The BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum is currently open to submissions for TV Drama. The Rocliffe Forum is a BAFTA-supported initiative that has connected scores of aspiring British writers and filmmakers with agents, development executives and established industry members such as Greg Daniels, Andy Harries, Sue Perkins, Jenni Konner, Christine Langan, Mike Newell, Julian Fellowes, Phil Rosenthal, Elizabeth Karlsen, John Madden, Richard Eyre, David Morrissey and David Parfitt.
What to submit: Check their Terms & Conditions for full guidelines. They ask that writers prepare the following materials:
A complete electronic email entry form via the Application Form
Proof of payment such as like PayPal
Industry relevant biography (100 words). It can say ‘This is my first script’ – we love discovering new talent. This should be on a single page with your name and application number.
Short synopsis – 25 words
Treatment or outline of the series or show (500 words max)
Character breakdown of featured characters (50-100 words per character)
Up to 6 episode guides: min 3 max 6 (50 words per episode)
Introduction to extract that sets the scene (100 words)
10 page extract of the script (you may spill onto the 11th page to end a scene), typed and formatted to industry standards. Script pages should be numbered 1-10. Do not send full scripts.
Script extracts should be typed and follow standard script format. For information on formats, we recommend you look at BBC Writersroom.
No personal details to appear on materials except on biography page. The application number should appear on support material should be no more than 2.5 to 3 pages (excluding biography) and arranged in the following order: Biography, Logline, Treatment, Episode Guides, Character Breakdown, Introduction, Script.
How to apply:
APPLICATION FORM: Fill in an online application form which generates your application number.
APPLICATION NUMBER – a ten digit application number is emailed to the address listed. If you don’t receive an email within 30 mins, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PAY ONLINE: Using the dropdown menu for the required entry fee and enter your submission – or Send a CHEQUE to Rocliffe Ltd.
SEND: By the appropriate deadline postal / hand delivered entry by 17.00 or electronic entry by midnight on final date.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ENTRIES WILL BE EMAILED ONE WEEK AFTER EACH DEADLINE TO THE MAIN WRITER.
Forward these with your email entry form, and attach your submission materials. Send as a single email to email@example.com (all documents as pdfs). Script and Support material ordered as per YOUR ENTRY may be combined into a single document with the script extract attached separately. Name your documents with your Application Number and support materials or script.
Fee: Final Entry fee is £11 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered) or £21 for email submissions. They charge one submission fee per script. There is no maximum submission per writer, however each submission will incur an entry fee.
Deadline: 10 March 2014 (*listed as 8 March on the PDF, but we contacted them to confirm and deadline was extended by two days)
For the past 20 years, Euroscript has offered screenwriters the chance to win in-depth feedback on their work with their annual screenwriting competition. The Euroscript Screenwriting Competition was launched in 1994 under the auspices of the European Union’s Media II programme. Producers throughout Europe complained that European scripts were going into production too early. In Hollywood, it was argued, scripts commonly go to 10 or 11 drafts whereas in Europe it’s substantially fewer. In part, this is because European producers do not have the funds to pay writers to develop their scripts adequately. It was to meet this need that the Euroscript Screenwriting Competition was launched.
What you get: This year, we’re looking for screenwriters with powerful story ideas and original voices who would like the chance to win £1,000 worth of script development with one of our experienced script editors. Every single person who enters will receive a detailed bullet point report, so you’ll get expert feedback on your submitted treatment whether you win or not.
What to submit: Writers are required to submit a 2-page treatment of their feature film story idea, along with 10 pages of any script to demonstrate their writing skills.
These sessions, titled ‘Feedback’s A Gift‘, will provide a chance for TV writers to receive feedback on their work and examine the concept of feedback both giving and receiving and coping with rejection including common problems and anxieties.
Playwright, TV screenwriter and Creative Space member Jon Barton will be hosting this open to all session for IdeasTap writer members. Topics and exercises covered will include pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection and discussing TV formats.
This session is part of the IdeasTap Inspires programme of spas that will be taking place throughout the UK in 2014/15.
How to book: You can book a ticket through the event’s webpage (above) – be sure you’ve selected the correct date before you book! (Note: You must have an IdeasTap profile to book.)
The Traverse Theatre will be open to submissions of unsolicited scripts from writers across the UK until 30 April 2014.
About the Traverse: In their own words:
The Traverse has rich history of working with some of the most adventurous playwrights both in Scotland and around the world. We are always looking for brave new voices with challenging stories to tell and new writers to engage with the Traverse community. Open Script Submissions allow us to become aware of writers we may not otherwise know, as well as encouraging submissions from those we have an existing relationship with. We engage with writers in a number of ways throughout the year. Long-term roles include fellowships, attachments, commissions and full productions running alongside unique opportunities for readings, seeing scratch nights and taking part in development sessions and workshops.
There are detailed guidelines on their website about how to familiarise yourself with their work before submitting, so be sure to read this information carefully before submitting.
What to submit: The guidelines (linked above) go into detail about what they are looking for (or not).
DON’T send the following:
musicals, adaptations, poems, novels or short stories, television, film or radio scripts.
“We would also advise against sending us biographical stories or history plays as the first example of your work.”
DO make sure that:
Your name and identifying details have been removed from your script – they will be reading scripts anonymously.
Your play is formatted appropriately, with cast list and cast doubling noted.
How to apply: You can submit your script to the Traverse Theatre through submissions manager Submittable:
DISQUIET International Literary Program is proud to announce its first Short Play Contest! Submit your 10-15 minute play (any genre, any style) to win airfare, accommodations, and tuition to the 2014 Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal (June 29-July 11, 2014). The winner will participate in a playwriting workshop with Jacqueline Goldfingerand have a staged reading of their play performed. Finalists and runners up will be offered partial tuition scholarships to the 2014 Program.
What you pay: $15 entry fee.
How to apply: Submit plays using their Submittable page by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on March 1. All writers who submit will be notified of the winner by April 1.
Deadline:1 March 2014 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time)
What you get: Your play will be staged and performed by a professional director and actors at the Courtyard Theatre in London on the 4th and 5th of July. Writers will be given written assessments of their work and considered for publication by Lazy Bee Scripts. The winning play will be voted on by the audience, with its writer receiving a prize of £250.
What you pay: Entries must be submitted with full payment of £15 per play. (Entrants may submit any number of plays and each play must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee.)
What to submit: Your play should meet the following guidelines:
Plays must be written for the stage for more than one actor with a running time of between 10 and 30 minutes.
Plays must be submitted using a pseudonym to ensure impartiality and the author’s real name removed from all pages of the script. All pages to be numbered.
The first page of each script should include a completed play synopsis of no more than 50 words, a list of characters, a description of setting.
How to apply: Each play script must be accompanied by an entry form which can be downloaded from this page.
Scripts and entry forms must be submitted together as attachments in Word or PDF documents with the title of the play in the subject line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BBC will be running free masterclasses in comedy writing through the Salford Comedy Festival on 18 March 2014. [Ed: While this event isn’t located in London, it’s free training from the BBC and we thought it was worth including since some London writers may wish to make the trip.]
The BBC’s Salford Comedy Festival takes place from Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th March 2014. The three-day event supported by BBC Comedy Commissioning, in collaboration with BBC North, will be held in venues across the MediaCityUK site. Across the three days there are several events open to comedy fans, including the BBC Sitcom Showcase featuring brand new potential TV sitcoms across the three consecutive evenings. On Tuesday evening, Sheffield’s tallest comedian Tom Wrigglesworth will be recording an episode of his BBC Radio 4 series; Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang Ups.
Writersroom in partnership with the University of Salford will be running comedy masterclasses on Tues 18th March 2014 and there will also be a range of other events on offer.
To launch the Write Now 5 Festival the Jack invites you to submit a 10 minute play based on the theme of ‘Speak Up, Speak Out.’ Performances will take place on Saturday 17 May 2-14, and selected writers will be announced on the website in mid-April.
Submission prompt: “In 2013, US senator Wendy Davis spoke for ten hours straight to preserve women’s reproductive rights in Texas; Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA, knowing that the moment he did he would be branded a traitor; Malala Yousafzai faced almost certain death when she spoke out against the Taliban. Using the phrase ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’ as a starting point, we ask you to explore this incredible human trait, to say something when others won’t, in any way that you feel possible. Whether it’s a revelation, a secret, the truth or a lie, we would like to hear from you, and we’d most certainly like to hear from your characters.”
Eligibility: Writers are only eligible to submit one script to the competition. Unlike other opportunities run by the Jack, writers are NOT required to have a connection to SE London.
What to submit: Your script should meet the following guidelines:
Your script should not be longer than 10 minutes
Your script should have a minimum of 4 characters
Your script should address the theme, but it can be freely interpreted
Your script must be able to be performed with basic staging and technical support.