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Welcome to our brand spanking new website. And welcome to the Script Room. We’ve been saying for a while that a new improved system is on the way, and here it is: the Script Room.

First things first – what WON’T change about how you can submit scripts outside of one-off talent searches?

  • Script Room will still accept full scripts for TV, film, radio and theatre
  • Script Room will still be open to any writer in the UK and Eire
  • Script Room will still assess all scripts by sifting the first ten pages in the first instance
  • A limited proportion of scripts will still receive script reports/feedback from the Script Room
  • We will still look for the same strengths we ever have – anauthentic writer'svoice, powerful ideas, vivid worlds, well-told stories, engaging characters, memorable scripts- and talent and potential in the writer
  • Specific one-off talent searches and competitions will still run alongside the Script Room


So far, so good. What, then, has been IMPROVED about what we do?

  • Script Room won’t be open year-round in a rolling system; we will instead make three calls for scripts each year - in the Spring, Autumn and New Year - and each call will have a window for submissions and a deadline. The first window will open in the last week of March 2012 and the deadline will close on May 21st 2012. Watch the Send a Script and Opportunities pages, and this Blog and Twitter, for more information when the door opens.
  • Script Room will log all submissions together and assess all scripts together intensively. A proportion of writers who progress well and show promise but do not reach the final selection will be offered feedback on their script. And most importantly, a group of writers who do progress right the way through the system will form the Script Room Selection - where they will have access to masterclasses/workshops, and direct contact with the writersroom team.
  • Writers will need to complete a Cover Sheet with their script - and will need to make sure their script meets the guidelines. If you don't complete one, and if we can't easily contact you to get one for the deadline, then your script will not be accepted. The Cover Sheet will be available to download when the window opens later in March
  • Writers will not be able to resubmit any script which has previously been considered - whether that’s in the old unsolicited system, any previous talent search or competition, or any previous call from the Script Room
  • In line with BBC Environment Policy, we will wherever possible recycle all scripts received as a matter of usual practice, and contact writers via email. If you want your script returned or do not have regular access to email/internet, then you mustenclose an SAE


So a lot has stayed the same regarding what you can send - but how we receive, process and follow-through will, we think, be much improved. It will be a leaner, more efficient system to run - and we reckon writers will get a response/decision on their submission quicker than they do now.

The main reason for doing this is to focus as much as we can on the small proportion of writers we are excited about- along the lines of the talent searches we already run. Writersroom, like every other part of the BBC, has been looking at how to make what we do more efficient and cost-effective, and we think the Script Room will do just that - while continuing to offer the same open door to writers.

Please look at the relevant sections, and the website as a whole, before asking questions that already have answers provided elsewhere . You have some time before the first window opens – and plenty of time before the first deadline looms.

Look forward to seeing your work in the Script Room!

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  • Comment number 60. Posted by andy

    on 3 Jun 2012 01:40

    do you have to use the bbcs cover page or can you make your own one up in word as, as far as I know a cover letter is a outline of the script IE what it’s about and where you see it going or am I thinking of something different ? and I know I’m probably asking the wrong department but if my script is taken to be made in to a show how would I go about starting in it I’m only asking as lots of people star in their own work IE James Corden Ruth Jones (Gavin and Stacy), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) to name my favours. I have acting experience and I know its braking one of script writings rules but one of the characters I have created was intended for myself to play mainly as he gets the worst of it at times so I thought that it would be easier to play him myself as I know in advance what is excepted of the character and that way I can real push the role to the limits of what I can make him do if I am him (sorry I know that’s a lot to read)

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by Ann Katz

    on 3 Apr 2012 11:32

    Hi Paul

    Just for info. I submitted the script on the 18 November 2011.

    Regards,
    Ablewoman

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by Ann Katz

    on 3 Apr 2012 11:26

    Thanks Paul, Sorry I don't know what 'reserved' means- I know I should read the guidelines! Basically, do you know when I might get any feedback, or even a straight thanks but no thanks, as I'm looking to redraft my feature for mid April for Knight Hall.

    Regards,
    Ablewoman

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by dan1

    on 29 Mar 2012 13:34

    Hello Paul

    Would you please take a ganders at my post on stop press writers room script system. It's on page 5, 90. Also, do you accept comedy film scripts?

    Many Thanks
    DP

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by MysteryJoker

    on 28 Mar 2012 23:38

    Hi Paul

    2 months after the deadline before we hear ? am so glad I aint a reader , assuming one reads 20 scripts a day and you have say 20 readers thats 24000 scripts in two months but then again I know you are going to put us out of our misery and make us understand that sifting through an assortment of scripts can literally do ones head in let alone we waiting in agony to hear, so my condolences in advance and for giving us a chance to exress ourselves.

    cheers am going into cryogenics research.

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by Billy-P

    on 27 Mar 2012 19:07

    If you have asked for your script to be reserved for the new system, do you have to complete a retrospective cover sheet?

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  • Comment number 54. Posted by Laura

    on 26 Mar 2012 16:37

    Hi.
    I was wondering, if I have two seperate scripts would it be possible to send the first to the script room and enter the second in the Wales Drama Award 2012?

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by geoff Tristram

    on 26 Mar 2012 15:52

    Hello Paul, just checking to see if you have received my script, after my wife found it on the hall table and promptly posted it before she should have done! I'd hate to think that after I'd poured my soul into 25,000 words of comedy genius, you've dismissed it unread on a mere technicality. Could that be grounds for justifiable homicide? (Hers, not yours).
    Incidentally, I've just received a glowing letter from the big boss of Penguin in New Zealand, telling me she'd read my book, 'Mr Maori Goes Home', which she thought was 'original, quirky, unpredictable and laugh-out-loud funny all the way through', but they're still not going to publish it because they feel it's more for people visiting the country than NZ residents.
    This will be the first time I'll be able to use a rejection letter to really impress people. I now look forward to receiving yours!

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by Alex de Suys

    on 26 Mar 2012 09:22

    Wow, four months to go till you get put out of your misery. That's more effective than BBC ear muffs. ;-( I'm already wishing I hadn't used my real name for a log in. [Blues harmonica] Woke up this morning... already screwed up. I got those... bungled opportunity blues.

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  • Comment number 51. Posted by Paul Ashton

    on 26 Mar 2012 07:32

    GreenTea - we won't be sifting ANY scripts until after the May deadline, so getting it in earlier won't make any difference to how soon you hear back. After the deadline, we'll log them all and start sifting, once we've decided which scripts are past the first sift stage, we will then email those who didn't make it through to let them know, which should be no more than 2 months after the deadline - quicker than the under the old system. All the details and cover sheet will be available when the window opens later today!

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