Frequently Asked Questions
We now accept online submissions for our talent searches via our E-Submissions system.
Read the frequently asked questions below before you submit your script to us.
How do I submit my script online?Hide
To submit your script for a particular BBC Writersroom talent search or opportunity – please browse the current listing of Opportunities on the BBC Writersroom website. BBC Writersroom talent searches which are currently accepting submissions, will provide a link through to allow you to submit your work online. This will involve you setting up a profile with your personal details, answering eligibility questions specific to that opportunity, filling out the equal opportunities questions (optional) and uploading your files (i.e. your script and any other supporting documents requested) in pdf format to submit an entry to that talent search.
If you have a pre-existing profile and wish to submit for an opportunity, you will be prompted to log-in using the email address and password you registered with previously.
Before submitting your script to any talent search, please ensure that you read the specific terms and conditions for the talent search to ensure that you are eligible to submit for it.
Why have you moved to an online (E-Submissions) system for sending scripts to the BBC?Hide
Our online submissions system for scripts (E-Submissions) is here to make the process of submitting your script to BBC Writersroom for a talent search, much simpler for you as a writer and much simpler for us to manage.
Finding new writing talent and new voices for the BBC is our priority, and we want the process around finding that talent and those great scripts, to be as straightforward and streamlined as possible.
The previous system of submitting printed copies of scripts via post required a huge amount of administration – requiring each script to be manually logged by a member of staff. This meant that there were often delays in you receiving acknowledgement that your script had reached us and delays in finding out about the progress of your script.
With the new system, you will receive an immediate acknowledgement once you submit a script to us and you will also be able to log-in online to keep an eye on your progress (though we will still be primarily updating you via the e-mail address you have registered with).
The online (E-Submissions) system is also much kinder to the environment as our reading process will now all be done electronically, saving a huge amount of paper (in an average year we can receive up to 10,000 scripts). It will also help you save money on postage!
If I’ve registered for a profile and submitted a script previously using the online system, can I use that profile again to apply for another talent search?Hide
Yes, if you have a pre-existing profile and are submitting a script for an opportunity or talent search, you will be given the option to log-in via the Opportunities page for that talent search.
Can I set up a profile for E-Submissions and then upload my script later?Hide
No – you must set up a profile as part of the process of applying for and submitting to a particular talent search. It is not possible to set up a profile without entering a talent search.
If you have submitted to a talent search previously using the online system and have therefore already created an account, please use these details to log-in when prompted via the Opportunities page.
Can I amend my submission after I’ve uploaded it?Hide
No - please do not log back in and upload a newer version, as we cannot guarantee that the updated script will be read.
For any questions email Writersroom@bbc.co.uk with your submission number.
Can I withdraw my script if I change my mind?Hide
You can withdraw your script at any time up until the talent search closes to submissions. To do so, log in to E-Submissions. You will then be sent an email from the BBC Writersroom confirming that your script has been withdrawn. After the submission window closes, you will no longer be able to withdraw your script but instead you can email email@example.com to ask that we manually exclude your script from the reading process.
Can I submit the same script for more than one talent search/opportunity?Hide
No, we cannot accept scripts submitted previously to talent searches and competitions, the old BBC Writersroom unsolicited system or the Script Room.
Why do you only accept scripts and supporting documents in pdf format?Hide
PDFs are the only document format which our online submissions system will accept. We accept PDFs as they are secure documents which cannot be edited once we have received them and they are compatible with the reading devices which we will be using when assessing the scripts we receive.
How do I log in to track the progress of my submission?Hide
To track the progress of your submission at any stage, sign in using your registered email address and password via the log-in page. Once logged in, you will be able to see the talent searches which you have submitted for, whether the deadline has passed and if you have reached the final stage – this will appear in your profile.
Please note that after the deadline for a talent search, we will still be communicating full details on your progress via the e-mail address which you have registered with, so do check your email regularly and make sure that you check your spam/junk folders and settings before enquiring if you haven’t received an acknowledgement or other communication from us.
If you have done this and still need to get in contact regarding your submission – please email firstname.lastname@example.org make sure you provide us with your submission ID, script title, name and email address so that we can look into it.
What do I do if I’ve forgotten my password?Hide
Go to the E-Submissions log-in page and click on the ‘Forgotten Password’ link. You will be prompted to enter the e-mail address which you previously registered with, and the system will send a new password to that e-mail address.
What if I’m having problems logging in?Hide
In the first instance, please try refreshing your browser and try logging in again. Please check that you are using the correct email address and password which you registered with. If you are continuing to have problems, please email us with your details on email@example.com.
What do I gain from submitting my script online?Hide
You will receive an immediate acknowledgement that your script has been submitted and a submission ID number. Once you’ve registered for an account, you’ll be able to log in and see all the opportunities you have submitted scripts to and track whether those opportunities have now closed. If you reach the final selection for a talent search, this will show up on your profile.
Please note we will still be communicating with you via the email address you have registered with, so make sure you keep this up-to-date.
How do I change or update the e-mail address or personal details registered to my account?Hide
If you need to update your email address or any of your personal details, login via the login page using the email address you previously registered with. Once logged in, click on ‘Profile’ in the top right hand corner, and you can amend any of your details on your page. Once you’ve amended these, click save changes at the bottom of the page and your details will be updated.
Can I login using my BBC ID account?Hide
No the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions system is completely separate from BBC ID.
What happens if there is a technical fault with the online system?Hide
In the event of a technical error or issue with the E-Submissions system we will provide users with an alternative means of submitting entries to us. A message will be posted on the BBC Writersroom website and on the BBC Writersroom twitter feed to inform users about the issue. We will then allow entries to be submitted by email, accompanied by a cover sheet which will be made available for download from the BBC Writersroom website. Alternatively, we may extend the deadline to allow more time for posted entries.
Am I still able to submit a script to BBC Writersroom by post?Hide
We would strongly encourage all writers to submit their scripts to us using the online E-Submissions system. This is the platform we use to manage all of the scripts submitted for talent searches we are running. If for any reason you are unable to submit your script online please get in touch by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why are you asking for my personal details?Hide
When you enter a talent search you will also be asked a series of equal opportunities questions before submitting your work – please note that these are optional, and it is possible to proceed with submitting your script without providing this information.
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Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.