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What happens next?

Lianne Coop | 16:22 UK time, Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Thank you to everyone that entered. We’ve received over 600 entries, which is a fantastic response! And now the sorting begins. We are really looking forward to gluing our headphones to our ears and listening to you all. As we begin the listening process, I thought it might be useful to outline what happens next. 

- We are still making our way through and documenting all the entries. Over the next couple of days we’ll send an email confirming that we’ve received your application. Just to point out, at this stage, as we have so many entries to listen through this will just be an email to confirm receipt. I’m afraid as much as we would like to we won’t be able to offer individual feedback.   

The entries sorting process

-  A few of you have emailed regarding problems with Royal Mail warning that we don't accept special delivery at weekends - just to clarify anything sent on Friday for special next day delivery on Saturday arrived at our postal box in time and has been accepted for entry. Any other entries received after the deadline will not be accepted (we’ve had some hand deliveries to Western House on Monday which unfortunately we are unable to count). 

-  The entries will be judged by a team from the BBC’s Radio Comedy department, including Executive Producer Alison Vernon-Smith and myself. Each entry will have at least 2 listens, and we will be judging them using our judging criteria (originality of material; quality of writing (structure); likeability (audience engagement); performance and delivery).

-  We will be whittling the entries down to our top 100, and these entrants will be invited to go through to one of ten national heats. The heats take place from 26th April through to 17th May. If you're successful you'll be invited to a heat closest to you wherever possible (though this may not be possible in all cases). There’s much more information about the heats, and what happens after them, here.

-  We’ll get in touch with successful entrants during the week beginning 18 April to let you know the good news. I'm afraid if you don't hear from us in this week, it means that you haven't made it through to the heats this time around, but thank you for entering, we will have enjoyed listening to you and wish you every luck in the future! And let's stay friends. Make sure you keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter and on the blog. We will be posting lots of content as we work our way through the next few months in our quest to crown the BBC New Comedy Award Winner 2011. 

That’s about it for now, I’m going to lock myself away in a room, put some headphones on and get better acquainted with you all. As always, if you have any questions please do email us, tweet us, or leave a comment on our Facebook page. We do try to answer each and every one of your questions. 

Thank you and Good Luck! 

Lianne Coop is the producer of the BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2011.  

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