BBC Writersroom Script Room DRAMA 2019

BBC Writersroom Script Room DRAMA 2019 | Opens: Monday 10th December 2018 at 5pm | Deadline: Monday 7th January 2019 at 5pm

BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 5pm on Monday 10th December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online). 

Before considering making a submission, you will need to read the following information carefully. Submissions that do not meet the criteria or are in breach of the terms and conditions will be subject to disqualification without discussion.

WHAT TO SUBMIT

1.     One drama script of at least 30 minutes / pages in length for TV, Film, Radio, Stage or Online* with your personal details removed

Your script should be saved as a single PDF document of no more than 10MB in size, with your name removed from the document.

If you are using Final Draft and do not know how to remove your name and contact details from your script, please refer to the Final Draft trouble shooter

If you are using Microsoft word processing and do not know how to save your file as a PDF, please refer to Office Support

(All software will come with its own user guidelines, if the above links do not cover your queries)

2.     A brief biography of your writing to date

Up to 1 paragraph to be included on your e-submission profile. 

3.     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 is not a requirement and would only ever be read if you made it onto the Drama Room Scheme).

This should be attached as a separate PDF document to your script. 

*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. 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING 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 are looking for distinctive voices - and scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding ideas that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. A sense of storytelling ability - handling of pace, climax, mood.

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 are not looking for competent, run of the mill, well-structured pieces. We are looking to unearth the treasures, the page-turners, the new perspectives, the engaging dialogue, the surprising character creations. 

OUTCOME OF THE SCRIPT ROOM

At the end of the process, a group of writers (usually between 10 and 15) will be selected to join the BBC Drama Room writer development group for 2019.

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 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 will 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.

Read the Script Room Terms and Conditions, including what we accept and what we do not accept

PLEASE TAKE CAREFUL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING

We will not accept late submissions under any circumstances. Writers have four 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 Writersroom team are on hand to help you through the process during the window opening - 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.

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.

Read the FAQs for our E-Submissions system

The BBC Your Account at the top left of the web page is not an E-submissions account. It is totally unrelated, so having a BBC Account does not automatically sign you up to E-submissions.

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 full-read stage.

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT

Submit your script via our E-submissions system using this link

This link will activate at 5pm on Monday 10th December 2018 and deactivate at 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019. You will only be able to submit your script during the time the window is open.

FIRST TIME USING OUR E-SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM?

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 above link again – this time logging in with your newly created account details.

Step Three: Continue on with the process of submitting your script!

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