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.
Rather than accepting 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 various development opportunities for the shortlisted group of writers.
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 receive many thousands of scripts every year and can only focus on the writers who we feel have the most potential.
What we look for
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.
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 email@example.com 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 between 1 month to 2 weeks ahead of the closing date.
Please note we CANNOT under any circumstances accept hand delivered submissions.
There will be two Script Room windows in 2016. The Comedy Window will be in March (exact dates tba) with a Drama window in the autumn. in the meantime check out other writing Opportunities from the BBC and other organisations:
Deadlines: 22nd February, 28th March, 2nd May. The monthly themed Progressive Playwright returns for the spring at Tron Theatre in Glasgow with public readings of extracts and a vote for which play the audience want to hear more from.
Deadline: 31 March 2016. The 2016 Papatango Prize for new writing in association with Southwark Playhouse. The winner gets a 4 week production, publication, a 10% royalty and £6000 commission for a new play.