BBC Writersroom are giving 40 aspiring screen, stage and radio writers the opportunity to attend a practical, hands-on workshop at The Lowry, Salford. It will take place on Tuesday 8 July 2014.
The workshop will take place from 2pm to 5pm, with a free lunch being served at 1pm for all attendees.
The workshop will be delivered by Henry R. Swindell, development executive for BBC Writersroom.
After the workshop, attendees will be asked to upload scripts, based on their learning at the workshop, by the end of August. All 40 will receive a professional script report on their submitted work by the end of October.
How to apply: you’ll need to become a member of IdeasTap and upload a dramatic monologue or short play (for stage, radio or screen) to your IdeasTap portfolio. Your piece must be one to five pages long. Before applying, please make sure that you are able to attend the workshop in Salford on Tuesday 8 July.
Deadline: 30 May 2014
The winners of this brief will be announced on Friday 13 June.
Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs page
Theatre Centre have recently launched Skylines, an online resource for writers interested in writing plays for children and young people. It is regularly updated with video interviews, articles, exercises and useful play extracts. Check it out here.
Source: Soho Theatre e-newsletter
In celebration of their 30th anniversary, Rosebery Management is producing a series of short films & are currently looking for screenplay submissions. These scripts must be written for film, be no longer than five minutes in length & must be around a theme of 30 and should also be set in London.
How to apply: please email submissions to email@example.com
Deadline: none posted
Source: Soho Theatre e-newsletter
Pint-sized Plays is now in its seventh year and recognised as one of the leading international competitions for short 5-10 minute plays. The 2014 competition is now open.
Plays can be poignant, funny or downright hilarious, but they have to be between 5 and 10 minutes long with only two or three characters and be capable of being performed in the actual bar area of a pub, using only available furniture and any props which can be carried by the cast. There are no restrictions in terms of theme (as long as it’s suitable for performance in a pub)
The six winners will be performed in pubs in Pembrokeshire starting Tenby Festival Week and then all ten plays compete at the Script Slam (where the audience vote for their favourite) held at Theatr Gwaun in Fishguard. Winning scripts will also be considered to be included in a published anthology of scripts – the first two volumes of which are now published.
How to apply: please visit the website for full rules of entry and to submit your play. There is a £5.50 entry fee for this competition.
Deadline: 31 May 2014
Source: Pint-sized Plays e-newsletter
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Rocliffe today announced a call for scripts from emerging comedy screenwriters for two BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase events. The successful writers will showcase their work for some of the biggest names in the UK and US television industry at two major international television festivals: in August the BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase returns to the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (GEITF) for a second year; in October it will return to the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) for a fourth consecutive year.
How to apply: Applications are open at http://bit.ly/BAFTARocliffe to British UK-based comedy screenwriters who have not yet had a television series commissioned, although they may have broadcast writing credits. The successful entries will be selected by an industry jury of comedy professionals from the UK and US. In 2013 the jury included Jennifer Saunders, Jessica Hynes, Caryn Mandabach, Andrew Newman, Margot Gavan Duffy, Jill Offman, Saskia Schuster, Matt King, Kevin Cecil and Kenton Allen.
Additional application details can be found in their Terms & Conditions.
What you pay: There are different rates depending on when and how you apply:
- Early Bird fee is £32 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
- Final Entry fee is £42 for hard copies (posted or hand delivered).
- Email entries cost an additional £10 to the above fee.
What you get: The chosen writers will receive:
- A BAFTA Rocliffe New Comedy Showcase featuring professional actors performing their work in front of an industry audience at GEITF or the NYTVF. Audience members across the festivals will include representatives from BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, Comedy Central, Sky, FOX, FX, VH1, MTV, IFC and major independent production companies;
- Feedback during the event from top television industry guests – gaining vital tips and encouragement. The 2013 NYTVF/BAFTA New York event was chaired by Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation);
- One-to-one development mentoring sessions by top UK and US comedy commissioners and independent production companies;
- A GEITF festival pass and/or a New York Television Festival ‘Official Artist’ pass;
- Pitch and networking training;
- Travel and accommodation for the festival for which they are selected;
- One-to-one meetings with top UK talent agents;
- Bespoke industry networking opportunities.
Deadline: Early Bird Monday 14 April 2014; Final deadline Monday 19 May 2014
Source: BAFTA Rocliffe Forum
Each year, the Foundation of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences administers the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award. The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and to offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour (commercial length) English-language television drama script.
- The Applicant must be a non-U.S. citizen residing outside of the U.S.
- The Applicant must not have reached his/her 30th birthday as of December 31, 2013.
- The Applicant must deliver an original completed DRAMA script for television, written in English. (Drama Series: A dramatic production in which theme, storyline and main characters are presented
- under the same title.)
- The script may be originally written in any language, but must be submitted in English.
- The script must be a minimum of a half hour and a maximum of one hour in length (commercial length.)
- The script should be a stand-alone or pilot script, not a random episode that is part of a series.
- All Applicants must provide a completed entry/release form to be eligible.
- Applicants may not have had a script or contributed any written words to any fiction material produced and/or aired on television prior to date of entry.
- Material that has previously been sold or is currently under option may not be submitted.
- Only one entry per scriptwriter will be accepted.
- If part of a writing team, each scriptwriter must meet all of the eligibility requirements without
- In the event that the winning script has multiple writers, only one writer must be designated to receive the award, prize money and trip to New York.
- Previous winners of this award or any award/fellowship given by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation are not eligible.
- There is no charge for this competition.
What to submit/How to apply: Entries must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form can be found here.
Your application should include all of the following:
- The script (including a cover page listing the title of the script, the author’s name, address, telephone number and email) attached as a .pdf, .doc, or .rtf file
- A summary of the script, totaling no more than 250 words, but no less than 100 words
- A signed copy of the entry/release form (scanned & emailed, or faxed to +1-212-489-6557)
- A one (1) page resume or biography of the writer
Upon receipt, all entries are reviewed to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. All entrants will receive confirmation by email that their submission has been received. No script will be returned.
What you get: The winner will be flown to New York City to be presented with an award and a US$2,500 prize at the International Emmy® World Television Festival. The winning script will be read by actors in front of an audience at the Festival, and the winner will be invited to take part in the red carpet festivities at the International Emmy® Awards.
Deadline: 1 July 2014
Source: BBC Writersroom