Little Wonder is an Artist’s Collective, a group of professionally trained writers, actors, director, musicians, editors and artists who, amongst other things, come together to produce twice monthly radio plays. Their plays are free to listen to and download from iTunes.
It is an opportunity to work with friends, to try out ideas different from what they usually write, and have fun making new art.
Because they know first hand how hard it can be for new writers, Little Wonder run regular free-to-enter competitions to help aspiring playwrights receive feedback and get their work read. Last year’s competition had more than 300 entries, 70 authors who received detailed feedback, and a shortlist of 5 had their plays performed live at a staged reading in Paris. At least seven scripts Little Wonder worked with have gone on to be broadcast or performed elsewhere.
Who can apply: This year their first competition is focussed on breaking boundaries and is open to anyone who defines themselves as either or both:
- A writer of colour
- A writer with a disability or long-term serious illness.
They work on an honour system and will not require you to prove you qualify. Simply do not do anything you will be ashamed of later. There will be a second competition later this year open to all writers.
What to submit:
- A radio script for a full cast audio drama between 1600 and 2000 words (10 to 15 minutes).
- Requiring no more than four actors. No children please!
- In English, although writers can be from anywhere in the world.
- Written solo or in a group, but only one entry per person/group.
All longlisted entries will receive written feedback from their writing team and a window for revision. The shortlist will be announced on the 1st August. These 5 plays will then be performed in September, where a mixed vote by the public and the judging panel will decide the winner.
The longlist will be teased on twitter @littlwonder from June 1st, announced June 3rd, and the shortlist on August 1st. The winner will be announced after public performance in Paris.
Deadline: 30 May 2019
Source: BBC Writersroom