The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2013-2014

BBC Radio Drama North / BBC writersroom | Deadline: January 10, 2014

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The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is offering a £5,000 writing bursary and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission to Northern writers new to radio.

Radio Drama North in conjunction with BBC writersroom has launched the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2013-14. The Award was established in 1992 to commemorate the life and work of Alfred Bradley, the distinguished BBC Radio Drama Producer. Previous winners include Lee Hall, Peter Straughan and Cat Jones.

The aim of the Award is to encourage new radio drama writing in the North of England. The award winner will be offered a £5,000 writing bursary, the chance of a Radio 4 afternoon drama commission and a 12 month mentorship with a Radio Drama producer.

What we're looking for:

Original, compelling and imaginative storytelling, in a script suitable for broadcast in the Radio 4 afternoon drama slot
(2.15pm weekdays or listen again on the programme pages.)

If you’ve never written a radio drama before, then check out some recent examples of scripts in the writersroom Script Library or sign up for the Radio Drama newsletter to check out Radio 4’s current productions.

Who can apply:

The award is open to writers who currently reside in the North of England on a permanent/full time basis. This opportunity is not open to writers who have previously had drama broadcast on network radio.

How to enter:

We invite writers to submit an original 44 minute Radio 4 drama script.

The judging panel for entries will include Jeremy Howe (Radio Drama Commissioner); Sue Roberts (Editor, Radio Drama North and The Verb): Kate Rowland (BBC Writersroom) and Rachel Dixon (daughter of Alfred Bradley)

The submission dates are from 9th December 2013 – 10th January 2014.


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