Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018-19

Category: Radio

Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018-19 | Deadline: 9th November 2018

The Alfred Bradley Bursary Award is looking for fresh new radio drama writers living in the North of England.

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. You don’t need to write a radio drama to enter, but you do need to demonstrate a fresh and original writing voice.

Radio Drama North in conjunction with BBC Writersroom are pleased to launch the Alfred Bradley Bursary Award 2018-19. 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, Cat Jones, Furquan Akhtar and most recently Piers Black Hawkins. Read all about Piers' winning experience. 

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 drama commission and a 12 month mentorship with a Radio Drama producer.

The judging panel for entries will include Alison Hindell (Radio Drama Commissioner); Sue Roberts (Editor, Radio Drama North and The Verb): Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom); Rachel Dixon (daughter of Alfred Bradley) and experienced industry professionals.

What we're looking for:

Original, compelling and imaginative storytelling, in a script suitable for broadcast in the Radio 4 Mon-Fri 2.15-3pm drama slot. The Judges are particularly interested in scripts which focus on stories from the Northern community.

(2.15pm weekdays or listen again)

For inspiration, check out some recent examples of scripts on the Writersroom’s script library

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 a drama broadcast on BBC radio.

How to enter:

We invite writers to submit an original script, in any format. The script can be for radio, TV, stage or film but must be at least 30 pages in length. Up to 5 shortlisted writers will then be invited to take part in a three month development process with BBC Radio Drama North to work on their submission, or a new script, for the final judging process. Please refer to clause 14 of the T&Cs for further details.

Submit your script to our E-Submissions system from 5.30pm on Saturday 29th September 2018.

Before entering, please read the full Terms and Conditions for the award.

Submissions will open from 5.30pm on Saturday 29th September 2018 and close at 5pm on Friday 9th November 2018.

All scripts must be submitted in PDF format.

Read the FAQs for the BBC Writersroom online submission system.

Watch script writing help and advice from the team at Radio drama

Blog with the previous winner Piers Black-Hawkins on his journey


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