BBC Writersroom 10 open to applications (Nomination from theatre required)

To celebrate the unique relationship between the theatre and broadcast industries BBC writersroom is once again running Writersroom 10 – which invests in writers and new theatre writing. 10 writers will receive a seed-commission of £1,000.

Note:  You must be nominated by a theatre in order to apply.

Eligibility:

  • The BBC is are looking for 10 emerging writers who already have an early-stage relationship with a theatre.
  • The writer and theatre can be from anywhere across the UK.
  • The writer must not yet have had a full professional production of their work in the theatre – though they may have had readings, workshops, amateur/fringe productions.
  • Theatres must have a proven commitment to new writing, whether that is dedicated or as part of a broader repertoire – and they must have previously mounted at least one full professional theatre production.
  • The seed bursary does not tie the theatre into making a full commission – but it is hoped this will be the beginning of an on-going commitment to that writer.
  • To apply the theatre must nominate a writer. Each theatre may submit up to two nominations for the writersroom 10.

How to apply:  Submissions must come from the nominating theatre and can be emailed to writersroom@bbc.co.uk. Each submission must include:

  • The writer’s full original script as a sample of their voice
  • The writer’s one-page outline of an idea/play they wish to write
  • The writer’s biography/writing CV
  • A letter of support from the nominating theatre

Applications will be judged by Kate Rowland, Creative Director, New Writing and writers Tim Price (The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning) and Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica).

What you get:  The programme will last for one year and the 10 will convene as a group. Each writer will also have a BBC mentor to broaden their scriptwriting horizons and bring a fresh perspective to their work. They are looking for the widest possible range of talent to apply – bold, different, unusual, diverse, distinct, talented voices with a passion and an urge to their work.

Deadline:  Monday 2 December 2013 at 1pm

Source:  BBC Writersroom

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