Playwrights' Competition Calendar


It’s all about the BBC. And Thursday.

Filed under: New Competitions — Gina @ 22:33

So, the first episode of Newsjack is on Thursday and I’ve sent a couple of sketches and one-liners in which means I’m going to be obsessively checking my emails and Twitter until Thursday evening to see if I’ve got anything on. Thursday is also the day the London Horror Festival is releasing its short-list so I think I’ll be well on the way to that ulcer by then.

Another exciting thing happening on Thursday is that the BBC is launching The Writer’s Prize: a prestigious new writing opportunity for radio drama and comedy writers.

“The BBC is looking to commission the best new ideas across the Radio 3&4 networks. We are looking for bold, original new stories with characters that will engage, challenge and entertain an audience. The Writer’s Prize is open to a range of ideas and approaches from any writer, anywhere in the UK. It could be a 30 minute comedy for Radio 4, a studio sitcom recorded in front of an audience or a 45 or 60 minute drama for Radio 3 or 4. We are looking for original, multi-character narrative scripts for Radio (we are not looking for monologues, one man shows, stand-up routines or adaptations).”

Then, on Friday 21st the BBC Writersroom Autumn Script Room window (when they will accept writers’ work) will open. Full details – along with the cover sheet you will need to submit with your script – will be posted there on that day. Until then you can find out more about how to submit a script HERE.

I also got emailed the list of Bruntwood Prize Roadshows I told you about, but I’d recommend you get in fast because I think they’re very popular.

The OffCut Festival starts next week which is exciting and frightening in equal measure. What if everyone hates my play? Even my mum?

I bet she’ll still cry though.



  1. Dear Gina,
    Saw your OffCut play on Tuesday night and just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. I don’t know your mum but I would have thought this play might give her every cause to be just a little bit afraid. Good luck with the rest of the run and thanks for a very useful website.

    Comment by Gary Dooley — 27/09/2012 @ 00:07 | Reply

    • Dear Gary

      Thanks for your lovely comments about the play and the website. Much appreciated – especially coming from a fellow Group 1er. Good luck to you too with Doggo – maybe we’ll bump into each other at the Riverside this weekend.


      Comment by Gina — 27/09/2012 @ 16:14 | Reply

  2. Dear Gina,

    Here’s one for the calendar:

    Closes Nov 12th – hefty entry fee but great prizes. It’s a longstanding competition but I think was only open to Australian residents until recently, now anyone can enter.

    It was good to see you at OffCut at the weekend and hope you enjoyed your play – you should be proud.


    Comment by Gary Dooley — 01/10/2012 @ 07:52 | Reply

    • Many thanks for link and kind comments. I’ll add it when they sort out the link to rules page.

      I did enjoy seeing my play when I’d got over the shock of it not being exactly the same as it was in my head. Who’da thunk it! It was great seeing the unscripted bits added by the Director – a really fab experience.

      You gained two new fans at OffCut – my mum and sister both loved your play and laughed a lot (I’m sure the sister even snorted at the end). I think if I hadn’t been there they would have put Doggo at #1.

      Best wishes for your next project,

      Gina X

      Comment by Gina — 01/10/2012 @ 23:22 | Reply

  3. Hi Gina,

    Thanks for the heads-up about Newsjack. Maybe this time I will get one of my sketches one

    In the meantime back to my play.

    Great blog Gina,


    Comment by Paul Woods — 13/10/2012 @ 10:06 | Reply

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