short film, in your bedroom, or even just in your own head. ANYONE can enter.

What are they looking for? ideas for SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES.

What do I need to submit? They believe that not everyone has the time to sit down and write a whole TV script, even though they may be the next Steven Moffatt. Instead of submitting an entire script, you need to send u:

  • A short synopsis of your drama series idea (no more than 200 words)
  • 10-15 pages of an episode of the drama series. This does not have to be the first episode, but it can be.

To enter please go to the submission page here:

Are there any restrictions? For their first event they are looking for drama ideas, rather than sitcom. However there are ideas which don’t easily fall into either genre, so if you’re not sure, submit it.

There must be a maximum of 6 characters in the script extract you submit.  There can be further characters that appear in the series later on however.

What’s the process?

  • All submissions will be read
  • Up to 20 submissions will be shortlisted by the TCN
  • TriForce Productions will select 5 submissions as finalists.
  • The 5 finalists will be invited to a writer’s workshop. These 5 writers will be taught how to generate an industry standard pitch and synopsis, as well as receiving in-depth advice and expertise from an industry Script Editor. Writers will also be developing their work with an eye to producing a full script by the end of the week.
  • The 5 finalists will have their extracts performed at the WriterSlam event on 14th November. The event is open to the public and will have a large industry attendance.
  • TriForce Productions will select a winner.
  • BBC will select a runner up.

What are the prizes?

  • The winning writer will receive a paid development commission from TriForce Productions, culminating in an industry table read in Spring 2017 supported by Sky Drama.
  • The runner up will receive a guaranteed place on the BBC’s Introduction to Continuing Drama workshop – their invite only workshop for writer’s hoping to write for the BBC’s award winning continuing dramas; Holby City, Casualty, Doctors and Eastenders.
  • All 5 finalists will have their work showcased in front of the industry panel, with representatives from the BBC, Channel 4, Sky and TriForce Productions.

Deadline: 9 October 2016 at 11:59pm.

Source: e-newsletter

Warts and All Theatre seeking artists/ writers

“Warts and All Theatre is the resident theatre company at Delapré Abbey in Northampton. We believe that everyone can be an artist. We present work that celebrates that.

We don’t define the strands of our work as ‘professional’ ‘and ‘non-professional’. All of our work is professional in its conception and we consistently strive for excellence.”

For 2016/2017 Warts and All Theatre will run three Young Actors groups and The Collective. Bursaries are available for both the Young Actors and The Collective. All of the sessions will take place at Delapré Abbey, Northampton. More information on these programmes can be found on their website Please consider the information on the  website before applying for a position.

Warts and All Theatre would like to hear from Practitioners across a variety of disciplines who would be interested in working across their Programmes.

All of their Practitoners are engaged under freelance contract for services and individuals are responsible for their own tax and national insurance contributions.

To apply please send  a cover letter outlining any relevant experience and your CV to our Artistic Director Christopher Elmer-Gorry at 

Deadline: 3 October 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

The Script Onscreen: Workshop – How to Read a Film

THE SCRIPT ONSCREEN is a workshop series focusing on the professional filmmaker’s perspective of how story and script develop in a film.

For writers, playwrights, filmmakers, and filmgoers of all levels it will train you how to ‘read’ a film (rather than passively watch it) from a writer- and film director’s perspective, with a focus on the development of the story elements of the script. It enables viewer to better understand how character and plot interact in dramatic storytelling in novel, plays and films.

This enjoyable and interactive group will facilitate a greater understanding of:

  • how story (and script) develop into novels and feature films
  • how to apply this knowledge in personal writing projects

Where: Fitzrovia Community Centre, 2 Foley Street, W1W 6DL

Goodge Street Tube ; BUSSES 73,10, 24, 29, 134

When: weekly from Tuesday October 4 – December 2016 – 7-9 p.m.

Participation: drop-in or whole course

Cost: £7.50 per session; free to Fitzrovia workers and residents; concessions –


Source: direct contact

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season

Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica is a cultural art center designed by Frank Gehry, where theater, dance, music, visual arts, and our annual film festival, Cinema at the Edge, come together in one place.

“Our Mission is to provide a physical environment that nurtures the creative process and encourages collaboration between writers, directors, actors, musicians, dancers, and visual artist; to create a learning environment for children and adults; and to invite the community to observe, engage, and interact to add its voices to our creative discovery.”

They are currently in the process of reading and selecting new works for our 2017 season and we are seeking one-acts and full-length plays of all genres. They do not have an entry fee or closing date.

Scripts can be sent to Edgemar Center for the Arts 2437 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90066, attn.: Literary Department or by email sent to If you have any questions, please contact us at (310) 313-0279, or visit their website at

Deadline: none

Source: direct contact

Make your Show: Workshop with Russell Lucas

Join theatre director Russell Lucas on this fast-paced-theatre-generating-workshop focused on making your show.

Using his years of making new theatre Russell will be sharing his techniques on how he has been making theatre from scratch, enabling new writing or reinvigorating past work for over twenty years.

This session will take you through methods, theories and practical exercises that can generate material and make your show.

Focusing on making ‘contemporary and relevant’ work, the session will provoke your ideas and nourish you to the next step.

‘I personally found myself able to go back to my drawing board.”

(Directors Guild of Great Britain, participant.)

When: 24 September 2016 12pm – 5:30pm (1/2 hour lunch)

Price: £23.50 Limited to 17 places.


Source: direct contact

Soggy Brass at Southwark Playhouse open for submissions

“Ladies and Gentlechaps, the sell-out extravaganza that is Soggy Brass returns resplendent to the mighty Southwark Playhouse on Sunday 27th November! Thus with much fanfare, do we royally declare ourselves open for funny submissions. And once again every writer selected to take part will be granted the sum of 50 English pounds!”

Please do gander at the guidelines below:

– All pieces must be comedic new writing.

– Running time of 10-15 minutes.

– Please submit only one piece per submission window.

– Submissions must work as stand-alone theatre pieces. We are not looking for sketches.

– Your submitted piece must not have been performed in London within the last three months.

– It is preferable for you to have a cast and director attached however we can help you find creative counterparts should you need assistance.

Be a part of the finest night of new comedy theatre writing in all of London Town and send us your funny stuff to by Sunday 16th October if you please.

Visit the website for more information –

Deadline: 16 October 2016

Source: direct contact


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