Deadline's past, everything's in and the readers are submerged in an intensive initial round of sifting the first ten pages of all entries submitted. We received upwards of 1700 scripts this time round - and that is without the majority of radio scripts we might have received were there not the Writer's Prize coming soon. So that's a  LOT of scripts.

But while the volume may seem daunting, we can reflect on what the end point was for the last Script Room, and the writers who did progress through to the final stage.

We had films from Rodney Lee, Joseph Quick, Hilary Frankland, Dave Allison , Patrick Ryan, Richard Paul, the Brothers Lynch and Tanja Rutanen.

Stage plays from Ian Townsend, Rosanna Hall, Mohsen Shah, Mwewe Sumbwanyambe and Harinder Dhillon.

TV comedies from Craig Silcock, Joe Hodgson, Lucy Guy and Daljinder Singh.

TV dramas from David Hendon, Dee Hughes and Daniel David.

Radio dramas from Vicki Bertram and Wendy Metcalf.

And a children’s drama from Dennis Zaslona.

But was it really an end point? I blogged before about how this cohort of writers convened, how they got to know one another/us, and how we are now looking at their 'action plans' for what next. Some have aready been along to a follow-up workshop on radio, others have graduated onto the writer's group run by Henry Swindell out of our Salford base.

Some scripts have been sent off to producers. All the writers are thinking about the what, where and how next with their work. Which is something they'll need to get used to, since it's the stock-in-trade and everyday-experience of a great many working and sought-after writers across the industry.

So you might say there never quite is an end point. Because it's always about the next script, and then the project after that, and then the idea after that. Which may (and probably should) seem daunting. But I also find it oddly reassuring.

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  • Comment number 60. Posted by Monumental

    on 16 Jan 2013 19:45

    Canarycase - when I enquired about a script, they didn't reply by email, the script simply arrived back on my doormat with a thud a few weeks later.

    Wish I hadn't asked, because while they still had it I could delude myself...

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by Canarycase

    on 11 Jan 2013 12:01

    I too still haven't heard how my script fared in the Autumn 2012 intake despite receiving the intial acknowledgment e-mail. I sent an e-mail to writersroom@bbc.co.uk over a week ago but have not received a reply. Have I used the correct address?

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by DaltonTrumbo

    on 9 Jan 2013 16:25

    The new window is about to open in a few days but I have yet to how my last script progressed beyond the initial 'your script has been logged' email. Should I submit a new script or resend my last one?

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by Monumental

    on 8 Jan 2013 16:04

    Paul - Thank you. Yes, your reply helps. Made sense to me and I'll keep it in mind as I prepare my spring submission.

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 8 Jan 2013 13:43

    FadeIn - don't take a general comment as specific to your script as i don't know what the deciding difference was between the two scripts - but - a script being a 'good read' (engaging, exciting, enjoyable, a page turner) is more important than perfect formatting. it's easy to forgive glitchy scripts when you love reading the characters - but slick format means little when you don't want to read the characters. does that help?

  • Comment number 55. Posted by Monumental

    on 8 Jan 2013 10:59

    Apologies for the inappropriate apostrophe...

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  • Comment number 54. Posted by Monumental

    on 8 Jan 2013 10:30

    Paul Ashton, Happy New Year!

    I have a query...

    Should a spec script be a good read or formatted to within an inch of it's life?

    Does it matter at all?

    I ask because my first submission to writersroom received a full read through - wrote that as a 'read'.
    Whereas my second submission was rejected in the first sift - it was formatted tighter than a nut, no excess flab.

    Did that make a difference in any way?

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by DaltonTrumbo

    on 7 Jan 2013 20:32

    Is there anyone else who still hasn't heard anything apart from the original confirmation email back in November?

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 3 Jan 2013 09:28

    Cholly - that should have said 'skew' not 'ske' ...

  • Comment number 51. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 3 Jan 2013 09:26

    Kevin - yes indeed - good luck

    Cholly - one of you needs to be uk resident - but remember, the purpose of what we do is not to find scripts to make per se but to find writers. If what you send is co-written with a non-uk-resident writer, then that might ultimately ske how well we can work with you both. Do you also write scripts by yourself? If so, would it perhaps be better to send us a solely authored piece of work?

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