Kudos North Writers’ Award

Kudos is a High End production company that values distinctive content and they are looking for writers with strong original voices and bold ideas. Kudos North is specifically looking for dynamic stories and characters that radiate a northern authenticity.

They want to see a script that tells them who you are as a writer and which shows a level of professionalism and distinctive voice. This opportunity is open to writers residing and working in the North of England on a full time basis or those writers who can demonstrate a clear understanding of the culture of the North and be confident that they can deliver authentic dialogue and relevant Northern stories in a fresh and original way.

(The North of England is defined by the Boundary Commission for England which includes the North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber.)

For this opportunity, they are asking writers with at least one produced credit to apply – that could be a theatre play, a radio drama, a commissioned online drama episode, a commissioned film or a credit(s) on a continuing drama. In other words if you are yet to have an original TV Drama produced they want to hear from you.

Two successful writers will be chosen, and each will be awarded £2000 to develop an idea to be pitched initially to the BBC and potentially other broadcasters.

How to apply/what to submit: All submissions must be made here via the BBC WritersRoom E-Submissions system.

Please include the following:

  1. A original drama script written for radio, TV, stage, film or online platforms which should be at least 30 pages long.
  2. A brief biography of work to date – highlighting your produced credit(s).

All entrants will be judged on the following criteria:

A)     Originality of the script;

B)     The strength of the story and structure;

C)     The writer’s ability to write believable dialogue;

D)     The writer’s skill in inhabiting the characters and developing convincing relationships between them.

Entries will be whittled down to a long-list of up to 20 entrants who will then be asked to submit a one page pitch for an original TV Drama idea. This idea must reflect life in the North of England and deliver characters and stories, from the North, in a fresh and original way. Kudos North will then read the long-listed scripts and pitches and select up to 6 finalists.

These 6 writers will be invited to an interview, with the judging panel, where they will have the opportunity to discuss their writing, their pitch and experience in more detail.

Read full details here.

Deadline: 20 November 2017 

Source: BBC WritesRoom 

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