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The BBC Writersroom Future Talent Award for Writers
Deadline: Thu 15 Dec 2011
One student will be given development opportunities and mentoring within the BBC

Are you the next Debbie Horsfield or Paul Abbott? BBC North Developing Talent in partnership with BBC writersroom is delighted to announce this development opportunity for student/recent graduate drama writers.

We would like to invite students from all departments at each of the BBC North Developing Talent partner organisations to submit their TV drama scripts, to be read and considered by our team of professional readers. We want you to think big and tell the Northern Story in a TV script that could be stand-alone, or the first part of a bigger series. From Tyneside to Merseyside, take us to worlds and workplaces that we haven’t seen before.

One student will be awarded the BBC Writersroom Future Talent Award for Writers and will be given development opportunities and mentoring within the BBC, including taking part in our Headspace Writer in Residence scheme. Other exciting voices to emerge as a result of this opportunity will also be given development opportunities and training as appropriate. The top 3 writers will be given a full professional report on their work and will have the opportunity to meet the team from BBC Drama North to discuss their script.

The Criteria:

  • Scripts must be between 30 and 90 minutes long
  • Scripts must be by students/recent graduates from one of the BBC North Developing Talent partner organisations in the North of England 
  • Scripts must be written for TV Drama
  • Submissions will be considered as per our usual guidelines - they should not have been submitted previously to BBC writersroom.
  • There is no limit on the number of scripts that can be submitted from each partner organisation. These can also be scripts by students who graduated in 2010. 
  • Scripts can be submitted either by the writer or the organisation. Alongside the script please include the name of the partner organisation, contact details and a few lines about the writer
  • There is a maximum of one script entry per writer.
  • The deadline for submissions is December 15th at 5pm.
  • The award will be announced to the shortlisted writers at The Partnerships event in early 2012

Scripts should be posted to:  
Future Talent Award for Writers
Writersroom North,
4th Floor, Dock House,
Mediacity UK, Salford M50 2LH

BBC North Developing Talent Partner Organisations:
Bolton University, Bradford University, Durham University, East Coast Media, Edge Hill University, Huddersfield University, Hull University, Lancaster University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds University, Lincoln University, Liverpool Community College, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool University, Manchester College, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester University, Newcastle University, Oldham University, Pendleton College, Salford University, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield University, Stockport College, Trinity and All Saints, University of Central Lancashire, University of Chester, University of Teeside, York St John, York University

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