I write because I have secrets no one else knowsTony Jordan
The Script Room
Welcome to the Script Room, our system for receiving unsolicited original scripts.
In order to make the best use of our time and resources, and in order to do as much as we can for the writers we find, the unsolicited script system previously run by BBC Writersroom (until May 2012) has been replaced by Script Room. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC.
Rather than accept scripts year-round in a rolling system, we now have distinct submission windows for scripts which are announced on the BBC Writersroom Opportunities page throughout the year. Each call has a deadline, and the scripts received are assessed intensively by our script readers and the BBC Writersroom team, and a shortlist drawn up. We then offer development opportunities for the shortlisted group of writers.
We receive many thousands of scripts every year. The competition is extremely tough and we can only concentrate resources on those writers who demand our attention by the strength, originality, and potential shown in their writing.
What we look for
We look for the best new writers and best writers new to the BBC with the potential to be developed and produced for BBC broadcast.
We look for what the script tells us about the writer. We see all scripts as a calling card of a writer’s talent, ability, and voice.
We primarily 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 is worth further development 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 in order that it is as strong and impressive as possible.
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 window for submissions.
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.
When Script Room is open for submissions the dates and details on how to submit a script will be made available on the BBC Writersroom Opportunities page alongside other writing opportunities from across the industry.
If you have not submitted a script to us online before, you will have the opportunity to set up a new account when you come to submit your script. **Please ensure you leave adequate time to complete the process**
If you are unable to submit your script online, please call the BBC Writersroom on 020 8743 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a cover sheet which we will then post to you. All posted entries must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet and we would advise you to request a cover sheet at least 2 weeks ahead of the closing date.
Please note we CANNOT under any circumstances accept hand delivered submissions.
Deadline: 28th February 2016. The Theatre503 Playwriting Award is back, open to all with a prize of £6000 and guaranteed production. Also 503Five eighteen month Resident Writer Training Programme for five writers.