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Wales Drama Award 2012 launched

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 14:04 UK time, Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A new collaboration between BBC Writersroom, BBC Cymru Wales' TV drama department and National Theatre Wales has been launched to find the writing stars of the future.

The Wales Drama Award is a new biennial prize open to any writer residing in Wales.

To enter, writers must submit a full length script in any medium, with a minimum length of 30 minutes, to BBC Writersroom by 16 July 2012, that is unperformed or unproduced and in the English language.

Wales Drama Award 2012 image

Wales Drama Award 2012 image

The winner of the Wales Drama Award will receive £10,000 while two runners-up will receive £1000 each. All award winners will be given an opportunity to develop their script and/or ideas with either BBC Cymru Wales' TV drama department or National Theatre Wales.

Six shortlisted writers will be invited to a meeting with the judges to discuss their script and an idea they want to develop in September, with the winner due to be announced in late 2012.

BBC Writersroom have just announced two free workshops for budding writers to get involved with in Bangor and Wrexham in April. The sessions will take place on Thursday 26 April at Bangor University, Arts Centre, 6.30-7.45pm, and on Monday 30 April at Wrexham University, CIB Foyer, 5.30-6.45pm.

For information on how to reserve a place on either session visit the BBC writersroom website.

Other forthcoming sessions in Aberystwyth and Swansea are to be confirmed.

The judging panel for the Wales Drama Award 2012 will be led by Kate Rowland, BBC creative director of new writing. The other judges are award-winning writers Russell T Davies and Abi Morgan, BBC Cymru Wales' head of drama Faith Penhale, and John McGrath, artistic director of National Theatre Wales.

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