BBC Writersroom Writers Prize – accepting scripts for radio

For the second year BBC Radio has joined forces with BBC Writersroom to launch The Writer’s Prize: an innovative and prestigious new writing award for Radio Drama.

The Writer’s Prize wants to commission the best ideas across the Radio 3 and 4 networks. They are looking for bold, original new stories with characters that will engage, challenge and entertain the audience.

The award will be judged by Jeremy Howe (Commissioning Editor, BBC Radio 4 Drama), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director, New Writing) and award-winning writer Katie Hims.

What makes this prize different?

The Writers Prize is open to a range of ideas and approaches from any writer, anywhere in the UK. It could be a 45-75 minute drama for Radio 3 or 4. They are looking for original, surprising multi-character narrative scripts for Radio. We are not looking for monologues or adaptations.

The award is the opportunity for a Radio 3 or Radio 4 Drama commission. Please be aware that the majority of opportunities are for the Radio 4 Afternoon Drama slot (45mins).

This talent search is open to any writer as long as the work submitted is not currently in development and has not previously been produced by any broadcaster or production company.

Submission dates:

Opening Date for Submissions: Monday 15th September 2014

Closing Date for Submissions: 5pm on Monday 29th September 2014

Selected Writers Notified: December 2014

How to submit: Submit your script via the new online submission system.

Please note that all scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Read the FAQ’s for the new online submission system

Before entering, please read the full Terms and Conditions

If you are unable to submit your script online for any reason, please refer to clauses 4 & 5 of the Terms & Conditions.

You can also find plenty of tips and guidance on the Writersroom website.

Deadline: 29 September 2014

Source: BBC Writersroom

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