Playwrights' Competition Calendar

28/09/2011

I have no title today.

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 21:24

Channel 4 will again be running a screenwriting course for Channel 4 drama, running from January to June 2012. They are looking for 12 talented, original and diverse writers who currently have no broadcast credit but wish to write for television drama. The course will give you a chance to find out how TV drama, particularly Channel 4 TV drama, works, and to write, over a 5 month period, your own 1 hour pilot script for an original series or serial, working with an experienced script editor.

The course is designed so that writers should be able to take part even if in full-time employment (the only attendance is on two weekends, in January and June 2012, and you will have five months to write the required two drafts of a one hour drama script). Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and to write two drafts of a one hour television drama between 23rd January and 25th May 2012. To apply applicants should submit by email a CV and one writing sample. This can be a screenplay, a stage play or radio play, minimum length 30 minutes. CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Tuesday November 1st 2012.

There are still 3 more episodes of Newsjack on Radio 4 extra if you fancy writing comedy sketches. There’s a new blog post about where their content comes from and they’ve been running Q&A sessions which are worth a look if you need some hints.

You sketch writers might also like the Cofilmic sketch writing competition. As part of their festival, they’re offering comedy sketch writers the opportunity to have their work acted out before a live panel of judges at 4.30pm on Monday 31st October 2011. They would like comedy sketches with a live run time of anything between 30 seconds and 2 minutes – the funnier and shorter, the better. Just send your word document to scripts@cofilmic.co.uk with ‘sketch-writing competition’ in the header of the e-mail. Submissions are FREE and the closing date is Thursday 20th October.

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