BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018
BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 | Opens: Monday 11th December 2017 at 10am | Deadline: Monday 15th January 2018 at 5pm
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 11th December 2017 and 5pm on Monday 15th January 2018 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).
The following link to submit your script via our e-submissions system will be active from 10am on Monday 11th December 2017 until 5pm on Monday 15th January 2018. You will only be able to submit your script during the time the window is open.
First time using our E-submissions system? Then please follow the guidelines below:
Step One: If this is your first time submitting online, once the window is open, click on the link above to submit your script and then create an account when prompted.
Step Two: Once your new account is created, come back to this page and restart your submission by clicking the link above again – this time logging in with your newly created account details.
Step Three: Continue on with the process of submitting your script!
What to submit:
One drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online* - Your script should be a saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size.
A brief biography of your writing to date (up to 1 paragraph) to be included on your e-submissions profile.
If you are submitting an episode script for a series/serial, you may also attach a brief outline (1-3 pages) of further episodes. This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script. Please note, this outline is not a requirement and would only be read if you made it onto our Drama Room writer development scheme.
Please remember to remove your name and contact details from your script. All scripts will be read “blind” i.e. without a name attached, until after the full-read stage.
*If you are submitting a sample script for Children’s TV or Online, you are welcome to submit 2 x 15 min episodes as a single PDF document.
Outcome of the Script Room
At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 20) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2018.
Script Room is not a competition but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best writing talent. We look for writers with the strongest potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast. You could be new to writing or new to the BBC but equally, you may be a playwright looking to write for TV, or you’ve written for radio drama and would like to try your hand at writing for CBBC. We understand that carving a career as a writer takes time and that each writer’s development needs will be different.
We look for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card to showcase a writer’s talent, ability, and voice.
We look for what a writer can deliver in script form rather than unscripted ideas.
We also consider whether scripts have real potential to be developed further towards production. If we believe a script could be developed further by a BBC department, we will send it to them with the writer's knowledge. Original scripts written on spec' are produced extremely rarely, and writers should not send them in with the expectation that they will be produced. However, original spec' scripts are the means by which writers get noticed, so you should always write your script with the same level of commitment as if it were for production.
We want to see the best possible draft you can achieve. We are not looking for early/first/rough drafts of scripts. Only submit to the Script Room when your script is ready, even if it means waiting for a later Script Room submission window.
We look for original voices - and original scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for something new.
Please take careful note of the following:
We will not accept late submissions under any circumstances. Writers have five full weeks to submit scripts giving you plenty of time to figure out the system and meet the deadline. Do not leave it until the day of deadline to submit your script as you will leave yourself no time for troubleshooting. The BBC Writersroom team are on hand to help you through the process while the window is open - Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm - but we cannot guarantee that we’ll be able to help you on deadline day, as the line is often busy.
Once you have submitted your script, please do not log back in and upload a newer version, as we cannot guarantee that the updated script will be read.
We no longer accept printed submissions via post. If you have no access to the internet, you will need to contact us to discuss other options.
The safest way to get your script to us, and ensure that it gets read, is to use the E-Submissions system. It is simple to use and will reach us instantly. All you need is an email address and access to the internet in order to use it.
The BBC Your Account at the top left of the web page is not the same as a BBC Writersroom E-submissions account. It is totally unrelated, so having a BBC Account (for BBC iPlayer etc) does not automatically sign you up to E-submissions.
If you need to contact us, call 020 8743 8000 or email email@example.com
Information and Advice
- Read full details of our Script Room system, including what we look for.
- Script Room Terms and Conditions including what we accept and what we do not accept and FAQs
- Explore a collection of advice and resources for writing Drama including blogs, interviews and scripts.
- View and download example Script Formats
- Visit our Script library to read scripts
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