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Open Call: Terms and Conditions

BBC Writersroom Open Call – Terms and Conditions

1. To be eligible to enter the BBC Writersroom Open Call you must meet the following criteria:

a) You must be aged 18 years or over on the closing date for applications.

b) You must be resident, but do not have to have been born in, the UK or Republic of Ireland. If selected you must remain resident for the full duration of the programme, which is approximately 18 months from the closing date for applications. If you are currently living overseas, only consider submitting your script when you have returned to the UK or Republic of Ireland.

c) You must not be employed as part of the BBC Writersroom or a person connected to this scheme.

d) Writers currently serving a term of imprisonment in the UK and/or with unspent convictions must disclose details of such convictions with any entry.

Proof of age, identity, residency and eligibility may be requested.  The BBC’s decision as to the eligibility of individual entrants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

2. Entrants must submit no later than the closing date.

a) An original Film, TV, Radio, Stage, Online or Children’s TV/Radio script that is a minimum of 30 pages long (excluding title/character pages) or equivalent to at least 30 minutes in length.

b) If submitting a script for a series or serial you may include a brief outline ( pages) of further episodes and the series/serial as a whole within the same document but this should not be included in your 30 page count.

c) If submitting an Online/Children’s TV/Radio script then multiple episodes may be submitted as a single document provided the total length comes to at least 30 pages/minutes. You may also submit more than one short film script as long as the total exceeds 30 minutes and each short film script is at least 15 minutes in duration.

d) The script must be submitted as a PDF document via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System using the link provided for the opportunity.

e) Your application must be legibly typed and formatted. Entries must be written in English. If you submit any part of a script in another language you must also include your own translation of this into English.

f) You may submit either individually or as part of a writing team of up to a maximum of 2 people. If entering as a pair, both entrants must meet the entry requirements.

g) Only one script per writer or writing partnership may be submitted.

3. The BBC, as data controller, is responsible for handling personal data provided to the BBC, including in any contributions, in accordance with data protection law.  The BBC has a legitimate interest in using the personal data for journalistic, artistic and literary purposes and in the public interest and in using the personal data for the performance of the contract with the BBC. For more information visit:

4. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The BBC accepts no liability if entrants ignore these rules and entrants agree to fully indemnify the BBC against any claims by any third party arising from any breach of these rules.

5. BBC Writersroom receives a high number of submissions, and similarities of subject matter often occur. We cannot undertake to compensate you if material similar to yours, received coincidentally from another source, is subsequently commissioned or produced.

6. The following are ineligible and will not be considered:

a) Scripts previously submitted to our Script Room opportunity, including resubmissions of work which has since been re-written and further episodes of a series or serial which has previously been submitted.

b) Multiple submissions from an entrant.

c) DVDs, videos, CDs, audio tapes, or any video/audio material (whether it accompanies a script or otherwise).

d) New scripts written for existing or previously produced shows and/or characters (for example scripts of Doctor Who, EastEnders, Sherlock or using characters from these shows).  

e) Short film scripts of less than 30 pages/minutes.

f) Short stories, novels, unpublished prose manuscripts, poetry or work you wish to have adapted into a script.

g) Adaptations for broadcast of another writer’s idea (including adaptations of other writers’ novels).

h) Comedy sketch shows and pure narrative comedy series or sitcoms.  

7. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

a) Quality of writing;

b) Strength of story and structure;

c) Ability to write believable dialogue;

d) Skill in inhabiting characters and developing convincing relationships between them;

e) Ability to authentically bring the world to life; and

f) Ability to portray the writers' ‘voice’ in their storytelling.

8.  Entries will be judged and selected using the following process:  

Stage One

All entries will be read anonymously until Stage Four. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of professional experienced script readers and BBC Writersroom staff, who will read at least the first ten pages of a script and assess and discuss the applications against the criteria outlined above.

Stage Two

Scripts which hook our reader’s attention progress to a page read by a second script reader, who will then consider if the script should be shortlisted and read in full by a third reader.

Stage Three

Following the full read stage BBC Writersroom staff together review reports, discuss with readers and undertake a fourth read of the shortlisted scripts to create a final shortlist.

Stage Four

Two producers will read each of the final shortlisted scripts and following this BBC Writersroom will then invite successful writers to come in for an interview with a view to being considered for suitable development opportunities

9.  We receive thousands of scripts within each Open Call window so it will take several months before you are informed of the outcome of your submission. The BBC’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  Entrants must agree to take part in any post-scheme publicity if required.

 The BBC reserves the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these terms and conditions, is inconsistent with the BBC Editorial Policy Guidelines or which may bring the BBC into disrepute, including any entries which profit from criminal activity.

 The BBC reserves the right to cancel or alter the scheme at any stage, including members of the judging panel if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside its control. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website:

  The BBC reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions at any stage, including changing or substituting the selection process and the development opportunities. In this event, a notice will be posted on the following website:  

By applying for the scheme, entrants warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the scheme and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

 These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

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Each week we look through ourpile of writing opportunitiesto pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: BBC Writersroom – Script Room 10 open for Drama submissions

Description: BBC Writersroom’s regular window for unsolicited scripts is now open for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).

So, what’s so great about it?  This one is a bit of a long shot because they receive a HUGE amount of submissions for each window (around for the Comedy window in the Spring). But, you&#;ve got to be in it to win it right? While there is no set in stone &#;prize&#; for this, BBC Writersroom use the submission windows to identify and make contact with writers who they think have potential and they do run a range of really valuable opportunities for the chosen writers from workshops to shadow schemes on existing shows. As long your script is a Drama, it can be written for TV, film, radio, stage or online &#; which is handy if you&#;d like to use a stage play you&#;ve written as a calling card script to try and get in to Television. You need to apply for this one through the Writersroom&#;s E-Submission service and you&#;ve got until 24 September to do so. There is also a load of resources to help you on the Writersroom website &#; good luck!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity in any way.

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The BBC Writersroom has announced a new scriptwriting opportunity, Interconnected.

For it they are asking for original short-form scripts, between minutes in length, about characters who now find themselves in isolation, but connecting via video conferencing. They may be friends, lovers, neighbours, colleagues, family or strangers. But they’re all alone together and using modern technology to stay connected.

BBC Writersroom would like stories that take place throughout and via a conference call. They should be set now or in the near future. InterConnected is open to all. BBC Writersroom will select four of the best to be produced with professional actors and released on BBC platforms throughout April. The selected writers will each receive £ for their script.

Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, said: ‘The BBC Writersroom team believe in the power of stories and storytellers to keep us hopeful, entertained and to help us make sense of the world, particularly in such a strange and unprecedented time as the one we find ourselves in now. We want scripts that are compelling and hook us in. Ideas that have warmth and spirit, that astonish, amuse or enlighten us.

The deadline for entries is Monday 30th March at 12pm. To enter and for full terms and conditions visit:

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